Thursday, January 18, 2007

Band of Horses take a small jaunt to Atlanta...oh, and some other cities too

Band of Horses are going out on a small six-day tour starting in St. Augustine, FL. and ending in Knoxville, TN. They play The Earl in Atlanta on 3/14. If you're in the Atlanta area, don't miss an opportunity to see this amazing live band in a small club setting. The Earl may be a small club, but it more than makes up for it with it's sexiness (Playboy hearts da' Earl!).

03-10 St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
03-11 Sunrise, FL - Langerado Festival
03-12 Orlando, FL - The Social
03-13 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03-14 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03-15 Knoxville, TN - Blue Cats

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The wait will be over soon...

So next Tuesday (January 23rd), will bring an absolute shit-ton of new (and highly anticipated) music releases. And here they are:

The Shins "Wincing The Night Away"
Deerhoof "Friend Opportunity"
Menomena "Friend or Foe"
Of Montreal "Hissing Fauna Are You The Destroyer?"
Rob Crow "Living Well"
Six Parts Seven "Casually Smashed To Pieces"
Mew "Frengers" (US release)

On the horizon:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Some Loud Thunder" - 1/30/07
Deerhunter "Cryptograms" - 1/30/07
Lily Allen "Alright Still" (US release) - 1/30/07
Apples In Stereo "New Magnetic Wonder" - 2/06/07
Bloc Party "Weekend in the City" - 2/06/07
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter "Like, Love, Lust, and the Open Halls of the Soul"- 2/06/07
Jesu "Conqueror" - 2/06/07
Explosions in the Sky "All Of a Sudden I Miss Everyone" - 2/20/07
Peter Bjorn & John "Writers Block" (US release) - 2/20/07
Arcade Fire "Neon Bible" - 3/06/07
!!! "Myth Takes" - 3/06/07
Air "Pocket Symphony" - 3/06/07
Bright Eyes "Four Winds EP" - 3/06/07
Gruff Rhys "Candylion" - 3/06/07
Andrew Bird "Armchair Apocrypha" - 3/20/07
LCD Soundsystem "Sound of Silver" - 3/20/07
Low "Drums and Guns" - 3/20/07
Ponys "Turn the Lights Out" - 3/20/07
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists "Living With the Living" - 3/20/07
Bright Eyes "Cassadaga" - 4/10/07
Pelican "City of Echoes" - 5/22/07

Save your money.

Buy these releases from Insound.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Questionable Content

There's a really great online web-comic I've been reading for awhile, Questionable Content. A friend of mine turned me onto it by saying, "Hey, you gotta check this out. It's web-comic about love and indie rock!" "Oh yeah, and there's this little robot that acts like a cross between John Belushi's Animal House character and a 5-year old."
Jeph Jacques is the creator, and he's been crankin' it out, five days a week, for the past 3 years. The cast of characters has grown considerably since then, and so has the drama. It started off with just Marten and his Anthro-PC (pet-robot), Pint-Size. Marten meets Faye, who just wants to be friends..even though it's obvious he likes her. She moves in, they stay friends and the robot destroys things. Hilarity ensues. Currently on issue #797 (as of this post), a lot of things have changed since the first issue, including Jeph's drawing skills (pretty basic at first, now pretty damn good). I've got it set as my homepage and I never miss an issue. I suggest you check it out if you like obscure indie rock references, crass-but-witty humor, love, romance-novel writing rednecks and/or tequila monsters.
Questionable Content - website

Monday, January 15, 2007

Jesu "Conqueror"

So I've been really digging the new Jesu album, "Conqueror". Despite all the heavy drone and low-end sonics, it's actually quite pretty. Yes, pretty. Not that there's anything wrong with drone, I just wouldn't normally describe drone as "pretty". It invokes the same kind of visual/emotional imagery that bands like Sigur Ros and The Album Leaf do with me. Open water, expansive tundras, macrocosms and you could go forever in any direction, just exploring.
This is the second full-length (fourth release) by experimental metal guru, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Napalm Death), and I have to say this is definitely his best so far. I'm a designer, and when I'm working on something I like to listen to music that's not too distracting, instrumental stuff usually. This album is definitely too distracting. I find myself day-dreaming, thinking about obscure shit...oh wait, I have a deadline..crap! So if you can dedicate a hour to daydreaming, spirit-walking, or whatever the kids are calling it these days, then grab the earphones and a comfortable pillow and pop in "Conqueror". It's like seeing a really good movie. One that gets you all introspective afterwards. Very overwhelming, in a good way.

Download the song "Conqueror" here. (Via P'fork)