Thursday, March 13, 2008

It must be nice...

I am suffering from some serious SXSW envy. Every single email & post I've read in the last two weeks seems to have something to do with SXSW...and the only post I've done for the event has to do with wishing I was there. Fuckin' pathetic. Ahh, maybe next year. For all of you who are currently attending...YOU ARE LUCKY BASTARDS...and I am jealous.

Have a good weekend.

GREAT NEW MUSIC: Plants and Animals "Parc Avenue"

It's absolutely beautiful out today, and so how apropos that I'm posting about the beautiful new album from Montreal's Plants and Animals, "Parc Avenue". I noticed that Pitchfork gave the album a pretty good review today, and I'm not about to buck that trend with anything but praise as well. Their sound is rooted in the same music that influences bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper, Grizzly Bear and to some extent Arcade Fire (and successfully not sounding much like these bands at all): 70's rock, front-porch folk, hushed (and not-so-hushed) psychedelic and little art rock for good measure. Hell, they even use a sax & cheerleading shouts (along with the handclaps!) in one song. It's so refreshing to hear music that is capable of being so much more than the sum of it's parts (and influences). The whole album is highly recommended!

"Parc Avenue" is out now via Secret City Records.

[MP3] Plants and Animals - Good Friend from "Parc Avenue" (via Box.net)
[MP3] Plants and Animals - Faerie Dance from "Parc Avenue" (via Box.net)

:::TOUR DATES:::
3/14 - Homeslice Pizza Party (SXSW), Austin, TX
3/14 - SXSW Showcase - Maggie Mae’s, Austin, TX
3/15 - Urban Outfitters Party (SXSW), Austin, TX
3/20 - The Lo Pub, Winnipeg, Manitoba
3/21 - Amigo’s Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
3/22 - HiFi, Calgary, Alberta
3/24 - Media Club, Vancouver, BC
3/26 - Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC
3/28 - Velvet Underground w/Born Ruffians, Edmonton, Alberta
3/29 - The Exchange, Regina, Saskatchewan
4/02 - First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
4/03 - Schuba's, Chicago, IL
4/05 - Cegep Mont Morency, Laval, QC
4/11 - Hell’s Kitchen, Halifax, Nova Scotia
4/12 - Capital Bar, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Plants and Animals - website | Myspace | Secret City Records

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

VIDEO: Beach House "Gila (live at Good Records)"

Thanks to GvsB for this!

MIND-BLOWING NEW MUSIC: Evangelicals "The Evening Descends"

I have been enjoying the shit out of the new Evangelicals album (The Evening Descends) for awhile, and I somehow missed posting about it. Who knows why, all I know is that it is one of the best albums to come out this year by far and if you haven't picked a copy up yet then get to it! Maybe you were waiting for me to post about it. Well now you have no excuse. This is one of those albums I'm not going to even try and describe, I'd rather let the music do that for me. A couple of MP3s (and a video) are below you ravenous little music vultures.

They are currently on tour with Headlights, dates below.

:::TOUR DATES:::
03-12/15 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-17 Tucson, AZ - Plush *
03-19 Los Angeles, CA - Silverlake Lounge *
03-20 Visalia, CA - Howie and Son's Pizza *
03-21 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern *
03-22 Portland, OR - Towne Lounge *
03-23 Seattle, WA - Nectar's *
03-24 Missoula, MT - The Badlander *
03-26 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
03-27 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
03-28 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
03-29 Minneapolis, MN - Nomad World Pub *
03-30 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club *
03-31 Dekalb, IL - The House Cafe *
04-01 Rock Island, IL - Huckleberry's Pizza *
04-02 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
04-03 Iowa City, IA - The Mill *
04-04 Lake Forest, IL - The Chapel *
04-05 Beloit, WI - C-Haus *

* with Headlights

[MP3] Evangelicals - Bellawood from "The Evening Descends" (via Box.net)
[MP3] Evangelicals - Skeleton Man from "The Evening Descends" (via Box.net)

[VIDEO] Evangelicals - Midnight Vignette from "The Evening Descends"


Evangelicals - label website | Myspace

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

VIDEO: Fishboy "Parachute (Using the Ghost of Buddy Holly As A)"

Big thanks to Cable and Tweed for this.



Fishboy - website | Myspace | HHBTM Records

VIDEO: Graveyard "Evil Ways"

Graveyard will be opening for fellow Tee Pee Records signees, WITCH (see previous post) on their current tour.



Graveyard - label website | Myspace

VIDEO: Holy Fuck "Lovely Allen"



Holy Fuck - website | Myspace

SUBTLE: New album & tour

After catching Subtle's show last year (with Sunset Rubdown & Magic Weapon), I have vowed to see them again live any chance I get. Adam "Doseone" Drucker and the rest of Subtle put on such an unbelievingly amazing live set (I hadn't heard their music before this show), that I ran out immediately and purchased "for hero:for fool". Amazing. Their latest album "ExitingARM", is set to drop May 13th via Lex Records (check out the track "Unlikely Rock Shock" from said album, below). Before that though, the Subtle crew is embarking on a small tour that WILL take them through Atlanta (yay), dates below.

::::TOUR DATES::::

05-07 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
05-09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir ^!
05-10 Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge ^!
05-12 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05-13 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
05-15 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry $
05-16 Madison, WI - Annex $
05-17 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle &
05-19 Toronto, Ontario - TBA
05-20 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
05-21 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs @
05-22 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's @
05-23 New York, NY - Knitting Factory @
05-24 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel @^
05-26 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
05-27 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05-28 Austin, TX - Mohawk
05-30 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory *

* with Clue to Kalo, Facing New York
^ with Efterklang
! with Slaraffenland
$ with Fog
& with Pit Er Pat
@ with Black Moth Super Rainbow



[MP3]
Subtle - Unlikely Rock Shock from "ExitingARM" (via Box.net)

Subtle - website | Myspace

VIDEO: The New Pornographers "Don't Bring Me Down (ELO cover)"






THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS : Don’t bring me down - Taratata
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS : Don’t Bring Me Down - LIVE

Monday, March 10, 2008

ATLANTA/ATHENS SHOWS (3/10 - 3/16)

Mon. 3/10/08 - Men (feat. JD and Jo Fateman of Le Tigre) @ The Earl
Mon. 3/10/08 - Pigeon John, The Labratz, Soupy Jones, The Remnant @ The Drunken Unicorn
Mon. 3/10/08 - SIA, Har Mar Superstar @ The Variety Playhouse
Mon. 3/10/08 - The Apes, An Albatross, Smokedog @ Caledonia Lounge (rec'd!)

Tue. 3/11/08 - Harvey Milk (with Joe Preston(!!): Earth, Melvins, SunnO)))), Torche, Hull @ The Drunken Unicorn
(highly rec'd!)

Wed. 3/12/08 - Built To Spill, The Meat Puppets @ The Variety Playhouse
(highly rec'd!)
Wed. 3/12/08 - Pelican, Black Cobra, Unearthly Trance @ The Drunken Unicorn (highly rec'd!)

Thu. 3/13/08 - MSTRKRFT @ The Masquerade
(highly rec'd!)

Fri. 3/14/08 - Sleep Therapy, Preakness, Wormwood @ Lenny's Bar
(highly rec'd!)

Sat. 3/15/08 - They Might Be Giants (Special Show for Families!) @ The Variety Playhouse
(highly rec'd!)
Sat. 3/15/08 - Trial By Fire, The Feeding Fingers, Nerd Parade, Swank Sinatra @ The Drunken Unicorn

Sun. 3/16/08 - Tilly & The Wall, Cap Gun Coup, The Kiwis @ The Drunken Unicorn
(highly rec'd!)

VIDEO: Minus The Bear "Throwin' Shapes"

VICE Signs Dark Meat!!

One of Athens' (GA) finest, Dark Meat, a psychedelic orchestra/collective comprised of 17(!) members who describe their music as "THE STOOGES meets CRAZY HORSE with killer Stax / Funeral / Marching band horns, wailing gospel-style female backing vocals, ripping guitar leads and free jazz freakouts" has just been signed by VICE Records (Black Lips, Panthers, Justice, Bloc Party, etc.)! The new album, "Universal Indians" (an ICTH fave!), will be re-released on April 8th with three unreleased bonus tracks, followed by the release of a vinyl edition on April 22nd (it was originally on Orange Twin Records). Dark Meat put on one hell of a live show, so I suggest you check 'em out at of those dates below!

:::::TOUR DATES:::::

03/11 - Shreveport, LA - The Jackrabbit
03/12 - Austin, TX - Bourbon Rocks
03/12 - Austin, TX - Spiro's 611 Red River
03/13 - Austin, TX - Ms Beas
03/13 - Austin, TX - Vice Bar
03/14 - Austin, TX - Spiderhouse
03/15 - Austin, TX - Saxon Pub
03/16 - San Antonio, TX - The X-ing
03/17 - Houston, TX - The Mink
03/18 - Pensacola, FL - Sluggos
03/19 - Birmingham, AL - BottleTree
03/20 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
04/07 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
04/08 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
04/09 - Boston, MA - Milky Way
04/10 - Bridgeport, CT - Two Boots
04/11 - Providence, RI - As220
04/12 - Washington, DC - Red and The Black
04/13 - Norfolk, VA - The Boot
04/15 - Raleigh, NC - Slim's
04/16 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
04/17 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5
04/18 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head
04/19 - Philadelphia, PA - WPW
04/20 - New York City, NY - Cake Shop
04/21 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
04/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
04/23 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
04/24 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club
04/25 - East Peoria, IL - Peoria Pizza Works
04/26 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04/27 - Minneapolis, MN - Nomad World Pub
04/28 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
04/29 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
04/30 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
05/01 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
05/02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Ct.
05/03 - Missoula, MT - Friend Friend Friend Fest
05/04 - Seattle, WA - Comet
05/06 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05/08 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
05/09 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
05/14 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
05/15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05/16 - Ft. Worth, TX - Lola's
05/17 - Dallas, TX - Good Records
05/18 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
05/19 - Columbia, MO - TBC
05/20 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
05/21 - St. Louis, MO - The Blue Bird
05/22 - Champaign, IL - Mike n Molly's
05/30 - Woodstock, NY - Mountain Jam

[MP3] Dark Meat - One More Trip from "Universal Indians" (via Box.net)
[MP3] Dark Meat - Three Eyes Open from "Universal Indians" (via Box.net)

Orange Twin - artist page | Myspace

VIDEOS: Yeasayer "La Blogothèque / Take Away Show"