Monday, June 09, 2008

A Little Something to Start Off Summer


Here's a short list (not by any means extensive) of some new(er) music and Dallas/Austin dates that will make your summer a whole lot better. 

High Places - 03/07 - 09/07

This is the perfect summer album. High Places blend ethereal melodies with steady beats and wafting vocals. Perfect stuff for summer right? I know. In listening to the album over the past few weeks, I was trying to figure out which songs I would recommend as stand outs, but I couldn't come up with just a few because they are all worth many a listen. The album is out now on E-Music (follow the link), with no physical release yet. You can listen to some material at their Myspace.

No Age - Nouns 

No Age and their newest LP will be in our radar and on the record player all summer long. Nouns is such an excellent album and if you haven't acquired a copy just yet, what are you waiting for!? The band is stopping by TX on its summer tour and both The Loft in Dallas and Emo's in Austin will house their performances, so there isn't really an excuse to miss those shows. They might also do a little something special for Dallas, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. 

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer (out June 17)

It wouldn't be summer without a Wolf Parade tour and album would it? You're right, it would be, but we won't have to go without either of those things this summer. The band mounts their long awaited comeback (?) with At Mount Zoomer, out on Sub Pop June 17. The album features more of the traded vocals on tracks from Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner that WP fans have grown to love and more of the same pounding drums and excellent keys from Krug. But don't go into thinking its a status-quo record. Give it a listen Tuesday. The band will be stopping by both Dallas and Austin at The Palladium Ballroom and La Zona Rosa, respectively. They haven't been to these parts as WP since ACL 2006, so catch them while you can. 

The Dodos - Visiter

The Dodos has evolved on their new album (I swear this time, no pun intended) Visiter and in doing such, have received a ton of press surrounding its release and their recent performances at SXSW and the like. This album is the logical next step from Meric Long's humble beginnings as Dodo Bird, with more complex instrumentation and amazing percussion provided by Logan Kroeber. Just because the album has a song about winter on it, doesn't mean its not right for summer. Its out now on Frenchkiss Records.

My Morning Jacket - An Evening With My Morning Jacket & selected songs from Evil Urges (out June 10)

My Morning Jacket has decided to spend an evening with a good portion of America (or those tho wish to accept the invitation) and Dallas and Austin find themselves on the RSVP list with The Palladium Ballroom and Stubb's hosting, respectively. If its anything like it was last time, their performance will be as entertaining as it does sound wonderful (provided they play career spanning material and not weight he set down with material from Evil Urges).

As you may have noticed in the title, Evil Urges, MMJ's impending release, doesn't hold much material that I would feel comfortable recommending, but the album does have some redeeming qualities. A lot of the band's established sound has been lost to spacey guitars and awkward falsettos, but some of the old Kentucky charm still remains. Songs like Smokin' From Shootin', Librarian, and I'm Amazed, among a few others, feel like old MMJ, and other songs just feel old. Too old. At any rate, the album can be streamed at their Myspace page.

The Fuck Yeah Fest Tour

The exclamation this tour's name provokes is one best used to describe how awesome its line-up is. Featuring some of the most fun bands on the planet, it guarantees to be an amazing time with the addition of comedy and some spoken word by Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks. Coincidentally, the Austin show just so happens to be Morris's first time ever doing spoken word. Featuring favorites of ours Matt & Kim and The Death Set, the Ft. Worth and Austin dates are guaranteed to be fun, if nothing else. 1919 Hemphill in Ft. Worth and Mohawk in Austin play hosts. 
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Dates:

No Age - The Loft in Dallas - June 30/Emo's in Austin - July 1

Wolf Parade - The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas - July 24/La Zona Rosa in Austin - July 25

My Morning Jacket - The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas - August 23/Stubb's in Austin - August 24

Fuck Yeah Fest Tour - Mohawk in Austin - June 27/1919 Hemphill in Ft. Worth - June 28

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