Friday, October 31, 2008

Tomorrow Night : The Mountain Goats and Kaki King @ Antone's

If you can pick yourself up out of your bed by 8 p.m. tomorrow night, you can catch one of the better shows Austin will see for a bit when The Mountain Goats and Kaki King play at Antone's. If I am able to predict the crowd for tomorrow night's show, I see a good deal of grad-students who are studying their favorite works of literature, some dads here and there, and you, hopefully. We post about a lot of upcoming shows that we wish we could go to, and this is one we are covering for sure. We've missed enough coverage due to crappy schedules!

(Edit: We weren't able to get this one either, due to some unfortunate circumstances)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tonight : Japanther and Best Fwends @ Beerland - TV on the Radio @ Stubbs

Could there be a better way to spend Halloween-eve than seeing some amazing bands? We couldn't say yes. The festivities kick off tonight at Beerland (not 1808 as originally announced) with opening bands Killer Dreamer, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Best Fwends and then finally headliners Japanther. We're not really too sure of the etiquette on Halloween attire at a show the say before the holiday, but if the show runs later than midnight (anticipated) you can always use that as your excuse to dress up as a zombie hotdog or whatever you're going as this year. 

If you're not really into spazzing out or what have you, you can stop on by Stubb's tonight to catch TV on the Radio, touring on the heels of the new album Dear Science, with The Dirtbombs opening. 

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tonight : MC Chris and Totally Michael @ Red 7

Tonight is your night if you're into both live comedy and live music, as the flowing comedian MC Chris and Bloomington, Indiana's Totally Michael will both be hitting Red 7 tonight. If you know nothing of these to men, you will need to check out the below videos (I'm really into videos lately...).  The doors at Red 7 will open at 8, show will start at 9 and MC Chris is set to go on at 10:30 sharp!

MC Chris : Fett's Vette

Totally Michael : Shake Your Booty or Die

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Deerhoof Video : Family of Others

Deerhoof's Offend Maggie has only been out for a short while, yet the band keeps chugging out new ways to look at the material. This time, with a video by Eben and Sara of the band Flying, for the album stand-out Family of Others, we are treated to a video of "... plankton, crustaceans, amoebas, and fly larvae." The song is quite different than Deerhoof of yore, but there's certainly nothing wrong with a little change. In fact, everything is right. 

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Matt & Kim Video : Daylight

To Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim, "in the daylight, anywhere feels like home" and their video for their single Daylight, shows the band in a very literal translation of their lyrics. Matt and Kim are some of the happiest people I've ever seen (Note: I don't know them that well personally, but I would say their pretty happy) and if you aren't in love with their music by now, you should start today. The video shows them playing in the most cramped spaces they could think of, like a twin bed, a closet, the back seat of a taxi cab, a fridge/freezer, and a several others. The song itself is just as good, if not better, than any of their previous work to date.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

This Week : Austin Gets Treated to Girl Talk and The Death Set

This week is one that most of you have been looking forward to (or dreading because a certain show is now completely sold out). Since the digital release of his new album Feed the Animals, Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, has been steadily gaining more and more notoriety, moving from an indie club banger to dude bro body mover almost over night. The two groups of listeners (and those in between) will collide tomorrow night when he hits the stage at Emo's. Tickets are sold out, but you can hit someone up on Craigslist if you'd like to blow a good chunk of change. If you don't have tickets, you might just want to stay home...

Also this week, one of our favorite live acts, along with an amazing local duo we have yet to see, will be taking the stage at Red 7 to fulfill your needed dose of bratty spaz punk. The Death Set and Best Fwends will be playing side by side, one right after the other, at Red 7 on Tuesday night. if you are sad about not seeing Girl Talk, I would suggest going to see this show to cheer you up. Also, if you're happy after seeing Girl Talk, I would suggest going to see this show to stay that way. You'll get a good workout in. Trust us. 

Here's a bonus video for ya. Here we have The Death Set playing at that in-store at Good Records we set up earlier this year, spliced with footage of the band playing on the floor of The Loft, all of which was covered in photos and words here on the GL. The band is playing Nirvana's Tourettes. Footage comes courtesy of Parade of Flesh

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Review & Photos : High Places @ Emo's

High Places' performance at Emo's on Wednesday night only reinforces the opinion that the band is so highly underrated. The handful of people that stayed through the onslaught of opening bands were treated to one of the best shows of the year in my opinion (and I will get to the reason why later on in the post).

The lineup was purely local bands with strong friend fan bases who cheered them on as if it were the first time they were seeing them. We aren't really the late night types (which really works to our disadvantage as live music reviewers) and the ridiculous number of openers, the third of which, Moth Fight, acted as if they were the headliners, on top of the later start, just did not make for an enjoyable wait.

In any case, when it finally came time for High Places to take the stage, enthusiasm was still there and those who stuck around to hear and see them were truly treated to the best show in Austin this week, and the best show in Austin in some time. The bands records, their just-released self-titled debut High Places and their previous compilation 03.07-09.07, are truly some of the most refreshingly original releases to come out in quite some time and their self-titled album will find its way into my personal year-end top 5. That being said, this performance added onto the albums a sense of full, robust, room-filling, colorful sound. The band didn't simply reproduce the sounds you hear on the record, but they added onto them in way that most bands can't and don't do. The band proved that their music has to be played loud. This was one of the loudest shows we've seen in a while, and it was appropriately loud, only adding to the beauty of the band's music.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tomorrow Night : High Places @ Emo's

A night we've been looking forward to is finally on the horizon and we couldn't be more excited. We've been hyped on High Places for some time now and they haven't been to Texas since March of this year when we caught them at SXSW, so we've been anxiously awaiting their headlining date here at Emo's. Things have changed since we saw them last. They've been getting a lot more press and there's be a good deal of buzz about them (although I don't think they have been getting quite the amount they deserve, although no one really wants them to turn into a 'buzz band') and they put out their first album, poignantly titled High Places, and it didn't cease to amaze. Although I am anticipating a smaller crowd for this one, it will be one you won't want to miss. Trust me, you'll kick yourself later if you do. 

Doors are set to open at 8 and the show should kick off an hour or so later. Its on the inside stage so make sure you don't go to the other side!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Giveaway : Fun Fun Fun Fest

Since we're so big on this years incarnation of the festival, we would like to get you hyped on it too by giving away some tickets to the wonderful weekend in November. The good folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest have hooked us up with 2 tickets to give away, because it will only increase the fun you're going to have when you don't have to pay to get in. So, to enter, hit up and tell us who you are most looking forward to seeing, and we will pick the two winners at random. We will announce the winners well in advance of the festival so you can have enough time to plan, but the contest will be open just long enough to get enough of you entered!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Animal Collective Reveals Merriweather Post Pavilion Tracklist (Edit: Its Official)

In their constant quest at grabbing your attention, Animal Collective has let loose the tracklist for Merriweather Post Pavilion in a peculiar way. On their site, the band posted another strange video that is accessed by clicking on the name of the album on their new site. When you get to the video, it goes through several interesting scenes, and the tracklist comes at the end. There isn't much to watch and if you'd like, you can just catch the full thing at the end of this post. In any case, the tracklist looks amazing, consisting largely (that I can tell) of songs from their tour we caught last summer

Merriweather Post Pavilion:
  1. "In the Flowers"
  2. "My Girls"
  3. "Also Frightened"
  4. "Summertime Clothes"
  5. "Daily Routine"
  6. "Bluish"
  7. "Guys Eyes"
  8. "Taste"
  9. "Lion in a Coma"
  10. "No More Runnin"
  11. "Brother Sport"
This this is now official. It will come to us all on January 20th of next year. Get hyped! Oh, and Brother Sport is now Brothersport. HA!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New Deerhoof Video : Chandelier Searchlight

Deerhoof is such a joy, and their video for Offend Maggie's Chandelier Searchlight might not actually reinforce my statement, but how can you walk away from this song not feeling anything but pleased? I just don't know what more I can say about them. Just check the video out for yourself. (Check down at the bottom of the post for the mp3 as well!)

Also, as you know, the band is playing this year's incarnation of Fun Fun Fun Fest and we have something exciting coming up related to the festival. It should be up by Friday, so check back. Trust us...

Monday, October 06, 2008

New Animal Collective in January (Maybe, Maybe Not)

So if you've been over to Animal Collective's site as of today, you've probably discovered a couple of unusual things. First, the site plays a video of what appears to be a mounted, talking, plastic catfish that sounds what Satan might possibly sound like, for no apparent reason. Second, you also noticed the slightly hard-to-decipher text "Merriweather Post Pavilion", with "January" written beneath it. Some are claiming that this is the title of the album, followed by a hint at the release, but neither the band or the label have commented in it yet, so its all just speculation at this point. I guess we'll just have to wait it out. 

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Fun Fun Fun Fest Announces More Fun!

So if you still aren't going to Fun Fun Fun Fest, I don't know what's wrong with you! I mean, sure you might have a legitimate reason, but you probably don't have one that's good enough, so you might just want to go ahead and buy your tickets now.

I digress. The real point behind this post is to tell you that the good folks behind the festival have announced even more acts, and more will be coming throughout the month of October. This is almost becoming too much to handle.

They have announced that acts like Black Angels, The Black Heart Procession, Municipal Waste, Neil Hamburger, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Octopus Project, James Petralli (White Denim), Golden Arm Trio, Spot & Albert, Grampall Jookabox, Ume, Camp X-Ray, J Davey, Terp2it, Zeal & Phranchyze, and comic rapper Dragonboy Suede will all be joining the lineup this year to add to the already packed lineup. I just don't know how they do it.

Tickets are available through Front Gate Tickets.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Spoon Playing Benefit for Texas Democrats

Austinites Spoon will be back in town to show their support and raise some money for Texas Democrats, specifically Mark Thompson for railroad commissioner. While we won't get all political on you (we are a music blog after all), the band is reminding people to register to vote on their website (and the deadline for Texas is October 6th, just so you know). 

Anyway, the band will be performing at The Parish on October 13th with Gary Clark Jr. If you don't catch the band now, you might not have the chance to do so for a while, because they will be back in the studio to record a new album. Tickets are on sale now for a respectable $35 and are sure to go fast, so get 'em while you can.