Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Grizzly Life's Top Albums of 2009

The end of the year is here and we're glad. This year has been a good one but 2010 looks like it is going to be even better. Here's our take on the year's releases. Keep in mind that its nearly impossible for our small outfit to keep up with everything, so this is not comprehensive by any means, but keep in mind that our #1 album would still be #1 even if we'd heard everything.

#1. Former Ghosts - Fleurs
This album is remarkable in a lot of ways. In it, Freddy Ruppert's lyrics explore the gamut of a relationship with the clarity and brevity of both a well-seasoned lyricist and someone who has lived the words exactly. And he has. In talking with Ruppert, you get a complete sense of sincerity, something that has been missing from music lately. He doesn't fluff anything up beyond the necessary and writes pop songs that anyone can relate to. With the help of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and Zola Jesus's Nika Roza, the album takes on both of their styles and incorporates them in a way that perfectly melds their talents together. There is complete agony and there is light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel hope that is needed to cut the dark moments. The songs can make you cry, dance, and cry again because someone out there knows exactly what you're feeling. It's the most beautiful, well-done album I've heard all year.

#2. The xx - xx
#3. Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights
#4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
#5. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
#6. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
#7. The Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
#8. Girls - Album
#9. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
#10. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tonight : Crystal Antlers and Harlem @ Mohawk

Crystal Antlers and Austin's own Harlem will be at Mohawk tonight. Don't worry though, this one is indoors, so you shouldn't let the cold stop you from enjoying a nice night of music!

Video : Crystal Antlers - "Andrew"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking Headed to Austin

You heard it right! Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking will be touring together early next year and will be making three stops in Texas, one of which is Austin. Both bands will play at Antone's on Jan. 29, 2010. Get ready! Early 2010 is shaping up to be one heck of a time in our fair city. Let's hope SXSW pulls through (we know it will).

Video : Yo La Tengo - "Nothing to Hide" feat. Times New Viking

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Fiery Furnaces Announce January Date for Austin

The brother and sister duo that is The Fiery Furnaces will be hitting the Parish on Jan. 28 of next year when they tour the states in support of their upcoming release I'm Going Away.

Video : "Even in the Rain"

Yeasayer Announce Two Austin Dates in April 2010

Yeasayer will be gifting Austin with two Austin dates out of their upcoming tour in early 2010. We will get to see the band on April 10 and 11 at the Parish. Tickets go on sale Dec. 25th.

NSFW Video : "Ambling Alp"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Two People Arrested After Attempting to Fight Jay Reatard

I wake up this morning, check my Facebook, and a friend of mine has recounted last night's festivities at the Jay Reatard show I missed and the end result does not come as a surprise.

According to Austin 360:
While the set had all the makings of a fun night of pop-punk, it was sadly abridged at only 40 minutes — less than the opening performance by Austin’s own Harlem — after two rowdy fans attacked Reatard on-stage shortly after he announced he was playing the night’s final song. He retaliated by swinging his microphone stand and departed mid-song, giving the at-times rambunctious audience the finger as he exited the stage. There was to be no encore — the lights went up and the PA music kicked in as the two intruding fans were arrested by police outside the club’s Sixth Street entrance.
Who knows what motivated these guys, but whatever it was, but I'm just surprised they thought they might get away with something. Just sit back and enjoy the show. If you didn't like the performance, leave, don't fight someone! Let's hope he keeps coming back to Austin and takes this as an anomaly.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tonight : Jay Reatard w/ Harlem @ Emo's and Kimya Dawson @ Mohawk

Jay Reatard will be hitting Austin this evening with a newly minted band and that same old attitude you've come to love (or hate). If you've been cooped up inside in a pile of blankets and need to get out to keep yourself from going crazy, or if you just need a place to go crazy, tonight's show at Emo's will probably get the job done. Austin's own Harlem, freshly signed to Matador, will be opening the show.

If you need to mellow out because life has been a little too hectic, there's always tonight's Kimya Dawson show at Mohawk. You'll just have to find a way to keep warm as this one is outside.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Why? Video : 'These Hands/January Twenty Something'

If you've listened to Why?'s latest album Eskimo Snow, you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in the middle. It has some material that shines through and some of it falls flat, but you can certainly appreciate the good in the album and if you don't at least it might make you love their previous material even more. Either way, here's a video for "These Hands" and "January Twenty Something", the two opening tracks from the album.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Vinyl Makes A Good Gift : Black Friday Sales in Austin and Dallas!

If you're in the market for some vinyl, you may want to get out to either Waterloo Records in Austin or Good Records in Dallas (where we'll be!) to catch a pretty good sale on most anything in either store. Both stores will be offering 20% off, so instead of waking up super-early and getting trampled at some mega-mart, head out to one of the stores and get something for yourself and the ones you love.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tonight : Neko Case @ Antone's

You can be a little miffed about this one being sold-out if you intended to go but you can't stay too mad when you find out tonight's Neko Case show at Antone's is a benefit for the Austin Food Bank. Locals Oh No Oh My open the show.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Xiu Xiu's 'Dear God, I Hate Myself' Tracklist and Cover Art

Xiu Xiu never ceases to amaze with the depth and breadth of their material and the new album Dear God I Hate Myself is probably only going to expand on their already emotionally, topically and musically expansive catalogue. The album is set for a Feb. 23, 2010 release on Kill Rock Stars. Brace yourselves.

gray death
chocolate makes you happy
apple for a brain
house sparrow
hyunhye's theme
dear God, i hate myself
secret motel
falkland rd.
the fabrizio palumbo retaliation
cumberland gap
this too shall pass away (for freddy)
impossible feeling

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tonight : WOXY and Austinist Present - The Mountain Goats and Final Fantasy @ Antone's

Tonight is another one of those special shows that borders on a double headliner. The Mountain Goats and Final Fantasy will be rolling through our fair city and playing at Antone's for a crowd that is surprisingly not sold-out yet. Give it time. Last time The Mountain Goats were in town, the show was sold out at the door and with Final Fantasy in tow, this one is destined for a packed house. Get your tickets now and get in line early.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Total Coverage : Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009

It's been a little over a week since Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 wrapped up but we're just now recovering from the weekend. Here are our slideshows from both days with photos from bands like Destroyer, Why?, HEALTH, GZA, Crystal Antlers, Times New Viking, Broadcast, Death, Atlas Sound, Mission of Burma, mc Chris, and plenty of others. Enjoy the photos until we can get our write ups finished!

Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 1

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2

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New Beach House : 'Norway'

(Teen Dream cover art)

After seeing Beach House play their song "Norway" in a video last year, we've been wanting to hear a studio version of the song and that day has finally come. The band will be releasing Teen Dream, their Sub Pop debut, on Jan. 26, and from what we've heard of the album from the band's live shows, it will live up to their previous two efforts. We can't wait.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Tonight : Pre- Fun Fun Fun Fest Parties!!!

It is the eve of Fun Fun Fun Fest and we couldn't be more excited. There are a ton of amazing things going on tonight in Austin and if you're going to be sitting at home, get your asses out there and do something fun!

First off, the good guys of Eets Feats will be playing at the Rancho Relaxo house witha bunch of other bands, and they are always worth your time. Rumor has it, they will have some freshly recorded material to hand out for free. You're going to want to ge
t on that.
Next up, presents The Hood Internet over at Beauty Bar with a bunch of other acts playing.
Last but certainly not least, the dudes of Learning Secrets will be playing with Best Fwends, Totally Michael and a special DJ set from Yeasayer. It's pretty hard to beat that one.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tonight : Austin Bleet-Up Presents: Austin Meet Your Bloggers

Tonight, as in right now, you should head out to the Bleet Up where you can meet some bloggers (not us...) and listen to some music before Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend. Check the poster!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tonight : Monster Show 4 Opening Reception @ Domy Books

Nothing to do until that party later tonight? Head on over to Domy Books for Monster Show 4 featuring some amazing artists like Tim Kerr, Give Up, Michael Sieben, Will Bryant, and about a million more. The show starts tonight at 7 and lasts until 9, so you can easily stay the whole time, check it all out, and make it to your parties. Admission is free and the show runs through Dec. 3.

Friday, October 30, 2009

New High Places Video : 'I Was Born'

Lately, my intuition about band's with new releases has been pretty dead on, and I hope it continues. This time, it's High Places, who have yet to put out something less than wonderful. They continue the streak with a new video for their new single "I Was Born". The song is the first from the band to feature Mary Pearson's primary instrument, the bassoon, and we find the band expanding their sound even further. The band is set to release their next album (and go on a supporting tour) in the spring of 2010. It's beautiful and the video is worth a watch. Mary Pearson and Rob Barber are painted silver and in the wilderness. What more could you ask for?

New No Age Video : 'Losing Feeling'

There's a new No Age video and you should watch it! It's for their excellent song "Losing Feeling" from their new EP of the same name. In it, the boys turn into mice, but with the help of some potion, turn back into their human selves just in time to play the last 30 or so seconds of the song. No Age will be in town next weekend for Fun Fun Fun Fest! Get pumped!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CASH Music Fundraiser feat. Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more

CASH Music is having a fundraiser (being that they are non-profit) in order to keep their endeavors going and you can help by entering to win some awesome rarities from equally awesome artists. The deal is that you will throw down a little bit of money for a chance to win a prize of your choice, and your money will go to help CASH out. It's pretty simple. Here is a tiny sample of some of the prizes up for grabs:

- Kill Rock Stars has a test press of Deerhoof's Offend Maggie or Xiu Xiu's The Air Force.
- Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu had a pile of stuff including a bunch of rarities, all signed by the man himself.
- Greg Saunier of Deerhoof hand wrote all the sheet music for Offend Maggie and you can win the original copy from 1 of 14 songs on the album.
- There's a silkscreened poster from a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show.

Head over to the CASH Music website, enter to win some great stuff, and help out some good folks.

Lightning Bolt's Earthly Delights Out Now

Lightning Bolt have been consistent across the board. Their new album Earthly Delights is out now on Load Records (it's been out for a couple of weeks now, we just remembered to remind you). It will be near the top of our year-end Best Of... list and it is well worth your consideration. Now if only the guys would tour and get to Austin. One can dream.

New Zola Jesus Video : 'Clay Bodies'

Zola Jesus's Nika Roza has an effortlessly beautiful voice. You know this. Now watch the video for the absolutely beautiful song "Clay Bodies" from her record The Spoils. She plays with lace, sings for the camera and prances around what looks like an abandoned mansion.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Midlake Prep New Album : The Courage of Others

Remember Midlake? Those dudes from Denton who put out The Trials of Van Occupanther? That excellent album from way back yonder in 2006? Yeah, well the band will be back on Feb. 2, 2010 with their new album The Courage of Others. We're looking forward to it.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tonight : Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill, Lou Barlow and more @ Stubb's

If you need any coaxing to go to this show, you must not have a pulse! Austin hasn't had a good multi-headliner show like this one outside of a festival-related scene in a long time and this one is certainly worth every bit of your time. Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill, Lou Barlow + The Missing Men and Disco Doom. It all goes down at Stubb's this evening.

Friday, October 23, 2009

New Hawnay Troof Video : 'Body Armageddon'

If you know anything about Hawnay Troof, you know things can get a little crazy. At his live shows, he takes off his clothes, jumps into the audience, and climbs whatever he can. The video for his new song "Body Armageddon" captures the spirit of the live performance and takes it to a whole new level. Watch his get pummeled, covered in paint, silly-string, feathers and all other kinds of gross goop. The new album Daggers at the Moon is out as of yesterday and it hits pretty hard. Hawnay Troof will be in Austin at Emo's on November 9. Be there.

Tonight : The Black Heart Procession @ Mohawk

No plans? Want to keep it mellow tonight? Go check out The Black Heart Procession at Mohawk and let them keep you warm this evening.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Former Ghosts Video : 'Hold On - 'Fleurs' Out Today

If you couldn't tell already, we're pretty infatuated with Former Ghosts' debut album Fleurs, which is out today on Upset the Rhythm on white vinyl, CD and digital download. The band has also released their first official video for the song "Hold On". Here's what Amir Shoucri, the video's director, has to say about it:
"The "Hold On" music video documents a night of self punishment at the hands of mixing as many different alcohols as possible (including a scene of a new drink called the "Narsty Dad" that mixes Campari with Nyquil) due to a case of the common heartbreak," says video creator Amir Shoucri. "What starts off as a goofy night at the Redondo Beach Pier quickly deteriorates into a depressing, shameful, self induced alcohol poisoning barf fest. We've all been there. Kind of."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tonight : Thee Oh Sees @ Beerland

Thee Oh Sees @ Ms. Bea's 1
(photo: yours truly)

No plans for a Sunday evening? I couldn't think of a better way (regarding music) than to spend the night with Thee Oh Sees at Beerland. You will enjoy it. If you haven't seen them before and have even the slightest interest in the band, go see them. And if you have seen them before, go see them again. You will not regret it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Former Ghosts Interview

Before their show on Monday night, Freddy Ruppert and Jamie Stewart of Former Ghosts were kind enough to sit down with me for an interview. We talked about their debut album, Fleurs, the song "Mother", and some of Jamie's thoughts on religion. The video gets cut short, but you are getting the bulk of the interview.

Tonight : Wavves (feat. Zach Hill) @ Emo's

Wavves has been a polarizing band since its inception and that will probably continue through Nathan Williams' career, but I have to doubt that he minds. Wavves is getting even more interesting with the Zach Hill collaboration, and if you're lucky enough to make it out to tonight's show, you can see it all happening right in front of you. Hill and Williams will be taking the outside stage at Emo's this evening to play some of the old Wavves stuff and a little bit of the new.

Wavves (feat. Zach Hill) - "So Bored"

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Review & Photos : Former Ghosts @ Mohawk

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There are a few things that have kind of caught me off guard about Former Ghosts. I have been familiar with This Song Is A Mess..., Xiu Xiu, and Zola Jesus for some time now but Former Ghosts has taken a life of its own. I initially thought it would sound fairly close to This Song and Xiu Xiu but Former Ghosts is truly standing on its own. Fans of any of the projects involved in the band will love Former Ghosts, but you can also come to their music having not heard any of the band members' previous material and still get the intimate sense that is conveyed on the record. Fleurs is such a genuine album and that can be hard to come by in a majority of today's music. Hearing Freddy talk about the album's backstory just made me fall in love with it even more. Seeing him dealing with everything he discusses on the album right there on stage in front of everyone was hard to watch but it gives me a lot of hope for music when I see people like him putting everything they have into what they're doing. Freddy and Jamie both compliment each other both on stage and on the album. Jamie's percussion adds the live element that makes a band's performance unique and not just a repeat of what you can hear on the record. His backing vocals add a depth to the performance that needs to be heard by anyone even remotely interested in Former Ghosts. If they are coming anywhere near you, you should make it a point to be there when they play. I can't even imagine how the tour would be if Nika Roza were able to play the shows, but I have no doubt that it would have been incredible to hear her sing her songs live. Fleurs will be released on Oct. 20 and the band has copies of the record on tour right now. Needless to say, I can't stop listening to it.

mp3: Former Ghosts - "Unfolding" (via Stereogum)

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Tomorrow : Former Ghosts @ Mohawk

Former Ghosts Poster
(poster by yours truly)

I haven't been this excited for a tour in a good while. (You may even be able to guess which tour that was and it certainly had something to do with this band.) Former Ghosts will be in Austin tomorrow night at Mohawk. They have not released their debut album, Fleurs, but if you are at the show tomorrow night the band should have copies of both the vinyl and the c.d. The album is well worth your time and will be firmly in our year-end best of 2009 list without a doubt. The song writing is beautiful, the lyrics are well thought out, and if you know Freddy Ruppert and Jamie Stewart, you now they can put on a good show.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Review & Photos : Broken Social Scene @ Seaholm Power Plant

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Broken Social Scene weren't on tour, weren't playing ACL, and are in the middle of recording their first album since 2005 (due out in spring of 2010 according to Kevin Drew). It was a combination of those points and the fact that their show was the first concert at the decommissioned Seaholm Power Plant, that attracted such a buzz in the week leading up to the concert. In any case, the crowd was 1.) well on their way past sobriety and/or 2.) just extra antsy to see the spectacle that is Broken Social Scene that by the time the band took the stage and jumped into a vamped up version of "Lover's Spit" (with Munaf Rayani of Explosions in the Sky on guitar), the crowd surged with enthusiasm for every well-known song the band played and laid back for every new song, soaking it all in. Speaking of new, the band played the American debut (they said it was only their second time playing it live) of a new song, entitled "Texaco Bitches", from their upcoming release. The band's set was heavy on the familiar with songs like "Looks Just Like The Sun", "Cause = Time", and "Fire Eye'd Boy"among others. The band also broke out some of the Broken Social Scene Presents... material like Brendan Canning's "Churches Under the Stairs". The band was missing a few members (notably the ladies), but they were in full form. Canning spoke of "studio legs" but they seemed to be on their festival-sized performance legs by at least the third or fourth song. The power plant provided a nice backdrop for the band but for those of us down in front, it didn't look like much. The smokestacks were lit with different colored and patterned lights which was a nice accent on either side of the stage but other than that, there wasn't a whole lot to see. The stage looked like one you would see at ACL or another large-scale festival so it obscured most of the backdrop of the beautiful structure that is Seaholm Power Plant. All that aside, the sound was incredible and the band was spot on.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Listen : Former Ghosts - 'Mother'

Former Ghosts, consisting of Freddy Ruppert of This Song Is A Mess But So Am I, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Nika Roza of Zola Jesus, isn't another one of those super-group, over-inflated ego projects you might see pop up every couple of years and then fade into obscurity. Their music has actual substance and their debut record Fleurs (out Oct. 20) is a beautiful piece of work that complements each artist's individual talents. The song "Mother" is just one exemplification of that idea. It is a deeply personal and moving song that may be too much to deal with if it were presented in a different light, but the underlying positivity in the song leaves you feeling great.

Former Ghosts (minus Nika Roza) will be in Austin at Mohawk on Monday, Oct. 5 and they should have the record with them by then, so pick up a copy at the show.

mp3: Former Ghosts - "Mother"

Nothing To Do Tonight?

If you don't have anything to do tonight, consider that problem fixed:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Lightning Bolt : 'Colossus'

Lightning Bolt continue to amaze on their new record Earthly Delights, out Oct. 13 on Load Records. This record finds the guys in a heavier place than 2005's Hypermagic Mountain, and yes, there is such a thing as heavier Lightning Bolt. This record may be more melodic and recognizable to someone who hasn't delved into the band's music much, but it gives the band's long-time fans plenty to grab onto. Lightning Bolt's slow jam "Colossus" is available for your listening pleasure right this very second. The song starts out with a slow bass riff and Brian Chippendale lays down a steady, even-keeled beat that compliments the bass like only Lightning Bolt could. Things pick up in the second half of the song but you should really just hear it for yourself. It's good to have them back.

Final Fantasy Reveals Concept Album, Tours with Mountain Goats

Final Fantasy 1

Owen Pallet, aka Final Fantasy, has been working on his third full-length LP, Heartland, since November 2008 but I have a feeling the idea has existed for much longer.

"The songs themselves form a narrative concerning a farmer named Lewis and the fictional world of Spectrum. The songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis, a young, ultra-violent farmer speaking to his creator," Pallet said.

The album is a fully orchestrated record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece of orchestral music and a set of songs for looped violin and voice. Heartland will be out Jan. 12, 2010 on Domino Records.

Final Fantasy will be on tour with The Mountain Goats this fall and will land in our fair city on November 18, 2009 at Antone's.

Clarification for Seaholm Power Plant ACL After Party

Last week we posted about the Broken Social Scene concert taking place at Seaholm Power Plant this Friday and ALL of the details have been clarified since that first post. We originally reported that the venue held 300 people but we now know that it will be able to hold 4,000 people. The figure of 300 is the number of VIPs that will actually be able to go inside the power plant and enjoy the party from there. The actual concert will be taking place in a lot to the side of the power plant (but trust us, its still pretty amazing). If you follow Rare Austin on Twitter, they will make an announcement later today as to where you will be able to pick up your wristbands for the party, which will get you priority entry when the doors open at 8 p.m. and you will want to get there early.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tonight in San Antonio : Eets Feats with The Intellegence

The boys in Eets Feats will be playing a show tonight in San Antonio with The Intellegence. If you find yourself in Alamo city this evening, it would behoove you to make it out to their show.

Monday, September 28, 2009

RIP : Beau Velasco (The Death Set)

"R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. For all those who wish to pay their respects I will let [you] know soon." - THEDEATHSET

We've seen a bunch of The Death Set's shows (never with Beau, sadly) and we've always had a good time. There's definitely a strong sense of community around the band and we know he will be sorely missed.

Sound on Sound Closing Its Doors

This one brings a tear to my eye (yes, it's a big deal): Austin 360 is reporting that Sound on Sound, the best damn punk record store in Austin, will be closing its doors Oct. 12. They are apparently having a clearance sale right now (which I will be going to ASAP today) and I always find at least one record worth taking home when I peruse their selection. I cannot believe one of the best record stores in Austin is going under. Over the year or so I have been going there, I purchased a sealed copy of Big Boy's "No Matter How Long the Line is at the Cafeteria, There's Always a Seat", JFA's "Valley of the Yakes", and a bunch of other amazing records. It's a shame.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tonight : Crocodiles @ Emo's

Crocodiles are in town tonight and they will be playing at Emo's, opening for The Horrors, and playing after Woven Bones. The dudes put on a good show so it would be well worth your time.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Broken Social Scene to Play Seaholm Power Plant

According to Austinist, WOXY, the Austin-based internet radio station, will be hosting an ACL aftershow Friday, October 2nd featuring Broken Social Scene at Seaholm Power Plant at 800 W. Cesar Chavez. The venue holds 300 (NOPE: 4,000) people and the show will be free to those who RSVP. Good luck getting in to this one.

New St. Vincent Video : 'Marrow'

Friday, September 18, 2009

Review & Photos : Eets Feats and The Beets @ Lamar Pedestrian Bridge

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Eets Feats, newcomers to the Austin music scene, and The Beets, hailing from New York, made an interesting spectacle on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (Pfluger Bridge, whatever) Thursday. Set up by Eets Feats, the guerilla-style performance set up over Lady Bird Lake with downtown in sight went on without a hitch to those not behind the scenes. Teetering on cancellation due to inadequate communication between the bands (a case of phone tag) and the looming threat of rain, there was almost no show. Thankfully, it didn't rain, didn't get shut down by the cops, and had a great built-in audience with the Thursday Night Social Ride crowd showing up early for the ride to catch the bands.

Eets Feats played their first Austin show to a receptive crowd and for an impromptu show, the band did a fantastic job of showcasing their multi-instrument round-robin style of playing. Each member switched off between guitars, drums, and vocal parts to give their music (and their playing style) a needed aspect that makes their music unique. Austin is lacking in local bands that can bring out the crowd Eets Feats is appealing to, and I will leave it up to you to make your own decision about them and listen to their music. The Beets showed up shortly after Eets Feats finished up and made haste to set up their instruments and get playing before the ride left. A surprising number of the riders gathered around to check out the band and, despite some technical problems, the band played a really great set.

Austin honestly needs more shows on the bridge. They allow people to come to bridge to seek out the bands and watch them play for free and they also allow the random passers-by that run, jog, bike, and walk the bridge to get caught up in something they wouldn't normally see. Getting bands out of venues and playing free shows is something we should strive for. The whole DIY movement is very inspiring and we can take it to the bridge to make the music scene that much more vibrant. I am personally hoping to see many more shows set up on the bridge and if we here at The Grizzly Life can be a vehicle to make that happen, we would be intensely pleased.

Tonight : KVRX's Back To School Extravaganza @ Mohawk

KVRX is throwing their annual Back to School Extravaganza tonight at Mohawk. The Eastern Sea, No Mas Bodas, Fat Tony, Best Fwends, and The Low Lows will all be playing and the first band goes on at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tomorrow : The Beets, Airwaves, and Eets Feats @ The Ped Bridge

This Thursday night The Beets, Air Waves, and Eets Feats will be playing on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge prior to the weekly Thursday Night Social Ride. The show will take place at 6:15 p.m. before the ride and if it's anything like the shows we've been to on the bridge, it will be worth your time. Head on over to ATXBS for more info.

If you've got plans for Thursday night, cancel 'em. If you have a paper to write, something to read, something to study for, do it tonight and get it out of the way. Shows this good in such a good location don't happen often. It's an early one, so there's no excuse to miss this one!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Watch : "Todd P Goes to Austin"

Pitchfork has the film "Todd P Goes to Austin" up for one week and not only is it relevant because most of it takes place right here in our fair city, but the ideas in place behind Todd P's whole vision with SXSW are ones that we agree with whole heartedly. Todd Patrick is the man behind a lot of awesome stuff going on in New York and he brings his DIY ideas down to Austin for the glorious week we know as SXSW and sets up shop at a little patio in back of Ms. Bea's on the east side of 6th Street. The shows he sets up feature some of the best bands at SXSW and the best part about it is that they are all always free to anyone who wants to stop by. The festival has become so influenced by corporate entities that someone had to turn that whole notion on its ass and Todd P was the guy to do it. We have covered many shows there over the past two years at the festival and we will continue to go back as long as he makes the trek down from New York. We love everything Todd stands for and want to see this happening on a greater scale. I cannot heap enough praise on everyone behind what is going on in the movie.

The movie features performances by Matt & Kim, High Places, The Death Set, Dan Deacon, Mika Miko, and a bunch more.

Tonight : Little Gold, The Eastern Sea and More @ Cole St. House

Here's something to do tonight. Head out to the Cole Street house to catch a good show with Little Gold, The Eastern Sea and more. We saw some shows there at SXSW and it was a pretty cool get-up so don't be afraid of a house show.

New Grizzly Bear Video : 'While You Wait for the Others'

Its hard to remember when Grizzly Bear was relatively unknown but these days, everyone and their mother likes the band, and who can really blame them? Sure, some might being up the idea that underground music is perhaps getting "safer" for the masses, but things are still a little weird, right? In any case, here's the new Grizzly Bear video for "While You Wait for the Others", one of their songs from Veckatimest that came out forever ago. It features a dude in a fencing mask and lots of stop-motion animation... and a great song. Enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Dirty Projectors Fill Hole in ACL Schedule

(photo: Sarah Cass)

Austin City Limits has been marred with big cancellations in the past couple of years and that has some who shell out their money to see big names play the stages at Zilker Park feeling miffed. That being said, the smaller bands have been on the rise for those last few years and the people at C3 seem to be catching on. Dirty Projectors have been tapped to fill one of the holes in the ACL schedule and will be playing on Sunday, October 4 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Fun Fun Fun Fest Schedule Released

For those of you who like to plan ahead, the Fun Fun Fun Fest schedule has been announced. We have spotted several scheduling conflicts for what we plan on covering, but we are going to try to get it all! It's going to be a good time.

New Fever Ray Video : 'Seven'

Fever Ray's self-titled album is probably going to end up somewhere in our year-end best of list, and if we made one for videos, those would be up there too. Here's a new one to add to the growing collection of her videos, which are more like short-films set to her music than they are music videos. This one for the song "Seven" takes us to a barnyard with cattle, an old woman lip-syncing the lyrics to the song and a wolf-faced witch doctor practicing on the old woman. It should brighten up your day undoubtedly.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

New Built to Spill : 'Hindsight'

Here's the first released track, "Hindsight", from the next Built to Spill effort entitled There is No Enemy. The dudes (and their beards) will be in town playing with Dinosaur Jr. at Stubb's on Saturday, October 24th. It's kind of hard to tell who will be headlining that show and we like it that way.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Sonic Youth Drops Out of ACL

Austin 360 broke that Sonic Youth is dropping out of ACL, citing an injury from one of the band members. The band was also scheduled to tape an Austin City Limits television performance on October 5, but that too has been cancelled. There is no word on who will replace the band, but whoever it is, they have some big shoes to fill.

New HEALTH Video : 'Die Slow'

Here's the new video from HEALTH, entitled "Die Slow", from their new album Get Color. I hope you like the following: Female Urban Outfitters models, piles of bodies, overlaid video shots, HEALTH, advertisements, and... blood. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

What to See : September and October

We feel that we've been doing a disservice to the few of you who make come here to actually find something out and make an informed decision on which live shows to go see, so with the help of Showlist Austin, we have put together a list of notable shows to catch in the coming months. September is relatively calm but October is not holding anything back. We have ACL, Grizzly Bear and Beach House, Former Ghosts, Bon Iver, Thee Oh Sees, Dinosaur Jr., and a lot more to make this fall one of the best we've seen in a long time. Check it out:

Saturday, 9/5
- Learning Secrets and Autobody @ Beauty Bar
Wednesday 9/9
- O Pioneers!, The Anchor, Used Kids, Tenement, and Cruddy @ Beerland
Friday 9/11
- Chairlift and TV Torso @ Emo's
Thursday 9/17
- The Beets, Air Waves, Yellow Fever, and The Cowabunga Babez @ Emo's
Wednesday 9/23
- The Sian Alice Group, The Boxing Lesson, and My Education @ Mohawk
Thursday 9/24
- Ra Ra Riot, Maps and Atlases, and Princeton @ Emo's
- Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, and We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Mohawk
Saturday 9/26
- Asobi Seksu, Cave Singers and Lightning Dust @ Mohawk
- The Horrors, Crocodiles, and Woven Bones @ Emo's
- Busdriver and Abstract Rude @ Red 7
Thursday 10/1
- The Walkmen, Blitzen Trapper, and Wye Oak @ Emo's (out)
- School of Seven Bells and Magic Wands @ Emo's (in)
Friday 10/2
- ACL Day 1
- !!!, Harlem, and Neon Indian @ Emo's
Saturday 10/3
- ACL Day 2
- Grizzly Bear and Beach House @ Emo's
Sunday 10/4
-ACL Day 3
- Bon Iver and Megafaun @ The Paramount Theater
Monday 10/5
- Former Ghosts and Crushes @ Mohawk
Wednesday 10/7
- David Bazan and Say Hi @ Mohawk
Friday 10/9
- Black Lips and Strange Boys @ Mohawk
- Dan Deacon and Nuclear Power Pants @ Emo's
Saturday 10/10
- Wavves, Ganglains, and Soft Pack @ Emo's
Sunday 10/11
- Ghostface Killah and Fashawn @ Emo's
Wednesday 10/14
- Japandroids, The Coathangers, and Woven Bones @ Emo's
Friday 10/16
- Vivian Girls @ Red 7
Sunday 10/18
- Thee Oh Sees @ Beerland
Saturday 10/24
- Built to Spill and Dinosaur Jr. @ Stubb's
Monday 10/26
- Dirty Projectors @ Antone's
Tuesday 10/27
- Islands, Jemina Pearl, and Tot Y Moi @ Mohawk

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Dirty Projectors Return to Austin This Fall

(photo by: Sarah Cass)

As odd a setup as the last Dirty Projectors Austin show was (oddly late, at a smaller venue), it sold out fairly quickly to the surprise of many. The band has just announced that they will be embarking on another tour of the states this fall and Austin is one of the lucky cities on the list. The band will stop by Antone's on Monday, October 26th. I doubt that Greg Ginn will be playing with the band again, but a Black Flag fan can cross his fingers, can't he? Tickets just went on sale at 10 AM this morning so get yours before you can't anymore!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New No Age : 'You're A Target'

No Age @ Club 1808 12
(Photo by us!)

Here's a new one for you. It's the closing track from No Age's new EP Losing Feeling (out October 6th) and it's called "You're A Target". The guys will be in town for Fun Fun Fun Fest and we can't wait. I'm sure they will be bringing this one, more new ones, and all the oldies for us to enjoy.

mp3: No Age - "You're A Target" (via pf)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Full Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup Is Here!

They have done it! The good folks at Transmission have made the impossible possible and have succeeded in putting together a lineup that will trounce the past three years of Fun Fun Fun Fest. I won't waste any more of your time. Here's some of the highlights:

No Age
Mika Miko
7 Seconds
Of Montreal
Le Savy Fav
Fucked Up
Atlas Sound

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Fun Fun Fun Fest Acts Announced

Four more new acts performing at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest hit the net today and they will not disappoint. This year's festival is going to be a good one, especially since the bulk of the lineup hasn't even been revealed yet. The new ones are in bold:

Kid Sister, DRI (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), Yeasayer, Vega, GZA, Atlas Sound, WHY?, Melt Banana, 7 Seconds, Death, Le Savy Fav, Jesus Lizard, King Khan & BBQ Show, Shearwater, Todd Barry, Red Sparowes, Broadcast, and Lucero.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ACL 2009 Aftershows Announced

The ACL aftershows will probably be the best bet this year if you're one of those people who doesn't like the sun, likes an intimate setting, and have a little bit of extra cash stored up. This year's aftershows are something special and it will certainly be a difficult task to weigh the different shows against one another. Here's the list of those worth checking out:

Thursday, October 1
- The Walkmen, Blitzen Trapper, and Wye Oak @ Emo's Outside
- School of Seven Bells and Magic Wands @ Emo's Jr.

Friday, October 2
- Devotchka and Los Amigos Invisibles @ La Zona Rosa
- The Raveonettes and Here We Go Magic @ The Parish
- !!!, Harlem, and Neon Indian @ Emo's Outside

Saturday, October 3
- Grizzly Bear and Beach House @ Emo's Outside

Sunday, October 4
- Bon Iver and Megafaun @ Paramount

You can grab tickets to all of these shows as part of the pre-sale if you pay for them before they go on sale to the general public on Thursday. Just head on over to this site and pick them up before midnight on Wednesday. When you go to pay, just enter the code "GREENGRASS" and the pre-sale tickets are all yours.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yet Another New Wavves Song (& Video) Featuring Zach Hill : 'Hula Hoop'

I hate to post a lot about one artist in particular, but this new Wavves material is really doing it for me. While it does contain more of the formulaic stuff we've heard in the past from Nathan Williams, you can't help but think that Williams got really really lucky to have the phenom on drums that is Zach Hill. Here's a video of the two playing a new one entitled "Hula Hoop".

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Review & Photos : The 6th Annual Pandarosa Showcase @ Trammel Crow Lake in Dallas

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To be honest, I was skeptical when all of the equipment was being set up in the middle of a field at Trammel Crow Lake Park. But, despite being marred by a minor setback involving theft earlier in the day and a delayed starting time, this year's Showcase was one of the best in The Pandarosa's history. The location turned out to be the perfect setting, just on the edge of the city the label has worked around all these years. It provided a picturesque backdrop to the night's music. The weather was on everyone's side and made the events of the evening that much more enjoyable. The round-robin style of switching out bands every two (or so) songs kept things fresh. The band's sets all worked out nicely and sounded fantastic. All those who played really care for what they are doing and deserve more recognition than they are getting.

In the photos above, you will see Johnny the Wham, We Are Not Shepherds, Jacob Chaney, Mary Anne Thompson, and Abraham Kills the Giant.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Wavves : 'Cool Jumper' (featuring Zach Hill)

When we first heard about the impending collaboration between Nathan Williams of Wavves and drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill, we were a little taken aback. Williams is kind of luke-warm at times, but he has his moments of brilliance. Hill is a stunningly technical and consistently talented musician, so the contrast between the two names could come off a bit funny, but it seems that their first song together could dispel all that skepticism. In a blog post, Williams linked to a Wavves song entitled "Cool Jumper" and tagged Zach Hill in the post. Throughout the song, the drumming isn't too technical, but it ramps up towards the end. Otherwise, the song comes off as a successful attempt at the collaboration between a seasoned vet and a fast-rising rookie.

In other news, Wavves will be in town at Emo's on October 10th.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Listen to the New No Age EP 'Losing Feeling' For Free

No Age has a new 4-song, vinyl and download-only, EP due out October 6th on Sub Pop, but you don't have to wait that long to hear it. Losing Feeling, in its entirety, is up for streaming on Sub Pop's sight right now. Give it a go!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

This Weekend : The Pandarosa Showcase @ Trammel Crow Lake in Dallas

I have often thought to myself that I would never post about something unless I genuinely believed it was worth your time and I feel that I have stayed true to that standard. That being said, it often happens that you might have a friend (or friends in this case) that wants to play music and you may tell them that they are great, outstanding even, and offer your support, when really what they are doing is sub-par. But hey, you want to be a good friend right?

That's not the case with my friends at The Pandarosa. They are my friends and family first, and I view them as musicians second, but they are damn good at what they do. This will be the sixth incarnation of their annual Pandarosa Showcase and they keep getting better each year. This year's festivities will take place at Trammel Crow Lake and will include the gorgeous back-drop of downtown Dallas. Not every band on the label will be there in physical form, but each band will be playing from the entire Pandarosa back catalogue, as well as showcasing new material and new talent. There will also be a visual arts showcase from extended members of the Pandarosa family to bring it all home. If you're in Dallas this weekend, you won't want to miss it.

Everything happens this Saturday, August 8th at Trammel Crow Lake in Dallas at 7 p.m.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Enter to Win Space Available Tickets for M. Ward's ACL Taping

If you've ever seen him play live, you know that M. Ward has quite a knack for making you feel like you're watching some super secret private performance. That being said, you actually can see a semi-secret, very intimate (minus all the television cameras) performance when Ward tapes his Austin City Limits performance next Wednesday, August 5th at 8 p.m. Enter to win a pair of space available tickets by following the link. If you don't make the cut for the taping, M. Ward will also be performing in a slightly less intimate, yet still just as satisfying show at Antone's on Tuesday, August 4th.