Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. Hit Austin Next Month, Issue Free 7" Single


Indie legends Dinosaur Jr. will be hitting Austin next month to play a show on March 20th (I'm not sure if this is SXSW related or not...) at the Cedar Street Courtyard. The band has a forthcoming album slated to be released this summer, and they are offering a free 7" single (or digital download for those analog-challenged fans) with purchase of a ticket to one of their shows. The songs were recorded in J. Mascis' studio for Pitchfork.tv. The A-Side of the single is entitled "I Don't Want to Go There" from their forthcoming album and the B-Side will be a reworked version of the classic "Tarpit"

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SXSW Still Needs 150 Music Production Volunteers!


Straight from the festival:
Music Production Volunteers Needed!

We are still in need of Music Production volunteers to work on our stage crews from March 18-22. Each volunteer will receive a Music Badge in exchange for working a minimum of 3 nights (6:00pm-2:00am) during the Music Festival. These volunteers must be Austin residents, age 21+.

*NEW CREW THIS YEAR: PRODUCTION RELIEF* Production Relief volunteers will work in a different assigned venue each night, Thursday through Saturday, March 19-22, from 5:30pm-2:00am. No specific experience is required.

A minimum of two meetings are required prior to the festival. Although Production Relief volunteers will not work on Wednesday, March 18, a mandatory walk-through will take place that night at 6:00pm. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age - no exceptions. See the crew description page for more details.

The festival is still in needs of some volunteers and its getting closer and closer to the opening of the festival so if you fit the criteria, you should step up and you'll get a free badge out of it. You might not get to use it at the best moments, but you can get some experience and lend a hand to a good cause. If you are interested, you can hit up Music Production Volunteer Coordinator James Shinault (james@sxsw.com) and fill out the volunteer form at www.volunteer.sxsw.com.

Speaking of SXSW, we are going to have a big post about all the unofficial shows (where you can pretty much see any band playing at the festival that matters for free), but we need more shows so stay tuned and check back closer to the festival. Things have been slow here, so we haven't been able to post much, but this year is going to get better, trust us. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Attention : SXSW Wristbands Now On Sale For Locals

If you aren't from here, you don't really need to read this. That's kind of the attitude the folks at SXSW are giving off when they make the first wristbands available to locals only (or at least those with a local credit card billing address). I understand the no scalping thing, but isn't that one of the downsides to a free market? Anyway, if you do have a local credit card billing address, $129 dollars, and want to purchase a wristband, the drawing is open now! Follow the link to get the process going.

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Fever Ray Video : When I Grow Up

The Knife captured just about everyone sensible person's attention a couple of years ago with their haunting vocals and all around strange and spooky Swedish pop music, but 1/2 of the band, Karin Dreijer Andersson aka Fever Ray, has ventured out on her own while The Knife is on hiatus and is producing similar, albeit beautiful music. The new video for her single "When I Grow Up" is enthralling and hard to pull away from. Watch it a few times. The song has a few nuances that take a couple of listens to catch onto. Pay special attention to the beginning of the song when she mentions a boomerang, and when that guitar comes in, things couldn't get better. 


Friday, February 13, 2009

SXSW 2009 Showcases Get Official


The long awaited list of official showcases for SXSW 2009 is finally here. You might one of the fat cats who really cares about all that stuff, or you might be like us, aka those who care for the massive, hysterical day parties and random shows that get thrown together out of sheer awesome planning. Don't get us wrong! We love the showcases too, but we don't have badges or photo passes, and we really do enjoy bringing you photos, seeing as how that is kind of our specialty. Anyway, we've broken down the list and taken the best of what each day (officially) has to offer and posted them right here for your convenience:

1. Tomlab/K Records Showcase - Beauty Bar Backyard - 21+
Parenthetical Girls, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, and more.
2. 4AD Showcase - Central Presbyterian Church - All Ages
Anni Rossi, M. Ward, Department of Eagles, St. Vincent, and Camera Obscura
3. Vans Showcase - Emo's Main Room - All Ages
Ima Robot, H.R. Band (H.R. of Bad Brains), Circle Jerks, Juliette & The New Romantiques, Echo and the Bunnymen
1. Beauty Bar - 21+
Ninjasonik, Team Robespierre, Totally Michael, The Death Set, and more. 
2. eMusic Showcase - Central Presbyterian Church - All Ages
Girls, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Grizzly Bear.
3. The Windish Agency Showcase - Emo's Annex - All Ages
Dirty Projectors, N.A.S.A., Little Boots, Datarock, and more. 
4. La Zona Rosa - All Ages
Lil John, Tori Amos, and more.
5. Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans Showcase - Mohawk - All Ages
Julie Doiron, Foreign Born, These Are Powers, Women, and more. 
6. Patio @ Mohawk - All Ages
Richard Swift, Bishop Allen, Phosphorescent, BLK JKS, Akron/Family, and special guests.
7. Opal Divine's Freehouse - 21+
Matt & Kim and Flosstradamus.
8. Radio Room Patio - All Ages
No Age, Blitzen Trapper, Vetiver, Handsom Furs, and more.
9. Heeb Magazine/Other Music Showcase - Red 7 Patio - All Ages
Suckers, Nite Jewel, Crystal Stilts, Chairlift, Telepathe, and Harlem Shakes.
10. Carpark Showcase - Volume - 21+
Beach House and more.
1. The Billions Corporation Showcase - Antone's - All Ages
Mirah, St. Vincent, and more.
1. Viva Radio/American Apparel Showcase - Club DeVille - 21+
Iran, Colourmusic, Ponytail, and more.
2. Mohawk Patio - All Ages
AIDS Wolf, Clipd Beaks, The Mae Shi, HEALTH, Monotonix, and more. 

(A few notes for the showcases: Above, if there is no showcase name listed, the SXSW website did not have a specific host for the showcase. Also, if there is "and more" in a list of bands, that means I didn't feel like I needed to add the other bands on the bill to the list. You will probably look through the full list and wonder why I didn't post everything that might have a good band or two. These above are those that I felt had the best line-up that might sway you from seeing a show with just one good performer. Also, Sunday night doesn't really have anything listed yet. You can also click on the links for the individual days' schedules above.)

For more information, head on over to the SXSW website, if you are so compelled. We are still waiting on a more comprehensive list of free day parties to arrive, and we will let you know when they do! One last thing: wristband information is now available, but they aren't on sale just yet. The price is $129 dollars and it looks like they will be doing the same Austin-residents-only scheme as last year. There are ways around that though...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jamie Stewart Announces Solo Tour, Subscription Project, and New Album Title


Could my life be any better right now? No, it couldn't. Today, Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu's frontman, announced that he is embarking on a solo trek across the U.S. and the only Texas date falls in our fair city on April 21st at Salvage Vanguard Theater. We don't really know what he will be playing, but at a recent solo show, he played strictly Xiu Xiu material, so we will go with that. In any case, its going to be damn good. Also, photographer/band manager David Horvitz will be accompanying Stewart on the tour to do more photo projects. This time its a little different though. If you bring in rolls of 35mm film and a self addressed, stamped envelope, Horvitz will take the photos and send them back to you, and you can develop them yourself. Also, Horvitz and Stewart intend to take photos of every single person at every one of the shows, and the best 300 will be compiled into a photo book. I have so many things to buy, but I don't mind at all. 

In other news, Stewart is compiling a subscription project of what he is calling "ambient, experimental, and minimalist works." The subscription will cost you $100 and you will get 1 CD of material every month for an entire year. If you pitch in an extra $10 (and why not?), Stewart will throw in another CD and a homemade chocolate. Each CD will be hand-numbered in an edition of 50 (there are only 50 subscriptions avai
lable) and will come with a hand-wrapped felt and yarn cover and a different leaf under each of the CD sleeves. Could it get any better for Xiu Xiu fans? No, it couldn't (although I could use $100 so if you want to donate to my cause, I would appreciate it). 
In regards to the full band, the new Xiu Xiu album will be titled Dear God, I Hate Myself, and is set to come out in 2010, but we'll see how that goes. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tomorrow : Andrew Bird @ Waterloo Records


Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird and crew (I suppose, although it could be solo) will be stopping by everyone's favorite over-rated music store, Waterloo Records, to play a free in-store performance. I suggest showing up a little early if you plan to attend, because Waterloo has been doing some screwy things with their in-stores, like making people wait in a line outside and some deal with wristbands I read on their door last week, but I haven't heard anything like that for this one. Mr. Bird will be playing tomorrow around 5 p.m. and the following day, February 12 at Paramount Theater, which just so happens to be sold out, so a free show at a record store aint half bad. 

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Get Acquainted With : Black Eyes and Mi Ami

To start, I think we should take a look back at Washington D.C.'s defunct Black Eyes, not only because I think they are gigantically underrated, but also because knowing their background will help you grasp what has come out of the band, like Mi Ami

Black Eyes had a short career as a band, lasting roughly from 2001 to 2004, but they managed to garner huge support, releasing both of their full-length albums on the legendary Dischord record label, leaving a huge impact on punk scene, becoming one of the genre's best bands of the last decade. Ripe with talent, every member of the band played more than one instrument or contributed to the vocals, breaking up the monotony of the "typical band". They have certainly had a huge impact on me, and I would suggest pressing play right below to hear why:
Following their untimely break up, the band has since gone in separate ways, forming other bands and working on other projects, one of which is the band Mi Ami. Formed in 2006-2007 after the breakup of Black Eyes, two of the band's members, bassist Jacob Long and vocalist/guitar player Daniel Martin-McCormick, went on to form Mi Ami, along with drummer Damon Palermo. Their sound is more of a funk-meets-African-meets-punk vibe, and the percussion alone is something to get lost in. The band will be touring the U.S. this spring and will be hitting Austin on March 3rd at Mohawk, along with a few dates at SXSW, and you know we will be at a couple of those shows. Their full-length, Watersports, is due out February 17th on Quarterstick Records and they have a few 12"s you can get your hands on right now. 

mp3: Mi Ami - "New Guitar"

Thursday, February 05, 2009

New Grizzly Bear : Cheerleader


Recorded live at one of the band's recent shows in Boston, the new Grizzly Bear mp3 finds us listening to the now-named song "Cheerleader" (previously known as 2hud on the band's set list due to its corresponding track number on their new album). It follows in line with what we have come to expect from the band, following the two tracks previously released through various live means. Hopefully we will get a better recorded version of the song (and all of their new material for that matter) pretty soon so we can start deciphering those lyrics and basking in full-studio production. It is beautiful though. 


The band will be playing SXSW and I'm sure we will get some new tracks, as well as the now-classics out of 'em.