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

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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