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: