Friday, January 29, 2010

Review & Photos : The Fiery Furnaces and Drug Rug @ The Parish

The Fiery Furnaces played a rousing set featuring songs and sounds from all over the map. Songs were blended into one another and would change tempos at breakneck speed, keeping their audience on their toes. Their live sets have been known to be drastically different from their records and that's what Austin got at The Parish this Thursday night.

Jason Loewensten and Rod D'Amico, along with Matthew Friedberger, soaked the music in an intensity that gives their live show the unique quality that makes the ticket price worth it. Matthew Friedberger ditched the piano for this tour and focused all of his energy into playing the guitar, which he does exceptionally well. If he wasn't so good at it, I would say stick to the piano, but his guitar playing matched the heaping amounts of bass and drums perfectly. Eleanor Friedberger has a commanding stage presence and a 1,000 yard stare that could make someone at the back of the club fall in love or crumble to their feet (or both).

The band's songs were pulled from all over their catalogue (if my ears serve me) but the songs that got the best reaction were those whose rock elements shone through and hit the crowd square in the chest. The band played a lengthy encore, in which the first song, "Waiting To Know You", was played exclusively by the Friedberger siblings, with Eleanor on drums and Matthew on guitar and vocals. The length of the encore was a bit surprising but it was well-deserved and the crowd wasn't complaining.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tonight : The Fiery Furnaces @ The Parish

Don't let the rain get you down. This week's weather in Austin went from incredible to gloomy and staying at home will do nothing for your sanity. Flee cabin fever and come out to The Parish this evening to catch The Fiery Furnaces, supported by Drug Rug. Door open at 8 p.m. and tickets are a paltry $15.

Video: The Fiery Furnaces - "Keep Me In The Dark" (live on KEXP)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Review & Photos : Spoon @ Waterloo Records

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Austin and Spoon only added to it with what I believe was the first-ever Waterloo Records in-store held in the parking lot. The official quote said the lot held 1400 at capacity and there must have been that many people in attendance. Folks were seated on the lot as early 11:30 a.m. according to a few on the front row. The weather was certainly in favor of an outside show and it couldn't have been much better. While the crowd was facing the sun, most made due and enjoyed the set. The crowd even spilled out onto the sidewalks surrounding Waterloo as spectators chose that particular spot over the crowded parking lot. Britt Daniel and crew ran through their most recent release, Transference, and a few older favorites during their hour-long set that featured a crowd-pleasing encore. Someone in the audience took the time to shout the question, "How's the weather in Portland?", to which Daniel responded, "I wouldn't know. We've been hanging out here." Some probably have a bit of animosity towards Spoon for uprooting to Portland but they weren't playing a free show to 1400 people in Portland, now were they?

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tonight : Learning Secrets 6 Year Anniversary @ Beauty Bar!

The dudes in Learning Secrets are awesome and you should get your butt down to beauty Bar this fine evening to celebrate their 6 year anniversary. You can RSVP at this link, but make sure you actually click the event's name before you hit send or it won't work! An RSVP lets you pay $5 at the door instead of $8 and the first 100 people through the doors get free drinks! You can't beat that. Classixx and Woolfy will be on hand to help get you off your butt and onto your feet. Doors are at 9 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Help Austin Help Haiti Through Music

There's a lot you can do to help the country of Haiti in their time of need and a couple of those ways involve music right here in Austin!
First off, the Hope For Haiti Benefit Concert starts shortly at 7 at The Parish but you still have time to get down there if you're reading this right now! Pay $10 at the door and all of the proceeds from the show will go to the relief efforts. Check the poster for the bands.

On January 24, there will be a concert entitled Help Us Help Haiti at Austin Music Hall with acts like Alseep at the Wheel, Jack Ingram, Joe Ely, Kinky Friedman, Robert Earl Keen and more. No word yet on what the proceeds of the concert will go to, but we're sure they will go into the right hands (at least we hope so...).

New Xiu Xiu : 'Dear God, I Hate Myself'

(photo: Huy Ngo)

Xiu Xiu's new album Dear God, I Hate Myself is probably going to be our favorite album of the year and now, you can download the title track from the album over at the RCRD LBL site. Jamie Stewart had this to say about the song :
“The title came from a night a literally being on my knees and speaking these words in a prayer to God. It is about the tension between feeling hopeless but also feeling as if spiritual love is possible and there for you if you want it. The drum programming is a result of 1,000 hours of tiny, tiny edits and ruminations. However, the lyrics in a rare, present instance came all at once in about five minutes.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

R.I.P. Jay Reatard

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Jay Reatard died in his sleep last night in his Memphis home. The garage rock prodigy was 29 years old.

From Goner Records:
"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public."
It's a sad day indeed. Jay Reatard will be missed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Former Ghosts Video : 'Flowers'

After making our favorite album of 2009, Fleurs, it stands to reason that Former Ghosts would make one of the weirder videos we've ever seen. The video for "Flowers" was directed by Paul Rodriguez and is described by him in the following way:
“The video has everything I love: home made weapons, a chola, piss play, night time, fun neighborhoods, dead things, pretty things, a girl crying, bondage, and people being choked,” saysRodriguez. “The video process started months ago when I was in forbidden woods in a remote part of Texas. There was no deer or river so I left. After I heard the song the first thing I though of was L.A. at night, and then it progressed to evil stuff. So I began to drive around at night and write based upon the locations I saw (the actual places not what people we doing there). Production highlights include: watching a pregnant teenage girl buying drugs, trying to shoot at Skid Row at 3am only to start a small riot, Freddy randomly finding us on the street shooting in downtown, pulling a new underage chola off the street when my original chola went missing, and not going to jail.

Yeah. It's definitely worth a watch and a listen, definitely weird, and definitely not safe for work.

Beach House Announce Austin Date

2010 will be a big year for Beach House and they're going to be touring non-stop for nearly the first five months of it. After Teen Dream comes out, we expect the duo to get a bit bigger, so you may want to catch this tour before they stop playing small clubs and start selling out just about every show, if that doesn't already happen with this tour. The band will be hitting Austin on April 22 at Emo's, so take notice! Washed Out will be opening on the Austin show.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dirty Projectors Release Ltd. 7" and Free MP3

Dirty Projectors announced the released of their newest limited edition 7" single this morning. The A-Side has a song entitled "Ascending Melody" and the B-Side is called "Emblem of the World". Both tracks come from the Bitte Orca sessions, so you know what to expect. The 7" is available exclusively through Domino Mart, but don't fret if you don't want to buy it. Both the tracks are available for free from the band's site. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Xiu Xiu Premiere "Gray Death", LP Details, Tour Schedule and more

Xiu Xiu will be very busy this year with the release of Dear God, I Hate Myself, which features some ridiculously amazing perks for the super-fans, and a tour that consumes most of the first half of this year.

Dear God will be released on Feb. 23, but pre-orders for a regular-edition of the album are up on Kill Rock Stars right this minute. 21 of 100 of the special-editions will come be hand numbered, silver ink letter pressed, and on 180-gram vinyl. They will also come with a "Xiu Xiu For Life" t-shirt that will be handmade and written a real blood. To sweeten the deal, the albums will come with handmade chocolate. Those 21 will be up for pre-order on Feb. 1 on the band's website. They will run you $40. The remaining 79 copies run you $30 and will be available on both the band's site and Kill Rock Stars. The regular versions of the LP and CD will come with a 12 sticker set designed by J. Morrison and I'm pretty sure they are all featured in the tour poster you see up there at the top of the post.

The band will be coming to Texas in the form of three dates with the band Noveller. They will be playing in Dallas on March 11 at The Cavern, Houston on March 12 at The Studio @ Warehouse Live, and in Austin on March 13 at Red 7.

You can stream the first track, "Gray Death", right now over at Pitchfork.

Here's an awesome video of Jamie Stewart's home recording studio: