Thursday, July 29, 2010

In-Flight Playlist – AUS -> PHX -> LAX

Here’s what shuffled through my iPod during this morning’s flights:

Austin to Phoenix

Fanfarlo – Harold T. Wilkins
Brazilian Girls – Losing Myself
Talk Talk – April 5th
Foals – Red Socks Pugie
Thom Yorke – Skip Divided
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Isis
The Fall – Chicago Now! (Peel session)
The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
The Verve – Lucky Man
The Lodger – Simply Left Behind
Air – All I Need
The Afghan Whigs – Turn On The Water
Thom Yorke – Cymbal Rush (him again?)
Those Dancing Days – Toxic (live)
The Replacements – Kiss Me On The Bus
Spoon – The Ghost Of You Lingers
A Bossa Electra – Veja O Sol (Spiritual South Remix)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – I’ll Still Be True
Delta Spirit - Vivian
The Hives – Hey Little World
Kate Bush – Army Dreamers
The Charlatans UK - Opportunity


Phoenix to Los Angeles

Bound Stems - Wake Up, Ma and Pa Are Gone
Dire Straits - Les Boys
Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
Jonsi - Sinking Friendships
Manic Street Preachers - Stay Beautiful
Broken Social Scene - Highway Slipper Jam
Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad
Cloud Control - There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight
Tricky - Ponderosa

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

TEETH - Ready For Their Close-up

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TEETH are an Anglo-American trio, sometimes stylized as TEETH!!!, T3ETH, and T∑∑TH (the caps seem to be a certainty, tho), based in the northern English town of Dalston. They're already earning notices in advance of their debut single "See Spaces" b/w "Time Changes", out via the Moshi Moshi Singles Club on August 16th. More danceable than Sleigh Bells and less caustic than Crystal Castles, Veronica So's (the Yank) deliciously detached vocals add a no wave undercurrent to the band's new wave gloss.

TEETH - "See Spaces"

TEETH - "Time Changes"

There are already multiple remixes of the A-side out in the blogosphere available for free download, lending credence to the belief that this baby's a hit.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - July 27, 2010

In rounding up another dozen tracks for you this week, it became evident just how far reaching the blissed out, chillwave sound has become. While all of them are truly choice, the similarity of many of these new bands is unmistakable. Additionaly, take a listen to the return of Ra Ra Riot, Les Savy Fav, and Deerhunter. Enjoy!


The download links have been removed, but here's what was featured:

Deerhunter "Revival" (4AD) - the first single from the forthcoming Halcyon Digest disc, their first for new label 4AD, out September 28.

K-X-P "18 Hours (Of Love)" (Smalltown Supersound) - from the Finnish quartet's just released self-titled debut chock full of krautrock influences.

Teenage Reverb "Save For Later" (Self/Orchid/Nightgull) - Meet Joseph Zucco. He's from Boston and he's 16. He recorded his debut Isolation Tape Night in a basement over a month and a half and released it last month on cassette through Orchid Tapes and on CD-R through Nightgull Records (although you can also 'name your own price' and download it thru Bandcamp). Separately, he's offered up the gem "Save For Later" as a free download, which has a very Neon Indian / Toro Y Moi vibe and a damn fine groove.

Still Corners "Endless Summer" (Fierce Panda) - More swoonworthy dream-pop courtesy of a female-fronted London outfit that will immediately recall School Of Seven Bells and Warpaint. I gotta believe that's no bad thing. It'll be included on a label comp titled Gruff Trade (ba dum bum) set for release next week. A split single featuring two more songs from the band is due later in the month.

Les Savy Fav "Let's Get Out Of Here" (Frenchkiss) - First salvo from the upcoming Root For Ruin, out September 14.

Ra Ra Riot "Boy" (Barsuk) - Album number two from the indie poppers extraordinaire is called The Orchard, in stores August 24.

Pandit "Artichoke" (Lefse) - Pandit is Lance Smith from the small town of Lumberton, Texas, north of Beaumont (OK, east of Houston. Better?). He's been snapped up by the in-form Lefse Records, and managed by the label's Matt Halverson. His five song debut EP is freely downloadable at his last.fm page. An appreciative nod to Mr. Jones from Erase Erase for pointing this one out.

Mount Kimbie "Field" (Hotflush) - After two EP's, this is from the dubstep duo's Crooks & Lovers debut. Residing somewhere in the neighborhood of Burial, Boards Of Canada, and The Field, and after positive reviews everywhere, this is a disc I want to hear more of.

Yu(c)k "Daughter" (Mirror Universe Tapes) - If you haven't caught wind of the shit-hot UK buzz band Yuck yet, that's understandable. They've yet to really put anything out in the States and barely anything in Britain. So what's next? Side project, of course! Well, sorta. They've revealed their alter ego, same name only now with parentheses, and it's their way of differentiating their primary output from the chilled out, stripped down material you'll find on an extremely limited cassette which, by the way, sold out in advance of its release. No matter if you've ever heard or heard of Yuck, "Daughter" is a sparse, gorgeous song that might clear a dance floor but demands you'll listen attentively.

Tennis "Baltimore" (Underwater Peoples) - the A-side of a new 7" (and EP) from Denver's contribution to the chilllwaveblisspop genre. Embarking on a quickie tour of the Eastern US during the latter part of August.

SLEEP ∞ OVER "Outer Limits" (Forest Family) - Three ladies straight outta Austin, this as the A-side of an upcoming 7" on Gorilla Vs. Bear's Forest Family Records. Extremely limited quantities, naturally. They'll be the home team on a blissed out bill at Emo's on August 23rd that includes Twin Sister and Memoryhouse.

Small Beer "A Million Dreams" (n/a) - For my money, London's Transparent blog (and label) are one of the most bulletproof tastemakers going. They alerted the world to this DJ in their our midst recently. If you think this ray of electronic sunshine sounds good at 4:06, I can't wait to hear an extended mix on the dancefloor.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Bees - New Album, MP3

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Before there were three

After several years on the extreme down low, The Bees (aka A Band of Bees) have issued their first bit of new material since a limited edition single in 2008. "Silver Line" has been made available as a free download and arrives on the heels of some new activity by the band. A new and revamped website, a Glastonbury appearance, a new label (Fiction), and their first hometown gig on the Isle of Wight in years is all in advance of the new Every Step's A Yes due later this year.

While this is, yes, the same outfit that gave us the goofy "Chicken Payback" a full six years ago, most of their work has had the warm glow of well-worn, 60's-inspired psych-folk. Not too surprising, then, that lead singer Paul Butler had a hand in producing last year's major label debut from Devendra Banhart. The layoff also halved the Bees, pared down to a trio after operating previously as a full six-piece band.

"Silver Line" is a laid back, li'l acoustic tune with pretty harmonies that you could envision being sung around a campfire.

The Bees - "Silver Line" [MP3] (via NME.com)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - July 20, 2010

It's really a little too early in TBB's existence to take a break. During the middle of summer, though, activity does tend to slow down a bit. However, it never fails: things turn on a dime and new material starts to stream in. Since we've been away a bit longer than expected, let me make it up to you by offering a baker's dozen of New Tunes Tuesday releases.

I've removed the links, but here's what was featured:

Blonde Redhead - "Here Sometimes"
Panda Bear - "Tomboy"
Menomena - "TAOS"
Factory Floor - "Lying"
Funeral Party - "NYC Moves To The Sound Of LA"
Lissi Dancefloor Disaster - "Oh My God"
Cut Copy - "Where I'm Going"
Liechtenstein - "Passion For Water"
Bottomless Pit - "38 Souls"
School Of Seven Bells - "Windstorm"
Women - "Eyesore"
Wet Paint - "Dead Night"
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Banned (By The Man)"

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Answering Machine unveil iPhone app

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I've been an unabashed fan of The Answering Machine since first hearing them in late 2007 courtesy of Paul from Artrocker magazine. Call me old-fashioned but I'm still a fanboy of extremely catchy, upbeat indie rock with lyrics you can belt out at the top of your lungs. Last year's Another City, Another Sorry was stuffed with 'em.

Following UK dates opening for Ra Ra Riot and the Manic Street Preachers last year, TAM played to an overflow crowd at the Monolith Festival (which sadly, it appears, will be the final one) before a series of shows at CMJ and a month-long New York residency.

They've just completed recording album number two, which they've self-produced and is slated for a late 2010 or early 2011 release. In the meantime, they've launched a free iPhone app which offers news, songs, videos, and other goodies. You can get yours here, and gain access to some exclusive downloads including an acoustic Girls Aloud cover and by gosh who wouldn't miss a chance to hear that?

In the meantime, enjoy newly released footage, exclusive to The Big Beat, of a tune off Another City, Another Sorry recorded at T in The Park 2009.

The Answering Machine - Oh Christina from Mike Taylor on Vimeo.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Portishead - New Album, New Label Details

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Portishead disappeared for nearly a full decade following the release of their Roseland NYC Live disc in 1998, returning just over two years ago with Third (my favorite album of 2008).  Earlier this week, Geoff Barrow told 6Music that he, Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley would be spending the rest of the summer writing their next effort.  He went on to say that the band has signed a new deal with "the biggest record company in the world", hinting at some dissatisfaction with the promotion of Third in the UK, but declined to reveal who it was.

While Gibbons' Garbo-like media silence is legendary, Barrow has acted as the band's primary spokesperson and has been far more active in recent years. He presided over The Horrors' reinvention, producing last year's Primary Colours, and has engaged in a side project called Beak>, which recently released a new single.

Considering Portishead's previous hiatus of nearly My Bloody Valentine proportions, time will tell as to when anything will trickle out. It should be noted that last Autumn, Barrow declared nearly the same thing, that work had begun on the band's fourth record. Clearly, though, some work was completed:  the charity single "Chase The Tear" slipped out last December without much fanfare, offering a glimpse of what may in store from the new record.


Portishead - Chase The Tear from Mintonfilm on Vimeo.

Download the digital-only track, with proceeds going to Amnesty International, here.