Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gramophonedzie - "Why Don't You"

In The Big Beat's very first post, I mentioned being a total n00b to blogging. I've recently spiffed up the place and will continue to do so as time progresses. From the get-go, however, I've used Soundcloud to upload music for the blog because, for the most part, it's easy to use and I like the way it lets you curate sets of music, i.e. New Tunes Tuesday. And, being a stat geek, it gives me some pretty good figures about the number of times each song has been played and downloaded. Interestingly, the song that's received the most play by far is one that I haven't even featured on the blog, but was the first one I uploaded to the account. It turns out that it was shared (posted) to a site in Turkey which gave it a whole lot of listens.

If this were still the mid-90's, alternative radio probably would have been all over this remixed Peggy Lee standard from the Big Band era, "Why Don't You Do Right?". It was rebadged as "Why Don't You" and released under the name Gramophonedzie, the brainchild of Serbian DJ Marko Milicevic. The jazz age sample recalls Us3's "Cantaloop", and reached #12 on the UK Singles chart back in March. This is actually the kind of catchy tune American alt-radio used to play: one with a lot of crossover potential that for the format could own before being exposed to a wider audience. Those days, though, are largely gone.

I don't know who the guy in the video is, but he makes for a pretty good Phil Daniels stand-in, doesn't he?:

That's the single version. Now listen to the full-on original:

Gramophonedzie "Why Don't You"

Milicevic is also the guiding force behind Belgrade's Disko Zoo Records. Check out some tracks he's posted on the label's own Soundcloud page here.

Disclosure - Brothers in Dubstep


I used to love playing polarizing music and artists on the radio. I felt that as long as you're not pummeling the audience one song after another, I'm all for challenging the listener or taking you out of your comfort zone. I mean, shouldn't a progressive format do that? I guess that if I wasn't offering up something new, I may as well be narrating your iPod.

Anyway, Burial was certainly one of those artists that people either loved or hated. While his last record Untrue received universally excellent reviews, the darkly skittish and ominous sounding dubstep proved a difficult listen for many listeners. However, two teenage brothers, Howard and Guy Lawrence, are offering a less forboding, more user-friendly take on the genre. Together known as Disclosure, the Londoners are releasing their debut single "Offline Dexterity" next Monday (Sept. 6) on Moshi Moshi. To these ears, this is exciting stuff. I've a strong feeling they'll be a talked-about band for the foreseeable future and would seem ripe for a SXSW appearance in March. Sample a few of their tracks and see if you agree that these boys (aged 15 and 18) could be very special indeed. Pre-order the single here.

[MP3] DISCLOSURE "Offline Dexterity"
[MP3] DISCLOSURE "London Town"
[MP3] DISCLOSURE "Linstigator"

New Tunes Tuesday (Goes To The Beach)

I planned in advance to give New Tunes Tuesday a rest for this week and probably next, as it seems half of the planet is squeezing in a vacation around the Labor Day holiday. So, keep an eye on the space for more news and discoveries and in the meantime, I'll have a few more posts to commemorate what would-have-been WOXY/97X's 27th anniversary.


New Tunes Tuesday - August 24, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - August 17, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - August 10, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - August 3, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 27, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 20, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

BAM! Putting the "Gee" In Ecology


Some of you may know that until this past March, I spent the last 10 1/2 years working full-time at WOXY Radio: first in Oxford, Ohio, before moving with the station into Cincinnati proper, and finally here to Austin. Whether it was WOX-EE, W-O-X-Y-dot-com or '97X', my association goes back to early 1989 when, as a recent college grad and new transplant to Cincinnati, I decided to apply for a part-time gig at my favorite station. I mean, I had skillz. I'd completed a two-year vocational program for radio broadcasting in high school (which really helped the ol' GPA -ed.) and worked as both the Program and Music Director at my college station. Besides, during school, I had a part-time on-air slot at the local Top 40 station, holding down countless graveyard shifts and providing the time and temp before letting Casey get on with the countdown. So, in stops and starts and excluding a few years spent in Chicago, I go back a long way with The Future of Rock & Roll.

Over the last 10 years especially, I've managed to save whatever audio elements I could get my hands on, particularly station imaging and a few old commercials. Labor Day weekend would have marked the station's 27th anniversary. So, I thought this'd be a good time to dust some of these off and try to provide as much of the back story as I can remember (and WOXY alumni, don't be shy!). Over time, you'll probably be able to create a reasonable li'l 97X program for yourself: just drop 'em onto your iPod and have 'em come up in shuffle mode. At the very least, indulge my trip down memory lane. This'll be the first in a series.

Listeners knew the phrase 'Putting the "Gee" in Ecology' as the tagline for a series of public service announcements we referred to internally as Green PSA's. Voiced by our Traffic Director Kathie Lucas, they were short, practical tips about conservation, recycling, and being kind to Mother Earth. Whereas many stations would bury their public service requirement during off hours, 97X embraced the notion of being socially and environmentally conscious to the point of saying so in its rambling yet earnest mission statement. Steve Baker provided the near-famous tagline and produced the spots. I recovered these from an antiquated radio delivery method of on-demand tape known as a cart, and they've remained untouched until a college buddy gave me an old machine to play them on two years ago. These handful weren't all that was produced, but all I managed to digitize.

BTW, loyal WOXY listener Craig Froehle has compiled the most exhaustive archive of WOXY audio and info that I know of. Check that out here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - August 24, 2010

Since The Big Beat was launched less than three months ago, you've played/streamed the songs posted here more than 9000 times. So, thanks for visiting! If you like what you hear, feel free to tell a buddy & bring a friend. Now, on to this week:

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

Wap Wap Wow “The Round” (unsigned) – The collective voices of this orchestral, nine-piece London band are its strength, as evidenced by this demo produced by Yannis of Foals. Rather experimental in nature, you'll find the tune is well named. Fans of Ra Ra Riot and The Young Republic take note: lots of strings and percussion, nary an electric guitar in sight. (via Pinglewood)

SUUNS “Arena” (Secretly Canadian) – Oh, Canada! You’ve done it again. Formerly known as Zeroes, Montreal’s SUUNS with their buzzy electro-rock have recently signed to Secretly Canadian. As a taster, they’ve made their six-song Zeroes EP available as a free download. You’ll very clearly hear Clinic in “PVC” and any number of krautrock influences in “Arena”. Really terrific stuff. They’re joining fellow Montrealers Land Of Talk on a lengthy North American tour starting next month, with The Besnard Lakes jumping aboard a few West Coast dates. (Austin: w/ Land Of Talk @ The Parish on October 15th)

Blonde Redhead “Not Getting There” (4AD) – The band has been doing hazy & shoegazy for so long now, there’s perhaps a hint of justice that the trio’s return comes amidst countless number of bands trading on – and finding success with – much of the same sound. Penny Sparkle could be their biggest yet, hitting on September 14th. Check out first track "Here Sometimes" from New Tunes Tuesday last month. (Austin: US tour concludes at La Zona Rosa on December 1st)

Esben and the Witch “Marching Song” (Matador) – The legendary indie’s latest signing, this song was first released by the trio from Brighton last year. It’s been re-recorded for their label debut, an EP which hits on October 12. Dark, airy and edgy, it’s haunting and has almost a witchy quality to it. Expect the full-length in 2011. I’ll take more, please and thank you. Their maiden US tour, opening for Foals, begins September 23rd. (Austin, however, gets them opening for School of Seven Bells during ACL on October 9th @ Mohawk)

Mogwai “2 Rights Make 1 Wrong” [live] (Rock Action) – From the band’s newly released CD/DVD combo: the CD is called Special Moves, the DVD is titled Burning, each with a different tracklisting. This is one of their sweeter sounding, almost ballad-like songs as opposed to a menacing, claustrophobic wall of sound.

Clare Maguire “Strangest Thing” (Polydor/Universal) – Another big voiced Brit who was the subject of a major bidding war, Maguire landed with Universal who promptly whisked her off to LA to work with some novice named Rick Rubin. She seems the quintessential European pop star in the making but how that’ll fly in the States remains to be seen. The voice, however, is undeniable. You’ll even detect a little Beth Ditto quiver in the opening line of “Strangest Thing”.

Wild Nothing “Golden Haze” (Captured Tracks) – The band = Jack Tatum on record, and his Gemini has been one the best reviewed debuts of the year. He must not want to chance falling out of the spotlight, hence this quickly released follow-up EP. If the title cut here is any indication, expect more of the same fuzzed out blisspop that would mesh perfectly with the full-length. The band is a quartet live, and they’ll be hitting the road with Stars for a dozen dates starting at the end of September.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow “Drink Drank Drunk” (self-released) – The band’s Ashes Grammar just missed making my Top 20 list of 2009. By all accounts, the sessions for that disc yielded a bounty of material, providing enough for an EP release in March and now, an EP of even more music due in October. They’ll release Autumn, Again, 11 tracks that they’ll offer as a free download, in addition to pressing 500 LP’s for sale. Each successive release finds the dreampoppers a little less….out there, which I’m sure has contributed to their growing profile.

Working For A Nuclear Free City “Silent Times” (Melodic) – The first proper track (via Popmatters) to come from the band’s long-awaited Jojo Burger Tempest, which you can purchase through the label right now. I’d imagine this will be one the disc's more straightforward tracks. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and am really looking forward to hearing the 30-minute long title cut. Can't wait? Listen to the album preview here.

Film School “Heart Full Of Pentagons” (Hi Speed Soul) – Like Blonde Redhead, here’s another band that’s been doing hazy blisspop for a long time. It’s ironic, though, that this song lays off the pedals quite a bit. Still, it’s as catchy as anything they’ve done and might even earn them a bit of radio play. Fission is their latest, out next week on San Diego indie Hi Speed Soul. (Austin: w/ locals TV Torso & Monahans @ The Parish on September 23rd)

Still Corners “Don’t Fall In Love” (Great Pop Supplement) – Fans of Beach House should be all over this sexy new single from the London-based quintet. Between this and previously NTT’d “Endless Summer”, the Back To Mine series may need to be revived expressly for them. I think I’m in love. (via No Fear Of Pop)

Fever Ray “Mercy Street” (Rabid) – Gotta hand it to Karin Dreijer Andersson. She's plucked perhaps the most obscure song from Peter Gabriel’s massive So record, it of “Sledgehammer” and “In Your Eyes” fame, and turns it into her own. It'll be available as a download and on 7” vinyl later in the year.

New Tunes Tuesday - August 17, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - August 10, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - August 3, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 27, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 20, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joanna Newsom Announces US Tour


I still think it's plausible for Joanna Newsom to voice Lisa Simpson's doppelganger. Until then, she'll hit the road in November for a southerly swing through the US leading up to a show at Carnegie Hall. Austin gets her at the Paramount on November 11th. She'll precede these dates with a dozen shows in Europe during September.

JOANNA NEWSOM 2010 North American Dates

Nov 6 Tucson (Rialto Theater)
Nov 7 Phoenix (Orpheum Theater)
Nov 10 Dallas (Granada Theater)
Nov 11 Austin (Paramount Theater)
Nov 12 Houston (Stafford Center)
Nov 13 New Orleans (Tipitina's)
Nov 15 Tallahassee (The Moon)
Nov 18 Athens, GA (40 Watt Club)
Nov 19 Asheville (Orange Peel)
Nov 20 Richmond, VA (The National)
Nov 21 Baltimore (Rams Head Live)
Nov 23 New York (Carnegie Hall)

Watch her do late night, transatlantic style, first for Jimmy Kimmel from Have One on Me, and back to "The Book of Right-On" from The Milk-Eyed Mender for Jools Holland.

Golden Eye - Licensed to Chill

At the outset, Alec Feld seems to have a bit in common with Alan Palomo. Both have their hands in a couple of projects: Palomo with Neon Indian and VEGA, and Feld with Expensive Looks and Golden Eye.


Golden Eye just hit my radar thanks to My Band's Better Than Your Band and the Transparent blog. Definitely in chillwave mode, Feld has offered up the entire Golden Eyes Forever EP as a free download. I'm diggin' it. Sample a few tracks for yourself below and DL the EP (with two other songs) over at Bandcamp.

UPDATE: an approving note from @thegoldeneyes informs me that there should be new releases from both Golden Eye and Expensive Looks out by year's end.

Golden Eye - "Tides"

Golden Eye - "In Turn"

Golden Eye - "Eraser"

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - August 17, 2010

Here's a decidedly lo-fi & laid back set to add to your collection.

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

No Age "Glitter" (Sub Pop) - The lead track from the forthcoming (Sept. 28) Everything In Between builds on the momentum of last year's Losing Feeling EP and the Nouns full prior to that. Each successive release succeeds in stripping away layers of distortion to reveal genuine pop hooks that, while there all along, make it easier for listeners to decipher and digest.

Colleen Green "Worship You" (Suffering Jukebox) - From Oakland, Colleen describes her sound as 'True Bedroom Pop' (Twitter), 'Stoner Pop' (Facebook), and 'telling someone you totally would've had a crush on them in high school' (MySpace). She has two releases to date: a CD-R which you can freely download and a newly released cassette, the brilliantly titled Milo Goes To Compton, which was limited to 50 copies. Wal-Mart product placement, it ain't. Still, this gem made it onto the 'nets and as a result, something tells me she'll have to beat labels off with a stick after this gets around: a bouncy, fuzzed-out DIY throwback which I'll bet sounds even better cranked up while flying down the freeway at 80 MPH. The next Best Coast? (via 20 Jazz Funk Greats)

Cloud Nothings "Hey Cool Kid" (Carpark) - Here's one of the songs of 2010, re-submitted for your approval. WOXY listeners may remember this from earlier in the year by Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, the vehicle of 18 year old Dylan Baldi. In October, Carpark Records will reissue the debut Turning On, from which this appears, and will include a few non-album tracks to entice you.

How To Dress Well "Ecstasy With JoJo" (Lefse) - For the past few months, the blogosphere has been salivating over Tom Krell, aka HTDW, based upon a series of freely downloadable EP's of lo-fi R&B. His debut Love Remains features re-worked, re-touched recordings from the EP's and hits on September 21st. Avoidance will be impossible. And to think that for the longest time, Michael Jackson was about as uncool as you could get.

The Sea Of Cortez "The Shores" (self-released) - Gorgeous, building track from an L.A. trio recalls The Shins at their most chilled. Debut CD Make It Sound is due in early 2011. One to watch.

Manic Street Preachers "I'm Leaving You For Solitude" (Columbia UK) - Last year, the Manics toured the US for the first time in a decade, despite a longer period of indifference from the American record buying public. Still, they've managed to keep getting their records released, on a major no less, and are back with Postcards From A Young Man, out in the UK at the end of September. This is the b-side of the first single, and won't be included on the album.

Caitlin Rose "Sinful Wishing Well" (Names) - Rave reviews for her recently released full-length debut, Own Side Now, have turned this 23 year old Southern belle from Nashville into the toast of Britain. Taking a cue from bands like Kings Of Leon, she too is hoping the road to success winds through the UK. Rose is authentically country in a way that most of what passes for country will never be. Taylor Swift doesn't have anything on this girl. The disc is available only as an import but her label instructs US fans to sit tight. Real tight. She'll be spending the next 6 weeks touring in Europe, while her next scheduled US appearance will be at the Austin City Limits festival in October.

Simian Mobile Disco "Nerve Salad" (Defend) - They're releasing a mix album Simian Mobile Disco Is Fixed on October 12th and are including this tune in the set, first available as a single earlier in the year.

The Concretes "Good Evening [Eden Rock Version]" (self-released) - I'm generally not too interested in hearing remixes before having a chance to hear the original. So, it's on me that I missed this first track upon its release back in April. This remix by fellow Swedes Eden Rock will slide into any set of chillwave you care to program. Grab a free download of the the version of your choice here, or hang tight until the forthcoming WYWH disc drops in November.

Ra Ra Riot "Keep It Quiet (Bear)" (Barsuk) - included on last months Boy EP teaser, this is a different version of the tune that closes out new album The Orchard, in stores next week.

Dungen "Marken Lg Stilla" (Mexican Summer) - Skit I Allt is Dungen's sixth album, and it translates to "fuck all". (Feel free to use that the next time you get pissed off at IKEA.) This is a sweeter, more laid back offering than what we're used to hearing from Gustav Ejstes' band. A full-on, six week US tour begins in Buffalo on September 3rd. Psjked!

Twin Sister "Lady Daydream" (Infinite Best) - A lush, hypnotic wave will wash over Austin when the Memoryhouse/Twin Sister tour stops at Emo's next Monday. Colour Your Life, the band's second EP, was released at the end of March and the band's been on the road seemingly non-stop since. If, like me, you harbor a fondness of all things remotely shoegaze, the layered atmospherics of Twin Sister are worth checking out.

New Tunes Tuesday - August 10, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - August 3, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 27, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 20, 2010 O

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cloud Control - Australia Strikes Again

A few Australian bands have captured The Big Beat's interest of late, namely the Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Hunter Sounder. Perhaps something's gotten into the vegemite, because I think you may end up hearing more about Cloud Control than any of these other up-and-comers.


From Sydney, Cloud Control appears to be a nice band, in the way that Biden described Obama as clean. They seem to be smart kids, bright kids; not too rock 'n roll, certainly not punk rock and thank god, nothing like that kid from The Vines. In fact, you've probably heard their kind before: folky and fairly organic, nothing terribly original but armed with a few really good, catchy songs that even some listeners who aren't (gasp) all that terribly indie may come to enjoy. Mumford & Sons come to mind, as does Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. Which is why I think this review at In Your Speakers may have just nailed it by saying "countless acts are written off each year as derivative or unoriginal, and all it takes is one derisive comparison to a more successful act and the newcomer will sink before they even have a chance to float to the surface". I think you know what I'm trying to say, right?

So, image or trend be damned, this is the kind of earnest folk-flavored indie pop that has faded in and out of vogue for the last 20 years. The songs prevail. And although they're generally sunny in disposition, the lyrics can contain a darker undercurrent. So far, their debut Bliss Release has only been released down under but I'd imagine that a UK & US will eventually follow. Check out three songs from the album below.

Cloud Control - selections from Bliss Release (Infectious)

Pomegranates - New Album, MP3


Pomegranates, sons of Cincinnati that they are, are offering you a first taste of their upcoming CD, One Of Us, released October 26th on Afternoon Records. If "Create Your Own Reality" is any indication, the Poms are poised to move to the next level on the indie rock ladder with this record. Dare I say this may be the best thing I've heard them do, so take a listen and check them out live during a short Midwestern tour next month.

Pomegranates - "Create Your Own Reality"

Sept 11 Columbus, OH (TBA)
Sept 15 Cleveland (Case Western Reserve Univ)*
Sept 16 Grand Rapids (Calvin College)*
Sept 17 Chicago (Schubas)*
Sept 18 Madison, WI (Univ of Wisconsin)*
Sept 21 Minneapolis (7th Street Entry)*
Sept 22 Iowa City (Blue Moose Lodge)*
Sept 23 St. Louis (Firebird)*

* w/ Colour Revolt

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - August 10, 2010

I dug a bit deeper into TBB's cache of new tunes to bring forth a few that you may have missed earlier in the year. If you can possibly manage the time, the mix is best listened to from start to finish in one sitting. Enjoy!

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

Worship “Collateral” (demo) – From just west of London, Worship recently issued this new song which sounds a bit like a listener friendly Thom Yorke cut. Other than support dates for the likes of We Have Band and Pete & The Pirates, there’s not too much on these guys yet. You can stream a few more demo tracks here, which also trade on a Yorke / Engineers vibe. Props to Breaking More Waves for showing the way.

Sonen "Head Down" (self-released) - Electro-dance trio Sonen has been turning the kids in Atlanta into a sweaty mess for the last few years. They recently self-issued the Devious Device EP, yours to download free in exchange for an e-mail address. "Head Down" is guaranteed to slot in perfectly alongside any vintage new wave in your collection.

Woven Bones "I've Gotta Get" (Hardly Art) - Sad but true, Austin's Woven Bones were scheduled to play a WOXY Lounge Act session in the weeks following the station's abrupt demise in March. Surely, a missed opportunity to hear a set that may have included this gem, a tight li'l garage rock number which is their debut 7" for Sub Pop's Hardly Art imprint. This is the best thing I've heard 'em do yet. More, please! Pick up the vinyl here and see them on tour throughout August & October. Locals can catch them opening for Pavement on Sept. 28, and at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Grass Widow "Shadow" (Kill Rock Stars) - Released on the 24th, Past Time is the debut from three ladies straight outta San Francisco. "Shadow" is a nice, pleasant track of good ol' indie pop just like they used to make it. Catch them across these United States in September and for a few European dates starting on Sept. 30th.

The Answering Machine "Sixteen Again" (n/a) - The Machine recently played a few shows in LA, roadtesting material from their just-completed Lifeline disc that's due in January. A few months back, they accepted the invitation of The Smiths' Mike Joyce to join a bill in Manchester paying tribute to the Buzzcocks. Prior to the gig, the band went into the studio and recorded live versions of a few of the covers. I'll have a separate entry about the sessions soon, but I wanted to include my favorite in this week's mix. I love the energy of this song, originally from the Buzzcocks' 1978 Love Bites release.

Errors "A Rumour In Africa" (Rock Action) - The Scottish band released Come Down With Me, their second disc, on Mogwai's Rock Action label earlier in the year. I heard my pal Vic Galloway spin this single on his show, loved it, and filed it away as something to explore later. Now comes word of a remix version of the disc, called Celebrity Come Down With Me with The Field, Gold Panda, and Mogwai themselves giving the songs a fresh take. It'll be released next month and likely available digitally in the US.

Matthew Dear "Little People (Black City)" (Ghostly) - This has a great groove and appears on his 4th disc, Black City, released next week. Close your eyes and you'll think you're hearing Tunde from TVOTR or even Bowie himself. Head to his site to download an additional song from the disc.

Brad Laner "Eyes Close" (Hometapes) - Back in the day (1992), Laner was the lead singer and guitarist of the criminally underappreciated Medicine. Occasionally tagged as 'the American My Bloody Valentine', their debut Shot Forth Self Living is a personal favorite, buried in piles of feedback and distortion. Bliss. (For you uber-nerds, he used to play drums in the avant-rock Savage Republic prior to that). Laner's since gone the solo route, and this psych-pop track from his new Natural Selections sounds perfectly in step with the indie scene of 2010.

The Vaselines "Sex With An X" (Sub Pop) - The Scottish legends offer up a second track, the title cut from their first record of new material in nearly 20 years. The disc hits Sept. 18th with US dates beginning October 2nd. Previous coverage and UK dates here.

Under Byen "Alt Er Tabt" (Paper Bag) - For all of the notoriety the Danish band's last record Samme Stof Som Stof received, I've seen precious little about their follow-up, Alt Er Tabt, which quietly slipped out in April. They were my unquestioned live highlight from SXSW 2007 and here's hoping that there's still plans for another Stateside trek. Check out the characteristically experimental video here.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums "Fight For Me" (The Control Group) - I championed the Swedish couple's second album The Snake last year - my #19 disc of 2009 - so it's nice to have such a quick follow-up to enjoy. They released two EP's, Retina and Iris, on vinyl and download within the last few months but will compile them onto a CD titled Rivers, out on the 24th. Definitely not an easy listen, their music mostly consists only of drums, various percussion and electronic samples. Nonetheless, I'm enthralled by Mariam Wallentin's powerful voice and the duo's unique off-kilter beats.

The Victorian English Gentlemens Club "A Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift of Snow (Was No Way To Cure a Hangover)" (This Is Fake DIY) - The band with the world's longest name offers up a song with a title to match. The Vic Gents are a Welsh trio that have been supported by the likes of Artrocker magazine for some time. They've been touring the UK to perform new songs that they say "are louder and weirder than ever". This, then, should provide you a good starting point with the band plus, if you were OK with the last two songs in this week's mix, should make for an appropriate capper.

New Tunes Tuesday - August 3, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 27, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - July 20, 2010

NEW Animal Collective 'Visual Album' Out Today


Animal Collective's 'visual album' project with filmmaker Daniel Perez, ODDSAC, hits stores today. Two tracks have surfaced, the trippy "Mr. Fingers" and the slightly pastoral "Screens", although I was really hoping the former was a cover of Brainiac's spaztastic gem.

The film is 53 minutes long and features new songs from the band. This preview suggests it won't exactly be A Hard Day's Night. Shrooms are optional.

Order the DVD direct from the band here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Clinic - New Album, Tour


Liverpudlians Clinic has been one of the most distinct bands of the past decade, both visually and musically. Forming in '98, they arrived with the Class of 2000, their Internal Wrangler debut coming out via Domino Records, wearing surgical masks and scrubs as a cheeky nod not only to their name but to bands like The Residents, who also guarded their identities.

After developing their own brand of psychpunkartpop over five albums, the band has given fair warning of a noticeable shift on Bubblegum, out on October 5th and a day earlier in Britain. Expect a "dream state of harpsichords, dulcimers and strings in place of churning riffs and wired vocals. Melody and softness combine with the band’s unique internal logic to produce a record of pop beauty", according to their website.

Recorded in Liverpool and produced by Texan John Congleton, look and listen to the first single "I'm Aware", released last week.

Clinic - "I'm Aware"

The band will preview Bubblegum at a few New York shows next week in advance of a larger tour in November. Dates, and a megamix of the entire record below:

CLINIC 2010 North American Dates

Aug 16 Brooklyn (Bell House)
Aug 19 New York City (Joe's Pub)
Aug 21 Hoboken (Maxwell's)
Nov 5 Washington, DC (Rock and Roll Hotel)
Nov 6 Philadelphia (Johnny Brendas)
Nov 8 Boston (Paradise)
Nov 9 Montreal (La Sala Rossa)
Nov 10 Toronto (Lee's Palace)
Nov 11 Chicago (Lincoln Hall)
Nov 12 Minneapolis (7th Street Entry)
Nov 15 Seattle (Neumos)
Nov 16 Vancouver, BC (Biltmore Cabaret)
Nov 17 Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
Nov 19 San Francisco (Independent)
Nov 20 Los Angeles (Troubadour)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hunter Sounder - Your Electronic Pop Imagination


File this under the category of 'sometimes, they write themselves'. Hunter Sounder are an Australian duo who've relocated to Sweden. Probably a pretty good move for a band that, by their own admission, sound like inner sleep. And considering their stated influences include Aphex Twin, Björk, Fever Ray, Massive Attack, M83, Thom Yorke, The xx, and Sigur Rós, a chilled Scandinavian climate might be more conducive to sparking their creativity than would the Outback. (I generalize. They're from Melbourne)

Almost everything about the band is new. They just joined Myspace and Facebook within the past few months and played their first gigs within the same period. There've been no official releases as yet but the duo have offered four tracks as free downloads thru their Last.fm page. Sample two of 'em below.

Hunter Sounder - Submarine by mike.taylor.atx

Hunter Sounder - London by mike.taylor.atx

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - August 3, 2010

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

Arcade Fire “Ready To Start” (Merge) – I heard these guys have an album out today so, what the heck, let’s throw a tune onto New Tunes Tuesday.

Hotel Mexico “Its Twinkle” (Second Royal) – Can’t say I found a lot about Hotel Mexico, ‘cept they’re from Kyoto, Japan, and this might be my favorite song of the week. Think Royksopp going blisspop and you’ll find it on their debut His Jewelled Letter Box, due on August 16th.

Rapids! “Maps” (Heist Or Hit) – Math rock washes up on the shores of Bournemouth, England, and is found by five young men. Recently signed to Heist Or Hit (Answering Machine, LoveLikeFire), expect their previously self-released EP to get a wider release.

Ten Kens “Screaming Viking” (Last Gang) – This Toronto outfit’s promising debut went a bit unnoticed a few years ago, and the first track from their forthcoming For Posterity hints that they’ve taken a cue from fellow Canadians Black Mountain. The album hits August 31st.

The Jim Jones Revue “Big Len” (PIAS) – Move over JSBX...and make way for The Jim Jones Revue: the most earth quakin’, booty shakin’, rock’n’roll blooz makin’ band anywhere. Jones, formerly of scuzzy UK psych rockers Thee Hypnotics, channels Little Richard and out-Jon Spencer’s Spencer himself. The Revue recently played a few shows in NYC supporting their long-delayed US debut, a self-titled compilation culled from their first two UK discs, which serves as a teaser to their upcoming 3rd record Burning Down Your House (UK release September, US in 2011). “Big Len” is a freebie from the new record.

Autolux “Supertoys” (tbd) – This one’s been available for a while but I wanted to pop it into the mix, seeing as the band’s first record since 2004, Transit Transit, hits stores today. Reportedly a difficult band to work with for all of reasons you might think of, this song will please any fan of their debut, fitting seamlessly into their arsenal of shoegazey psychedelic guitar work and detached vocal harmonies.

Panda Bear “Slow Motion” (Paw Tracks) – The b-side to the recent “Tomboy” single, it’s equally as good as the flipside and scheduled for inclusion on next month’s Tomboy full-length.

Tame Impala “Half Full Glass Of Wine” (Phantom Sound & Vision) – Put this into the “new to me, new to you” category, coming off of 2009’s self-titled EP and arriving ahead of this year’s acclaimed Innerspeaker. I was shopping at LA’s Amoeba store on Saturday when this came over the PA and I had to run to the counter to ask what it was. All of the band’s output is available digitally in the USA, otherwise you’ll be paying import prices for the genuine article. Whichever label that has them for the US has certainly put forth a curious marketing strategy for the band.

Surf City “Crazy Rulers Of The World” (Fire) – Finally! After a totally ace EP a few years ago – not a duff track in the lot - and not nearly enough since, Surf City have set their return for November with a full-length titled Kudos.

Ramona “How Long” (unsigned) – Somewhere, Joey, Johnny & Dee Dee are smiling about this quartet from Brighton. Singer Karen Anne may have Debbie Harry down but the sound is all very Ramones-inspired: Ramones..Ramona. They bow with a 7” next month.

Yu(c)k “Automatic” (Mirror Universe Tapes) – another song from their Weakened EP. The band is playing the Reading/Leeds Festival later this month followed by opening a few dates for Modest Mouse’s UK tour. Not bad.

Pretty Lights “A Million Tomorrows” (self-released) – An electronica duo from Denver, they sold out hometown Red Rocks this weekend, confirming a solid following. It’s further proof that giving away your music can pay off in the long run, cause everyone knows the live show is where the real money’s made. You can download every one of their releases at a name-your-price cost via prettylightsmusic.com, including the new Spilling Over Every Side EP.

Monday, August 2, 2010

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

Here’s what shuffled through my iPod during my flight home. The ol' 'pod had a few favorites on this trip:

Los Angeles to Phoenix

Ian Hunter - Just Another Night
Jay Reatard - No Time
The Fall - Telephone Thing
TV On The Radio - Crying
Phantogram - When I'm Small
Shellac - Steady As She Goes
TV On The Radio - Golden Age
Animal Collective - Taste

Phoenix to Austin

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Mama Don't Like My Man
Nirvana - Stay Away
We Have Band - WHB
King Crimson - Three Of A Perfect Pair
Stricken City - Lost Art
The Big Pink - Golden Pendulum
Janelle Monae - Suite II Overture
The Lodger - Lost
Love And Rockets - Motorcycle
Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
Screaming Blue Messiahs - Lie Detector
Kate Bush - A Coral Room
Run-D.M.C. - Mary, Mary
The Beatles - I Want To Tell You
HTRK - She's Seventeen
The Stills - Gender Bombs
Animal Collective - In The Flowers
Tokyo Police Club - Not Sick
The Doors - Break On Through
Jose Gonzalez - Stay In The Shade
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Oasis - Roll With It
Heart - Kick It Out
The Neutrinos - Girlfriend's Got A Gun
Frightened Rabbit - Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms
White Town - Your Woman
LCD Soundsystem - Thrills

Hypertext - Norway's Broken Social Scene?


It seems everyone is having to work more than one job to make ends meet, and musicians aren’t exempt. Hypertext is a band that presents itself as kind of a Norge Broken Social Scene with members and session performers drafted from Casiokids, The Megaphonic Thrift, Datarock, and Low Frequency In Stereo along with solo artist Susanne Sundfør.

The self-released debut Corrente Elektro came out in 2007 and its follow-up, Astronaut Kraut, appears to be completed and awaiting release. Even though the disc remains in limbo, that hasn’t stopped the band from issuing two videos from the disc: the bouncy indie-pop gem “Ivy League" (one of my favorite songs of the year) and the brooding Joy Division/Bunnymen-esque “Mary”.

Hypertext - "Ivy League"

Hypertext - "Mary"