Thursday, September 30, 2010

LISTEN: New Twilight Singers Song


As a Cincinnati native, I'm predisposed to an interest in anything Afghan Whigs related. So, I was surprised to see a new Twilight Singers track pop in my inbox this afternoon. Featuring backing vocals from Ani DiFranco, "Blackbird and the Fox" is the first release from a yet-to-be-titled CD due in 2011. It'll be released on Sub Pop, which reunites Dulli with the label that brought the Whigs to prominence in the early '90s. The new song comes just prior to the start of Dulli's first-ever solo tour, which kicks off next week. It's good to have him back.

[STREAM] The Twilight Singers - "Blackbird And The Fox" (featuring Ani DiFranco) by subpop

An Evening with GREG DULLI - 2010 World Tour

Oct 8 New Orleans (DBA)
Oct 12 Nashville (Mercy Lounge)
Oct 13 Cincinnati (20th Century)
Oct 14 Chicago (Double Door)
Oct 15 Detroit (Magic Stick)
Oct 16 Cleveland (Grog Shop)
Oct 18 Cambridge MA (Brattle Theatre)
Oct 19 New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Oct 20 Philadelphia (Johnny Brenda's)
Oct 22 Pittsburgh (Brillobox)
Oct 23 Baltimore (Ottobar)

Oct 27 Dublin (Whelan's)
Oct 28 Belfast (Spring & Airbrake)
Oct 29 Galway (Roisin Dubh)
Oct 30 Cork (Cyprus Avenue)
Nov 2 Lisbon (Santiago Alquimista)
Nov 3 Porto (Hard Club)
Nov 4 Santiago de Compostela (Capitol)
Nov 5 Madrid (Charada)
Nov 6 Arrasate (Amaia Antzokia)
Nov 7 Lloseta (Teatre Lloseta)
Nov 9 Sevilla (Teatro Central)
Nov 10 Barcelona (Sidecar)
Nov 11 Zaragoza (La Casa del Loco)
Nov 13 Antwerp (Trix)

Nov 16 Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Nov 17 San Francisco (Swedish Hall)
Nov 18 Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
Nov 20 Portland (Doug Fir)

The Joy Formidable - New Single, Album, Tour

The Joy Formidable was one of my favorite discoveries of 2009, with their debut mini-album A Balloon Called Moaning cracking my Top 20 at #7. So far in 2010, the Welsh trio have had an eventful year. They played in the US for the first time and had their debut mini-album A Balloon Called Moaning released here, opened for Paul McCartney in Cardiff, claimed the headlining slot on the annual NME Radar Tour of the UK, and signed a deal with Warners-imprint Canvasback (Annuals, Fanfarlo). Now they're ready to release the first single from their proper full-length debut, The Big Roar, due for a 2011 release. "I Don't Want To See You Like This" will be released digitally on October 10th and available as a 7" vinyl single. Video above, audio below. They'll be back for their first headlining tour of the States in November.

[MP3] The Joy Formidable "I Don't Want To See You Like This"
(via The Boy With The Thorn In His Side)

The NME has a nice interview with the band from this year's Reading/Leeds Fesitval.


Tonight Nottingham (Rescue Rooms)
Oct 1 Glasgow (King Tut's)
Oct 2 Aberdeen (Tunnels)
Oct 4 Manchester (Academy 3)
Oct 5 Newcastle (Academy 2)
Oct 6 Leeds (Cockpit)
Oct 7 Stoke-On-Trent (Sugarmill)
Oct 8 Cardiff (Millennium Music Hall)
Oct 10 Oxford (Academy 2)
Oct 11 Brighton (Concorde 2)
Oct 13 Portsmouth (Wedgewood Rooms)
Oct 14 London (Koko)

Nov 3 Toronto (Horseshoe Tavern)
Nov 4 Montreal (Petit Campus)
Nov 5 Quebec City (L'agitée)
Nov 6 Northhampton, MA (Iron Horse)
Nov 8 Columbus (Wexner Center)
Nov 9 Chicago (Schubas)
Nov 11 Washington (Black Cat)
Nov 12 Harrisburg, PA (The Abbey)
Nov 13 Allston, PA (Great Scott Sun)
Nov 15 Philadelphia (Johnny Brenda's)
Nov 16 New York (Bowery Ballroom)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - September 28, 2010

Back for the landmark 10th edition of NTT this week. Wooooo! But seriously folks, for this week I'm going to give you a second helping of artists that have been featured previously because we all know that sometimes, one song isn't enough to conjure up an opinion. As is often the case, most of these are relatively new bands that have caught my ear so I hope you too will find something to like.

Now, I've always been a stat guy: I like following charts and trends, even to the point of keeping written track of each week's American Top 40 as a kid. Is it a wonder then that we named our new kitten Casey? It's interesting (to me, anyway) that of the previous 9 NTT's, the one that's had the most traffic by far featured a little band whose initials are A.F., which frankly, I'd not be inclined to give a lot of attention to as there are 846 other outlets doing that. Anyway, if there's any feedback you'd like to impart, your comments have been great and are appreciated. The single most asked off-site question is about the possibility of getting some kind of DJ'd stream or podcast together. It's flattering to be asked. All I can say is that I'm working on it, and hope to have something for you sooner rather than later.

This week, we'll give you more new music from Women and Caitlin Rose later in the set. Some dark disco by Matthew Dear, K-X-P, and SUUNS; brand new tunes from The Answering Machine and Rapids! thanks to our friends at Heist Or Hit Records, and more from Dungen, WFANFC, and Esben and the Witch; but we'll start with two bands that are on the top of my listening stack: No Age and Super Wild Horses.

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

Super Wild Horses "Mess Around" (Hozac) - I included the band's "Golden Town" on NTT two weeks ago, so enjoy another tune from their Fifteen debut. The Aussie duo plays 90's style indie rock just like they were there the first time. (Austin: tonight @ Beerland; tomorrow @ Club 1808)

No Age "Depletion" (Sub Pop) - Everything In Between, the LA duo's second proper studio record, hit stores today and is one of the most compelling releases of the year. There's nothing overly groundbreaking here: it's lo-fi pop-leaning punk but the thing is (a) there's not a ton of that around at the moment, and (b) it's done really well. They've earned some critical props for tossing in a few ambient-ish instrumentals into the mix but I've always found myself skipping over those. "Depletion" is one of several genuinely punk tracks on the record that, in the face of chillwave nation, make it perfectly safe to pump your fist in the air.

Rapids! "Fuses" (Heist Or Hit) - Here's the latest UK single from the British bands debut EP, which you can purchase here. Their brand of math-rock, kind of unusual coming from a European band, has earned them notices from domestic supporters like Steve Lamacq, Artrocker, and the NME. Another tune from the EP, "Maps", was featured on NTT in early August.

The Answering Machine "Animals" (Heist Or Hit) - Our love for TAM knows no bounds, who've offered the first single from their second disc Lifeline as a free download. "Animals" sees the band incorporating greater use of keys and synths, a shift from the guitar-heavy Strokes' influence that was so prominent on their debut. They'll be doing some European dates with Tokyo Police Club in November, and expect to release the full-length after the first of the year.

Working For A Nuclear Free City "Alphaville" (Melodic) - I find it interesting that while so many music buyers are choosing downloads over a physical CD, it seems a lot of digital-only releases fly extremely well below the radar. Sometimes that's strategic, quietly making it available to coincide with an overseas release or, it's a small label without much of a promotional budget. Whatever the case, let's hope the October 12th physical release of Jojo Burger Tempest will draw a bit more attention than what the digital has failed to generate. The record blends a bit of everything to where I'd call it electro-shoegaze. It's heavy on instrumentals, with the 30-minute title cut emblematic of what the band does best. "Alphaville" represents one of Jojo's more straightforward songs.

Esben and the Witch "About This Peninsula" (self-released) - The recent Matador signees arrived in the US last week for a month long tour supporting Foals and a spot on the Matador 21 lineup. Their debut US single "Marching Song", out next month, was featured on NTT in August. The band earned a lot of their initial notices on the basis of a self-released EP, 33, from which we take this Siouxsie-like track. Bets are being taken now to find out if they'll shape up to be The xx 2011. Right now, I'd make that wager. (Austin: @ Mohawk October 9th w/ School Of Seven Bells)

SUUNS "Up Past The Nursery" (Secretly Canadian) - While perhaps sounding juuust a bit like Clinic's "The Second Line", it's another impressive tune from the Montrealers and the first sample of their full-length Zeroes QC, out on October 12th. Buy it in advance now and get an immediate download code for the record. Pitchfork has the video. (Austin: @ The Parish October 15th w/ Land of Talk)

Matthew Dear "Soil To Seed" (Ghostly) - Mr. Dear's laying down another dark, slinky groove for us, another tune from his Black City record. This one's really coming on strong for yours truly and stands a good chance of cracking my Top 20 this year (is it really almost October??).

K-X-P "Pockets" (Smalltown Supersound) - The 'Annie Vocal Remix' of this song has been making the rounds on the web lately. It's certainly more dancefloor ready and easy to find online, but I wanted to toss the original into the mix as I think this record's not gotten quite the attention it deserves. Sure, there are parts that are less than stellar but for a first effort, it's a fair starting point.

Dungen "Högdalstoppen" (Mexican Summer) - So, I ate the ticket I had to see these guys weekend before last: too wiped out from an early wake-up call to drag myself to the show. Of course, I regret it. The newly released Skit I Allt continues the slow departure from the psych-guitar freakouts that brought them to everyone's attention omn Ta Det Lungt. Still, while a more subdued Dungen is worth checking out, another outlet had it right when it noted that this wouldn't be their record to start someone off with. An effort, then, for fans willing to go along with them a bit.

Women "Locust Valley" (Jagjaguwar) - From Calgary, Women have received nothing but glowing reviews from overseas for their second record Public Strain, which preceded today's US release by a full month. Their arty indie rock hits a sweet spot with this song. (Austin: @ Mohawk October 16th)

Caitlin Rose "Own Side" (Names) - Another artist who's been wowing them in Britain, this sweet, intimate number is title cut from her Own Side Now full-length. Even thought she's been building up her resume over there and will continue to do so, she has quite the one-off at the Austin City Limits Festival on October 9th. The disc is available currently only as an import, but US fans have been instructed to hold tight!

New Tunes Tuesday - September 21, 2010
New Tunes Tuesday - September 14, 2010
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
New Tunes Tuesday - June 29, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Download a new British Sea Power song

For the price of your e-mail address, British Sea Power will give you the title cut from their eight-song Zeus EP, out on October 4th. This is the band's first material since last year's ambitious Man Of Aron instrumental effort. Their fourth album is in the works for a tentative January release with only one song from the EP, "Cleaning Out The Rooms", expected to be included.

1) Zeus [MP3]
2) Cleaning Out The Rooms
3) Can We Do It?
4) Bear
5) Pardon Our Friends
6) Mongk
7) Kw-h
8) Retreat (hidden bonus track)

(Danke to This Is Fake DIY and Pitchfork)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - September 21, 2010

This week's NTT leans heavily towards my affinity for female fronted C86 inspired bands with Las Robertas and Shrag in the lineup. Preview a few tune from the new Phantom Band disc and sample some modern day prog with Crippled Black Phoenix. Just press play on the first track, and let The Big Beat soundtrack your next 45 minutes.

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

Those Darlins “Night Jogger" (Oh Wow Dang) – There’s a lot less twang on the Nashville belles new single, a preview of their second album tentatively titled Let You Down and projected for a March release. The flipside is credited to Funstix, a side project of the band’s Jessi & Linwood. (via Neu Magazine) (Austin: @ ACL on October 8th)

Hypertext “Ivy League” (unsigned) – A video of this song was featured on TBB last month but I’m going to keep bringing this one to your attention. It’s one of my favorite songs of the year and has ‘hit’ written all over it. Featuring members of Casiokids and The Megaphonic Thrift, this Norwegian outfit is looking for an outlet to release their full-length debut. Head to their Myspace to hear more.

The Radio Dept. “The New Improved Hypocrisy” (Labrador) – A free download that appeared last week immediately prior to Sweden’s national elections, the song takes aim at the center-right Alliance coalition government which, from what I can figure, held on to power. Considering our own country has a long tradition of political protest music, where are those songs today? This song won't be included on the band's next release, a 5-song EP titled Never Follow Suit which drops in November.

Las Robertas “Damn ‘92” and “Back To The End” (Art Fag) – Another previously featured band, the ladies from Costa Rica have had their debut Cry Out Loud picked up for a proper US release by Art Fag Records on October 12th. It’s straightforward garage rock and if you’re a fan of the Girls, Dum Dum and Vivian, then you’re in luck. You’ll even hear a bit of Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave) in the vocals. (via Neu and Einstein Music Journal)

The Phantom Band “Walls” (Chemikal Underground) – The Scottish band that plays ‘proto-robofolk’ are back with their second album, The Wants, on October 18th. Their debut Checkmate Savage made my Top 20 last year (#14) and I had the pleasure of catching them at the UK’s Great Escape festival. I noticed they’ve listed a US booking agent on their MySpace page, so I’ll take it that they’ll try their hands at the States for the first time. I’ll be curious to see if this first track is indicative of the rest of the album. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re listing to an Elbow tune. Can’t be a bad thing. (via Consequence Of Sound)

Shrag “Tights In August” (Where It's At Is Where You Are) – The radio show from Artrocker magazine introduced me to this Brighton band last year. Three girls and two guys, I thought “Pregnancy Scene” from their debut was a fun, punky number but found the rest of the disc lacking. Album number two arrives October 4th titled Life! Death! Prizes! with a first track shot right at my heart. As a massive fan of Lush and specifically their Lovelife CD, “Tights” may as well be a re-working of the band’s “Ciao!” meshed with the melody of “500 (Shake Baby Shake)”. The vocals are dead-on Miki Berenyi. In all, a glass of sweet twee. (Hat tip to Neu)

Calories “You Could Be Honest” (Tough Love) – Basic Nature is the UK trio’s second album, and will conjure recollections of guitar-heavy bands from the US indie scene. In fact, the BBC puts it best by saying “the shockingly catchy opener “You Could Be Honest” reanimates the corpse of Jade Tree Records emo bands from the late 1990s.” Sample the entire record over at Bandcamp and while, yes, it may be a little retro in nature, it’s of a period that hasn’t been mined to death and, especially coming from a British band, comes through as a breath of freshly recycled air.

Holy Other “Yr Love” (Transparent) – The tastemaking London label strikes again with a new single from a minimalist electronic outfit from Berlin. Totally chilled with some dubstep undercurrents. Their debut release will be a limited 7” available here. Download the label-approved freebie, but buy the vinyl.

Crippled Black Phoenix “Troublemaker” (Invada) – A prog/post-rock supergroup of sorts which, depending upon the press you find, may or may not include members of Mogwai and Portishead. I, Vigilante is their newest release, out on Portishead’s Geoff Barrow’s Invada label (confirmed!). “Troublemaker” harks back a bit to classic album rock of the 1970’s and, for sure, the guitar player has a serious David Gilmour jones goin’ on. A nice jam.

New Tunes Tuesday - September 14, 2010
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
New Tunes Tuesday - June 29, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Download New EP's from John Vanderslice and Pete & The Pirates

Music is good. Free is good. Free music is really good. Free and legal, I might add. Two artists, John Vanderslice and Pete & The Pirates, have just made their latest work available as free downloads.


Vanderslice, widely considered one of the nicest guys in music, offers up the six-song Green Grow The Rushes as both a 320kbps MP3 and an uncompressed WAV file. Each comes with artwork, lyrics and credits. It'll be available on vinyl next year. Get it here. The tracklisting:

1. Thule Fog [MP3]
2. I’ll Never Live Up To You
3. Pony Express
4. Streetlights
5. Lay Down
6. Penthouse Window


We last heard from Pete & The Pirates at the end of 2008 with the AA-side single "Jennifer" / "Blood Gets Thin". While they're putting the finishing touches on their yet-to-be-titled second album, they've launched a new website and have scheduled a few European dates, usually a good indicator that a release is imminent. In the meantime, they've posted four demos collectively titled Precious Tones, free to stream and download via Bandcamp.

1. Selina (Demo)
2. Blood From A Stone (Demo)
3. My Sun Hat (Demo)
4. Where Did You Go (Demo)

<a href="">Precious Tones (Demos) by Pete &amp; The Pirates</a>

As a reminder of how incredibly catchy P&TP are, here's two tracks from their WOXY session during SXSW 2009, in addition to the aforementioned "Blood Gets Thin".

Pete & The Pirates - "Jennifer" (Live @ [MP3]
Pete & The Pirates - "Mr. Understanding" (Live @ [MP3]

Pete & The Pirates - "Blood Gets Thin" by The Big Beat

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday - September 14, 2010

We're into the post-Labor Day period where labels traditionally stockpile notable new releases. For indie fans, it marks the start of the hype/PR machine that leads up to the CMJ Festival (post-New Year's, it's the same for SXSW). I thought I'd take a different approach this week by focusing on a few select bands/releases, adding an extra track to give you a better sense of the disc, and coupling those with a few others that have caught my ear. Enjoy the new tunes.

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

Grinderman "Heathen Child" & "Palaces Of Montezuma" (Mute) - You get the feeling that Nick Cave feels a bit freer under the Grinderman moniker than recording as, well, himself. To the uninitiated, this is essentially his rock project and while 2 isn't quite as scuzzy as the debut (nothing here quite as in-your-face as "No Pussy Blues"), it's still primarily a man's man kind of record. "Heathen Child"'s the single while "Palaces Of Montezuma" is a change of pace that sounds a bit more like his solo work. The band tours North America in November.

Super Wild Horses "Goldentown" (Hozac) - The Finest Kiss directed me to the Aussie duo of Amy Franz and Hayley McKee and boy, do they make a lovely racket! Recalling any number of late 80's / early 90's college rock outfits like Columbus' beloved Scrawl, the duo keep things direct-to-tape raw to where it makes the Vivian Girls sound polished. Their debut Fifteen was released over the summer. (Austin: @ Beerland on Sept. 28th, and @ Club 1808 on Sept. 29th)

Restless People "Don't Back Down" & "Days Of Our Lives" (IAMSOUND) - From Brooklyn, the members of Restless People cut their teeth in bands like Tanlines, Professor Murder, and Family Edition. This is summery, shiny indie pop where, if you closed your eyes, you could hear "Days Of Our Lives" as a Passion Pit song, albeit with better vocals. Their brisk, done-in-under-30 minutes self-titled debut hits stores today.

Weekend "Coma Summer" & "End Times" (Slumberland) - Straight up: anything on Slumberland's gonna get my attention. Their latest signing is from their own backyard: Oakland's Weekend. Their darkly buzzy and fuzzy C86-inspired noise is right in my wheelhouse and is perfect for fans of labelmates Crystal Stilts, Disappears, JAMC, and Joy Divison. Debut Sports lands November 9th but with that album title, and that they're from the Bay Area, I was hopin' a cover of either "Heart and Soul" or "I Want A New Drug" would've made it onto the album, y'know? (via Transparent and The Needle Drop)

Superchunk "Digging For Something" (Merge) - We all have bands who've existed in our blind spots, right? Well-known, favorites of many, bands you should be more familiar with but just...aren't. Mike, meet Superchunk. Basically, they were a little too fringe at a time that I wasn't. Knowing this deficiency in my diet, I recently picked up a used copy of Tossing Seeds and within a matter of mere minutes was singing along to "Slack Motherfucker" like I'd known it forever. So, nearly 20 years after their formation, their first record in 9 years Majesty Shredding sounds a bit like what you might expect: well-worn indie rock from a veteran band. (via Aquarium Drunkard)

The Black Angels "Yellow Elevator #2" & "Phosphene Dream" (Blue Horizon) - Austin's psychedelic rockers take a big stride forward with their first release for the newly reactivated Blue Horizon label. Some of their more blatantly druggy sounding songs have been set aside in favor of an equally authentic Nuggets vibe. Phosphene Dream plays for a wider audience while sacrificing none of the integrity of their past sound. A little more approachable? Probably, but with spot-on execution. Also check out first track "Bad Vibrations" from the first NTT.

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
New Tunes Tuesday - June 29, 2010

Sufjan Stevens - New Songs, New Album, Tour


I was starting to feel like I was falling down on the job by not posting about Sufjan Stevens' All Delighted People EP, which arrived out of nowhere just a few weeks ago. More unexpected, comes the world's fastest follow-up: The Age Of Adz (pronounced 'odds'), his first full-length collection of new, non-soundtrack work since Illinois five years ago. The first two tracks are out as free downloads in advance of the October 12th release, coinciding with the start of his US tour. Does "I Walked" seem a bit emo?

Sufjan Stevens - "Too Much" (via Hypetrak)

Sufjan Stevens - "I Walked" (via The Point Of Everything)

Sufjan Stevens 2010 North American Tour

Oct 12 Montreal (Metropolis)
Oct 13 Toronto (Massey Hall)
Oct 14 Detroit (Royal Oak Music Theater)
Oct 15 Chicago (Chicago Theater)
Oct 16 Minneapolis (Orpheum)
Oct 17 Kansas City (Uptown Theater)
Oct 19 Austin (Long Center)
Oct 20 Dallas (McFarlin Memorial Auditorium)
Oct 22 Mesa, AZ (Ikeda Theater)
Oct 23 Los Angeles (The Wiltern)
Oct 26 Oakland (Paramount)
Oct 28 Vancouver (Orpheum)
Oct 29 Portland (Schnitzer Concert Hall)
Oct 30 Seattle (Paramount)
Nov 1 Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
Nov 2 Denver (Paramount)
Nov 4 Indianapolis (Hilbert Circle Theatre)
Nov 5 Knoxville (Bijou)
Nov 6 Atlanta (The Tabernacle)
Nov 7 Asheville (Wolfe Auditorium)
Nov 10 Philadelphia (Kimmel Center)
Nov 11 Boston (Orpheum)
Nov 14 New York (Beacon)
Nov 15 New York (Beacon)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Korallreven - Tropical Bliss


It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm a fan of the vast amount of Balearic music that's become fairly prominent in the last few years. It seems to blend a lot of my favorite styles and subgenres: electronica, shoegaze, trip-hop, and prog and mixes them into a chilled cocktail. So, although I'm late to the party on Korallreven, they happen to be right up my alley.

Swedish for 'coral reef', Korallreven is Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjader, who's also one-third of The Radio Dept., and which should provide a good touchstone as for what to expect. Supposedly, Joons concocted the band while vacationing in Samoa and envisioning a soundtrack for his island holiday. Their first single "Loved-Up" was released over a year ago, while "The Truest Faith" dropped in July. Each was backed with several remixes. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, perhaps their best is waiting on-deck. "Honey Mine" is their newest single, and features Victoria Bergsman of Taken By Trees, The Concretes, and "Young Folks" fame. Gorilla vs. Bear recently posted a rip of the song's premiere on Swedish radio last week. Presumably, all three will appear on The Truest Faith full-length, scheduled for release this Autumn on Acéphale Records.

Korallreven "Loved Up" (via Kick the Tragedy)

Korallreven "The Truest Faith" (via meastar22)

Korallreven "Honey Mine" (ft Victoria Bergsman) Pre-order here.

They've also curated a pair of mixes for free download. Nice, eh?

A Mix By Korallreven For Korallreven In Collaboration With Korallreven For Korallreven feat. Madlib, Pure Ecstasy, Toro Y Moi, Joy Orbison, and more (via Vice, April 2010)

A Dream By Korallreven For Korallreven In Collaboration With Korallreven For Korallreven
feat. jj, Primal Scream, Memoryhouse, and Justin Bieber! (via Gorilla Vs. Bear, September 2010)

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Answering Machine Preview New Single


Manchester's The Answering Machine have announced that Lifeline will be their second full-length, released in either late 2010 or early 2011 on Heist Or Hit Records. Vocalist Martin Colclough assumed production duties, while veteran Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) mixed the record as he did their debut, Another City, Another Sorry. That record was released to strong reviews (NME gave it 8/10) and was #2 on my Top 20 from last year.

TAM are offering a preview of Lifeline's first single "Animals" as the soundtrack for a short video promoting their upcoming UK tour in October.

The Answering Machine unveil iPhone app

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

LISTEN: Of Montreal - False Priest


NPR Music has offered up a stream of False Priest, the 10th disc from Of Montreal, until its release on Tuesday the 14th.

1. "I Feel Ya' Strutter" (3:40)
2. "Our Riotous Defects" [feat. Janelle Monáe] (5:15)
3. "Coquet Coquette" (3:44)
4. "Godly Intersex" (3:31)
5. "Enemy Gene" [feat. Janelle Monáe] (3:37)
6. "Hydra Fancies" (3:25)
7. "Like a Tourist" (4:02)
8. "Sex Karma" [feat. Solange Knowles] (4:02)
9. "Girl Named Hello" (4:14)
10. "Famine Affair" (3:49)
11. "Casualty of You" (2:59)
12. "Around the Way" (4:33)
13. "You Do Mutilate?" (6:52)

As usual, the band will be on the road FOREVER starting with a hometown show Thursday at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA. Fellow Georgian Janelle Monáe opens most all of their US dates, which includes a stop at the new East Side Drive-In in Austin on November 3. All dates here.

BAM! ...a word from our sponsors (Part II)


Labor Day weekend marked the 27th anniversary of the launch of 97X / WOXY Radio. This is the latest in a series of commemorative posts, featuring archived audio from the station's history. Recollections and opinions are my own.

Two of WOXY's longest-running supporters were grocery stores. Commercials for the Oxford location of Kroger, the Cincinnati-based chain, were ubiquitous on 97X. Many listeners probably recall the invitation to "start your day the Kroger Sav-On way" during the Breakfast Club, where the correct caller would score a $10 gift certificate from the store. Ten bucks!! Keep in mind that the ads were targeted at the community of nearby Miami University, and $10 could buy a poor kid a lot of mac & cheese or cheap beer. Julie Maxwell voiced these humorous spots, nearly always referencing some pop culture touchstone. You can almost picture a student listening to the station, hearing the the ad, and being nudged into an impulse run to the store.



While Kroger is the country's largest grocery chain, and found literally everywhere in SW Ohio, there is only one Jungle Jim's International Market. Whereas the Kroger ads may have prompted last-minute shopping, a trip to Jungle Jim's may have been something you'd plan in advance. Literally an amusement park for food lovers, I'm guessing it's one of the few grocery stores in the world to have its own Wikipedia entry. Located in nearby Fairfield, Ohio, 'Jungle' Jim Bonaminio's store started as a small produce stand and has grown to a 300,000-square-foot tourist destination, offering 150,000 different items from over 75 countries and employing around 350 employees. Steve Baker's spots highlighted the massive selection of wine, cheese, beer and produce 'just where you'd expect it to be' and 'where shopping is always an adventure'.

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.

BAM! ...a word from our sponsors
BAM! Putting The "Gee" In Ecology

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BAM! ...a word from our sponsors


Labor Day weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the launch of 97X / WOXY Radio. This is the latest in a series of commemorative posts, featuring archived audio from the station's history. Recollections and opinions are my own.

Aside from famously being known as The Future of Rock & Roll, one of the slogans that resonated the most with WOXY listeners was 'CORPORATE RADIO SUCKS'. I think it may have been used in print ads, but my recollection is that we never actually built an on-air campaign around it, therefore reaping the benefit of the message without actually having to say it as such. WOXY was, after all, a politically correct beast and it simply wouldn't have jived with its ethic to call out other stations so bluntly. (It did, however, help to sell a lot of t-shirts!) Still, if you listened to the station for even a little bit, you could tell this was not a slick, overly commercialized setup. The message was that you had a clear choice: they're in it (primarily) for the money, and we're in it because we believe in this stuff. It was a succinct rallying point.

So, while the station would regularly air professionally produced national spots from advertisers like Budweiser, McDonald's, and Pepsi - fine corporations all, and whose support of 97X was crucial - another of WOXY's more endearing qualities was the high percentage of commercials produced in-house for advertisers like Jungle Jim's, Everybody's Records, Scentiments/Rock City, Eavey's Fine Foods, and many others. Like 97X, they were locally owned, like-minded independent retailers and their often quirky spots proved a good match for the station and were a hit with listeners.

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.

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