Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Tunes Tuesday / The Big Beat 'cast 05

Welcome to 2011! Welcome to The Big Beat! And a special welcome to the readers of This Is Fake DIY. The Beat 'cast will be a regular feature on their site going forward, so I put together this one with you in mind. The tracklisting follows below, and everything listed is included in the hour long program. Enjoy the tunes.

Aw, damn! I had to take this Beat'cast down, but check the tracklisting:

JAMES BLAKE "Wilhelm's Scream" (Atlas/A&M), from James Blake - His self-titled record, probably the most highly anticipated debut of early 2011, arrives on February 7th with a SXSW appearance scheduled. Hopefully, the weight of the hype hasn't crushed him by then. This gorgeous track may be the disc's highlight.

ELBOW "Lippy Kids" (Fiction), from Build A Rocket Boys! - No strangers to 'gorgeous', the band released a performance video of this track from their new record, scheduled for a March 7th release. (TBB coverage)

LOOMER "Ceiling" (Bon Voyage), from Ceiling - My current infatuation is this quartet from Brisbane, Australia. Status: on repeat. (TBB coverage)

NO JOY "Still" (Mexican Summer), from Ghost Blonde - Kind of a lo-fi, grungier version of Warpaint, their profile's about ready to shoot up as the opener for the Best Coast / Wavves tour that starts later this month.

[DOWNLOAD] AUTRE NE VEUT - "Soldier" (Olde English Spelling Bee), from Autre Ne Veut - This recently crossed my radar, the work of a one-man band from New York City who delivers an offbeat mix of avant-pop and old-style R&B. (via Seattle In High Def)

CHARLES BRADLEY "No Time For Dreaming" (Daptone), from No Time For Dreaming - Bradley's story resembles that of labelmate Sharon Jones: a bonafide soul singer who toiled in obscurity until receiving a late in life opportunity. Now 62, the Florida-born, Brooklyn-raised Bradley is ready for his closeup. His voice drips of authentic sincerity. The Daptone label has built their roster carefully, emphasizing quality over quantity. Bradley's record is no different.

BOUND STEMS "Andover" (Flameshovel), from Appreciation Night - My recent post about 2006 has led me to revisit my favorite record of that year. I remain firmly convinced that this is a great record, and it's just a shame they didn't receive the appreciation so richly deserved. (TBB coverage)

[DOWNLOAD] MAGAZINE "Shot By Both Sides" (Virgin), from Real Life - Released in 1978, this classic single still sounds fresh and exciting. (via Popdose)

SHAPES HAVE FANGS "The Desert [Has A Place For You]" (self-released), from Dinner In The Dark - This Austin band's been around for a few years, and they just unveiled their latest on a self-released cassette, available at select local record stores. There's a bit of everything packed in this tune, with elements of 60's era British Invasion AM radio fare (singer Dustin Coffey rates The Kinks as an influence), Detroit garage rock, and slacker blues reminiscent of fellow Austinites The Strange Boys. Here's hoping the new year brings wider distribution. (Austin: @ Emo's tomorrow night [outside - Free Week])

BRAIDS "Lemonade" (Kanine), from Native Speaker - I can't stop revisiting this tune, so have another go at one of the prettiest songs of the past few months. They hit the road solo later this month before hooking up with Baths and Star Slinger (below) for about two weeks worth of dates. (Austin: Feb. 5th @ Emo's [inside])

[STREAM] BRAIDS - "Lemonade"

STAR SLINGER "Remedy" (Double Denim), single - Darren Williams has forged his name over the past year remixing Deerhunter and Small Black, and has been approached by Broken Social Scene, The Morning Benders, and The Go! Team. A mix tape called Volume 1 was released last summer. "Remedy" is a new single dropping in February, just in time for his first US tour. He should be interesting in a live setting. (Austin: Feb. 5th w/ Baths & Braids @ Emo's [inside])

[STREAM] Star Slinger - "Remedy"

JAMIE WOON "Night Air" (Polydor), from Mirrorwriting - At the opposite end of the playlist from James Blake, both seem to have a reasonable shot of taking their minimalistic take on the dubstep genre - now tagged as 'microstep' - to a wider audience. Granted, Woon seems a bit MOR but has more of a chilled, trip-hop vibe than Blake's near Antony-like gospel spin. I think both men will find an audience. (TBB coverage)


  1. great news on the downloadable aspect that will get your voice out there so much easier if it can be put onto an ipod or whatever.

  2. Nice set of tunes Mike, although that James Blake tune gets a big thumbs down...

  3. Great to hear your voice out there again ... your skills and dulcet tones have been missed.

  4. Oh .. and that James Blake tune absolutely ruled the kingdom of fncking awesome.