Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Tunes Tuesday / The Big Beat 'cast 16

Hear a baker’s dozen of new tunes this week, including a pair of vintage tracks from newly reissued discs by THE KINKS and SUPERCHUNK. Start withe the haunting new BON IVER track, and keep an eye (and an ear) on MOUNT MORIAH, a boy/girl duo from North Carolina who play sweetly gentle Americana. Listen to the sloppy yet melodic garage punk of BASS DRUM OF DEATH, another new single of balearic bliss from jj, the noodly prog of OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ (of The Mars Volta), and another track from soul smoothie RAPHAEL SAADIQ. Something for the whole family, really.

[DOWNLOAD] BON IVER "Calgary" (Jagjaguwar), from Bon Iver (via Pitchfork)
[DOWNLOAD] MOUNT MORIAH "Lament" (Holidays For Quince), from Mount Moriah
FRIENDLY FIRES "True Love" (XL/Beggars), from Pala
[DOWNLOAD] TELEPATHE "Throw Away This" (White Iris), single (via ACE)
MAN MAN "Spooky Jookie" (Anti), from Life Fantastic
[DOWNLOAD] WILD BEASTS "Bed Of Nails" (Domino), from Smother (via ACE)
THE KINKS "Got Love If You Want It" [alternate take] (Sanctuary), from Kinks [Deluxe Edition]
[DOWNLOAD] SUPERCHUNK "Hyper Enough" (Merge), from Here's Where The Strings Come In (via Review Stalker)
[DOWNLOAD] BASS DRUM OF DEATH "Get Found" (Fat Possum), from GB City (via Brooklyn Vegan)
[DOWNLOAD] jj "No One Can Touch Us Tonight" (Sincerely Yours), single (via My Old Kentucky Blog)
RAPHAEL SAADIQ "Just Don't" (Columbia), from Stone Rollin'
[DOWNLOAD] OTHER LIVES "Dust Bowl III" (tbd), from Tamer Animals (via earmilk.com)
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ "Coma Pony" (Rodriguez Lopez), from Telesterion

Friday, May 20, 2011

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Stillwater, Oklahoma. Home of Oklahoma State University and, no offense, probably not a musical hotbed. Perhaps that'll change with the release of the second full-length from OTHER LIVES.

Signed to industry heavyweight Phil Costello's tbd label, Radiohead's American home, Other Lives should appeal to fans who dig the same lush but moody orchestration the 'head have been known for. Tamer Animals has a beautifully dense quality that envelopes the listener, really hitting its stride with one-two mid-section punch of the title track and "Dust Bowl III", no doubt drawing inspiration from their geographical origin in the Sooner state.  Don't sit on this one.

The band is currently on tour in the US through mid-July (Austin: June 24 @ The Parish, opening for The Rosebuds).

The title track is included on The Big Beat'cast 15.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Answering Machine Split

If it's not all-too-obvious already, the whole reason this blog exists is to champion music and artists I feel strongly about and share them with you. Sadly, one of those I cheered for the hardest have called it a day.  In a handwritten note posted Monday on their website, The Answering Machine announced their split, effective immediately.    

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Big Beat 'cast 15

I did away with the usual format for this week's Beat'cast. Armed with a stack of CD's, I just hit record and let the funk flow. Played with a few less rules, I did. Kind of a 'back to the egg' program. I hope you like it.

And the funk does flow: BEASTIE BOYS, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, and CEE LO GREEN for starters. Hear a new tune from YUCK; plus, meet Austin's FOOT PATROL and JEFF LOFTON. Stream the show right from this page.

BEASTIE BOYS "Nonstop Disco Powerpack (Capitol), from Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
RAPHAEL SAADIQ "Heart Attack" (Columbia), from Stone Rollin'
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS "MoneyGrabber" (Dangerbird), from Pickin' Up The Pieces
THE O'JAYS "Back Stabbers" (Sony), from Back Stabbers
BOOKER T. JONES "Representing Memphis" [feat. Matt Berninger & Sharon Jones] (Anti), from The Road From Memphis
THE JEFF LOFTON ELECTRIC THANG "By Any Other Name" (self-released), from Chasing The Voodoo Down Live At The Cactus Cafe
OTHER LIVES "Tamer Animals" (tbd), from Tamer Animals
FOALS "Total Life Forever" (Sub Pop), from Total Life Forever
CEE LO GREEN "Bright Lights Bigger City" (Elektra), from The Lady Killer
FOOT PATROL "Mudslide" (self-released), from Pussyfooting
PREFUSE 73 "The Only Hand To Hold" [feat. Shara Worden] (Warp), from The Only She Chapters
WARPAINT "Bees" (Rough Trade/Beggars), from The Fool
YUCK "Milkshake" (Fat Possum), single

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Tunes Tuesday / The Big Beat 'cast 14

Don't know if you noticed but last week's Beat'cast had a distinct lack of ladies on the playlist. So this week, we've bent over backwards (thankyou, thankyouverymuch) to change that, in addition to paying tribute to the late Poly Styrene. Plus, there's lots of other good stuff on there as well. Would I lie? Simply press play to stream the show right from this page.

X-RAY SPEX "The Day The World Turned Day-Glo" (EMI), from Germ Free Adolescents
NIKI & THE DOVE "The Fox" (Sub Pop), from The Fox EP
LYKKE LI "Rich Kids Blues" (Atlantic), from Wounded Rhymes
HANDSOME FURS "What About Us" (Sub Pop), from Sound Kapital
KNESSET "Bitter Hearts" (& Records), from Coming Of Age
FLEET FOXES "Lorelai" (Sub Pop), from Helplessness Blues
THE DONKEYS "Ceiling Tan" (Dead Oceans), from Born With Stripes
LE BUTCHERETTES "I'm Gettin' Sick Of You" (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions), from Sin Sin Sin
THE RUNAWAYS "Cherry Bomb" (Mercury), from The Runaways
X-RAY SPEX "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" (EMI), from Germ Free Adolescents
POLY STYRENE "I Luv Ur Sneakers" (Future Noise), from Generation Indigo
WU LYF "LYF" (LYF), from Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
MOGWAI "How To Be A Werewolf" (Sub Pop), from Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will