Friday, November 21, 2008
Delta Spirit's latest release, Ode to Sunshine is one of the most instantly like-able albums I've heard this year. It will most definitely be a late entry into my top albums of the year list. Call it America's answer to the Kaiser Chiefs these guys do straight ahead rock-radio ready, blues-based tunes.
I might lump them in with the folk-revivalist scene with Iron & Wine and Fleet Foxes but think less drowsy. Not all of the songs are, what I would call, sunny but they certainly aren't intricate folk songs either.
They are currently on tour with Nada Surf, which is a great pairing both bands do 3-4 minute rock songs with understandable lyrics. They'll be playing at Emo's outside stage for a mere $15.
I first heard this song on KGSR but didn't realize it was Delta Spirit until I had Ode to Sunshine. If this song isn't on your local, rock radio station...it should be.
Delta Spirit - Trashcan
Video after the jump...
Delta Spirit - Trashcan (Live Acoustic Performance) video via YouTube
Delta Spirit - Motivation video via YouTube
Delta Spirit - Parade (live in Austin) video via YouTube
Oh yeah, and you can also find a Delta Spirit Daytrotter Session, which is streamable or downloadable.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
So half of you are so over White Denim it's ridiculous and the other half of you have no idea who I'm talking about. But, to be honest this post has more to do with Nigel Godrich. He's the super-genius producer behind Radiohead, Beck and many, many others. Well he films a webcast show called From the Basement and he features some Austin Bloggy Limits favorites. Including White Denim, Beck, Architecture in Helsinki, Jamie Lidell, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Jose Gonzalez and many many others. All of the vids are done with HD cameras with Nigel Godrich mixing the live sound to perfection. So I recommend you head on over and scope out all the hot indie rock goodness before it goes mainstream and magically sucks.
Bonus Radiohead vids after the jump...
You may have heard of this band called Radiohead well they did a whole webcast From the Basement most of which is on YouTube and was rebroadcast on VH1 between Celebreality shows.
Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi video via YouTube
Radiohead - House of Cards video via YouTube
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers video via YouTube
The White Stripes actually played From the Basement way back in 2005:
The White Stripes - Little Ghost video via YouTube
If you want to see Austin's own White Denim From the Basement you'll have to link.
One of the best things about living in Austin, is getting to hear bands develop their sound. Local act, Future Clouds & Radar have been playing around town for the last year or two and I feel like they are just starting to gain momentum. Their songs are simple pop arrangements with lots of heart and layers. Sort of like Austin's answer to Death Cab for Cutie crossed with some solo John Lennon.
In any case their newest album came out on Election Day, but you can still pick it up in a local retailer, online or on iTunes. It's called, Peoria and to be honest I don't know what it's relationship is to Illinois, but there must be a story in there somewhere. If you want to catch Future Clouds & Radar they are playing for free right now at Waterloo and then tonight at the Mohawk. You can find more dates on their MySpace.
On a side note may I add that it seems like a few Austin bands have been listening to Love's classic Forever Changes. You can definitely hear the influence on Peoria not to mention White Denim's latest release, which features a song called IEIEI, that sounds like it might be a lost Love song.
Video after the jump...
Future Clouds & Radar - Holy Janet Comes on Waves video via YouTube
Future Clouds & Radar - Dr. No video via YouTube
Future Clouds & Radar - Green Mountain Clover (Live) video via YouTube
The sound quality on this video sucks, but I love this song and they are performing at Shady Grove, which is a cool restaurant on Barton Springs Rd.
Future Clouds & Radar - Back Seat Silver Jet Sighter video via YouTube
Ok, so this is one of those fake videos but I want you to hear what Love sounded like so you have a frame of reference.
Love - Alone Again, Or video via YouTube
And here's the White Denim song I referenced, which also sounds like a song by Love:
White Denim - IEIEI video via YouTube