Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Thao - Swimming Pools video via YouTube
Have y'all heard Thao? She played the NPR showcase during SXSW along with the Get Down, Stay Down. That same showcase featured the likes of BLK JKS, Dirty Projectors, Blind Pilots and K'NAAN. Well Thao with The Get Down Stay Down are coming back to the Parish Room tomorrow night and if you want to stay ahead of the curve then I suggest you get some tickets. By the way, in case you're not the curious type, that NPR link up there takes you to a page where you can listen to the full sets from the above-mentioned showcase.
Free Mp3's courtesy of Kill Rock Stars, thanks.
Free Mp3 ---> Thao - Bag of Hammers
Free Mp3 ---> Thao - Beat (Health, Life, and Fire)
There's a little bit more after the jump...
Since, I mentioned a list of artists at the top of the post I should mention at least one other. I've talked about my love for Dirty Projectors before, so I won't re-hash all that. However, I will mention that there was a lot of K'NAAN buzz at this past weekend's Coachella festival. I haven't heard a lot from this guy, but his story is intriguing I highly recommend the Wiki article.
I just fear his cross-over appeal may land him major success and thus remove his indie-cred. Oh indie-cred, such a fickle, fluid bitch. Oh wait, this guy is touring with Snoop Dogg does that mean he has NO indie-cred? But he played the effing NPR showcase! I don't care I'm still blogging it, indie-cred be damned!
K'NAAN - Dreamer video via YouTube
Just for the record, K'NAAN is also a member of the evil, Sony/Universal Music Group anti-embedding conglomerate INC. Soooooo NOT indie.
As opposed to AustinBloggyLimits favorites, BLK JKS who have mad, indie-cred y'all!
BLK JKS - Summertime video via YouTube
You can download this song over at RCRD LBL, they don't like embedding either but they still get my love and support...sorry UMG.
Summertime is a great song but it doesn't really capture how great BLK JKS are live perhaps the "single" is a better representation.
BLK JKS - Lakeside video via YouTube
I really hope you were patient enough to hear when Lakeside gets to the skank, that's when they really get down. It's another band doing that Paul Simon/Vampire Weekend rhythym, but check this out...are you ready...BLK JKS is ACTUALLY African...from Africa. Take that Ivy League "African-Influenced" bands...whom I also <3 dearly.