Saturday, February 21, 2009

Warehouse Party, Eastside, Tonight

Initial part of the post

That's right you can party at an east-warehouse till 3am tonight for $15 tonight, courtesy of Do512 and Vinyl Entertainment. What Made Milwaukee Famous will be headlining, along with The Story Of. You will also hear sets from some of Austin's finer DJ's including a set by Austin's own Octopus Project.

Speaking of the Octopus Project they are doing a "Visual Music" show at the Alamo Drafthouse this week, which should be a pretty cool show. I suspect if you're interested in that you better get your tickets like yesterday.

Free Mp3 ---> Octopus Project - I.O.I.O.
Free Mp3 ---> What Made Milwaukee Famous - Resistance Street

Video after the jump...

Before we get to the video may I direct you to some more free mp3s from the Octopus Project?

I'm pretty sure I posted this video like a year ago...actually I wasn't writing this a year ago, but in any case here's a video courtesy of Barsuk Records from What Made Milwaukee Famous:

What Made Milwaukee Famous - Sultan video via YouTube

Octopus Project - I Saw the Bright Shinies video via YouTube

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Charity Rock Rocks!

So there has been a lot of pre-release hype for a new compilation called, Dark Was the Night. It's a Red Hot compilation, which means all the proceeds benefit AIDS relief. If that's not reason enough for you to check it out, I should mention it's 2 discs, the music is over 2 hours long, almost every track is previously unreleased and it only cost me $12 at Waterloo. It's only $10 if you buy it online.

If you're still not convinced check out the artists featured on the comp:

Andrew Bird,
Arcade Fire,
Beach House (iTunes Version Only(?)),
Blonde Redhead,
Bon Iver,
David Byrne,
Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues,
The Decemberists,
Dirty Projectors,
Kevin Drew,
Ben Gibbard,
Grizzly Bear,
Iron & Wine,
Jose Gonzalez,
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings,
Stuart Murdoch,
My Brightest Diamond,
My Morning Jacket,
The National,
The New Pornographers,
Conor Oberst,
Sufjan Stevens,
Gillian Welch,
Yo La Tengo

Check out a sample after the jump...

The quality on this video kind of sucks, but I wanted you to hear at least a version of one of the Grizzly Bear songs from the compilation:

Grizzly Bear - Deep Blue Sea video via YouTube

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lykke Li Does Kings of Leon *Updated*

So, I just got back from Waterloo Records, where I saw a 20 minute acoustic set from Lykke Li. Someone in the audience shouted, "Knocked Up!", to which Lykke responded, "That's not my song, but I'll play it if you buy my album.". I didn't recognize the reference until the band started playing the Kings of Leon song.

Lykke Li - Knocked Up video via YouTube

The audio isn't the same as what I just heard, because the set at Waterloo was much more stripped down and acoustic. I expect you'll be able to see the performance I just saw in the near future though. Waterloo has their own YouTube channel that they post their in-stores on.

In fact here's two shows from this week:

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Fields of Coal video via YouTube

Andrew Bird - Natural Disaster video via YouTube

***Follow-Up Video Added Later***

Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone live at Waterloo Records video via YouTube

My friend Tessa, who was also at this show, thought Lykke Li looked like an Olsen Twin (hehe)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Heart SubPop/Blitzen Trapper

I'm sure I've mentioned this in the past, but I love blogging about bands on the SubPop roster. They have such a blogging-friendly website. There are almost always mp3 samples to download, and video too. Not to mention easy to embed press photos. Pay attention UMG, this is how you promote your roster in an internet age.

Blitzen Trapper - Furr video via YouTube

Free mp3 ---> Blitzen Trapper - Furr <--- Thanks SubPop

I highly recommend you head on over to their list of artists. Any of the names in bold are current and you will most likely find free samples to check out. You can also peep their YouTube channel to stream 134 vids.

Here's a couple of highlights from the aforementioned channel:

Fleet Foxes - Mykonos video via YouTube

This CSS jam is the most viewed video on the channel. Go Brazil!!

CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above video via YouTube

I always love the chaos, noise-pop of the Go! Team, even if this isn't my favorite track of theirs:

the Go! Team - Doin' it Right video via YouTube

This track has been played to death by now, but it's still a great tune that stayed our little secret for the first year or so it was out:

The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight video via YouTube

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

RSVP Quick and Dirty

I want to preface this video, for those of you who have never been to SXSW, by saying that the audience at a typical SXSW gig is a bunch of Meta-Hipsters who can't be bothered to look like they care about whatever band is on stage. I mean, if you think about it, SX is for industry types more than it is for fans. Who else could afford those damn badges? I'm straying here, back to the video...

This takes place at the Levis/Fader Fort, it was at roughly 1 or 2 in the afternoon. The place wasn't very full, it's broad daylight and everyone is sort of casually standing around with their free drinks and cameras. Well Gallows didn't really like that...If you look real close you may spot me, I was to the camera man's right.

Gallows UK - Live @ SXSW '07 video via YouTube

You should click the word YouTube above and read the comments, it's hillarious.

Ok, so there is a quick and dirty list of RSVP links is after the jump.

My friend, Bonnie has been scouring the internets and compiled a handful of parties to RSVP.

Dandy ID

Pure Volume


Talking House Records

Space Out Party

The Bay Area Take-Over

Are we getting excited yet?

Of course we are still looking/waiting for the Levi's/Fader Fort party. Last year I RSVP'd before the line-up was announce, which was good because I think the list was open for less than a week. These folks know how to book a party! Free booze (obvs it's SX), places to sit and watch a performance in a parking lot, free shiz (last year I won some Ray-Bans, Levis and Pumas(thanks)). As far as the music, well, check out last year's Line-Up.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

No Mo Vo Co...Der

Blame Kanyeezy, but as I was listening to the latest release from Bon Iver, Blood Bank, I reached the closing track and decided the moment for the Auto-Tune is officially over. That's my opinion, I welcome yours.

Bon Iver - Woods video via YouTube

Sample mp3 goes here ---> Bon Iver - Blood Bank mp3 via JagJaguwar

Somehow, I didn't mind the Auto-tune as much on Wolves (Act I & II) but it was used much more sparingly...

Bon Iver - Wolves (Act I & II) video via YouTube

Other great moments in Auto-Tuning:

Imogen Heap - Hide & Seek Marissa shoots Trey courtesy of YouTube

The Church of Cher - Believe video via YouTube

Kanye West's - Heartless was supposed to go here. But his label/imprint/music is part of the evil Universal Music Group umbrella (Insert Boo) so no embedding aloud. I could put a link...but I won't. Sorry Yeezy, you don't need the exposure anyway...not that the Church of Cher does either. Same to you T-Pain.

Check it out, even the New Yorker is weighing in on this issue (Insert Eye-Roll).

Slightly Related Randomness goes here (ish) --->
Los Simpsons - Homerpalooza episode video via YouTube

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