Friday, May 8, 2009

Glass Candy = Cool Mother's Day Present (?)


Glass Candy - Computer Love video via YouTube

At this point I'm not really sure how I feel about the band Glass Candy but I'm intrigued. They'll be playing the Mohawk outside, late Saturday night so it will be interesting to see how others react. It sort of makes me think of the Knife but Glass Candy def isn't as disconnected and killer-smooth as the Knife. Let's find a song that's not a Kraftwerk cover I'm sure that will give us a better impression of this...Glass Candy.


Glass Candy - Digital Versicolor video via YouTube

Man, something about that song Digital Versicolor was really upsetting to me. I wonder if they did that on purpose? It just made me really uncomfortable, like I was in one of those Calvin Klein ads or I needed a Crying Game shower or something. But something tells me this is still going to be a pretty kick-ass, Miller High Life-Fueled show. See you there?

Oh shhhh, I found the banger y'all!! It's complete with a sweet Isaac Hayes sample. Too bad the video is N/A. Oh yeah, and tickets for the show at the Mohawk are $10 in advance or $12 at the door...back to the MF Banga!


Glass Candy - Geto Boys video via YouTube

Did I mention that Glass Candy is fresh from a Coachella appearance? By the way that video that I linked for the word "Coachella" came directly from the Glass Candy website...is that how you would want people to hear your band? You MUST bring earplugs this Saturday or you will hear EVERYTHING the way that video sounds...SRSLY y'all. Oh yeah, and apparently that girl from Glass Candy thinks she's one hot-ass dancer right? We'll be the judge of that girl from GC!


the Knife - Silent Shout video via YouTube

As if I was just gonna mention the Knife without showing you some of their "hits", come on y'all. This one can be in honor of Mother's Day :-).


the Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health video via YouTube

If you're thinking music for Mother's Day the Knife probably isn't a good choice. Neither is Glass Candy, Mom's tend to like John Mayer, Nora Jones and such. Or you could totally blow your Mom's mind and get her the new Brett Dennen CD, chances are she hasn't heard it and it's totally Mom-worthy.


Brett Dennen - Make You Crazy video via YouTube

Hey what was that ginger-dude doing with Ryan Adams wife?!?! Ryan Adams is also mom-approved, just don't tell her a lot about his personal life. Or the TRUE meaning of, "It takes two, when it used to take only one."


Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Two video via YouTube

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

June is Going to Effing Rawk Y'all

Alright, let's keep this between us 'cause I'm about to talk about a lot of hot-ass indie-rock shows coming to town and I don't want them all to sell out before I get tickets ok? Seriously though, June is shaping up to be hot in every way you're thinking. Let's look at who's coming to our fair city...

Tue. 6/2

* Black Moth Super Rainbow, School of 7 Bells at the Mohawk
* Mr. Lif, Willie Evans Jr. at Red 7


Black Moth Super Rainbow - Sun Lips video via YouTube

It just gets more and more ridiculous after the jump...


Wed. 6/3

* Passion Pit, Harlem Shakes at Emo's
* Langhorne Slim, Samantha Crain at the Parish


Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game video via YouTube

Thu. 6/4

* Helio Sequence at the Mohawk


the Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead video via YouTube

Fri. 6/5 !!!

* Bonnie Prince Billy, The Howling Hex at the Mohawk
* Animal Collective, Black Dice at Stubb's
* New York Dolls at Emo's
* Alejandro Escovedo at Antones


Animal Collective - Water Curses video via YouTube

Sat. 6/6

* Mika Miko, The Strange Boys at Red 7
* Au Revoir Simone at the Mohawk


the Strange Boys - Woe Is You and Me video via YouTube

Mon. 6/8

* Gomez at Stubb's

Tue. 6/9

* Matisyahu, Les Claypool, Dub Trio at the Austin Music Hall

Thu. 6/11

* Peaches, Drums of Death at Emo's
* Holy Fuck, Crocodiles, Woven Bones at the Mohawk


Holy Fuck - Lovely Allen video via YouTube

Sat. 6/13

* Viva Voce, Cut Off Your Hands, The Lemurs at the Mohawk
* Doug Stanhope, JT Habersaat at Red 7
* Gregory Isaacs at Flamingo Cantina


the Lemurs - They Do What They Like video via YouTube

Mon. 6/15

* Camera Obscura, Anni Rossi at Antones
* Santigold, Amanda Blank, Trouble Andrew at Stubb's


Santigold featuring Amanda Blank - I'm a Lady (Diplo Remix) video via YouTube

Tue. 6/16 !!!

* Grizzly Bear, Here We Go Magic at the Parish


Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision video via YouTube

Fri. 6/19 !!!

* St. Vincent, Pattern is Movement at the Mohawk


St. Vincent - Actor Out of Work video via YouTube

Sat. 6/20

* The Meat Puppets, Retribution Gospel Choir at the Parish
* Sunset Rubdown at the Mohawk


Sunset Rubdown - the Mending of the Gown video via YouTube

Mon. 6/22

* Jenny Lewis, Heartless Bastards at Stubb's


Jenny Lewis - Pretty Bird video via YouTube

Fri. 6/26

* John Vanderslice at the Parish


John Vanderslice - Trance Manual video via YouTube
Sat. 6/27

* Ben Kweller at Emo's

Is that ridiculous or what? And that's just what's being reported right now on Show List Austin

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Ultra8201 Show Last Night


Are you as psyched about that shhhty cell phone picture as I am? 2 megapixels in really low light truly captures a grainy energy that is hard to see with the naked eye alone...

I went downtown to La Zona Rosa for the Ultra8201 show last night. The line-up featured, the White White Lights, followed by True Widow with Ume rounding out the bill in the headlining slot.

I had never been to La Zona when it was set up for a "club show" it's pretty cool how they manage to make the place so much more intimate. The bathrooms still smelled like an outhouse, but that's to be expected. I love La Zona for its sound and its temperature control but I don't love its $4.50 Lone Stars.

All of the bands were unique and talented but I would have to say that True Widow had a style that just wasn't for me. They were just a bit sludgy sounding for my taste. My only other "negative" band critique is just I want the White White Lights's singer, Jenny, to stand up at least for some of the songs. It might look awkward to stand behind a keyboard stand but I think she could work it. She's performs like she may explode with energy at any moment but that's harder to do sitting down. No offense, just sayin'. <3 U Jenny G.

Final summary after the jump...

In short the whole idea of a show sponsored by Ultra8201 was pretty exciting for me as an Austin blogger. It means that Austin's under-represented music-blog scene has a shot to become more influential taste-makers in this city of musicians and critics. Perhaps Austin bloggers will follow the example of the big music blogs: Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, Large Hearted Boy, Gorilla Vs. Bear, My Old Kentucky Blog, Aquarium Drunkard etc. and start booking/promoting our own shows. What's up now 3 Charlies? Just kidding I love you C3 presents let's hang out and shhh, call me.

Oh yeah, and do I even need to say...AGAIN how much Ume effing killed it up in that piece last night? Didn't think so. Stage-presence like whoa! Peace.

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