Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday Night Anxiety

Oh man, there's so many good shows in town tonight it's giving me anxiety. What if I choose the wrong show and miss a mind-blowing experience?!? Maybe this is just my free ACL jitters. I don't even want to think about next week yet. Let's just focus on tonight. I think, for my money, I would choose to hit Lambert's for {{{Sunset}}}. It's an all locals show and it's not really in the heart of the entertainment district but I really dig shows at Lambert's. Not to mention I'm a big fan of {{{Sunset}}} as well as Martin Crane, which features members of Brazos.

{{{Sunset}}} - It's Already Here video via YouTube

Free Mp3 unofficially back-linked (Bloggin Faux Pas) courtesy of GorillaVsBear, thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> Martin Crane - On An Evening

Before I headed downtown though, I would stay in South Austin to catch Busdriver's free in-store performance at, my favorite little record shop, End of an Ear. That's going on at 5p today and I'd get there a little early, that store is tiny y'all. And/or you can catch Busdriver later in the night at Red7.

Busdriver - The Troglodyte Wins video via YouTube

Free Mp3's courtesy of Anti-, thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> Busdriver - Less Yes's More No's

Free Mp3 ---> Busdriver - The Troglodyte Wins

My second top pick of the night has to be Emo's outside show, which features Crocodiles and the Horrors. The latest LP from the Horrors takes the band deeper into their gothiness without sacrificing any popiness. It's making big waves over in England already and has also been making ripples on this side of the Atlantic. Also, the Crocodiles have been getting some big buzz since last year's CMJ Festival. They played the Mohawk last time they were in town and that show had lots of positive feedback.

the Horrors - Mirror's Image video via YouTube

Free Crocodiles Mp3's ---> here.

Speaking of the Mohawk, Asobi Seksu is headlining their outside stage, with Low Line Caller headlining the late-night show inside. The Cave Singers will also be playing the outside stage along with Lightning Dust, featuring members of Black Mountain. As always, this Mohawk bill promises to be strong. When in doubt about what to do just head to the 'Hawk they feature the most Bloggy-Approved artists of any venue in town.

Asobi Seksu - Me & Mary video via YouTube

Free Cave Singers Mp3 courtesy of Matador Records, thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> the Cave Singers - Seeds of Night

Free Lightning Dust Mp3's courtesy of JagJaguar, thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> Lightning Dust - I Knew

Free Mp3 ---> Lightning Dust - Never Seen

If electronic music is more your cup of tea, the BBC's Annie Mac will be spinning a set at Barcelona tonight along with Ian Orth and Thomas-Austin.

Annie Mac & Vernon Kay - Pete Tong Interview at Ibiza '08 video via YouTube

All this stuff to do on Saturday night and ACL is still a week away. I'm freaking out y'all. I really want to see Phoenix next week, I'd like to catch Them Crooked Vultures too but the likelihood is looking slim. We shall see.

Them Crooked Vultures - Live at Brixton Academy video via YouTube

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bands That Require Blogging

I feel like it might be almost passé to continue telling people about shows involving Harlem and White Denim. However, they are playing together tomorrow night at Antone's, it's a $15 ticket, just sayin'. I also wanted to mention, firstly, I've only been to Antone's once. I had a great experience, I saw Hot Chip, I liked the venue etc. but I did not notice an "upstairs" when I was there before. Apparently, there is an upstairs, and it's "VIP". But, the only thing you need to make you "important" is $50 because they sell tickets for up there at a separate price tier. I'm not judging, I'm simply intrigued and pointing out facts. If that area has it's own bar and bathroom then it might be worth it, or you know, if you want to achieve "baller-status" in the eyes of some _____ you wanna _______ and forget about.

White Denim - I Start to Run video via YouTube

I heard from one of the dudes at End of an Ear that one of the dudes from White Denim wasn't very happy with the mixing of their latest realease on FullTime Hobby Records, Fits. I'm not happy that I still can't buy Fits at End of an Ear. However, I must admit the sound on that YouTube video was outrageously flat/vacuous. That could be YouTube's fault too, or mine? Maybe my ears hear flat/vacuous? In any case, White Denim is all about leaving it all on stage and just being ridiculously tight and energetic. I like how they've gone from garage-punk/surf/pop into a more Captain Beefheart/Love/Psychedelic-Prog-70's thing. Oh, and for the record, the official U.S. release date for Fits is now October 20th. So, that's when I expect to find it at EofanE.

White Denim - Fits Album Teaser video via YouTube

You may also have noticed that White Denim is playing Antones and the Parish these days as opposed to the Mohawk. Probably has something to do with their former deal with Transmission Entertainment. Like, the fact that the deal is former. They are also, somewhat conspicuously, absent from the FunFunFun Fest line-up. Has Austin turned on White Denim? Bum bum bum... Oh snap! They're playing the Mohawk on Oct. 24th. Maybe there is not bad blood. But maybe there is! Bum bum bum...

The last time I saw Harlem was actually on the cover of Busted in Austin magazine at my local convenience store. Well, it wasn't the whole band, just 33.33% of it. It was for a drunk and disorderly, which if you've ever seen the band perform live, should come as no surprise. I always wondered if their drunk thing was a schtick or legitimate now I'm convinced it's performance art. Obviously.

Harlem - Someday Soon video via YouTube

You know who won't be, somewhat conspicuously, absent from FFFFest? Vega. You know who likes Vega? Bloggy.

Vega - Kyoto Gardens video via YouTube

You be may thinking, "Hey, that Vega song has similarities to a song I have heard by an artist by the name of Neon Indian". How very astute of you, dear reader, both names refer to projects by, Texas native, Alan Palomo. Wouldn't you know it, BOTH acts with be playing FFF. But will Mr. Palomo be getting two rider contracts? Maybe Transmission doesn't know it's the same guy? Don't worry A. Palomo if they ask I'll just point out all of the other factual inaccuracies in my blogging and say I was lying. Shhhhh.

Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer video via YouTube

Now, if you're thinking, "Vega and Neon Indian share sonic qualities with songs I've heard from Ghost Hustler." Well, then you're probably just being a smarmy know-it-all and no one's interested. We're all full up here. Thanks.

Ghosthustler - Parking Lot Nights video via YouTube

Not to be confused with Ghostland Observatory.

Ghostland Observatory - Silver City video via YouTube

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