If there was one thing that excited me leading into the new year, it was the thought that Hot Chip were set to release a new LP in the first quarter. I’ve only had the chance to see the British electro-wierdo’s once before, and I had the best time of my life getting down to their set. Their last LP, Made In The Dark, is my go-to album for inciting a dance party, and has been one of my most spun discs since its release in 2008. Just yesterday, the fine folks at EMI sent me an advanced copy of Hot Chip’s upcoming release, One Life Stand, set for a February 1st shelving. After first listen, I’m already stuck, and can see this one winding up as one of my top album’s of 2010. With the album, they also sent over a link to the latest video for their first single, “One Life Stand.” The music is great, but I can’t get enough of video, and its cheesy 80’s feel. It finds them jamming out in a green striped room centered with a spinning 360° camera and surrounded by a bunch of spirals added in for a heightened cheese factor. I want to hang out with these guys some day – on psychedelic drugs.
Hot Chip have only announced a handful of dates in the U.S. so far, but one of those is a highly coveted slot at the 2010 edition of Coachella. Hopefully, if the stars align, I’ll be able to traverse the southwest all the way to the California desert to take in that set, along with a whole bunch more stellar offerings over the course of the three day event. If not, they better freaking come to Houston!
We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to see Yo La Tengo at Warehouse Live on Thursday, January 28th. Columbus, OH lo-fi indie rockers Times New Viking will also be on hand to hold down the supporting duties of the evening. YLT are headed to Houston in support of their most recent kick-ass album Popular Songs, and should rock the stage in Warehouse Live’s Ballroom for a solid couple of hours. All you have to do to win is leave a comment below with your full name and either a valid e-mail address or telephone number in which you can receive text messages. It’s that simple. If you do not leave a way to contact you, you can’t win, so follow the rules damnit! We’ll announce the winners the day of the show, both on the website, as well as through e-mail or text. This should be a freaking great show, as it was quite a treat the last time Yo La Tengo were in Houston. That show is the reason I’m in love with the band in the first place. What would be sweeter than seeing it for free? I can’t think of much…
If you don’t think you’re feeling lucky, or have a bigger group than a pair of tickets can sustain, feel free to purchase as many as you’d like at Warehouse Live’s official ticketing site for the event. $20 is still not too bad for such an incredible band.
I should have posted this a couple days ago, as The Sour Notes finished their tour a while ago, but I”m finally getting to it. The final post from the “On The Road” series finds the band leaving New York City, and headed home with stops in Nashville, Fayetteville and the final tour stop in Dallas. This time Eric Morales feeds us the intro, but the closing words belong to frontman Jared Boulanger, as he recaps his time on the road. Thanks to The Sour Notes for being my guinea pigs in the first of (hopefully!) many “On The Road” series to come. You guys provided some excellent coverage over the past few weeks!
Alas, the drab winter has surely taken it’s toll on us Midwest dwellers. Endless days spent in an ice chest will have that effect from time to time, and now that it has been gloomy and foggy for the past week, Seattle syndrome will soon set in. Well luckily, thanks to our good friends over at Rad Kadillac, a slew of shows have taken over the south eastern corner of the good life state, allowing us to cease writing out suicide notes. That takes us to Sunday night, as a sold out all ages crowd at Slowdown in Omaha, NE played host to Keller Williams, which may have been the only ounce of sunshine I’ll see in the month of January.
Thanks to the always generous folks at the Granada, we are delighted to be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see one of Dallas’ best live acts: the inimitable Reverend Horton Heat at the Granada Theater this Saturday, January 23. For over 20 years, the right Reverend has been spreading the gospel of psychobilly with humorous lyrics, ripping guitar, and an intense live show that shouldn’t be missed. His most recent record is an immensely pleasurable throwback to an earlier era of Texas country, and, when sprinkled on top of the band’s classics during a Saturday night hometown show, should make for a helluva fun night.
Check out a few live videos of the Rev in action, and enter the ticket contest (winners selected randomly on Friday) by leaving a comment with YOUR NAME and CONTACT INFORMATION (EITHER AN EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER) in the comment. If you don’t give us a way to contact you, YOU CANNOT WIN. And if you don’t want to risk getting shut out, head over to the Granada website to pick up some tickets.
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