CroissanWich’s Top 5 Pre-SXSW 2011 Discoveries

1:05 pm by

My brain hurts a lot, readers.  I’ve been poring over lists of SXSW free shows, hoping to put together the ultimate schedule.  There are simply too many factors to consider: free alcohol, free food, geographic proximity, likelihood of a long line, where my friends are going to be, and of course, the talent (bands, not sexy ladies).  But even as the stress of excessive choice turns my mind to mush, I’ve been checking out some great new bands.  So here, in no particular order, are my five favorite pre-SXSW discoveries (at least they’re new to me):

Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Interesting name, that one…  Hip hop quartet?  No.  Funk rock fusion?  Nope.  Noisy indie psych? YES!  Woohoo!  These guys are gonna blow up.  That groove is unstoppable.

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Christmas Wish List!

4:12 am by

Even though I’ll be spending my New Year “weekend” at home, I decided to list my top five new year’s events going on this year, leading us all into 2008. Who knows, maybe Eggs will be feeling saucy and buy me an all expenses paid trip to one of these shows. I thank you in advance Eggs. Here they are…..

1. Yonder Mountain String Band- The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO.

Call me crazy, but I’m kind of biased towards these guys, especially when there on multi-night runs. This will be their third night in the Mile High City.

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2. Widespread Panic- Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA.
Atlanta sounds good to me this time of year, considering it’s 20 degrees here. And with Panic there, it’s music to my ears. ‘Aint Life Grand!

3. Split Lip Rayfield w/ special guests Truckstop Honeymoon- The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS.
Split Lip always offers up a good show, but I’m just curious to see how the band is after the quattro was made into a trio with the early passing of guitarist Kirk Rundstrom, on February 22, 2007. Long live Split Lip.

4. Wu-Tang Clan- Roseland Theater, Portland, OR.

Check out my gravel pit. The RZA. The GZA. Need I say more. Wu Tang Clan ‘aint nothin to fuck with.

5. Cornerstone Dub- Bob’s Tavern, Lincoln, NE.
A great local band in my neck of the woods which would be the most likely option for me. These guys mix it up with a little rock/ska/reggae action. And it’s a free show. What nice guys, huh?

Keep it Toasty folks,
The Toastman

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Eggs’ Top 20 Albums of 2007

3:56 am by

It is that time of the season when everybody starts to put out their top albums, so I thought I would take a stab at it and see what happens. Their was a host of really good new music this year. Playing a major role is my ever-changing music tastes which have drastically shifted this year. So here you go, give it a read. If you completely hate or love my opinions feel free to let me know.

20. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
19. Xavier Rudd – White Moth
18. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
17. Ween – La Cucaracha
16. Feist – The Reminder
15. Various Artists – I’m Not There OST
14. Battles – Mirrored
13. Common – Finding Forever
12. Dungen – Tio Bitar
11. Ozomatli – Don’t Mess With The Dragon
10. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
9. The Polyphonic Spree – The Fragile Army
8. Animal Liberation Orchestra – Roses & Clover
7. Beastie Boys – The Mix-Up
6. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
5. The National – The Boxer
4. Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
3. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
2. Radiohead – In Rainbows
1. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky

As soon as I heard Sky Blue Sky I knew that it was going to be an instant classic for me. In Rainbows completely blew my mind. I also finally jumped aboard the Modest Mouse train on recommendation from Doughnut. Hopefully next year I will have My Morning Jacket close to the top of that list. We shall just have to wait and see!


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