This is a perfect use for “Stomp.” I can’t think of many others. But this performance is a lot of fun. Am I gonna start hating Fallon again because he gets to do cool things like this all the time? Nah. He’s pretty damn cool. I highly recommend checking clips of his musical guests from time to time. After all, he pretty much broke Odd Future back in February.
Just about a week ago, I found out Joe Purdy was going to be in town for a show at the University of Arkansas. He played at the little coffee house where I spent so much time during college. And it was a free show, thanks to the University Programs Coffeehouse Committee.
When I got to RZ’s Coffeehouse on Wednesday evening, the place was packed. They had to open all the doors for people who were sitting outside to listen to Purdy… (continue reading)
It’s been a long, long while since legendary Band frontman Robbie Robertson has done anything in the musical realm, save for a few one-off appearances at charity events. Well, apparently he’s been working on a new album for quite some time, and has tapped one of BOT’s current favorites, Dawes, as his backing band. Robertson was quoted in a recent Paste Magazine article as saying about Dawes: “They’re really good and they’re a band – it’s different than just getting a bunch of individual musicians and trying to make them click and blend. The guys are already in the blend, so that’s great. They’re all at the top of their game. I’m the one that’s a little rusty.” I’m yet to hear anything from his new album How To Become Clairvoyant, besides “He Don’t Live Here No More,” the track featured on The Late Show With David Letterman last night, but I’m looking forward to see what has been brewing in Robertson notebooks for the past ten years. It seems as if the boys from Dawes are extremely comfortable supporting the legend, which comes off with a solid performance. Check it out…
I love at the end when Letterman asked drummer Griffin Goldsmith if his drums were his or rentals, then immediately ask Robertson in reference to Griffin, “Where’d you get the kid?!” Too funny!
It’s been a bit since I’ve really heard much about 2008 breakout folksters Fleet Foxes, but apparently they’ve been busy in the studio preparing their long-awaited second album. Set for a May 3rd release date, Helplessness Blues will feature 12 new tracks including the title track (which you can stream here) as well as the first single and album closer “Grown Ocean” which the Foxes just released a wonderful video for today. Shot only in 8mm, the clip show features images of Robin Pecknold and crew both on tour and during the recording process. With the Fleet Foxes already having that classic folk sound thing going for them, this video works perfectly and makes it seem like it came right out of 1960’s Greenwich Villiage. I look forward to hearing the rest of the album, and if the first two released tracks are any judge of what’s expected, than I’m pretty sure I’ll be quite happy with the outcome.
This past weekend at SXSW, I had the opportunity to catch one of many sets performed by indie-rock supergroup Middle Brother. Made up of Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, the trio makes music that sounds like what would happen if all three of their bands collided. I know, shitty description, but that’s pretty much exactly how they sound. On the record, McCauley takes more of a center stage, at least vocally, but when it comes to the live format, they all have their turns to shine. At this past weekends event, the fine folks at Austin’s 91.7 KXT and ArtSeek recorded a quick little video of the friends and bandmates performing “Million Dollar Bill,” the closing track off their eponymous debut album. They seem to have so much fun together, I just want an hour of hanging out time with them!
Seriously. One, I’m currently obsessed with Dawes, and all their amazing song craft, and two, I can never get enough of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. I meant to post this video to BOT a while ago, but never got around to it. Now is a perfect time. I’m getting ready to revisit another Dawes performance next week at SXSW, so they’ve been heavy on my playlist for the past few weeks. I know it’s a longshot that they’ll perform this cover, but man, if they did, my eyes probably would rain.
If you dig this video, it’s one of many different cover performances included in The Voice Project, a peace movement put together to raise awareness for Uganda, specifically the support of the the women of the African nation. If you want to enjoy Andrew Bird covering Cass McCombs, Bedouin Soundclash covering K’Naan, Nicole Atkins covering The Avett Brothers, Mike Mills covering Billy Bragg and Peter Gabriel covering Tom Waits among many others, and can get into a good cause, I highly recommend checking out what The Voice Project is doing.
Today is a super special day in the land of caffeinated drinks. I’m turning 26 and before I leave the house to go celebrate with lots of delicious food, family, friends and music, I wanted to share with you a little of my love for G. Love. After you listen to Milk & Sugar above, go after the break for some mo’
Damn you Bacon for getting me into another band right before SXSW. If I needed more complications in my scheduling next week, I would’ve tried to find a new band my-damn-self. Dude seriously, not cool. Here I sit, at very late at night/early in the morning, with a slight Whiskey Wednesday buzz on, thinking about how I’m going to see Yellow Ostrich as many times as possible during the course of Austin’s musical orgy next week. Actually, screw it. I’m going to protest this band over the course of SXSW, just because you got me into them right now. I’m going to have to wait until they make it back around before I see them, and I blame that on you. It could be a couple years, who knows?! Damnit! Shit! Why, dude?!
Recently Texas got a good dose of The Head And The Heart, and we’re the better for it. The Seattle natives played in both Houston and Dallas last week, and were scrumptiously delicious enough to make our Freshly Squeezed Artists. Reminding me slightly of Denton alumns Seryn, THATH favor vocal harmonies and slow builds heavy on hand percussion and piano beats. They stand out with superb lyrics that speak as if they’ve seen our past/future and have a optimistic conviction of a better world. They note on their Facebook page that THATH “write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we’ve all been sold.”
If you missed them last week you can catch them a couple times at SXSW before they head to Europe for a month. They’ll also be at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in mid-June. They just signed a deal with Sub-Pop, who has a number of great acts, so hopefully the best is yet to come with THATH. They also have a free download on their site if you sign up for the newsletter. Read on for a few videos to satisfy your music-hunger.
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