2012 was an odd year for me musically, and I largely blame Spotify. The only physical musical media I buy these days is the LP, and I really only do that to help touring bands that I like and to buy reissues of my favorite albums. I still buy a lot of digital-only releases too, but when it comes to actually listening to music, I tend to rely mainly on Spotify. (Or a few specific radio shows .) Especially at work. And that's a problem, at least in terms [...]
You know it's an awesome band if it's causing me to blog for the first time in four months. And maybe go buy some of their shit here too.
Just some pics for now. My full set is at Flickr .
Last night was the first night of two small, low key shows on the East Coast by the reunited The Dismemberment Plan . If you'll recall, the band first reunited in early 2011, and played a series of shows that spring and summer before finishing up at last year's Pitchfork Fest. After that last show, the band kinda disappeared again, without announcing whether the reunion would continue or not. Then, about a month ago, the band announced two low-key shows in Baltimore and Fredericksburg, VA. Full disclosure - I'm on the board of Fredericksburg [...]
Some of my favorite recent concert pics, taken with my new camera. Nothing professional, but so much better than my old camera.
You may recall that, when I was blogging more often (oh, say 2008), I was quite taken with The Capstan Shafts . That band kinda disappeared a year or two back, and I had recently been wondering what had happened to them. Well, wonder no more. It turns out that head Capstan Shaft, Dean Wells, has moved on to a new band called Loud Springs , and they have a brand new 4-song EP called "Wheels to Ceiling." And it's pretty much the exact set of perfect minute and a half pop songs [...]
Love, love, love this album.
The full lineup and schedule for this year's Gonerfest has been announced, and it's pretty great. The festival will take place from September 27 to September 30 in Memphis, and "golden passes" are on sale now for just $60. Individual passes for each show will also go on sale later, with Hi-Tone shows being $18 advance/$20 door, Murphy's shows being $10, and Buccaneer shows being $5. Schedule Thurs. 9/27 Afternoon @ The Gazebo Monsier Jeffrey Evans [...]
A band I randomly discovered today. Can't remember how. But it's a pretty great tune. Back From The Moon b/w I Don't Care About Friday Night by BIG EYES
Ah, the wonders of Twitter. Thanks to a post by The Rest this afternoon, I just discovered The Dirty Nil . They sound absolutely nothing like The Rest (whose new album you really need to get), but that's not a bad thing. Despite being from Hamilton, Ontario, they actually remind me of a number of bands coming out of Nashville recently - loud, beer-driven good time rock and roll. Check out their new video for "Fucking Up Young" below, and if you dig that, download their summer mixtape for free at BandCamp [...]
Two new videos from Denton, Texas' kick-ass Video . If you don't know them, you may recognize the singer, TV's Daniel, from a couple of my other favorite bands around right now, Mind Spiders and Bad Sports . "Nothing Lasts Forever" "In Control"
One of my favorite bands around right now. Can't wait to hear WWIII .
Wanna know what my "wheelhouse" is musically? THIS is my fucking wheelhouse. Via The Big Beat radio show.
Two brand new videos from one of my favorite young bands. Hope they come back through the U.S. before long. "Frail Girls "Salad Daze"
Brand new video from Chicago's fantastic Inspector Owl , whose new album is finally available . Really dig these guys, and they're even better live. Catch 'em if you can.
First video from the brand new Mystery Jets album Radlands . The album came out in the UK last week and can be ordered via Amazon.uk (mine should be here any day). Alternatively, it comes out here in the U.S. in early June. But seriously, why wait? Mystery Jets: Someone Purer on Nowness.com .