Friday, March 30, 2007

creature 03/15/07

So my beautiful girl and I spent our Thursday night at SXSW show hopping, catching various sets up and down 6th Street. One fun venue was Maggie Mae's - which was hosting the Canadian Blast showcase. 2 stages featuring diverse sets from lots of fantastic bands from across the border. We wandered in during Call Me Poupée, and also managed to catch Karkwa. We really, really regret not getting to tape either of those bands. The good news? We got to see and tape Creature.

What do Creature sound like? Here's my favorite part of their bio -
Creature includes 2 foxy girls (CowBella and Anastasia) and 2 wicked guys (Kim Ho and Sid Z). They fuse new wave, pop, hip-hop, punk and disco with his & her vocals to create a sound uniquely monstrous…
Agreed. What this fails to tell you is that they brought some serious ass-shaking to Maggie Mae's rooftop - channeling the best of Prince, and fusing it with some B-52 sensibilities, the Creature kids know how to have a good time.

Listen. Rawk. Shake.

Check out more cool Creature photos from SXSW at Rain City Studios Flickr account - here.

Live MP3s:
Pop Culture
Bridget Bardot
Pay Up

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

page france 03/17/07

So Michael Nau and the rest of the Page France kids definitely put on my favorite show at SXSW. (I've said it before, I'll say it at least 10 more times before I'm done. Go Hot Freaks!) There were other SXSW shows that totally blew my mind - either from a performance aspect (Creature, Polyphonic Spree) or musically (Ana Laan, Daniella Cotton) - but Page France is just one of my favorite bands - and nothing beats singing along for 30 minutes to fantastic performances of some of the most oft-played tracks on your Zune/iPod/Zen Micro. So here we are!

Great, great set - lovely mix of tracks from Hello, Dear Wind, Pear/Sister Pinecone and their upcoming disc - ...and the Family Telephone, dropping on May 8th. The mix included some of my favorite tracks - Weatherman, Section 3 (never expected to hear that one!) and Everybody Knows. Other highlights include a killer version of Antartica (love the horns) and Beehive State, a Randy Newman cover (thanks Matt from You Ain't No Picasso, for that lovely tidbit of info!) Last but not least, they played the brand new track - Hat and Rabbit. Good stuff.

If you'd like to hear various tracks from the new record - check out Hype Machine, all sorts of new tracks floating around out there.

Live MP3s:
Beehive State (Randy Newman)
Hat and Rabbit
Everybody Knows
Weatherman, Section Three

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

land of talk 03/17/07

We'd never heard of Land of Talk before we walked into Club De Ville - Page France had just wrapped up at the Mohawk, and we had wandered over to tape the Young Kvives who were scheduled to go on next at De Ville.

As we walked in, and heard Land of Talk blitzing their way through their song, Death By Fire, we realized we were missing something seriously good. Picking it up a notch, we dashed over to the soundboard and dangled some cables in front of the sound man, and gave him a slightly pleading (yes, perhaps a tad pathetic) look. The good man shrugged, and plugged me in.

The good news is we managed to tape two killer rock songs, or as we like to look at it, something is better than nothing! We should also point out that one of the two is a brand new track, Young Bridge.

If you've never heard Montreal-based Land of Talk, you should definitely check them out - lead singer Elizabeth Powell's wrought vocals bring an almost desperate urgency to the band's songs, which in turn grab you and don't easily let you go. Straight up rock - honed to perfection.

(We got the great photo of Elizabeth from Kathryn's Flickr account - here - check it out for other great SXSW photos)

Live MP3s:

Young Bridge
Speak To Me Bones

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

the rosebuds 03/17/07

Quick post tonight!

The Rosebuds have been getting much love in the blogosphere lately, and rightly so - their show last week at Club De Ville (go Hot Freaks!) was off the hook a indie-pop met some dancy beats. Roaring through ten tracks - The Rosebuds led several hundred of SXSW prettiest people in a dancing frenzy, culminating in an all out free-for-all as a couple of dozen fans got on stage to close out the set.

Even though the bulk of the songs were from their upcoming record - Night of the Furies (dropping April 10th) - you wouldn't have known it from the reaction of the crowd.. Enjoy.

Live MP3s:
Hold On To This Coat
Cemetery Lawns
Hold Hands And Fight
Waiting For The Carnival
I Better Run
Get Up Get Out
Leaves Do Fall
When The Lights Went Dim
Night Of The Three Furies

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

bonde do role 03/16/07

Definitely the most amusing show we witnessed at SXSW. I wasn't exactly sure what we were going to get when we headed over to the Vice Party over at the Victory Grill to see Bonde do Role, but it defintely wasn't 3 Brazilian kids MCing their way through a set of remixed, chopped and/or screwed 80's hits. Oh, and Marina, their lead singer definitely took the award for most-suggestive-moves-at-sxsw. Seriously good times - and the performance was just absolutely killer to boot.

Oh and to top it off the Austin Ice Cream Man gave us free ice cream during the middle of the dancing craziness that was the show. In and of itself, the free ice cream may make this the best show ever.

If you want to see lots more fun photos of Bonde de Role from SXSW - check out MediaEater's set over at Flickr. He perfectly capture the spirit of the band.

Live MP3s:
Danca Do Zumbi
Solta O Frango
James Bonde
Office Boy

Last, but not least, check out this setlist, it's a total piece of art. Definitely my favorite set list ever. This is what you get when a hot Central American girl asks a guy in a band for the setlist - pretty little stars next to the song names. Perfect.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

the pipettes 03/17/07

So, with about 30 SXSW show options to choose from, picking a starting point was a fairly tough decision, but when I woke up this morning humming, "your kisses are wasted on me!" the choice became clear - the end would be the beginning.

The Pipettes were the very last show we saw at SXSW - and even though we were absolutely, positively exhausted and barely able to stand - the girls still managed to bring some amusement into our lives - as well as some fairly awful dancing to the hordes of fans around us.

Sporting matching polka dot dresses, choregraphed finger-wagging, and super-sexy (and very proper) British accents - the Pipette girls managed to bring the house down at their very last SXSW show at the Beauty Bar patio.

Live MP3s:
Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me
Why Did You Stay
Because It's Not Love (But It's Still A Feeling)
I Love You
It Hurts to See You Dance So Well
Tell Me What You Want
Guess Who Run Off With The Milkman
One Night Stand
True Love Waits Patiently For A Miracle
Pull Shapes
We Are the Pipettes

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

sxsw (wrap-up)

3 days. 31 bands taped.

My legs feel like they are about to fall off. GREAT times. Best SXSW I've ever had. In retrospect going through all 700 or so MP3s from the SXSW bittorrent really helped me figure out who I wanted to see, rather than just rely on the buzz. There will be all sorts of bands coming up that you've probably never heard of, but who blew me away when I heard their MP3.

Check out these fine web sites for various live performances from SXSW
The Current

Also keep an eye on Largeheartedboy's blog - he should be creating his SXSW 2007 recordings list soon...

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Friday, March 16, 2007

sxsw (day 2)

Yes, it's been TOO long since I've posted - but the last week or two have been insane. Lots and lots of shows, which leads to little time to post.. But there's great recordings coming up!

So we're down at SXSW, and I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that it's a good time down here.

We arrived yesterday, just in time to tape Au Revoir Simone at the Arthur magazine day party. Also managed to catch and tape Robin Hitchcock, Peter, Bjorn and John, Creature, Ana Laan and Aquaduct. All in all, a super eclectic day for my girl and I.

Getting ready to wander over to the Hot Freaks party for a while - and then hoping to catch Sondre Lerche at least once before he leaves..

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

grizzly bear 02/27/07 early

Have I mentioned how much I love Good Records? Not only do they have the best and most varied selection of records in Dallas, but they host killer shows in an intimate, casual and SMOKE FREE atmostphere. Oh and everyone who works there is just nice nice nice. I keep talking about how I'm going to quit taping at all other venues... I don't really mean it, but it's a nice thought whenever I leave a club at 1am smelling like an ashtray.

Anyway - Good Records and our friends over at Gorilla vs Bear hosted an all acoustic Grizzly Bear last week. It was a dazzling, stripped down and near etheral set. In fact my girl gave it the highest praise possible - "This is the best show you've ever taken me to." And believe me, she gets dragged to all sorts of wonderment.

So here's the full set! I know you all will enjoy it as much as we did.

Live MP3s:
Service Bell
On a Neck, On a Spit

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Monday, March 05, 2007

blue october 04/06/06

I seem to be getting sick. Flu-ish sick. Coughs. Pains. Massive headache. General blah blah blah feeling. I'm trying to figure out how I got sick. I think it was Maria Taylor's fault. We went to see her Saturday night in Denton and after talking to her for a few minutes she told me she had the flu. Lovely. Still she put on an amazing set. I think it was probably worth getting sick to see her play.

Anyway - it's been a long and hectic week. Shows pretty much every day for the last 6 - and we've ended up with some spectacular recordings. For those (few) of you who don't read Gorilla Vs Bear - check out this post on Grizzly Bear. It was a team effort at Good Records last week, with yours truly on soundboard audio and various other Dallas bloggers manning the video cameras. Chris will be playing the entire set on his Sirius radio show tomorrow night after which you will be able to download the whole thing here. Stay tuned.

Also managed to tape the Grizzly Bear electric from Club DaDa later that night - along with fun sets from Peter and the Wolf and the Papercuts. Also taped Matt Wertz, Maria Taylor and the Lemurs over the last few days. Probably the highlight of the week was seeing Eric Clapton from 4th row - but sorry kids, he doesn't allow taping.

But back, er on, to the current post. Blue October - Houston's home town rock stars. Had the pleasure of getting to see them play at their latest record release party, in support of Foiled. They played at Soundwaves record store - which is actually a pretty large store - and it was PACKED - must have been at least 300 people there. Even though the guys played an acoustic set, it was still one of the most straight-forward rock sets I've seen in a long time.

If you've never heard tham and like your rock, pretty, then check out 18th Floor Balcony. If you prefer radio-friendly sing alongs go with Hate Me. Enjoy!

Live MP3s:
Into The Ocean
Hate Me
18th Floor Balcony

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