Trials + Tribulations


David Dondero
October 31, 2005, 10:29 pm
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David Dondero might be on Conor Oberst’s Team Love record label but he doesn’t necessarily have to sound like him, does he? Well in some songs he does. If Oberst did I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning without the quivering voice and with more country, David Dondero would come out lookin’ like a copy-cat now wouldn’t he? Dondero has Oberst’s witty lyrics without the whining. And without the cocksure attitude too.
He’s originally from Texas, actually. The album was recorded in Austin. Other people who play on the record include Eric Bachman of Crooked ingers, Mike Vasquez, Tom Heyman, Dan Carr, and Chris Heinrich. Read an interview with him at SCTAS.
Dondero’s a great guy and his new album South of the South can be downloaded can be downloaded HERE. Do that and then buy the album when it comes out cuz you love indie culture. Or see him live. That’s good too.

11/1-Playmakers Pavillion-Fargo ND
11/10-Univeristy of Iowa, Memorial Union-Iowa City, IA
11/11-Orpheum Theater-Omaha, NE
11/12-Jesse Auditorium-Columbia, MO
11/13-IU Auditorium-Bloomington, IN
11/16-Nolen Cole Gallery-Florence, AL
11/18-Gypsy Ballroom-Dallas, TX



Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Tortoise Covers Album
October 31, 2005, 8:32 pm
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So apparently this album by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (ne Will Oldham) and the band Tortoise was supposed to come out this month on Domino Records but has been delayed until January. The album, The Bold and the Brave consists of ten covers by some pretty famous bands and people from Elton John to Bruce Springsteen to Devo. Yeah. Those are the mp3s I got for you.

Follow the links
Daniel (Elton John)
That’s Pep! (Devo)
Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen)



Goxxip Youth
October 31, 2005, 6:10 am
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The Gossip still have awhile before they release their new record Standing in the Way of Control but before then they’ll conquer the world and release a 12″ of the album’s title track backed with a remix by Le Tigre. Big Stereo may or may not have that remix.
Actually, Tuesday they start their European tour. If you are from Europe and are reading this blog, go see them. You will not be disappointed.
NOVEMBER
01 – N-Oslo, Garage
02 – N-Bergen, Garage
03 – S-Göteborg, Ladyfest @ Henriksberg
04 – S-Malmö, Ladyfest @ Inkonst
05 – S-Stockholm, Ladyfest @ Dieselverkstaden
07 – D-Berlin, Knaack Klub
08 – D-Hamburg, Hafenklang (tbc)
09 – D-Esslingen, Komma
10 – CH-tba
11 – I-Bologna, Covo
12 – I-Brescia, Free Muzik
13 – I-tba
14 – A-Wien, Chelsea
15 – D-Würzburg, Cairo
16 – NL-Rotterdam, Waterfront
17 – B-Brüssel, Ancienne Belgique
18 – B-Diksmuide, 4AD
19 – F-Paris, Point Ephemere
20 – F-Lyon, Clos Fleuri
21 – F-Evreux, Abordage
22 – UK-Brighton, Ocean Rooms
23 – UK-Manchester, Night & Day
24 – UK-Glasgow, ABC (w/ Sons and Daughters)
25 – UK-London, Underworld
26 – UK-Birmingham (venue tba)
27 – UK-Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
28 – UK-Bristol/Exeter (venue tba)



Goxxip Youth
October 31, 2005, 6:10 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The Gossip still have awhile before they release their new record Standing in the Way of Control but before then they’ll conquer the world and release a 12″ of the album’s title track backed with a remix by Le Tigre. Big Stereo may or may not have that remix.
Actually, Tuesday they start their European tour. If you are from Europe and are reading this blog, go see them. You will not be disappointed.
NOVEMBER
01 – N-Oslo, Garage
02 – N-Bergen, Garage
03 – S-Göteborg, Ladyfest @ Henriksberg
04 – S-Malmö, Ladyfest @ Inkonst
05 – S-Stockholm, Ladyfest @ Dieselverkstaden
07 – D-Berlin, Knaack Klub
08 – D-Hamburg, Hafenklang (tbc)
09 – D-Esslingen, Komma
10 – CH-tba
11 – I-Bologna, Covo
12 – I-Brescia, Free Muzik
13 – I-tba
14 – A-Wien, Chelsea
15 – D-Würzburg, Cairo
16 – NL-Rotterdam, Waterfront
17 – B-Brüssel, Ancienne Belgique
18 – B-Diksmuide, 4AD
19 – F-Paris, Point Ephemere
20 – F-Lyon, Clos Fleuri
21 – F-Evreux, Abordage
22 – UK-Brighton, Ocean Rooms
23 – UK-Manchester, Night & Day
24 – UK-Glasgow, ABC (w/ Sons and Daughters)
25 – UK-London, Underworld
26 – UK-Birmingham (venue tba)
27 – UK-Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
28 – UK-Bristol/Exeter (venue tba)



New Half-Handed Cloud
October 30, 2005, 7:21 pm
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The new Half-Handed Cloud EP, What’s the Remedy? features Sufjan Stevens on various instruments and also was produced by Stevens. It’s a pretty nice effort, very upbeat and happy. The songs are all pretty short, but still well worth it. The EP’s being released on Asthmatic Kitty on 7″ (the first of the medium for the label), which explains the short songs. Fitting five long songs on a 7″ wouldn’t really work too well, would it?

(Follow links)
Here’s a List
Ten Commandment Tombstone

Buy it from AK



Guerilla Tracy
October 30, 2005, 6:01 pm
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So one of my favorite bands, one-girl band Tracy + the Plastics is in the middle of a few tour dates across the U.S. Her website only just recently posted the dates up, so a lot of people probably missed her shows that might have gone, which is a bummer. She played last night in Dallas and my sister went and had a good time. She said she only played 20 minutes, which is a bummer but she said it was a good show. She took some picture, which you can see here. I feel bad because I was going to write about this show being last night so you folks in the Dallas area might be able to go but I was too busy. Oh well, maybe I can make up for it by posting her upcoming dates.

10.31.05 – tempe, az @ arizona state university, school of art

10.31.05 –
phoenix, az @ the trunkspace

11.03.05 – oakland, ca @ 21 grand

02.10.06 – seattle, wa @ the frye art museum

04.01.06 - pittsburgh, pa @ the andy warhol museum

09.01.06 – 09.14.06 –
miami, fl ROOM @ the moore space



Acid House Kings
October 29, 2005, 5:01 pm
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The Acid House Kings are practically the perfect Saturday morning music. Poppy and sunny, they make the Saturdays that you’re doing nothing seem like it’s all worthwhile. Coming from Sweden (a country that’s been getting a lot of love in the blogosphere for good reason), the Acid House Kings hide behind a misleading name. My neighbor says it sounds like they should be a death metal band. Their label says “Acid House Kings return with a classic blend of 60′s Motown and Bacharach, 80′s The Smiths and timeless pop perfection.” True dat. Their album Sing Along With the Acid House Kings has the cheesy 70s cover that perfectly suits the band. The DVD even comes along with karaoke tracks! Simply amazing.

Do What You Wanna Do
This and That
Sunday Morning
7 Days
This Heart is a Stone

Do What You Wanna Do (video)



Venice is Sinking
October 28, 2005, 5:28 pm
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This little band from Athens, GA e-mailed me to introduce themselves to me. Their music is kind’ve sleepy, countrified bliss pop. Venice is Sinking seem like they’re on the road to notability, and I hope this helps them roll on a bit.

Download a couple songs here, hear them at MySpace.
Buy their split EP with What We Do is Secret or a t-shirt at their website.



As I Was Walking
October 27, 2005, 11:18 pm
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I know, lame, right? Another shoddy mix. No not shoddy! Was put together with care. And love. And desperation. This are the songs on my cheap only-holds-six-songs mp3 player. So guess what, this mix is six songs long and I think it’s good for walking to. Especially “Tribulations.”

Jim Yoshii Pile-Up-Silver Sparkler
Joanna Newsom-Bridges and Balloons (Pocket remix)
We Are Scientists-Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
Wolf Parade-Shine a Light
The Rakes-Terror (Extended Mix)
LCD Soundsystem-Tribulations (Tiga remix)



Sleater-Kinney Live
October 26, 2005, 7:30 pm
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Well I guess these are okay to distribute. This girl has two Sleater-Kinney live shows from Chicago this year up for downloading. They’re available in FLAC and mp3 format. Pretty good recordings. Thanks much to her for upping and hosting these.

Download them here.

Also, you may have read that Sleater-Kinney has had to cancel their upcomign European shows because of Carrie’s illness. I want to say that I hope she gets well soon.




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