Trials + Tribulations

February 28, 2006, 6:35 pm
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Okay I really don’t need to fly their banner for them anymore, but Tapes ‘N’ Tapes are pretty durn good. I remember when Chris started talking all this hype about them like they were the next big thing and I was like whaaaa. I listened and thought they were alright but not excellent. Well more and more spins of The Loon later and I can see Why Pitchdork gave them a Best New Music rating. I’m glad for them, and glad for Chris, because now his Gorilla vs. Bear Showcase is gonna be super popular, right?
I’m only posting this so I can post this song which is infectiously delicious. The part where his voice gets quieter reminds me of Gordan Gano of Violent Femmes. Anyone?


Last Night Last Night
February 28, 2006, 5:03 pm
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Okay so last night I got up on to Salt Lake City to see me some Matt Pond PA and Dios (Malos). Well, I get to the club, un-Google-ably named Club Sound, and they’re saying Matt Pond has cancelled. That’s a major bummer, but I proceed on, and apparently the venue is 21+. Their unhelpful website didn’t say so and nobody really did. I don’t know. LUCKILY right next door at Club Sound’s conoine twin venue, also difficult to search for online, In the Venue, Low was playing. So I got myself into there to hear what they had.

There was some bluesy Rhodes and bass band that played first and I didn’t like them much at all. They never said a word to the audience and had no vocals. I’d heard that Damien Jurado was opening for Low, but didn’t know what he sounded like so I thought this band was him. I was a bit disappointed because Damien Jurado is coming back to Provo at the beginning of April with Rocky Votolato and I wanted to see him.

I’ve never seen Low before and don’t really know what they look like, except that they have three people, two of them married and Mormon. So the next band came on, three people, two guys and a girl. I thought they were Low. The guy had the most beautiful voice I’ve heard in awhile. Reminded me of Nick Drake. I thought for sure I’d be a converted Low fan! And then he introduces himself as Damien Jurado. So now I am a giant Damien Jurado fan. I love his music, and downloaded his 2003 Secretly Canadian album Where Shall You Take Me? from eMusic on the strength of one song, “Abilene.” So I’m glad he’s coming back to Utah in April because I definitely will not miss it.

So then the real Low came on. I never got into them much, but live they are amazing. They’re sort of lulling on record, but the volume was turned to 11 (sorry for the trite expression). Married couple Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker create beautiful vocal melodies. I was really blown away by Mimi’s voice, just so beautiful. She also plays the drums standing up. Pretty hardcore. Anyway, it was a great show and I’m really glad that I went, if not only for my newfound love for Jurado’s songwriting.
Might have some pictures later…

Damien Jurado-Abilene

Tonight Tonight
February 27, 2006, 5:20 pm
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Tonight I have the pleasure of, like many bloggers before me, seeing Matt Pond PA and Dios (Malos) liive in concert. I haven’t been to a proper show in quite a long time, so it’ll be nice to get back to it. I’ll be missing Low, but then I’ve never been their biggest fan so, you know.
Anyway, I loved Matt Pond PA’s album Several Arrows Later and saw Dios at Austin City Limits and enjoyed them, so I suspect it will be a good good show! Review tomorrow I’m sure.

Matt Pond PA-From Debris
Dios (Malos)-Feels Good Being Somebody

Come In Out of the Rain
February 27, 2006, 4:55 pm
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One of my favorite things about last year was seeing the Decemberists three times in a weekend, and twice Scotland’s Sons and Daughters were opening. I’d liked their EP Love the Cup (especially “Johnny Cash” and “Broken Bones”) and was just getting to love their album The Repulison Box. Seeing them live made me love the band intensely, wanting more and more from them. Luckily they’ve put out a few singles for songs off The Repulsion Box with accompanying different 7″ versions replete with B-sides. So here’s one of my favorites off the Dance Me In EP/single, a Parliament cover.

Come In Out of the Rain (Parliament cover)

If you live in the U.K. and you’re planning on seeing Morrissey on his upcoming tour for Ringleader of the Tormentors, be ready for Sons and Daughters as openers! Big things are happening for this band and I love it.

Scared of Fire
February 25, 2006, 5:24 pm
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You might have heard that the new TV on the Radio record leaked. Thing is, it may or may not be mastered. The album also doesn’t have a name but I bet it will be just as creative as Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes so don’t you worry your pretty little head. The album builds on DYBB and sees the band exploring mooore crap. Ahaha sorry I’m a little tired this morning. Anyway you will like this album if you like TV on the Radio because they are good people that make quality music over and over.

Wolf Like Me (ahaha bands + wolves jokes here)
I Guess I’m Floating has more.
Buy TVOTR Stuff at Insound.
Or download it for free at eMusic.

Look At You Now, You’re Crying
February 24, 2006, 8:36 pm
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Some pretty sad news from the Kill Rock Stars newsletter today. Britain’s Comet Gain was all set to come to the U.S. and play several shows with the Gossip and play at SXSW. Well, something has happened and the band had to cancel the dates and I don’t think they’re coming to South by Southwest anymore. Very sad! Disappointed fans have something to look forward to though, if you were planning on catching the band with The Gossip, a new support act has been announced and it is Panther, the alter ego of The Planet The’s Charlie Salas-Humara. Here are the tourdates:
March 2006
12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
13 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
16 – Austin, TX @ KRS SXSW Showcase
18 – Austin, TX @ Barcelona – Free Agency/Shotclock Management party
20 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds w/ Panther
21 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Panther
22 – Greensboro, NC @ Gullford College Underground w/ Panther
23 – Washington DC @ Black Cat w/ Panther
24 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Panther
25 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
26 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Panther
27 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse w/ Panther
28 – Montreal, QUE @ La Sala Rossa w/ Panther
29 – Toronto, ONT @ X Space w/ Panther
30 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub w/ Panther
31 – Madison, WI @ Annex w/ Panther
April 2005
01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Panther
02 – Fargo, ND @ Aquarium w/ Panther
05 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Comet Gain-Skinny Wolves
Be their friend.
Voxtrot covers Comet Gain’s “You Can Hide Your Love Forever on WOXY.
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Don’t You Remember You Told Me You Loved Me Baby
February 24, 2006, 6:50 pm
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The past month or so I’ve been obsessing over Sonic Youth’s Goo. I never knew much about them until I heard Sonic Nurse in my sister’s car on the way to Austin City Limits a couple years ago. Anyway Goo is a terrific album full of swooping guitars and Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore swapping mic duty, each doing a great job at it.
My favorite song off the album is “Tunic (Song for Karen)” I don’t know what it is that made me love it, but it’s just amazing. I wanted to know more about the song and found out the whole backstory on how it’s about Karen Carpenter. It all fit! The song made so much more sense then, and meant a lot more. I grew up listening to the Carpenters, probably like many others my age and older. My mom had all their records blah blah blah. Anyway yeah. I was excited to see Sonic Youth had even covered “Superstar.”

Sonic Youth-Superstar (The Carpenters cover)

Talk Talk Talk Talk
February 24, 2006, 5:16 pm
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I remember at the end of the year everyone got hyped up on this new Swedish band Love is All even though their LP hadn’t come out in the U.S. Sure enough it leaked online for everyone to get a chance to listen to it. I got it but never really listened to it. Lately, after my discoveries of listening to albums as a whole, I’ve been making lists of what albums I have that I should listen to all the way through.
Love is All’s Nine Times That Same Song was on that list. So I decided to give it an entire listen, and can say it’s pretty solid. I love the sound the band makes, even if they do have a saxophone. I hadn’t realized the album was put out by What’s Your Rupture? Records, which is good enough because they have Comet Gain and The Long Blondes ( finally got my Giddy Stratospheres 12″ I ordered from Insound and can say it’s nothing short of glorious.) So take a listen and I guarantee you will like.

Felt Tip
Buy Nine Times That Same Song from Insound.
Be their friend

Definitely Not Dead
February 23, 2006, 6:13 pm
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Pitchfork gave Liars a very well-deserved 9.0 for their new album Drum’s Not Dead. I’m so happy to see that they liked it, because sadly so many people rely on Pitchfork’s opinion and it usually will make or break an album. I admit that sometimes I do see what they think about an album, but I don’t rely my opinion on the album solely on their review.
Anyway, I’m really really happy to see the album get such a high score (the highest for ’06 I think) and it’ll only mean good things for the band this year. It’s such a great album, I really can’t get enough of it. They’re going to announce a U.S. tour sometime soon. How sweet would it be if they toured with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Probably not since Karen O and Angus are dunzo. Thoughtful thinking. Who would you like to see open for the Liars on their U.S. tour?

Mocking Music has their first single off Drum’s Not Dead and it’s remix and a few others from the album.

(The photo I used isn’t actually for the band, it’s a poster Heads of State made for a movie “in which five guys look for love in the big city and happen to tell a whopper or two along the way.”)

Last Year’s Model
February 23, 2006, 4:55 pm
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I’ve never heard of a kalimba before. Apparently it’s also called a “thumb piano” and is basically metal keys mounted on a wooden box. It originated in Africa. Playing it sounds interesting. “Rest the Kalimba on the fingers of both hands and hold it between your palms. Cover the vibrato holes with your fingers. Then pluck the keys with your thumbs. As you play you can un-cover and cover the vibrato holes as you like.”
Why the heck am I talking about this? Why? You come here for music not lessons on weird African instruments. Well Laura Barrett plays one. Okay I didn’t know who Laura Barrett was before yesterday, but she’s got a beautiful voice and plays a kalimba. There that should be enough for you to love her, yes? Okay well here is evidence.

Laura Barrett-Robot Ponies

There, that enough? What if I said Final Fantasy loves the song and even covered it once or twice? Yeah I thought that might do it. Plus, Barrett doesn’t only play the kalimba. She also has electronic and piano stuff too. Her EP Earth Sciences is, as far as I can tell a self-released effort.

Be her friend!