Monday, July 28, 2008
It's folky, wolf snuggling, mountain climbing (not in a North Face kind of way), tree hugging and Fox tickelingly good. Robin Peckhold is a great songwriter and has a great voice and when the harmonies kick in this band sounds a little like My Morning Jacket at times. I wouldnt say their music sounds much like that as its more of rugged classical jamboree.
Excellent write up from NPR (does this band more justice than my post) and full live concert if you have time right HERE
These guys are currenty on tour and a few shows with Wilco. Unfortunatley, no KC tour dates in the near future scheduled.
Streaming are a few songs off their self-titled album. They are-
"He Doesnt Know Why"
"White Winter Hymnal"
Tour Dates / Shows
Aug 4 2008
CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman playing Blue Ridge Mtns. What. The. Fuck.
Aug 7 2008
HALDERN POP FEST
Aug 8 2008
OYA FESTIVAL - HOMELAND BECKONS
OSLO, NORWAY, Oslo
Aug 9 2008
WAY OUT WEST FEST! CONFIDENTIAL TO DUNGEN - PUT OUT A NEW RECORD ALREADY
Aug 10 2008
Aug 18 2008
RED BUTTE GARDEN W/ WILCO !!!!! (WTF?????)
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Aug 20 2008
EAGLE KNOLL WINERY w/ WILCO (How did we get here, seriously, what is going on)
Aug 21 2008
INB ARTS CENTER W/ WILCO !!! (Still flabbergasted)
Aug 23 2008
LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER W / WILCO !!!! (Shock, disbelief)
Sep 6 2008
CRYSTAL BALLROOM - MUSICFEST NW W/ BLITZEN TRAPPER
Sep 17 2008
Back ’round the US of A
Sep 21 2008
TREASURE ISLAND FEST
SAN FRAN, CA
Oct 24 2008
Coming back to UK & EU!
Oct 28 2008
THE WATERFRONT W/ J TILLMAN
Oct 29 2008
UNION W/ J TILLMAN
Oct 30 2008
UNIVERSITY ANSON ROOMS W/ J TILLMAN
Oct 31 2008
SPACE TWO W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 2 2008
TRENT UNI W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 5 2008
SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE W/ J TILLMAN * SOLD OUT *
Nov 7 2008
VICAR STREET W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 8 2008
ABC W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 9 2008
THEE ACADEMY W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 10 2008
SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 11 2008
JUNCTION W/ J TILLMAN
Nov 12 2008
More dates abroad to follow.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Maps and Atlases released a 5 song EP earlier this month titled "You and Me and the Mounatain" and I wish it would've been an LP. I get that EP's are extended singles but with a band like M&A I want more.
Their 2006 debut album "Trees, Swallows, Houses" is progressive and a little Math Rock but the songs still have that human feel which is hard to achieve when you're playing songs as "Mathy" or as structured as theirs. Maps and Atlases play songs that are technical yet organic which is what the band set out to do when they joined, I think their debut and the new EP represents this very well.
The new album is a bit poppier which is good and Dave Davison vocals sound much better than I remember. Now I'm excited to here more from this young, talented, "mathy" group. Sp, bring on the LP and the kick ass math equations....I have a bad ass calculator and I'm adequate at Excel.
Here is the band playing live- "Everyplace is a House" from '06 Trees, Swallaws, Houses. Its not the most amazing live performance and as you'll see his voice is a little off/weak at times but the music is so good its forgivable.
Here is that song via M&A web, there are also two new tracks and two old (including this one) streaming in the white box.......yes!
Maps and Atlases- Everyplace Is a House.mp3
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wild Mountain Nation would probably be filed under one of the best of '07 if I had listened sooner. Here is a video from that album (same name) and a couple off this album are streaming to the box in the top right.
I love the classic rock feel of this song.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Apparently I'm a mix addict as of late. A real mixer of songs, if you will.
I dont know if they're truly mixtapes since they're not full length, but rather than bore the few readers out there and myself with a full 10-12 mix, i think its good to keep it to 5-7 songs. Since its a summer Friday I thought it would be good to post some easy going songs, a few ambient ones, and a few that are good for a Friday / Saturday summer day. Give it a listen. These 6 songs will be in the top white box to the Right...and there are still 3 Beck tracks off the new album below this mix (now a total of 4 if you look real hard).
Back to work for me.
1. Blonde Redhead- Silently
This album (23) is one of the best of 2007 and I wish I would've talked about it more but its never too late I guess.
2. The Republic Tigers- Made Concrete
I was late to game on this group. I'd heard about them but just never was grabbed by them until a friend who's musical taste i really respect pointed them out. After listening to the full album I was convinced. These guys are just another example of the great (and often times verlooked) talent in Kansas City / Lawrence. Such a great pool of talent here.
3. Francis International Airport- Words on Logs
Just a download earlier in the week from an online banner advertisement. Thats right,the advertisement grabbed my attention. Usually I disregard them but this one looked so organic and legit that I went for it and found a decent song out of it.
4. Ratatat- Bruleè
I got to keep the ambience going and this New York duo will always do that. This is one of their new songs off of LP3. Great album, great band, great song. Try not to smile when this is playing
5. Beck- Orphans
Okay, okay. I'm humping Beck right now...i already blogged about him two days ago but I really like this album and yes this might now fall exactly into the "ambient category" but it at least has its foot in the ambience pool...dont you think?
6. Dr. Dog- Old Days
I'm really into these guys and how they're able to keep a 60's pop but still make it fresh. I dont think they're in no way a 60's rip off band but just fans of that time and very talented.
Enjoy and have a great weekend.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Beck's latest album came out yesterday and I've got to say I'm pleasently surprised. I wasnt a monster fan of Guero, in fact liked the 4 Bit-Rate remixes that came out before Guero better than the actual album itself. Modern Gulit grabbed me right away, maybe it was just timing, me looking for a change or something new, but nonetheless it happened. This is an artist that never should seize to amaze, he can really do no wrong. A few of my favorite tracks so far are Youthless and Replica. Youthless is as straight forward of a funky bass line as you can get (i hate using the word "funky" too because, well...its a ridiculous word) but I dont care and I'm not ashamed to say i love the song right now.
Next is Replica, its a little all over the board at first listen but makes complete sense after a couple of listens and actually starts to become "pretty" within all the madness of the crashing bass thumps and bumps. Thats right, I said it...pretty.
Also, i dont want to leave out Gamma Ray, song #2 on the album, it takes me back to the High School days of Odelay mixed with a dash of Mutations.
Check 'em out in the White box to the right.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
A few songs to get you in the mood to pop some fireworks, grill a couple of hot dogs, and pound some American brew, none of that import crap either.
Happy Fourth of July weekend.
Disclaimer...these songs are not taking the place of the '08 Summer Mix.
All Songs streaming in the White Box (top Right)
1. Summertime- DJ Jazzy & Fresh Prince
2. Summer- Modest Mouse
3. It's Summertime- The Flaming Lips
4. Gorgeous Summer Jogging- Islands
5. Summer Babe- Pavement
6. Summer Days- Phoenix
7. Heavy Metal Drummer- Wilco
Friday, July 4, 2008
Still want to point out the French thing see...below
The French Kicks - So Far We Are
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Both streaming in white box to the right.
Working on a 4th of July mix...hopefully it will be ready by the 4th.