Archive | March, 2012

New Music: Reptar – “Orifice Origami”

30 Mar

Fans of Reptar head to their Facebook page for a free download of “Orifice Origami” off their upcoming LP, Body Faucet, which was produced by Ben Allen and is due out May 1.

If you haven’t yet listened to the Athens, Georgia group you are sorely missing out.  Last summer/fall they toured with Foster The People and Cults gaining plenty of notoriety and just recently crushed SXSW.  I highly suggest you get your hands on their EP from last year, Oblangle Fizz Y’all.

Even more exciting news, they are hitting the road with GROUPLOVE in May!

DoYouHearTheMusic.com Spring 2012 Playlist Vol.I

28 Mar

The temperature is rising, sun is shining and days are getting longer which means only one thing, time for the DoYouHearTheMusic.com Spring Playlist 2012 Vol. I.  A little old, a little new and many that have been featured on the blog but most importantly, I hope you find some new tunes to enjoy rocking to.  Also I would have made this available as a Spotify playlist but they don’t have half the tracks below so links it is.

Bruce Springsteen – “Shackled and Drawn

The Lumineers – “Ho Hey

Buxton – “Boy of Nine

Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks

Heartless Bastards – “Got To Have Rock and Roll

The Black Keys – “Nova Baby

Alabama Shakes – “Hang Loose

Alex Clare – “Hands Are Clever

Bad Weather California – “You’re My Friend

Dirty Gold – “California Sunrise

Butch Walker and The Black Widows – “Sweethearts

Gary Clark Jr. – “Don’t Owe You A Thang

GROUPLOVE – “Chloe

Dead Fingers – “Another Planet

Free Energy – “Free Energy

Wheelchair Sports Camp – “Where We All Live

Penguin Prison – “Don’t Fuck With My Money

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at Bonnaroo? It would be oh so sweet

28 Mar

We are 70 days away from Bonnaroo (yes I count) and the additional artist announcements and comedy lineup should be released in the next couple of weeks.   So it had me thinking, The Roots are playing this year, they are Jimmy Fallon’s house band, Jimmy Fallon loves music and has performed at Bonnaroo before, how cool would it be if he was named to the comedy lineup AND did his show live from Bonnaroo on Friday night?  We can dream, right?

New Music: Alex Clare – “Too Close” aka Microsoft Internet Explorer Song

27 Mar

If you’ve seen the new Microsoft Internet Explorer commercials and wondered what that song is that you find yourself enamored with, it’s “Too Close” by Alex Clare.  Yes, me, a person who is not a fan of dubstep actually enjoys this track.  But really it is the soulful voice of the British singer-songwriter throughout his record, The Lateness Of The Hour, that has me constantly listening to the disc that dabs all over from soul, dubstep, electronic and jazz.  Personally I dig “Hands Are Clever,” “I Love You” and “Whispering” plus he covers Prince’s “When Doves Cry” but what really is a HUGE bonus on the record is it was produced by Diplo and Switch aka Major Lazer.  How wicked awesome is that!

New Music: The Temper Trap – “Need Your Love”

26 Mar

Ah Music Monday is here again and if you haven’t heard it yet (I sure hope you have), here is “Need Your Love,” the first single and opening track from The Temper Trap’s upcoming self titled, sophomore record.  Click here to listen to “Rabbit Hole,” a second track that was actually the first material off the new album to surface.  The album is due out May 18, just in time for summer!

Even more exciting news was the recent addition of The Temper Trap to the Bonnaroo lineup this June.

New Music: Buxton – Nothing Here Seems Strange

23 Mar

Everyone should be heading into this gorgeous weather weekend with some good tunes so this Friday I bring you, Buxton and their third record and first on New West Records, Nothing Here Seems Strange.

All week I’ve been holding out on posting this and I think it’s because of how much I sincerely love this album and their folk-rock sound, I wanted to keep it a secret but what fun would that be.

The album starts off with some slow harmonies (but in a good way – “Wolves & Owls” and “Fingertips”) before ratcheting it up and kicking some serious butt.  Just give “Blown A Fuse” a listen and it will all make sense, I promise.  For whatever reason the harmony on “Broken From Bread” makes me think of the Grateful Dead, but the best of the album I believe is with the single, “Boy of Nine” and “Down In The Valley.”

If you are fan of White Denim, DAWES, Middle Brother, Ryan Bingham, Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and the likes, you are definitely going to be digging the Buxton sound.

 

Revisited: SXSW 2012 via @Wat_Mo

21 Mar

Since I wasn’t able to make it to SXSW I had my buddy Mike Watson share his experience and the highlights from Austin.  He definitely had the chance to hear a ton of great bands and catch some very unique performances.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Bands I had never seen live:
Top 3

Of Monsters and Men

Walk the Moon

GIVERS

They all put on amazing shows.  Of Monsters of Men had never played in the US.  Saw them twice.  I was at their first US show and it was in a bike shop.  Gotta love SXSW.  I really think they are going to blow up.  Talked to them at the Mumford & Sons concert and their album is being released in the US on April 3.  I had been a fan of Walk the Moon and GIVERS for a while now and they definitely didn’t disappoint.  The both put on incredible shows.  There is no wonder they get so much buzz.  Even if you don’t know a single song of theirs they will have you a fan after seeing them live.

I would say Walk the Moon and GIVERS put on the best shows from the bands I had never seen, along with Gary Clark Jr.  Gary Clark is just unbelievable on guitar.  I see why Clapton has taken him under his wing. The dude is going to be the next big thing, he already is in the blues guitar community.  He played at the White House with Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, and Mick Jagger.  Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr also put on a hell of a show, but I am just not into their music.  Maybe it will grow on me.  Fun. was a band that obviously had a lot of hype with the song out right now “We are Young”.  They have a lot of other great songs though.  The title track of their album was awesome live, “Some Nights”.  I had never seen Keane before.  I absolutely love their first album from a few years back and they sounded really good live.  The lead singer’s vocals were spot on.

I was really excited to see Princeton.  I love their album but they didn’t have a lot of energy in their show.  Maybe it had something to do with it being 11am on a Thursday but a band should not have to say “y’all look tired”.  They should be able to amp up the crowd on their own.  I was also excited to see Reptar but they just didn’t sound good live.  I will have to give them another chance.  Tennis was another band that I was excited to see but the show left a lot to be desired.

Bands I have seen before:
Top 3

Temper Trap

Mumford and Sons

Band of Skulls

Temper Trap played a few new songs and in particular the song “Trembling Hands” was amazing.  They are just great live.  Band of Skulls lead man is so incredibly talented on the guitar.  Some of the stuff they pull off live is just amazing.  He really makes the band because the girl doesn’t do much on stage.  Everyone knows how good Mumford is.  They played a few new songs that were really good.  I see their second album having the same success as their first.

Bands I didn’t get to see but wanted to:

Alabama Shakes – They were THE buzz band going into SXSW this year.  Much like Foster the People last year.

US Royalty

Tango in the Attic

Bright Lights Social Hour

Finally, here is a list of bands I saw, I know I am missing some but can’t remember them all:

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister @ Bayou
These people brought a ton of energy.  The chick drummer plays standing on top of a drum head wearing tap shoes.  It was crazy.  So much fun.  I had never heard them before but they were a great live show.  I am going to have to listen to them more.

Dawes @ Cedar Street

Future Unlimited and Princeton @ Beauty Bar

Tennis @ Stage on 6th

Big Deal @ Hype Hotel

Of Monsters and Men @ Mellow Johnny’s (First time playing in the USA)

Punch Brothers, Ed Sheeran (This guy was cool, was just him and his guitar.  He would play something, loop it, and then play riffs over it.  Was awesome show), Kimbra (She was awful), Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr all @ La Zona Rosa

Walk the Moon @ Antone’s

Reptar, Band of Skulls, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Imagine Dragons, fun., @ Woodies

Girls, Kaiser Chiefs, Temper Trap @ Stubb’s

Of Monsters and Men @ Cedar Street Courtyard

Howler @ W Hotel

Free Energy @ Peckerheads

50 Cent, Eminem @ Austin Music Hall

Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe, Mumford and Sons @ LBJ Library Lawn

They played the Railroad Documentary on a screen.  This was probably my favorite part of the weekend.  Weather was perfect and the documentary was incredible.  Oh and those bands are pretty damn good too.

Johnny Corndawg @ Lustre Pearl

The Guards, GIVERS @ Chevy

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PSA: Brita FilterForGood Music Project Documentary “Music Sustains”

20 Mar

“See how fans are teaming up with artists like Dave Matthews Band, Janelle Monae, O.A.R. and Guster to make concerts more sustainable. Sundance Film Festival filmmaker Destin Cretton turns the camera on how passion for the music and passion for the planet are leading to positive change.”

New Music: Royal Teeth – “Wild”

19 Mar

Ah yes, the buzz about bands that lit up SXSW has begun flooding the internet. Glad to have read on numerous sites/blogs that two bands we have been high about for some time, Alabama Shakes and The Lumineers, rocked it down in Texas and since I didn’t have the chance to make it this year, I’m going to be bringing you a recount from a buddy who was on the ground last week.

But in the meantime, thanks to a little appearance on CNN over the weekend (they had a big time setup on site), I’m pushing my hand towards another Louisiana group to make some noise this year (last year was GIVERS), Royal Teeth.  If seeing them perform on television was enough to convince me, listening to their Act Naturally EP gave me more reason to give some additional spins.  Give a listen below to the indie-pop band and if you like them, head to their website and explore a bit more and download their music.

 

New Music: Dead Fingers

16 Mar

It’s Friday and why not kick the weekend off with some new tunes!  Coming to you from husband and wife due, Taylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor, here is Dead Fingers.  And while it may sound like a punk or metal band, it’s the complete opposite. The couple released their self titled debut album a couple of weeks ago and if you are a fan of guy-girl duos like I am (think Jenny & Johnny, The Civil Wars, She & Him, Sam & Ruby), you should really dig their work.  Give a spin, if you like, listen to more and snag yourself the album as this could very well become the album on repeat for you this spring.