It’s been about a week and a half since I returned from Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Music Festival and Conference and I am only now beginning to recover from it. Nonstop shows, bbq, tex mex, Lone Stars, whiskey shots, the entire music industry, air mattresses, zero sleep, 40 degree weather and crazy crowds all combine to make one helluva music-fueled week! This was my fourth year attending the festival and lord have mercy if this wasn’t the craziest year yet. Basically, ever new band that I’ve been itching to see was there, though whether or not I actually saw them depended entirely on the lines outside which were about 4 times longer than any other year (sorry MG&V, The Middle East and Strand of Oaks…I shall see you soon). This year, I made a concerted effort to only see band’s that I’d 1. Never seen before and 2. Are not based in LA. So while When You Awake favorites like Leslie and the Badgers, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle and Those Darlins were traipsin’ around Texas, I made the tough decision to leave my tried and true loves behind and venture forth to bring some new and exciting bands into the mix. When You Awake’s complete SXSW coverage is after the jump.
Style roundup from Amanda Jo Williams’ Record Release Party on Saturday, March 27th at the Echo Country Outpost. All photos by Daiana Feuer.
Lissie- Bad Romance
Los Angeles’ own Lissie covers Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Lissie’s song “Little Lovin'” appeared on our Top 20 Songs of 2009 list. Have you checked it out yet?
The Low Anthem played a sold out show on Thursday night at the Bootleg Theater. They were honestly awe inspiring. Each of the four members of the band played about 10 instruments a-piece, switching seamlessly from drums to clarinet to guitar to crotales to pump organ to fiddle to…you get the idea. The effect of that switching around was that each song provided a completely different sound and look into this versatile band.
Highlights of the show included a double bass solo played masterfully and quite movingly by Jeff Prystowsky, the dueling clarinets played by Jocie Adams and Mat Davidson, and the cell phone trick that lead singer Ben Miller got the entire audience to do during “This God Damn House.” Basically, if two cell phones call each other and you place them next to each, they make a whistling sound. You can check out a little example of the cell phone thing in the video below. Verdict: Absolutely incredible musicians that will keep you guessing the entire time. More pictures, taken by Hagop Kalaidjian, are after the jump.
The Low Anthem- This God Damn House
The fine folks at Pretty Goes With Pretty have put together a sweet little 1930s playlist on their site. The post features classic country tunes by Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and the Coon Creek Girls plus a couple of French songs by Django Reinhardt, Jean Sablon and Fréhel thrown in for good measure. A really nice way to ease into the day. Head on over to Pretty Goes With Pretty to check it out.
Juniper Tar – Black Pain Tea
Milwaukee band Juniper Tar performing their tune “Black Pain Tea” live in the basement of Club Garibaldi in Bayview, WI on February 18, 2010.
If you just can’t wait another week to hear Dr Dog’s new record, Shame Shame (due out April 6th via Anti- Records), you’re in luck. The folks over at NPR are streaming the album in its entirety for free. Click here to give it a listen. The band’s also gearing up for an 8-week headlining tour beginning next month, including a stop in Los Angeles on April 27th at the Henry Fonda Theater alongside Deer Tick. You can check out their complete tour dates after the jump.
Brooklyn-based label Partisan Records is offering a free 10-song sampler of their artists including tracks by Deer Tick, Christopher Denny, Paleo, Dolorean and the Holy Sons. You can download it here and the tracklisting is after the jump.
Bobby Jameson- The Weight
Bobby Jameson’s version of The Band’s “The Weight” from his 1969 album Working!. The record features an all star group of session musicians including guitarist James Burton and bassist Jerry Scheff from Elvis’ TCB Band, steel guitarist Red Rhodes (Bert Jansch, Michael Nesmith, Delaney & Bonnie), cellist Ray Kelley (Alice Coltrane, Tom Waits, Harry Nilsson) and drummer Toxey French (The Dillards, Warren Zevon) among many others.