We are hoping to have an interview with her and perhaps some more music shortly.
I heard Gabby Young & Other Animals awhile back and was mesmerized. Mapanare posted the Youtube video of the title track from her new record, We're All In This Together. There is a quirky, gypsy quality to the music (even if the image seems very polished perfect). I suspect this young woman is the real deal.
We are hoping to have an interview with her and perhaps some more music shortly.
Chicagoans take note, Antennas Up are playing every Tuesday in June at Panchos. Hailing from Kansas City, the band are a soul-funk-electro amalgam. I haven’t heard much from the band but the bits I have have made me curious. And nothing makes me curious. I mean I am dull as dishwater and totally non-inquisitive.
Antennas Up released their eponymous debut in 2009 and have played with a slew of swell bands and at SXSW. A new record is in the works as well and keep an eye open for it in the fall.
You can hear some of the band’s music at their website.
Shows, Tuesdays at Pancho's
With, Grades, and Lennon Bone (Ha Ha Tonka)
DJ: Jack from My Gold Mask
With Sword House and Hollus.
DJ: Jim from Unicycle Loves You
DJ: Brad from Volcanoes Make Islands
With Hawley Shoffner
DJ: Austin & Alex from Noise FM
The new ep 12 inch from Bikini, RIPJDS, is coming out June 7. It is a remix ep. Remixes include efforts from Win Win, CFCF, Teen Daze, Dreamboat and Houses.
I liked the video, even though I do not recommend it for epileptics. I thought I was going to have a seizure watching it
If you want to know more about the band head to, biikiinii.com.
Afrobeta, who have a full-length, Under The Streets, coming August 9, are heading out on a festival tour of North America. Dates are below. The list of other bands on this bill are impressive as well; Holy Ghost!, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Disco Biscuits, Skrillex, DJ Shadow, The Crystal Method and others will appear.
I was supposed to interview them at one point. But somehow I screwed it up or couldn't schedule it or was drunk and in jail. Something like that.
They are also providing a Larry Tree Remix of their song, Play House, off their ep of the same name. The first date is in Chicago, WOOO HOOO!
The Identity Festival
August 11 - Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 12 - Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 13 - Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
August 14 - Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
August 16 - Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 18 - Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
August 19 - Philadelphia, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
August 20 - Boston, MA – Comcast Center For The Performing Arts
August 21 - New York, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
August 23 - Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 24 - Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
August 25 - Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
August 27 - Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 28 - Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 30 - Albuquerque, NM – The Pavilion
September 2 - San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
September 3 - San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 4 - Irvine Meadows, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 5 - Las Vegas, NV – Strip Lot
September 10 - Seattle, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Fool’s Gold’s second record, Leave No Trace, comes out August 16. You can hear a track from the band at the Soundcloud link below. You can also download the track at the band website, www.foolsgoldmusic.com.
The band is from L.A. and they will be playing some shows and making festival appearances.
May 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits festival
Suzanna Choffel apparently describes her new record as “blues-colored dark grit drawing from musical influences that include Stax-style jazz and Motown.” Ok, works for me.
Choffel appeared at Waterloo Records in Austin but I got to this too late to let you know in advance. I apologize. But there are other opportunities to see Choffel. Especially a May 28 show at the One World Theatre.
May 28, One World Theatre, Austin
June 11, McGonigels Mucky Duck, Houston
June 16, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock
June 17, Threadgills, Austin
June 23, The Aardvark, Fort Worth
June 24, The Blue Door, Oklahoma City
Johan Agebjörn (Sally Shapiro) has a new video, and as the headline above mentions it features Ercola and Queen of Hearts. The track is from the new record, Casablanca Nights. It is out now. You can hear more tracks at the website.
The press release mentions this has something to do with haute couture. Take a look and tell me. I am wearing jeans I bought at a thrift store and a t-shirt someone tied to my backpack at a club 7 years ago.
The record is cool, has lots of collaborations and you should check it out.
Ok. I sing to cats. Usually they are songs about eating them or telling them I am going to make them into a hat. But I do not give speeches to them. Just seems silly to me. Juliana Hatfield has a new record coming out, Speeches Delivered To Animals And Plants, that disagrees.
It comes out August 30 and was a fan-funded record. Good for her.
Awhile back I interviewed Hatfield for Gearwire.com (three audio interviews; one, two, three, four). She was smart and clever and thoughtful. I recall, after the audio interview ended, I made one of those comments that comes out wrong. I forget exactly what I said (it was music gear related). But I immediately felt like a pinhead and thanked her and hung up. It was something about a guitar (I have the same guitar she was talking about). As anyone who knows me will note, I rarely say anything stupid that embarrasses me (cough, cough, cough).
ANYWAY. enough reminiscing.
The record was funded via www.pledgemusic.com and some of the money from the record will benefit Hatfield’s fave animal shelters. How much of the money I cannot say but any amount is nice. Money will go to the Save a Sato animal shelter in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts.
Her last record, Peace and Love, was awesome.
Bird of Youth’s new record, Defender, is out. You can hear it free for awhile at AOL Spinner. I love AOL Spinner. Bird of Youth are also having a record release show in Brooklyn on June 9th at The Rock Shop. They will be touring with Kathyrn Calder of The New Pornographers (who I also love).
Usually I do not get into who produces stuff but this one was produced by Will Sheff of Okkervil River and Phil Plazzolo who has worked with the likes of The New Pornographers, Ted Leo and Neko Case. The reord also has a slew of guest musicians.
9 - Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop RECORD RELEASE SHOW
13 - Boston, MA - T.T. The Bears
15 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
16 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace
Typhoon, out of Portland Oregon, released the ep, A New Kind of House, last month and have been preparing for a slew of live dates to support the record. They are also hitting tons of festivals.
Check out their track, Summer Home, above. Some of the tour are opening slots for The Decemberists.
You can also download The Honest Truth HERE.
TOUR (more dates coming)
*shows with The Decemberists
May 29 Sasquatch Festival George, WA
June 3 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
July 7 Sundown @ Ecotrust Portland, PR
July 19 Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, OR*
July 20 Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise, ID *
July 21 Twilight Concert Series Salt Lake City, UT *
July 22 Big Sky Brewery Missoula, MT *
July 23 The Filling Station VFW Bozeman, MT
July 25 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
July 28 The Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
July 30 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI
July 31 Osheaga Festival Montreal, QB
August 2 The Mercury Lounge New York, NY
August 3 Littlefield Brooklyn, NY
August 4 Sixth & Synagogue Washington, DC
August 6 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
August 8 The Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
August 9 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
August 10 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
Sept 10 Musicfest NW @ Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, OR
Constantly Consuming Culture--The Waterfront show crowdfunding effort now live. Shows in Miami and Chicago. Help us out. You can own the painting above.