So I saw Sunset Rubdown on Wednesday night at Black Cat and wet my pants no less than three times from excitement. Okay, not really. But seriously, Spencer Krug is nothing short of a freaking genius. Both he and another bandmate were seriously ill but still played an amazing set, which included "I'll Believe In Anything," a song Spencer usually plays with his band Wolf Parade. For the new project called Swan Lake he's joined by Dan Bejar of The New Pornographers (and Destroyer) and Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes. How can you go wrong with that lineup? You can't! Their debut disc, Beast Moans, is out from Jagjaguwar on November 21.
Finest Dearest is another band that I can't get enough of. I've been craving a full-length from these guys since I got the Pacemaker EP almost a year ago. Unforunately, I'll have to wait a bit longer for that. Good news though - they just finished a 7" of new material! It's called Off Sides and should be available through Insound by November 1. Catch them on the road right now if you're in Cali, Orgeon, or Washington. Also, their website is back up, so check that out too!
Charlotte Martin is a master at weaving gorgeous melodies into vibrant arrangements. Her latest record, Stromata, is available now and highly recommended for anyone who misses The Choirgirl Hotel days from Tori Amos.
Laylights recently impressed many listeners at the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati. Right now they only have a couple dates scheduled around the Denver area, but hopefully they'll get out on the road soon. Their debut EP is suggested for people who like bands like Interpol and Editors.
Despite what the Pitchfuckers think, I strongly suggest you check out the latest record from The Hidden Cameras if you haven't already. Awoo is packed with inviting pop melodies and tons of giddy glockenspiel. The band is currently on tour and I'm catching them November 17 at Sonar in Baltimore.
Spider is the moniker used by Jane Herships and her music is undeniably moving. The Way To Bitter Lane can be ordered through her MySpace page using PayPal. So far she's got shows lined up for October in Baltimore, Syracuse, and Montreal. Great!
In case you've been living under a rock in 2006, you probably are already aware that Bishop Allen is putting out an EP every month this year. How ambitious! And none of these songs have been anything less than impressive. Here's a track from the July release.
I guess it's apparent that I really love bands from Brooklyn. Pela is one of these bands and their new EP, Exit Columbia Street, is just too damn good. They're playing DC9 on October 28 and it should be an excellent show.
The Honored Guests just released Tastes Change on the Chapel Hill based label Breakfast Mascot. They are playing a few dates in October and November so make sure and check to see if they're going to be near you!
The Blow opened up for Architecture In Helsinki last night at Black Cat. Amazing amazing! To be completely honest, I can only say that Khaela Maricich put on an impressive performance. Her musical partner, Jona Bechtolt, is off playing in his other band at the moment. Khaela never stopped bebopping around that stage. She loved it and so did we. The new album comes out in about a month on K Records, but you can pick it up at a show if you're lucky enough to see Khaela dancing through your city.
Indie rock French Canadians singing in that Frenchie French. I don't understand most of it, but I still love it! Malajube is currently touring around Canada but hopefully they'll dip down to the U.S. soon. A listing of where you can order their disc online can be found on their website here.
don Agbai only has ninety-eight friends right now on MySpace, but I'm sure that number will blow up soon. This Swedish trio is suggested for anyone who likes excellent electronic pop. Oh soooo good! Their EP is available now.
The debut full-length from Chin Up Chin Up was one of the most satisfying releases of 2004. Once again, I'm pleased with the band's latest effort, This Harness Can't Ride Anything.This time around they're signed to the spectacular Suicide Squeeze. The new disc can be ordered directly from the label or from Insound (15% off if you order before October 15 and use coupon code chinupchinup15).
Athens has been a hot spot for good music since as long as I can recall. This is clearly evident with acts like Casper & The Cookies. Their album entitled The Optimist's Club was released about a month ago and can be ordered from Athens-based hhtm.com (Happy Happy Birthday To Me).
The A-Sides has finished their second album, Silver Storms. Right now they're looking for a label and will hopefully release it sometime in early 2007. In the meantime pick up their debut record (Hello, Hello) or download it from iTunes.
Oh Mr. Jimmy Tamborello - part Figurine, solo as James Figurine... solo as Dntel... and one-half of The Postal Service. Whatever name he's assuming for the music he's making, he's always sure to please. This one is from a 7" he put out earlier in the year and was also featured on the Sound Of L.A. compilation from Plug Research. It features vocals from Mia Doi Todd.
Hello Seahorse! is sweet music. That's really the only way to define it. The vocals, the instrumentation - sweet, sweet. ...And The Jellyfish Parade is the debut record and it will be available online at CD Baby very soon. If you can't wait, make an inquiry about getting it directly from the band's label, Freaks And Geeks.
The Bird And The Bee is Inara George and Greg Kurstin. It looks like these two are setting up residency on Friday nights at Silverlake Lounge in L.A. during the month of October. According to their webiste, the debut disc is coming out January 2007 (at the latest).
Shipwreck just released a new EP called House Of Cards back in July and they're heading back in to the studio to record another. Their plan - to record four EPs in sixteen months. They'll be performing on Thursday at The Canopy Club in Urbana IL as part of Pygmalion Music Festival.
The Glad Version is recommended for people who enjoy painfully joyous tunes like those of Death Cab For Cutie. Their full-length, Lights Out North Star, is out now and the band is playing at Staccato here in DC on November 3. (Note to Staccato: Time to update your calender.)
Gliss will be playing a couple shows in the L.A. area before heading over for a UK tour in October. Love The Virgins is the name of the new album and most of the material on it was written while the band was touring Europe with great acts like Billy Corgan, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Editors.
Apparently big bands are all the rage these days. And with Benni Hemm Hemm, there's good reason for that. Here's one of my favorite tracks from their album - great song title too! Good to know the band isn't discriminating against the disabled.
You all already know who they are. The Decemberists are back with a new album on October 3. The Crane Wife very well may be my favorite from them yet. This track features vocals by the lovely Laura Veirs.
So I've had this disc from Semifinalists for a long time but just recently really started listening to it and loving it. The three memebers came from a range of backgrounds and met at film school in London. Also, all three of them sing on the album. I can't even think of anyone to compare them to - it's just good rhythmic rock.