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Spoon at Scoot Inn

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Spoon

Spoon played last night to a sold-out hometown crowd for a solid hour-and-a-half, with a mix of old and new material.

The first part of the set was devoted almost entirely to new music, and it showed in the band’s slight hesitancy at first: you could tell that they were not quite comfortable with the songs yet. At the same time, their focus on recording over the past months also meant that some of the older songs showed the same hesitancy, as the band tried to get back into the swing of playing live again.

The crowd called out requests for old favorites, Britt laughed off any slip-ups with a rueful smile, and the sound was superb. The new material was intriguing, and while Britt didn’t let slip any details about a release date, you can be sure we can’t wait to hear the tracks all polished and pretty.

Spoon

For more pics, check out Mary’s Flickr photo set.

St. Vincent, Pixies, Lolla

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

NPR is streaming the entirety of St. Vincent’s new album Actor a full two weeks before it drops. We haven’t had much chance to listen, but what we’ve heard is stellar. Annie’s voice is at its charming best, and the lyrics contain her usual unexpected bite to balance out the instrumental delicacy. But her sweetness, always forefront, is broken also with an unexpected but welcome palate-cleansing punch of distorted guitar. Other than the two singles already out, the songs that immediately resonated were Neighbors, Marrow, and Just the Same But Brand New.

In other album news, the Pixies have a new album, apparently titled Minotaur, coming out June 15th, which excites us beyond measure…
ETA The Pixies’ Minotaur is actually a box set of all their studio albums, along with some other extra goodies. Not quite as awesome as new material, but very cool nevertheless.

The Lollapalooza lineup is out, and is – of course – a doozy. Just a few of the Chillville artist making an appearance include Depeche Mode, Thievery Corporation, Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Santigold, Lykke Li, and so many more it’s kinda ridiculous.

(4/19/09) Monty’s Catch of the Day – Moby

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

The king of Chillville is gracing us with his second album in a year. Hitting the stores in early summer, Moby’s Wait for Me LP will be more stripped down than previous albums, with tracks on a much more personal level.

Speaking of personal, he mixed the album himself - with help from Ken Thomas (M83, Sigur Ros) – and the album artwork will be Sharpie marker sketches from Moby’s own hand. Now here is where it gets interesting: today’s catch is called “Shot in the Back of the Head”, and was inspired by a meeting he had with David Lynch. Lynch then agreed to direct the animated video for the song. What you have right there is two of the most creative minds joining forces and producing a work of art. Check it out below, and enjoy!

YellowFever, Vivian Girls, Ariel Pink

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Local minimalist pop trio YellowFever opened for Vivian Girls, who played 15+ shows during just the few short days of SXSW, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. We’ve got some pics from the show below, and more in Mary’s Flickr photos set.

YellowFever

YellowFever

Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Abnormally Attracted To Tori Amos

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Tori Amos Wow!

Having just performed here in Austin for SXSW, this beautiful and gifted songstress/piano-humper has a new album entitled Abnormally Attracted to Sin due in stores May 19th. Check out the first music video from the album: Welcome To England.

Reggae Fest Weekend

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Reggae Fest

The Austin musical festival formerly (officially) known as Marley Fest takes place this weekend once again at Auditorium Shores. Despite these April showers, the show will go on rain or shine, and it’s looking like Sunday will offer up a little for more “shine”. Showcasing the chillest of reggae and dub, headliners for this 12th annual event include the Ska-talites and the Wailing Souls, and local dub heroes Grimy Styles will take stage at 6:30 on Saturday. The event is just $10 per day or $15 at the door, and ticket sales benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. You can buy advance tickets through Friday afternoon at any Front Gate outlet. So support a good cause, share some positive vibes, and enjoy some ridiculously overpriced margaritas and hippie-centric arts and crafts. Gates open at noon and the show ends at 10PM each day. One love!

This Weekend

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Friday

Dan Deacon

You know what’s going to be awesome tonight? Dan Deacon at Emo’s, that’s what. He completely killed at Fun Fun Fun Fest in the fall, sending hundreds of festival-goers into a dance-party frenzy. His blend of electronic distortion and yelled-out dance move commands is guaranteed to be a blast, and the backing 15-piece ensemble, which includes 9 percussionists, is going to ensure that this is a show you will not soon forget.

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Also awesome, an entirely local and entirely rocked-out lineup at the Parish with White Denim, Corto Maltese, and Ume. Or, check out the fundraiser for When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (who got their equipment stolen recently, and are pictured above) at Beerland with the down, dirty garage rock of the Strange Boys. The Dinos, normally one of the most ear-meltingly loud bands in Austin, are playing an acoustic set, which is definitely intriguing.

Saturday

The French Kicks are back in town and playing their mellowed-out indie rock at the Mohawk. They’ve played there before to a decent crowd that left happy, so expect a fairly crowded venue and some fun tunes.

Before that, you should get your spring BBQ on with Do512 at their headquarters on south Lamar. From 5-9, there will be food, vodka-infused watermelon (and other alcoholic things of a drinkable nature), and DJ Thibault spinnin’ some tunes. It sounds like an awesome way to kick off your Saturday night before heading downtown.