Archive for the ‘News’ Category


Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Ed Droste talks with Pitchfork about the new Grizzly Bear album, Veckatimest, which drops May 26th. Grizzly Bear is playing a set Thursday of sxsw at Central Presbyterian Church (whose consistently stellar lineup may incite us to camp out there Wed-Sat).

And speaking of awesome people playing that venue during sxsw, Jason Lytle – ex-frontman for Grandaddy, if his name wasn’t ringing any bells – is playing there Friday, and has officially announced his work on a solo project.

In touring news, Black Moth Super Rainbow and School of Seven Bells are teaming up for a US tour that will bring them to Austin the very same week as Animal Collective! BMSR play the Mohawk on Tuesday, June 2, and Animal Collective hits Stubbs on the 5th.

Want some local news? The Octopus Project are playing two interesting shows in the next week. Saturday night they’re doing a DJ set at the Red River Flows East party at a warehouse on the east side, and next Wednesday they’ll be playing something a bit different at Alamo Drafthouse. You’ll want to buy tix for the Alamo gig asap, because with only two shows in one evening, it’s sure to sell out very quickly.

News Bits

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

If you caught Beck’s ACL performance, then you’ve already heard him cover Bob Dylan’s Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. Well, soon you’ll be able to have a recorded copy of your very own! His cover is going on the War Child: Heros compilation, which raises money for children affected by war. (via Spin)

Indies win 50% of this year’s Grammy Awards (via Hypebot)

Extra Extra, Santogold is pulling a P. Diddy (or is it a Prince?), and changing her name. She’ll be known as Santigold now, thanks very much, and has already changed her MySpace (though the Wikipedia entry and her own website still aren’t reflecting the name-change). See Pitchfork for more details. (via the Daily Swarm)

-Echo & the Bunnymen confirmed for the gigantor music conference, which is scarcely a month away
-After the Jump fest, who has done some killer parties before, just announced their official and unofficial sxsw showcases… and can we just say that the unofficial lineup is killer. Even cooler, you can rsvp via Facebook!
-KCRW (the Morning Becomes Eclectic peeps) announced their showcase, which includes Port O’Brien and School of Seven Bells, as well as some of the lineup for their day shows (via Austinist)

Odds & Ends

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Fleet Foxes just premiered a new video for Mykonos. Also, this is unconfirmed and on the DL, but we’ve heard rumors of Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold doing a solo set at at SXSW shindig. Just a few days ago, fans stumbled upon the MySpace page for a band called White Antelope, that had his name listed. He has since confirmed that it is a casual side project, so the rumors have some corroborating evidence. We’ll let you know as soon as the buzz is confirmed.

In the announcements realm, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear directed his Twitter friends towards a new Stereogum post talking with him about progress on mixing the followup to 2006’s Yellow House EP.

And if you love SXSW but hate spending money, now you’ve got an option other than hitting the free day shows or volunteering: you can be an intern for Purevolume. They set up a house during SXSW each year, and then deliver a stellar lineup each time. If you wanna learn more about the music industry while listening to awesome live music and partying ’til the wee hours for free, then this is definitely worth checking out.

Trying Something Different

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

We’re trying something a little different here in the Chillville blog… you may have noticed an increased frequency of posts recently; it’s no coincidence. We read a virtual metric ton of music, label, magazine, and news blogs every day, and figured you’d like to avoid some of that if you could. So we’re going to try and keep you up-to-date on some of the more interesting stories that cross our web browsers.

One of the first this morning: Matador Records (home of Shearwater, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, & more) is releasing really limited edition vinyl of Jay Reatard, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Pavement for the second annual Record Store Day on April 18th. Check out the official website for participating stores. (via Nylvi)

Also cool: the free Treasure Fingers show on Friday at Beauty Bar. We’ll talk about it more during the weekly show rundown, but lets just say that if you wanna dance your problems away Friday, this’ll be the spot. (via Switchburn)

Speaking of Switchburn, if you’re bored and feel like watching some face-meltingly awesome music, check out their videos of HEALTH from Emo’s last July. We’ve played Crystal Castle’s chilled out remix of Crimewave on the show before, but the drum breakdown at the end of it is nothing compared to the full-on HEALTH live experience. Watch Crimewave here.

If you’re hooked on Twitter, and would love being included in the random 140-character-or-less thoughts of some of your favorite musicians, this list is where you’ll find your new and best tweeps (twitter+peeps=ok, so it’s lame). Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, Passion Pit, and many more are starting to call Twitter home, and occasionally post some pretty cool content. (Mary the Mad Blogger can be found @maryrehak, if you’re really bored)

Catch y’all soon for more news!