Quick Mention: As I said via Twitter, "Absolutely
stellar show by The Calm Blue Sea. A better score for
Siegfried doesn't exist. They have to do the sequel".
If you weren't there you should have been. The end.
I've got a lot of stuff to share, so you'll probably get a
couple of EPs this week. Plus, the site just looks
weird to me without music oozing out from everywhere.
Want to know a somewhat less than exciting secret? At
no point have I ever really been a fan of the local act
known as Loxsly. Now, that isn't to say they're
terrible or something, because they're not. I mean,
they are most certainly solid. It's just that until
this atmospheric gem - which I can't seem to get out of my
head - I hadn't really heard anything from them that
inspired me to seek out more. Guess that trend is
over. Tomorrow's Fossil will be out in May, and
I eagerly await it.
Winged Palace - Hand Of Doom:
The last thing that I tend to want after a long weekend of
super early morning work is a slow paced tune, but this one
has some sort of magical power over me. Instead of
being forced to drift off into a lovely dreamland with its
hushed vocals and headphone-worthy arrangement in tow, I'm
left alert and ready for more. Park The Van released
the Hand Of Doom EP last week. Go get it.
Felice Brothers - Run Chicken Run:
This Team Love artist may not have the most original take on
alt-country (to be honest, it's pretty routine), but I sure
do love them. There's an undeniable and infectious
amount of sincerity in what they do, and you really can't
help but find something to like. Yonder Is The
Clock will be out in a couple of weeks. I
recommend that you get it for yourself and at least nine
Place - In Reverie:
If there's one thing that never turns out well at SXSW it's
delays, so you can imagine how surprised I was when a couple
of earnest looking guys frantically took the stage with a
guitar, a third of a drum kit and a mission to tear me away
from thinking about my sore feet while helping cover for a
Crystal Stilts set that had to be pushed back. How the
hell did they know they might get to play? Were they
just around with instruments in hand? These are
questions that I'll probably never get answered, but I do
know that it ended up being the only delay I've ever liked.
Wolf - Vulture:
I realize that Patrick has had his fair share of drama since
his last release, but I wasn't expecting the first single
off his new LP to be so weird. What happened to the
delightfully whimsical Patrick? This is still good,
but it sounds like dance music that's been slowly cooked in
a pot of experimental juices. Or, if you will, an
interesting treat for the ears. Not sure when The
Bachelor will be released.
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