Friday, February 26, 2010

New Music Friday?

I dunno, Monday would be better for the alliteration, but whatever.

So you say you like ambient rock? Mellow voices and tunes to serenade you to sleep? Well my friends, The Album Leaf sounds like your cup of tea. The melodic tones of "Falling from the Sun" gives a interesting background to Jimmy LaValle's vocals. I am a sucker for Sub-Pop Artists and they do not fail.

Check it out for yourself:
The Album Leaf - Falling From The Sun (MP3)

and some tracks from their previous albums

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Upcoming shows in and around Houston

Yes, I get that most of these shows have been know for some time now, but hey, this blog hasn't so cut me some slack. Anyway, here are a few shows that I plan on checking out in the next couple of months. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few, so let me know what I may have missed/forgotten.

3/16 - Rogue Wave w/ Avi Buffalo @ Warehouse Live

Avi Buffalo - Truth Sets In

4/7 - The Big Pink w/ A Place to Bury Strangers @ Warehouse Live

A Place to Bury Strangers - Ocean

4/21 Frightened Rabbit @ Walters on Washington

What you should be listening to: Phantogram

Barsuk Records' (current label to Death Cab for Cutie, Mates of State, Ra Ra Riot, & Rilo Kiley) electroindiepop duo Phantogram recently released Eyelid Movies has been making waves around the indie blogosphere. Sure, singer Sarah Bathel’s good looks don’t hurt, but give them a listen and you’ll quickly find that her and band mate Josh Carter have produced on of the better albums released so far this year.

Phantogram :: When I'm Small

As Far As I Can See by Phantogram from Big Ugly Yellow Couch on Vimeo.

Do yourself a favor and go see them live:

Feb 24 2010 8:00P
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY (w/ Dan Deacon) -- students only-- Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 3 2010 8:00P
Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, California
Mar 4 2010 8:00P
Bordello Los Angeles, California
Mar 6 2010 8:00P
Mercury Lounge Goleta, California
Mar 9 2010 8:00P
RED DOG (w/ Hot Hot Heat) Peterborough
Mar 10 2010 8:00P
ALE HOUSE (w/ Hot Hot Heat) Kingston
Mar 11 2010 8:00P
L3 NIGHTCLUB (w/ Hot Hot Heat) St. Catharines
Mar 12 2010 8:00P
SUPERMARKET (w/ Hot Hot Heat) Toronto
Mar 13 2010 8:00P
CALL THE OFFICE (w/ Hot Hot Heat) London, Ontario
Mar 17 2010 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2010 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Apr 16 2010 8:00P
THE BASEMENT (w/The Antlers) Columbus, Ohio
Apr 17 2010 8:00P
CANOPY CLUB (w/ The Antlers) Urbana, Illinois
Apr 18 2010 8:00P
HIGH NOON SALOON (w/ The Antlers) Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 20 2010 8:00P
VARSITY THEATRE (w/ The Antlers) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 21 2010 8:00P
THE BLUE MOOSE (w/ The Antlers) Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 22 2010 8:00P
LINCOLN HALL (w/ The Antlers) Chicago, Illinois
Apr 23 2010 8:00P
BLIND PIG (w/ The Antlers) Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 28 2010 8:00P
CASBAH (w/ The Antlers) San Diego, California
May 3 2010 8:00P
DOUG FIR LOUNGE (w/ The Antlers) Portland, Oregon
May 4 2010 8:00P
THE BILTMORE CABARET (w/ The Antlers) Vancouver, British Columbia
May 5 2010 8:00P
NEUMO’S (w/ The Antlers) Seattle, Washington
May 31 2010 8:00P

New Pornographers new stuff

Due to the fact I discovered New Pornographers when they were on one of their hiatuses (separate project phases), I was pleased to hear about a new single and a new album coming in May. Luckily, if you are a fan of New Pornographers, you have been justifiably satisfied with the solo projects of Neko Case and A.C. Newman.

This new single is back to it's roots. pop-rocky sounds of Neko and A.C.'s true to form beats. I am happy with it and look forward to the entire album and ::fingers-crossed:: tour.