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Willoughby – Frankenstein
Friday October 31st 2008, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Indie Music 2008

Willoughby MySpace
Willoughby Website

Happy Halloween Frankensteins.

Willoughby – Frankenstein
from I Know What You’re Up To, 2008



F It…in a sweet way.
Thursday October 30th 2008, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Indie Music 2008

I’m going to have to agree with Doug Mart on this one…

Bloc Party : Modern Love, Takeaway Show
(video removed by someone that missed the kindergarten lesson on sharing with others)



Austin Live Music Task Force Meeting – Tonight
Wednesday October 29th 2008, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Austin Music Events

austin live music task force

Music-loving-Austinites: The Live Music Task Force meets tonight at City Hall (301 W. 2nd Street) @ 7:30pm to present their recommendations to the City Council.  Come out and show your support. Power in numbers!

More info:
Austin Live Music Task Force Releases Draft Report
Purpose of The Live Music Task Force
Support Live Music in Austin: This Wednesday

881 of us joined together just the other day for a music related event (0:44-guy in blue)…



Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion Interview
Monday October 27th 2008, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Indie Interviews

Bitch MySpace
Bitch + The Exciting Conclusion Website

bitch austin mohawk

Can you put an artist like Bitch in a nutshell? Let’s try, shall we… from ’95-’04 she performed with Bitch and Animal and toured with Ani DiFranco (who produced two of B&A’s albums under her Righteous Babe Records label). Bitch’s new band, Bitch + The Exciting Conclusion, formed in February of ’05. Bitch just produced Ferron‘s latest album “Boulder” on her own label, Short Story Records (Ferron=one of the most influential writers and performers of women’s music). She lives in NYC and appeared in the 2006 film Shortbus and the Bright Eyes video “First Day of My Life” alongside her L-Word starring girlfriend, Daniela Sea. She plays the electric violin, bass, keyboards and ukulele like it’s going out of style. She’s an amazing lyricist and poet. She’s not a big fan of Bush (the presidential kind). She tap dances. And you should buy (not illegally download) all of her albums.

Austinites can checkout Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion live on Sunday, November 9th at Mohawk with Mocktigers and Girl in a Coma (outside, starting @ 9:00pm).

Before Bitch and I got down to business, I mentioned that our lovely readers (myself included) all have adult ADD and are checking out more MySpace bulletins then novels these days (…hence the slew of random questions).

…………………………………………interview…………………………………………

Stacie: How many tattoos do you have?
Bitch: Zero. I’ve designed a lot of tattoos. But it’s like Daniela says, once you have one you’ll never have none again.

Stacie: Yeah, they’re addicting too.
Bitch: And I don’t need another hobby. Maybe one day.

Stacie: Piercings?
Bitch: Not really. My ears. I had a nipple pierced once.
Stacie: Just one nipple?
Bitch: Just one nipple.

Stacie: Do you like hugs from strangers, or do they freak you out?
Bitch: They don’t freak me out. It really depends on the context. I just visited the…

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read the full Bitch Interview.)

…………………………………………listen…………………………………………

Bitch – Unstick from Make This/Break This, 2006
Bitch and Animal – Traffic from Eternally Hard, 2001



Contest Winner! – Girl Talk @ Emo’s Tonight
Monday October 20th 2008, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008

Girl Talk MySpace
Illegal Art Website

girl talk austin 2008Contest Winner announced for Girl Talk show at Emo’s Tonight, October 20th.

A winner for what RLS contest you ask? Instead of recycling posts about the same over-blogged indie bands like some *coughs* indie music blogs do, I prefer to steal contests and reward runner-ups instead.  What, flowers and no crown? Booooo. My blogging compadre over at AustinSoundCheck.com gave one lucky commenter a chance to see Greg Gillis mash it up at the Sold Out show tonight in Austin. I think the WTF/LOLcat was okay, but I chose to award a ticket for  the brilliance of the Gillis-esque copy/pasting style that went into the creation of the “Austin Sound Check Mash-Up”, which goes a little something like, like this. Our winner has agreed to provide a mash-up review of tonight’s show, which I will be attending as well. Yay for us!

…………………………………………listen…………………………………………

Girl Talk – Once Again from Night Ripper, 2006
Girl Talk – Let Me See You from Feed the Animals, 2008

…………………………after the show…………………………

Emo Girl Talk Mash-Up Review:

Sold Out Show! Girl Talk Tickets! – $75 (west campus)

$3 PBR*

….Girl Talk, gIrl TaLK, girl talK, GIrL tALk, gIrl TAlK, girl talk, GiRl TaLk….

Toilet paper power tools?

sweat

“Give it up for Grand Buffet”

Confetti_Confetti_Confetti

WANTED 3 Girl Talk Tickets for a REASONABLE price

Freddie Krueger=John McCain

AMAZING, HOLY SHIT, BADASS, YES!

beach balls***

WE LOVE YOU GREGG!!!!!..….but I’d rather get some head

Underage chicks’ hands with Xs

sweat

“it’s fuckin hot Austin”

!!!!!!!!!!Big floating condoms!!!!!!!!!!

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy we want some pussssssssssssssy
“Alright guys I got time for 1 more”

sweat

We’re poppin’ champagne like we won a championship game

review by:

stewart jarmon – Girl Talk Austin,TX EMOs OCT 20th, 2008



Astronautalis Interview
Tuesday October 14th 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Indie Interviews

Astronautalis MySpace
Astronautalis Website

astronautalis

In between cat lovin’ and folding socks packin’ for his new tour, Astronautalis (aka Andy Bothewell) took some time to shed some light on rap, American history, leaky albums, scary music making, over-hyping indie music blogs, album *yawns* reviews and the lingering fear of getting popular. Regardless of how you define his style, all three albums won’t disappoint. A live show is on the “highly recommended” list and even we vegetarians can’t get enough of this HAM.

Austinites can checkout Astronautalis live on Friday, October 17th at Mohawk (inside, after The Wedding Present). Do it!

…………………………………………interview…………………………………………

Stacie: With the progression of your three albums, there’s been some debate over how to categorize your music. Can you define it?

Andy: A long time ago, I gave a response that was about ten minutes long, with compound words and about twenty six hyphens in it. My third record was a chance to see some different takes on my musical style, a singer/songwriter side, but I’d still call it rap music. The funniest part of a recent review was someone saying I was “experimenting with hip hop and rapping”. For fifteen years I’ve been rapping. No matter how far away I venture musically, I’ll always be a rapper. I can’t not rhyme. I still keep the basic aesthetics of rapping, and my main influence has always been rap. It’s rap. Rap Music. Period.

Stacie: In hindsight, it’s hard to define rap itself. I’ve also heard the term shoegazer thrown into your musical description. Would you consider yourself a shoegazer?

Andy: For me, shoegazing basically means people are staring at their shoes because they’re looking down at the pedals they’re using to help crank out these sounds. It reminds me a lot of tenth grade mix tapes. I think I put it out there for my last record. I grew up listening to a lot of shoegaze- The Verve, Ride, Mogwai- and it hit home for me. Huge giant drums, lots of bass, washy guitars, huge layers of sound. It’s something I latched onto. With the third album, I wanted to avoid the generically…

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read the full Astronautalis Interview.)

…………………………………………listen…………………………………………

Astronautalis – Oceanwalk from You and Yer Good Ideas, (2005)
Astronautalis – The Trouble Hunters from Pomegranate, 2008



Super VGA – Pharmacy
Monday October 13th 2008, 1:00 am
Filed under: Indie Music 2008

Super VGA MySpace

super vga modern medicine

I received this highly contagious track from Super VGA‘s new album “Modern Medicine” and like Rhianna’s umbrel-uh-uh-uh, I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Here’s some info Jeff sent over about the song Pharmacy: I don’t know if it’s always been conscious, but we somehow tend to find a balance between happy, approachable sounds and somewhat desperate ideas. I got this cheery little loop that Ryan had thrown together in my inbox at one confusingly/humorously(?) low moment of my adult life and I sent him back the first two verses and half a chorus an hour later. The initial demo wasn’t refined into a proper song until about a year after that.

SuperVGA is Jeff Waldron (Los Angeles), Ryan Wardell (San Francisco) and Vic Stafford (Atlanta). The three live in separate cities and have been collaborating electronically for years. You can checkout a video on how that 3-way process works here. Modern Medicine is out now digitally (iTunes, Amazon.com, emusic.com, Insound.com), with an official CD release date on October 14th.

Super VGA – Pharmacy from Modern Medicine, 2008



Lali Puna – Together in Electric Dreams
Thursday October 09th 2008, 10:06 pm
Filed under: Indie Music 2005

Lali Puna MySpace

lali puna album

From Wikipedia: Lali Puna is a band from Weilheim, Germany close to Munich. The group was formed in 1998 and its current members are Valerie Trebeljahr (voice and keyboards), Markus Acher (also member of The Notwist), Christoph Brandner (drums) and Christian Heiß (keyboards). They have so far released 3 studio albums, a compilation album and several EPs, all published by the Berlin-based independent label Morr Music. The band is currently on hold whilst the various members attend to other musical projects.

Lali Puna’s – Together in Electric Dreams, Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder cover, from I Thought I Was Over That: Rare, Remixed and B-Sides, 2005

Giorgio Moroder / Phil Oakey – Together in Electric Dreams Lyrics
I only knew you for a while.
I never saw your smile ’til it was time to go.
Time to go away (time to go away).
Sometimes it’s hard to recognize.
Love comes as a surprise.
And its too late.
Its just too late to stay.
Too late to stay.

We`ll always be together, however far it seems.
(love never ends)
We`ll always be together.
Together in electric dreams.

Because the friendship that you gave has taught me to be brave.
No matter where I go i’ll never find a better prize.
(find a better prize)
Though you’re miles and miles away,
I see you every day
I don’t have to try
I just close my eyes,
I close my eyes.

Well always be together, however far it seems.
(love never ends)
We’ll always be together.
Together in electric dreams.

Buy I Thought I Was Over That: Rare, Remixed and B-Sides.



Tokyo Police Club – Juno (Ra Ra Riot/RAC Maury Remix)
Tuesday October 07th 2008, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Indie Music 2008

Andrew Maury MySpace
Tokyo Police Club MySpace
Ra Ra Riot MySpace

rac agency

Tokyo Police Club – Juno (Ra Ra Riot/RAC Maury Remix)

Tokyo Police Club – Juno Lyrics
I’ve got a place in the arctic circle.
I’ve got a place that i painted white.
I’ve got a home in the salty ocean.
So right, so right.
All of the lions in your bedroom.
All of the tigers we ignore.
Pulling the wool down over your eyes.
Yes sir, yes sir.

You and your soapy eyes called it off so late at night.
But your hands in your heart cuz your head’s always right.
You and your soapy eyes called it off so late at night.
But your hands in your heart cuz your head’s always right.

I’m gonna go back for the science.
I’m gonna stay for the decimals.
No one will ever know the difference.
Same old, Same old.

Fine, you arrive, this swoon needs eyes.
Fine, you arrive, this swoon needs eyes.

You and your soapy eyes called it off so late at night.
But your hands in your heart cause your head’s always right.
You and your soapy eyes called it off so late at night.
But your hands in your heart,
cuz your head’s always right.

You know your type.
You know your type.



Sometime Around Midnight Lyrics: Cross Crutch Debate
Monday October 06th 2008, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Indie Music 2008

cross versus crutch

There’s been some debate over at RLS regarding the correct line in the song “Sometime Around Midnight” from The Airborne Toxic Event. Is it cross, crutch, crux, crush, curse…? (See: Sometime Around Midnight Lyrics) And what’s a wonderwall anyways? (The song “Wonderwall” by Oasis is actually a song about “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself”- Noel Gallagher).

The lyrics in question: “But you know that she’s watching. She’s laughing. She’s turning. She’s holding her tonic like a ________. The room’s suddenly spinning. She walks up and asks how you are. So you can smell her perfume, you can see her lying naked in your arms.”

The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

Mikel (lead singer/guitarist) from the band was cool enough to offer RLS the correct word plus a brief explanation for its use: The line is “cross” and I meant it to mean sort of like she’s holding her drink ominously, as if it’s offering her comfort and guidance.

Thanks Mikel. This is another reason why we love indie music. There are still major label hits out there that are being misunderstood daily, with no courtesy in offering their listeners a valid explanation….
(See Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an _______?)