Vanessa Jeanne Long to Recycled Love Songs on the track “No Good at Nothing“:
“I was sitting in that one position that’s completely derogatory towards Native Americans, on some sort of hideously awful matted red rug. He was a mime of sorts, the man that left it here I mean, and he had set up shop and shuffled out, long before we came to this space in(more…)
Matt Squires to Recycled Love Songs on the track “Girl at War” from their new EP Cut and Print:
“it’s centered around the way the narrator sees a girl. he knows her better than she knows herself, and he wants her to be authentic, and to stay innocent, and to value who she is. the frustration eventually comes pouring out in the chorus, where he is pleading that she save(more…)
The Free Press Summer Fest is going on Saturday and Sunday, August 8th & 9th, from 12-10pm @ Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas. Get a one day pass for only $10, or a two-day for $16. This one isn’t in Austin, but it features some of our favorite Austinites and it’s well worth the trip! (How much are one-day’s for ACL again? $85?)
Andrew Bryant to Recycled Love Songs on the track “Chicago Wind” from the album Galilee:
“I married my wife 4 years ago and started touring and playing songs a couple years before that. The main theme of the song is about the stresses between being on the road while having a wife at home. As an artist, it’s often hard to balance the fulfillment of doing what you (more…)
Lo-fi (Low Fidelity)= A term used to describe music in which the sound is of a lower quality than the usual standard. The qualities of lo-fi are usually achieved by either degrading the quality of the recorded audio, or using certain equipment.
LO-FI! All the cool kids are doing it! With emo fashion in 70′s time warp (dare I say, 50′s?), it comes as no shock that lo-fi is the new black of indie music.
The mouse-clicking-nerd-at-his-computer-desk that remixes several good songs, into one good song, is now being overshadowed by the comeback of original songs and traditional instruments. Remember those?…acoustic guitars…snare drums. Yes, these instruments may still sit at the feet of the mouse-clicking-nerd-at-his-computer-desk *that also sings!*, but damn these little gems do sound good. (GarageBand, the Apple recording software that boasts the tag line “Musicians wanted: No experience necessary”, is used by Nathan Williams of WAVVES to record songs *see Spin’s “Hot New Band: Wavves”).I personally respect artists that play their own instruments, but I also like any song that sounds good regardless of how it was made.
The fact that lo-fi indie songs are gaining so much popularity over the past few months doesn’t baffle me. What has me scratching my head in a Homer doh!-like fashion, is the abundance of “THEY SUCK LIVE!” comments being spewed by Indienites all over YouTube vids and blog posts. It’s like saying “Dude, he sucks!” after watching a performance from the Chipmunk rapper. You know the guy… he’s been featured in popular radio rap hits like Akon’s-”Lonely”, and he just scored a hit role in the indie world with Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead”. Yes, he even sings in different languages! Does this high-pitched vibrato-voiced rodent ever sleep? He could sell out stadiums! That is, if he were a performer, and not a popular method of vocal distortion…
In a nutshell (pun-intended): Support the lo-fi band you like by purchasing their albums or going to their shows and having a sing along, but don’t expect their performance to “sound the same” live. Listening to lo-fi in the 2000′s is like getting a new shirt that looks like it’s from the thrift store: It feels a bit pretentious, but people are buying it (myself included).
Elliott Smith’s car (a retro 1999 Volkswagen Passat GLX) is for sale right here in Austin, Texas for $4,000. All proceeds will go to the SIMS Foundation.
About the Foundation:
The SIMS Foundation’s mission is to provide access to and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin-area musicians and their families. SIMS was founded in 1995 by the friends and family of Sims Ellison, a talented young Austin musician, after his battle with depression ended in suicide.
Elliott’s own life ended in suicide from two self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest (that some still claim was a possible homicide). The talented lyricist left a simple goodbye Post-it note that read, “I’m so sorry—love, Elliot. God forgive me.”
Peaches and her opener Drums of Death will play a SOLD OUT show to an anxious crowd at Emo’s tonight (June 11th, 2009).
UPDATE- The Peaches show was canceled (the plane couldn’t land in Austin). More details to come about the reschedule date…
So far, everyone I have asked the question “Have you ever heard of Peaches?” to has answered my question with a question of their own:
1. No. Are they new?
2. Oh my god, are you kidding? I own all of her albums and I have seen her live 3 times!!!
For those of you that don’t know of the wonder that is “Peaches“, two lines from her Wikipedia page give a delightful summary of the artist: “Peaches is an electronica musician whose songs are notable for use of explicitly sexual lyrics but in a sort of 3rd wave feminist kind of vein. She plays her own instruments for her songs, programs her own electronic beats, and produces her own albums.”
Peaches has a large gay male following (when I hear the word “peaches”, whether in reference to the fruit or the artist, an image flashes in my head of my gay male (dancer) friend giving his own rendition of a Peaches video to the opening line of “F*** the Pain Away” …as I shyly “raise the roof” in my own attempt at dancing). Unlike Madonna:
Peaches has a large feminist punk girl following, who are a hell of a lot cooler than Madonna fans.
My questions for this evening are as follows:
1. Will Peaches follow tradition and spit a mouthful of venue-provided bottled water into a happy-to-have-Peaches-saliva-on-them crowd (as seen in the pic above)?
2. Will Peaches endrogenously dangle the mic between her legs during the intro to “Boys Wanna Be Her” (as seen in the vid below)?
3. Will Peaches reiterate the recent confirmations that “she’s still got it!” after all these years? (I’m predicting that this answer will be a definitive “yes!”)
(More to come after the show… If you’re heading that way tonight, don’t forget to catch the opening act Drums of Death. I’ve heard good things.)
Sonic Youth- The Eternal:
Probably the only active band in the world that was around to catch the Wipers the first time around. The Eternal catches retroactive influence from that band, and hits the mark as another late-period classic for the band.
J Dilla- Jay Stay Paid:
Hip-Hop is not known for posthumous triumphs, which makes this album from hip-hop’s greatest producer all the more welcome, and makes him all the more missed.
Gun Outfit- Dim Light:
Sounds exactly how you’d expect a band from Olympia to sound. This is a compliment.
Grey Anne- Facts and Figurines:
Adorable without being overtly precious or cloying. An under-the-radar gem from a multi-talented, multi-faceted Portland pop songstress.
Blissed-out, sunny day psych. The audio equivalent of a faded Polaroid of a family trip from when you were a baby.
Mos Def- The Ecstatic:
Mos knocks one out of the park with a hip-hop classic, like Be Kind Rewind– or his last two solo albums, for that matter– never happened.
Dirty Projectors- Bitte Orca:
Dave Longstreth returns with more of what he knows best: Knotty guitars, endless left turns in structure, and prodigious vocal arrangements. Couple that with two star turns from Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman, and you have a frontrunner for Album of the Year.
Eat Skull- Wild and Inside:
Hopefully, this lo-fi resurgence hasn’t jumped the shark for you just yet. If it has, you’re missing out on one of the scene’s best new-ish bands.
The Intelligence- Fake Surfers:
Surf music for city dwellers. Okay, okay; city dwellers on laced hallucinogens.