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Video Of The Week: Trash Talk–Awake

posted September 16, 2011, 10:21 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Trash Talk, Awake

Formed in the fall of 2005, Trash Talk hit the ground running.  3 years of relentless touring, 5 releases and 4 vans later, they are still running at the same frantic pace that has established them as one of the hardest working bands today.  They recently collaborated with Wavves on a split 7-inch.   On their brand new 7-inch EP coming out in October, Trash Talk continue to bodily propel their sound down the gnarled, grime-swathed path they’ve hewn for themselves.   The aptly named opener “Awake” careens through the gate in a hail of shred.

Music Emissions Artist Update: Neon Indian

posted September 14, 2011, 10:35 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Former Denton/current Brooklyn resident Alan Palomo, the creative force behind Neon Indian, must have the stars aligned in his favor in 2011.  One of the brightest gems in the indie music scene, NI started the year by releasing an EP with none other than The Flaming Lips.  In addition to relentless touring, the group also made news lately by partnering with Bleep Labs to offer a uniquely designed, limited edition mini analog synthesizer.  The PAL198X is a pocketable three-oscillator synth with swappable controls—just watch the promo video to understand!  It’s only available in a special set with the new record, Era Extrana.  Recorded in Helsinki and released on Alan’s own brand new Static Tongues label, they dropped by the Jimmy Fallon show last night to perform the new song “Polish Girl”.  With stunning assistance from The Creators Project’s, known for their art at Coachella, the performance also included a visual installation that is better experienced than explained.  We are hoping and planning on getting to interview Alan at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.  Below is the commercial for the PAL198x, the Fallon performance, and the new music video for their single, followed by tour dates:

Neon Indian – Step Into the World With Your PAL198X from Neon Indian on Vimeo.

Neon Indian 2011 Tour Dates:
09/03 Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival
09/15 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
09/16 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
09/17 Carrboro, NC @ Local 506
09/19 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
09/20 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *
09/21 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
09/23 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
09/24 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
09/26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
09/27 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern *
09/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *
10/01 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop *^
10/03 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
10/04 Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
10/05 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe *
10/07 Boise, ID @ Reef *^
10/08 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *^
10/10 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
10/12 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar *^
10/13 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *^
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *^
10/15 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *^
10/16 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *^
10/18 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *^
10/19 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *^
10/20 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall ^
10/21 New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^
11/05 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
* = w/ Com Truise
^ = w/ Purity Ring

Episode 94: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.

posted September 13, 2011, 4:19 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Podcast | comment 2 Comments

Tags: The Chameleons

Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions Podcast of the Week. This week is my first podcast, so I thought I’d give you something old, something new, something borrowed and of course, something blue. Enjoy…

1. Josh White – “Uncle Sam Says”
2. Strands of Oak – “Daniel’s Blues”
3. Pickering Pick – “Egypt”
4. The Chameleons – “Monkeyland”
5. Adorable – “Sunshine Smile”
6. The Bardots – “Sad Anne”
7. Hildegard von Bingen – “O Ecclesia”

Sunday’s Best: Led Zeppelin

posted September 11, 2011, 12:09 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Sunday's Best | comment 7 Comments

Tags: Led Zeppelin, Sunday's Best

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves. Which album not only set the artist atop of the industry, but stapled them in as musical gods.

Vote on all of our Sunday’s Best

Had there been a more prominent indie world, our guts tell us, Led Zeppelin had to fight it for a bit. Kings Of Classic Rock… what’s your favorite Zep release?

What is your favorite Led Zeppelin album?

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Video Of The Week: Toro Y Moi – How I Know

posted September 9, 2011, 11:02 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Toro Y Moi, Underneath The Pine, Freaking Out

Without doubt,  Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) is one of the most uniquely talented and creative young musicians on the rise.  Quickly emerging as a buzzworthy favorite among both fans and critics alike,  the young producer/performer has been linked to the chillwave movement.  Even though his 2nd full release, Underneath The Pine, was released in February, Toro also has a new EP, Freaking Out,  coming out next week.  One of his songs, “Still Sounds”, was recently used in the season premiere episode of HBO’s 8th and final season of Entourage.

Like most great artists, Chaz frowns at having to be confined to any one area.  Refusing to be limited to only music, the Filipino from South Carolina is taking is music video status to the next level.  This spooky short film set to psychedelic soundtrack is a haunting visual assault on your senses.  Check out the twin ghosts, and no I am not referring to The Shining movie.  He is currently touring the United States this fall, and is definitely worth checking out live.

Episode 93: Top 10 Indie Picks of ACL 2011

posted September 6, 2011, 1:23 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Podcast | comment 5 Comments

Tags: ACL 2011, ACL, It's A Corporate World, The Head and The Heart, Young the Giant, Mine is Yours, Cults, AWOLNATION, Cold War Kids, Young The Giant, Skrillex, The Head and The Heart

Written by Benjy Oliver
Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions Podcast of the Week.  Who doesn’t love a music festival, right?  It’s all the best parts of a concert–music, friends, alcohol and drugs…just lots and lots more of them!  Each year, more and more of them are popping up all over the place.  As you probably already know,  Austin City Limits festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary September 16–18.  Gaining it’s name from the famous live music TV show, it is produced by C3 Presents, who are also the brains and beauty behind Lollapalooza.

No matter how bad the U.S. economy might be doing, there are always certain things you can depend on.  We will always spend money on food, electronics, vacations, and music.  And you can certainly count on the festival scene to not only continue, but to expand and grow.  Austin City Limits happens in the Texas state capital every fall, and sells out faster and faster each year. This year some of the scheduled performers include Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, TV On The Radio, Kanye West, Chromeo, and Foster The People..

One of the best reasons to go is to discover new music! Anyone who Read more

Sunday’s Best: Blue October

posted September 4, 2011, 10:52 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Sunday's Best | comment 6 Comments

Tags: Blue October, Foiled, Any Man In America

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves. Which album not only set the artist atop of the industry, but stapled them in as musical gods.

This week, we take on Blue October

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What is your favorite Blue October album?

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Video Of The Week: Willie Nelson – Back To The Start

posted September 2, 2011, 7:57 am by dscanland | Filed Under Video | comment 1 Comment

Tags: Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Back To The Start, Chipotle

This week’s pick is a little political or social but still a great song redone by a legend. Check out Willie Nelson’s haunting cover of Coldplay’s Back To The Start.

Recs from Samiam

posted August 31, 2011, 7:21 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Samiam, Trips

Samiam is back, and back with a vengenance. They seem to have something to prove. Their highly anticipated new full-length recording Trips, their 8th, will be released on Sept 6, 2011. Here are 5 favorite music picks from bassist Sean Kennerly:

CastlemaniaThee Oh Sees
John Dwyer channeled a death obsessed mountain troll for this perfectly fried and bizarre little album from 2011. Dwyer reinvents himself every six months and somehow it’s always a totally different version of bad ass. Also Thee Oh Sees are currently the best live band in the world.

King Kahn and the ShrinesWhat Is?!
The first time I heard this, I thought every song was a cover of some obscure 60′s garage Motown gem I couldn’t quite place. Then I realized the songs are formally perfect period pieces, as though Mr. Kahn had slipped inside Otis Redding’s cadaver and brought it to life for reals and it was cool without any shades of necrophilia, just something you do for fun. Another great live band.

Sagor & SwingOrgelfärger
I can’t remember who gave me this simple and lovely Swedish synth folk band’s album, but thank you! I thought they must be really popular over there until I watched some YouTube clips of them playing in nearly empty outdoor park amphitheaters. Still, they capture a feeling with their simple little melodies that sound so sincere even though they’re synthesizers.

Indian JewelryFree Gold!
The best album by this warped Houston psych damage band. They rival the Butthole Surfers at moments but are really more of an awesome weird-feeling atmosphere band (instead of the full game changing brilliance of the fucking Butthole Surfers – hands down the greatest live band ever).

Mel TorméCrown Collector Series The very best of the Velvet Fog – Jesus Christ this guy is smooth! Way to lay back on it, Mel.

Tour Review: Peter, Bjorn and John

posted August 31, 2011, 11:02 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Bjorn and John, Gimme Some, Peter

If you told me a couple years ago that I would be raving about a pop band from Sweden, I would have thought you were crazy.  Yet that is exactly what has happened.   It probably shouldn’t be that shocking, considering the other great music being exported from country lately, like Miike Snow and Little Dragon.   I was late to the Peter Bjorn and John party, I discovered them randomly on Pandora in late 2009.   I have been a fan ever since.   So obviously I jumped at my first chance to see them coming live.  I was able to catch their show at the beginning of summer, supporting their latest release from this year, Gimme Some. Read more

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