Saw Joy Formidable last week, pretty killer show. I must be getting older though because the last two trips to the Neptune I’ve felt like I needed earplugs. Crazy kids with their rock music.
April 3, 2013 by Dave
February 23, 2013 by Dave
Added a few more songs inspired why the recent live music (Helio Sequence & Talkdemonic) and a friend of mine who suggested ∆ (Alt-J).
∆’s (pronounced “alt j”) name comes from the keyboard shortcut “Alt-J” on Mac OSX that creates the Delta symbol. They’ve been a long time in them making having formed in 2007 with their self titled debut EP “∆” being released in 2011 and their debut full length album “An Awesome Wave” dropping on 2012. You can find them (Track: Buffalo) in the soundtrack of Oscar nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook” produced by Danny Elfman. The song that’s been added to this playlist is “Breezeblocks” which was their second single that is based on Maurice Sendak’s book “Where the Wild Things Are”. Definitely a fan.
February 22, 2013 by Dave
Talkdemonic opened the night showing off the band’s new line up having added two more members. they’ve certainly come a long way since we last talked about them: http://addicted2shows.com/2011/07/05/sasquatch-through-the-lens-of-dave/#more-2834. The added bassist and keyboardist created a much more full sound that Lisa Molinaro could lay her viola melodies over and it was those moments that the show really took off.
Helio Sequence, hailing from Beaverton Oregon, threw down an incredible set at the Neptune Sunday night bringing their recent tour to a close. Both Helio Sequence and Talkdemonic have drummers that are way too much fun to watch. Weikel’s facial expressions while drumming changed almost as quickly as his complex rythms. The appropriately named Harmonica Song definitely got the crowd going with Summers busted out his harmonica over Weikel’s beats.
As the show was coming to a close we were treated to a surprise collaboration of Helio Sequence and Shabazz Palaces who had been touring with them for the grand majority of the time. (Both groups signed to Subpop)
February 19, 2013 by Dave
I’d like to launch a playlist project “Digital Oddio” with a couple tracks that have caught my attention lately.
Kicking it off is a track from “The Heavy”, an indie rock group from Bath England with some great soul and blues influences. “Short Change Hero” was featured recently in Borderlands 2 as the theme to the cut scene that opens up the game and it’ll fill the same role in this playlist.
Following “The Heavy” we have a song from “Self” called “Trunk fulla amps”. Self is largely composed of one man, a multi-instrumentalist named Matt Mahaffee and the track he put together is filled with homages to a lot different artists ranging from Glen Danzig to Freddy Mercury.
To end this post I’m throwing in “Bit by Bit” by “Mother Mother” a group from Quadra Island off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. I really dig the energy of this piece driven by powerful vocals out of brother/sister Ryan and Molly Guldemond.
More tracks to come.
April 13, 2012 by A2S
The minimal and downbeat electronic undulating mixed with lo-fi guitar and a Karen-O like female vocalist on this track “Wait” from London’s quickly ascending star Airhead (aka Rob McAndrews) is magical. It only takes a few seconds to find yourself completely enraptured. It’s stunning. Breathtaking. Awe-inspiring, rocking you involuntarily like a puppet to its beats.
If you hear the James Blake connection, it’s no accident. They went to school together and have always written and performed together. “He’s one of my closest friends and an incredible musician to work alongside,” says McAndrews.
Wait/South Congress was released as a ten-inch single on 3/19, their first release on R&S Records. Their debut album will follow later this year and I’m anxiously waiting.
April 10, 2012 by A2S
My love for indie pop guy/girl duets runs deep. I can’t say that Austin’s Wild Child is the most original, but they’re charming, catchy, and adorable. They have a Slow Club vibe in the sense that the melody is happy, but the tone is sad. Their video here “Pillow Talk” depicts a sweet, dream-like work a la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
This is the title track from their debut album released last October on Major Nation Records. Not sure why their just starting to surface, but I’m curious to see what else this band brings and if they can continue to charm!
April 5, 2012 by A2S
Upbeat indie pop from London, Laurel Collective is groovy, noisy, and uber-cool. They signed with an offshoot of Domino Records, Double Six, in their infancy. A sensational introduction to the band with “They Hate Me,” I’m dying to see what these guys come up with on their upcoming debut via Tape Club/Believe.
Aside from working on their own music, they also do their part to foster the indie scene. Apparently they host a now-famous secret festival in a remotely-located forest (called In the Woods), which has featured the likes of Micachu and the Shapes, The Invisible, Pete and the Pirates, and Anna Calvi on the bill. They also hosted a regular night called ‘Hindenburg Mile-High Club’ for a short time in London.
Seems like I should have heard of these guys by now. Have you?
April 2, 2012 by A2S
Yes, I now that I’m late on this. But I’m sharing anyway. This sextet indie-folk band from Garðabær, Iceland is extremely talented. As are most bands that are able to make it onto the international scene out of the oblivion that is the icy north. Love it!
March 8, 2012 by Aron
Chances are if you haven’t had your ear to the ground real close in Texas you haven’t heard of Possessed by Paul James. But that’s okay, because there is still plenty of time to get lost in his music. Feed the Family, the latest album from PPJ, is full of emotional and lyrical complexity that’s balanced perfectly with his exuberant style of strumming.
Konrad Wert, the one man band that is Possessed by Paul James, doesn’t bother with any of the pretenses popular in a lot of today’s music. He just steps up to the mic, picks up his instrument, and goes. This can’t be more exemplified than in “Take off your Mask”, the eighth song of the album. He sings, a guttural vibrato echoed in this guitar, about a dangerous liaison with a married women, and the bitterness of being interrupted by her husband. The recording is a sloppy perfection, picking up every single excited holler and exuberant tap of his foot, reminiscent of the days when bluesmen had to play through their mistakes. These aren’t mistakes though. The little “imperfections” are exactly what makes Possessed by Paul James the answer to my prayers. In a day when music en mass is stripped down in digital perfection, it’s refreshing to see an artist so possessed by his own music he can’t help but tap, holler, or yell in the middle of a take.
If I haven’t made it clear yet, you need to listen to this album. You will be the better for it.