Sunday, April 25, 2010

New video from September 29th: "Downstairs Upstairs"

My good friend September 29th posted a lovely video for her song "Downstairs Upstairs." It has a really chill, summery feel to it. Check it out:

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Vision of a Dying World: video, songs

It's Friday, and it's time for something a little different. The Vision of a Dying World, founded in Las Vegas, is a project led by  musician Jackson Nathan Milgaten. His sound can be described as alt-country/psych folk, and it's quite compelling. Here's Jackson performing "Mantra," off his EP I Will Not Fear What I Don't Understand. It starts off slowly and steadily, but the middle hooks the listener:



He also performs in The Paddle Boat. They're on tour right now, and you can view their shows here.

More from The Vision of a Dying World:

"Do I Have to Stay"

"Mantra"

His next show:

May 21 2010, 8:00 pm
The Che Cafe W/ Sean (AJJ) & Jehova’s Fitness
La Jolla, California

If it's something you're interested in, click here to buy the album.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Housekeeping stuff, and how to contact

I joined MOG, so I will be tinkering with the layout a bit to add the extra banner and stuff they require. You can also follow my Twitter (@kilexia) for music-related thoughts and retweets, as well as links to new blog posts. You can send any tips there or to my e-mail (kilexia at gmail.com) as usual.

If you want to trade links to your blog, send me an e-mail or a tweet. Thanks!

New shows for How I Became the Bomb

How I Became the Bomb posted some new shows for next month:

May 6, 2010 Slims Downtown - Raleigh, NC
May 7, 2010 Plaza Bowl - Richmond, VA
May 8, 2010 The Boot - Norfolk, VA
May 15, 2010 Ashville Art Museum Fanaticon! - Ashville, NC
May 15, 2010 The Boiler Room Fanaticon after party! With the Falcon Lords. - Ashville, NC
May 27, 2010 The Eighty Five With the Falcon Lords. - Columbus, GA
May 29, 2010 JJ's Bohemia With the Falcon Lords. - Chattanooga, TN

Friday, April 16, 2010

EP Review: Quiet Company, "Songs for Staying In"

 Songs for Staying In (****1/2)

After three releases, you begin to know a band. This EP marks the third outing from Quiet Company, indie rockers from Austin, TX, and you can tell they're working as hard as ever. It's full of catchy songs; it's romantic, it's celebratory, it's glorious.

In fact, it's hard to pick out individual parts to critique--everything blends together so smoothly, I feel like it would be missing the point to do so. So I'll just give a brief rundown of the songs, and point out some highlights:

"How Do You Do It?" may be the band's most fun song yet, from the repeating line "How do you do it, you're always on top?" to its cascading outro. "Things You Already Know" has an interesting muted effect on the verses, and includes perhaps the best use of a kazoo in an indie rock song yet. (Is that a Grammy category? Do they take nominations?)

"Hold My Head Above the Water" features whistles and strummed guitar, with a duet by vocalist Taylor Muse and his wife, and lovely echoing effects toward the end. However, I think the star of the album is "Jezebel," with its raw, emotive vocals punctuated by soft piano melodies, and then flourished by lovely guitar work.

"If You Want" is reminiscent of the band's earlier songs, especially the callback about a "nation of two." It's earnest and fun, with plenty of energy, and is a total celebration of marriage. "The Biblical Sense of the Word" also has a crashing, go-out-blazing ending that I've only seen The Shins pull off with as much skill. On the whole? Two thumbs way, way up; this is an album you'll want to put on repeat again and again.

Songs For Staying In is currently available at Quiet Company's web site. You can also listen to some of the tracks there, and see a new video about the album every Monday. Their CD release party is with The Rocketboys in Austin, TX on May 7th.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Antlers announce new tour, live webcast

The Antlers just announced a new North American tour with Phantogram, then a tour with The National in Europe. There's also going to be a live webcast of their show at In Vino on Sunday, 8pm EST. Dates are below, and check out their web site for more info.

The band is promoting their album Hospice, which has earned numerous accolades. Here's their performance of "Kettering," a heartbreaking but skillfully written song:



Tour:

04-08 Stony Brook, NY – Stony Brook University
04-11 New York, NY – In Vino Wine Bar
04-16 Columbus, OH  – The Basement ^
04-17 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club ^
04-18 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon ^
04-20 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre ^
04-21 Iowa City, IA – The Blue Moose ^
04-22 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall ^
04-23 Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig ^
04-24 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Co. ^
04-26 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^
04-28 San Diego, CA – Casbah ^
04-29 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar ^
04-30 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour ^
05-01 San Francisco, CA – Independent ^
05-03 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge ^
05-04 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret ^
05-05 Seattle, WA – Live on KEXP 12pm PST
05-05 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s ^  
05-19 London, UK – Scala
05-20 Salford, UK – St. Phillips Church
05-21 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

05-22 Glasgow, UK – Stag and Dagger Festival
05-24 Dublin, Ireland – Academy
05-25 Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso
05-27 Dudingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn Kilbi
05-29 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival        
06-02 Boston, MA – House of Blues #
06-03 Boston, MA – House of Blues #
06-04 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory #
06-05 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory #
06-06 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall #
06-08 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall #
06-09 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall #
06-16 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall #
07-01 Tromoy, Norway – Hove Festival
08-06 to 08-08 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
09-10 Isle of Wight, UK – Bestival
09-12 Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival

* w/ Editors

^ w/ Phantogram

# w/ The National

The Autumn Film announce tour dates

Lots of tour dates are being released left and right from some great bands, and I'll be posting a few over the next few days (as well as working on an album review for Quiet Company's latest EP). Here are dates from The Autumn Film, who are promoting their new album The Ship and the Sea, which you can listen to on their web site all week.

Mojo's
Columbia, MO
04/14/2010
8:30pm
w/ Jaguar Shark
$5 tickets!
Doors 8:30PM, show at 9:30pm


The Walnut Room
Denver, CO
04/30/2010
7:30pm
w/ Sleeping at Last, Jeremy Larsen
Tickets available online for $9/$12 Day of Show.
Order Here!
Doors at 7:30pm, show start at 8pm
21+


Everyday Joe's
Ft. Collins, CO
05/01/2010
6:00pm
w/ Sleeping at Last, Jeremy Larsen
$10 advance/$12 Day of Show
Order Here!
All Ages
Doors 6:00pm

Show Start 7:00pm

Sail Inn
Tempe, AZ
05/07/2010
8:00pm
w/ Nobility Obliged
21+
Show starts at 8pm

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tomorrow Midnight releases new track, "Levels"

Tomorrow Midnight is a NY indie rock band comprised of Hiro Williams (vocals, bass), Judson Winquist (guitar), and Evan Cooney of Flight Crash Companion (drums). They just released "Levels," their latest single, and are leaving it up to the listeners to set their own price to download it.

They also have other songs available for purchase on their profile at Bandcamp, and you can become a fan of their page on Facebook to keep up with new releases. I love the smashing opening and heavy drums in "Levels," and the strong delivery of the vocals reminds me of early stuff from The Killers. Check it out:

<a href="http://tomorrowmidnight.bandcamp.com/track/levels">Levels by Tomorrow Midnight</a>

Names announces new EP: "Paint"


Names will release their new EP, Paint, on April 20 on iTunes, and they've scheduled a release party for the same day at Lux in Vancouver. The album's name was inspired by the artists who create paintings for the band.

The electro-pop band creates such a full amount amount of sound, it may be surprising that they're quite minimalistic in their instrumentation. For instance, their live recording of "Monome Jam" shows them create a lush song with only vocals and a monome:



For more information, check out their web site or follow their Twitter (@Namesmusic).

Friday, April 2, 2010

Quiet Company announce new EP

Quiet Company is officially releasing their new EP, Songs for Staying In, on May 11, but it's available now for download if you pre-order the CD ($8, includes shipping). Their release show is May 7, and they will be sharing a new song and video on their site every week until the release.

Their previous albums, Shine Honesty and Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon, were two big favorites of mine (you can read my review of the second album here) and I already know I'll love the album from the track listing they released:

1. HOW DO YOU DO IT
2. THINGS YOU ALREADY KNOW
3. HOLD MY HEAD ABOVE THE WATER
4. JEZEBEL OR "A SONG ABOUT MY FRIEND AND THAT WHORE HE DATED"
5. IF YOU WANT
6. THE BIBLICAL SENSE OF THE WORD

You can check out the band's web site for more info or to see the first video, or check their Twitter for updates.