Check out this slowed down version of Jingle Bell Rock by Atlanta’s own, Death On Two Wheels. It’s quite perfect if you ask me.
If you know me, you know that my latest obsession is Local Natives. I love them. Mustache, beards, cute curly hair and all.
Anyway, so the music. Their music is fantastic. I mean if you like awesome music with three-part harmonies, percussion blasts and thoughtful lyrics, you’ll definitely like Local Natives. Their debut record, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenchkiss Records and you need to buy it. Go!
On Saturday, May 1, I was lucky enough to catch these incredible dudes, who hail from Silverlake, CA, twice when they stopped in Atlanta. Once at Criminal Records in Little Five Points and then later that night at The Masquerade. Both shows were amazing. The unplugged acoustic in-store was crowded and intimate. They played the popular Airplanes, Sun Hands, Wide Eyes and my personal favorite, a cover of the Talking Heads‘ song Warning Sign. And of course because they are super nice, they stuck around, signed autographs and chatted with some fans before heading down the street to The Masquerade.
That night at The Masquerade, they played to a packed house downstairs in the area of the venue known as “Hell”. Again, very intimate and very crowded, but in a good way. The only complaint I have is the crowd was rather dead. I felt like my group of friends and me were the only people moving. Especially during Suckers (follow them on Twitter and give them a thumbs up on Facebook), the opening act from Brooklyn, NY. Maybe everyone was just in awe of these two really fantastic bands, who knows? Needless to say the show didn’t let me down. They put on such an incredible show and are such nice guys (I can’t say that enough, they are SO nice!). Both bands hung out with fans after the Masquerade show, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Side note, Suckers is releasing their debut, Wild Smile, in June. It’s going to awesome!
Seriously, you have to at least check out Local Natives. You can catch them in a city near you on this current tour, check their website or Myspace for dates. They will also be at Bonnaroo (June 10-13). I know I’ll make an effort to see them again as soon as possible, you should as well!
Pst… follow Local Natives on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook if you know what’s good for you.
And if you don’t believe me when I say, “This band is great!” Just give them a listen, this song is also a favorite of mine.
Who Knows, Who Cares
Okay so, M.I.A. is suppose to have a new album out this summer. If this is a taste, I guarantee you its going to be AMAZING!
Check it out and listen:
New M.I.A. on Pitchfork.
I think it’s awesome and I’m sure you will as well.
Alright, so I love Rancid. I really love Rancid. And I really love Vampire Weekend. When the two are put together, it just makes it that much better. I’m not too sure how I didn’t know about this until about 20 minutes ago, but nonetheless here it is. Vampire Weekend doing a fantastic cover of one or my favorite Rancid songs, ‘Ruby Soho’.
Ruby Soho (Rancid Cover)
You can get a link to the download from Abeano music blog.
But wait, there’s more! Vampire Weekend has also released a music video for “Giving Up The Gun”. The video is directed by The Malloys and features cameos from Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil’ Jon and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.
I can’t believe I am just now posting something about this. Anyway, Sasquatch Festival in Washington state is going to be so awesome. I want to go so bad, but I live on the other side of the country and I’m broke. If you have the means or live in or near Quincy, WA, you need to go. And then report back on how freaking awesome it was.
So without further ado, the line up:
My Morning Jacket
Pavement << FAVORITE!
Vampire Weekend << They will be in Atlanta in April at the Tabernacle.
Band of Horses
The National <<
LCD Soundsystem <<
Tegan & Sara
Broken Social Scene
Passion Pit <<
She & Him << Will be in Savannah next month.
Public Enemy <<
Nada Surf <<
The New Pornographers <<
The Hold Steady <<
The xx << SO GOOD! They’ll also be in Atlanta next month!
Drive By Truckers
Kid Cudi << Huge crush!
The Long Winters
Minus the Bear
The Mountain Goats
Camera Obscura << LOVE THEM! Saw them at the 40 Watt. Check out my photos!
Simian Mobile Disco
City & Colour
The Temper Trap
Portugal. The Man
Girls << LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They just did an in-store @ Criminal Records and played The EARL.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros <<
The Lonely Forest
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Low Anthem
The Very Best <<
Neon Indian <<
The Tallest Man on Earth
Mumford & Sons
The Middle East <<
Local Natives <<
Garfunkel & Oates << HILARIOUS!
…and more to come!
So tickets are $70 for a single day (Feb. 20-May 23), per day and discounted 3-day passes are $170 (only available through Sunday, Feb. 21 at midnight. You better get ‘em fast!). Tickets go on sale at this rate on Saturday, Feb. 20. Single day tickets go up to $80 a day on May 24 until May 28. And the day of the show, single day tickets are $86 per day.
Follow Sasquatch Festival on Twitter and be their fan on Facebook!
Live at the fabulous 40 Watt in Athens, GA on 12/3/09
This was the first time ever seeing these bands live for me and it was incredible. Honestly, if you don’t listen to these bands already you need to get on that. Everything about these three bands is beautiful. You will not be disappointed.
And check out my Youtube page for a video of Camera Obscura and Papercuts. They aren’t fantastic quality and I’m dancing during the Camera Obscura one, so, it’s a little jumpy. The link is at the top right hand of this page.
So many cool things are happening this weekend.
If you live in the Savannah, GA area or have the means to get there go to the Savannah Record and Zine Fair. It’s this Saturday, October 24th from 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. The location is at the Oglethorpe House Ballroom, 201 W. Oglethorpe Ave. It is hosted by SCAD Radio and District.
From their website:
Dealers from around the Southeast will offer vinyl, CDs, DVDs and music memorabilia. This year the record fair has expanded to include comics, ‘zines and other independent publications. Admission is free and open to the public. Use the form below to begin the vendor registration process. If you are more interested in the Zine fair aspect of the event, use the registration form here. For more information, contact Kim Herrington at email@example.com or 912-525-5502.
There is more info on the website for the fair so go and check it out.
Analog Apartment also has info regarding the fair.
And follow them on Twitter! Also check out their Facebook event which is linked on their website.
Pretty much every music and film outlet is buzzing about this festival. I, unfortunately, do not live in New York nor do I have the means of getting there, but this seems really cool and I feel its worth mentioning.
Its not only worth mentioning because it is awesome, but the rocking DJ Scott Durday is spinning at this really spectacular festival. You know Scott from all of The Soundmen remixes. He sent me an email saying that he will be DJing the Canteen’s Showcase this weekend. It is a new venure at the Southstreet Seaport. He invite people that “want to hear great music and rock out with a killer view.” He will be there Friday evening starting at 8 pm, Brett Saxon and HERE will be performing along with multiple sets by Durday before and after. Then on Saturday he says that “the event really gets rolling with Mike Falzone, Moses, Tammy Infusino and Members Only playing” as well as sets from Durday in between and after. These events are sponsered by The Green Room, NYC’s best surf brand, and Branded Baron. He concludes by telling me that tons of drink specials and fun is to be had.
There is an insanely long list of bands going to be there, too many to list. Here is a link to that page. Some bands that caught my eye are Crystal Antlers, Turbo Fruits, The Antlers, The Depreciation Guild, Deer Tick, Japandroids, The Selmanaires and The Very Best, to name a few. Honestly the list is huge, so definitely go look at it if you plan on going and check out the schedule, too.
This is also a film festival so they will be showing some amazing independent films through out the week as well at various locations around the city. You should definitely hit that up if you have a chance.
This just a really cool way for new and old acts in the independent arena to get out there. So go if you can, I feel that you will not be disappointed.
The festival started yesterday (Tuesday 10/20) and goes through Saturday (10/24). Go check it out if you can, it sounds really awesome and I am insanely jealous of anyone that has the ability to make it out! And if you can’t make it then check out Brooklyn Vegan and Paste Magazine for the best updates on everything that is going on at CMJ.
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Track Listing is as follows:
The Very Best > Yalira
Rain Machine > Give Blood
The Dodos > Fables
Girls > Laura
Princeton > Calypso Gold
El Perro Del Mar > Change of Heart
Pastels & Tenniscoats > Vivid Youth
The XX > Basic Space
Le Loup > Beach Town
Washed Out > Feel It All Around
White Denim > I Start To Run
No Age > You’re a Target
A Place to Bury Strangers > In Your Heart
The Depreciation Guild > Sky Ghosts
Vivian Girls > When I’m Gone
Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros > Home
Turbo Fruits > Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain
Free Energy > Free Energy
The Big Pink > Dominos
Islands > No You Don’t
Darlings > Eviction Pary
The Spinto Band > Jackhammer
Apache Beat > Tropics
Cass McCombs > Dreams Come True Girl
Kurt Vile > Overnite Religion
This mix is truly their best yet.
Download it. NOW!
New or old, they still sound good to me.
MIA – Hombre
Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Lights Featuring Gucci Mane
Both of these songs are are great to begin with, but The Soundmen make them that much better.
Great dance tracks. Check ‘em out and download ‘em (Click on the song titles).
Seriously, you won’t be disappointed.
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