Keeping with their longstanding tradition, Freelance Whales put on one helluva show last night. Having just released their latest and greatest album, Diluvia (streaming here), they were very eager to play the new stuff. What’s great about watching these guys is witnessing each member spend equal amounts of time on every instrument on stage, from the banjo in one song to the xylophone on the next. And with a sprinkle of Weathervanes tunes played throughout the night, their set was stellar. Opening the night was Newdust faves Geographer, who, needless to say, were fantastic. I’ll let the videos do the rest of the talking; above is Freelance Whales’ performing one of their new tracks, “Land Features”, and below is Geographer opening their set with “Lover’s Game” from their latest album Myth.
Alex Wong has had his creative hands in the works of many musical endeavors over the last decade. He’s been producing, mixing, arranging, recording, engineering, & even singing in over a dozen albums & soundtracks. I’m a big fan of The Paper Raincoat, a charming folk dream-pop musical experience, and the brainchild of Alex & Amber Rubarth, an artist he’s worked with in the past. Here’s a live recording of “Brooklyn Blurs”, off their debut self-titled, from the Luxury Wafers Sessions .
“Woah” was the first word out of my mouth after hearing this unbelievable string-quintet reinvention of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Originally featured on MADE, the cover intertwines the creative efforts of singer & songwriter Aloe Blacc, violinist & composer Mihalj “Miki” Kekenj, and painter Jaybo to bring together this audible and visual masterpiece.
I am a huge fan of lo-fi beat wiz Wise Blood. So duh… I was very excited to see him play at the Dovecote Records showcase at SXSW. WB played with a full band which I believe is a relatively new thing. I am happy to say WB lived up to the hype. The sound was huge and you could instantly tell that he was having a blast (several bands at SXSW looked miserable.) He burned through his ten minute EP ‘+’ in nine minutes, which left plenty of room for new songs, breakdowns and other embellishments. Sometimes with buzz band/lo-fi acts dudes are too neurotic or too worried about being cool to fully let go. Not the case for Wise Blood, his music has the feel of bedroom pop, but the energy of a hip-hop show.
Check out the live video from the Windish SXSW Party above, tour dates here, and his latest single “Loud Mouths”. Enjoy!
Here’s some fantastic psych-alt folk rock to get you through the rest of the week: In Tall Buildings‘ (aka Erik Hall) latest self-titled album, with a damn fine live performance of “The Way To A Monster’s Lair” recorded by Giant System Chicago. Also, here’s the album’s recording of the tune, along with track 7, “Suitor.” Grab the LP or CD here and be sure to check them out on March 11th at Denton TX’s 35 Conferette Music Festival.
Click here to see more photos from the show (mad props to Sarah for getting some really great shots for us)
The newly renovated Kessler Theater provided the perfect backdrop on October 9th for an amazing evening of music and all around good times, as it was the first show of The Morning Benders final stint of touring for their latest release, Big Echo. Joining them this time around and starting things off were Cults, who did a great job of setting the tone for the evening with their 60′s garage-rock infused indie-pop. You can download their debut self-titled 7″ on their bandcamp page. Next up was Twin Sister, and I must say I was absolutely blown away by them. Their stage presence was perfection, and their tunes were downright palpable. Towards the end of their set they performed a great cover of La Bionda’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” that was an instant crowd favorite. And to end the evening off as the anticipation of their arrival began to rise heavily amongst the die hard fans of the crowd, The Morning Benders took the stage and delivered a solid set of chorus driven pop gems. Their encore consisted of a new song called “Virgins”, of which you can check out a nice live video from La Blogethequehere. Overall this was a really great show, and I highly recommend you try to catch this tour on one of it’s many stops from now through January.
Check out the official tour dates at The Morning Benders website, and you can check out more live photos from the Dallas show here.
I did a post on Sea of Bees just over a year ago on her Bee Eee Pee and she has resurfaced again with some live videos courtesy of Dirty Laundry to support their latest album Songs For The Raven. I am always completely captivated by Julie Ann Bee’s voice and songwriting capabilities, and I would even go as far as saying that she is one of the better singer/songwriters of the last decade. There I said it, it’s out there. Mad props to Dirty Laundry for capturing this live session, and you can check out the video for “Wizbot” here.