Friday, April 07, 2006

Old Sufjan is the New Sufjan

Stereogum reports that the next Sufjan album will be an outtake album of tracks that didn't make it onto what was originally planned as the Illinois double album.

I don't know about you, but as much as I like Illinois, I get a little weary of listening once 'Tallest Man, Broadest Shoulders' gets about halfway through.

Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche [from Trees Lounge]

What would you name the Texas album?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I'm Back, Suckas

Yep. It only took me 2 1/2 weeks to get over jetlag/wedding planning insanity/remorse from missing the Beasties, Flaming Lips, Midlake, Brothers & Sisters, Jenny Lewis, Peter & the Wolf, and Deathcab/Franz Ferdinand in Austin. Not bad. Anyhow I'm back, and I'm coming back ready.

I have pics from Sunday night's Amanda Leggett show at Ego's, and a few recommends for the Wall of Sound fest that I'll be attending on Saturday in Ft. Worth, with Dan, who's in this band Washing Machine [review here]

Wall of Sound Recommendations [Sat. only]:
12:30 pm Amanda Leggett
5:00 Doug Burr
5:30 The Black Angels
6:30 Knife in the Water
7:00 Comet
8:00 AM Syndicate
9:00 Midlake
9:30 Mazinga Phazer II
10:10 Dave Bazan
12:30 Low
2:00am Go to Sleep

The Amanda Leggett show Ego's on Sunday did not disappoint at all, and I'm looking forward to seeing her again at Wall of Sound. Her new pedal steel player was also working a smoke machine, which added this eerie effect to certain songs.

I missed you! Any other bands on the suggested list above you would add/delete?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

So X So What

Being an Austin musicblogger, it's a mortal sin to be out of town this week. It's SXSW and I'm sure the town is abuzz with music glitterati of all sorts, and I'm missing it.

Forgive me, but I'm in Asia, and I proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes. That's going to have to win out over SXSW this year. Put me in musicblog timeout, if you must, but let Gorilla Vs. Bear or Stereogum or Austinist guide you home this week. Uncle Paul will be back next week.

And I don't want to hear it about March Madness either.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Natalie Portman, Gangsta Rappa

beep. bop. boop. has this hilarious new video from Saturday Night Live, the same guys who brought you Lazy Sunday [and who spawned numerous Ripoffs [real player needed]. Enjoy.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Alex Dupree on NPR! has a great story about a great Austin band, Alex Dupree and the Trapdoor Band.

My roommate Brett has been talking these guys up to me for a while now, and with good reason.

They'll be playing SXSW on March at the 29th St. Co-op, so check it out if you're around the ATX for the circus. If you're a regular Austinite, catch them at the Parish on March 2.

Samples to come...???

Sunday, February 26, 2006

I'm the worst blogger ever...

...but then again, you're reading. Aren't you, sucker?

I've been absent because my mind just isn't in the blogosphere lately. But I'm back, to update you on stuff you should be listening to, if nothing else.

Lately, I've been so busy [and broke] that if it ain't on emusic, I ain't getting it. But there's a ton of stuff on emusic, so I'm alright. Some of the stuff I've been listening to the most lately are the most recent Deerhoof, Cat Power, the National, and the AWESOME Destroyer's Rubys.

But I had been wanting Jenny Lewis' album 'Rabbit Fur Coat', and couldn't get it on the cheap. Until now. Her record label, Team Love has put her entire album [except for the Traveling Wilbury's cover] online for free download.

You're welcome. Enjoy.

Download 'Rabbit Fur Coat'

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New-ish Midlake

I think this has been out for a while, but I just came across Midlake's 'Balloon Maker EP' on eMusic the other day, and it has two new non-album tracks that I'm loving. The alternate take of 'The Jungler' is a lot more menacing than the album version, but the other song, 'Mornings Will Be Kind' is a lot more playful than most of the Bamnan stuff. Both are highly recommended. Enjoy.

Midlake - The Jungler [alternate take] [follow links]
Midlake - Mornings Will Be Kind [follow links]