Music Monday: Astronautalis

astronautalis

local artist to: seattle washington

riyl: electric president, indie-rock-rapping, radical face

etc: his improv songs at the end of his set are impressive. check him out at sxsw 2011!

it was only after having chosen the name astronautalis for himself while in high school in jacksonville, florida, that the rapper (born andy bothwell) began to make himself heard in the local circuit, winning battles and competing at the scribble jam. though he was known for his witty freestyling, astronautalis’ musical influences and interests fell outside the hip-hop realm, as well, and he performed on the Warped Tour for three years. It was his rhyming, however, that he pursued while studying theater at college in dallas, and in 2003 he self-released his debut, you and yer good ideas (which was sold only at his live shows), with production help from friend and fellow musician ben cooper (from radical face). It wasn’t until two years later that the album was picked up by orlando-based fighting records (who signed him after seeing him perform), which reissued it and then in 2006 released his follow-up, mighty ocean and nine dark theaters, a record that found astronautalis moving away from rapping and more toward shoegazer-inspired indie rock. from last.fm

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Music Monday: The Bears of Blue River

the bears of blue river

local artists to: chicago illinois

riyl: margot and the nuclear so and so’s, folk rock, edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros

etc: they are playing sxsw next month and are on my must see list!

the bears of blue river are friends with day jobs who that began gathering in the evenings to make silly noises in a dilapidated old apartment with wooden floors. soon they found themselves playing folk diddies dressed up with some bop about them. their roots define them as hoosiers but currently they are split between chicago, indianapolis, and muncie. they are simple folks but with one request…. share the bear!  from last.fm

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Music Monday: The Lemurs

the lemurs

local artist to: austin texas

riyl: indie rock, golden bear, what made milwaukee famous

etc: i saw this band many times while living in austin and they just keep getting better and better!

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Music Monday: Yuck


yuck

local artist to: new jersey, hiroshima, london

riyl: cajun dance party, alternative brit rock, the temper trap

etc: since i stumbled upon this band, i can’t stop listening and am psyched to see them in dallas in february and at sxsw in march.

forming little over a year ago, yuck are a band of four people who are sometimes a band of five people. daniel (vocals, guitar) and max (guitar) are from london. mariko (bass) is from hiroshima. jonny (drums) is from new jersey. the part-time fifth member is daniel’s sister ilana who joins him for the harmonies on the album and occasionally live. since the release of georgia, their debut single on transparent in march 2010, yuck have mainly been on tour. they have supported teenage fanclub, modest mouse and times new viking. their most recent single “rubber” was released by pharmacy recording company in october 2010 and remixed by mogwai. when they’re not on tour, yuck make a lot of stuff, like drawings and books and t-shirts. you can see some of these on their blog.  they self-produced and recorded their debut album at home, which will be be released in february on fat possum records/pharmacy recording company. fat possum website

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Music Monday: The High Dials

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

the high dials

local band to: montreal canada

riyl: the byrds, the brian jonestown massacre, the morning after girls

etc: alex from the black angels tipped me off to this band about five years ago. i’ve liked em ever since. the song ‘the holy ground’ made me a believer.

photo courtesy of the high dials website

the band started out playing a brand of pop music strongly influenced by 1960s british mod styles, but their sound evolved to become a form of power pop, more influenced by psychedelic music. they released two albums on rainbow quartz records, a new devotion (2003) and war of the wakening phantoms (2005), before releasing their most recent record, moon country (2008) independently. they have toured with fellow neo-psychedelia band the brian jonestown massacre. notably, rod argent, keyboardist of the zombies performed on their song “picture of a fading man” in 2006. in 2007, their song “the holy ground” was featured in a rogers television ad. professed fans of the high dials include steven van zandt and andrew loog oldham. last.fm

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Music Monday: Ortolan

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

ortolan

local band to: riverside new jersey

riyl: eisley, au revoir simone


a hot minivan barreling down the highway, filled to the brim with siblings, sleeping bags, and travel checkers sets—this is the setting for a decades-old american tradition upheld by millions: arguing over the radio dial until consensus is happily found at that hallowed institution, the oldies station. thus begins the story of ortolan, four young women from southern new jersey with music-loving, art-teacher parents, devoted to each other in laughter, bickering, love, and play. sisters stephanie (17), brianna (19), lara (21), and sister-in-law jill (24) also happen to create music that is singularly winsome, disarming, and sincere, possessing the same kind of universal appeal of 1950s and ’60s rock and roll, with its earnest abandon and joy in simple and uncluttered gestures. ortolan’s sound is at once familiar and new, a sort of musical déjà vu—where listeners remember that which they are hearing for the first time.

*photo & blurb courtesy of ortolan. listen to their lovely music here.*