SXSW Music Selections :: 1st round

In alphabetical order, I have chosen my first round picks for the SXSW music portion. I know it won’t be possible to see all of these bands plus the many more I will add in the coming weeks.  The complete band list can be viewed here. The genres listed below are fairly broad, but hopefully helpful. I am slowing listening to the 2nd and 3rd round bands and hope to have those up in a few days. Click on the band name to learn more about them. Let me know what you like! Enjoy!

Ambition Halifax Canada (hip-hop)
ANR Miami FL (indie rock)
Antoine Reverb Guadalajara Mexico (indie pop)
Avalanche City Auckland New Zealand (folk)
Balthazar Gent Belgium (alt pop) ***

Big Deal London UK-England (lo-fi)
Big Scary Melbourne Australia (folk rock)

Cloud Nothings – Cleveland OH (indie rock) **
Com Truise – Princeton NJ (electronic) ***

Fat Tony Houston TX (hip hop)

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister Los Angeles CA (folk, western swing) ***
Howler Minneapolis MN (surf rock)

il abanico Bogota COLOMBIA (rock)
Matthew Perryman Jones Nashville TN (singer-songwriter)
Jonquil Oxford UK-ENGLAND (pop rock)
Just A Band Nairobi KENYA  (electro pop)
Marit Larsen Oslo NORWAY (singer-songwriter)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults Los Angeles CA (shoegaze)

Marmalakes Austin TX (folk pop)

Motopony Seattle WA (indie pop)
Mujeres Barcelona SPAIN (garage)

Of Monsters and Men Reykjavík ICELAND (folk)

Parlovr Montreal CANADA (alt rock) ***

Molly Rankin Charlottetown PE (pop)

Rosie and Me Curitiba BRAZIL (folk)
Royal Canoe Winnipeg CANADA (indie pop)

Skewby Memphis TN (hip hop)
Skinny Lister London UK-ENGLAND (folk)

Thee Oh Sees San Francisco CA (garage rock) **

The Wedding Present Brighton UK-ENGLAND (brit pop) ***

**so fun/amazing that I want to see again

***been wanting to see this band live for a while

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Music Monday (SXSW edition): Shigeto

Shigeto

Local artist to: Brooklyn New York

RIYL: Samiyam, Electronic, Jazz

Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case, those reasons run deeper than most. Zach records under the name Shigeto. It’s his middle name; it’s also his grandfather’s name, a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birth-weight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades. source
Shigeto played the Ghostly International showcase at Bumbershoot a few months ago and we only caught a little. I hope to see more at SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.

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Music Monday (SXSW edition): Parlovr

Parlovr

Local artist to: Montréal Canada

RIYL: pop rocks in your mouth, tank tops, the color magenta cut with yellow. fun stuffs. just listen.

A cheap Kmart guitar with its guts ripped out, a two-piece drum kit and a keyboard with a mind of its own would all be alone if they weren’t all thrown in the mess that PARLOVR got them in when they stumbled together in the wintry months of 2006. Reacting against the multi-instrumental, many-membered orchestral bands that crowded the local Montreal scene at the time, PARLOVR was started with the intention of blowing amps and streamlining pop melodies, bringing back the power-trio of the 90s with an off-the-wall twist. source
Parlovr is one of my picks for SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.

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Music Monday (SXSW edition): Fenster

Fenster

Local artist to: Berlin Germany

RIYL: Chamber Pop, Miranda Sykes, Sin Fang

Fenster makes de-constructed pop music. Their lyrics are often carefully constructed dream narratives, finding inspiration in the world of ghosts, graveyards. trains, religious imagery, and broken machinery. In their music, they build songs around errors, blending melodic chords with broken beats or minimal percussion. Their instruments range from banjo to synth to inanimate objects, using slamming doors and city soundscapes. source
Fenster is signed to Morr Music, which is one of my favorite labels and they are one of my picks for SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.

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Music Monday (SXSW edition): Motopony

Motopony

Local artist to: Seattle Washington

RIYL: José González, Iron & Wine, indie pop, folk rock, acoustic

Often, the combination of two opposites makes for a harmony previously unknown, a sum greater than its parts. Motopony is the embodiment of this notion – a band built on a bedrock of contrasts and the gorgeous alchemy of seemingly conflicted sounds, and the feelings mapped over them. Guided by soulful machines Daniel Blue and Buddy Ross along with guitarist Brantley Cady and drummer Forrest Mauvais, there is a warm efficiency to the hard-soul/glitch-folk contained on the quartet’s self-titled debut. continued here..

Check back every monday for a new band to check out at SXSW 2012.

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Music Monday (SXSW edition): Balthazar

balthazar

local artist to: ghent belgium

riyl: millionaire, the van jets, das pop

balthazar are an alternative pop band, with rock, electro and hiphop influences. they were formed in 2004 in kortrijk-belgium and anticipated their first album with gigs all over europe and a tour in south africa. their debut album “applause” was released march 2010, and both the album as well as their live performances were received with much critical acclaim. source
balthazar is one of my picks for sxsw 2012. check back every monday for a new band to check out at the next sxsw.

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the seedy seeds

the cincinnati trio that is the seedy seeds was on my list to see at sxsw a few weeks ago, but i decided to skip them since they were playing back in seattle just a week later. i missed the two opening acts at high dive in fremont since i played in a poker game earlier and couldn’t pull myself away from the table (i was doing good).

i’ve been a fan since last year when i heard them on a 2009 sxsw compilation. the seedy seeds have a cohesive indie pop folk sound and i just love the banjo and accordion. the show was so fun and i met a nice couple who happened to be in town from cincinnati and have seen their local seedy seeds about 2o times live…crazy! kudos to the drummer, brian, who played with the flu.  it was a great little set in a sweet venue. see the videos below, but please forgive the filming/formatting…i left my camera at home and had to rely on my iphone which still sounded pretty damn good, i must say. the camera shake is due to juggling a beer, filming and a bit of dancing.

the seedy seeds were featured as my very first music monday band last year. hope you like em as much as i do!

the seedy seeds: telephone the constrictor and coyote song (my favorite, as you can hear in the video). these versions can be found on the roll deep ep.

the seedy seeds: drive me to the center. it can be found on count the days.

count the days: 2008

verb noun: 2011 

Music Monday: Buxton

buxton

local artist to: houston texas

riyl: americana, folk rock, indie-ish

buxton played sxsw but i wasn’t exposed to them until after i left austin. sad, i know. they’d probably be really great live. i love the song doctor and the remix is pretty cool too. love remixes. i seem to be gravitating towards americana at the moment. listening to buxton, i feel like heading down to the continental club and chillin’ out with a lone star in hand. that sounds nice.

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sxsw 2011 – part uno

it was a crazy fun sxsw this year! while i could fill up a whole page on everything i did while in austin, it would take a while and probably not be that interesting to anyone but me. sadly the number of beers drank was more than then number of bands seen. but that’s ok. i had a rad time with friends as well as running around on my own and meeting new people.

it is not the greatest video quality and i was dancing a bit while filming. enjoy!

yuck: the wall. sharp set but not much stage presence.

baths: aminals. amazing live! i have a crush on will wiesenfeld… so adorable.

grouplove: gold coast. incredible energy on stage. best performance imo.

grouplove: colours. this person was standing next to me at the same show filming. you can prob hear me screaming. again, best sxsw performance overall!

brief hiatus

ah, the last week has been frantic getting ready for my trip to austin. now that i am here, i am enjoying every last minute. i will resume with LOTS of sxsw stories, photos and video in the coming days. i love austin.

2011 sxsw tips for music-goers

1. check out the amazing artists that create those awesome screen-printed concert posters at flatstock. flatstock 29 will run wed 3/16/11 through sat 3/19/11. my favorites are tara mcpherson and jason munn (small stakes).

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2. download the sxsw go app or make a schedule using a good ole excel spreadsheet. a pre-printed out schedule was always pretty reliable for me. just make sure it is updated within a few days of the festival. this year, i’m using both.

3. wear comfy shoes! i’ve walked (and at times ran) everywhere between I-35 and waterloo records which is a span of 15 blocks. i will likely wear my trademark red shoes so say hi if you see me!

4. have your camera ready at all times. you never know what you will see. last year i saw a completely naked old man riding a bicycle. and you might see austin legend leslie or perhaps a celebrity sighting like bill murray who was in attendance last year.

5. go to shows at the lamar pedestrian bridge. it is not a designated or even legal venue, but some really good pop-up shows will likely occur here late at night.

6. don’t buy a badge or pass. the day parties are where it’s at! don’t get me wrong, i do attend the evening showcases but it is more worth it for me to pay at the door because chances are high that i will stay at that particular venue for the rest of the evening. oh and even if you do have a badge/pass you still won’t get into full venues.

7. don’t see the big headliners. chances are you can see them tour in your city within the next few months. while it would have been cool to see she & him last year, the lines were horrendous.

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8. rsvp to day parties. i’m not sure the point of this, but do it anyways.

9. keep cash on hand. buy some band merch! plus there are lots of street food vendors and not all of them take credit. there has also been an influx of food trailers in austin in the last few years. keep track of them here.

10. be polite to everyone! you are in one of the most friendliest cities in texas!

Music Monday: Grouplove

grouplove

local artist to: los angeles california

riyl: the vaccines, modest mouse, yuck

etc: check them out at sxsw 2011! they are playing at the floating fest day party on 3/17 (presented by flying dog brewery and i guess i’m floating ) …which is where i plan to be camped out.

hannah hooper met christian zucconi late one evening on the lower east side of manhattan. they had both been living in new york for years and had never crossed paths before. but from that night forward the two could hardly be pulled apart. soon after their connection hooper was invited to an art residency in greece on the island of crete and hooper insists “without any hesitation” she invited zucconi to join her on this journey. “seriously, we had only known one another for a few days but are both so inspired and alive when we are together that going to greece seemed like a magical and natural thing to do” recalls zucconi.

on crete, in a small remote mountain village, hooper and zucconi met the members of their future band “grouplove” a year before it was officially formed. sean gadd, a natural songwriter and guitar player, born and bred in london instantly bonded with the two eccentric new yorkers. their relationship became apparent through the music they were making day in and day out. andrew wessen, a pro surfer and musician from los angeles and his childhood friend ryan rabin, an accomplished drummer and producer, were also at the residency and quickly joined in with the musical trio. these five musicians make up the members of what we now know as grouplove. (source)

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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: 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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