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Thursday, July 14, 2011

For Serious This Time - Weird Life

Late (too late) last night I was introduced to For Serious This Time from band member Dan. I always have a sense of disinterest towards to majority of material sent to me, but I gave it a shot - something I've been doing a lot more of lately - and wasn't disappointed. See for yourself with their latest album Weird Life, the third in the band's short catalog, available on their Bandcamp page.

Thursday: Unreleased White Stripes covers

Yesterday, courtesy of Some Kind of Awesome, a pair of unreleased covers from the White Stripes archives were unveiled. Outside of Record Store Day's release of the band's "Let's Shake Hands" 7" (which fans already heard off of their live album Under Great White Northern Lights).

Platinum members of Jack White's Third Man Records received physical copies of the Otis Redding and Love covers. Listen to them both below.

White Stripes - I've Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding Cover)

White Stripes - Signed D.C. (Love Cover)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

While I'm Away

I'll be pretty busy for most of today, so while I'm away check this out via Madeon.

Wednesday Bears: New Philly Venue! - Union Transfer

Pretty exciting news this morning for any local kids. R5 Productions, in partnership with New York affiliate Bowery Presents and several other agencies, will open up Philadelphia's newest music venue Union Transfer this September.

First tickets for the all-ages venue will be available this Saturday, July 16, at the UT box office on 27 N. 2nd St. You can check out the first official billings at the venue's website, with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah making the premiere performance September 21.

The 600 person venue will be located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St. (Center City).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Panda Bear on Fallon

Last night, Panda Bear (Noah Lennox if anyone forgot) made his solo TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing Tomboy standout "You Can Count on Me." The beginning is, for lack of a better description, outstanding.

Panda Bear - You Can Count on Me (Live on Fallon)

Tuesday Bears: New Tallest Man on Earth - Weather of a Killing Kind

It seems Kristian Mattson, better known as the Tallest Man on Earth, has leapfrogged pretty much every artist outside of Radiohead in the, "Makes Me Jump Out of Bed" category of music; pretty odd to say of a folk artist, in that respect.

Adult Swim premiered the sixth song in their 2011 Singles Program with Mattson's heavily anticipated "Weather of a Killing Kind." For fans aware of the Tallest Man on Earth sound, its yet another solid example of his no-doubt-about-it excellent craftsmanship. For those who haven't heard him yet, please, please get to it.

The Tallest Man On Earth - Weather Of A Killing Kind by Bears and Bullets

Monday, July 11, 2011

J Roddy Walston and the Business - Used to Did

J Roddy Walston and the Business, a little (in a way) blues-rock band out of Baltimore seem uncharacteristically obsessed with classic rock style. Their Vagrant home page is an exorbitant collage of rock n' roll icons - the kind you'd see transposed across frat boy wallpaper. However, that usual style transition rarely translates to anything worth mentioning, especially in a modern sense.

I imagine to a lot of people, the substance with J Roddy Walston isn't too appealing; I was offput by it too, initially. But, their inclusion in the Lollapalooza lineup was good enough to grab first-ballot attention, so when I came around to "Used to Did," I was pretty pleased. See for yourself.

J Roddy Walston and the Business - Used to Did

Set Sail's cover of "Calgary"

There isn't much to say about Set Sail's cover of Bon Iver's "Calgary.". It's well-shot, well-done, and is worth your time.

Set Sail - Calgary (Bon Iver Cover) - Live in Teufelsberg, Germany

Our newest obsession: Giant Peach

Rarely (sorry) do I get an email from a band that actually evokes some kinda, or really any kind, of actual joy and excitement. However, Giant Peach caught my attention yesterday - a New York fuzz-pop trio from Life on an Island Records.

There's a certain attributable quirkiness denoted to a bunch of kids who are so easily able to manipulate that archetypal lo-fi brand that too easily sways from endearing to distracting. Sure, they're still fairly young, and that shows in the ideological path of the songs' structures, but that shouldn't be mistaken for a group of people who actually have a grasp on what they're trying to do.

You can grab the group's four-song EP People Don't Believe Me over at their Bandcamp page, or listen for yourself below.

Monday Bears: New Strokes video - Taken for a Fool

Late last week, the Strokes released the B-Side version of "Taken for a Fool," which by now everyone knows features Elvis Costello (who came out for the song's performance during their last Madison Square Garden show).

Well, the group finally premiered the actual video for the song a few days ago (arguably the best track on Angles). Green screen in all its visualizer glory.

The Strokes - Taken for a Fool