Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

I had a great time at the Sharon Jones show on Friday. I can’t describe it. I really can not. Any attempt to review would be lacking in enough emotion and would not do the show any justice.

If she’s coming to you town just buy a ticket already.

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St. Vincent - Marry Me

Ok, so where the hell have I been? I totally just discovered St. Vincent. I’ve seen the album around (the gorgeous young lady with red lips and wild, wiry curls standing in front of a gray backdrop), but I just kept thinking, ehhh maybe not? I hadn’t heard not a single song, mind you. I was just avoiding it because that’s what I do on occasion to new artists. In hopes that someone will do my work for me and tell me if it’s good or whatever. I did my homework, ladies and gents, and you know what? It’s good!

So here’s to being slow and too fast, too. Check out the sounds below.

Good shit (I’m just kinda slow)
St. Vincent
Marry Me.mp3
Paris Is Burning.mp3

Tegan and Sara (FYI… twins still creep me out, but whatever, I’m over it)
Relief Next To Me.mp3

My most overlooked last year (still, cuz I’m kinda slow)
The National
Mistaken For Strangers.mp3

MGMT
Weekend Wars.mp3

Can’t hardly wait for more

Cool Kids

Cool Kids
Black Mags.mp3

Cat Power ‘Jukebox’
Silver Stallion.mp3

Lightspeed Champion
Everyone I Know Is Listening To Crunk.mp3

These New Puritans <-Hurry up and release an album available in the US, pweaze!

Santogold <- Same to you, Ms. Santogold

Yeasayer

Last night at Walter’s on Washington there was a hell of a show! Afrodisiac opened up for Yeasayer (aka my favorite new band of 2007) and MGMT.

There were a lot of people there, about half of the crowd was below 21 years (and most of them were below 18), which made for an interesting crowd… or should I say a less interesting crowd? I got stuck for a minute next to a girl who had a bad cough and didn’t once cover her mouth and she talked ceaselessly about cuddling with another girl because “that’s what girls do” (it wasn’t what she said it was how she said it). None the less, I had a really decent time. Oh yeah, “decent” if I ignore the fact that despite my best efforts, I could only get 2 beers from the bar (the 3rd one came from a stranger). And if I ignore how badly my new shoes were pinching my toes! But decent seriously if I add in the fact that I made a new friend and got to experience Yeasayer live.

Honestly, I think my favorite new band of 2007 was a little tired last night. A great (borderline phenomenal) performance, but you can see they were a bit in zombie mode. Like maybe they played ‘2080’ from memory. Hell of a memory, though, right?

The turn out was good numbers. Yeasayer made a comment from stage thanking all the underage people that snuck it because it probably was going to make them a lot of money. Which is great! It’s good to see Houston support their music scene. This town is very finicky about going out consistently. There can be an amazing band to come through and have maybe a dozen standing out there, and other times on other nights you might get a sea of bed heads and tight pants. I’m not sure there’s a way to even predict which outcome you’ll get.

I didn’t know MGMT from name before hearing them play the song ‘Electric Feel’ last night. Then I was like, oh duh, right! That song is nice. But I never know what to do with bands that make a hit like that, but have a completely different sound in general. I’d kind of label MGMT as a space rock band, but that song ‘Electric Feel’ is really funk inspired. Maybe the relation between their songs is more subtle than I expected, so I’m going to say that until I further research this subject, this is a case of “my bad!”

Afrodisiac was a cute little one man band with quite a bit of Myspace notoriety. Lot’s of indie lo-fi power pop from him. I came in at least halfway through his set. His backing band was either a CD or tape of good quality. It was nice though. The high school kids loved him.

Next show up will be Sharon Jones and Dap Kings on Friday, at the same location. I don’t think there will be any kids there… at all! Which I’m looking forward to.

Afrodisiac links courtesy of Hands Up Houston message board. Thanks guys!

Uh oh! These New Puritans have the potential to be my first fave new band of 2008. Oh heck! They don’t just have that potential they are… it’s official.

In keeping with the sing-song style lyrics movement coming out strong from the U.K., this band from Brighton are doing their part to keep it going. You know how sometimes you just need a good rock-n-roll song? Hello, meet These New Puritans.

Vid above | 2:46 minutes

Guess that musician

December 6, 2007

Bjork
Björk

Doesn’t matter what you think of her (I’m pretty much a die-hard fan, fyi) this is the cutest baby picture. Aw, that wittle face! Try and guess more musician baby pictures.

This week in review

November 16, 2007

In case you missed it, this is what we posted this week in the blog:

PSH

Coming next week:

An un-sponsored holiday gift guide.
Who knows what else. Ooh, exciting! Stay tuned kids.

Now hear this: Black Kids

November 13, 2007

Black Kids

Yep, I love them. And I love them because

1. Their songs are infectiously darling
2. There are black kids in the band the Black Kids

Those two points are running neck and neck for ultimate reasons why I like this new band. And they’re precious looking (I want to become instant bffs with the lot of them!).

KEXP’s blog offers a free mp3 of their single ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ as Song of the Day (mp3).

But what do they sound like? Think early The Shins given a healthy pinch of lo-fi power pop and female doo-wop backup singers (a wee bit reminiscent of their contemporaries The Go! Team).

Read the KEXP blog entry for the Black Kids ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ song of the day. (Psst! I think KEXP might have just as much of a band crush on them as I have!)