Thursday, July 26, 2007

tonight, tonight, tonight...Woooo Ooooooh

Download: Deerhunter -- "Spring Hall Convert"
Download: Bottom of the Hudson -- "Handwriting"
Download: Ham1 -- "I Had A Good Idea, But It Passed My Mind"

Deerhunter, Bottom of the Hudson, Ham1 w/ Liz Durrett, King of Prussia
Thursday, July 26th—Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA--$6
First band starts at 10pm sharp

Deerhunter. Deerhunter began in 2001 with the ambition of fusing the lulling hypnotic states induced by ambient and minimalist music with the clang and propulsion of garage rock. The band has weathered chaotic line-up changes, the death of a member, and much discouragement. Their live performances almost always leave audiences polarized. They are a five-piece based in Atlanta. Currently signed to Kranky Records, the band’s recent LP, Cryptograms, was highly acclaimed, most notably by Pitchfork Media.

Download: Deerhunter—“Spring Hall Convert”

Bottom of the Hudson. Philadelphia power-poppers Bottom of the Hudson are playing behind Fantastic Hawk, the band’s most anthemic and complete work to date (and also its first as a multi-person unit to date) with more aggressive arrangements, clearer production, and airtight songwriting without sacrificing the mid-fi charm for which the band is known.

Ham1. Jim Willingham is an intrepid English-as-a-second-language teacher by day and enigmatic songwriter and bandleader by night. Willingham’s dusty, surf-and-western-influenced indie folk is ably fleshed out by an ace band that includes Eric Harris, formerly of Olivia Tremor Control. Add trombones, cellos, and found sounds and you have a recipe for success. Ham1 is releasing its second album, The Captain’s Table, in the fall on Orange Twin Records.

Liz Durrett. Liz Durrett has drawn complimentary comparisons to the works of Gillian Welch and Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), but she is a unique artist in her own right. No doubt, Durrett’s upbringing had an intense effect on her interest in music. Growing up in the sleepy southern town of Rome, GA, she’s quick to credit much of her musical inspiration to the lifeline that her legendary uncle, Vic Chesnutt, threw her in the midst of a turbulent youth. It was Chesnutt, she says, who gave her a guitar at 16 and jokingly told her to “write mean songs about your parents”. Chesnutt’s intuition was dead on, as soon after, not only was Durrett writing her own material, Chesnutt was also employing her to perform on his tours and several of his own recordings, from his 1992 epic album, ‘West of Rome’ to his most recent release, “Ghetto Bells”. She has released two well-received records on WARM recordings that highlight her serene voice and sturdy songs. Liz Durrett and Ham1 will be performing together!

King of Prussia. One of Athens’ lovely bands, King of Prussia’s epic pop anthems will stick to your ribs. Band scion Brandon Hanick’s literate, poignant lyrics bounce along rich Brit-tinged songs that recall Belle and Sebastian, Richard Hawley, and even the decidedly non-British Unrest. The band’s first EP, Save the Scene, is a work of confidence and craft.

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