Tuesday, December 09, 2008

We Landed On The Moon!


Download: We Landed On The Moon! -- "Re: Your Letter"

We Landed on the Moon!
brings you their second LP, These Little Wars, an album featuring beautiful and intimate female vocals, whirling synthesizers stacked on interlocking guitars, and danceable rhythms. In the vein of Velocity Girl or The Lemonheads, These Little Wars is a fresh take on 90's influenced rock.

Tour Dates!

12.8.08 - Tin Roof - Charleston, SC
12.9.08 - Reservoir - Chapel Hill, NC
12.10.08 - Dahlak - Washington D.C.
12.11.08 - Kenny's Castaways - New York, NY
12.12.08 - The Radio Bean - Burlington, VT
12.13.08 - Billy Baloney's - Danbury, CT
12.14.08 - Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY
12.16.08 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, Ontario
12.17.08 - The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
12.18.08 - Hi-Fi - Cleveland, OH
12.19.08 - Cowboy Monkey - Champaign, IL
01.3.09 - Atmosphere - Lafayette, LA
01.23.09 - The Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Theater Fire


Download: The Theater Fire -- "Swashbuckler Blues"

Download: The Theater Fire -- "Uncle Wayne"

The Theater Fire, a seven-piece, roots-influenced, indie-pop band from Texas draws on influences ranging from Bob Willis and George Jones to Will Oldham and Lambchop. The two singer songwriters, Don Feagin and Curtis Heath, have a fondness for the old and the new. Their songs, combined with the creative talents of the rest of the band, are like a trip through the annals of music that is neither novelty nor derivative. Their most recent LP Matter and Light is fantastic and available for purchase from the store at the band's website.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jacob Jiles


Download: Jacob Giles -- "Fate"

Download: Jacob Giles -- "She's Okay"

If Bill Withers were to pick up and perform from the Iron and Wine song book, the results would tread remarkably close to Jacob Jiles debut, Goodbye Songs. Jiles' songs focus closely on the blink-and-you-miss-it intricacies of life that most of us can't ever clearly pinpoint, but also can never get out of our head. The record is out now on iTunes via Shark Meat Records.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Proud Simon


Download: Proud Simon -- "Tar Washed Ashore"


Proud Simon's newest record is an ambitious two-act whirlwind of cinematic Americana-tinged indie rock. The two sides of the record tell the story of a single summer's night, the first a testament to workaday hope, anticipation, and revelry, and the second a descent into the darkness, where good intentions find endless obsessions and temptations endure.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Rockwells


Download: The Rockwells -- "Microkorg"

Download: The Rockwells -- "The Quarterback"

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, The Rockwells is made up of two sets of of brothers: Fred and Jonathan Kelly, and Tommy and Trace Bateman. Place & Time was recorded entirely by The Rockwells in both Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee. More than half a dozen locations were used, including various houses, a cabin, and local rock club The Pilot Light. Place & Time is releasing on Migrate Records on December 2, 2008!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Arliss Parker


Download: Arliss Parker -- "Taken To Antrim"

Arliss Parker evolved as the solo project of Chris Parker in 2006. Chris moved from Colorado to New York in the fall of '06 with an arsenal of musical ideas. He converted an abandoned dark room into a recording studio and started adding all kinds of sounds to his acoustic guitar compositions. Toy keyboards, glockenspiels, random percussive instruments and electronic tones found their way into the mix and Arliss Parker was born. Keep your eyes peeled for Handsome Like A Lion, which will be available via DAG! Records.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chop Chop


Download: Chop Chop -- "C Train David"

Download: Chop Chop -- "Northern Armies"

Los Angeles group Chop Chop release their latest album, Screens, today via Archenemy Records. These songs combine pop, rock, and electronica, with influences ranging from the 1930s to the Bee Gees to Run DMC. Quaintly analog instruments like the French horn, keymonica, and toy Zylophone have been tossed into the mix alongside cranky, craggy digital synthesizers and electric guitars, comparing the unintentional quirks of live sound and the consciously manipulated quirks of digital midi sound.

Tour Dates:
11.12.08 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond's
11.13.08 - Seattle, WA - High Dive
11.14.08 - Olympia, WA - Le Voyeur
11.15.08 - Portland, OR - Tonic
11.17.08 - Oakland, CA - Mama Buzz

Friday, November 07, 2008

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo


Download: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo -- "When Love Gets To A Man"

Download: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo -- "Girls Are Good For Lots Of Things"Link
The intercontinental cowboys in Brent Amaker and the Rodeo are on a
mission to spread their brand of country music to the world, and
they're getting around. Dressed in black from hat to boots, the men
of the Rodeo have been racking up the miles in 2007 and 2008, playing
club and festival dates, and making radio appearances across the US
and Canada, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Great Britain. The Rodeo's
latest record, Howdy Do!, is hitting the streets on November 18th!

Live Rodeo Action:
11.07.08 - Portland, OR @ Slabtown
11.08.08 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11.11.08 - Long Beach, CA @ Pike Restaurant & Bar
11.12.08 - Las Vegas, NV @ DIVE BAR
11.13.08 - Albuquerque, NM @ Atomic Cantina
11.14.08 - Wichita Falls, Texas @ The Iron Horse Pub
11.15.08 - KAOS Radio appearance in Austin, TX / Smooth & Demented
11.15.08 - Austin, TX @ Headhunters Club
11.16.08 - San Antonio - "Sunday Sounds" backyard BBQ show
11.17.08 - Fayetteville, AR @ May Apple
11.18.08 - Oklahoma City, OK Radio 100.5FM Ferris O’Brien.
11.18.08 - Oklahoma City, OK @ hi-Lo Club
11.20.08 - Denver, CO @ Benders Tavern
11.21.08 - Durango, CO @ The Summit
11.22.08 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Monte Vista Hotel
11.24.08 - Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
11.25.08 - Bend, OR @ the Annex (above Midtown Music Hall)
12.13.08 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset TavernBrent Amaker and the Rodeo Christmas Party
01.09.09 - Snoqualmie, WA @ The Summit Ski Area

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dancer Vs. Politician


Download: Dancer Vs. Politician -- "Mach Dich Los"

Download: Dancer Vs. Politician -- "Justin Fairborn"

Dancer Vs. Politician is the musical project of German native Sanni Baumgaertner. She moved to Athens, Georgia in the late 90s, where she started performing in different bands around the Southeast. She plays accordion, guitar, and musical saw. Her lyrics are in German and English. Idolator says, "A City Half-Lost is airy and delicate—a chiming glockenspiel here, a gentle push from an accordion there—-and Baumgaertner's half-English, half-German vocals transform words from both languages into giant, down-filled pillows, even when they're filled with the harshest consonants and glottals. Besides, the tagline on the band's MySpace page is "We love violas," and how can you disagree with that sentiment?"

Catch Dancer Vs Politician on tour:

11-06-08 - Greenville, SC @ The Bohemian
11-07-08 - Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
11-08-08 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
11-09-08 - Philadelphia, PA @ The M Room
11-10-08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
11-12-08 - New York, NY @ Piano's
11-13-08 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11-14-08 - Washington DC @ Electric Maid

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Beaten By Them


Download: Beaten By Them -- "The Asiatic Capital Vista"

Multinational band, Beaten By Them will release their latest album, Signs Of Life, this November 11th on Logic Pole via Thrill Jockey. When Andrew Harris and Max McCormick decided to move from San Francisco back to their home country of Australia at the end of 2006, it seemed they were sounding the death knell for Beaten by Them, the fledgling band they had spawned just a year earlier. But before long the two guitarists were hatching plans to perform with their old band mates: cellist Boima Tucker, drummer Ulf Bjorkbom and bassist Lee Matheson. By mid-2007 Beaten by Them were on the road, making their first tour of the US West Coast. The dynamic, cinematic songs of, Signs of Life, represent the fruits of the band's labors.

Stream Signs of Life at Thrill Jockey

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Absentee


Download: Absentee -- "Bitchstealer"


Download: Absentee -- "They Do It These Days"

London-based Absentee returns with its new album, Victory Shorts, available in the United States of America on ol' election day, November 4th, 2008. The record sees release on Memphis Industries (current or former home to The Go! Team, The Pipettes, The Ruby Suns, and more). Tackling themes of premature marriage proposals, adultery, lost property, love, and broken crockery:

"Victory Shorts is an assured, confident, and quite often brilliant album by a band that is clearly influenced by the past but never falls prey to easy nostalgia." Tim Sendra - All Music Guide

Also, check out Blurt's debut of the video for "Boy, Did She Teach You Nothing" here.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Matthew and the Arrogant Sea


Download: Matthew and the Arrogant Sea -- "Pretty Purple Top Hat"

Download: Matthew and the Arrogant Sea -- "Mock Origami"

Nova Posta Vinyl, the new record label formed by Bella Union recording artists Eric Pulido (of Midlake) and Robert Gomez, is pleased to announce its first release, Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian, available October 28th, 2008. This 14-song odyssey is filled with melodious gems that evoke the experimental natures of The Flaming Lips and Animal Collective perched upon harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys and Fleet Foxes. Matthew and the Arrogant Sea's Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian is sure to make great waves this year and for many to come. Check them out live at the following:

Oct 25, 2008 - 3:00PM In Store @ Good Records - Dallas, Texas
Oct 25, 2008 - Dan’s Silverleaf - Denton, Texas
Oct 26, 2008 - Emos - Austin, Texas
Oct 30, 2008 - Fort Worth, Texas
Nov 02, 2008 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, California
Nov 04, 2008 - Kimo’s - San Fransisco, California
Nov 06, 2008 - The Empyrean - Spokane, Washington
Nov 07, 2008 - Chop Suey - Seattle, Washington
Nov 09, 2008 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 10, 2008 - Meadowlark - Denver, Colorado
Dec 20, 2008 - Dans Silverleaf - Denton, Texas

Monday, October 20, 2008

Simon Bookish


Download: Simon Bookish -- "Dumb Terminal"

Download: Simon Bookish -- "Synchrotron"

An unpredictable and dramatic “big band song cycle about science and information”, Everything/ Everything, the 3rd album from Simon Bookish and his first worldwide release on Tomlab, represents a new departure for London-based composer Leo Chadburn. Though previous Simon Bookish releases have been informed by the sounds of digital synthesizers, Everything/Everything does away with them entirely to focus on live instruments.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Listing Ship


Download: Listing Ship -- "Depression"

Download: Listing Ship -- "Voice of the Future"

Listing Ship invites you to explore A Hull Full Of Oil and Bone, their self-released, nautically-inspired, fourth full length album. This reinterpretation of the classic country song and folk ballad adds violins, violas, 10 string guitars, banjos, the vibraphone, and 3 part harmonies to craft songs of war, government corruption and love so moving even whale hunting seems relevant.

Founders Lyman Chaffee and Heather Lockie (known a decade ago as Leather Hyman) recruited Shawn Lockie, Julie Carpenter, Laura Steenberge, Michael Whitmore, and Kyle C. Kyle to collectively share the stage and tour Italy earlier this year. They have played with Low, Pedro the Lion, Lou Barlow, Imaad Wasif, DOS (Mike Watt, Kira Roessler) and Carla Bozulich (Geraldine Fibbers), and cite influences as diverse as Johnny Cash, the “presence of sun” and Abba for this record.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Ruby Isle


Download: Ruby Isle -- "Hey Hey Hey (That Kids Okay)"

Exhibit #1: Ruby Dan Geller, Kindercore Records' CEO and founder of electro tag team, I am the World Trade Center, is one of America's few breakdancing DJs with a masters degree in Biological Engineering.

Exhibit #2: Ruby Aaron Lemay's spy themed punk outfit, "International Espionage" has been busted up by the cops at house shows and basement concerts from Redding, CA to Brooklyn, NYC.

Exhibit #3: Ruby Mark Mallman's 70s and 80s arena rock post-mortemism has earned him a silver star on the side of the biggest nightclub in Minneapolis, a world record, over 20 US tours, and a permanent hangover.

Ruby Isle stole their name from a 79 cent movie theater Mark and Dan used to frequent in their childhood home of Waukesha, Wisconsin. It was here where the two played a game of Chess, once a day for 90 days, and Mallman lost every time. After High school, they moved 1200 miles apart from each other.

Recorded in the basement of a church, then emailed to Geller's studio in Athens, GA for bass, beats and synths, Night Shot is a classic rock record dipped head first in a digital stew. The title track features guest vocals by internet "Chocolate Rain" pioneer, Tay Zonday. The LP also features a duet version of Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" with IATWTC's Amy Dykes.

Liz Durrett


Download: Liz Durrett -- "Wild As Them"

Outside Our Gates
represents a sonic leap forward for Liz Durrett. With Eric Bachmann on board, Durrett’s once spare, acoustic downbeats have been supplanted by a more textured and diverse orchestra of sounds. A virtual cornucopia of instruments are here, including (but not limited to) tiny nylon-string guitars, backwards electric feedback loops, pizzicato violins, plucky cellos, upright bass, wurlitzers, accordions, grand space pianos and marching drums. Bachmann’s score harmonizes these elements seamlessly to provide the perfect setting for Durrett’s near dream-state writings and softly unsettling voice. Additional performances by Vic Chesnutt, Brian Causey (Man or Astro-man?), Amanda Kapousouz (Tin Cup Phrophette) and members of Ham1.

Friday, October 03, 2008

New release date for Michael Zapruder + Tour dates


San Francisco-based Michael Zapruder will return with his new album, Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope, on its new release date of November 18th, 2008. The record will see release on Zapruder's new label home, Sidecho Records (home to Via Audio). Recorded with Scott Solter in two weeks of marathon day-and-night sessions, it's another beautiful record of sinuous melodies that straddles the line between classic songwriting and experimentalism.

Download: Michael Zapruder--"Ads for Feelings"

Tour Dates

10.02.08 - Montreal, Quebec - Pop Montreal - Balattou
10.14.08 - Bakersfield, CA - Sandrini's Bar
10.15.08 - St. George, UT - Electric Theater
10.16.08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.17.08 - Lawrence, KS - 8th Street Taproom
10.19.08 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
10.20.08 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
10.21.08 - New York, NY - CMJ, SideCho Showcase - Crash Mansion *
10.24.08 - New York, NY - CMJ, Ace of Clubs
10.25.08 - Washington DC - Dahlak
10.26.08 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Coyote
10.28.08 - Peoria, IL - Gorman's Pub
10.29.08 - St. Louis, MO - Cicero's
10.30.08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room ^
10.31.08 - Greeley, CO - Atlas Theater ^
11.01.08 - Colorado Springs, CO - Rocket Room ^
11.02.08 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf ^
11.03.08 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts ^
11.04.08 - Upland, CA - The Wire ^
11.05.08 - San Francisco, CA - CD RELEASE SHOW, Bottom Of The Hill ^
11.07.08 - Portland, OR - Roturre
11.09.08 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern ^


* with Via Audio and 1090 Club
^ with 1090 Club

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Team Clermont Artists of the Week: Michael Knight & Soda Fountain Rag of Yesboyicecream Records


Michael Knight is the musical universe of Irish pop contrarian Richard Murphy. I’m Not Entirely Clear How I Ended Up Like This is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed but commercially ignored 2006 limited release debut Youth Is Wasted On The Young and continues his ongoing musical argument that Bach and Bacharach can make compelling bedfellows. A wryly-observed musical curio for the 21st Century, his latest LP, I’m Not Entirely Clear How I Ended Up Like This, is the only record you will hear this year that considers the 18th and 19th Centuries as valid as the 80s and 90s as sources for musical inspiration, with Mussorgsky & Beethoven alongside Magnetic Fields & The Monochrome Set.

Download: Michael Knight -- "Coronation Street"
Download: Michael Knight -- "When Will You Collect Your Boxes?"



Don't think 'twee', don't think 'emo' and never ever think 'tweemo'. Soda Fountain Rag is the true spirit of indiepop - uplifting, joyous music and sublimely subversive lyrics.

Soda Fountain Rag is 25 year-old subversive genius Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl, a one-woman indie-pop phenomenon from Bergen in Norway. In 2007, Soda Fountain Rag released a number of sold-out DIY EPs in the US (Cloudberry Records) and Europe, introducing her unique take on 21st century pop. An anti-folk Nico fronting a garage Belle and Sebastian / YMCK hybrid, she established herself as the most compelling indie-pop heroine out there. As anyone who knows anything will know, this is the girl considered the most likely to get revenge in 2008. Her latest LP, It’s Rag Time, is releasing this Fall!

Download: Soda Fountain Rag -- "Angry Girl"
Download: Soda Fountain Rag -- " Don't Kill The Clowns"

Yesboyicecream Records

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Don Chambers


DOWNLOAD: Don Chambers + Goat -- "Highwater" (Feat. Patterson Hood)

Athens has a lot to brag about this fall, what with new releases by Dead Confederate, Liz Durrett, Ruby Isle, Dancer Vs. Politician and more. But the one that I would like to brag about today is the new Don Chambers + Goat album, Zebulon, out on WARM Electronic Recordings as of yesterday.

The actual recording process started in Berlin and then moved to Athens, where Patterson Hood of The Drive-By Truckers took the production over, and that kinship will continue as Don Chambers + Goat will head out on the road with The Drive-By Truckers, playing their first show together on 9/15 in Tuscaloosa. The tour will kick off this Friday at the Georgia Theater, right here in Athens.

Sep 12 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Sep 13 - Sky City - Augusta, GA
Sep 15 - BAMA Theatre - w/Drive-By Truckers - Tuscaloosa, AL
Sep 16 - The Bohemian - Greenville, SC
Sep 17 - Headliners - w/Drive-By Truckers - Columbia, SC
Sep 18 - Amos South - w/Drive-By Truckers - Charlotte, NC
Sep 19 - Norva - w/Drive-By Truckers - Norfolk, VA
Sep 27 - The Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
Sep 29 - Varsity - w/Drive-By Truckers - Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 30 - Bottling Co. - w/Drive-By Truckers - Hattiesburg, MS
Oct 01 - The Lyric - w/Drive-By Truckers - Oxford, MS
Oct 02 - Mellow Mushroom - Tuscaloosa, AL
Oct 04 - The Rocket - Asheville, NC
Nov 15 - Zydeco - w/The Dexateens - Birmingham, AL

I am no real music critic, but the fine folks at Americana UK posted this lovely review Zebulon:

"If I asked you to name the most intense Americana acts, I’m fairly sure I’d hear mention of Johnny Dowd and 16 Horsepower - there’s usually an element of the Gothic about these performers, Southern Gothic that is, not kohl-eyed town centre mis-fits. Now add Don Chambers and Goat (a band rather than the close relative of the sheep) to the list. This is most definitely a Southern sound."

Read the rest of the review here.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

PacificUV Tour Dates


Portland, Oregon band PacificUV are heading out on a West coast tour this October in support of their latest release longplay 2, out on WARM Electronic Recordings.

10.11.08 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah *^
10.13.08 - Sacramento, CA - Old Ironsides
10.14.08 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland =
10.16.08 - San Diego, CA - Beauty Bar *
10.17.08 - Tucson, AZ - Plush +
10.18.08 - Tempe, AZ - Phase 54 *#
10.19.08 - Albuquerque, NM - Atomic Cantina &
10.20.08 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
10.21.08 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall @
10.23.08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge $
10.24.08 - Salt Lake City, UT - Slowtrain Record Store (In-store)
10.25.08 - Missoula, MT - Badlander

* with Dream Tiger
^ with The Junior Panthers
# with The Myrrors
$
with Good Housekeeping and Sonnenblume
@
with Ample Branches and Actors and Actresses
& with
Oktober People
+
with Von Iva
=
with Melodyguild, Languis and Peter Piek

Monday, September 08, 2008

Dead Confederate!

I first saw Dead Confederate in early 2007, and I remember it being a blur of smoke and guitars. If you were to ask me to point out on of the members in public, I wouldn't have been able to. Since that point I've seen them play countless times, and they keep getting more and more amazing. In the past year they've played pretty much every festival in the northern hemisphere, opened for R.E.M. at SXSW, and recorded an new album with Spoon producer Mike McCarthy in Austin. On October 10th, they'll be playing on Conan O'Brien, at which point everyone in the country will have a chance to see their entirely unique Southern-fried combination of Sonic Youth, Band of Horses and Nirvana. The new album, Wrecking Ball, is due out on September 16th from The Artists Organization.

Check out the video for "The Rat", recorded during Dead Confederate's live performance at KEXP:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Goldcure's "Portuguese Prince" Streets Today!



Goldcure, a rising band in the Austin music scene, known for their polished, soaring anthems and captivating emotional rock, release its debut LP, Portuguese Prince, today on Sorin Records! Comprised of members Adam Buhrman, Craig Haskell, Gavin Inverso and John Allison, the band delivers a unique and original sound, while displaying a reverence for inspirations ranging from Wilco, Travis, and the Verve, and at times tapping into the earnestness of bands like U2 and the Beach Boys, however different those two might be.

Download: Goldcure -- "Make It Stop"
Download: Goldcure -- "Too Long"


"Guitars with the beatific shimmer of newer Echo & the Bunnymen, but dusted with a slight twang, mixed with jerky vocals reminiscent of a medicated David Byrne (or a less-husky Britt Daniel)." -- Riverfront Times

"...uplifting brand of alternative pop/rock takes influence from the Verve, U2, and the accessible side of Radiohead." -- All Music Guide


Read their exclusive interview with Scatter O 'Light here!


PS - The Jonas Brothers suck a fat one. I would rather slide down a banister of razor blades into a pool of alcohol than listen to those talentless pansies. That is all.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Loxsly


Download: Loxsly -- "Lamprey Eels"

Austin band Loxsly's self-assured EP reminds us of power pop stalwarts like Spoon and Beulah, particularly the latter. It's clean, shiny pop gems with great hooks and a been-doing-this-forever kind of confidence. And it sure is catchy.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Woven


Download: Woven -- "She Blows My Amplifier"
Download: Woven -- "Prickly Pear"

A furious space-rock album of serpentine electronics and heavy atmospherics, Woven's new album, Designer Codes, marks a new chapter in the band's existence, as they head out into the new musical landscape an unsigned and independent band. It's heavy stuff, similar to the Notwist or Deerhunter, and it's a great achievement for a band that's shaking off major label involvement

Friday, August 01, 2008

Megafaun in the house!

So the boys from Megafaun played an awesome set at Caledonia Lounge last night, they were the first to wake up and come down to pay us a visit at the office!

From left to right, that's Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook (with the gold record halo) and Phil Cook!


Brad also decided to do his best Benji Hughes impression. Not bad! I say that he could use a little more wind in his hair, though!

Thanks Megafaun, for coming down and getting Summer Camp off to an awesome start!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

SUMMER CAMP BEGINS!

So everyone's coming in from out of town! The first arrivals to the TC offices were so excited they couldn't stand!

From left to right, Liz Copeland (KSLU, St Louis), Caleb Shively (Fanatic), Christine Sanley (Pirate) and former Team Clermont intern Dan Yocum!

That blur holding the blurry ball is Matt Kiser, formerly of CMJ and now at Spin! We might try to get a better picture of him, but we make no promises!

Keep looking here to see all the peeps from across the land that make it to our offices during the Summer Camp weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dead Heart Bloom


Download: Dead Heart Bloom -- "Our Last Martyr"

Similar to the National or perhaps the various work of Mark Kozelek, this is big, anthemic stuff that still falls on the downbeat side in terms of outlook and worldview. Rolling Stone says: Brainchild of singer/songwriter Boris Skalsky, DHB deliver giant-sized guitar noise topped with gianter-size religious cynicism." And that's why they make the big bucks over there! Haha. The first of three EPs on the way this year, he's giving it all away for free!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Team Clermont Summer Camp! July 31-Aug 2nd!

Team Clermont, the Athens, GA-based PR firm, has announced the dates and lineup of its newest Summer Festival: Team Clermont Summer Camp! Summer Camp will be held from July 31-August 2nd around Athens, Georgia. This year’s event marks the 11th year of the company’s operation and features some of Team Clermont’s favorite musical acts as well as showcasing the various talents of TC Summer Campers through arts, crafts, karaoke, kickball, Four Square, Corn Hole, dancing, drinking, and more. Team Clermont Summer Camp offers an opportunity to tour the finer clubs and sights of beautiful, bucolic Athens, Georgia, where Team Clermont makes its home. And it all culminates in a night of sing-alongs featuring members of Elf Power, of Montreal, Elf Power, We Versus the Shark, Cinemechanica, Casper & the Cookies, Dark Meat, and more covering ESG, Mclusky, and Paul Mccartney and Wings songs! That's quite a diverse lineup of favorites. Add to that performances by So Many Dynamos, Megafaun, Mostly Bears, Benji Hughes, and more, and you're gonna want your parents to drop you off here right away!

Come to the camp where it's towel poppin' and panty raids 24 hours a day: Team Clermont Summer Camp!

Check out the Team Clermont Summer Camp Muxtape!

FESTIVITIES

Thursday - 07/31
"Camp Orientation” at Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA

So Many Dynamos
Mostly Bears
Megafaun
Benji Hughes
(18+ , 256 W Clayton St)

Friday - 08/01
Music Director Scavenger Hunt - 12PM-2PM

“Talent Night” at Little Kings featuring...
Karaoke
Dance Party with DJs Cookies & Cream
Arts & Crafts
Four Square and Corn Hole tournaments
Face Painting Station

Saturday - 08/02
Koalas vs. Walruses Kickball Showdown - 10AM-2PM
(All ages, East Athens Community Park, 705 Sunset Drive)
w/ musical performance by Graham MacRae



"Campfire Sing-Along" concert at The 40 Watt Club
(18+ , 10PM - 285 W Washington St)

Tiny Sticks (ESG cover band featuring Josh McKay of Macha/Seaworthy, Bryan Poole, Heather Heyn formerly of Dark Meat, Aaron Wegelin formerly of Elf Power)

Hi Hi Hi (covering Paul McCartney & Wings, featuring Bryan Poole from of Montreal/Dark Meat/Elf Power/the Late BP Helium and Jason Nesmith of Casper & the Cookies)

F*ck This Band (Mclusky cover band featuring Jeff Tobias of We Versus The Shark, Dark Meat and Pegasuses-XL, Scott Smith of We Versus The Shark, Andy Pruett of Cinemechanica, and Brion Kennedy)

Meet the artists


St. Louis' So Many Dynamos recently finished recording their third album with Death Cab for Cutie member and big-time engineer Chris Walla. Known for their danceable post-punk and incendiary live shows, these touring machines always bring a good time with them. "Dudes looked ordinary and innocuous enough setting up, but once the lights went out, the St. Louis-based fourpiece let out the electricity in fits and jolts-- jittery, stop-start guitars, clipped shouts, hairpin rhythmic turns-- like so many, er, energy-producing machines." (Pitchfork Media)



Arizona's Mostly Bears are college radio darlings on the rise, spinning big-time anthems in the Arcade Fire or Radiohead vein, though those comparisons are a little too easy given the band's unique ability to weave its myriad influences into something unique. “Full of verve and with chops to burn” (Allmusic.com) and “Adventurous and never boring” (PopMatters).



From Stereogum: "On their debut Bury The Square, Raleigh-via-Eau Clair trio Megafaun neatly splice together different strands of sounds, whether it's tape manipulated hoedowns, mournful, slow-blooming banjo-and-white-noise-laced epics, or the rural barbershop doo wop of "Find Your Mark." Focusing on a wide palette of instrumentation, but always coming back to their soaring three-part harmonies, it's easy to see why Akron/Family contacted them out of the blue and asked them to support them on a six-week tour: Megafaun opens, then joins Akron plus excellent sound manipulator Greg Davis on-stage as a supergroup of sorts. When they're on their own as Megafaun, the group consists of brother Brad and Phil Cook, along with Joe Westerlund. All three played in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and Brad co-owns Burlytime Records, the label that put out Bowerbirds and Horseback last year."



Hidden behind flowing rusty hair and Shakespearean beard is Benji Hughes, a complex, and often funny, dreamer with a harmonious voice. The singer songwriter from North Carolina subtly infuses his music with flavors and colors, evoking the numerous feelings that love brings. From happiness to misery, Benji describes relationships with friends, women and life in general. New West Records will release Benji’s debut, 25 song, two album set, A Love Extreme on July 22nd.



Graham MacRae's debut record was released earlier this year to ecstatic reviews, like this one from Americana UK: "There is no denying that in his deft finger-picking style Californian Macrae has listened to huge amounts of John Fahey records and shares that visionary’s approach to song writing and resulting aural unease. It clearly has done the Eagle Rock native no harm at all as this self-titled debut album is a corker and a record that, like Fahey, rewards repeated listening. Production is sharp and measured and choice of material throughout is of the highest order. Lyrically Macrae has an edge, a certain weirdness and ‘out there’ perception that is both charming and easy on the senses – more a sixties sensitivity as opposed to seventies whimsy."

Previous Team Clermont Summer Festival performers have included Danger Mouse, Deerhunter, Bobby Conn, Calvin Johnson, Castanets, Phosphorescent, Summer Hymns, The Wrens, of Montreal, The Mountain Goats, Man Man, Dark Meat, Elf Power, John Vanderslice, Liz Durrett, De Novo Dahl, The Polyphonic Spree, Trans Am, John Roderick of the Long Winters, Songs: Ohia, Man…or Astroman?, Cinemechanica, Enon, Eleni Mandell, Pattern is Movement, Radar Bros., the Rosebuds, and many, many more.

Hotel /Travel Information

Days Inn: Athens - Located on Finley Street. Walkable to downtown and has a pool.
Best Western Athens - Located on Miledge Avenue and Broad Street. Walkable to downtown and has a pool.
Holiday Inn Express - Located on Broad Street in downtown Athens.

Travel from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport to Athens:
- AAA Airport Express - Shuttle between the Atlanta airport to the Holiday Inn in downtown Athens. Check website for schedule and reservations.
- Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport transportation listings can be found HERE.
- If we really like you and there are 2-3 people in your group, a Team Clermont employee might be able to pick you up. Probably not though.

Driving directions from...

North: I-85 South, take Exit 149 for US-441/GA-15 toward Homer/Commerce/Banks Crossing. Turn LEFT at US-441/GA-15. Go straight for about 22 miles. US-441 turns into Dr Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy. Turn RIGHT at North Avenue. Turn LEFT at Hull Street. Turn RIGHT onto Washington Street. The 40 Watt is on the corner of Washington and Pulaski Streets.

West: I-20 East toward Atlanta. Take exit 75 to merge onto I-75/I-85 North toward Chattanooga/Greenville. Travel on I-85 North for about 26 miles. Take a slight right onto GA-316 East/Athens/Lawrenceville. Continue traveling straight on GA-316, which eventually turns into Broad Street. Turn LEFT onto Pulaski Street. The 40 Watt is on the corner of Washington and Pulaski Streets.

East: If traveling from Northeast, take I-85 route as listed above in the North directions. If traveling from the Southeast, have fun with that.

South: No Floridians allowed. However if you are traveling from New Orleans or somewhere around there, take I-65 North towards Montgomery. Take Exit 171 and merge onto I-85 North towards Atlanta. Take a slight right onto GA-316 East/Athens/Lawrenceville. Continue traveling straight on GA-316, which eventually turns into Broad Street. Turn LEFT onto Pulaski Street. The 40 Watt is on the corner of Washington and Pulaski Streets.

Otherwise, we suggest using a lovely service called Google Maps.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Taylor Hollingsworth


Download: Taylor Hollingsworth -- "Damn Boy What's Wrong With You?"

Download: Taylor Hollingsworth -- "Shout It Out"

Download: Taylor Hollingsworth -- "Hard Headed Woman"

A sideman for Maria Taylor and Conor Oberst (he played guitar on Oberst's forthcoming Merge solo debut), Taylor recalls a Johnny Thunders-styled throwback or a Flat Duo Jets-esque shredder. Armed with an arsenal of guitar slinging and grisly, thought-provoking songwriting, this boy-faced wonder echoes the gritty gist of some of the South’s greatest musical traditions. It's a gritty, raw garage record that kills from start to finish.

Monotonix @ Go Bar

Monotonix at Go Bar last night (6/26/08)





Messy business.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Weeks


Download: The Weeks -- "Buttons"

Download: The Weeks -- "Altar Girl"

The Weeks' debut album taps into Southern roots (and their parents' vinyl collection) for influences. Raised on a Deep Southern diet of the Marshall Tucker Band and the Allman Brothers, the Weeks proudly hail from the rich musical heritage of their home state, a pride that burns proudly through the taut rhythm section and soaring leads of "Mississippi Rain". Sonically akin to Southern neighbors the Kings of Leon and friends Colour Revolt, the Weeks are roaring out of the garage, and are ready to take the stage as a Southern juggernaut to be reckoned with.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Earlimart


Download: Earlimart -- "Song For"

We are so pleased to bring you a new track from one of our favorite bands around here at Team Clermont: Earlimart. "Song For" is the first song off the duo's stunning new album, Hymn and Her. It's a driving melancholy pop song that manages to be both economical in arrangement and still lush, with pounding piano bass, serpentine cello, and insistent drums, all bolstered by terrific vocal performances. The whole record is fantastic, another achievement in the evolution and maturation of this thoughtful pop band.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008



Download: The Boy Bathing -- "The Beaches Meet The Sea" http://teamclermont.com/mp3/theboybathing_thebeachesmeetthesea.mp3

Download: The Boy Bathing -- "A Fire" http://www.teamclermont.com/mp3/theboybathing_afire.mp3

Sometimes other people say stuff better than I can, so let's let them do the talking: Amplifier says of The Boy Bathing: “…lyrics may be The Boy Bathing's strongest suit. Whether whispered, cooed or snarled, Hurwitz's words delight with their disarming blend of unpredictability, insight and jubilant resignation. If The Boy Bathing's full-length debut is at times grandiose, it's the most self-effacing grandiosity you're likely to encounter this side of Sufjan Stevens.”

Friday, June 13, 2008

Jon Sonnenberg


Download: Jon Sonnenberg -- "DOA"

Download: Jon Sonnenberg -- "The Door With 5000 Locks"

For more than a decade, Jon Sonnenberg (member of Travelogue and more) has charmed listeners with his ability to blend intricate sounds and textures with pleasant melodies. Whether creating sounds electronically, electrically, or acoustically, the layers and quality of Sonnenberg's work enables one's imagination to see beyond the confines of commercial music. His new album, Acoustic Selections, features reconfigured and rerecorded versions of his previous electronic "greatest hits." Some of the 27 instruments that Sonnenberg plays on his album he made himself. Check out these cool YouTube videos where Jon explains the process.



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We Versus The Shark


Download: We Versus the Shark -- "Mr. Ego Death"

Download: We Versus the Shark -- "Hello Blood"

Recorded nearly live in two days, Dirty Versions is where We Versus the Shark ups the ante, bringing you the full force of the Shark's live show. Drawing from the likes of Mclusky and The Melvins for inspiration, Dirty Versions is a compact, immediate record that builds on the quartet’s post-Dischord sonic template. It's powerful, raw, dynamic, and more than a little weird, taking unexplained and irrational turns that always work. Dirty Versions was recorded in Athens by friend of The Shark Joel Hatstat (ex-Cinemechanica, Pegasuses-XL).

Monday, June 02, 2008

William F. Gibbs


Download: William F. Gibbs -- "Operate"

Download: William F. Gibbs -- "Darling, You Were Beautiful Once"
My Fellow Sophisticates is a haunting medley that's immediately immersive, whether it's "Brother John", the song of a devout priest whose only secret is disbelief, "Tomorrow Never Comes", an intelligent look at a culture willing to trade their souls for fame, or the dream-inspired "Oh Pollyana". Call it Americana, call it Alternative Folk or Rock and Roll. Ultimately, labels don't matter. William F. Gibbs writes music that reflects his memory, his imagination, his artistry. It as scattered, sprawling, and diverse as the Southern landscapes he calls home.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Instruments


Download: The Instruments -- "Ode To The Sea"

Download: The Instruments -- "Sounds Electric"

Led by Japancakes and Circulatory System (among others!) member Heather McIntosh, The Instruments' lush psych-folk album Dark Småland was created with the help of a number of fellow E6 alums. In other exciting news, Heather McIntosh has joined Gnarls Barkley (and played cello on their new record) as the touring bassist (with some cello).

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Broken Letters


Download: The Broken Letters -- "Another Morning"

Download: The Broken Letters -- "Licht"

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, The Broken Letters exist as the primary medium for the songwriting and vocal lyricism of David Hickox. With a crooked craft of melody and a penchant for dark and Biblical delivery, the Broken Letters create songs of love and death, birth and pain, of the moon and of a great fire. This is mournful, committed music from an exciting new duo, in the vein of early My Morning Jacket or Magnolia Electric Co.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Daniel Ahearn


Download: Daniel Ahearn -- "Down For The Count"

Daniel Ahearn, of the electro-acoustic folk rock band Ill Lit, is releasing his solo EP, Pray For Me By Name, on Riparian Records. Late in 2007, Daniel was robbed; his electronics, boom box, keyboards, and pedals—all stolen. All the songs on his new EP were written to be songs that Daniel felt like he could play with just an acoustic guitar and his singing. These songs are about traffic, drugs, hookers, the gymnastics of relationships and a fascination with the West Coast. Every one of them is a love song.

Careless Whisper

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mass Solo Revolt


Download: Mass Solo Revolt -- "The Site..."

Download: Mass Solo Revolt -- "Hoka Blast"

Mass Solo Revolt's intelligent, clever songwriting butts up against tough hooks and ringing production. A strong, compact debut with roots in the mid-90s, Easy Mark, channels the sounds of Bob Pollard, The Grifters, and Superchunk. Mass Solo Revolt's guitarist/songwriter/producer Martin Brummeler, along with bassist Jim Frye, migrated to Athens, GA from Ypsilanti, Michigan where their previous bands, Data Cadet and Propeller, released records with the help of Fred Thomas' (Saturday Looks Good To Me) West West Side Records and Makoto Recordings, respectively.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Anthem In


Download: Anthem In -- "Down"

Download: Anthem In -- "Hold On To Me"

Anthem In's fantastic self-titled debut overflows with sneaky rhythms and powerful melodies. It's a confident debut from these New York City transplants, filled with danceable indie-rock tunes that share a sense of layering and depth reminiscent of fellow travelers Rogue Wave, Death Cab for Cutie, or Pinback, while following its own path.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Unicycle Loves You



Download: Unicycle Loves You -- "Highway Robbery"


Unicycle Loves You was formed in the Summer of 2006 in Chicago by Jim Carroll (vocals, guitar), Jon Pollock (guitar, vocals), and Nicole Vitale (bass, vocals); practicing a variety of songs Jim had previously recorded solo under the moniker Unicycle. Shortly thereafter, Adam Labrada (keys, harmonica) and J.T. Baker (drums) were added to the roster and the band played their first show in November 2006. A pop music chimera influenced by music from the 50s, the psychedelic 60s, and rock of the 80s, Chicagoan rising stars will release their self-titled debut album on Highwheel Records (Airiel, Dragged By Horses)!