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: