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