February 9, 2009

Monday Music Roundup

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Ah, Radiohead, you win.

I did in fact watch most of the Grammys last night in between sorting mail and promo CDs and going through bills. It was that riveting. And just like when I cried last year when Kanye started singing ’bout his mama, I also cried this year when Jennifer Hudson sang (so sad), and just like last year I was also left largely disaffected by the pop music industry in general. Except Radiohead. I actually yelped –out loud– during their performance of 15 Step, watching the faces of the USC kids pound their big drums so ferociously. That is easily the single most electrifying performance I’ve seen on the Grammys. And now I want to travel somewhere, anywhere, and see Radiohead again. Bless their hearts. [watch and listen]

That, and I couldn’t help but noticing in the Memorial montage that a guy named Pervis died this year and I really feel that should be the new hipster baby name because it’s awesome.





La musica nuova:

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The Vox Jaguars

These kids play with, well, a swagger and a band name that sums up what it’s like to be 19 and bursting with confidence. I heard The Vox Jaguars over on Some Velvet Blog, all fuzz and scowl and garage rock, replete with fake British accents asking, “wot?”. They’re also from the coastal town of Santa Cruz, just over the hill from where I grew up. Two are in high school still, which I guess means they go to San Lorenzo Valley or Harbor High. Weird. They have an EP out tomorrow on Anodyne Records, home to the Meat Puppets — and they show fun and promising verve.





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Bon Iver

There’s a sensual and spine-tingling mournfulness in this cover (from a live session on Triple-J radio in Australia) that reminds me so very much of Jeff Buckley taking on the sweet and mournful sorrow of Nina Simone’s “Lilac Wine.” It’s unexpected, and uncanny.





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Illinois

This unadorned song sounds like someone sitting up at an old piano on your grandparents’ sunporch, the honeyed notes floating through the air and swirling around with the dust motes. Evocative very much of Ben Kweller’s prettiest numbers, our protagonist wonders here if he is someone’s missing piece. I guess you never know until you try. Illinois is still not from Illinois, but they are giving away all kinds of free music leading up to their new album The Adventures of Kid Catastrophe on May 5th. Check out the other goodness.





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Laura Gibson

Redolent with a richness in her warble that feels more at home in the 1930s than today, Laura Gibson‘s music feels very grounded and a bit otherworldly all at once. I’d like to see her play with Elvis Perkins in Dearland because they are some sort of soul siblings and might not know it yet but omg. She is actually on tour in the coming months with Juana Molina and also Fuel favorites Blind Pilot (but only for the SLC stop!). Her new album Beasts of Seasons is out February 24th on Hush Records.





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The Morning Benders

Berkeley’s Morning Benders bring their pleasing super-sunny pop harmonies to Denver next Saturday, and in a charming little gesture with their tourmates The Submarines, they’ve each covered one another’s work and released it for free to the adoring fans. I like the way this song takes a minute to get its training wheels straight and rolling on the merry way, with the hints of Sixties psychedelica throughout.



7 Comments »

  • Thanks so much for the Bon Iver! The entire session is great — have you heard it? And I love Illinois. This much: http://animalshow.wordpress.com/2009/01/14/you-know-whats-totally-indie-naming-your-band-something-completely-senseless/

    seriously, “An Open Door” is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in a long time, and I’m sure you’d dig it.

    Edward — February 10, 2009 @ 8:46 am

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  • “I’m confused, because whenever I watch The Simpsons they’re very rude about the Grammys. It’s hard to know how important they are.”

    ~ Jonny Greenwood

    JC — February 10, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  • God i love the morning benders. saw them in Davis (they actually came! nobody does!), and damn, they are awesome.

    Tim — February 10, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  • Thanks for the awesome Bon Iver jewel.. Amazing…

    I have unfortunately never seen Radiohead live… but I am more than a little shaken by Thom’s Axel Rose impression… At any moment I was expecting a Sweet Child slither and him rip off his stripper pants to reveal the spandex biker shorts. Disturbing.

    Bill — February 11, 2009 @ 3:10 am

  • Don’t name a kid Pervis. Pervis the Pervert is too easy.

    George Glass — February 11, 2009 @ 11:33 am

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