Sooooo, I took about a month off from posting on this site. I think Shawn hates me now. Oh well, I probably deserve it. Anyways, in an effort to win back his love and affection, here are five great songs that deserve some hypin’ love!
Awesome songs from Yellow Ostrich, The Big Pink, The Music Tapes, The Beets, and The Drums after the proverbial jump…
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Location matters. If you think it doesn’t then try and imagine “The Boss” coming from some place other than New Jersey. Location influences both the artist and how the listener perceives the artist. Tell me a band is from Williamsburg and I’m immediately bringing to the table a set of preconceived notions about what to expect. The Dirty Projectors, for instance, sound like 2000′s indie rock by way of Brooklyn and My Name Is John Michael sounds like 2000′s indie rock by way of New Orleans.
My Name Is John Michael [MySpace] is the name of the touring musical entity led by John Michael Rouchell, who, like the rest of his six piece band, is a native of New Orleans. My Name Is John Michael originally began as a 52 week one-song-a-week recording project that Rouchell under took in 2008. Originally conceived as a solo project but spiraling out of control into something much, much larger, My Name Is John Michael now touring behind the highlights of this project some 9 months later. Which brings us to Sunday night at Williamsburg’s Spike Hill. …read full article…
The Harlem Shakes have broken up. If you live outside of New York City this news likely means nothing to you and if you do live here, you’re likely thinking either “meh”, “who?”, or maybe even “that’s too bad”. Put me into the “that’s too bad” category. Actually, put me into the “this really blows” category. For whatever reason, the Harlem Shakes were as a cruelly overlooked, ignored, and under appreciated band as their has been in New York this decade. They were never flashy, never seriously buzzed about, never given much attention period. They always sort of seemed to be there floating in a sea of similar bands that could easily grouped in a future late night TV compilation entitled “Post-Strokes NYC Indie Bands”. But now that they are gone, I want to commit to public record the voice of at least one person who says that dammit, the Harlem Shakes were a damn good band and as an enjoyable producer of music as I’ve heard. …read full article…
Shawn and I were sitting at a table in Brooklyn’s Littlefield (site of this weekend’s After The Jump Fest!) the other day when the topic of album of the year came up. I told him it was hands down the Rural Alberta Advantage. He said no. He said he hadn’t even listened to them yet. After my heart finished breaking and my anger subsided (this took quite some time…), I calmly informed him that I was already planning on hijacking the Radio Exile end of the year best album poll. Holly is already on my side and we are a coalition of the willing (willing….to ROCK!). I’m actively recruiting other Radio Exile writers to join in voting Hometowns as album of the year (hey Dan….join the coalition…all the cool kids are doing it). Shawn of course says this is all irrelevant as he controls the poll and will rig it so whoever he wants to win will win. F-him, I say. Us Rural Alberta Advantage fans will prevail!
So that’s it for Rural Alberta Advantage/Radio Exile news. Now for just the Rural Alberta Advantage news! …read full article…
By the time you read this, dear reader, it will be Monday morning and if the rumors are true there will be a new Radiohead EP waiting on your doorstep for you to take in and love. That is, unless nothing happens at all and the wild rumors flying around the internet are false. But when are internet rumors ever false? Rhetorical question, don’t answer that.
All this uncertainty is pretty rough on us reviewers. Here at Radio Exile we pride ourselves on getting our reviews out the day albums come out. As such we have prepared a review for this new hypothetical Radiohead release. True, we haven’t heard the release yet, or even know what it is if it even exists, but that shouldn’t stop us. Reviewers review albums without listening to them all the time.
So we did what we had to. We wrote the framework of the outline and provided options for all the unknowns. Think of this almost as a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book, Radiohead style. …read full article…
Dear Mark Richardson,
Okay, so let me start with this: I have no problem with you as a reviewer. You gave “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” a 10.0 (…eventually), so really, we should be like best friends here.
But I must say, giving Broken Social Scene‘s Love Will Tear Us Apart cover a 3 is puzzling at best. This is a song that has been covered a ton of times and the BSS version is one of the best. Hands down. For sure. Fo shizzle. Yes yes indeed.
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Has it really been almost a month since I did one of those? My, how time flies! Lets get on it!
And best yet, this is number TEN! Hype Device TEN! American History X? Nah, Hype Device X. In honor of HD:X, here are TEN songs that deserve some blogger love, some buzz spice, and and whole lotta hype!
Ten awesome new artists and mp3s after the jump! …read full article…
So apparently I like to start new features all the time over here at Radio Exile. I thought of another good one the other day; it’s called Covered and this is the first edition of it.
Everybody loves a cover and Covered will be a feature where we round up a bunch of covers of a single artist and give them a letter grade. Today’s Covered artist is Joy Division.
Check out the covers after the jump… …read full article…
Tom: I’ve written about the Rural Alberta Advantage more than any other band this year. In my (secret) attempt to sway the Radio Exile Best Of 2009 Poll, I’ve begun to try and get other Exilers into the RAA. My biggest success thus far has been Holly Louise Perry.
Holly: The First time I heard The Rural Alberta Advantage was on a mix made by Radio Exiler Tom Williams about four months ago. Bought the album right away. Hooked.
I’m supposed to be on a strict no-concert diet (as I’m Europe bound in a few weeks), but I figured i could sacrifice a glass of Italy’s finest so I could catch them in my ‘hood. Very happy I did.
Tom: Since we both saw the RAA live on consecutive night, Holly thought it would be a really cool idea to do a he said/she said review of their live show. I agreed! Here it is.
Tom: Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York on 8/4/09.
Holly: Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA 8/5/09 (their first gig in Cambridge!)
Tom: One pf something I don’t know the name of. It tasted pretty hoppy. Might have been something from Brooklyn Brewery (which is awesome, by the way).
Holly: One draught Harpoon UFO. This lightweight was flying solo for the gig, and I’d much rather remember the music.
Tom: For me, the best part of the show as the crowd. The RAA first played in New York City only about seven months ago, playing several small venues (100 capacity?). They came back in April and May, playing 200 and 300 capacity venues. And now they’re here playing a venue with a capacity of almost 600. Every time they come to New York their audience size doubles. Not only that but when I first saw them in New York in April, the crowd was into it but they didn’t really know the songs that well. At the show at the Music Hall, half the crowd was singing along! It felt like the entire place knew every lyric. This is a band on a huge accent right now.
Holly: I don’t believe the gig was sold out, but by the time RAA took the stage, it sure was cozy. A lot of people knew the words, and, judging by the applause-o-meter and the “one-more-songs,” you wouldn’t have been twisting anyone’s arm to stay another hour to hear the whole thing again. …read full article…
Anamanaguchi [Official Site, MySpace] is perhaps the rarest thing today in indie music: they are original. And not the “we are experimental because we make horribly grating noises that nobody else has ever heard before” kind of original. No, Anamanaguchi are the kick ass sort of original. 8-bit arena rock power pop original. Combine Weezer with an old Nintendo and some Red Bull sort of kick ass.
The band was awesome enough to sit down with Radio Exile at Vassar College a short while back. What transpired was entertaining to say the least. Among other things, we talk about aliens who come to their shows, the Hudson Valley, and how Bear Hands are a bunch of assholes for backing into their car 15 minutes earlier.
Read on. …read full article…
Welcome to a new monthly(ish) feature, Radio Exile’s Next Big Three. A step up from our Hype Device column, here is where we call out who is to be the next big thing (well that was rather self explanatory, wasn’t it?)
Philadelphia-based Kurt Vile [MySpace] makes skuzzy lo-fi guitar rock which sounds like it inhabits the space between a lonely desert road at night and the endless cosmos above.
Because indie rock still hasn’t found its Jim Morrison. Matador Records, which just signed Vile, tends to have pretty good taste in these sorts of matters. Because Vile is his real last name (reportedly). Because “The Hunchback” is a great song. Because he totally killed it at the Woodsist Festival earlier this month. Because he’s one of the hardest working men in rock today.
What We Predict?
An introspective version of Ted Leo’s career. This guy is a lifer with a growing and dedicated fan base. Will never have a “hit” but will become indie rock royalty after a couple of albums.
Check out the rest of the inaugural class “after the jump” …read full article…
I usually try and focus on contemporary music with these Hype Device columns. After all, the entire point is to bring some attention to under looked, but deserved bands. There will always be some groups and songs that are over looked; even with an entire collection of music that deserves to be heard, not all can be worshiped. Thus, this edition of Hype Device will focus on songs and artists that deserve some reparations (…of hype) to offset the deficiency of attention they received when they were releasing music. So hype we will. Retroactively, of course.
Check out mp3s from Wimple Witch, The Gerbils, Sons and Daughter, The Coral, and the Star Spangles “after the jump” …read full article…
He’s not dead yet but Chris Knox is getting the dead legend treatment! Recovering from a stroke in his home country of New Zealand, the lo-fi pioneer (inventor?) is at the receiving end of a covers album! People slated to add a song include David Kilgour, The Mint Chicks, Lou Barlow, Graeme Downs, Guided By Voices, The Mountain Goats, Jay Clarkson, Martin Phillips, Jay Reatard, Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, Shane Carter, Pumice, Alec Bathgate, Will Oldham, Bill Callahan, and most excitingly Jeff Mangum. This will technically be the first song Jeff has released since 1998 (not counting his early ’00′s album of field recordings and a recent soundtrack he compiled for his wife). I, as Jeff Mangum fanboy #1, am excited about this. Jeff’s last official show was in New Zealand in 2001 at the request of (and with) Chris Knox.
Chris is fantastic in his own right, both solo and with the Tall Dwarfs. This should be a fantastic album. More details when they’re available.
Here is the Press Release, via Chris’s blog
Bad news to report.
According to a video posted on BeastieBoys.com, Adam Yauch has cancer in a gland in his throat. Fortunately it is very treatable, but for the time being it looks like the Beastie Boys’ tour dates are cancelled and their album has been postponed indefinitely.
Everyone here at Radio Exile and Inside Pulse are wishing him a speedy and healthy recovery.
Video announcement “after the jump” …read full article…
(Seriously, The Native Americans Called Coney Island “The Land Without Shadows” And I Can See Why)
I’d never been to Coney Island before, nor had I ever attended Siren Festival, despite years of planing and plotting to do both. When I saw that Frightened Rabbit, the Scots behind my favorite album of 2008, were playing, I decided to finally pop this cherry. How was it?
Here is the a point-by-point review (including pictures and video) “after the jump” …read full article…
- Check out this cool trailer for an upcoming documentary about newly rediscovered proto-punk band Death. Can’t wait to see it. (via The Daily Swarm).
- While we’re on the topic of videos, here is Brand New covering Weezer. The head of the 2003 version of myself just exploded.
- Speaking of my mind being blown, Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes covered Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two Headed Boy (via The Sound On Sound)
- Always entertaining is Pretty Much Amazing’s Thinking Man’s Take On… This week is Super Groups.
- Finally, the best thing I’ve seen all week, The Day The Shouting Died. RIP Billy Mays (via L’enfant terrible).
Hyping songs that deserve it since 2008. This may be my favorite collection of songs I’ve featured yet. Check out awesome stuff from Tristen, Bombadil, Run Toto Run, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Nana Grizol after the jump…
- I Guess I’m Floating post some cool covers. I’m really digging the Sleepyhead one by Run Toto Run.
- The Indie Movie Month That Was (via Box Office Prophets)
- Shameless self-promotion: How A Buzz Band Became A Buzzband: A Rural Alberta Advantage Case Study (via Hit Singularity)
- Oh hey! Free Matt and Kim show like, um, right now. I better get going… (via River Rocks)
I have decided to re-review the Rural Alberta Advantage’s [MySpace] fantastic debut album, Hometowns. I have two reasons for this. First, after riding a seemingly ever increasing wave of buzz, the RAA have signed to Saddle Creek, who will re-release their debut album on July 7th. Second, I was never pleased with my original review of Hometowns. While I still very much agree with the sentiment, the original review was rushed and poorly written. Because the Radio Exile review is the third result on Google, and because this is a band that will soon be experiencing a wave of (deserved) attention, I feel that a better, up-to-date review is in order.
As the six months since I’ve first heard Hometowns has passed, there has been nothing to even remotely dissuade me that Hometowns isn’t the best album released in 2009 and that the Rural Alberta Advantage is one of the best bands in the indie world today. Hometowns is an album that I liked upon first listen, loved upon second, was in my year end top ten by my tenth, and my all time top 10 after my 50th listen. It is true that I am predisposed to liking Hometowns. I worship Neutral Milk Hotel with their fuzzy acoustic punk, heartfelt lyrics, and emotional delivery. I tend to enjoy nasally singers in the vein of Jeff Mangum or 1960’s Bob Dylan. And I love indie folk with enough volume to blow my hair back. …read full article…
- What is being hyped as the greatest entertainment complex this side of the Mississippi, Brooklyn Bowl, opens on Tuesday. I am outwardly ambivalent but inside I’m a giddy little child.
- JellyNYC announced the lineup for this year’s “Pool” Parties. They are, um, completely amazing. I’m especially excited for Mission of Burma, Fucked Up, and Ponytail next week. But really, they’re all amazing. (via BKVegan)
- OMFG NEW ARCADE FIRE OMG OMG OMG (via Rock and Roll Daily)
- Pretty Much Amazing puts together a pretty much amazing list of the top 50 songs thus far for ’09. Well, minus the inclusion of Boom Boom Pow.
- This headline made me spit a pretzel across the office yesterday (via Buzzfeed)