This oneâ€™s a doozie, LI$TNRS. Since I was in the process of moving to a new house during the vicious onslaught the Polar Vortex brought down upon us last week, I was unable to submit my weekly piece. This week, Iâ€™m in Austin playing some shows with my band DEERPEOPLE for this tiny, hardly established, semi-cool festival called South by Southwest.
Now that youâ€™ve read my excuses and feel sympathetic toward my desire to hustle through the writing of this LI$T, Iâ€™ve got a surprise for you. This week, youâ€™re receiving TWO, count â€˜em TWO playlists (thatâ€™s 18 whole tracks), and Iâ€™m not even hardly going to rant about the groups. This is all for your benefit, LI$TNRS. Everything I do is for you. Kind of. Here are my highlights:
- St. Vincentâ€™s new self-titled album is great, as expected. I give it five $â€™s. (Yes this number of dollar signs rating thing is something I just made up. Weâ€™ll see if it sticks.)
- Accordion, screaming slide guitar, Balkan-influenced drums, and a heavy dose of rock. Welcome to the weird world of KONGOS.
- Tacocat, along with a hilarious name, has some hilarious lyrics. If this track doesnâ€™t do it for you, check out â€œCrimson Wave.â€
- Beckâ€™s new album is pretty good. I got bored at times. Feel free to yell at me for my lack of depth in the comments.
- Mimicking Birds is a group out of Portland that will be gracing the historic stage of Oklahoma Cityâ€™s Blue Note along with some other talented out-of-state acts for a post-SXSW celebration this Sunday, March 16th. To see who else is playing and why you should go, check here.
And now for the highlights from the next LI$T:
- The opening track from The Family Crestâ€™s latest album sounds like some crazy hybrid of Lost in the Trees, Muse and Villagers. Itâ€™s epic. Beneath the Brine showcases some serious musical chops.
- Inner Fire, The Souljazz Orchestraâ€™s latest record, is SO SO SO GOOD. Guaranteed to make you groove, bump, dance, boogie, etc., I give it five $â€™s as well.
- Ava Luna is one of my favorite underrated bands. Theyâ€™re energetic, funky, soulful, unique and most of all, an experience. Recently released Electric Balloon (as well as 2012â€™s Ice Level) is a must-listen for avid music seekers.
- If you like electronica, you HAVE to listen to Moodymanâ€™s recently released self-titled album. End of story. If you donâ€™t typically like electronica, Iâ€™d still recommend that you listen to this album. Thatâ€™s it from my end. If youâ€™re not in Austin for SXSW too, then enjoy your mega-extra-extended dose of music via these LI$TS. If you are in Austin, then enjoy your mega-extra-extended dose of music via basically anywhere that you can stand.