This is an interesting cover by one of my favorite band, the Lucksmiths. They covered the Magnetic Fields song (and I have to admit I am more partial to the cover than the original).
If you thought Allo Darlin's single "Capricornia" was a Battlestar Galactica-thing, singer Elizabeth Morris explains it all:
"Capricornia is the area in Queensland that I'm from. It has imaginary state lines, roughly around the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs directly through my hometown. There's a nice 70s monument that marks the spot where the line passes, out on a lonely dirt road where all the kids learn how to drive. My family have lived in this area for over 6 generations but none of my generation remain. It's a beautiful place."
The indie-jangly-pop song is taken from their album, Europe, which is available on Amazon MP3 , but the physical CD to be available somewhen in May via one of my favorite record label Slumberland Records.
Allo Darlin' is said to compare that to Kirsty MacColl, The Go-Betweens, Lucksmiths and Camera Obscura, so you know I am already in love with the band.
They are currently on tour with The Wave Pictures:
05/03 Santa Fe, NM — VFW
05/04 Tucson, AZ — Club Congress
05/05 Los Angeles, CA — Echo
05/06 San Diego, CA — Casbah
05/08 San Francisco, CA — Rickshaw Stop
05/10 Portland, OR — Mississippi Studios
05/11 Seattle, WA — Vera Project
05/14 Minneapolis, MN — 7th St. Entry
05/15 Chicago, IL — Schubas
05/16 Cleveland, OH — Beachland Tavern
05/18 New Haven, CT — Cafe Nine
Did you happen to hear Sarah Jaffe's music on NPR's "All Songs Considered"? You can listened to songs from her album, The Body Wins, which was released this week (April 24th) via Kirtland Records.
I did get a chance to listen to her new album, it's actually very good. Reminds me a bit of Florence + The Machine, but electronica, with Jaffe's beautiful voice. I can see why Norah Jones asked her to tour with her in 2010.
I also really liked the album's theme, which, at least to me, sounds like you can't fight nature. Phrases like "the body wins" and theme of unquestionable devotion and love … like it was a disease.
She is doing some dates in her home state:
05/05/12 - Dallas, TX at Granada Theater
Sharon Van Etten is relatively new, but she's been on a hot buzz list since her debut album, Because I Was In Love, in 2009.
Even if you've never heard her folksy music, I'm sure you've heard of her. She seems to be everywhere, whether having a song on the film "Women's Prison", singing on The Antlers' Hospice, covering Morrissey, playing at the annual SXSW, or recently singing with The National for "Think You Can Wait".
Her third studio album, Tramp, came out earlier this year via Jagjaguwar Records and she's going on the long touring road for it. Check out her massive tour dates below. August is a long way from now, but I am hoping to have Emily cover her show for Minneapolis.
May 3, 2012 : BAM : Brooklyn, NY
May 16, 2012 : Scala : London, UK
May 17, 2012 : Deaf Institute : Manchester, UK
May 18, 2012 : Whelans : Dublin, Ireland
May 20, 2012 : Brudenell Social Club : Leeds, UK
May 21, 2012 : Komedia : Brighton, UK
May 23, 2012 : The AB Club : Brussels, Belgium
May 24, 2012 : La Maroquinerie : Paris, France
May 26, 2012 : Le Guess Who Festival, Netherlands
May 28, 2012 : Big Star Show : Barbican, UK
May 29, 2012 : Prinzenbar : Hamburg, Germany
May 30, 2012 : Studio 672 : Cologne, Germany
June 2, 2012 : Primavera Festival : Barcelona, Spain
June 21, 2012 : Union Transfer : Philadelphia, PA
July 14, 2012 : Latitude : Southwold, United Kingdom
July 17, 2012 : Kilden Supersonic : Kristiansand, Norway
July 28, 2012 : Newport Folk Festival : Newport, RI
July 29, 2012 : Helsinki Hudson : Hudson, NY
July 31, 2012 : Phoenix : Toronto, Canada
August 2, 2012 : Turner Hall Ballroom : Milwaukee, WI
August 3, 2012 : Lollapalooza : Chicago, IL
August 4, 2012 : First Avenue : Minneapolis, MN
August 7, 2012 : Neptune Theater : Seattle, WA
August 8, 2012 : The Aladdin Theater : Portland, OR
August 10, 2012 : Outside Lands : San Francisco, CA
August 12, 2012 : Greek Theatre : Los Angeles, CA
August 14, 2012 : Belly Up Tavern : Solana Beach, CA
August 15, 2012 : Crescent Ballroom : Phoenix, AZ
August 17, 2012 : Urban Lounge : Salt Lake City, UT
August 18, 2012 : Jackson Hole Amph : Jackson Hole, WY
August 19, 2012 : Fox Theater : Boulder, CO
August 20, 2012 : Riot Room : Kansas City, Missouri
September 22, 2012 : ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ
I saw Sallie Ford last year, which I admitted to "loving her album, Dirty Radio, since I heard it".
Sallie Ford just recently wrapped up her tour with Wanda "Queen of Rockabilly" Jackson for April, and will be coming around to Minneapolis again this year. You should definitely catch her, if you haven't seen her. See why Paste Magazine calls her "a little bit of Bessie Smith and mix it with a dash of Tom Waits."
05.18.12 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
05.19.12 Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit Cabaret
05.19.12 Nelsonville, OH@ Nelsonville Music Festival
05.22.12 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout w/ Dark Dark Dark
05.23.12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
05.24.12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
05.25.12 George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival w/ Beck, Jack White, etc.
09.07.12 Bowling Green, OH @ Black Swamp Arts Festival
09.08.12 Bowling Green, OH @ Black Swamp Arts Festival
Amy Ray is one half of Indigo Girls, a band that was quite popular in the late 80s and early 90s, alongside other Epic acts like Tracy Chapman and Suzanne Vega. When not playing in Indigo Girls, Ray has been putting out solo albums under her own label, Daemon Records.
Her latest album is called Lung of Love, which came out this year in February. She's currently on tour to promote the album. I saw Ray in 2008, and it was one of the best shows I've seen that year because of the Brandi Carlile appearance!
Fri May 4 Charlotte, NC - Visulite *
Sat May 5 Savannah, GA - Live Wire *
Tue May 8 Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley *
Thu May 10 Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig *
Fri May 11 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
Sat May 12 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House *
Mon May 14 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall *
Tue May 15 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
Thu May 17 Madison, WI - The Frequency *
Fri May 18 St. Paul, MN - The Turf Club *
* with The Shadowboxers
Okay, there's no need to make fun of me, but I have a soft spot for Wilson Phillips. Their self-titled debut album was one of the first cassettes that I've ever purchased. "Some day somebody's gonna make you want to turn around and say goodbye/'Til then, baby, are you going to let them hold you down and make you cry?". LOVE IT.
Their unexpected song appearance at the movie "Bridesmaids" reminded me that the daughters The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas are not forgotten!
I have good news: the band is back with a cover-lover album called Dedicated. Songs covered are entirely by their parents, so expect to hear hits like "California Dreamin'", "Monday Monday", Wouldn't It Be Nice", "God Only Knows", and "Good Vibrations."
I am hoping to see my beloved Wilson Philips at the Minnesota State Fair:
6/6/12 Dallas TX Winspear Opera House
8/17 & 8/18 San Diego, CASan Diego Symphony
8/31 & 9/1 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
*more tour dates to follow
Skyline Pigeons' are two sisters (Roxanne and Caroline Teti) from California. Their debut full-length album is called House of Mysteries is coming out June 5, 2012.
Although their name sounds like it was taken from Elton John, they are described as "Shoegaze-rock/psych-pop". The two sisters have different influences, but it is also what makes their songwriting so diverse and interesting. As Roxanne puts it, "If anything, the fire as well as songwriting has brought me closer to embracing my true identity and working creatively as a musical team made me realize how important community is and the feeling that people are on this earth to help each other. I think our unity is something transcendent in the quality of the music… What really makes this album so special is that every song is so different yet unified by our sound."
Stooshe is described in their press release as "filling a huge gap in the girl band market". I wasn't aware there was one? Isn't TLC going back on tour with a hologram Left Eye?
Anyroad, Warner Brothers Records is planning on releasing Stooshe's new single "Black Heart", this June 11th. This is the follow-up to their big top 5 hit single "Love Me".
Look for their debut album, Swings and Roundabouts, out later this year.
PS, sorry, they didn't send the cover artwork for "Black Heart", so you'll have to put up with their Love Me single.
Letterist is an electro-synthpop band from New York. Their singer, Pamela Bell, I believe, is also on their cover artwork.
If you end up watching their catchy song, "100mph", you'll see Bell being chased by fellow bandmembers Rammy Yogendra and Alex McCown throughout Brooklyn.
Expect to see Letterist's sophomore album, Solace and Gold to be out this year.
THE HALL OF MIRRORS
Not much given on this band. From digging around, it looks like Jessica Winter is the singer and pianist. Their moment of fame was late last year, being played on BBC Tom Robinson (28/08/2011).
I did listen to "Love Child", which has a very 60s girl pop sound. You can hear it for yourself at bandcamp.