The format this week is a little different from recent Bandcamp round up’s. There were live shows and non-BC discoveries. See: Below.
Django, Sam & Claire of Nightmare and The Cat turned up this week at The Hotel Cafe with a backing band and Gary Baseman! Who painted during their set… if anyone has a photo of that, post it in the comments mine is all blurry. We’ve discussed before, if you haven’t listened to these kids (yes, they are kids) yet, we probably should not be friends.
Nicole Atkins played to empty rooms for years before a record label noticed her undeniable talent. Then they got her, (as usual) didn’t know what to do with her, dropped her and now, in their wake, she’s kicking ass all over the United States with her most recent release, Mondo Amore. I spent all of thursday playing ‘The Tower’ over and over and over again. If you have the opportunity to see this woman live, do it. Atkins backing band, The Black Sea, lead by shredding wonder Irina Yalkowsky do not disappoint either. They are tight… like a Bengal tiger.
Dum Dum Girls covered my (and the rest of the post-angst populus’) favorite Smiths song…
‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out‘ track is featured on Dum Dum Girls up coming four-track ‘He Gets Me High’ EP. Coming out on February 28th, the newest release was produced by frontwoman Dee Dee alongside Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes, plus 1960s songwriter and Sire Records co-founder Richard Gottehrer.
The Lonely Wild “creates indie music with the rabble-rousing spirit of a sea shanty, and an Ennio Morricone-style vision of the old west.” Yes they do. Their record release show is on February 24th @ The Bootleg in LA.
Holy S*it. This debut LP from Tom Williams & The Boat comes out digitally this week and physically on the 28th of February. When you buy this, do pour yourself something of the whiskey persuasion or if that’s not your bag (anymore) black iced tea should suffice. This guy makes me want to drive out to Joshua Tree and shoot guns.
This two-piece aaht-rock duo from Baltimore, the city that brought you Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Celebration, Animal Collective, Dave Sitek (you thought Brooklyn was cool…) are well… aurally ear melting. That’s right, I said it. Ear melting™ and this is a good thing.
Saturday night my friend Lindsey introduced me to Austra, who were in town sharing a bill with Glass Candy at The Echoplex. In Latvian mythology, Austra means the Goddess of light. Austra’s music is what would happen if a band had been sent to quell Titan’s condemned to Tartarus. You will be hearing so much more from Katie Stelmanis, the openly queer, effortlessly cool Toronto-based talent in the coming months. You’ll be glad you hopped on the bandwagon now.
That’s all I have, this week it got loud. My tinnitus thanks you.