During Winter Break 2010, I went to a Deerhunter show and saw this band Lucy Dreams open for them. I think at the time their band’s name was Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, but that’s beside the point. They were a bunch of high school kids, and they put on a great show, especially considering that it was only their second professional show. They fit in pretty well with Deerhunter, and their combination of jangly guitars and noisy guitars is pretty hip now (as the kids are telling me). Anywway, they had an album come out in September that I totally missed. Here’s the album, track 4 is my favorite:
I’ve been chilling in Florida for a few days, so I’m just getting caught up on some SXSW media coverage. Looking through bands, Gashcat stuck out to me. They sound quite a bit like Neutral Milk Hotel (they even have a singing saw), but their music is pretty fun and goes beyond being a simple immitation. Here’s one of the better tracks off of last year’s Reunion!
I Come to Shanghai is a newish band that is based in Athens, GA. They just released the second half of their synth-heavy second album online. I think it holds together really well as an album, so if you like the track, you should check out the whole thing at http://www.icometoshanghai.com/
Last night, I went to a Neon Indian concert, which was great. But, the real breakout sensation of the show was the opener, Purity Ring. They put on a really impressive show, the crowd went wild, etc. It’s a little hard to imagine a track this electronic being interesting live, but the band had a weird light-bulb drum machine and a hypnotic charisma that sold their performance much more than Neon Indian. They don’t have an album out yet, but check out this track:
Herzog is a band from Cleveland. I was going through my back log of NPR podcasts today, and they played this song, entitled “Silence.” There’s a sweet opening monologue about football or something, but the juicy meat of the song is 2 minutes of the singer repeating the same line while cymbals crash and a fuzzy guitar jams. I’ve been listening to it nonstop! Make sure to listen to it with the video at max quality.