Archive for SXSW 2009

Telekinesis @ Merge Records party, The Parish, SXSW 2009 Day 4, Sat March 21st.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , , on March 23, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Telekinesis @ The Parish, SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: Telekinesis – Coast Of Carolina

Telekinesis from Seattle, Washington was one of the word of mouth successes of SXSW 2009. Having been recommended them by a few people independently, I finally caught up with them on the last day. Telekinesis on record is one man band Michael Benjamin Lerner. As talented as he is, only having two arms means that live he has to settle for performing drums and lead vocals from his kit at stage front. What a slacker! So on stage Michael is joined by a couple of guitarists and a keyboard player along for the ride. It’s big hearted, high tempo power pop and it sure is a lot of fun. They’ve signed to Merge Records and their debut album is due out in the U.S. in April and features Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie. Let’s hope it gets a UK release.

For Fans Of: The Shins, Of Montreal, Ra Ra Riot, Death Cab For Cutie.

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Asobi Seksu @ Cedar Courtyard, SXSW 2009 Day 4, Sat March 21st.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , on March 23, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Asobi Seksu @ Cedar Court, SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: Asobi Seksu – Familiar Light

Now I won’t be the first to write about Asobi Seksu in an exciting manner (they’ve been around since 2004) but it’s great when a band you think you’re going to love gives you a reason to do just that. They were on fire, almost literally due to 30 degree heat, at SXSW yesterday. With guitar, drums, bass and keys building from a gentle wave to a barrage of sound layered with effects and reverb. It’s a sound that many have made their name with in recent years but the angelic vocals of Yuki Chikudate, some in English, some in Japanese give them an edge over their competitors. They have a bit of an indie dance thing going on too at times which you can’t say of people like Mogwai can you! Their name means Casual Sex in colloquial Japanese by the way.

For Fans Of: Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, School Of Seven Bells.

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Harlem @ Beauty Bar Backyard, SXSW 2009 Day 4, Sat March 21st.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Harlem @ Beauty Bar, SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: Harlem – South Of France

Harlem were everything I hoped Wavves would be when I saw them last month. And then some. Intelligent punk tunes with great lines like ‘I hate every book I’ve ever read’. A 3 piece of drums, guitar and bass. Guitarist and drummer swap instruments and share vocal duties. Also probably the only gay punk band I know at the moment! I was so impressed that I picked up their debut album ‘Free Drugs’ and I highly recommend you do the same when it’s out but for now tuck into the mp3 above. Hell yeah!

For Fans Of: The Clash, Sex Pistols, Titus Andronicus.

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Dear and The Headlights @ Volume Party, SXSW 2009 Day 4, Sat March 21st.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Dear and The Headlights, SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: Dear and The Headlights – I’m Not Crying, You’re Not Crying Are you

Dear and The Headlights are from Arizona and sure know how to write a rock tune. A mix of Americana, rock and indie. They only played an acoustic set yesterday but it was powerful stuff anyway. 3 guys, 3 guitars and some great voices. I’m suprised they’re not huge already. I hope they make it to Britain one day soon.

For Fans Of: Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse, Frightened Rabbit, Belle & Sebastian.

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Jeremy Jay @ Clubdeville, SXSW 2009 Day 4, Sat March 21st.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Jeremy Jay @ Clubdeville, SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: Jeremy Jay – Airwalker

Another new band that I’ll be investigating further is Jeremy Jay of California. Skinny jeans and Ray Bans well represented in this 3-piece but it’s their drummers excellent moustache that’s really distracting me from these easy on the ear, toe tapping, disco tinged guitar tunes.

For Fans Of: Television, The Strokes.

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The Duke Spirit @ Antone’s, SXSW 2009 Day 4, Fri March 21st.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , , , on March 22, 2009 by musicmuleblog

mp3: The Duke Spirit – This Ship Was Built To Last

This show taught me a lesson – never see a band play at a corporate event and be completely put off by their performance. Explanation – I saw UK band The Duke Spirit play a Ray Bans launch party a couple of years back and they sucked so I’ve ignored them since then. A mistake it would seem as last night they were amazing live (although I’m still not 100% sold as to whether I’d enjoy a whole album), newer material fitting in seamlessly with old greats like ‘Love is An Unfamiliar Name’. The gig was a much coveted support slot for American favourites Silversun Pickups at one of the bigger venues in Austin. They they look set to conquer America.

For Fans Of: Howling Bells, Kings Of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Micah P Hinson @ Radio Room Patio, SXSW 2009 Day 3, Fri March 20th.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, SXSW 2009, Tracks with tags , , on March 21, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Micah P Hinson @ SXSW 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

mp3: Micah P Hinson – Caught In Between

Micah P Hinson is king of Texas in my book. I’ve seen him many times before and have enjoyed all of his albums and generally think he’s one of the best singer/songwriters ever. I had to tear myself away from this show very early but got just enough time to get a snap of the man looking very dapper and sporting a shiny new Airline (?) guitar. Loving the Fear and Loathing cigarette holder too Micah. Legend

For Fans Of: Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The National, Johnny Cash.

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