Just a friendly reminder that ATH will be pretty MIA as far as music news goes for the next couple of days. All of our writers are out at SXSW getting things ready for a full report come Monday. If you aren’t out enjoying the party, don’t forget about our show on Saturday, our SXSW guide and our showcasing artists sampler. Get out there and have fun.
So we’re getting our music and alcohol fix this week with the free shows, but at some point we all have to eat, right? Enter our good friends at Yelp, who are offering half price menu items at a handful of local restaurants including ATH favorites Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and Uchi. The deals start today and run all week through next Sunday the 22nd. For a full list of participating restuaruants or for more info, check out the poster to the left or visit Yelp’s SXSW page on the web.
Remember way back when we told you about that horrible new Chris Cornell record with Timbaland? Apparently Trent Reznor isn’t a big fan either. He even goes as far as saying it makes him feel uncomfortable. Read what Trent has to say on his Twitter.
Those of you who love a good dance mash up will surely find solace knowing that Dan Deacon has a new album coming out March 24th on Carpark Records. You can get a preview of the entire album by heading over to NPR where they will offer a preview of Bromst before the album comes out. Head over to NPR now.
Art Brut is one of those unassuming bands who you aren’t quite sure whether to trust, as they seem to be toying with you the entire time. Just listening to the delivery of singer Eddie Argos makes you question his genuineness in the face of the music world. Regardless, the band has loads to offer, especially in the fierceness of the rest of the music. RCRDLBL has the preview of a new track off their album Art Brut vs. Satan, so go there now.
So, U2 has a new song and video out in support of their upcoming album. Check out the video here and let me know what you think. A lifelong U2 fan, I’m not sure about this latest effort. We do not need another Zooropa.
By the way, I know I post rarely. It isn’t because I don’t love you all. It is because I am pretty much a square and prefer to leave the posting to the experts. Anyways, I will now return to my state of absence. Don’t expect to hear from me too often, unless Ryan continues to refuse to post on Bon Iver.
In a break from new music posts, here’s a bit of tasty news from one of our favorite actors making the all too baffling leap into music. Some of you may have already seen the ridiculous video of Joaquin Phoenix rapping/falling on stage, but you may not have known that Phoenix plans to bring Sean “Diddy” Combs on board to produce his album. You may also not know that Casey Affleck (Ben’s sort of talented younger brother) plans to make a documentary about the creation of this album. We don’t even know what to say… just look at that picture. Phoenix is either on heavy medication/drugs or just another actor who plans on embarassing themselves for our amusement. Singing like Johnny Cash does not mean rapping is a good idea. ATH fans, how about a Joaquin Phoenix album title or worst musical acts by famous actors? Go!
NPR is streaming the entire new M. Ward album Hold Time on their website. It’s not out until Feb. 17th so check it out now and let us know what you think.
Those of you who got all bent out of shape about Bon Iver not appearing on our year end lists can now satisfy your love for the band by streaming their latest EP. The EP is called Blood Band EP and can be streamed from myspace as we speak. The physical release date is set for Jan. 20th on the Jagjaguwar record label. Enjoy!
It’s never to early to start getting your plans made for SXSW. Do512 has a pretty sweet list of artists that have been confirmed so far. Who are you looking forward to?