Sound On Sound: Japandroids @ Emo’s (11/11)

The other Sound on Sound makeup show we ventured out for was to catch Japandroids and Cloud Nothings at Emo’s.

We interviewed Cloud Nothings several years back during Fun Fun Fun Fest, six whole years back, and several albums ago. They were a highlight, winning best drummer award, as I recall.

I last saw Japandroids open for Iggy Pop. That was pretty nuts. They even knew they were speed-bump on the way to the spectacle.

Click through for a few thoughts and the photos.

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Sound on Sound Lineup is Here!

Well ladies and germs, it’s here, our friends over at Margin Walker have yet again outdone themselves this year with an incredibly impressive lineup. Simply looking at the big names of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, Iggy Pop, and The Shins should be enough to get your butt out there. Digging deeper we’ve got Cloud Nothings, Japandroids, my teenage self in various forms via Taking Back Sunday, and holy hell… Cannibal Corpse! Even the small names near the bottom are impressive with Hoops and Girlpool just to name a couple. Something here for everyone. Well done guys, well done. The festival will again take place out in Sherwood Forrest on November 10th-12th.

GA tickets and more can be found here. Full lineup also on SOS site or can be seen by clicking the poster on your left.

Hello New Cloud Nothings

cloudnothingsMan, it’s always great to hear Cloud Nothings, especially now that they seem to be kicking out nice bits of pop oriented tunes this round. Actually, one of my favorite parts of this new jam is that Dylan’s voice sounds so great…still a little bit of that scratchy growl (which I like), but nice to hear this side of him again. This song’s probably going to be everywhere by the end of the day, so feel like since we’ve always loved the group, we’ll toss this one up with the masses. Look for the band’s new album, Life Without Sound, on January 27th via Carpark.

Top 50 Albums of 2014

TOP 50 ALB 14These lists are everywhere, so you’ll be excused if you just roll your eyes and skip on. But, that being said, we always seem to be way off the mark when it comes to our Top 50 Albums of the Year.  Sure, we have some of the sure fire hits on this list like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, but don’t even read on if you’re look ing to see where Run the Jewels made it…they’re not there. Sorry not sorry.  So, if you’re into arbitrary lists by people who like to push their own agenda, then this list is for you! Read more

Rock This New Tune from Bully

bullyYou like Cloud Nothings? You like lady singers? Then you’re going to have to get on it real quick and jam to this tune from Bully.  It’s the project of Alicai Bognanno, and she’s done much of the work on her eponymous EP by herself.  The guitars have that same angular ringing, pushed forth by the pacing of the drum work; there’s even quick moves in guitar discord that come in and out of varying parts on the track.  Just turn the stereo up a little bit louder, sit back and let this slick track knock you back. Look for her EP on October 21st.

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Download: Bully – Milkman [MP3]

Thus Far….Albums of 2014.5

docIt’s still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we’re midway through 2014, every one is doing it…so why not join in the fun.  But, with this in mind, remember that these lists are arbitrary, and if anything, pretty meaningless in the long run; you never know if your thoughts will change in six months…and really, they’re just like, our opinions man.  We’ll have two sections…one for national albums and another section of Austin albums released up to this point in 2014.   Read more

Austin Weekend Show Spotlight

austin_live_music_retailrSometimes the madness that is the Austin music scene just never stops.  This week’s been pretty ridiculous as it is, but the great shows keep coming…and I’m not just talking about that Vampire Weekend or Cloud Nothings show; there are some incredible local bills to catch, including a pretty awesome release show.  Here’s my suggestions on where you might want to find yourself this weekend. Read more

Cloud Nothings Continue to Thrill

Cloud-Nothings-850x566While I thought the first single from the upcoming Cloud Nothings illustrated some vocal restraint, it’s clear that I was far off, as Dylan Baldi’s not afraid to unleash on this new tune. Sure, the song begins with a slow build-up, but even then you can hear that familiar rasp in Baldi’s voice.  At the 44 second mark, the song takes off, leading up to Dylan’s forceful howl coming through. My favorite part comes near the end of the track where the band lets go furiously, as they’ve been known to do in their live shows.  And, as always, Jason’s drumming is just RIDICULOUS.  Here and Nowhere Else, the new record, will be out on April 1st via Carpark Records.

Cloud Nothings Change Things Up

cloudSure, a few days ago the new Cloud Nothings single leaked out, and everyone was talking about the powerful bombast that accompanied Attack on Memory.  Me? I think the most important conversation is to see the development of Dylan Baldi, and I don’t mean as a songrwiter; he’s had that locked down for years.  His voice on the single isn’t straining; it’s not raspy like much of the songs he presented us with last time. Now, don’t get me wrong; I like that style too.  But, I’m concerned about longevity of his voice, and his band.  I think their next album, Here and Nowhere Else, will definitely be a change, but as long as the songwriting continues, I don’t think they’ll miss a beat.

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