Dan Michicoff is having a killer year thus far, having just released Poster with his band, Tijuana Panthers. But, never one to rest, Dan enlisted a few friends (namely Matt Maust of Cold War Kids) to help with his new project, Coromandelles. The result is pretty excellent, offering up a handful of new tracks with a differing glimpse into his ideas of rock n’ roll. The title track for Late Bloomer’s Bloomers is definitely one of the track’s that listener’s will sink their teeth into right away; it’s got an infectious hook, but I love the quirky way the song’s set on its edge in the closing moments after the 1.5 minute mark. If you’re looking for songs that have redeeming qualities time and time again, then be sure to pick up the record on October 20th via Porch Party Records.
It’s probably pretty clear that I’m obsessed with all things Tijuana Panthers, so when I realized that Coromandelles was a supergroup of sorts, fronted by Dan from TP, I of course got in on the party. However, there’s definitely a distinct difference, both stylistically and in the recording process. For me, it seems like the natural evolution of pop music in the last five or so years…taking on the garage/surf aesthetic and applying it to the swelling combination of harmonies and melody. It’s sort of like your favorite Cali garage bands doing their take on the Polyphonic Spree…minus the whole cult thing. The group release Late Bloomer’s Bloomers on October 20th via Porch Party Records.
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So as we create this post, and you read this, tickets are probably going pretty fast so you better get a move on. Just posted a few hours ago is a rare performance by local band Okkervil River at smaller venue Stubbs on the inside stage. To be blunt, I could honestly care less about seeing Cold War Kids play their new material, but a ticket to that show will get you into this one. Those not attending the CWK show, I recommend buying now and getting yourself in line super early.
Download: Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines [MP3]
Nothing quite like figuring out that you still have 1600 shots to go through after six posts already up for SxSW…
Sorry, SxSW seems like a distant memory, but I may just rekindle some fond memories of the smaller shows that you should have gone to. Official SxSW stuff, I have already shared the shots of The Flaming Lips headlined party and Iggy and The Stooges. This gallery has shots of Mompox, Young Galaxy, Local Natives, Gold Fields, Shout Out Louds, Shout Out Out Out, GEMS and more. If you click, you will also get a few quick notes on winners and losers.
So do it. Sing with me, MEEEMMMOOOORRRIIIEESS!!!11!shift+1
During our lapse in time during the holidays, news hit the web of a new EP from Cold War Kids. The new Extended Player, Behave Yourself, is available now on itunes and in stores Jan 19th via Down Town Music. Below you can find a sample of that new EP with track “Audience of One”. Not really sure how I feel about the tune yet as it sort of sounds like piano pop music similar to your 20 year old girlfriends favorite singer.
Download: Cold War Kids – Audience of One [MP3]
Our Fun Fest interviews are nearing an end this week but not before an interview with hard rockers Les Savy Fav. Before the festival, we had the opportunity to catch up with founding member Syd Butler to talk to him about his band and his record label French Kiss Records. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Follow the jump for full interview.
The Cold War Kids will be playing a couple shows in Austin this Friday. First one is a free show at Waterloo Records going down at 5pm with free keg beer of course. Second show of the day takes place at Emo’s with A.A. Bondy in support. Better try searching craigs list if you wanna make it to the Emo’s show because it’s been sold out for a while now. Here’s Cold War Kids most recent single “Something is Not Right With Me”.
Download: Cold War Kids – Something is Not Right With Me [MP3]