Friday, January 30, 2009
I think I'd seen this guy's name around the blogosphere de musica, but, I'd never really paid him much attention. That is until tonight when I saw his video on the pi'ture box.
Trouble Andrew is an ex-Olympic snowboarder who is engaged to Santogold. Not a bad pedigree to start a music career with. Unfortunately, the first thing I read about him was this none to flattering review that called his music "douche-wave," ouch.
However, the only douchey thing I see about him is his snotty attitude. And, that is only what I got from his video for "Chase Money." My first impression of the video was a Beastie Boys vide--I love hip-hop and Thrasher Magazine.
But, to me, this song is an new version (in tone only) to Nine Inch Nails "Head Like A Hole." No, it's not industrial, but still very electronic in nature...electro if you will. Not a vicious rant against materialism of Mr. Reznor, more like the words of a dude who lost the girl to the rich dude in a John Hughes movie.
Oh, and this could also be about any number of people who frequent Uptown. Just sayin'.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I believe this is a first for us here at Bona Fide Darling: hosting a song endorsed by The National Science Teachers Association. I honestly never knew they were in the business of endorsing anything--who knew? Apparently the song is also used in classrooms to teach the little children all the wonders of evolution.
Last week I sat down with Elkhart's Travis Hopper at local coffee shop It's a Grind to chit-chat about music and junk. Travis is a great guy and a great musician. And, unlike me, he actually has a lot to say. Thanks to the wonderful Cindy Chaffin at Life Outside The Bubble and The Fine Line for doing this with me. If you don't know Cindy, she's the best.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
That's right boys and girls, we are giving away the new EP from Austin's Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears. But, more specifically we are giving away a limited edition 10" vinyl version of the record.
Remember, this is a limited edition version, there aren't that many of them available. So, hurry!
MP3: Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears - Big Booty Woman (Daytrotter Session)
*update* The contest is over, congrats to Stephanie. I feel like I need her to do an audio tag that says "people really do win on Bona Fide Darling!"
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Finally there's a new video from Chicago's own The Cool Kids. And, it's for one of my favorite cuts from them called "Pennies." It's cool to see Chuck Inglish rockin' the retro (and snug) Joe Dumars jersey. It took them long enough to come out with The Bake Sale, so, hopefully the album "Pennies" will be on, When Fish Ride Bikes, will be out soon.
There is one thing I'm not diggin' about the vidie--Chuck and Mikey are not to good with the lip synching. I'm assuming that it because the playback was sped up so the video could have the slow-mo feel.
While I've been more than impressed with Flosstradamus after seeing them with The Cool Kids back in August I was a little surprised when I saw their video the other night. It wasn't what I would expect from the Chicagoland boys, less hip-hop and more electro. Since this is their first official production (aside from remixes) I was surprised by the 80's pop feel. I dig the hell out of the hook. And Caroline Polacheck, of the band Chairlift, is fun to look at.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Growing up I was always infatuated with 60's girl groups and music from that era. I think it was really the Wall of Sound that was so captivating to me. Now, bands with a similar sound are called "Twee" or "Chamber Pop." Of that sound it had mostly been dominated by European bands like Belle & Sabastian and Camera Obscura. Now you can add a Portland, OR band to that list: The Online Romance.
Not only is their name effin sweet, but so is their sound. Their Spectorian Wall of Sound is dominated by horns that give them a big, full sound. "Ladybug, Don't Smile" is a song off of their forthcoming album.
The newest single from Morrissey's Year's of Refusal has hit the interweb, "Something Is Squeezing My Skull." It's not exactly what I would expect from Moz--pop-punk Morrissey style. I guess that's what happens when you live in L.A.?
Aside from the pop-punk tone of the music the thing that caught my attention most was the lyric "I know by now you think I should have straightened myself out." As to say 'I've been different version of the same subject matter for 20 years now.' I know he's not an idiot and is probably as self aware as any of us, but, it's odd to hear it come out of his mouth.
I have to blame todays mash-up on my wife. She recently bought Santogold's album the other day ago and she got me hooked. I was really hesitant to listen to it, but once I did I was smitten. What I'm not hesitant about is liking Missy Elliot. She's full of clever, catchy rhymes done to Timbo beats and her songs are always good to get your ass movin'.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
When I saw The Fieros they were still The Valentines and opening up for Radiant* at The Cavern (It was the first date for me and the Mrs.) We were instantly smitten with the sonic boom pumping out of their speakers.
Then, they moved away. Last year Joey McClellan, Aaron McClellan, Chris Holston and McKenzie Smith left The D to head to the Brooklyn burough and make their name in the city that never sleeps. As they headed to the home of TV on The Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and countless others I was afraid their style would change from the garage rock rave ups they were doing here. Well, the year away has done them some good. Their sound hasn't changed per se, but, it's a little different.
I'm really diggin' "In My Veins"--sonically it's the most significant of their musical change. While it still holds the garage power on the lead guitar lines, the rhythm guitar sounds jangly and more along the lines of something you would hear from Oasis. "Songbird" and "To Pieces" have both been re-recorded. The reverb on the vocals recalls Ian Brown of The Stone Roses.
I still think this band has what it takes to make a name for themselves. Here's hoping they do.
Despite being a big fan of all variations of Brit-pop growing up I never really got into XTC. The only song I ever really knew of theirs was "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" and more recently "Making Plans For Nigel."
So, it was quite a treat when one of my favorite bands covered a song by a band I'm not familiar in love with, but know the song at least. I really can't get enough of the Headlights. To me it doesn't matter if Tristan or Erin is singing, either way their music is top notch.
Oh, and their coming back to DFWd...only this time their playing Lola's in March on their way to SXSW. I saw them at The Cavern last year open up for The Evangelicals. It was nice to see the band up close.
MP3: Headlights - Making Plans For Nigel (XTC cover)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
So, last nights season premier of Lost was a bit of a letdown. I thought it was alright, but, not great. After the writing from last season I was really hoping for a bit more. The two hour premier seemed to lay the ground work for this season. But, after watching and reading some Lost stuff, this season and next will answer more question than it asks.
Here are some theories:
The British soldier who drew down on Juliet and Sawyer was Charles Widmore.
The white haired lady is Faraday's mom.
Mr. Travis Hopper, he of Elkhart and solo fame, has done a nice little cover of Eastwood's "Breathe." I really dig the pickin' he did on the geetar and his take on this song gives it new tone.
MP3: Travis Hopper - Breathe (Eastwood cover)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from the solo album by head New Pornographer, A.C. Newman. I think I was mostly expecting something that was far removed from the sound of The New Pornographers--and this album isn't. What it does sound like is New Pornographers-light. It's something good for those not familiar with Newman's bands sound, something that is easily accessable and easy to swallow.
The first song on the album "There Are Maybe Ten or Twelve" is one of the albums best tracks. It could've very easily been one of TNP's songs. It has a slowed down vibe, but also still has the multiple shouting voices, similar to TNPs. "Submarines of Stockholm" is also a catchy little number--very bouncy and cheerful.
On most of the songs you could trade the acoustic guitar for an electric and it would be an album by Newman's full band--and that isn't such a bad thing. This just wets your appetite for the next New Pornographer album.
I have been waiting eight longs months for Lost to once again keep me on the edge of my seat. And tonight my wait is over! I'm sooo excited I think I just peed my pants a little. Last season was a complete revamp of the series after the disasterous first half of season three.
Where, or when, is the island? Is Jin alive? Will Sun spill the beans to Charles Widmore? Will Desmond and Pennny live happily ever after? I guess some of those questions will be answered throughout the course of the season.
But, I want bigger questions answered by the series end. How did the Black Rock get on the island. You know, since it's a boat and all and it's two miles inland. What is the smoke monster? Who is Alvar Hanso? What happened to the Degroots?
I so can't wait for tonight.
The other day I was watching actual music videos (remember those?) on television and I came across "Just a Boy" by Angus and Julia Stone. The video wasn't anything exceptional, but, I was captured by the song. Angus has a high voice, reminds me of Travis Hopper a little bit, and I was drawn to the sweet sentiment of the song. Since then I haven't been able to shake this song and it's folky charm.
Every time I listen to this EP it overwhelmingly reminds me of Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains. Not the sonic assault that Chains had, but, the tenor of the songs and subject matter. The music for "Just a Boy" reminds me a lot of "Nutshell" by AIC.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised today when I checked out the ol' Daytrotter. You may remember we interviewed San Francisco's Minipop last month and they just did a session this week. So, it's nice to see that Daytrotter is riding BFD's coat tails. I really think it's about time that someone did.
The good part about their particular session is that of the four songs they recorded, three are unreleased tracks, including their take on The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1." If you like the original version, imagine slowing it down and adding a splash of more melancholy.
You can download the whole session here. Enjoy!
MP3: Minipop - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1 (Daytrotter Session)
Yep, it's a Monday and it's a holiday, the sun is-a-shinin' and there is a song in my heart. Oh, and tomorrow the Texas Idiot is officially out of office.
Today, the Monday Mashup comes from a local producer LehtMo Joe. He's worked over Bowie's "Suffragette City" with ELO's "Evil Woman." I've gotten to know "Suffragette City" from playing it on Rock Band with the Mrs. (I rock that one out, y'all!) But, the re-working is quite nice with it's slow bounce.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Nothing is better on a cold Texas Winter day like their new song "Harmless Lover's Discourse" from their new album The Blue Depths. The Odawas recorded the new record in Chicago during one of the coldest winters on record. And the feel of their new track definitely reflects the cold.
Don't get me wrong, the song is lush and beautiful, like Jim James on piano. This song really sets the mood for a day like today.
Today I bring you the first single off "Never Had Nobody Like You." It's Mr. Ward plugged in and slightly rocked up. Oh, and did I mention it features his She & Him partner Zooey Dechanel singin' a little back up?
His new album comes out February 15 and I can't wait.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Last night FX graced us with another twisty-turny episode of Damages. I love it the same way I love Lost--I never exactly know what to believe or whom to trust. Loves it.
But, I was excited to see Marcia Gay Harden in her first appearance of the season. I can't exactly put my finger on why, but, I find Marcia Gay oddly attractive. Believe me I know I really shouldn't, she doesn't have the classic beauty. Something about her just makes me want to get in her pants. Sadly, Ted Danson's character did not make an appearance in this episode. But, a new characters true colors were shown and he's super creepy.
I read this story today on Rock & Roll Daily and it warmed my soften idealistic mentality. Indie 103.1 out of Los Angeles has been known as the preeminent alternative/indie radio station since it first hit the airwaves in 2003. Now the station is being faced with making changes that included playing music they considered not worthy of the "cutting-edge" music they are known for. So, instead of changing their format around and possibly making large sums of money, they said fuck you and have decided to air their broadcasts online only.
Granted, once you reach a certain age you realize the world isn't black and white and you have to make sacrifices to society. You realize it's time to join in the with the rest of the drones and do what needs to be done to survive. This can be done without losing your ideals, you just kinda have to tone them down. It's just freakin' sweet to see a company take a stand and say "fuck you, we're going to do what we do best."
I remember when the Edge radio station here in Dallas actually was "the cutting edge" of music. I can't tell you how sad I've been for years to know that all they play is mostly, overwhelmingly, mainstream rock. The only thing I've liked about that station since all the changes has been Josh Venable and his Sunday show.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I was oh so happy to wake up this morning to find out my sweet darling Neko Case has released her first single for Middle Cyclone. I could listen to her all day long, such a great voice and beautiful music.
The song is a little short, I was a little disappointed by that. But, it's a great song and I hope she comes back to town really soon like. Her album comes out on March 3 and I can't wait!
Also, I'm wondering if there are two camps of Neko fans. My brothers likes her, but only with the New Pornographers. I like her solo stuff better. Is this just a singular things amongst the fam or are there split camps out there everywhere?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Do you like The Hives or Austin, TX? Well, if you like either, or both, then you are in luck. Let me introduce you to The Steps.
The Austin bands style meanders a bit from full on Hives style garage rock to indie-pop on "Washed Up" they crib a little Tori Amos a la "Silent All These Years." Even with the lack of style focus the band is at it's best when it dives into their indie-pop side on tracks like "Townes Lane" and "Pull The Cord."
With the swagger of cock rockers the band doesn't sound like any other American band out right now. They could actually be poised to make a big breakthrough.
I meant to post this yesterday, but, better today than never. But, Wine Down Wednesday is kicking off for the '09 tomorrow night. Yep, the intimate little show is starting off 2009 with Matthew Thompson and John Priest.
The show starts at 630p at Times Ten Cellars Too, which is in the annex building. There also appears to be some big plans in the works for this monthly series. But, I's gots to be mum on this for now.
Times Ten Cellars Too (Annex bldg.)
6324 Prospect Ave.
Dallas, TX 75214
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here's the new video for "Their Cell" by San Antonio's Girl In A Coma. They were at one point going to play Club Dada...then they weren't. It so confusing. You know what isn't confusing? How adorable singer Nina Diaz is, I had been denying it for a while, but I'm officially smitten with her.
This past Saturday I trekked down to Club Dada to interview Travis Hopper from Elkhart (more on that later). However, during the course of the evening I ended up meeting J.D. Whittenburg and got his eponymous solo CD. Like most albums I get I listen to them while I play Madden to get the vibe down. I had heard a couple of his songs on his website, but, listening to it on a home stereo did the tracks even more justice.
His sound, to me, is reminiscent of late 70's pop-rock, singer-songwriter music. Most of the songs on his disc pertain to some aspect of a relationship...in trouble. It was nice to hear songs that seem to come from an honest place--and to relate them to places you've been in life.
There are quite a few stand out tracks. However, my favorite had to "San Francisco." For one reason or another it just kinda grabbed me by the balls and wouldn't let go.
This weekend I dove head first into a the Mysplice III: Team9 vs. Stereogum album. There was one track in particular that left me very impressed, and it was by an artist which I'm not particularly fond of: Kanye West.
The production on "Lockdown Shelter" is magnificent. The songs puts Ye's "Love Lockdown" with The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter." I was surprised how well "Gimme Shelter" went with Ye's song. One very small detail that I thought was a touch of genius was the pitch correction on Jagger's voice. It was such a small but vital touch that really cemented the song for me.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Recently, I finally listened to Oklahoma City's The Uglysuit and I was instantly smitten. The band is full of warm, sunny, late-sixties California pop music. I really can't do justice to how great this band actually is. Their eponymous debut CD is a great piece of music and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I was able to do an interview with Isreal Hindman, lead vocalist and guitarist for TUS.
MP3: The Uglysuit - Brad's House
What did you have for breakfast this morning? Cold of hot food?
Cold Cereal, honey bunches of oats.
When you think of Oklahoma music, one usually thinks of Reba, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks. Starting out, was it difficult getting booked in Oklahoma City having your particular sound?
It wasn't difficult at all getting booked really. It was the matter of getting the right music loving people to hear us so that our fan base could grow. Fortunately we've made a lot of friends on the way that have their own band with their own following as well. It makes the journey more worthwhile when you have friends to travel it with... Such as: The Non, Mayola, Other Lives (Kunek), Color Music, and Junebug Spade.
Are you guys originally from The City? If so, do you call it "The City" like everyone else in Oklahoma?
We're all originally from OKC. Yep, "the city" as well as "OKC".
When's the last time you ate at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill?
About a year ago for my mothers retirement dinner since they give military retirement dinners for free. Which is awesome that they "support the troops" in as many ways possible, something more business should practice.
The reason I ask the Oklahoma related questions is because I'm an Okie. I was raised in Tishomingo, OK all my life and now live in the "big city" of Dallas--in case you were wondering. I always get a special feeling in the cockles of my heart when I hear a really, really good Oklahoma band like yourselves. So, you'll have to excuse me.
Thank you! No worries. That is a huge compliment, very appreciated.
Since your music is so different from a lot of the sounds coming out of Oklahoma, who were your musical inspirations? You definitely seem to have sunny, California kind of sound, especially on "Chicago." I hate to compare you with Rooney, but, that's the comparison that keeps coming up when I listen. Well, them and the Afternoon Naps.
Hmm... Sigur Ros, Annuals, Explosions in the Sky, The Appleseed Cast, Radiohead, Jon Hopkins, Kunek (a local Stillwater band that's now known as Other Lives)
You guys are getting a quite a bit of attention in the blogosphere. Yahoo! Music has you listed as one of the next big things. You were featured on Stereogum's new "Decomposed" series too. Are you guys seeing any more people at your shows?
We are in fact seeing a few more people at our shows yeah...but the majority of the crowd still consists mostly of our close friends, which is awesome that they're all so supportive.
I absolutely love your song "Brad's House," I love the big chorus it has. What's the story behind that song and is Brad a real person?
Brad is a person yes, one of our close Chicago friends in fact. Every time we go to Chicago, whether to meet with Quarterstick/TouchAndGo (our second family) or to record with Manny Sanchez, we stay with either Bill (friend and introductor to TouchAndGo) or Brad (a supernova graphics designer for a Chicago university). One morning, one by one, everyone woke up and started adding their part to the song which started out as one acoustic. Oh, and brad's house faces Lake Michigan from a third floor view...thus the "we sang hymns to Lake Michigan, five bros and I" line.
Since there are six of you in the band, it seems like it would get pretty cramped in the van going around to shows. Do any of you ever have to pull the Econoline over and whoop some ass? You guys have/had a big New Year's Eve show coming up in Oklahoma City. Are/were you excited to be back home and playing for the hometown kids?
There's of course the occasional misunderstanding or two, but typically the van is our place of serenity if you will. It's the one most consistent piece of familiar we have to call our temporary 'living room' on the road. Once we got back to our hometown though, with all the familiar faces welcoming us in the New Year, our level of energy on stage was even effected. Several times I'd look over to give a lifting hand to the fallen Kyle on the floor. The crowd that night, as for most nights, completely set the energy of the show for us. Who doesn't love hometown shows.
Speaking of shows, is there a place you haven't played that you would like to? Any artists you would like to play with?
In Iceland with Sigur Ros..
Since it's the new year, and there are a shitload of blogs listing their faves of 2008; are there any bands who were your favorites of 2008?
Fleet Foxes, Helios, Annuals, Working For a Nuclear Free City, Bon Iver, Out Hud, The Octopus Project, Blackmoth Super Rainbow.
When are you guys coming to play Dallas? If I've missed your show recently I'm sorry, I just got turned onto you guys recently. Have you ever asked Clell Tickle: Indie Marketing Guru
to help you out in getting booked?
We have no shows booked in Dallas yet, but soon. We only use Billions booking so far. We'll look into that though, thanks a lot.
Well, "Big Game Bob" and my Oklahoma Sooners laid an egg in a big game again last night. It was a great game until the end of the third quarter and into the fourth. I wish Coach Stoops would find that bag of Sooner Magic he misplaced! Coach Stoops prolly won't get fired or even step down, but he needs to do something. They've lost their last five BSC games, GEEZ!
The greatness of Austin, TX's Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is the latest Daytrotter Session. If you aren't familiar with BJL&THB he does a mix of soul and blues. To me he's a mix of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Ray Charles.
But, I kinda feel bad about liking him now that I've read this.
Interesting tidbit: Jim Eno from Spoon drums along side his drummer Matt Strmiska on "Big Booty Woman."
But, you can get all five songs from his session here.
MP3: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Big Booty Woman (Daytrotter Session)
So, it's now officially Bona Fide Darling's first anniversary. Looking back it's been an incredible year for me. It's fun to actually hear really good new music and share it with people who actually come back day after day and keep reading--it's a really cool feeling. On top of all that I've had the opportunity to make friends with some really cool peeps that share my passion and enthusiasm for music. I've also been blessed with the opportunity to do things with my writing and I thought in a million years I would be able to do.
So, thanks for reading and coming back--it really means a lot.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Please allow me to take a side-step here. Did anyone watch the season premiere of Damages last night? OMFG, it was just as good as last season. Glenn Close is the uber-c-u-next Tuesday in her role as Patty Hewes. God, she is such a bitch! But, it looks like this season is going to be the suspenseful roller coaster ride that last season was.
Other than Lost, no other show has me thinking about what's going on other than Damages. It's chocked full of twists and turns that it's hard to grasp who's effing who over--love it. I can't wait for next weeks episode!
Below is the theme song called "When I Get Through With You" by VLA. It couldn't more perfectly fit the tone of the show.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Dentonite Bosque Brown will release her new album, Baby, on March 3. I'm new to the sweetness of the Bosque Brown, but, I do like what I hear. Her folky, country-blues tinged torch songs are covered in sweetness and expresses experience beyond her years.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I don't know what it is about Austin, TX that breeds such outstanding music. Maybe it's the hill country. But, it's probably the weed and the laid back vibe, man. But, the state capitol has done it once again, this time with The Story Of.
The group recorded their new album Until The Autumn in a cabin along the Colorado river and the sounds that came out reflect that vibe. The sound of The Story Of heartfelt, honest, piano-driven indie pop music. They are what Band of Horses would sound like if they had more keys and less country sound.
The new album is scheduled for self release on March 3.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I'm going to venture a guess that Jay's Black Album is going to be mashed-up or remixed until those Left Behind movies come true.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Jaydiohead produced by DJ Minty Fresh Beats. And, as you may be able to infer from the title Jay is mashed up with Radiohead. Yep, Mr. DJ Minty Fresh Beats used the acapella vocals from Mr. Hova and mostly instrumental tracks from OK Computer, Kid A and In Rainbows. The tracks have a darker and more urgent tone than most of Jay's tracks or even the mash ups I've heard. I'm diggin' "Wrong Prayer" in particular.
You can download, for free, the entire CD here.
MP3: Jaydiohead - Wrong Prayer (DJ Minty Fresh Beats)
So, I've been a little light on my posts for the last couple of weeks. But, don't fret, we're back and ready for a great (?) 2009!
So, lets start the first Monday of the '09 with a lil' mashup, shall we?
This week it comes from something a lot of people are familiar with: Ghostbusters. Yep, the Ray Parker, Jr. theme song has been mashed up wit' dem boyz in Mobb Deep. I've been loving this one for a while now. It's goodness.
Saturday night I got to see my first, and last, The New Frontiers show. While I was sad to see such a great local band go into that good night, I was happy to see the big crowd that was there to see them off.
I was also happy to see a couple of really good local bands: Gazelles and This Will Destroy You. Both of them were really good and I think you'll be hearing more about them here.