April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Had a chance to meet this very lovable guy at SXSW this year and it’s good to see him picking up some steam. With last weekend’s headline at the Austin Reggae Festival and some upcoming stints on the West coast, Taj is sure to start making some headlines. He hails from St. Lucia and on his latest album ‘A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen’ he sings on topical subjects such as “Janjaweed” about the armed gunmen in Darfur, “Rain Rain” about New Orleans, and the below track “Just a Dream” which is just a feel good song, telling us “tear fear go away, you will come another day, just deep inside, let’s see life’s sunny side”
Stream Taj Weekes “Just a Dream”
March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is a Danish indie band who formed in Brooklyn, have released 3 albums in 4 years, and who are just fun to listen to. Not much else to say about them, just your typical indie band with the random trombone and accordion present. They’ve recently played CMJ and SXSW, so my guess is by their next album, they might be quite the presence in the U.S. market. But for now, they’re good enough for the Sphere.
Buy ‘Let This Be The Last Night We Care’ Here
Stream or Download “Running With Insanity” + more below.
March 25, 2011 § 2 Comments
Another international artist I caught was the DJ out of Bogota, Colombia known as Pernett. There is a hot music scene coming out of Colombia right now, producing electronic/hip hop type groups like Bomba Estéreo, Choc Quib Town, Systema Solar, and more. I believe Pernett will soon be joining their ranks. What makes him so great is his Caribbean influences, not just sticking strictly to Colombian sounds but venturing elsewhere in paradise land. At SXSW, he had a packed house of traditional world fans jumping up and down, I think it’s safe to say he’s only going to get bigger in the international DJ scene.
Stream ‘La Rumba Bacana II’ released 17 days ago now
March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
(Told you they were coming quick today)
Geographer was a group I discovered sometime last year, and was anxious to see them live but as I expected, not as good live as on record. They released their 6 song EP ‘Animal Shapes’ sometime in 2010 and I suspect are due out for a full length soon. Again, it’s probably the synthesizers, but these guys need some work live (to give them credit, I saw them on my first night there, going on 2 hours of sleep, so could have just been me). Nonetheless, this Bay area band has gradually been gaining steam and somehow mold together electronica and emotional melodies to create quite the danceable EP.
Stream “Night Winds” from last year’s ‘Animal Shapes’
March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
*Note- Finishing my SXSW coverage today…so be prepared.
Mixing things up from the typical indie band, I was also catching a lot of “worldly” shows at SXSW. In the past few years, more and more international groups are making it to Austin and this is a wonderful thing. Sometimes hipsters need to discover something out of their comfort area. One of the best shows I saw last week came from Debo Band, a Boston based Ethiopian funk group who know how to get the crowd moving. From their opening note full of brass power on top of their lead singer who has more than enough swagger, these guys rocked. Check out the SXSW video of their show during the All Music is World Music showcase.
March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
So my good friend on Twitter @melissadowler was kind enough (and awesome enough) to make a cool little video showing some numbers and statistics from this year’s SXSW. I’m posting this because it’s not your typical cliche montage video of a bunch of random bands, but shows more of the creative side of SXSW, and there’s plenty of that down in Austin.
For those of you who have never been, here’s only a small, small glimpse.
Thanks a lot Melissa!
March 24, 2011 § 2 Comments
On my way to my final day of SXSW, I mentioned to a friend how I wished Ratatat was playing somewhere that day. On our hunt for free food and beer, we ventured into the Brooklyn Vegan party and low and behold, there was a band quite similar to the electronic duo. Misteur Valaire is some crazy dance-punk group who all wore the same outfits and danced like fools. They hail from Montréal and really know how to get a party started. Check out Brooklyn Vegan’s short review of the show.
Go download their latest album “Golden Bombay” for free here.
See if this doesn’t wake you up.