Artist: James Vincent McMorrow Album: “Early In The Morning” Release Date: Jan 25, 2011 Featured Track: “If I Had A Boat”
When it comes to singer/songwriters my reactions are pretty binary. They either bore me to tears or move me to tears. The debut release James Vincent McMorrow creeps into the latter category. Especially this song. Like Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, he’s got that special something. A kind of soulful wistfulness you just want to wrap yourself up and get lost in. His new album, “Early In The Morning”, just released last week. He too will be on the line up for SXSW.
Artist: Alexander Ebert Album: Alexander Release Date: March 1, 2011 Featured Track: “Truth”
You know that band Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros? Yeah, you might have heard of them. Well, Alexander Ebert – the lead singer for that band – is about to release his debut solo album featuring ten lovely tunes he wrote and composed entirely himself. Such a crafty and talented fella. And from what I’ve heard I quite prefer his solo work. He sorta has that Andrew Bird quality that is hard to resist. But Edward Sharpe fans, do not fret. Alexander has not defected. He will be back in the studio to finish recording the second LP for the band due out later this year. Look for him at SWSW this year.
We love Andy Clockwise. One of my favorite performances of SXSW this year, these guys are as much fun off stage as they are on it. The LA (by way of Australia)-based band is fresh off an Australian tour with Julian Casablancas and is back in SoCal celebrating the release of their new EP “Are You Well” tonight at the Troubador. They also released a new single today, “Remember Love”. Check out the video for it and enjoy this yummy track I just got, “Cocaine & Champagne.” One day we’ll get them up here in SF, I promise.
Mature, quirky little number… lives in my fave desert, Joshua Tree. Some Harley guy was checkin’ her out. She sang a real sad song about death that made me cry, once at Maria’s Taco xpress, and again at Jovitas.
I must admit my fetish, yes…ukelele, and this cutey can play. Sweetest pop songs I have heard in some time. Nearly got me dancing, and I don’t dance. Very delicious (free) beer at Waterloo Cycles. 2nd of 3 shows I caught.
Talk about fetish. These girls got their freak on. Nasty, yes, but intriguing. Caught these ladies in the parking lot of an Ethiopian restaurant called Karibu. Followed by Fungi Girls. No actual girls but still great!
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Well, we’re off to Austin. And semi-shutting down shop for the next few days while we drown ourselves in music, Tex Mex and beer. You may find a few errant, incoherent posts here and there. But for the live action coverage – the good, the bad and the ugly – be sure to follow us on Twitter. AT&T willing.
Have I told you lately how much I love SF’s Ty Segall? Well, it’s been a couple weeks since my last declaration so I’ll say it again. I love Ty Segall. Few things make me happier than listening to his variety of lo-fi garage rock. No, happy isn’t the right word. Giddy is more like it. And if musical happiness is what you seek in Austin then I suggest you run – not walk – to the following gigs.