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Friday, July 22, 2011

Wild Flag Concert at Spaceland in Silver Lake, Los Angeles on November 19, 2010

This was one of the first live performances by Wild Flag in November 2010 at Spaceland in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. They are Mary Timony, formerly of Helium and the Mary Timony Band, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, former members of Sleater-Kinney, and Rebecca Cole, formerly of the Minders.

Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein worked together previously on an EP called "The Age of Backwards" in 1999 as The Spells. Their new material is a great mix of their musical styles. Fans of Helium and Sleater-Kinney will be pleased when their new album comes out September 13, 2011.

This was an exciting concert because it was a small venue (holds about 250 people) and you really had no idea what they would play. They had no recorded material available and had only played a couple of shows in the preceding days. They did not disappoint and put on a show filled with energy.

"Electric Band"



"Future Crimes"



"Arabesque"



Jam session from "Racehorse"



"Beast of Burden"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wye Oak Covers Danzig, Björk and the Moomins, and Jay Reatard

This will be a dark week on the blog:

Wye Oak did a brillant cover of Danzig's "Mother" as a part of the A.V. Club's Undercover project:


Wye Oak covers Danzig

Björk recently made a song for the film "Moomins and the Comet Chase." This is beautiful, moving, and dark:



Lastly, "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" from Jay Reatard. Again, great music but depressing stuff, especially since it seems to foreshadow his death last year.



Now that some of the depressing stuff is out of the way, maybe we can have an upbeat rest of the week!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Arrah and the Ferns, Mates of State, Vetiver, and Rogue Wave

Arrah and the Ferns is a great, relatively unknown band. This is their video for "Slim 5" off their album "All the Bad in One Place." I just ordered their cd this week and am looking forward to it! I am wondering why I waited so long. Make sure you get to 2:54 in the video, when the build-up explodes. Good stuff!



Mates of State announced their new album "Mountaintops" will come out on September 13, 2011. After seeing an amazing concert put on by them at the Echo last July, I am looking forward to this album. Here is the video for their upcoming single, "Maracas":



Vetiver is sounding like Fleetwood Mac in the song "Wonder Why" off their album "The Errant Charm," which is a very good thing in my humble opinion. They also have a cute video to go along with the song's charm:



I came across this great cover of the Pixies' "Debaser" by Rogue Wave this week and wanted to share it with you.