WU LYF

Why can’t I stop listening to this WU LYF album?

WU LYF (an acronym for “World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation”….. well, that sure clears it up) is a post-rocky sort of band out of Manchester, England.  They are an emerging British buzz band who interacts (by design) very little with the press.  They have even deleted their own Wikipedia page on a number of occasions.  They declined numerous requests by labels to release their debut LP Go Tell Fire To The Mountain, and they self-released the album in June 2011.  They turned down the traditional music studio and decided instead to record their amazing LP in an old church in England.  While the mystique is certainly an appeal of this band, they are going to either have to accept it, or quit making such awesome music….. because the world is going to want more of this.

They are currently touring around Europe.  They have only played a couple of gigs in the States so far, but they have just announced an extended tour with more US dates in November 2011 (nothing really close to Nashville though).  Check out a pretty good write up done by Spin Magazine for a recent show in New York.  They have a great website with a video embed wallpaper behind the track “Heavy Pop”.

You can check out some tracks from Go Tell Fire To The Mountain below.  And, after one listen, you’ll go out and get this album from your local record store (Hi, Grimey’s… *waving*).  It’s pretty awesome, and it will be on heavy rotation at your house too.

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Trigger Hippy, The Basement, Tonight in Nashville

Tonight in Nashville, WHOA!!!!

Do you know about Trigger Hippy?  No, not that Morcheeba song (“Trigger Hippie”) that you cheesed out to back in the day.  I’m talking about the “super”group that teased in 2009, and has since resurfaced with new recruits Joan Osbourne and Jackie Greene.  The band’s founding members are ex-Black Crowes (and Stereophonics) drummer Steve Gorman, ex-Black Crowes guitarist Audrey Freed, & bassist Nick Govrik.  Jimmy Herring was also a founding member, but he quit to focus on Widespread Panic.

While I have been out of the jam band scene for, I dunno, 5 or 6 or 7 (or how much did I party back then??) years, I do know that this is a little more than I am capable of passing up.  Especially to see this group of talent together in the intimate confines of The Basement for only $15.

This is only the fourth show that this group has performed together, and there aren’t any albums out to know exactly what we are in store for.  We can surely expect it to be some good Southern-fried rock n’ roll.  So, we’re all ears on Saturday night starting at 9pm.

I did snag a YouTube clip from one of the first shows on the current little Trigger Hippy tour that should give you an idea of what we can expect.

Get out and see some live music.

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Little Tybee, The End, Tonight in Nashville

Tonight in Nashville….

Are you looking for some good music to see tonight (7/29/11) in Nashville?  Then look no further than Little Tybee at The End.  An orch-pop (or progressive folk) band with Paper Garden Records, Little Tybee is an Atlanta based upstart (ranging from five to eight members) that uses numerous instruments to fill the room with sounds while throwing pop hooks to keep your ears on the upbeat tune.

This current tour is in support of their newest LP, Humorous To Bees, which is another step forward for the band.  The previous (2009) LP, Building A Bomb, and EP, I Wonder Which House The Fish Will Live In, were solid steps forward, but this new album shows the continued maturation of a talented band.

I love the quote from the great review of the new LP by The Vinyl District – Memphis.

WARNING: The vocal performance of writer-singer-pianist-guitarist Brock Scott along with brilliant musicianship may lead to temporary interruptions of positive cash flow.

Well, you can’t complain about positive cash flow for the show tonight at The End (tickets are only $6).  So, if you are looking for something new and fresh to hear tonight in Nashville, I highly recommend Little Tybee at The End.  It is also a chance for you to see opener Evan P. Donahue who was announced as a Soundland perfomer yesterday.  Get out and see some live music.

Here’s some tunes to get you ready.  I also included an awesome “music video”…. which is really just some dude doing some bad ass yo-yo-ing (with a lot of strange stuff going on in the background) to Little Tybee’s “Nero”.

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Gang Gang Dance, Mercy Lounge, 26 September

Are you already worried about your post-Soundland music hangover?  Well, you know that the best remedy for a hangover is a little “hair of the dog that bit ya”.  So, you should dance your blues away on Monday September 26th at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge with New York based electronic-y, artsy, crunkster band Gang Gang Dance.  Tickets for this show go on sale today at 10am.

These guys have been around since 2001, but have really started moving to the front of the collective music consciousness since moving to UK based label 4AD in 2010.  You can hear lots of influences in the music from guys like Animal Collective to MIA.  The former even chose Gang Gang Dance to perform at All Tomorrows Parties festival, which was curated by Animal Collective in May 2011.  This weekend they are actually headlining a Block Party festival at New York City’s South Street Seaport.

So, get out for a chance to see this band-on-the-rise, and to cure your music hangover.  I’m sure you can figure out a way to cure your “I partied too much during Soundland hangover” at the same time.  Tickets are $12 in advance, and they go on sale at 10am today (Friday July 29).

A few tracks are below for you to check out.

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Soundland filling out its schedule…

Soundland (formerly known as, Next Big Nashville) is continuing to fill out the line up for the September 21-24 festival in Nashville.  We first brought the news of the initial Soundland lineup to you a few weeks ago.  Well, the lineup continues to grow with the addition of Foster The People, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., Cults, The Low Anthem, Cheer Up Charley Daniels, The Apache Relay, Pujol, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, and many more.

We’ll be talking about each of these bands in the weeks leading up to the festival to get you acquainted and to help you make your decisions.  So stay tuned.  But, for now, you should buy your $55 all-music wristband which will get you into all of these shows.  If you plan on going to more than two, then it is a deal.

There’s a 35 song playlist below with a track from most of the artists in the lineup so far.  (Chancellor Warhol, Uncle Skeleton, My So Called Band, The Cadillac Black, Erick Baker, and By Lightning! aren’t in Grooveshark).  Also, beware that not all of these tracks (especially the hip-hop) are exactly safe for work.  Anyway, Enjoy.

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