Archive | August, 2012

coexist

21 Aug

Today’s Indie: Our Song / The xx

‘and there’s no one else / that knows me / like you do’

Sunset / The xx

‘I felt like you really knew me / now it feels like you see through me’

Coexist leaked this morning, just a few weeks shy of its September 11th release date. I am sure I will have a lot more to say, but in the simplest form of a first impression, these xx songs are all love songs. Half are like ‘ah it didn’t work,’ and the other half are like omfgiloveyou. All are sinking in nicely, so here is one of each. #indie/tory

the sky

20 Aug

Today’s Untz: The Sky / Matt Zo feat Linnea Schosso

‘At 21 years of age, Mat Zo is living the dream – part of a new breed of precocious, unrestricted DJ/producers that are making big noises without the one-dimensional genre blinkers of old.

As he works busily behind the scenes on his debut artist album for Anjunabeats, Zo’s kaleidoscopic creativity is set to be unleashed in full force. With everything from French house to rock-riddled, funk-fuelled electro and hip-hop vibes already planned for the album, Zo’s genre-wrecking visions are set to be realised in the most explosive manner imaginable.’ #untz/tom

I will wait for you

20 Aug

Today’s Indie: I Will Wait / Mumford and Sons 

‘now I’ll be whole / as well as strong / and use my head alongside my heart’

I finally got first listen of the first single of Mumford and Son’s upcoming album, and while I am enjoying the fast paced banjo and singalong chorus, I Will Wait can’t help but feel a little bit too easy on the ears, too predictable, too safe. As with many of the tracks on the band’s Sigh No More, I can picture happily dancing to this barefoot in a field somewhere, sun on my back, cold beer in hand, but I don’t feel the heart string pullings I experienced during my earlier enchantment. I suppose it is an age old problem any band must face when gearing up for a sophomore release after a breakout debut – suddenly expectations are folded into the game, and they can weigh a lot.

Expectations aside, the single is still a great accompaniment to any Monday morning, and is only a sliver of what we have coming our way in September. I will wait, breath bated. #indie / tory

a rainbow

17 Aug

Today’s Untz: A Rainbow / Up Until Now

Jay Murphy, David’s younger brother (David being aka Murph – bassist/bass bomber of STS9), played an immensely enjoyable and highly dance-able set at ReGeneration (06/25/11). I am not sure how many times they played together, but they were having so must fun up there together and were smiling ear to ear. This was shortly after David had gotten his cancer all-clear and they both were loving life and it showed through the music.

Up Until Now is mostly Jay’s production with live contributions from his older brother (and probably some helpful studio feedback), and he sometimes uses a studio drummer. It looks like Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig from the Disco Biscuits is going to join them on guitar for a couple of dates in the NE soon.
At any rate- here’s the bandcamp link for free downloads including the whole ReGen set:  http://upuntilnow.bandcamp.com/   Website:  http://upuntilnowmusic.com
#untz/tom

flowers in your hair

17 Aug

Today’s Indie: Flowers in Your Hair / The Lumineers

‘and I hope it’s not too late cause you’re so attractive / in the way you move’

A short and sweet post of a short and sweet song by the lovely Lumineers. The Lumineers are no strangers to TUATI — this marks their forth appearance — but hey when I like something I really, really like it, and musical discovery has been light this week.

I am already pining for a new album by the Denver trio, but instead will have to get by by catching a live set at this fall’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival over in Golden Gate Park. If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. #indie/tory

animal kingdom

15 Aug

Today’s Indie: White Sparks / Animal Kingdom

‘with these white sparks when we’re together and its all so clear’

Oh indie love songs, you had me at the stars. With a subtle yet driving beat, smooth vocals, and a simple ‘I see lights in your eyes’ kind of chorus, Animal Kingdom’s White Sparks has me smitten from ear to ear. I came across the North London trio in The Rickshaw Stop’s weekly concert update email, where I saw the tagline ‘”Achingly beautiful celestial indie…will have Sigur Ros quivering with envy.” — NME.’ Doesn’t take much more to catch my eye or ear, and I spent the rest of Tuesday morning deeply embedded in said beautiful celestial indie from the band’s new album, The Looking Away. Check out their show with Atlas Genius on August 23rd.

PS – if you want to read the heartwarming story of today’s animal kingdom photo friends, look no further than here. You’re welcome. And a bonus track, because it was too hard to just pick one. #indie/tory

Strange Attractor / Animal Kingdom

catch

15 Aug

Today’s Untz: Catch/ The Egg

The Egg are a band well known to festival audiences, having played many UK festivals including Glastonbury and The Big Chill as well as Rustlers Valley (South Africa) and also in Holland, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz), France, Turkey and Ibiza. They also did a stint here in the US back in 2008 when I was lucky enough to catch them 3 times. Once in Baltimore, once in Chicago, and once at Camp Bisco in upstate New York.

Recently the band’s third album ‘Forwards’ has seen a more reflective slower sound, but also in places heavier and rockier than anything before. Also more of a psychedelic warmth holding different eclectic influences together. However, live, the band have kept their full on dance and festival style fully intact, with a full interactive film and video synchronised show. This is a track I’ve seen live that will be on their upcoming album ‘Something To Do.’ I can’t wait! Here’s to hoping a US tour follows! #untz/tom

Bonus Video Live At Camp Bisco: