Archive for August, 2006


Walkie Talkie USA

August 15, 2006

Walkie Talkie USA is the new band from Jason Hutto (ex-Phonocaptors, Sexicolor), Jimmy Griffin (ex-Nadine), Bryan Hoskins, Jordan Heimburger, and Joe Meyer. They got a great write-up in the Riverfront Times and have gotten mentions on other St. Louis blogs (here). The band is playing its first show TONIGHT at Off Broadway with Bunnygrunt and Sex Robots (see my recent post on them here).

Walkie Talkie U.S.A. – Devil Dogs
Walkie Talkie U.S.A. – Shoot Me Down
Walkie Talkie U.S.A. – Earth to You
Bunnygrunt – Me and My Vampire Friends


Of Montreal

August 14, 2006

Of Montreal is playing at Mississippi Nights tonight with The Minders. The show promises to be a blast. I saw them last March (or was it February?) at the Gargoyle, and it was a sold-out night of completely high energy, costume-changing, cover-song goodness. You don’t even have to know Of Montreal’s songs to enjoy one of their shows.

Here’s some footage of them covering Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, which is apparently the hip new thing for the kids to do this summer:

Even though you’ll have fun without knowing their songs, here are some MP3’s so you can be well prepared:

Of Montreal – Requiem for O.M.M.2
Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned To The Mist (and other games)
Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots
Of Montreal – Lysergic Bliss
Of Montreal – Know Your Onion (Shins cover)
Of Montreal – Penelope

The band is also releasing Satanic Twins, a limited release album featuring remixes of six songs from their latest CD, The Sunlandic Twins and remixes of six songs from Satanic Panic in the Attic on August 22. The release will be limited to digital downloads and 2000 copies of it on vinyl. You can stream the entire album here.


So Many Dynamos

August 10, 2006

St. Louis’ very own palindrome-happy So Many Dynamos (see their myspace page here) got a great review from the mighty windy-city tastemakers at Pitchfork earlier this week for their upcoming album, Flashlights.

I’ve been a fan of this band since their debut EP, Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era?. It was evident then that SMD followed the Dismemberment Plan step by step, but they did it so well and with such conviction, as evidenced on such songs as “Airtight” and “This Can Be Useful In Rocketry,” that it was OK. In a town of Uncle Tupelo knock-offs and Nuggets-worshippers, this was a nice change of pace.

With the release of 2005’s When I Explode, the band expanded their sound a little, but the Dismemberment plan/Q and Not U/Les Savy Fav comparisons were still too obvious to ignore. There was something about that album that held it back from holding my attention as well as the EP had – was it the dry production values, the excessive use of noise for noise’s sake, or the fact that the band seemed extremely self-conscious of its position in its chosen genre? I don’t know.

…But I do know that their new CD, Flashlights, sounds just great. Their sound has opened up considerably and the production is much warmer. The band is monster touring machine — something only a few St. Louis-based bands can boast of — so they are likely to come through your town in the coming months. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they have any St. Louis shows lined up anytime soon, so you’ll just have to do with these mp3’s:

From Flashlights:
So Many Dynamos – Search Party
So Many Dynamos – In Every Direction
So Many Dynamos – In Our Sleep

From When I Explode:
So Many Dynamos – Heat/Humidity

From Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era?:
So Many Dynamos – Airtight
So Many Dynamos – This Can Be seful In Rocketry

Click here Buy Flashlights at Vintage Vinyl


Bishop Allen

August 9, 2006

Bishop Allen has just made their latest EP, July, available on their website. They’ve also made available one of its songs, “Click Click Click Click”. The song starts off slowly and quietly, but manages to morph into a wonderful three-minute pop song. You can purchase July at their website. The band is going on a mini-tour in August, but will, unfortunately, not be playing in St. Louis.

Bishop Allen – Click Click Click Click


Sips and Sounds

August 9, 2006

…or something. This Thursday, August 10, Metropolis teams up with St. Louis Magazine to bring you “Sips and Sounds for the Summer at the Mad Art Gallery from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event serves as the official preview party for the 2006 Lot Festival (which takes place on Aug. 26th at the Schlafly Tap Room – I will have a post on that next week) and features live music, beer and, most importantly, I will be the DJ. Now, when I say “DJ” I mean I will be plugging my iPod into the PA, but such details are really inconsequential.

The event costs only $10 to get in, and after you pay your $10, you get ALL THE BEER YOU CAN DRINK.

There will also be live music from Team Tomato and Full Day Affair. So come out, drink some beer, listen to some music, and fawn over me. It’ll be good times.

WHAT: “Sips and Sounds for the Summer”
WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2006
WHERE: Mad Art Gallery in Soulard, 2727 S. 12th Street

Here’s an mp3 for you, too:

Team Tomato – Newlywed Deception


The Sounds

August 9, 2006

Here is a torrent of a video of The Sounds’ show at Mississippi Nights last April (registration required):

The Sounds – Mississippi Nights, St. Louis – 4/25/05

…and here’s an mp3:

The Sounds – Song With A Mission



August 7, 2006

The new Drams CD, Jubilee Dive, is in constant rotation in my car CD player right now. Good, good stuff.

Here’s some video of them playing the album’s first single, “Unhinged”, at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, TX earlier this summer: