Archive for October, 2007

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Pictures from Head of Femur and Jon Hardy & The Public

October 30, 2007

Last week, I caught Jon Hardy & The Public, Head of Femur and Walkie Talkie USA.

I have been enjoying JH&TP’s new CD, Working in Love for a few weekes now. The band was energetic and engaging live, and Jon’s voice sounded great. I would definitely recommend you check them out live ifyou get a chance:

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Head of Femur was next. They were appreciative of the crowd, but I felt bad there weren’t more people to enjoy their solid set:

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Walkie Talkie USA finished out the night. They were loud and had a decent-sized, enthusiastic crowd for a Thursday night. I had to leave early, and my camera died before there set, but I did get to catch their cover of The Soft Boys “I Wanna Destroy You.”

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Menomena, Jumbling Towers & Illinois at the Billiken Club

October 30, 2007

(Tonight, I have a guest contributor, AJS, a man of many mysteries. He also writes a column at insidestl.com…):

On Tuesday, October 30, the Billiken Club in St. Louis will be hosting a “Hallowindie” show, which includes Menomena, Illinois, and locals Jumbling Towers. The best part about this show is that its FREE. Yes, FREE. If you haven’t heard Jumbling Towers yet, I recommend getting there at the start time and checking them out. The band’s excellent debut release has led to appearances at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and Pygmalion Festival in Champaign, Illinois, and they’ve been one of the highest-charting unsigned bands on college and non-commercial radio in recent months.

Portland’s Menomena headlines the show, and although I haven’t seen them yet, their 2007 release Friend and Foe (Barsuk) has held up as one of the most critically-acclaimed CDs of the year, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking them out. Illinois should be interesting as well – in addition to touring with Menomena, they’ve also hit the road with The Hold Steady (one of my personal favorites). The band features a very unique brand of banjo-driven indie rock…..

MP3:
Menomena – Wet and Rusting
Jumbling Towers – Coward
Illinois – Alone Again
Illinois – Screendoor

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Fiery Furnaces at The Duck Room

October 29, 2007

The Fiery Furnaces are playing tonight at Blueberry Hill’s The Duck Room with Pit er Pat. Check it out.

The Fiery Furnaces – “Ex-Guru”:

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Mystery Mix Monday

October 29, 2007

MYSTERY MIX, VOL. 17

Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 16

1. Foals – Mathletics
2. The Changes – Water of the Gods
3. Siberian – Belgian Beer and Catholic Girls
4. Beastie Boys – The Melee
5. Eugene Blacknell – The Trip
6. Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
7. A Sides – Diamonds
8. The American Analog Set – Punk As Fuck
9. Sleeping States – September, Maybe

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Ring, Cicada

October 26, 2007

Ring, Cicada played a rare show two weeks ago at the Bluebird. Here’s some footage:

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Head of Femur, Jon Hardy & The Public and Walkie Talkie USA

October 25, 2007

There is a great show at The Bluebird tonight featuring Head of Femur, from Chicago, and St. Louis’ very own Jon Hardy & The Public and Walkie Talke USA. Head of Femur plays catchy indie pop with some strands of psychedelia fuzz and brit pop harmonies thrown in for good measure. Walkie Talkie USA plays down and dirty buzzsaw rock and features veterans of the St. Louis music scene.

Jon Hardy & The Public just released an excellent album called Working in Love, and I have been listening to it nonstop for two weeks. The band has been described as alt-country, but their use of horms, xylophones and shimmering guitars makes them far more than that. The sound exists somewhere between Magnolia Electric Co. and Doves, and singer Jon Hardy’s voice evokes Brent Best, Rufus Wainwright and a reverb-less Jim james. You should definitely check them out.

MP3s:
Head of Femur – Leader and the Falcon
Head of Femur – Curve That Byrd
Head of Femur – Elliott Gould Is In California Split
Jon Hardy & The Public – Love Gone Wrong
Jon Hardy & The Public – Cassius Clay
Walkie Talkie USA – Devil’s Dog

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Mystery Mix Monday

October 23, 2007

MYSTERY MIX, VOL. 16

Here’s last week’s playlist:

Vol. 15

1. Tokyo Police Club – Your English Is Good
2. Radiohead – Bodysnatchers
3. New Young Pony Club – The Bomb
4. Blonde Redhead – 23
5. Blur – Country House
6. The Future Kings of Nowhere – I Want You
7. Page France – Hat and Rabbit
8. DeVotchKa – How It Ends