Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The King Kahn & BBQ Show

Looking for an alternative to your typical small-talk filled evening at the local watering hole? King Kahn and BBQ Show are gracing Sonar with their presence tonight, bringing that always welcome garage-soul sound to Bmore.

Instead of backing band, The Shrines, Mark Sultan will be backing King Kahn. However expect similar sounds, antics and attire, just minus the horns. Support comes via Jacuzzi Boys and Sick Sick Birds.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Local Videos x2

Two fresh new videos from Bmore Carpark artists hit the interwebs this week. Beach House continues their dream pop world domination by providing accompanying visuals to the single off the "Used to Be" 7 inch. Shots from the video seem to illustrate themes of beautiful loneliness, as the song was written while touring.

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez released his first video, the single off his highly underrated debut LP Why is Bear Billowing? "The Letter B" features a picnic packed with blood, charred American flag toothpicks, and fruit. Catch both of these artists December 18th on Eyes Night of the Baltimore Round Robin homecoming show at Sonar.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dan Deacon Endorses Drawing

Solidifying themes of multi-colored creativity, Dan Deacon is helping Crayola sell a new product. Giving the company the rights to "Pink Batman", Crayola used the jam to soundtrack a new ad. Deacon claims he has had offers for other endorsements before, but this is the first for a product that promotes creativity to children.

The ad glamorizes the "Glow Station", which looks to me like the way cooler new version of the Lite Brite. This is not the first time a Bmore-affiliated artist has licensed songs for commercial use. Spank Rock bumped some salad dressing, and Animal Collective also helped children expand the left side of their brains.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Invisible Oranges

The Oranges Band are dropping their first full length in over three years. With Doug Gillard of Guided By Voices sporting production, the LP should continue the band's 90's indie sound with even more authenticity.

The Oranges Band Are Invisible gets a record release party tomorrow night at the Ottobar. Advanced copies of the album will be sold, until the album has a proper release in February.

Stream 2 tracks from the new album below, grab your hand packaged copy tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thrill Jockey Signs Double Dagger

Local postcore trio Double Dagger just got signed to Thrill Jockey, home to Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, and The Fiery Furnaces. The Chicago based label seems to have taken a recent liking to Baltimore's music, with other representatives of the label including Thank You and Arbouretem.

The follow up to the epic Ragged Rubble is being worked on now, and the label will re-release the 7"s Bored Meeting and Sophisticated Urban Living.

Double Dagger will play "Feet Night" of the Baltimore Round Robin Tour, which is being performed once more at Sonar December 18 and 19. They join the likes of Dan Deacon, Beach House, The Deathset, Adventure, Future Islands, Jana Hunter, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Videohippos, and so on so forth.

Grab some free Double Dagger mp3s from their site; click the rubble containing drumsets and amplifiers.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Little Trooper / Wicked Poseur Split 7"

SHDWPLY RECORDS recently dropped a highly recommended split single. Norfolk's Little Trooper contributes "Wasn't Ready", a pop gem complete with handclaps and campfire choruses to roast smores to.

Wicked Poseur, hailing from Texas, sound like the mishmash of Wolf Parade and The Cure. "Acrylic Tomb" rocks this crucial combo to the fullest, and leaves me hoping there's more to come from the duo.

Stream the two singles below, and be sure to check out previous SHDWPLY releases from The Super Vacations, Baltimore's Teeth Mountain, and Gary War. Expect more to come.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

M.I.A. & Blaqstarr Got Them Yellow Tops

Unfortunately, a new season of The Wire co-starring M.I.A. and Blaqstarr is not in the works. But, the next best thing something that reluctantly attempts to hold us over until this never actually happens, has occurred.

The two have redone "Way Down in the Hole", the epic Tom Wait's jam that soundtracked the opening sequence of the series. While most would prefer the version off Frank's Wild Years, give credit to both who allegedly shot the video for only $9.95.