Archive | February, 2011

Track of the Day: Elliott Smith – Miss Misery (live at the Oscars)

28 Feb

Track of the Weekend: League of Extraordinary Gz–Loftin in Austin (Chop Steak Remix)

25 Feb

To round out unofficial Hip Hop Week here at DayBowBow, we have a hip hop group from Austin called League Of Extraordinary Gz. The Gz will be playing at 35 Conferette, at Rubber Gloves, on Friday night just before Beans.

You can download the Chop Steak (clever name, by the way) remix of their song “Loftin in Austin” below.

League of Extraordinary Gz–Loftin in Austin (Chop Steak Remix)

Verdict: I knew exactly nothing about the Austin hip hop scene before listening to a few of the groups and artists who are playing 35, including this one. I have to say that it’s a pretty interesting bunch. This group in particular has some clever lyrics and a good flow.

Houston is the Texas town known that’s surely the most known for hip hop, but the “home of the Longhorns” (in the words of the Gz) can hold its own.

Track of the Day: Hypnotize Camp Posse feat. Three Six Mafia – Who run it

24 Feb

Giveaway: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show at the Loft

23 Feb

Regular readers are aware of our love for Elephant 6. So you can imagine how our fan-boy/fan-girl excitement has been building in anticipation for the return of their Holiday Surprise Tour (which Elf Power’s Andrew Reiger told us about last October, when it was in the planning stages).

The first Holiday Surprise Tour was in 2008. Elated fans gathered to see members of Olivia Tremor Control, The Gerbils, Elf Power, OTC, The Music Tapes, Circulatory System, The 63 Crayons and Neutral Milk Hotel (including Jeff Mangum himself) play songs from a variety of E6 bands.

This year the tour includes Will Cullen Hart , Bill Doss, Peter Erchick , John Fernandes , Julian Koster , Scott Spillane , Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, Derek Almstead, Heather McIntosh , Bryan Poole , Theo Hilton, Robbie Cucchiaro and others playing the music of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, Nana Grizol, Major Organ and Adding Machine, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t. There will also be “games, films & other surprises”. Rumor has it that Jeff Mangum will be one of those surprises.

We are thrilled to be going to the Holiday Surprise Show on Tuesday and we are also thrilled to be giving two readers a chance to bring a guest along. If you want a pair of tickets, send an email with “Elephant 6” as the subject and your name in the body to by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow.

The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show is at The Loft on Tuesday, March 1. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 on the day of the show and doors are at 7:30 p.m.

Track of the Day: Kanye West–All of the Lights

23 Feb

I know this video has been out for a few days (which, in Internet terms, translates to at least a few months). I know Jaime already posted rap videos for the first two days this week, and he’s written about Kanye West more than a few times.

I know that there are other things that have happened recently (Sebadoh show, new PJ Harvey record, new Radiohead video and then record that they immediately released after, etc.) that I could have focused on.

I also know that Kanye West has often come off as an arrogant ass who strives for and has received huge amounts of attention as it is. But I felt compelled to write about him because that attention is, as much as it pains me to say it, deserved and fully logical.

He creates interesting music and surrounds himself with a diverse, talented group of musicians, directors, designers and artists.

If he’s not a visionary–as both a producer and a rapper–he is, at the very least, an intelligent, calculating man who knows how to keep people on their toes with both the controversy that surrounds him and his artistic output, giving them exactly what they didn’t know they wanted.

He’s already given us so much from his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: the single “Power”, with a visually stunning video to accompany it; the bone-crushing single “Monster”; the music video/short film/single Runaway (not an entirely new concept but done in a fairly avant garde manner) built around the song of the same name.

And now we have the video for “All of the Lights”, featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi (although the song itself features vocals from those two as well as John Legend, The-Dream, La Roux’s Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson and three other people who aren’t as famous). Continue reading

Track of the Day: G-Side – I Feel Like I Look

22 Feb

Track of the Day: T.I. – No Matter What

21 Feb