Archive | March, 2011

Track of the Day: New Order: Ceremony @ NYC 1981

30 Mar

Track of the Day: TuPac – Changes

29 Mar

Giveaway: Akron/Family @ The Loft

28 Mar

Akron/Family has the distinction of being the band that first took Warpaint on tour and as many of you who were lucky enough to catch that rather excellent show at the Granada last year know, A/F doesn’t just take any band on tour, they take bands who can help them turn the venue into a swirling tempest of dancing chaos. This bodes well for Thursday night’s opener (and 35C) performer Delicate Steve.

The most recent A/F offering, Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, continues the bands deconstruction of what “folk/experimentation” should be as they yet again push the boundaries on what you would expect from their earlier work. We consider this a good thing as it’s actually kind of fun to watch a band continually evolve.

This Thursday you will have a chance to see if anything I just typed is true as the band takes over the cozy confines of The Loft, and because we love you we’re giving away two pairs of tickets for the show. To win, send an email with “Akron/Family loves you” in the subject line and your name in the body (seriously … we only want your name) to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow/Wednesday.

Akron/Family plays The Loft on Thursday, March 31 with the very danceable openers Delicate Steve. The show starts at 8:30 and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show.

Track of the Day: Eddie Vedder – The Times They Are A-Changin’

28 Mar

Sunday Morning Coming Down: Review–Black Angels at South by San Jose (Unofficial SXSW)

27 Mar

By Tommy Garcia

Tommy Garcia, the drummer for Fishboy and an all-around bad-ass with impeccable taste in music and a knack for finding the best free shows that SXSW has to offer, wrote a review of the Black Angels’ set at South By San Jose. It’s a surefire distraction from that nasty hangover!

Waves of reverb-drenched sound emanated from the stage as the Black Angels played a free show to a captivated audience on March 19th at the annual South by San Jose bash, an unofficial SXSW event.

The band kicked off their set with “Bad Vibrations”, the opener from their latest record, Phosphene Dream (Light in the Attic), which was released late last year. Lead guitarist Christian Bland used his dynamic tremolo drone to lead the band into a psychedelic abyss. In true ironic form, “Bad Vibrations” was preceded by the last song of the Angels’ pre-show music–the Beach Boys’ landmark psychedelic opus, “Good Vibrations.”

The set was a mix of songs from the band’s three full-length releases, with more focus on the material from their newest record. A particular highlight of the set was a take on the band’s “Sniper at the Gates of Heaven”, in which the band locked in tight around a dark and heavily distorted groove.

Lead singer Alex Mass picked up a Hofner bass guitar and put down his signature maracas and tambourine for several songs, adding a heavy bottom end to the Angels’ already propulsive rhythm section. Drummer Stephanie Bailey pounded hypnotically on her floor tom and ride cymbal while spacey guitar and swirling bits of organ were added to the mix to bolster the garage rock swagger.

Melding a high potency mix of the Velvet Underground , Jesus and Mary Chain and Austin’s own legendary psychedelic pioneers, the 13th Floor Elevators, and with a flair for the sounds of more modern psychedelic groups such as The Warlocks, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Spiritualized, the Black Angels have consistently raised the bar with each successive release and tour.

The Black Angels’ set at this year’s SXSW performance showed the band exerting an assured confidence and passionate take on their dark, uniquely psychedelic sound.

Track of the Weekend: Roy Robertson–Collecting Dust

25 Mar

Hey, loyal readers! It’s been a skimpy few weeks here at DayBowBow. 35 Conferette took center stage, then I found a 9ish to 5ish job that started two weeks earlier than planned. So I haven’t been able to nurture this child that Jaime and I have been raising lately (by that I mean this blog, of course … cos we’re just friends and therefore don’t have an actual baby together). I feel bad for neglecting this site and along with it you guys, but as you may have gathered we have some big plans in the works for it.

Yesterday, while at said job, I was checking my email (for work-related reasons, mind you) when I found a kind message and a lovely song from one of my local favorites, Roy Robertson. (Side note: How many commas does one sentence need? We need an extra copy editor. Wow.)

Apparently the song didn’t fit with the others on an EP he’s been working on, but he still wanted it to be heard. Well, so do I, Roy. I didn’t have time to post it yesterday, but today I can showcase it.

On “Collecting Dust”, Roy goes full-on psychedelic and lo-fi. A lesser music fan would be tempted to compare him to Animal Collective or Ariel Pink … perhaps even one of the seemingly thousands of indie musicians who have chosen to mimic them the past couple of years.

But Roy Robertson is an original. The sound he creates, while clearly revealing its influences, is wholly organic. It comes from within him. He stirs together those influences with his own unique vision and creates something fresh.

Hell … just listen to/download it yourself. I don’t fancy myself a tastemaker, just a lover of music trying to share beauty with anyone who’s willing to listen to or read my opinions. Continue reading

Giveaway: Destroyer at The Loft

22 Mar

Destroyer began in 1995 as a solo project for Dan Bejar, the Vancouver singer-songwriter also known as a member of The New Pornographers. Since then, the project has expanded to include other various members and has released 13 studio recordings, nine of them full-length.

The most recent Destroyer offering, is a quirky (a style Bejar is a master of) take on 80s pop-rock. It’s a continuation of Bejar’s experimentation with different sounds and genres. No matter what the genre, however, the music is always distinct because of Bejar’s voice.

On Saturday, Destroyer will be bringing its special brand of music to The Loft. And we have two pairs of tickets for the show. To win, send an email with “Destroyer” in the subject line and your name in the body (seriously … we only want your name) to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow.

Destroyer plays The Loft on Saturday, March 26 with openers War on Drugs and Nervous Curtains. The show starts at 8:30 and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show.