The Drums ‘Let’s Go Surfing’

How have I gone the whole summer without hearing The Drums ‘Let’s Go Surfing’? The infectious band from Brooklyn who started to earn a buzz after CMJ 2008 are breaking out even more outside of the New York area. The band will be playing Insound’s 10th Year Anniversary party with Cymbals Eats Guitar on Thursday night in Brooklyn, and the band is also slated to played CMJ on October 21st at Santo’s House Party. ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ is by far the catchiest song I’ve heard in a while and it will surely have you hooked.  Jonathan Pierce and Adam Kessler also played in the short lived band, Elkland, who released one album on Columbia before splitting up. The Drums seem to be going further than Elkland ever has….and we like it.

The Drums  release their first EP on September 15th.

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Watch The Drums ‘Let’s Go Surfing’

James Husband Releases Solo Debut

James Husband is not only the multi-talented musician from Of Montreal, he has a plan of his own. Husband who has been giving previews of songs on his Myspace since, well forever it seems, will release his solo debut Parallax l via Polyvinyl who is also home to Of Montreal. It took five yers to create between touring and the band’s heightened sucess, but you would never know it. The songs blend together perfectly. Husband’s voice is dreamy on the tracks . Is it to early for it to be my favorite album of the Fall? With retro sounding guitars and the catchiest beats we’ve heard in a long time , it has the sneak peak of the album making us beg for more. The record is out October 27th and Husband will also be appearing at CMJ on October 23rd. That is one show we are surely checking out.

Also be sure to check out Polyvinyl that is reissuing Of Montreal’s Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies, Aldhils Arboretum, The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy, The Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit’s Flower, and The Early Four Track Recordings. You can buy them all in one package with James Husband’s Parallax l  on pink vinyl with a bonus disc featuring six cover songs. The two will also release a split 7″ this yearas part of the Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records singles club. This will feature Of Montreal’s “Wet Butcher’s Fist” and Husband’s “A Grave in the Gravel”.

Talk about a good year!

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Wyldlife: They’ll Leave You Screaming for More

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you may have heard about a little band called The Pains of Being Pure of Heart. Yes, they are one of the most attention grabbing bands that have come out of New York City in a while, but the buzz on the street is starting to point to another upcoming indie act called Wyldlife. Wyldlife singer Dave Feldman has music flowing through his veins, as his brother Kurt Feldman plays drums in both The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Depreciation Guild. Even though Wyldlife has barely broken into their twenties, the band has been together more than half their life and it shows. Fresh off their summer tour, the band who is already working on songs for album two, have just released their new EP titled Now We Are Gentlemen. Once you grab ahold of this record you will not want to let it go. Every song seems catchier than the one before and it somehow gets better with every listen. With killer guitar licks from Sam Allen and Jon Rick alongside the brilliant rhythm section of G Scott Corey and Spencer Alexander, the band manages to create a sound that hasn’t had me this excited since I first heard The Strokes who they share a degree of likeness to. Feldman’s voice is smooth with a slight rock edge and a lot of soul which is hard to pull off. This combination makes Wyldlife nearly flawless and extremely memorable. Watch out New York, there’s a new buzz band in town.

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The Beauty of the Sound of Dignan

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I’m an eighteen-year- old music journalist who pretty much sucks at everything I do.  I do nothing with my life but go to shows.  Lord, how I live for shows.  I travel hours and hours to reach certain destinations and cities to go to shows and experience the feeling of live music.

 This past year, I journeyed on to my first year of college.  Going to a private university that I did not even want to attend, I made the best of it by making myself friendly with the music venues.  I love San Antonio, but the music scene up here is horrible.  And I hate even mentioning the word “music” and “scene” within the same sentence, but I’m being completely honest  with the music style  (I dig that word better) that San Antonio has to offer.  Don’t g get me wrong, there are a few local bands from here that have some talent.  But for the most part, I do not fancy it all that much. 

I matured as a human being while listening to Dignan.  Dignan is this beautiful five-piece band from McAllen, Texas.  They play the most harmonic and melodic tunes that anybody will ever hear.  (My father even loves their sound.  Come on now!)  Being in San Antonio separated Dignan and I a good four hours.  However, that didn’t stop me to seeing and hearing them.  I’d travel during the school week to see them and drive four hours in the wee hours of the night to make it to class the next morning.  Dignan is the one band that I’d do anything for.  They have molded me so much that I can’t even begin to explain.

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It’s 2:02 in the morning as I sit in front of this computer and ramble on run-on sentences.  I’m sorry for my lack of correct grammar.  My weekly migraine decided to barge in on me today and keep my mind company.  There I go again- I’m getting off topic.

About an hour ago, I was at Sam’s Burger Joint listening to Dignan.  Right in front of lead singer, Andy Pena, mic as always, I stood there swaying side to side- more than likely looking like an idiot with uncontrollable spasms- and everything in my life felt right.  How many times does every SINGLE thing in a person’s life feel right?  Maybe it’s just me, but I hardly EVER feel that way.  And last night/ this morning, everything felt perfect.

It was Trey Perez, the drummer, last night to perform with Dignan.  He is pursuing his education and attend college in Austin.  Maybe that’s what did it.  The whole this-is-the-last-time-I’ll-hear-Trey-live momentum.  I swear for a second, I wanted to cry when they played their last song.  I thought to myself, “This can’t be his last performance.  Trey IS Dignan.  He belongs with Dignan.  Dignan can’t be Dignan without him”.  And then I realized, I felt the exact same way with Dignan’s former drummer too.  Except, I didn’t see Dignan live when the other drummer was there.  I started seeing them when Trey was there.  And I felt as if Trey grew with me; as my mind and soul grew with him being there.  That was taken away from me tonight. 

I’m not too sure where I’m getting with this.  I mainly wanted to state that tonight’s show was beyond amazing.  It was beautiful.  As always, their energy and passion took over the crowd.  My Lord, I love Dignan so much.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain to a person how much I love them and how much they have changed me. 

I’m a college student who has a lot on my mind.  From my future to lack of future to ex lovers and  everything in between, it consumes my life.  I drown in my thoughts.  But, seeing and hearing Dignan live…that takes it all away.  I swear, it does.  During their set, not a single unhappy thought races through my mind.  My future has vanished.  My misery of being single and lonely has vanished.  It all vanishes.  Dignan is the unconditional love that is sent from some sort of high heaven to guide me.  I know I cannot possibly be the only person who feels this way about them.  And if I am, then hell, I sure am sounding like some crazy fangirl.  Really, though, if you haven’t already-PLEASE give Dignan a listen.  There music is something so beautiful that every person must hear before they die.

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I want every person who reads this to give them a listen.  If you aren’t willing to cough up some bucks, I will personally e-mail you some of their tracks so you can experience the true joy that Dignan has to offer.  It’s an offer you can’t refuse.

They are currently about to start their tour with O’brother (in which is another band you will be reading an article from sometime soon).  Definitely check out the dates and locations.  If you are by the area, go out and support them.  Both bands put on mind blowing performances. 

Dignan & O’brother tour dates:

Aug 27 – New Bern, NC @ Broad Street Music
Aug 28 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
Aug 29 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Hall
Aug 30 – Greenville, SC @ The Channel
Aug 31 – Greenwood, SC @ Homemade Genius
Sept 01 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Sept 02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Wonderroot
Sept 03 – Milledgeville, GA @ Buffington’s
Sept 04 – Macon, GA @ Cafe 567
Sept 05 – Columbus, GA @ Gallery 13
Sept 06 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Sept 07 – Tallahassee, FL @ TBA
Sept 08 – Fort Walton, FL @ TBA
Sept 09 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
Sept 10 – Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos
Sept 11 – Hanceville, AL @ Space Camp Festival
Sept 12 – Hattiesburg, MS @ 1126 House
Sept 13 – Louisiana @ TBA
Sept 14 – Louisiana @ TBA
Sept 15 – Shreveport, LA @ TBA
Sept 16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Sept 17 – Waco, TX @ Common Grounds
Sept 18 – Dallas, TX @ Mokah
Sept 19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven

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By Krista

Secondhand Sunday: Stephen Malkmus ‘Discretion Grove’

Today’s Secondhand Sunday comes from a musician who is very near and dear to my heart, Stephen Malkmus. Since the mention of ‘Jicks’ weren’t really used on his first solo album I feel wierd including it in here. The video is for my favorite SM song, Discretion Grove and its also my favorite video by him since he left Pavement. Maybe because he’s in it acting like a fool. I wish he would go back to that. He was such a good music video actor.

CMJ Marathon Leaks the News on (Some) Bands

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CMJ 2009 is just around the corner. It’s so close we can smell it in the air. Even though the artists aren’t supposed to be revealed until late next week the earliest, CMJ managed to spill the beans on a few. And by few we mean 70 out of about 1,200 bands. No huge names have been released yet but CMJ always holds out on us. The festival will take place from October 20th to the 24th this year in New York City as always. Is there any other place to hold such an event? Going strong for 28 years it’s always one of the most anticipated music festivals of the year. Some of the bands that have been confirmed so far are The Antlers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Action Painters, These United States, Otter Petter, and Woodpigeon.

Discounted passes are available at CMJ.com until Tuesday August 18th. Act fast to avoid paying the regular price.