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10 December 2010

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01 December 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 61 - December 1st Edition featuring Yuck, Club 8, Faun Fables, Wolf Gang, The Dead Trees, La Sera, Spectrals, Bikini, Twin Shadow and Stereolab

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 61 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Yuck: Georgia, Georgia single on Fat Possum Records
2. Club 8: Closer Now, Closer Now single on Labrador
3. Faun Fables: Parade, Light of a Vaster Dark on Drag City
4. Wolf Gang: Lions in Cages, Lions in Cages single on Atlantic
5. The Dead Trees: Back to L.A., Back to L.A. 7" on White Iris Records
6. La Sera: Never Come Around, Never Come Around 7" on Hardly Art
7. Spectrals: Chip a Tooth (Spoil a Smile), Spectrals Extended Play EP on Underwater Peoples
8. Bikini: A Cheerleader, RIP JDS EP on Lefse Records
9. Twin Shadow: Slow, Forget on 4AD
10. Stereolab: Sun Demon, Not Music on Drag City

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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29 November 2010

Not Just Another Manic Monday

25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant


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16 November 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 60 - November 15th Edition featuring The Parting Gifts, Kurt Vile, The Concretes, Nightlands, Weekend, Porcelain Raft, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Radio Dept. and Botany

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 60 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. The Parting Gifts: Keep Walkin', Strychnine Dandelion on In The Red
2. Kurt Vile: In My Time, In My Time 7" on Matador
3. The Concretes: Good Evening, WYWH on Something In Construction
4. Nightlands: Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge), Forget the Mantra on Secretly Canadian
5. Weekend: Coma Summer, Sports on Slumberland
6. Porcelain Raft: Tip of Your Tongue, Tip of Your Tongue single on Acéphale Records
7. The Tallest Man on Earth: Like the Wheel, Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP on Dead Oceans
8. The Radio Dept.: The New Improved Hypocrisy, free download from Labrador (http://www.labrador.se/hypocrisy/)
9. Botany: Waterparker, Feeling Today EP on Western Vinyl

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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05 November 2010

Updates for AmpliTube 2 for iPhone

As you may recall, a few weeks ago I posted a review of the new AmpliTube iRig for the iPhone and iPad. There is now a new upgrade out that you may like to know about. The new features include:

• New built-in one-track recorder with re-amping feature (free update)
• New multi-track recorder with 4 tracks and master FX section with 3 effects: Reverb, EQ and Compressor (available as in-app purchase)
• 5 new stompbox effects: Compressor, Reverb, Parametric EQ, Graphic EQ and Limiter (available as in-app purchase)
• Improved sound quality of gear and cabinets with DSP parts derived from AmpliTube 3 and T-RackS 3 for Mac/PC (free update)
• Export recordings and mixes as high quality WAV audio files or send them by email as MP3s (free update)
• Import songs as backing tracks directly from user iPod library, from iTunes using file sharing or Wi-Fi (free update)
• New SpeedTrainer allows players to slow down/speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch (free update)
• Up to 50 songs can now be imported (free update)
• New preset naming feature (free update)
• New Setup panel including input and output level controls (free update)
• New scrollable menu for easier and faster gear selection in the FX and AMP sections (free update)
We also are giving away an iRig. Just click here!

01 November 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 59 - November 1st Edition featuring Violens, My Dry Wet Mess, Warpaint, TV Girl, Crystal Stilts, Times New Viking, The War on Drugs, Tu Fawning and Lord Huron

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 59 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Violens: Acid Reign, Amoral on Friendly Fire/Static Recital
2. My Dry Wet Mess: Etcetera, Irrational Alphabet on Magical Properties
3. Warpaint: Undertow, The Fool on Rough Trade
4. TV Girl: If You Want It, TV Girl, self-released (http://tvgirl.bandcamp.com/)
5. Crystal Stilts: Shake the Shackles, Shake the Shackles 7" on Slumberland Records
6. Times New Viking: No Room to Live, No Room To Live 7" (tour-only 7")
7. The War on Drugs: Comin' Through, Future Weather EP on Secretly Canadian Records
8. Tu Fawning: The Felt Sense, Hearts on Hold on Cityslang
9. Lord Huron: Mighty, Mighty EP, self-released

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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16 October 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 58 - October 15th Edition featuring British Sea Power, Broken Records, Diamond Rings, Houses, Pomegranates, Kisses, The Moondoggies, Suuns, Our Broken Garden, Sun Airway, Wolf People, Agent Ribbons, The Extra Lens, Sunset, Zola Jesus and Small Black

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 58 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. British Sea Power: Zeus, Zeus EP on Rough Trade
2. Broken Records: A Leaving Song, Let Me Come Home on 4AD
3. Diamond Rings: All Yr Songs, Special Affections on Secret City Records
4. Houses: Soak It Up, All Night on Lefse Records
5. Pomegranates: Create Your Own Reality, One of Us on Afternoon Records
6. Kisses: Bermuda, The Heart of the Nightlife on This Is Music
7. The Moondoggies: It's a Shame, It's a Pity, Tidelands on Hardly Art
8. Suuns: Arena, Zeroes QC on Secretly Canadian
9. Our Broken Garden: The Departure, Golden Sea on Bella Union
10. Sun Airway: Oh Naoko, Nocturne of the Exploded Crystal Chandelier on Dead Oceans
11.Wolf People: Tiny Circle, Steeple on Jagjaguwar
12. Agent Ribbons: I'm Alright, Chateau Crone on Antenna Farm Records
13. The Extra Lens: Only Existing Footage, Undercard on Merge Records
14. Sunset: Late Night Dawning, Loveshines but the Moon Is Shining Too on Autobus
15. Zola Jesus: Sea Talk, Valusia on Sacred Bones
16. Small Black: Photojournalist, New Chain on Jagjaguwar

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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03 October 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 57 - October 1st Edition featuring Kelley Stoltz, Tim Kasher, Three-Cornered Moon, The Fresh and Onlys, Wild Nothing, Royal Baths, Clinic, Secret Knives, The Postelles, Deerhunter, Sharon Van Etten, Belle and Sebastian & Sufjan Stevens

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 57 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Kelley Stoltz: I Don't Get That, To Dreamers on Sub Pop
2. Tim Kasher: Cold Love, The Game of Monogamy on Saddle Creek
3. Three-Cornered Moon: The Applauding Rain, Three-Cornered Moon Dreamboat Records
4. The Fresh and Onlys: Waterfall, Play It Strange on In The Red
5. Wild Nothing: Golden Haze, Golden Haze EP on Captured Tracks
6. Royal Baths: Nikki Don't, Litanies on Woodsist
7. Clinic: I'm Aware, Bubblegum on Domino
8. Secret Knives: Black Hole, Affection on A Low Hum
9. The Postelles: White Night, The Postelles on Astralwerks/Capitol Records
10. Deerhunter: Revival, Halcyon Digest on 4AD
11. Sharon Van Etten: Love More, Epic on Ba Da Bing
12. Belle and Sebastian: Write About Love, Write About Love on Matador
13. Sufjan Stevens: I Walked, The Age of Adz on Asthmatic Kitty

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.
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24 September 2010

The Making of Le Noise: the new album from Neil Young

Neil Young is releasing brand-new solo album, Le Noise, Sept 28th on Reprise Records. The eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician/songwriter/producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others.

Young and Lanois have crossed paths musically over the course of many years (Lanois’ performances at Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young’s performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Willie Nelson’s music director) but this is the first time the two have recorded together.

Recorded in Lanois’ home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Le Noise features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just “a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording,” as Lanois puts it.

“Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him,” Lanois says. “He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands — one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That’s the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs ‘Love and War’ and ‘Peaceful Valley Boulevard.’

I wanted him to understand that I’ve spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he’d never heard before.

He picked up that instrument, which had everything — an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds — and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It’s hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it.”

Le Noise will be released in several formats, including standard CD, vinyl, digital download, and as a deluxe CD/DVD. The DVD portion, shot by cinematographer Adam Vollick, will feature eight black and white films of Young performing each song solo on acoustic and electric guitar at Lanois' home.

15 September 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 56 - September 15th Edition featuring Gentleman Jesse and His Men, Women, The Walkmen, Paleo, Abe Vigoda, Pete Yorn, Owen Pallett, Andrew Cedermark, John Vanderslice, Frankie Rose and The Outs, Les Savy Fav, Three Mile Pilot, Glasser, Breathe Owl Breathe, No Age and Tamaryn

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 56 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Gentleman Jesse and His Men: She's a Trap, She's a Trap 7" on Douchemaster Records
2. Women: Eyesore, Public Strain on Flemish Eye/Jagjaguwar
3. The Walkmen: Stranded, Lisbon on Fat Possum
4. Paleo: World's Smallest Violin, A View of the Sky on Partisan Records
5. Abe Vigoda: Throwing Shade, Crush on Post Present Medium
6. Pete Yorn: Precious Stone, Pete Yorn on Vagrant Records
7. Owen Pallett: A Man With No Ankles, A Swedish Love Story EP on Domino Records
8. Andrew Cedermark: Moon Deluxe, Moon Deluxe on Underwater Peoples
9. John Vanderslice: Pony Express, Green Grow the Rushes EP, www.johnvanderslice.com
10. Frankie Rose and The Outs: Little Brown Haired Girls, Frankie Rose and The Outs on Slumberland
11. Les Savy Fav: Let's Get Out of Here, Root for Ruin on Frenchkiss Records
12. Three Mile Pilot: Still Alive, The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten on Temporary Residence Limited
13. Glasser: Home, Ring on True Panther
14. Breathe Owl Breathe: Swimming, Magic Central on Hometapes
15. No Age: Glitter, Everything In Between on Sub Pop
16. Tamaryn: Sandstone, The Waves on Mexican Summer

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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14 September 2010

Hot New Gear

03 September 2010

iRig and AmpliTube Product Review

I've been anxiously waiting for my iRig to arrive and last week it finally got here. While I was looking forward to using it with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and my iPad, I also wanted to see if the iRig worked well with other apps. I hope to write more about those in later postings.

I downloaded the free version of AmpliTube before receiving the iRig as I wanted to try it out. After receiving the iRig, I purchased the full version for my iPad. The app cost $19.99 and is worth it however I feel that after spending $39.99 for the iRig, this software should be included for free.

Connecting your guitar or bass to your iPad with the iRig was a no-brainer. Just plug it into the headphone Jack, plug your guitar into the 1/4 inch input and insert your headphones into the 1/8 inch jack. While the actual iRig is pretty basic, the app is where all of the fun takes place. The graphics and layout of the app are easy to use and after launching the app and doing a few minor initial settings, I was rocking away.

The first thing I did after making sure that I could get some basic noise out of the iRig/AmpliTube combo was to use the built-in tuner.I then ran through some of the presets that are included. I would have preferred having names instead of numbers for identifying the presets.

It’s easy to create your own sounds and save them as presets. Just select an amplifier and cabinet then, if you’re in the mood, add an FX pedal or two (up to four if you want). The amplifiers are based on, but are not exact models of common amps such as Marshall and Fender. The cabinet selections are similar. The stomp boxes included Flanger, Phazer, Octave, Noise Filter, Chorus, Distortion, Envelope Filter, Wah, Overdrive, Fuzz And Delay. You also have a choice of two microphones.

Other useful features include an "Ultra-Low" latency setting, an ability to import songs to play along with and a metronome that can come in handy. In addition, IK Multimedia has just released DrummerTracks, full song drum tracks designed for use as play-along tracks for the AmpliTube range of software and mobile apps.

The bottom line is that this is a great device for practicing. I’ve seen some videos where people are using this set-up live or in the studio however I don’t feel that it will work for me yet. I do feel that it’s a great start and look forward to more developments that will move it closer to a full production tool.

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02 September 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 55 - September 1st Edition featuring Underworld, Britta Persson, Elf Power, Black Mountain, Of Montreal, Electric Sunset, Blonde Redhead, Dungen, The Thermals, Megafaun, Robert Gomez, The Vaselines and Oval

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 55 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Underworld: Scribble, Barking on Cooking Vinyl
2. Britta Persson: Meet a Bear, Current Affair, Medium Rare on Selective Notes/Razzie
3. Elf Power: Stranger in the Window, Elf Power on Orange Twin
4. Black Mountain: The Hair Song, Wilderness Heart on Jagjaguwar
5. Of Montreal: Coquet Coquette, False Priest on Polyvinyl
6. Electric Sunset: Soda, Electric Sunset on K Records
7. Blonde Redhead: Here Sometimes, Penny Sparkle on 4AD
8. Dungen: Marken Låg Stilla, Skit I Allt on Mexican Summer
9. The Thermals: I Don't Believe You Personal Life on Kill Rock Stars
10. Megafaun: Volunteers, Heretofore on Hometapes
11. Robert Gomez: To the Smoke, To the Smoke EP on Nova Posta Vinyl
12. The Vaselines: I Hate the '80s, Sex With an X on Sub Pop
13. Oval: Ah!, O on Thrill Jockey

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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15 August 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 54 - August 15th Edition featuring Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, The Clientele, Magic Kids, Dylan LeBlanc, Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang, Capstan Shafts, Sleep Good, S. Carey, Dominant Legs, Ra Ra Riot and Antony & The Johnsons

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 54 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin: Sink/Let It Sway, Let it Sway on Polyvinyl Records
2. The Clientele: Jerry, Minotaur on Merge Records
3. Magic Kids: Summer, Memphis on True Panther
4. Dylan LeBlanc: If Time Was for Wasting, Paupers Field on Rough Trade Records
5. Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang: The Hard Way, Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang EP on Park the Van
6. Capstan Shafts: Quiet Wars, Revelation Skirts on Rainbow Quartz
7. Sleep Good: Shoney's, Skyclimber on Autobus Records
8. S. Carey: In the Dirt, All We Grow on Jagjaguwar
9. Dominant Legs: Clawing Out at the Walls, Young at Love and Life EP on Lefse Records
10. Ra Ra Riot: Boy, The Orchard on Barsuk
11. Antony & The Johnsons: Thank You for Your Love, Thank You for Your Love EP on Rough Trade Records

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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01 August 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 53 - August 1st Edition featuring David Vandervelde, The Black Ryder, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Shapes and Sizes, Sky Larkin, Mystery Jets, Kathryn Calder, Stornoway, Versus, Dan Mangan and Candy Claws

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 53 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. David Vandervelde: Learn How to Hang, Summer Time Hits 12" on Secretly Canadian
2. The Black Ryder: Gone Without Feeling, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride on Mexican Summer
3. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Leaving Trails, Where the Messengers Meet on Dead Oceans
4. Shapes and Sizes: Tell Your Mum, Candle to Your Eyes on Asthmatic Kitty
5. Sky Larkin: Kaleide, Kaleide on Wichita Recordings
6. Mystery Jets: Dreaming of Another World, Serotonin on Rough Trade
7. Kathryn Calder: Slip Away, Are You My Mother? on File Under: Music
8. Stornoway: Zorbing, Beachcomber's Windowsill on 4AD
9. Versus: Gone to Earth, On the Ones and Threes on Merge Records
10. Dan Mangan: Road Regrets, Nice, Nice, Very Nice on Arts&Crafts
11. Candy Claws: Silent Time on Earth, Hidden Lands on Two Syllable

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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23 July 2010

Jon Herington of Steely Dan plays their classics with AmpliTube iRig

OK, I just got my iRig yesterday and downloaded AmpliTube for my iPad and while I won't be playing like Jon Herington of Steely Dan, I did enjoy experimenting with everything. I plan to post some reviews of iPad music apps as I explore what comes my way. If you have an app or hardware suggestion, let me know.

16 July 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 52 - July 15th Edition featuring Jaill, Spur, Mountain Man, Menomena, Cloud Nothings, Lower Dens, Teen Daze, The Books and Julian Lynch

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 52 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Jaill: Everyone's Hip, That's How We Burn on Sub Pop
2. Spur: Mr. Creep, Spur of the Moments on Dragcity
3. Mountain Man: Soft Skin, Made the Harbor on Partisan Records
4. Menomena: Five Little Rooms, Mines on Barsuk
5. Cloud Nothings: Even if it Worked Out, Didn't You 7" on Old Flame Records
6. Lower Dens: Hospice Gates, Twin-Hand Movement on Gnomonsong
7. Teen Daze: For Paulina, Four More Years EP on Arcade Sound Ltd.
8. The Books: Beautiful People, The Way Out on Temporary Residence
9. Julian Lynch: Just Enough, Mare on Olde English Spelling Bee

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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02 July 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 51 - July 1st Edition featuring Health, The Jameses, Fol Chen, Woodpigeon, School of Seven Bells, Big Boi, Neverever, Carissa's Weird, Woodsman, Chappo and Hamacide

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 51 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Health: USA Boys, Disco 2 on Lovepump United/Cityslang
2. The Jameses: The Haunted Rider, The Haunted Rider 7", self-released
3. Fol Chen: In Ruins, Part II: The New December on Asthmatic Kitty Records
4. Woodpigeon: Spirehouse, Spirehouse EP on Boompa
5. School of Seven Bells: Babelonia, Disconnect from Desire on Vagrant/Ghostly International
6. Big Boi: Shine Blockas (ft. Gucci Mane), Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty on Def Jam
7. Neverever: Young and Dumb, Angelic Swells on Slumberland
8. Carissa's Wierd: Die, They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003 on Hardly Art
9. Woodsman: When Morning Comes, Mystery Tape EP on Lefse
10. Chappo: Come Home, Plastique Universe EP on Drip Drop Records
11. Hamacide: Carnies featuring Fielded, Mighty Little Machine on Stubtail

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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16 June 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 50 - June 15th Edition featuring Magic Bullets, Tender Trap, Perfume Genius, Stars, Light Pollution, Wolf Parade, Forest City Lovers, Windsor for the Derby, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Mates of State and Baths

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 50 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Magic Bullets: Lying Around, Magic Bullets on Mon Amie Records
2. Tender Trap: Girls with Guns, Dansette Dansette on Slumberland
3. Perfume Genius: Mr. Petersen, Learning on Transparent Records
4. Stars: Wasted Daylight, The Five Ghosts on Soft Revolution Records
5. Light Pollution: Good Feelings, Apparitions on Carpark Records
6. Wolf Parade: Ghost Pressure, Expo 86 on Sub Pop
7. Forest City Lovers: Light You Up, Carriage on Out of This Spark
8. Windsor for the Derby: Queen of the Sun, Against Love on Secretly Canadian
9. The Wilderness of Manitoba: Hermit, When You Left the Fire on Véritié Recording Artists
10. Mates of State: True Love Will Find You in the End, Crushes: The Covers Mixtape (http://www.matesofstate.com)
11. Baths: Maximalist, Cerulean on Anticon

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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15 June 2010

How do you tell if an artist has a loyal/engaged fan base?

I was recently asked to comment on this subject as a guest blogger for FanBridge. Below is my response:

I tend to look at the interaction of fans on artist’s social networking sites. Facebook and Twitter seem to have a built-in screening process but MySpace has become a numbers game. I still use it as an online one-sheet but I don’t gauge the popularity of an artist by the quantity of friends but rather the quality of comments.

If an artist has nothing but solicitations from other people in their comment section, I feel that the fans, as well as the artist aren’t taking their music or image seriously. These comments deter others from posting legitimate messages and, if press or industry is looking at your site, can lead to a negative impression.

For more comments, please visit:

How do you tell if an artist has a loyal/engaged fan base? (Guest Series Part IV)

02 June 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 49 - June 1st Edition featuring Pernice Brothers, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Blitzen Trapper, The Moondoggies, Allo Darlin', Here We Go Magic, Delorean, Deer Tick, Junip, Villagers and Viernes.

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 49 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Pernice Brothers: Jacqueline Susann, Goodbye, Killer on Ashmont Records
2. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Round and Round, Before Today on 4AD
3. Blitzen Trapper: Dragon's Song, Destroyer of the Void on Sub Pop
4. The Moondoggies: Fly Mama Fly, You'll Find No Answers Here EP on Hardly Art
5. Allo Darlin': My Heart Is a Drummer, Allo Darlin' on Fortuna Pop Records
6. Here We Go Magic: Collector, Pigeon on Secretly Canadian
7. Delorean: Stay Close, Subiza on True Panther
8. Deer Tick: 20 Miles, The Black Dirt Sessions on Partisan Records
9. Junip: Loops, Rope and Summit EP, self-released
10. Villagers: Becoming a Jackal, Becoming a Jackal on Domino
11. Viernes: Entire Empire, Sinister Devices on Kanine

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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Stream the Cowboy Junkies' "Renmin Park"

"For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more like home, and the band now has twenty-five years under the hood and is sounding so darn good."
-Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies

Very few bands have lasted so long with their original line-up intact, and fewer still have created as consistently satisfying a body of work as Cowboy Junkies. Albums like The Trinity Session (1988), Black Eyed Man (1992), Miles From Our Home (1998), and Early 21st Century Blues (2005) are just a few of the milestones which chronicle a creative path that has remained impervious to trends.

Now, with the release of Renmin Park, Cowboy Junkies are beginning their most ambitious period yet. Inspired by a three-month stay that Michael and his family spent in China—which he describes as "an other-worldly experience"— Renmin Park is the first of four releases planned over the next 18 months, collectively titled "The Nomad Series."

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16 May 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 48 - May 15th Edition featuring Wild Moccasins, Damien Jurado, The Poison Control Center, First Aid Kit, Holy F ck, Male Bonding, Peter Wolf Crier, Tracey Thorn, Band of Horses, Club 8, The New Pornographers, Phosophorescent, Sage Francis, The National and Whitsundays

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 48 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:
1. Wild Moccasins: Late Night Television, Skin Collision Past, self-released
2. Damien Jurado: Arkansas, Saint Bartlett on Secretly Canadian
3. The Poison Control Center: Being Gone, Sad Sour Future on Afternoon Records
4. First Aid Kit: Hard Believer, The Big Black & The Blue on Wichita Recordings
5. Holy Fuck: Latin America, Latin on Young Turks/XL
6. Male Bonding: Year's Not Long, Nothing Hurts on Sup Pop Records
7. Peter Wolf Crier: Hard as Nails, Inter-Be on Jagjauwar
8. Tracey Thorn: Oh, The Divorces!, Love & Its Opposites on Merge Records
9. Band of Horses: Factory, Infinite Arms on Fat Possum Records
10. Club 8: Western Hospitality, The People's Record on Labrador
11. The New Pornographers: Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk, Together on Matador
12. Phosophorescent: The Mermaid Parade, Here's to Taking it Easy on Dead Oceans
13. Sage Francis: The Best of Times, Li(f)e on Anti Records
14. The National: Bloodbuzz Ohio, High Violet on 4AD
15. Whitsundays: Silent in the Wind, Saul on Friendly Fire Recordings
Andrew McNair lives in Seattle, having recently freed himself from nearly a decade in academia. Aside from producing the OnlineRock Podcast, he also writes and performs sketch comedy.
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15 May 2010

IK announces AmpliTube® iRig™

I've been interested in how the iPad will impact music and this looks pretty interesting.  For me, I could see using this for late night practicing or basic song writing.   I look forward to hearing how it sounds and will try to write more about it if and when I get my hands on one.

From IK Multimedia:

AmpliTube iRig turns your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad into the ultimate portable guitar and bass multi-FX.

AmpliTube iRig is a combination of an easy-to-use instrument interface adapter for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad mobile devices, and the new AmpliTube for iPhone software for guitar & bass.

With AmpliTube iRig, you can plug your guitar into your iPhone* and jam anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones, from the leader in studio-class guitar and bass software.

Simply plug the iRig interface into your iPhone*, plug your instrument into the appropriate input jack, plug in your headphones, amp or powered speakers, download AmpliTube FREE for iPhone and start rocking!

You’ll have at your fingertips the sound and control of 3 simultaneous stompbox effects + amplifier + cabinet + microphone just like a traditional guitar or bass stage rig!

Add amps and effects as you need them — you can expand your rig with up to 10 stomps, 5 amps, 5 cabinets and 2 microphones in the AmpliTube iRig app custom shop.

At the core of the AmpliTube iRig System is AmpliTube - the leader in gear modeling software for professional recording studios.

Now AmpliTube for iPhone gives you incredible, ultra-realistic sound and functionality in a convenient mobile platform app.

With the AmpliTube for iPhone software, you’ll have an entire guitar/bass rig at your fingertips, comprised of 3 simultaneous stompbox effects, an amp-head plus cabinet and a microphone.

With AmpliTube fully loaded, you will be able to choose between 5 amp models (clean, crunch, lead, metal, bass) with full tone and drive controls, 10 stompbox effects (delay, flanger, phaser, overdrive, distortion, filter, wah, fuzz, octaver, chorus), 5 cabinets and 2 microphones (dynamic and condenser).

Plus, AmpliTube for iPhone features a chromatic digital tuner and a metronome. You can also import and play along with songs or backing tracks, and create, save and recall up to 36 presets on the fly!

02 May 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 47 - May 1st Edition featuring Blunt Mechanic, Future Islands, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, Frog Eyes, Golden Triangles, Broken Social Scene, Dom, Minus the Bear, and The Mynabirds

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 47 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Blunt Mechanic: Aluminum and Light, World Record on Barsuk
2. Future Islands: Tin Man, In Evening Air on Thrill Jockey
3. Roky Erickson with Okkervil River: Goodbye Sweet Dreams, True Love Cast Out All Evil on Anti Records
4. Frog Eyes: A Flower in a Glove, Paul's Tomb: A Triumph on Dead Oceans
5. Golden Triangles: Cold Bones, split 7" with the Fresh & Onlys on Hardly Art Records
6. Broken Social Scene: World Sick, Forgiveness Rock Record on Arts&Crafts
7. Dom: Burn Bridges, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP on Burning Mill Records
8. Minus the Bear: My Time, OMNI on Dangerbird Records
9. The Mynabirds: Numbers Don't Lie, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood on Saddle Creek Records

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle, having recently freed himself from nearly a decade in academia. Aside from producing the OnlineRock Podcast, he also writes and performs sketch comedy.

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22 April 2010

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18 April 2010

South by Southwest 2010 Interviews and Performances


Highlights from South by Southwest 2010. Interviews and performances from Becca, Peasant, April Smith of April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Gazz Carr of Butterfly Explosion, Sleepy Sun, Evan Hamilton of Monsters are not Myths, Jason Collett, Solid Gold, and The Low Anthem.

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Peasant
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The Low Anthem
Butterfly Explosion
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16 April 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 46 - April 15th Edition featuring The Apples in Stereo, The Tallest Man on Earth, Kisses, The Lodger, Avi Buffalo, Serena-Maneesh, Inlets, La Strada and Caibou

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 46 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. The Apples in Stereo: Dance Floor, Travellers in Space and Time on Yep Roc Records
2. The Tallest Man on Earth: King of Spain, The Wild Hunt on Dead Oceans
3. Kisses: Bermuda, Bermuda 7" on Surrounded Sound
4. The Lodger: The Back of My Mind, Flashbacks on Slumberland
5. Avi Buffalo: Remember Last Time, Avi Buffalo on Sub Pop
6. Serena-Maneesh: I Just Want to See Your Face, S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor on 4AD
7. Inlets: Bright Orange Air, Inter Arbiter on Two Syllable
8. La Strada: Wash on By, New Homes on Ernest Jenning Record Co.
9. Caribou: Odessa, Swim on CitySlang and Merge Records

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle, having recently freed himself from nearly a decade in academia. Aside from producing the OnlineRock Podcast, he also writes and performs sketch comedy.

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05 April 2010

Letting Up Despite Great Faults: "Our Younger Noise" Video



Christopher J. Ewing, who writes CD reviews for OnlineRock directed "Our Younger Noise" video for the band Letting Up Despite Great Faults. Please visit www.wastedpotentialproductions.com for more information on Christopher's film projects.

For more information on Letting Up Despite Great Faults, please visit www.lettingup.com

02 April 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 45 - April 1st Edition featuring Happy Birthday, Freelance Whales, White Hinterland, The Besnard Lakes, Dum Dum Girls, Bonobo, JJ, Jónsi and Let's Wrestle

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 45 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Happy Birthday: Girls FM, Happy Birthday on Sub Pop
2. Freelance Whales: Generator ^2nd Floor, Weathervanes on Frenchkiss/Mom & Pop
3. White Hinterland: Icarus, Kairos on Dead Oceans
4. The Besnard Lakes: Albatross, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night on Jagjaguwar
5. Dum Dum Girls: Jail La La, I Will Be on Sub Pop
6. Bonobo: Eyesdown (ft. Andreya Triana), Black Sands on Ninja Tune
7. JJ: Let Go, jj nº 3 on Secretly Canadian
8. Jónsi: Boy Lilikoi, Go on XL Records
9. Let's Wrestle: We Are the Men You'll Grow to Love, In the Court of the Wrestling Let's on Merge Records

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle, having recently freed himself from nearly a decade in academia. Aside from producing the OnlineRock Podcast, he also writes and performs sketch comedy.

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25 March 2010

April Smith with Sam the Cat at SXSW 2010


April Smith (of April Smith and the Great Picture Show) talks with Sam the Cat of the Austin Statesman at SXSW 2010

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16 March 2010

Say Hi - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/sayhitoyourmom
www.ilikesayhi.com

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 19 7:45P - The Galaxy Room

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
The Mexican Food

Are you out promoting anything?
Promoting the latest full-length. Last year's "Oohs & Aahs." 

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Best Coast, Phantogram, Liars, Pearly Gate Music, Surf City.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Trying to stand out among 4000 other jackasses with beards and white passenger vans.

Do you have any survival tips?
Hydrate. Sit in a hotel lobby for fifteen minutes to regain your strength.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Definitely the former.

Viva City - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/vivacityuk

Hometown:
Newcastle, United Kingdom

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 16 7:00P - The British Music Embassy, Latitude 30
Mar 18 7:00P - DIRTY BOOTS@THE WAVE BAR
Mar 20 8:00P - Prague

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
It’s the universal playground for new and old artist to perform, and gives break through acts like us, a chance for everyone to get a taster – bring your ear plugs - damn it we’re LOUD!!!

Are you out promoting anything?
We have a single called Have You Ever Felt So Messed Up? which was release in the UK, and we are now promoting in the US, with the 15th March being our Release date Stateside.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
We are really interested to see what a the other world bands are getting their kicks from… but My Chemical Romance will be cool, and watch out for Marina & the Diamonds – new from the UK.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Where do we start… for a band with no money – that’s the best place to start! If you cannot rustle up around £10k sterling, don’t apply from the UK, we were lucky to get some match funding from the UKTI a government body to help UK business’s reach out to export territories… hey they must have listened to the music first before and then said “QUALITY!!!”

Do you have any survival tips?
If you’re from outside the US – make sure you have the correct power adaptors for your backline – or it might just go POP before your gig!!!

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
PARTY PARTY PARTY!

Any additional comments?
Yeah, I have an additional comment… contact us if you want us to perform at your Party – we’ll make it one to remember!!!!

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 44 - SXSW March 15th Edition featuring Race Horses, Broadcast 2000, DM Stith, Jupiter One, Vadoinmessico, Past Lives, Peter Broderick, The Kissaway Trail, You Say Party! We Say Die!, King of Spain, Sonny & The Sunsets, Skybox and Odawas

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 44 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring artists performing at SXSW 2010:

1. Race Horses: Cake, Goodbye Falkenburg on Fantastic Plastic
2. Broadcast 2000: Get Up and Go, Broadcast 2000 on Grönland Records
3. DM Stith: Braid of Voices, Braid of Voices EP on Asthmatic Kitty Records
4. Jupiter One: Volcano, Sunshower on Rykodisc
5. Vadoinmessico: In Spain, Vadoinmessico EP on Band Camp
6. Past Lives: Hex Takes Hold, Tapestry of Webs on Suicide Squeeze
7. Peter Broderick: Below It, Home on Bella Union
8. The Kissaway Trail: SDP, Sleep Mountain on Bella Union
9. You Say Party! We Say Die!: Laura Palmer's Prom, XXXX on Paper Bag
10. King of Spain: Animals Part One, Entropy on New Granada Records
11. Sonny & The Sunsets: Too Young to Burn, Tomorrow is Alright on Soft Abuse
12. Skybox: In a Dream, Morning After Cuts, self-released
13. Odawas: Harmless Lover's Discourse, The Blue Depths on Jagjaguwar

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle, having recently freed himself from nearly a decade in academia. Aside from producing the OnlineRock Podcast, he also writes and performs sketch comedy.

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15 March 2010

Two Hours Traffic - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/twohourstraffic
www.twohourstraffic.com

Hometown:
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 20 8:00P - Treasure Island - Music Gorilla Showcase
Mar 20 11:00P - Mi Casa Cantina

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
It's a tie between the margarita machine at the Canadian house and seeing cool bands we would not normally get to see.

Are you out promoting anything?
We've got a new album called Territory and have recently ventured into the animated world with our new music video for a tune called Noisemaker. 

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I'm hoping we can catch The dBs. 

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Due to the intense heat it becomes tempting to wear shorts while playing.  We learned early on however that shorts on stage are unacceptable. Having said that, if it's hot enough...

Do you have any survival tips?
Do not wear sunscreen.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Definitely the former. When's that Magnetic Fields documentary showing? Wouldn't mind seeing that.

Any additional comments?
Come to our showcase. The drive from Prince Edward Island may near kill us but we still give it our all.

Transfer - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/transferband
www.transferband.com

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 12:00P - SD SHOWCASE @ LUSTER PEARL
Mar 19 12:00P - THE PALM DOOR
Mar 20 12:00P - Club Encore - SXSW **OBSCUREMAGPIE’S TWO HEADED PARTY** w/ SPINDRIFT
Mar 20 8:00P - The WAVE - SXSW OFFICIAL SHOWCASE

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
AUSTIN!  In our trips to SXSW we have become acquainted with the city and fell in love.  It's our home away from home.  Also - the energy around the festival is like nothing else.  I always tell people that if they come to SXSW, they had better plan to return every year.  It's a one of a kind experience.

Are you out promoting anything?
TRANSFER will be in support of their brand new full length album, FUTURE SELVES and will be releasing the first video installment for the song, 'GET SOME REST' - shot in Austin with a native cast and crew, produced and directed by Laura Wallgren.  

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Looking forward to checking out Bear Hands, The Black and White Years, Band of Horses, Band of Skulls...pretty much all bands that start with the letter B

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Time management, parking and sobriety

Do you have any survival tips?
Drink water, rest when you can

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
We always head to SXSW with ambition to cruise around and enjoy the scene...but wind up adopting the mentality of soldiers at war with the elements.  It seems like right when you think you are free to just hang out, another show presents itself and it's off to the races.  All part of the excitement but it normally takes us about 3-4 days to recover/de-tox from the whole thing.

Any additional comments?
TRANSFER is thrilled to take part in the SXSW festival this year.  Come check it out!!

14 March 2010

Cosmo Jarvis - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/cosmojarvis
www.cosmojarvis.com

Hometown:
Totnes, Devon, England

SXSW Show Times:
March 17th The Tap Room (12.15am)
March 19th Maggie Maes 2pm tbc

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Never played it before but should be good to play to some new people

Are you out promoting anything?
Not really. One of my short movies (“The Alleyway”) is being shown at the SXSW film festival as part of the ‘Midnight Shorts’. My debut album “Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch” is released in the UK and being promoted at College radio here in the US at the minute.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I don’t know what the hell is going on. I’m sure I’ll find out when I get there.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Getting in to the country.

Do you have any survival tips?
Take insulin, check blood sugar level regularly, stay away from large doormen.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Do as much as possible and then get out!

Any additional comments?
Come see me play.

Twin Tigers - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/thetwintigers

Hometown:
Athens, Georgia

SXSW Show Times:
3/17 Wednesday:
9:00 am load in WOXY.Com Session
4:30 pm Hype Machine Day Party
 
3/18 Thursday:
TT Sonic Itch Day Party @ the Independent w/Ty Segal, Warpaint?
 
3/19 Friday:
TT Sneak Attack Day Party @ Clive Bar w/Jukebox the Ghost, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Speak
TT Official Showcase @ Emos IV WOXY.Com Showcase w/Cymbals Eat Guitars, Richard Swift, French Miami, More

3/20 Saturday:
Old Flame/Obscure Magpie Day Party w/Born Ruffians, Black & White Years, Many More
40 Watt Party w/ James Husband(of montreal), Dead Confederate, Gift Horse

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
getting lost in the whirlwind and loosing track of time.

Are you out promoting anything?
we are promoting our new album Gray Waves (old flame records) -March 2nd 

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
the antlers, woods, ume

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
trying to make rock and roll feel good before noon. parking. making it through multiple shows in a day.  but, it's awesome. 

Do you have any survival tips?
drink a bottle of water for every two beers. drink a red bull every 3.5 hours. 

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
well, i don't know which category we would choose for ourselves but it seems as though we are being pushed to the play a million times, never sleep category. 

Any additional comments?
austin texas is the greatest. come find us there. we will have fantastic party.

13 March 2010

Thunder Power - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/thunderpowermusic
thunderpower.slumberpartyrecords.com

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 18 6:00P - Cherrywood Coffee
Mar 19 3:00P - Sum Fun Day Party by PF Flyers // RVCA // Goorin @ Doc’s Motorworks
Mar 20 3:45P - Lovey’s Loot w/It’s True & more
Mar 20 7:00P - SXSW @ Mi Casa Cantina

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
uh...EVERYTHING!  Networking, seeing bands you've always wanted to see, being surprised by bands you've never heard of, open bars, BBQ, goodies everywhere...the whole experience is incredible!

Are you out promoting anything?
We are doing a split called "Hearts Intersect" with The 1959 Hat Company from Toledo.  It's coming out March 9th on Slumber Party Records.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Terry Poison!  We saw them at CMJ and they totally blew us away.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Well, it's tough to stand out when you're surrounded by 2000 of the best bands on planet Earth.  It's also a challenge to stay focused on playing the best set of your life with so much other fun stuff going on all around you.  Just because there is a Miller Lite girl handing out free beers doesn't mean you need to drink 20 of them before you play.  Try to restrict your booze intake to no more than ten drinks before taking the stage so as not to appear to be a sloppy drunken boob.

Do you have any survival tips?
Drink enough water, get enough sleep, and bring some comfy walking shoes.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
We're definitely going to stick around and check out some music.  We'll be spending a couple of days recording in Austin prior to SXSW which will be nice.  Austin is such a great city that you'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't take some time to explore the town and take it all in.

Any additional comments?
We are honored to be a part of SXSW.  We cannot wait to get there!!!

The Veils - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/theveils
www.theveils.com

Hometown:
London, United Kingdom

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 8:00P - Elysium, 705 Red River St.
Mar 18 8:00P - SXSW Filter Party @ Lustre Pearl (near Red River)
Mar 19 8:00P - SXSW Bug Music Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard
Mar 20 8:00P - SXSW Under the Radar Party @ Emo’s Annex East

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Last time I played SXSW I was only 20 so I had to sneak into our show through a bathroom window. Your ID laws are insane. This time I can do whatever I want cause I'm legally of age and no bouncer in the world can stop me.

Are you out promoting anything?
Promoting things are what interviews are for, the shows are just all about us figuring out what we're doing and where we'll go next.

Do you have any survival tips?
In Texas a small portion of onion rings is more than enough.

12 March 2010

Mon Khmer - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/monkhmer

Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 2:00P - The Wave Bar (Roof Terrace)
Mar 18 7:00P - Malverde’s (SXSW - PopGun-Bond Showcase) w/ Holy Ghost!, Free Blood, Casxio, Anamanaguchi
Mar 20 11:45P - University of Texas Block Party Benefit

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Never even been!  Looking forward to some madness.

Are you out promoting anything?
Got our first LP coming in April, and we're on tour all March.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Haven't seen Plants & Animals yet, definitely want to check out Wolf Gang

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
I hear people are rarely physically fit enough to handle the experience.

Do you have any survival tips?
Don't skimp on sunscreen, gatorade and coconut water hydrate better than water, sleep on the leeward side of the mountain, and most importantly: live by the gun.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Absolutely looking forward to checking things out and meeting people and getting some serious BBQ.

Sleepy Sun - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/sleepysun
www.sleepysun.net

Hometown:
San Francisco, California

SXSW Show Times:
March 17th - Emo's Annex: IODA SXSW Day Party
March 18th - Beauty Bar: Bay Bridged SXSW Day Party
March 19th - TBA
March 20th - Peckerheads: Rollingstone.com/Rhapsody SXSW Day Party
March 20th - Encore Patio on 7th & Red River - Official SXSW night showcase

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Playing a show and then walking a block to catch your friend's band.

Are you out promoting anything?
Our 2nd record Fever will be released in the US on June 1st and May 31st in the EU. We're touring out to SXSW then headed to the East coast to tour with the Arctic Monkeys in April. Our cover of Graham Nash's "Chicago" will be released on May 25th on the Songs for Beginners tribute record. We have two collaborations with UNKLE to be released this year, one of which to be included on their forthcoming record due in May 2010.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Check out Mondo Drag, Chylde, and Smoke & Feathers on March 17th at Cheers. For the most part, we haven't checked out much of the lineups. More exciting to show up and cruise about.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Keeping yourself in check.

Do you have any survival tips?
Drink lots of water in addition to libations.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Somewhere in between?

The Black Atlantic - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/theblackatlantic
www.theblackatlantic.com

Hometown:
Groningen, Netherlands

SXSW Show Times:
March 18th @ Soho Lounge 8:00 pm
March 19th @ Radisson 7:00 - 7:45 pm (FREE show)
March 20th @ Embassy Suites 7:00 - 7:45 pm (FREE show)

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
We really don't know yet. It's our first time playing it with The Black Atlantic. But, we feel priviliged to take part with all of the great bands taking part in it. Some of our friends' bands are playing. And some of our family will be there to. So, we'll try to enjoy as much of it together as we can.

Are you out promoting anything?
All of the above! We're starting a 4 month stretch of international touring at SXSW. We'll be promoting our debut album "Reverence for Fallen Trees" which we released end of August, 2009 as a free download.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Our friends in The Antlers, who also played on our record. Dustin O'Halloran, Bowerbirds, Here We Go Magic, Surfer Blood. And, I'm psyched to go see Motörhead!

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
The same as for any other unknown foreign band: drawing a crowd and finding people interested in working with us in the future. But, we're not worried about it.

Do you have any survival tips?
No, not really. I think the main thing is just to enjoy it as much as you can.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Both!

Any additional comments?
Please feel free to download our record (for free) via our website: www.theblackatlantic.com

11 March 2010

Julie The Band - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/julietheband
www.julietheband.com

Hometown:
Venice, California

SXSW Show Times:
Key Bar, March 17th 9pm

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
I like the fact that it is a place where true music fans in the industry go to discover new music and see bands they love. The industry folk are there to learn and to soak in the music, and that creates a really vibrant exciting energy. Austin is a great town as well. There are amazing bands!!!!

Are you out promoting anything?
We will be promoting our upcoming EP, "Wild As The Sky". The songs are leaning toward an Alt-Country feel. We will also be touring in the end of April and early May to Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, and a few other spots. We plan on doing a video per song on this EP.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Been really into Dawes and Dr. Dog. Hope to see them there!

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Its over saturated at SX. The competition is fierce! SO MANY BANDS...its like going to a museum and after a few hours you get burnt and don't appreciate anymore. The other thing is its nearly impossible to get booked without representation from a PR or Media company, so true indie bands get overlooked. The other thing is no one pays an indie band during that time so you pretty much have to come out of pocket to be there.

Do you have any survival tips?
Keep Breathing, drink lots of water. find something and someone you love.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
We are very hungry to play and work. We would love to play as much as possible and see as much music as possible. its only worth going if you have the attitude of trying to get the most out of it as possible. on all fronts!!!!

Any additional comments?
We are grateful to be playing and making music. SXSW is a great platform for indie bands to be seen...We just hope we get the opportunities to be seen and heard!!

Smile Smile - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/smilesmilemusic
www.smilesmilemusic.com

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

SXSW Show Times:
Musebox party Thursday March 18 Rusty Spurs 2pm

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Being able to play for people who might not have the chance to see us. People from all countries. Last year we had some fans from the Netherlands come see us. 

Are you out promoting anything?
Our album Truth On Tape was released Feb 9 and we have been touring with Bob Schneider which will probably continue in April/May. We also have two new music videos out for Beg You to Stay and Truth on Tape is soon to come!

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
We kinda like discovering random bands when we are there. We try to catch the international showcases. 

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Carrying Jencey's Fender Rhodes through the streets to the venue.

Do you have any survival tips?
Always have an insider at the party. 

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
We like to play and bolt unless there are specific shows we want to check out. 

Any additional comments?
Our favorite memory of SXSW was our random David Frick encounter in which Ryan almost forced him to take a CD. He ended up taking it from us and lifted up his shirt. He had about five CDs already stuck in the waistband of his pants!

Amber Rubarth - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/AmberRubarth
www.amberrubarth.com

Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York

SXSW Show Times:
My main showcase is THURS. March 18 @ 11pm - Blackbird Artists Agency SXSW Showcase : Tap Room @ SIX Lounge. Excited for that!!

Other day parties, etc. below...

THURSDAY March 18

2:05 - 2:30pm : AMBER RUBARTH @ Indie Sounds Day Party
The Hideout Theatre : 617 Congress, off 6th St.

4:00 - 4:25pm : AMBER RUBARTH @ Spin it Indie Showcase
One 2 One Bar : 5th & Brazos

11:00 - 11:40 : AMBER RUBARTH @ (OFFICIAL) SXSW Blackbird Artists Showcase
The Tap Room @ Six Lounge : 114 W. 4th St.

FRIDAY March 19

2-6pm (time tba) : AMBER RUBARTH @ One 2 One Day Party
One 2 One Bar : 5th St. & Brazos

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
I love that everyone playing puts their A game on because there is so much music, you really have to be truly great or creative to stand out. And somehow over the 3 days you start recognizing people, and it feels like a little city or a summer camp or something, all these random people from every corner of the world all in it together.

Are you out promoting anything?
YEAH! My brand new album GOOD MYSTERY is officially coming out March 2nd and I'm really happy to be touring with it....

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Yeah! I've been really loving a lot of bands from Sweden, Norway and Japan lately. A good friend of mine from Norway, Tommy Haltbakk (his band is called The Royalties) is playing bass with a Norwegian artist Julian Berntzen down there I'm looking forward to hearing.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Hmmm.... well I like being a loner at least once a day and sometimes that is hard to come by there. But other than that, it's all good.

Do you have any survival tips?
The best thing which I discovered last year while hanging out with Jason Reeves is to go to the river.... Austin people call it a lake there but I'm pretty sure it's a river that's been dammed off. And I recommend talking to the ducks and skipping along the paths and visiting the turtles. It's the greatest and an instant recharge from the overload of sound and people. :) And while you're at it, hang out with Jason Reeves, he has that same affect.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
I'm a check-out-the-music all the way for the 3 days but after that I'm out. I like the intense blast of it all.

Any additional comments?
I just ate the most incredible peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich on cinnamon raisin toast with cinnamon sprinkled on top. So delicious. I recommend that too.

10 March 2010

Dark Dark Dark - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/darkdarkdarkband
www.brightbrightbright.com

Hometown:
Minneapolis / New York / New Orleans

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 12:00P - Shout It Out Loud Showcase
Mar 18 4:00P - All Your Friends Are Here, Dominican Joe’s
Mar 19 2:00P - Baby Blue
Mar 19 8:00P - Annie St Arts Collective

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
It seems so chaotic and impossible to manage, but somehow friends show up at all the shows, and we find a way to go to all of theirs. You can see people perform in unlikely places, wearing no shoes (we would never!) and sunglasses. We like keeping it simple and chasing our friends around.

Are you out promoting anything?
We are promoting our new EP, Bright Bright Bright, on Supply and Demand Music, and beginning our Bright Bright Bright tour in Austin.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Peter Wolf Crier, Dawes, Big Freedia (booty everywhere!!!)

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Fast set-up, limited sound-check, overworked sound techs.

Do you have any survival tips?
Drink more water than beer, go swimming, leave for shows early, don't take anything too seriously.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
"play a few shows, have some tacos, get some vitamin D (Minnesota people), go swimming, and then go on tour."

Any additional comments?
This is only our second year attending SXSW, so we haven't struck gold meeting the right person to do this or that for us, and we don't approach it with that in mind. We've toured hard for 3 years and really appreciate how many people are coming to our shows and supporting our music, and are often surprised when our work pays off with a room full of people who are excited to listen to us. It gives us the desire to discover more of the songs inside us, to keep driving around the country, and to keep being broke.

Peasant - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/peasant
www.facebook.com/peasant

Hometown:
Doylestown, PA

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 18 6:00P - Tap Room - Blackbird Booking Official SXSW Showcase
Mar 20 2:00P - Howl Interiors Studio - SXSW Paper Garden Unofficial Day Party
Mar 20 8:00P - Grime’s Photography Studio - SXSW Live.Create.Lounge w/ Pinky Nasty & Dan Mangan

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Seeing and being around all these other bands and musicians. The heat is awesome too I am not a cold person and I really enjoy getting some warmth in the middle/end of winter. I just love having everything in thi compact little area and being able to just wander and meander with so many different people all day and night. I like the river too, that's my favorite spot.

Are you out promoting anything?
I have a new record coming out on March 2nd, it's a real labour of love and something I hope people give a listen to. I will be putting up 10 whole home-made video/stories for each video, I am currently half done with those. Some US touring and then going to Europe as well in May. And loads more I hope!

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Oh god, honestly, I usually don't know much of the lineup until I get there, maybe this year I will remember to research. This is my first year I've been officially selected, so I have a badge(I took that over the cash), so who knows? I will be seeing lots of shows. Drink Up Buttercup for sure though, I tend to stalk them at South By...

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Moving your gear. Luckily I don't have one of those hectic play 5 shows a day schedules this year but those can be killer. I don't know how you do it with a band.

Do you have any survival tips?
Buy things before you get there, there tends to be a "locust effect" on some items that everyone wants. Camel Lights, Jameson Whiskey, etc. Really... just try and have a good time, it's a really awesome place to be.

09 March 2010

The Happy Hollows - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.myspace.com/thehappyhollows

Hometown:
Negahdariland, California

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 3:30P - Little Radio Party @ Red Eyed Fly
Mar 17 8:00P - Autumn Tone Showcase @ Jaime’s
Mar 18 12:30P - Baeble Music Party @ Scoot Inn
Mar 18 3:00P - Filter/Dickies Party @ Lustre Pearl
Mar 18 4:30P - Aquarium Drunkard Party @ Lambert’s
Mar 19 2:30P - Consequence of Sound / Rock It Out Blog! Party @ Republic Live
Mar 19 8:00P - Guero’s Austin, Texas
Mar 20 1:00P - WOXY / Ship Party - @Home Slice Pizza

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Two great things about SXSW are being able to stumble upon great new bands from all over the world and seeing friends from around the country in the same place.

Are you out promoting anything?
We are promoting out new album Spells, which is out on Autumn Tone Records.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I haven't seen the entire lineup of bands, but our producer David Newton is playing in Everybody Was in the French Resistance....Now! with Eddy Argos of Art Brut. So we will definitely be checking them out.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
There are a lot of shows going on so the competition for eyeballs can be intense. It is also tough for bands who have to move their gear all around Austin all day and night.

Do you have any survival tips?
Think of SXSW as a fun experience/vacation and not a do or die moment in your career.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
We try to spread the shows out over four or five days so we get to do both!!!

Any additional comments?
Enjoy the great food in Austin!

The Mynabirds - SXSW Interview and Video (Laura Burhenn solo)



Website:
www.themynabirds.com
www.myspace.com/themynabirds

Hometown:
Omaha, NE

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 17 12:00P - Live on WOXY (TUNE IN!!)
Mar 18 4:00P - Dominican Joe’s - All Your Friends Are Here Day Party
Mar 18 9:00P - Maggie Mae’s - Saddle Creek Showcase w/RAA, MBAR, UUVVWWZ
Mar 19 3:00P - Design Within Reach - Everloving / Origami Vinyl / LA Record Day Party
Mar 20 12:00P - Red Eyed Fly - WXPN Day Party

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Free beer! No, seriously... Almost all the world is in one (warm and sunshiny) place for one week, so you inevitably run into 50 people you haven't seen in a year (or more), 30 people you've never met in person but have emailed or chatted with on the phone, and have made at least 10 new friends by the week's end. The world is so small and inter-connected anyway. And SXSW really intensifies that fact. All the great music and delicious Mexican food is just a bonus.

Are you out promoting anything?
Our debut album is coming out on Saddle Creek on April 27th (the day before my birthday). So I'm very excited to be sharing the songs for what will be the first time for most people.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I'm always excited to see my friends' bands. I never quite know who's playing or when or where, so I mark up my guide as soon as I get it. Texts and phone calls abound, and I see if I can synchronize my crazy schedule to theirs. When you're there working, it's hard to find enough time to see every band you'd want to see. That said, I'd absolutely love it if I could catch Wale, Vandaveer, These United States and Raphael Saadiq (DC love), as well as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Thurston Moore, Solange (she killed that "Stillness is the Move" cover), Dr. Dog, Aloha and BRAHMS. Cale Parks (of Aloha and BRAHMS) toured with Georgie James' went we went out with Camera Obscura a few years back. He's a brilliant person and a musical genius. I'm always excited to hear what he's up to.

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Parking a van. And trying not to kill anyone in the process.

Do you have any survival tips?
Flexibility, at least one fresh, sit-down meal a day, and time for meaningful conversations. These three things are magic. In fact, I'd recommend them for everyday life -- not just SXSW.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
I've done both things, and I think there's a happy medium. Given that we've got a new record coming out in April, we're going to play as many shows as possible. But we're also going to have a ton of fun doing it.

Any additional comments?
I cannot wait for SXSW, the springtime Austin sun, and all the good fun that's sure to ensue. We've all had enough of this snow and ice and I, for one, am counting the days til I can meet up with you and everyone else for some meaningful conversation -- over a free drink. I mean, if someone's handing them out, you wouldn't just turn down that Austin hospitality now, would you?

08 March 2010

Cassette Kids - SXSW Interview and Video



Website:
www.cassettekids.com.au
www.myspace.com/cassettekids

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

SXSW Show Times:
Mar 18 11:30A - SIN Showcase @ Antone’s Nightclub
Mar 18 7:30P - SNEAK ATTACK Showcase @ Sneakershop
Mar 18 11:00P - AUSSIE Showcase @ Karma Lounge
Mar 20 2:45P - AUSSIE BBQ @ Maggie Mae’s

What do like most about playing at SXSW?
The craziness of playing for 20 mins, packing your gear & wandering to the next venue.

Are you out promoting anything?
Currently in London doing showcase gigs. On April 16th, we're releasing our debut album, "Nothing on TV". Currently just released our second single 'Spin'.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Bang Bang Eche & Children Collide

What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
playing the same time as a band you were looking forward to see.

Do you have any survival tips?
Water, nachos, sunglasses & spare strings.

Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
Stick around...

Any additional comments?
see you there