Monday, May 12, 2008

It List: Monday

Ecstatic Sunshine/CEX/Schwa/Disqo Disco (Kettle Art, 8-11pm): Great show on an otherwise normal Monday night. Ecstatic Sunshine has been getting attention all over the place recently for their exceedingly pleasant drone pieces that always seem to be loud, noisy and messy yet comforting and almost gentle in their form and presentation. You can tell they're from Baltimore based on the obvious Wham City influence the band seems to carry in both style and substance (in addition to their friendship with Dan Deacon), but it seems to be the specifically Baltimoresque joy that gives their material a boost to set it apart from similar acts. This is post rock and noise and glitchy electronica and a lot of other things, but it really doesn't fall in line with any particular style enough to permit such a label. I just spent the past five minutes reading articles that compared them to LaMonte Young AND Crystal Castles, if that gives you any indication. Come early for the strange and exciting glitch hop of CEX too. The name kind of reminds me of that band Everyone Gets Laid from PCU, which is pure bonus points.

Cool Out (The Cavern)

The Hard Lessons/Tiger Moth/Austin Brown (The Cavern): Ok, the Hard Lessons are a totally gay rip off of that one "Stacy's Mom" band (what is that, Nada Surf or some bullshit?), and they lose even more points for writing songs that lecture us about "plastic" people and how dumb the "scene" is. Uh, dudes, have you heard your own band? In other news, Dallas' Tiger Moth are much more interesting and tolerable, even if this isn't saying a whole hell of a lot. Their stuff reminds me of bits and pieces of a lot of different things you've heard before, including Spoon, White Stripes, Kings of Leon, T. Rex, and even stuff like Guns N Roses and Stone Temple Pilots. The songs are catchy enough and well written for sure, and if any of the aforementioned influences appeal to you, you'll probably enjoy this quite a bit. If not, then I wouldn't bother. I wouldn't be surprised at all if these guys start drawing bigger, pub crawlin' Greenville crowds in the near future based on this polished and forceful guitar rock sound. I'm just not sure if I'll be part of that crowd.

Jazz (Amsterdam)

Paul Slavens (Dan's Silverleaf)

31 Comments:

Anonymous austin brown said...

some nerds named their band after me?

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tiger moth has a great live show.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous redsean said...

Nada Surf didn't write that song... and earlier in their catalog actually had a few decent tracks. true story.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toadies are playing a free show tonight at Victory Park.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is kettle art?

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, it's 1996.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Greensleeves said...

you officially made me want to see ecstatic sunshine

8:03 PM  
Anonymous ohdearbuttons said...

lol @ austin brown... i thought the same thing

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn sr, you SWEAT nada surf. you can't get enough of those early 90s jamz

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

austin.. you now know how david wright feels

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yer blog is dying

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ecstatic sunshine is actually from brooklyn...

baltimore just wants that shit

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UM NO. BALTIMORE.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous josh howard said...

once again-"yer blog is dying" says a dude reading this blog. what a dumbass-if someone knows of a better local music blog tip me off. this is the only one i check out regularly and i still like it

12:15 AM  
Anonymous josh howard said...

once again-"yer blog is dying" says a dude reading this blog. what a dumbass-if someone knows of a better local music blog tip me off. this is the only one i check out regularly and i still like it

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LIKE READING THIS SHUT UP DONT BE MEAN YOURE MAKING M E CRY>?:l(:(:(:( :( :(

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will die is lame anonymous comments from UNT students. Schools Out for Summer Schools out forever. Go Alice Cooper

12:29 AM  
Anonymous austin brown said...

schools out for summer, swag school is in forever

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Robert Rauschenberg

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Edgar Winter said...

I might be a smelly old albino, but that doesn't mean Fishboy is better than Ghostbuster.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

josh howard is a fool!

2:02 PM  
Anonymous josh howard said...

tim duncan is weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeak

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Cob Seger said...

I might have corn pouring out of my ass but that doesn't mean I wanna remix a Ghostbustler song.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous sallyglass said...

ecstatic sunshine was amazing. bet that.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CEX was good too, but that dude has some offensive B.O.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

follow your heart, i'll follow my nose...

9:51 PM  
Anonymous josh howard said...

is a poor speller!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous to 7:55PM said...

i had to go outside and inhale car exhaust to get the odor out of my nose. it was so bad. maybe he did not shower on the 26 days of the tour at that point?

regards,
john of flesh

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chow chow

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

smack!! get yer red hot smack!!!

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crow

12:46 PM  

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