Monthly Archives: March 2010

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As a reminder for any readers on Twitter, you can follow me, @lizkjones, for site related news and new band tips, videos, or other random musings. I also write over at TheMusicTheMessage.com, and post any show review/band interview updates to my Twitter page.

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Tall Ships

“Time will forget us.”

I keep my eyes and ears peeled for news to come around from my favorite UK indie label Big Scary Monsters. The announcement that the label would release the debut EP from Falmouth’s Tall Ships came over a month and a half ago, but it’s only in the recent weeks that I’ve come to fully appreciate how fantastic the new EP really is. The band dabbles mostly in the instrumental and the experimental, and stays in the same vein as the rest of BSM’s signature post-punk, math-rock catalouge. The track included below, however, features the band’s infrequent and understated vocal stylings. Recommended if you like bold and thoughtfully constructed instrumentation…

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The Temper Trap, Minneapolis, 3/23/2010

My mini-recap of the Temper Trap show this past Tuesday in Minneapolis can be read over at The Music, The Message.

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The Kissaway Trail

All the way from Odense, Denmark comes new(ish) indie progsters the Kissaway Trail. The band currently finds themselves playing to large crowds at this year’s SXSW festival, but will continue touring in support of their phenomenal and soon to be released album Sleep Mountain immediately following the events in Austin. They’ll continue their tour stateside with Temper Trap before heading back to continental Europe. I’ll be in attendance at next Tuesday’s Minneapolis show at the Varsity Theater, but if you’re not from the area, be sure to check out the band’s additional dates as they’ll be on the road through the month of April.

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Frightened Rabbit, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks"

“All my questions still ask for answers.”

Since my favorite band Cherbourg called it quits a few months ago, I’ve been looking for a new band to fill the role. Selkirk, Scotland band Frightened Rabbit may have taken the crown long before I even realized it. The follow-up to their much acclaimed disc The Midnight Organ Fight, a long-time favorite of mine and album about which I could wax poetic, was released in the States this past Tuesday. Pitchfork may have taken an unfriendly and poorly conceived stab at the album, but myself and the rest of the music world seems thrilled with the outcome. I reviewed the new record, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, for The Music, The Message – you can read it by accessing the main page or going directly here.

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We Were Promised Jetpacks, "The Last Place You Look"

We Were Promised Jetpacks, performing “A Far Cry”


I was able to catch Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks last night as they swung through Minneapolis to play the recently renovated Varsity Theater. It’s astounding to witness the quick, but still wholly deserved, success and acclaim the young band has acquired at seemingly breakneck speed. The band’s debut album “These Four Walls” was released just last summer and they already find themselves headlining a small U.S. tour in support of it. Along with their labelmates Frightened Rabbit, WWPJ has released one of the most fantastic and dynamic rock records in the past year – and quite clearly, one of my favorites.

Also, the newly recorded and as of yet tour only EP The Last Place You Look is available at all upcoming shows. The EP is available digitally, but if you’re looking for a physical copy your best bet at the this point is to attend a show, and you’ll be glad you did, in order to pick one up. The disc contains three new tracks, as well as alternate versions of “Short Bursts” and “This Is My House, This Is My Home.”

A live performance of new track “A Far Cry” can be seen above. Take note that this was not recorded last night in Minneapolis.

For a far more comprehensive and, quite frankly, well-written review, check out Erik Thompson’s account of the show over at City Pages.

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Fair Ohs

“Did you start that fire?”

Besides the fact the band’s new track repeats my name over and over for the last 40 seconds of the song, there are a number of other reasons for me to like Fair Ohs. They’ve got a great handle on their instruments, they work with London’s Tough Love Records (home to my once-favorite but now defunct Sheffield band Situationists), and their jangly afro-pop instrumentation, as it has come to be known, is great for any occasion. The song below is from a soon to be released 7″ split with labelmates Spectrals. RIYL Los Angeles’s Abe Vigoda.

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