Music from My MailboxHappy SXSW week to you and yours. Once again I will not be attending, although I recently wondered if I could have gotten a record label or PR firm to cover my airfare and bar tabs while I whore myself for whatever bands they have in attendance. On the other hand, I harbor a dislike for much “indie” music and can see where it may have ended up as a “Fear & Loathing on 6th Street” type of occasion. “We were somewhere over Louisiana when the drugs began to take hold...”
Anyway, as you might guess, my inbox was full of notices about appearances at SXSW. Probably the majority of the bands in today’s post will be there, but I can’t be arsed to dig up schedules for you. If you like the band and you’re going to be in Austin this week, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
This is a pretty small inbox purge because a lot of the stuff I received was electronica or whiney, self-indulgent indie/emo stuff or some mash-up/remix of the two genres, and I’m really not in the mood to hear that.
The top stuff today is easily The Choke and The Ex-Girlfriend’s Club. Both bands bring the garage rock sound that I so enjoy. Also, if you think back to my last mailbox post, you’ll recollect Pack A.D. Well, as the fates would have it, The Choke are on tour with Pack A.D. You’ll definitely want to check out that bill if they come to a town near you. The Koot Hoomi track comes from a Hall and Oates tribute album the group did. It’s called The Dark Side of Hall and Oates and is bizarre enough that it warranted inclusion here.
As always, follow the links for more information.
Garage / Punk / Soul
From: New York, N.Y.
Rock / Electro / Experimental
From: Berlin, Germany
Cary Ann Hearst
Folk Rock / Southern Rock / Roots Music
From: Charlotte, S.C.
Are You Ready to Die.mp3
Melodramatic Popular Song / Pop / Folk Rock
From: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Movie Loves a Screen.mp3
Experimental / Indie / Acoustic
From: Tempe, Ariz.
Maneater (Hall and Oates cover).mp3
The Ex-Girlfriend’s Club
Garage / Rock / Glam
From: Portland, Ore.
(Pictures, top-to-bottom: The Choke, April Smith)