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Dam Funk @ SXSW 2010

A mammoth day in which I caught a lot of bands. Here are the highlights of the Friday from Austin.

Local Natives
One of last year’s breakout hits of SXSW, this year the LA harmony-heavy indie band returned to the place where everyone knew who they were and wanted to see them again. In that year, as a band they’ve got tighter but if you were at their recent Dublin show you’ll know that already. North America has been slow to catch up on the Local Natives buzz but with their album now officially released Stateside, the audiences were a lot more appreciative of the material.

Mountain Man
Three girls huddle around a trio of microphones and wonderful things happen. Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle, and Alex Sauser-Monnig are based in Vermont and their sound is rooted in the North American music of blues, country and folk. Singing all their songs acappella bar one with a guitar, their crystal-clear harmonies are what draw you in as their sweet voices chime in unison. Many of their songs could have been sung in 1920 but still sound fresh to these modern ears.

Memory Tapes
Davye Hawk’s solo project is many things: electronic, wistful, nostalgic, Balearic, independent and lo-fi. Live, it’s a much more focused approach; a drummer, a minimal backing track and Hawk playing guitar and singing in a brittle timbre. I would have liked to see more of this show to be sure but I was impressed with what I caught.

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Posted on March 23rd, 2010

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pantha du prince

pantha du prince This weekly chart consists of 10 of my favourite tunes right now including remixes by Caribou of Oh No Ono, Four Tet of Pantha Du Prince, Astronomer of Glasser and Mount Kimbie of Foals. It jsut worked out that way this week. Also, nods to the new brilliant Gorillaz album, Cults, Tanlines, The National, Solar Bears and Pilotpriest.

  1. FoalsSpanish Sahara (Mount Kimbie remix)
  2. GlasserTremel (Astronomer remix)
  3. Oh No OnoEleanor Speaks (Caribou remix)
  4. Pantha Du PrinceStick To My Side feat. Panda Bear (Four Tet remix)
  5. Gorillaz – Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
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Posted on March 12th, 2010

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tanlines

tanlinesAlan from State has been telling me to check out Tanlines lately and I’m glad I finally did.
The tune that got me was ‘Real Life’ – an African/samba-influenced jam with heavy percussion and reverberating bass. They are on my list for SXSW for sure.

I bought their EP, Settings from eMusic. They’ve also got a couple of sweet remixes floating about one by Memory Tapes and another of them remixing Solid Gold. Both are below. Jim Carroll’s also on the Tanlines buzz.

Tanlines – Real Life

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Posted on March 11th, 2010

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