The Weekly Feed 4/13
Welcome to another episode of The Weekly Feed, the show that takes that April Shower frown and turns it upside down, or at least into a believable smirk. We’ve spent our 7 days trolling around the web to bring you the coolest and newest music that has the web kids dancing like its 1984, which is before a lot of them were even born. In utero indie pop. That’s not Nirvana, that’s Latin. Lesson completed.
From the news bin, we saw that the mighty Metallica was able bury the hatchet and perform with the former bassist, Jason Newstead, when they accepted their entry to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Phoenix rocked SNL with not one, not two but count-em three songs giving an excellent performance to an otherwise bland episode, and Billy Corgan showed up to more than a few public events with fake celeb Tlia Tequila on his arm, but at this point should we be surprised?
And to keep us all grounded, as usual, there was the music, which I’ve compiled all for your listening and mixtape pleasure. New music from Spinnerette, The Shins, Fiona Apple, The Hold Steady, and plenty of artists that you should have heard by now, but you just haven’t had the time. That’s okay. We’ve got your back.
Conor Oberst – Nikorett
To kick it off, one that you probably have heard about, but more than likely under his alter-ego Bright Eyes. The prolific Conor Oberst is back under his own name for the second time, as well as with his newest band The Mystic Valley Band. The new LP, Outer South is due out May 5, with a date coming up in the Louisville area on June 30.
Fun – At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)
This one comes courtesy of Buzzgrinder by way of Absolute Punk who debuted the track earlier in the week. The NYC trio haven’t released much info about the album, but the single hits iTunes on May 5th and the band will be on tour through June with Manchester Orchestra. So get yer dancing shoes on and have a ball.
Spinnerette – Ghetto Love
This week’s basement heart throb. Brody Delle, up until recently was known for two things. Being in the band The Distillers and being the wife of Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Holme. Now we can add a third with her newest act Spinnerette that also employs former PJ drummer Jack Irons and even some help from her famous hubby. But with this new self-titled EP, she’s stepping into her own limelight and the boys and girls are sweating her hard.
Camera Obscura – French Navy written off by some as “being Belle & Sebastian understudies” is now commanding attention at the highest of indie levels with their disc My Maudlin Career due out this week. There’s also a great video to go with it which you can check out in The Weekly Feed’s video compilation. U2 – Get On Your Boots (Justice Remix)
Bono, the Edge, Adam, and Larry – otherwise known as Wild Stallyns. Or U2. That’s a remix by French remix demi-gods known as Justice. It was done at the request of the band and really put an entirely different spin on the single, which has allowed some initial opponents of the track to be caught unabashedly tapping and dancing to the worlds biggest band. And seriously kids, its okay to like Goliath now and then. Have some fun with it. Akron/Family – River
Another band with a city in their name that they’re not actually from. Akron/Family are form Pennsylvania. They’ve also crafted an excellent avant-folk record and their new track River is getting some fine reviews through the tubs. If you’re familiar with their previous efforts then Side One Track One says “If this act has just weirded you out in the past then you should certainly give them a chance now.” Sounds like a compliment to me. The Shins – Plenty Is Never Enough
Tenement Halls for the compilation Score! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers, which is exactly what it sounds like – a covers compilation celebrating bands that have been a part of Merge Records 20 year history. Its also a hold over for Shins fans while the band crafts their next record, due out… sometime.
***VIDEO COMPILATION TIME!!!***
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White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
The six man team known as White Rabbits have crafted their second effort called It’s Freighting due out this May. A nice write-up over at I Guess I'm Floating. The Hold Steady – 40 Bucks This track is available on the bonus disc of their new live DVD, A Positive Rage. I love Stereogum’s description of the song, which you pick in the first and last lines of the tune: "a tale about a sad-case scenester girl from Birmingham with $40 bucks, a favorite band, and a tendency to stay out too late” who in the end is “two 20's poorer at the finale.” Dent May – Oh, Paris!
Fergus & Geronimo – Tell It In My Ear described as The Four Tops by way of Mothers of Invention, and judging by this great throwback, its pretty dead-on. Drummer – Diamonds To Shake Their relevance lies in the fact that the group is lead by one half of The Black Keys, Patrick Carney. Their irony lies in that Patrick is not the drummer for this band, but rather the bassist. According to My Old Kentucky Blog, the name comes from the fact that all of the members, at one time or another, have been a drummer in a band. Indie-irony. Liquid Vega – Black Thunder
The English / Paris duo have tracks available on their website now. And Gorilla Vs. Bear are big fans, too.
The Mary Onettes – Dare
This is what their record label says about them: “imagine a Swedish equivalent of The National on a diet of speed, Planet Earth DVDs and Go-Betweens singles and you’ll have a vague idea of how wonderful this is!” Interest is.... peaked? Fiona Apple - Why Try To Change me Now? Brand new music from the amazing Fiona Apple, but don’t get used to hearing those words. Fiona puts out a record once every solar eclipse and this track actually comes from a compilation – a tribute to Broadway and jazz musician Cy Coleman called Then Was Then and Now Is Now. But it’s a shame. Would love to see a bit of a quicker step in her output. Ce la vie. And there we have it. Thanks for hanging out tonight and be sure to tell a friend about us. The party is only fun when everyone is here. We also have a Facebook group that we’d love you to join where you can also send us any tips you have of new music making waves out there. The Weekly Feed was produced by myself and Todd Smith at MixWorks Studio in Louisville, KY. I’m your host Kyle Meredith and we’ll see ya next Monday night at 8 for The Weekly Feed on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville. Subscribe to The Weekly Feed - Join The Facebook group - Subscribe to The Daily Feed