Open Water

show 43 celebrates the glory that is the SXSW Music Festival, where Open Water was hunkered down for 3 days at the BrooklynVegan/SoS showcase.  the best of the fest includes the likes of Cherry Glazerr, Rolling Blackouts, Dude York, Everyone is Dirty and Jay Som — all present and plugged in Jay Som — The Bus Song  […]
show 42 is a semi-local/semi-remote affair from SXSW, resulting in questionable audio quality for the intros, but otherwise celebrating some of the bands to see .  Hollerado channels Gang of Four, R Stevie Moore elevates antisociability to high art, and the 1975 show us baby pictures Hollerado — Grief Money (edit)  /  Gang of Four — I Parade Myself […]
the SXSW Express hits town, nodding vigorously to Beach Slang, Heat, Priests, Bleached and more Austin-bound bands.  also something clean(!) from Sleaford Mods (though they had to be wrestled to the ground to elicit it) Beach Slang — Roadrunner  /  Heat — Pretty in Pink  /  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — Clean Slate  /  Priests — Suck  /  Soviet Soviet — Endless Beauty  /  Bleached — Flipside  […]
No Men, No Joy, No Thank You.  all the contrarian indie bands are present and accounted for.  there’s even a languid Tim Darcy instrumental for all of you who’ve had a hard week.  (all of us, that is.) Dutch Uncles — Baskin’  /  No Men — Too Bad  /  The Courtneys — Frankie  /  No Joy — Califone  /  Dead Leaf Echo […]
late winter malaise rolls on with Rolling Blackouts C.F., Dutch Uncles, The Octopus Project, and other stuff that makes spring & summer barely perceptible.  plus an oldie from Stiff Records — just cuz Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — French Press  /  Dutch Uncles — Big Balloon  /  The Octopus Project — Wrong Gong  /  Beachheads — Monologues  /  Any Trouble — To Be a King  /  […]
good Valentine’s Day?  good.  here’s some more candy.  new Wire, old Wipers — plus PINS, PWR BTTM, Cayetana, Bleached, Beach Slang, Beachheads and more. Wire — Short Elevated Period  /  PINS featuring Iggy Pop — Aggrophobe  /  Mothertapes — Do Make Say  /  Beach Slang — Wembley  /  Wipers — Over the Edge  /  Basement — Promise Everything  /  Beachheads — Give Me Som Love  /  Alex Lahey — Wes Anderson (edit)  /  […]
show 37 seeks solace in a spate of ACLU benefit albums, wants some of what The Courtneys are having, and ultimately finds Kate Tempest even more pessimistic than we’d thought possible. Kate Tempest — Europe is Lost (edit)  /  Keeps — Translucent Girl  /  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Easy to Be Loved  /  Constant […]
show 36 lends its voice to the refugee crisis, but ultimately doesn’t take itself seriously enough to steer straight after that… or end error-free. Sleater-Kinney — Surface Envy (live)  /  Hurry — Love Vigilantes  /  Strange Relations — Disorder  /  Guided by Voices — Hiking Skin  /  Tinariwen — Assawt  /  Cuddle Magic — Slow Rider  /  Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood — Morning After  /  Richard Edwards — Disappeared Planets […]
show 35 is all about new-ness, with all-too-timely releases from Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, Heat, Priests, Teen Vice, Camp Cope and a buncha other stuff that sounds good at the desk, better in the car, and best at the beach.  even in January Japandroids — Near to the Wild Heart of Life  /  Heat — City Limits  /  Drab Majesty — Dot in the Sky  / […]
show 34 starts in a shoegaze-y way, then feels a bit bad for itself, before finding its snark, then bouncing its head in bemusement.  why not, indeed.   Slowdive — Star Roving  /  Elbow — All Disco  /  of Montreal — Stag to the Stable  /  The Orwells — Black Francis (edit)  /  Praise — Makes No Sense  /  Uranium Club — Opus  /  Pillar Point — Heart it Races  / […]