The enigmatic Cate Le Bon is not one to rush things. Cate’s first attempt at a debut record lacked direction in her eyes, and the album was scrapped. At this point in her young career she had already come a long way. She had caught the attention of Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, and was given the opportunity to open for his band for a string of dates.
Her working relationship with Rhys would continue as she supplied guest vocals for Rhys and producer Boom Bip’s side project Neon Neon and their lead single “I Lust You”
It was on a break from touring that she finally perfected her collection of songs wand was ready to share with the world! Me Oh My was initially released in the UK on Rhys’ label Irony Bored Records, and will see a U.S. release date of May 4th through The Control Group.
The singer also recently found herself featured as a “Band Crush” by Nylon Magazine!
Early Reviews for Me Oh My:
“Her odd, beautiful songs burrow like furtive woodland creatures to a safe nest lodged firmly between tradition and individual talent. Quirky psychedelia, rough guitars and spectral shanties are drawn together by her cool, Welsh Nico vocal… Cate Le Bon is very much her own thing.” NME – 8/10
“A strikingly different prospect to the recent run of new female singers.”
“Startlingly original… Me Oh My has that can’t-put-your-finger-on-it oddness that makes for great pop music… A singular talent” MOJO – 4 stars!
A 2nd track has been made available from the stunning new Venice Is Sinking record, Sand & Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions. Their take on Galaxie 500‘s magnificent “Tugboat” premiered on Aquarium Drunkard a few weeks back and it’s now available for all to hear!
Yesterday, Magnet Magazine said of the track, “This whole affair has a late night warmth that seems like a midnight absinthe buzz.” We couldn’t agree more! Check it out below.
Sand & Lines, was recorded live in the now-defunct Georgia Theatre by producer/engineer David Barbe (Sugar, Drive-By Truckers, etc) using only two mics. It stands as a document of the sound of a beautiful space that no longer exists. The record streets on June 15th, a year to the week after the historic Athens venue was destroyed by fire. All proceeds from the record will go to funding reconstruction efforts. It’s an incredible album, an incredible story, and an important part of Georgia music history.
The band performed “Tugboat” for the show Docubloggers during SXSW this March. It was a great live performance, and you can check it out here!
Athens rockers The Whigs are wrapping up their recent touring stint with Band of Skulls on April 28th in Toronto. Supporting their new release In The Dark, the trio has already toured the country with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and they performed their first single “Kill Me Carolyne” on the Late Show with David Letterman!
The band will be returning to to the late night T.V. circuit tomorrow evening (4/27) where they will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!
The Whigs will be playing a few festivals in the next two months, including a trip to London in support of The Black Keys and Kings of Leon! From there, the band will head back to the states to support the last leg of The Hold Steady’s summer tour!
04.28•The Mod Club Theatre w/ Band of Skulls (Toronto, ON)
04.29•Live Lounge w/ Band of Skulls (Ottawa, ON)
04.30•Studio JPR w/ Band of Skulls (Montreal, QB)
05.01•Valentine’s (Albany, NY)
05.02•Higher Ground (Burlington, VT)
05.05•The Southern (Charlottesville, VA)
05.06•Jewish Mother (Virginia Beach, VA)
05.07•New Brookland Tavern (Columbia, SC)
05.08•Pour House (Charleston, SC)
05.14•Hangout Music Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)
06.05•Mountain Jam (Hunter, NY)
06.12•Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga, TN)
06.17•Belly Up (San Diego, CA)
06.18•Troubadour (Los Angeles, CA)
06.19•Velvet Jones (Santa Barbara, CA)
07.02•Lac Courte Oreilles Casino w/ The Hold Steady (Hayward, WI)
07.03•Cabooze Outdoor Stage w/ The Hold Steady (Minneapolis, MN)
07.04•First Avenue w/ The Hold Steady (Minneapolis, MN)
07.06•Slowdown w/ The Hold Steady (Omaha, NE)
07.07•Ogden Theatre (Denver, CO)
07.08•Santa Fe Brewing Co. w/ The Hold Steady (Sante Fe, NM)
07.10•Granada Theatre w/ The Hold Steady (Dallas, TX)
07.11•Hi Tone Cafe w/ The Hold Steady (Memphis, TN)
07.12•The Square Room w/ The Hold Steady (Knoxville, TN)
07.14•Newport Music Hall w/ The Hold Steady (Columbus, OH)
07.15•Crofoot Ballroom w/ The Hold Steady (Pontiac, MI)
07.16•Kool Haus w/ The Hold Steady (Toronto, Ontario)
Finally, here is the video for the track “Kill Me Carolyne”!
Memphis homeboys, Snowglobe, are not only about to release a new album (Little More Lived In due May 4th via Makeshift Music), they are in the process of completing their first ever feature length film!
For a sneal peak of the film, check out the video for “Love” that just premiered at Under The Radar
In the spirit of the The Monkees’Head and The Beatles’Help, the film will follow the band for 24 hours as they race to make it to “The most important show of their entire career!” Will they overcome their numerous shortcomings and fatal flaws?
Shark Speed releases a four song EP, Education, today, April 6, 2010. The band delivers a second installment of the driving rhythms and clever hooks that gained national interest for their debut full-length, Sea Sick Music.
Praise for Shark Speed – Education:
“Four songs with the lilting hooks of latter-day new wave and the punch of the Blasting Room…these four songs are quite impressive. Bring on the full length!” -Aiding & Abetting
“The more we hear this band’s music…the more they remind us of some of Julian Cope’s recordings right after he exited The Teardrop Explodes. Instantly catchy cuts include “King of the World,” “The Killing Kind,” and “Pretend.” Can’t wait to hear the next full-length. A band on the rise…” -Babysue
“Judging by the single, “Killing Kind,” they’re destined for good things. Shark Speed play good old fashioned “alternative,” the way bands used to when I was in school. Filled with guitars that jangle, vocals that are filled with yearning, and songs that you can’t forget, Shark Speed take all the fluro trendiness that’s around today throw it out the window and come up with something that’s completely refreshing.” -The Pop!Stereo
About the band:
Shark Speed formed in the winter of 2008 in Provo, Utah. Brothers Jared Christensen (drums), Joe Christensen (lead guitar) joined with longtime friend Thayne Fagg (vocals, trumpet, guitar) to play straightforward, energetic rock and roll. Growing up playing the Vegas scene, their sound evolved into jangly guitar riffs, driving math-rock rhythms, danceable electronic melodies, and anthemic pop-rock hooks. Heating up snow-covered Utah houses, they packed sweaty crowds in basements, living rooms, and whatever spaces they could play.
In April 2009, Shark Speed self-released its debut album Sea Sick Music with help from producer Bob Hoag (The Format, The Ataris, Dear And The Headlights, Scary Kids Scaring Kids). Sea Sick Music quickly became a local favorite and received positive reviews nationally and abroad. Compared to The Long Winters, Ra Ra Riot and Minus the Bear, Shark Speed maintains an earnest musical blend of its own.
After the release, Shark Speed completed a West coast tour, and returned to producer Bob Hoag to record a follow-up EP, Education, set to release April 6, 2010. Self-funded from shows and album sales, Shark Speed applied the lessons learned from its debut release in crafting a polished, mature and more memorable follow-up. Staying true to a love for texture and layers, each listen reveals a new harmony, a clever lyric, a tricky rhythm, and an invigorating dose of pop sensibility.