Live Review: Dungen, Woods, Twin Tigers @ The Earl (8/19/09)


Dungen via my cellphone camera.

I headed out to this show by myself, as I often do, and arrived way too early. Instead of lurking around in the nearly empty venue, I went outside and chilled out on a bench in the middle of the Village while a record store nearby blasted some down-tempo jazz. In Atlanta, we’re always pushing hard to the next party, show or responsibility, so it’s a nice treat to just sit back and enjoy the summer breeze on a beautiful August night. At least for a few brief moments anyways, then it’s back to how we do.

I made it back inside just in time for the beginning of Twin Tigers‘ set. This was my third time catching them live, but my two previous occasions were abridged Corndogorama sets, so I was looking forward to finally seeing them play for longer than 15 minutes. They absolutely did not disappoint, and I can’t think of a band from Athens I’m loving more right now. They cast a powerful, yet beautiful blanket of sound that just envelops an audience. If this band can produce some more fantastic studio work building on what they laid out in last year’s way underrated EP, Curious Faces / Violent Future, this band is going to be one of the premiere “Nu-Gaze” acts in the southeast right up there with bands like Deerhunter and Summerbirds In The Cellar. It’s a good thing they have a new full-length coming soon.

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Hott Summer Traxx

During the summer great albums always drop like rain and I usually seem to have less time to talk about them, so here is a superpost full of tracks from the records I’m loving right now accompanied by a nano-review:

Dark Night Of The Soul

It seems Danger Mouse‘s best work is destined to be illegal, and this teamup with Sparklehorse and a vast cast of music superpowers is going to give the other “dark night” record a run for its money as best compilation of 2009:

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse : Revenge
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse : Little Girl
Dark Night Of The Soul website

Bibio

Bibio takes his ’60s folky electronica into a J Dilla direction creating maybe the best summery album of the year:

Bibio : Fire Ant
Bibio : Lovers’ Carvings
Buy Ambivalence Avenue
Bibio myspace

Sonic Youth

The greatest band of the last three decades drops yet another gem that holds up to their cornucopia of a discography, this time showcasing their mastery of extended guitar jams:

Sonic Youth : Antenna
Sonic Youth : Walkin Blue
Buy The Eternal
Sonic Youth website

DD/MM/YYYY

Canadians get mathy with this intricate record that surprisingly sprawls into a lot of different territory in 35 minutes:

DD/MM/YYYY : Bronzage
DD/MM/YYYY : Sirius b
Buy Black Square
DD/MM/YYYY myspace

Woods

Folksy, psychedelic rockers that are too good for their lo-fi branding, and this album allows them to display their proclivity for writing great, succinct pop songs and occasionally letting lose a long meandering jam.

Woods : The Number
Woods : Military Madness
Buy Songs Of Shame
Woods myspace

Sunset Rubdown

Spencer Krug’s most consistent outlet produces yet another “grower” album that I love more and more with each listen.

Sunset Rubdown : Black Swan
Buy Dragonslayer
Sunset Rubdown myspace

The Mars Volta

TMV take a left turn from the velocity of their career so far, and it turns out they do soft, down-tempo and nuanced just a good as they do everything else.

The Mars Volta : With Twilight As My Guide
Buy Octahedron
The Mars Votla myspace