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2011 Westword Music Showcase nominees

by on Apr.14, 2011, under "Best of" Lists

Every year for the last 3 years I have been invited to act as a nominating committee member for the Westword Music Showcase. Every year I publish my picks for the sake of total transparency and because I think these bands deserve some recognition (even if they didn’t make the final ballot cut). The rules for nomination were simple: name 20 local bands which have had an impact on me in the past year (with the stipulation that none can have business ties to me, because that would be a conflict of interest). I have taken things a step further and decided to not re-nominate any act which I nominated in a past year. So here they are, in no particular order:

Thrifty Astronaut
Hot White
Night of Joy
Dan Craig
Vitamins
Mike Marchant
Monroe Monroe
American Tomahawk
Oak Creek Band
Fingers of the Sun
Pictureplane
Lil Slugger
Galaxies
Hindershot
Panal SA De CV
Weather Maps
School Knights
Gauntlet Hair
Otem Rellik
Accordion Crimes

I would have also nominated the following, but can’t since they’re all affiliated with my record label (don’t let that stop you from checking them out).

FLASHLIGHTS
Force Publique
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact
Safe Boating Is No Accident
SAUNA

You can vote for your favorites online over at Westword’s ballot page. See my picks from 2009 and 2010.

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In-photos: The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact

by on Jan.24, 2011, under Photos

It was a couple weeks ago that I spent the day with the guys from The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. I helped with the last few details of production on their new record and got to sit in on their rehearsal. Later, I followed them to the Meadowlark for the first in a series of concerts curated by Speaker Snacks. Gem Trails and Thundercade also played… then the venue flooded and I went home.

The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, rehearsal

Gem Trails

Thundercade

The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, performance

Click for more photos | Gem Trails | Thundercade | The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact

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3 dreampop / gaze / ambient acts for your Monday

by on Jan.10, 2011, under Blogs

Maybe it’s the snowy weather, maybe it’s popular trends, maybe it’s just the fact that I’ve been introduced to so much good gaze in the last few months. In any case, here are three bands gaze/ambient/dreampop/experimental acts for your consideration.

1. Memoryhouse

This duo from Toronto, Ontario (that’s in Canada, for those of you who never took geography) combines ethereal melody with a certain 80′s pop sensibility. I recall first seeing the video for “Heirloom” (embedded below) and being swept away by the beautiful visuals and healthy dose of reverb. Memoryhouse is currently in studio recording a debut full length and has released several singles and EPs. For more information and demo recordings, visit the group’s tumblr page.

Download/Listen: The Years EP | beko_13 | Caregiver 7″ | Lately 7″

2. Heinali and Matt Finney

A mix of spoken-word and layered ambient music, the music of Heinali and Matt Finney sounds a bit like My Bloody Valentine mixed with introspective voice-overs from an art film. To understand the full cinematic nature of this group, watch “Under God’s Heaven” (embedded below). Heinali is from the Ukraine and Matt Finney calls Alabama home; the two are currently working on a new record.

Download/Listen: Conjoined | Town Line EP | Lemonade EP | Candidate | Creep

3. The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact

Disclaimer: My tape label, the Buckingham Pie Group, is releasing the new KCSP record on Tuesday. I will not post a purchase link for my label (due to the conflict of interest), rather all links will take you to the band’s pages.

As a side-project of local group Fellow Citizens, the Kevin Costner Suicide Pact focuses more experimental, ambient, and improvisational music. Songs take shape from repeating loops, a plethora of effects pedals, samples, and live instrumentation. In its live form KCSP ebbs and flows from one musical thought to the next. In recorded form layers of sound build to peaks and sink into white-noise. Decay, the newest record from KCSP drops tomorrow (1/11/11).

Download/Listen: End Weekend | ASBF: Triton | ASBF: Red Basilisk | Decay

Bonus: Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine

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