Ordered my Cap & Gown for Graduation today - just another step on my journey to no more school.
Today, i ran by what they call a 'record store' here in College Station. It doesn't quite qualify, but they did have The Black Keys' Attack & Release, and suprisingly Justin Townes Earle's The Good Life. Couldn't find Loaded from The Wood Brothers, but i plan on being in Austin sometime soon, so i'll head over to Waterloo. i haven't gotten a chance to really hear 'em both yet, but first impressions:
- Attack & Release is just what i thought it would be - The Black Keys with their edges sanded down (thanks to Danger Mouse). They did surprise me with a toned down, more acoustic opening track (at least the beginning). i dig it.
- After just one quick listen through The Good Life, i think JTE may have had me fooled with the early released tracks. i can't tell if it's necessarily a good thing yet, but all the other tracks have a very traditional, even swing country sound to it, while everything else of his i heard had a more contemporary Americana feel. i'll get back to you on this one.
- by the way, check TBK's site and play their laser game
i found some cool new artists and some really cool stuff from some of my favorite artists after doing some 'research' today.
Daytrotter.com is a indie music promoting website that does something really cool. Instead of simply reviewing artists/albums, they get the bands to stop by their studio and record a four-song set. They encourage reworked songs from albums and unreleased stuff. And they release 3 of these sessions each week.
These United States also has a Daytrotter Session, as well as This Mornin'... favorite Okkervil River. Check 'em out.
enjoy responsibly.......... or not.