Monday, October 15, 2007

Soundfix Records

Like you needed another reason to love this shop (Soundfix), they've gone and announced their annual CMJ showcase free shows itinerary. Now some of these shows are not that new in their announcements but some are. Having seen Junior Senior at the newly renovated space a few weeks back, the improvements are extremely well done, and the list of shows are definitely worth checking out!

So here's to the East Coast's version of Sonic Boom & Amoeba Records:

Oct 16, 2007
Le Loup (6pm)
Stebmo (7pm)
Music Triva (8pm)

Oct 17, 2007
Balthrop, Alabama 10pm
Big Sleep 9pm [Highly Recommended]
The Muggabears 8pm
The Jealous Girlfriends 7pm
Aeroplane Pageant 6pm
Miracle Fortress 5pm
PRE 4pm
Fatal Flying Guilloteens 3pm

Oct 18, 2007
Lewis & Clarke
Black Swans [Highly Recommended]
Mariee Sioux 8pm
Ludlow Lions 7pm
Tulsa 6pm
Scissors For Lefty 5pm
The Forms 4pm
Apes 3pm

Oct 19, 2007
The Finches 10:30pm
Georgie James 9:30pm
The Brunettes 9pm [Great Time, interesting show]
Craig Wedren 8pm [on the recent CMJ monthly disc for the July Issue]
Orba Squara 7pm

Fanatic Promotion presents:
Danava 6pm
The Coathangers 5pm
Old Time Relijun 4pm
Afuche 3pm
The Clutters 2pm
Yea Big + Static Kid 1pm

Oct 20, 2007
Elizabeth Harper 10pm
Sons and Daughters 9pm
Elk City 8pm
Camphor 7pm
Health 6pm [Very Highly Recommended]

Merge Records Presents:
Imperial Teen 1pm
Broken West 2pm
The Rosebuds 3pm [A Personal Favorite!]
Oakley Hall 4pm
Ladybug Transistor 5pm

Sunday, October 14, 2007

New Music - Syme

Okay so it's been a while, and I apologize. I've been studying for my certification which is much harder and longer than I anticipated. I just had a wedding for one of my best friends, which was a blast, and I blew my knee out a few weeks ago. Needless to say it's been interesting!

Anyway, the good folks over at Musebox sent me a album a week or so ago by a band called Syme. First off, they peeked my interest in a few words..."a Bergen five-piece that builds beautiful monsters out of simple synth figures, a bit of guitar, and absolutely darling harmonies." Yeah, that's how they described them to me, and I can't argue with it.

The five-piece band hails from Bergen, Norway, which also gave us the sounds of Annie and Datarock, but that speaks more to electronic-styles. Syme are straight-forward neu-post-rock, and if that isn't redundant I don't know what is. I have to say that I fell in love with these guys almost immediately. They remind me a lot of another of my favorite bands I've posted about ad-nauseam "Beautiful Lunar Landscape." That being said Syme are not redundant themselves, and rather they add to the sounds of other favorites My Bloody Valentine and Slint with textural almost orchestral vibes the likes of Sigur Ros and Aamina. So the band has one album already out ("Swing Swing" - 2005) and is nearing the release of its sophomore release "No Spark, No Heart" due out this fall.

Check 'em out this week at the CMJ festival 10/16 at Ace of Clubs and 10/18 at The Delancy Lounge.

Check it out:
Get & Forget

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