June 22, 2011

Gritsy 5th Anniversary Party

Simply by reading the reviews I post on this blog, most of you probably aren’t aware of my affinity to left-of-center electronic music. Specifically, I’ve grown rather fond of genres like dubstep and grime in the past three years, and like any good music critic and/or hipster, I liked the stuff before it was cool (much less over-hyped in certain quarters of the blogosphere).

Thus, I’m happy to help the fine folks at Gritsy announce their magnificent and massive :5th Anniversary Party, which is set to go down this Saturday, June 25th, 2011. Houston, TX doesn’t get much love in the overall music and culture press, but we’re doing a lot of good in this town, and Suraj K and his band of bassheads deserve a LOT of credit for for spreading the dubstep love in Houston for 5 years now. This monthly event has come a long way from when I attended my first show over three years ago: there were a couple dozen male music nerds upstairs at La Strada all nodding their heads to wobbly bass lines in the dark. Now, the show regularly sells out both sides of Warehouse Live, a good-sized music venue in Houston, TX that is a regular stop for national touring acts.

Judging by headlining act alone – Mala of UK-based Digital Mystikz – this night is set to be outrageous and packed with people who love bass, love dancing, and love a great night out on the town. Not only will there be other excellent DJs (including Houston, TX’s own Suraj K and Squincy Jones) who’ll be performing that night, but there will two other stages that night ready to blur all sorts of genre lines within the dance/techno/electro communities.

So, I would like to applaud Gritsy for all of the great work they’re doing to advance the cause of dubstep and forward-thinking, bass-heavy electro music. Happy 5th Anniversary from Dryvetyme Onlyne!

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May 2, 2011

The Best Music of 2011 (1/3 Edition)

It’s that time again! 2011 has been here for four months now, so it’s time to go through all the music I’ve liked so far, and do so in a cogent fashion. Mostly, I like keeping tabs on my tastes and predilections as the year progresses so that I don’t create some sort of knee-jerk “Best Of” list in December.

As usual, the albums are organized alphabetically by artist (specifically, by last name if possible). In a change from the last couple of years, I’ve decided to not worry about picking any sort of Top Ten from the pack in lieu of just listing albums I’ve really enjoyed so far this year. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

Awesome Full-Lengths
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight – Oscillate Wisely
Brown Recluse – Evening Tapestry
Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
Caribou – Resident Advisor Podcast #243
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Esben And The Witch – Violet Cries
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
Kode9 and The Spaceape – Black Sun
Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears – Scandalous
The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
Only Thieves – Heartless Romantics
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
Papercuts – Fading Parade
Gil Scott-Heron and Jaime xx – We’re New Here
Six Organs Of Admittance –Asleep On The Floodplain
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
The Unthanks – Last
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Robag Wruhme – Wuppdeckmischmampflow
Yuck – Yuck

The Smaller Scale Awesome Stuff
Birthday Boys – Tin Head EP
Brave Irene – Brave Irene EP
Burial – Street Halo 12″
Campaign – Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! EP
Cattle Drums – The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3
Daughter – His Young Heart EP
Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High EP
Papercuts – Do What You Will b/w Thoughts On Hell 7″
Trent Fox and The Tenants – Mess Around EP
Young Circles – Bones EP

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April 11, 2011

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and The Watermarks – 04/08/2011

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
With The Watermarks
Fitzgerald’s
Houston, TX
Friday, April 8th, 2011

As my recent review of Belong made fairly plain, I’m a geek for The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. I love the rampant distortion that runs rampant over the jangly guitar riffs. The bittersweet odes to young love recall those first few “this-is-the-one” crushes many of us experienced in college and our early 20’s. It’s then wrapped up in the fancy bow that is the interplay between Kip Berman’s breathy tenor lead vocals and the sharp pop arrangements. And what’s best about the whole scenario is that, as opposed to many other indie rock outfits with this level of buzz, this quartet (who tours as a quintet) knows how to deliver the music from its records into a great live show.

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