Show 174: SXSW '09 Wrapup, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Review
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1 On this episode Jim and Greg give their annual South By Southwest reports. Our hosts head down to Austin, TX every year to check out new bands and learn about what’s happening on the business end of things. While most folks spend their days frolicking at outdoor parties, Jim and Greg go from conference room to conference room to hear about industry trends. One panel Jim attended focused on the state of independent labels. He was struck by the suggestion that indie labels might have to sign artists to deals similar to corporate 360 deals in order to survive. Greg understands why artists who aren’t at a Radiohead level might want a small support system to get their music made and heard.
Another buzzword at this year’s festival is the “darknet,” which refers to a looming state where data is shared in a closed, unregulated virtual market. Greg describes how industry analysts are looking at the digital music business and see implications beyond the industry. To them the future of democracy is at stake!
While many SXSW attendees fret about product distribution, Jim and Greg attended a discussion dedicated to one single release: The Neil Young box set. Fans have anxiously been awaiting such a collection, and this summer they’ll not only get Young’s music, but the capability to dive into Young’s archive and future archive.
2 Of course, it’s not all work at the SXSW Music Festival. Jim and Greg check out as much new music as they can. And with more than 1800 bands playing during the 4-day affair, they had a lot to choose from. Now they’ve returned home with some new favorites for you to check out.
Red Red Meat
3 It was only 8 years ago that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs appeared at SXSW. Now, they have their 3rd record out called It’s Blitz! Jim and Greg agree that lead singer Karen O is a stage performer like none other. But, she’s only 1/3 of the band. Drummer Brian Chase and guitarist Nick Zinner also have a major impact on the band’s sound. So, as Jim points out, it’s remarkable that they’d want to “mess” with the 2 other important elements. Chase’s drumming is less frenetic, and Zinner has added synths to his repertoire. Jim thinks the change is not only courageous, but successful and gives It’s Blitz! a Buy It rating. Greg not only hears a shift in sound, but a new sense of introspection. He is reminded of the band’s emotional 2003 single “Maps.” Greg also gives the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a Buy It.
Songs Featured in Show #174
Wavves, "No Hope Kids," Wavvves, 2009
Handsome Furs, "Evangeline," Face Control, 2009
Handsome Furs, "All We Want, Baby, Is Everything," Face Control, 2009
An Horse, "Horizons," Rearrange Beds, 2009
Handsome Furs, "Passport Kontrol," Face Control, 2009
Red Red Meat, “Flank”, Jimmywine Majestic, 1993
Red Red Meat, “Carpet of Horses,” Bunny Gets Paid, 1995
Ebony Bones, “W.A.R.R.I.O.R.,” Bone of My Bones, 2009
She Creatures, “Space Madness,” 2009
Kap Bambino, “Acid Eyes” Zero Life, Night Vision, 2008
Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers, “Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Instrumental),” Day 'N' Nite, 2009
Yelle, “Ce Jeu,” Pop Up, 2007
Yelle, “A Cause des Garçons,” Pop Up, 2007
St. Vincent, “The Strangers,” Actor, 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Zero,” It’s Blitz, 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heads Will Roll, 2009
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Hysteric,” It’s Blitz, 2009
Kraftwerk, “The Telephone Call,” Electric Cafe, 1986
Bush, “Everything Zen,” Sixteen Stone, 1994
Dave Matthews Band, “So Much to Say,” Crash, 1996
Spinal Tap, “Rock and Roll Creation,” Spinal Tap, 1984