Seattle’s Brent Amaker and the Rodeo has been plying their trade as a noirish country band steeped in whiskey and Johnny Cash since 2005. As if to highlight that dark edge to the band, Spark & Shine Records will package their new tunes in a limited edition package with an adult graphic fiction novel called Mescal De La Muerte and written by horror filmmaker Jay Cynik. You can catch Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at their upcoming Bumbershoot and Heineken City Arts Festival dates. Their latest album is Please Stand By, releasing 19 October and “Saddle Up” is a preview of coming attractions.
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The Drums recently stopped by the BBC to perform at the BBC Three Live Lounge and they did a live take of “We Used to Wait” off Arcade Fire’s recent The Suburbs. The band has also just released their new video for “Down by the Water”.
Fresh off of their spirited collaboration earlier this year on Secretly Canadian’s underrated Saint Bartlett, the dream team of Richard Swift and Damien Jurado are clearly keeping busy and having tons of fun along the way with Other People’s Songs. A deliciously eccentric covers record offered entirely for free via a freshly minted tumblr page, in their own words, “these recordings came about spontaneously, and we wanted to share them in the same manner.” Emitting the same warm, dust-kicking camaraderie found on their initial jaunt, Other People’s Songs is a collection of love letters to pop’s past containing the same quirky, offbeat vitality found in the best of either of these guys’ work. Featuring a whimsical array of songs from artists as disparate and far-ranging as Bill Fray, Yes, John Denver, Chubby Checker and Kraftwerk, these two clearly have not only a vast, encyclopedic knowledge of the music they love, but a firm grasp on what makes it great and how to convey that through singular, entertaining reinterpretations. This one is not to be missed. Dig it.
POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Platinum and gold-disc Tennessee rockers Paramore blast summer crowds with their alt rock, emo, pop punk sound on their headline Honda Civic Tour throughout the U.S. this summer. Before you go, enter the Honda Civic Tour Drive Away with Paramore Sweepstakes.
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These days, beer drinkers in the Washington, DC area—as well as in so many other American cities—can be guaranteed that the cascades in their pints of Guinness will not be settled before three or four new “microbrew” bars spring fully-formed from the city sidewalks. The trend is getting pretty expensive, and pretty tired. The trend is, also, not without its fair share of irony.
Witness BrewDog’s music-themed line of beers, some of which have migrated to Washington in recent months.
Here’s BrewDog’s Punk IPA.
And here’s BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA.
And here is the band Minor Threat performing their famous song “Straight Edge”, a track that found the architects of (DC) hardcore denying the imperative to mix alcohol with rock and roll:
Whether or not the latter should inspire us to protest the former is up for all of you to decide in the handy comments section below. No matter where we all come down in that debate, can’t we all agree that this whole End of History thing is a truly ghastly idea?
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