Music

The Basement – 11/21/13

Thanks everyone for tuning in and thanks to Mr. Denton On Doomsday for hanging out with us tonight!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Tiger! Tiger! – When You’re Ready For It / Did I Tell You About the Books? They’re Real!

Bike Tuff - Eraser Head

Bad Dates – Touch & Go

The Bell Tree - Fizzy Lifting Drinks
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The Basement – 10/17/13

Thanks all for tuning in and thanks to Eleanor Quigley for coming in and hanging out!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

The Summer Pledge – Fences For Teeth

A Band Called Mithras – Concrete

Selfish Tears – Homebound

The Silent Years – No Secrets

Eleanor Quigley – Cali Thai

Eleanor Quigley – Raindrops

Eleanor Quigley – Out the Window

Eleanor Quigley – Water Temple

Brave Bird – Tired Enough

The White Stripes – Little Cream Soda

The Rival – Chisel

The Decks – Skeleton

Lights & Caves – The Shape

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – Water

Jack and the Bear – Back to Despair

His Name Is Alive – Go To Hell Mountain

Jeff Pianki – Missing Parts

Natively Foreign – The Forest

Pity Sex – Sedated

Pulp Culture – Cognitive Dissonance

The Reptilian – Dungeons & Drag Queens

La Dispute – Such Small Hands / Said the King to the River

Nice Hooves – Play Jazz

One college junior’s 6-month journey to see Phoenix, and what happened along the way

My story starts on a rainy April Sunday, sitting in a coffee shop, not studying for exams. My friend from the impact (and also live music aficionado) and I were having a deep chat that led to the subject of my future study abroad in Spain and anticipation of leaving for friends and family for the whole summer. Some extreme sappiness ensued but after shaking off our silly sentiments (exam stress induced, I’m sure) she suggested I attend Primavera Sound, a music festival in Barcelona that Phoenix was to be headlining

The problem: it was happening two days after I would arrive.  After some frantic Google mapping, I discovered the feat of traveling across a foreign country right after a 12-hour journey would be close to impossible. I felt sorry for myself for a good 10 minutes while I watched their line-up video and stalked their website, but eventually got over it and got back to trying to study—and for the most part, totally forgot about it.

Fast forward four months and I’m back in East Lansing sitting in the same coffee shop, coincidentally not doing my homework, when I get a message notifying me of the possibility of getting tickets to see Phoenix at Eastern Michigan University on Sunday, September 29.

This was golden, considering the ugly truth that just the week before I resorted to texting a local radio station to win tickets, only to receive a “better luck next time” response and the loss of my dignity. So when I finally did get tickets to go the show, my heart was bursting.

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Jacuzzi Boys – Double Vision

Miami, Florida’s alternative sensation Jacuzzi Boys are back with their brand new, self-titled album due out September 10th. Breezy vocals soar over zip guitar lines, laser-like keys, tambourines, and hand claps while groovy bass lines keep the album flowing from song to song. A lazy feel to the lo-fi indie makes Jacuzzi Boys a nice, relaxing listen while allowing the listener to reflect on the past, present, and future. Check out their new single “Double Vision” off their upcoming September 10th release Jacuzzi Boys below. Read More…

The Silent Years – Someone To Keep Us Warm

With the recent success of the Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr, it’s important to think about history. The two members met while recording some music for Joshua Epstein’s former band, The Silent Years. One of the best acts to ever come out of Royal Oak, Michigan, the four piece’s groovy indie rock paved the way for your favorite hits now. While they are not completely dissolved, The Silent Years are on an official indefinite hiatus until Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr. is done being so busy. Check out the song “Someone To Keep Us Warm” off their 2006 self-titled album below. Read More…

Okkervil River – It Was My Season

Austin, Texas’ indie rock darlings Okkervil River are back with their seventh album The Silver Gymnasium, out September 3rd on ATO records. Many out there are waiting with bated breath to see if their first album not to be released through Jagjaguwar Records will be different, but if the rest of the album is anything like their first single, fans need not worry. Though they may have turned the intricacies down a bit, they still have a way of making your heart beat to the tempo and tune of their songs. Check out the song “It Was My Season” off their upcoming album The Silver Gymnasium below. Read More…

TV Ghost – Elevator

Creepiness crawling out of Lafayette, Indiana comes in the form of TV Ghost, a five-piece experimental nosie rock-turned-depressing-Cure-esque-type-band-thing. This is the kind of off-kilter, melancholic slow rock that would fit perfectly into one of Ryan Gosling’s newer movies (think Drive if it didn’t have such a cheesy 80′s soundtrack). The name TV Ghost seems to be fitting, as you may get the feeling that someone (or something) might be watching you while listening to their new album out September 3rd. Check out the track “Elevator” off their upcoming album Disconnect below. Read More…

MGMT – Your Life Is A Lie

We’re all aware of the disappointment machine that is MGMT at this point. Be it new music or their live show, it seems like people are constantly upset with MGMT. If you’re one of these people, you’re not going to be happy. The Brooklyn, NY indie rock/pop duo released the second song from their upcoming self-titled album, and it seems to be quite lacking. This along with the other previously released track “Alien Days” might be a bit of a shock to those who are still obsessed with Oracular Spectacular and may even take some Congratulations fans by surprise. Check out the song “Your Life Is a Life” off the album MGMT out September 17th below. Read More…

Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones

You don’t normally hear of a lot of original-sounding bands coming out of Austin, in fact Texas as a whole tends to follow the same twangy style of country lines. That was, until Shakey Graves. Instead of going the whole looping route that you see a lot of one-man bands doing, Shakey Graves decides to play everything at once. Using his guitar as both a bass and a main guitar line and each foot working a different percussive element, he’s able to establish a sound by himself many bands take at least three to achieve. Take a look at a live video for his song “Roll the Bones” courtesy of the Good Music Club. Read More…

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Call Me

Not many big band/soul acts get to see the mainstream light of day anymore, so when one breaks out you know they have to be pretty darn good. As is the story of St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Bringing their southern blues-infused soul-soaked music around the country on their first country-wide tour, they’ve been setting the precedent for emotion-based performances. Check out the song “Call Me” off a currently untitled upcoming album below. Read More…

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