Monday, February 6th, 2006

Everybody Needs A Fence To Lean On

Chalk Champaign, Illinois’ Headlights as one of the first new bands I’m excited about seeing at SxSW. They’ve got great pop songs with sweet boy-girl harmonies and just enough mope and fuzz around the edges to keep things from getting too saccharine. For RIYLs, I’d say Dirty On Purpose or The Comas (and if you don’t know either of them, you should check them out as well).

Under The Radar featured the band in their “New Artists 2006” feature in the latest issue and talked to the band about their forthcoming debut full-length, which is currently being recorded and should be out in August or so. So far their recorded output amounts to a single EP which was rereleased by Polyvinyl late last year after selling out as a limited edition wholly independent release, with a 7″ due out sometime this Spring before the proper album is done. For the curious who will be in Austin next month, their main SxSW showcase will be on Wednesday night at Emo’s as part of the showcase, but they look to have some day parties on tap as well over the course of the festival.

This track comes from their aforementioned The Enemies EP – they’ve also got samples on their MySpace page and in a Flash player on their own website.

MP3: Headlights – “Tokyo”

The Toronto Star talks to Neil Young and Jonathan Demme about their Heart Of Gold concert film, the website for which has finally gone live with lots of goodies and downloadables. The film opens next Friday.

Mark Kozelek tells Harp how Neil Young’s Decade changed his life and Paste about tackling Modest Mouse. The Santa Cruz Sentinel also runs a piece on Mark’s Tiny Cities.

PopMatters talks to twee queen Amelia Fletcher about the road from Talulah Gosh to Tender Trap, and their new EP Language Lessons.

Everyone’s favourite Norwegian DJ/popstar/cutie-patootie Annie is at the Mod Club on March 21, tickets $18.50.

Zoilus picks up on my indie vs Best Buy post from last Monday, and takes it to another level with the help of Mr Catbirdseat. Required reading if you were at all interested in the discussion that took place here (and elsewhere).

Harp loves the live album and doesn’t care who knows it.

The Globe & Mail places Arrested Development in pallative care.

np – Elvis Costello & The Attractions / Blood & Chocolate

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  1. punky! says:

    Man, I need to brush up on my acronyms and internet lingo. I had NO clue what RIYL was…had to look it up :)

  2. Patanoia says:

    What’s your favourite live album? I’ll go with Lou Reed’s "Take No Prisoners".