Sunday, January 28, 2007


I read somewhere that Paleo, a.k.a. David Strackany, makes Ryan Adams look like a couch potato. Verily, I may in fact be plagiarizing the exact sentence. Sometime last spring, the man determined to write and record a song a day for a year, and write and record a song a day for a year he has (almost). “Easter to tax day,” he says on his website, which features hours and hours of recordings from different cities.

Paleo has the kind of rough vocals that recall Destroyer’s Daniel Bejar and a one-man band setup similar to that of Chad VanGaalen. Music fans of Birmingham will have the chance Monday night to find out for themselves. Please come out and support this touring wonder as well as Birmingham locals The Triceratops and Jon Black.

In the Morning Linda Dies
Occam's Razor

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Epochs

Brooklyn-based band The Epochs play catchy electropop with enough layers to keep you warm during these chilly days of January. I think it may be time to shell out the $8 for the whole Epochs album because over the past couple of days I've worn out the 3 songs I currently have.

The Epochs - Mouths to Feed
The Epochs - Opposite Sides
The Epochs - Stand Up and Be Counted

Stream the whole album.
Or go to their myspace.

Bobby Bare "neo-cow punk" Jr.

What we used to call "cow punk" or "country punk" has become a bit more sophisticated with the likes of Bloodshot artist Bobby Bare Jr. When I hear the term I think of raucous, randy folk like the Hollisters and the Meat Purveyors. And yeah, these guys are apparently still on Bloodshot Records, too. This Bobby Bare Jr. fella can be racous and randy, too, only these songs from The Longest Meow seem somewhat... uh... evolved. No less good, mind you! And still irreverent!

Mayonaise Brain
Sticky Chemical

On this record Bare has employed the help of members from Clem Snide, My Morning Jacket, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and Lambchop. It is at times more indie-rock than, but fans of both should find something they like.

If you're in Birmingham, come out to hear Bobby Bare Jr. play at Bottletree tonight, Jan. 18. Wear your cowboy hat(or your scarf).

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New Release Mania Superpost

A quick roundup of upcoming releases...there's a lot to anticipate in the next few months. Which are you eagerly awaiting?

January 23

The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
The Shins - Phantom Limb

Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Of Montreal - Suffer for Fashion
Of Montreal - Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider

The Good, The Bad and The Queen (self titled)
The Good, The Bad and The Queen - Herculean
The Good, The Bad and The Queen - 80's Life

The Earlies - The Enemy Chorus
Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity

January 30

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Underwater
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Love Song No. 7
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance

Youth Group - Casino Twilight Dogs
Youth Group - Sorry

February 6

Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block (domestic release)
Peter Bjorn & John - Amsterdam
Peter Bjorn & John - The Chills

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City
Bloc Party - The Prayer

The Apples in Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder

February 20

Explosions in the Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
Calla - Strength In Numbers
Minus the Bear - Interpretaciones Del Oso

February 27

Do Make Say Think - You, You're A History In Rust

March 6

The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
The Arcade Fire - Intervention
The Arcade Fire - Black Mirror
The Arcade Fire - Black Wave / Bad Vibrations

Air - Pocket Symphony
Air - Mer du Japon

Maria Taylor - Lynn Teeter Flower

March 20

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Living with the Living

Release Date Unknown

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Modest Mouse - Dashboard

Monday, January 15, 2007

podcast 2.2

Hey podbloggers!

Just so you're aware, Red Blondehead has just put up a new BOTTLETREE podcast for your listening/previewing pleasure. Check your iTunes subscription if you have one, or if you'd rather download directly or stream, click here. If you'd like to subscribe, search for "Bottletree" or "Red Blondehead" under podcasts on iTunes.

The new podcast is packed with music and information about upcoming benefits. This edition features songs by the following artists:

Benjy Ferree
Brad Armstrong (13 Ghosts)
Bobby Bare Jr.
I Love Math (supergroup from Old 97s / Deathray Davies)
Preston Lovinggood (Wild Sweet Orange)
The Hidden Hand
Solilloquists of Sound
Dan Sartain
Jon Black
The Great Book of John
Tacks, the Boy Disaster

Also, be sure to hear Andrea and Greg's countdown of the TOP TEN BOTTLETREE SHOWS OF 2006! It is also available as a recent podcast through iTunes.

Thanks so much for listening! We hope to see you all at these upcoming shows.

Blast it loud, blast it proud, and don't forget to party.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Benjy Ferree

Traci and I hate to be late in discovering Benjy Ferree because now that we have found him, he is like candy for our ears. Not like nasty licorice or Mike 'n Ike candy but like good candy. Like uh... lemon drops and circus peanuts! Candy from Maple Grove Farms of Vermont! Yummy Pixie Sticks! ohhh, now that I'm started. Back to Benjy.

His record Leaving the Nest was released in August of 2006 on Domino Records. His catchiest song, "In the Countryside," reminds me of the Shins and the White Stripes. That might seem a bit odd, but it's delicious. See, taste!

In the Countryside

A few others:
A Little at a Time
The Desert

Pick up Leaving the Nest at, and if you're in the Birmingham area, come out to Bottletree Monday, January 15 to hear Benjy Ferree play with Lylas of Nashville and Brad Armstrong of 13ghosts. We'll be there with bells on!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Favoritest records of 2006, part deux!

My Favorite Albums of 2006 list has been delayed slightly by a little New Year's Illness, but I haven't forgotten about it! (Not that anyone has been waiting with bated breath.) The cold that had been clinging to Leah tighter than a baby koala but with none of the cuteness finally relinquished its grip and latched onto me with its germ-infested claws. Thankfully, I've finally shed my temporary title of "Mouthbreather" to re-enter the world of people who can breathe through their noses and thus appear to be at least 100 IQ points more intelligent.

So here's the list of the albums or EP's I enjoyed the most in 2006...the order gets a little fuzzy for me once I get past number 6, most albums could easily switch places depending on the day and my mood.

1. Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks

2. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me

3. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Belle & Sebastian - White Collar Boy

4. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Neko Case - Star Witness

5. Irving - Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers
Irving - Jen Nothing Matters To Me

6. The Little Ones - Sing Song EP
The Little Ones - Lovers Who Uncover
This would have been higher on my list, if not for the fact that it is an EP.

7. The Black Keys - Magic Potion
The Black Keys - Your Touch

8. Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
Yo La Tengo - Mr. Tough

9. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Beirut - Postcards From Italy

10. Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
Midlake - Roscoe

11. Lylas - Lessons for Lovers
Lylas - Summer in a Sweater

12. Beck - The Information

13. Jamie Lidell - Multiply Additions
Jamie Lidell - Multiply

14. Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP
(again, would have been higher if not an EP)
Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives

15. Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - The Dust of Retreat
Margot and the Nuclear So & So's - Skeleton Key

16. Amy Millan - Honey from the Tombs
Amy Millan - Baby I

17. The Long Winters - Putting the Days to Bed
The Long Winters - Fire Island, AK

18. Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
Band of Horses - Funeral

19. Islands - Return to the Sea
Islands - Jogging Gorgeous Summer

20. Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken

21. The French Kicks - Two Thousand
The French Kicks - Knee High

22. The Hidden Cameras - Awoo
The Hidden Cameras - Learning the Lie

23. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere

24. Joseph Arthur - Nuclear Daydream
Joseph Arthur - Enough to Get Away

25. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
The Decemberists - The Perfect Crime

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

favorite records of 2006

Well hello my puppies. (I know that you are not really puppies, but I'd like to pretend that you are since I didn't get one for Christmas.) Traci and I hope that all of you had very Merry Christmases (or whatever it is you celebrate) and a fun new year's celebration. Whilst hopped up on near-illegal decongestants, I watched a pirated copy of Blood Diamond and then watched third-rate celebrities ringing in the new year on Dick Clark's Swingin' New Year. Both showed me tiny fractions of what is wrong with our planet.

There were a few bright spots in 2006, however, right? Like my favorite CDs of the year. Traci's been asking me to post them. Maybe she'll post hers soon, but the thing is that she's still out partying and ringing in the new year. If you find her, please give her a slap on the wrist and send her home.

Now, on to my favorites; love them or hate them, here's what I liked the most that came out this year:

10. Duquette Johnston – Etowah
09. Ratatat – Classics
08. Bob Dylan – Modern Times
07. Man Man – Six Demon Bag
06. The Handsome Family – Last Days of Wonder
05. M. Ward – Post-War
04. Stone Jack Jones – Bluefolk
03. Califone – Roots and Crowns
02. Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
01. Wooden Wand and the Sky High Band – Second Attention