Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
March 19th, 2014
Episode 511 of 792 episodes
On this week's show, our hosts are joined by Stephen Thompson to discuss their favorite discoveries at SXSW. Everyone had such a swell time at the musical blitzkrieg that they came down with colds. Their respective illnesses cannot dampen the colorful and illuminating memories that they made at SXSW 2014.For Bob, the band that blew him out of the water was a British jazz-punk group called Melt Yourself Down. Robin was impressed by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, because of their shift from sweet ditties to full-on rock. Stephen was surprised by the passion, force and energy from an instrumental, electronic group, Anamanaguchi.As much scheduling that goes into SXSW, our hosts often find that the best shows spread through word of mouth. So, they listened to recommendations and stumbled upon some fantastic gems. The airy soloist Vancouver Sleep Clinic was a notable gem, along with the Korean rock group Jambinai. To hear an array of nuanced sounds, hear the discussion. Also, don't forget to download The Austin 100 which will be available until April 2.Songs Featured On This EpisodeArtist: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerAlbum: Midnight SunSean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl are back with bold, psychedelic-rock. The band's upcoming album Midnight Sun will be released April 29.Endless FantasyArtist: AnamanaguchiAlbum: Endless FantasyHear a glorious chip-tune track by the New York-based band, Anamanaguchi. For more information, visit the band's website.Fix My LifeArtist: Melt Yourself DownAlbum: Melt Yourself DownThe London-based sextet melds jazz and punk sounds to create catchy, striking songs. For more, go to the band's website.Look Out, Look OutArtist: Perfume GeniusAlbum: LearningMike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, hails from Seattle and creates gorgeous, somber, piano-driven music. For more, go to his Facebook page.RebirthArtist: Vancouver Sleep ClinicAlbum: Winter EPTim Bettinson, who writes and records as Vancouver Sleep Clinic, is a 17-year-old artist who woos listeners with his high voice and impressive guitar segments. To hear more, go to his website.Hey MamiArtist: Sylvan EssoAlbum: Sylvan EssoThe sounds of the duo known as Sylvan Esso are sleek, experimental and infectious. The North Carolina-based band will release their self-titled album on May 13.Leaving No TracesArtist: HighasakiteAlbum: Silent TreatmentThis Five-piece Norwegian band makes music with a hint of pop, powerful vocals and booming percussion. Highasakite's upcoming album Silent Treatment will be released on April 8.Time of ExtinctionArtist: JambinaiAlbum: DifferenceThis instrumental Korean rock band mixes high-pitched oddities with pummeling guitar segments. For updates and more, go to its Facebook page.MaidenheadArtist: ProtomartyrAlbum: Under Color of Official RightThis group from Detroit sounds like a garage rock version of Joy Division, with deadpan poetry and driving guitar noise. Its upcoming album Under Color of Official Right is due for release on April 8.