Friday, November 10, 2006

B is for Blood

I sat down to bang out my lackluster resume for a grad school application and put on Bloc Party from the beginning to the end. It kicked of with The Bloc Party E.P. and rolled all the way Silent Alarm with some singles, bootlegs, and remixes in between. What happened next, was fantastic. Somewhere between Bloc Party and Bob Dylan (which continues to roll) my iPod stumbled upon Blood Feathers and The Blood Brothers. Two tracks from distribution CDs that landed in my hands through Insound orders. Bombarded by other new music, a devastating workload and application after application, these two tracks had slipped through my greedy paws. Until tonight. I am definitely psyched for The Blood Brothers' opening slot for ...Trail of Dead 9:30 Club show on Tuesday. It appears to be the perfect setup for the boys from Austin.

*** *** ***

Blood Feathers
Philadelphia winters are spitefully cold and longer than seems possible or even just. It's awfully hard to do anything at all. Yet right in the heart of those frozen doldrums Ben Dickey and Drew Mills (both lately band-bachelors and good-friends), got down to blowing on the embers of songs they had, individually and together, been incubating for some time. Aha. It caught: this prolific twosome favor each other so handsomely in tone, skill, presence and purpose that it was only natural to shake hands and make a band. And thus from ashes ~oh the formidable Phoenix!~ has risen Blood Feathers. Their fantastic fledgling album, curse and praise, was recorded during nine days of hibernation in a little nest of a studio tucked in the corner of an arctic warehouse in Fishtown. [MySpace]
[Blood Feathers]

Upcoming dates:
Nov 16 Club Europa, Brooklyn, New York
Nov 18 North Star Bar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 15 Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MP3: Blood Feathers - "Sea Legs"

*** *** ***

The Blood Brothers
Lyrically, Young Machetes remains firmly rooted in the surreal consciousness, rage and oblique politics the Brothers have always embraced. It also reveals a new, once-bitten wisdom. "I thought the collective dissent of our generation would bring about positive change," says Jordan of the election year climate that inspired Crimes and its direct commentary. "When that didn't happen I felt like the bottom had fallen out." Still, Jordan and the band stay positive, motivated by the idea of the 'personal as political.' "It comes down to your dollars and cents - who and what you choose to support." It also means music is a microcosm for change. "Imagine where we could go with music," Morgan ponders, "if we always said 'yes' and not 'no.'" [The Blood Brothers]
[Official Site | MySpace]

Remaining dates for Trail of Dead, The Blood Brothers, Celebration, and Brothers and Sisters:
Nov 11 Irving Plaza New York , NY
Nov 12 Irving Plaza New York , NY
Nov 14 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Nov 15 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Nov 16 The Masquerade Atlanta , GA
Nov 17 The Club at Firestone Orlando , FL
Nov 18 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
Nov 20 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Nov 21 Warehouse Houston , TX
Nov 22 Emo's Austin, TX
Nov 24 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX
Nov 25 Jake's Backroom Lubbock, TX
Nov 27 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Nov 28 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Nov 29 House of Blues San Diego, CA
Nov 30 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Dec 1 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Dec 2 Glasshouse Pomona, CA
Dec 3 Empire Sacramento, CA
Dec 5 Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Dec 6 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Dec 7 Showbox Seattle, WA
Dec 9 Sugar Night Club Victoria, BC
Dec 10 Croatian Cultural Center Vancouver, BC
Dec 11 MacEwan Ballroom Calgary, AB
Dec 12 The Venue Formerly Known as Red's Edmonton, AB
Dec 14 Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, UT

MP3: The Blood Brothers - "Laser Life"

No comments: