Ted Leo is a Hobbit Nerd

Last night during The Both’s performance at the Mohawk in Austin, Aimee Mann revealed a fact about Ted Leo that I was unaware of. “Ted is a Hobbit nerd,” she announced during one of their many moments of mid-set banter. This proclamation caught my attention because I happen to also be an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work (I’ve been known to show up randomly at friends’ houses dressed as Gandalf, although I’ve never left any marks on their doors). While Mann threw out this detail about Leo as a little jab, he wore the “Hobbit nerd” label with pride the remainder of the show, revealing more and more of his nerdom with each passing song. Here are some facts I learned about Leo and his vast knowledge of Middle Earth:

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Amen Dunes “Love”

Amen Dunes

Love

[Sacred Bones; 2014]

RATING: 8

Whether it be the turmoil between Israel and Hamas, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Malaysian crash over the Ukrainian war zone, or the continued violence in Iraq, it’s safe to say that the world has fallen on hard times. Even the music world has taken note of the uncertainty with a handful of dystopian albums being released this year (EMA, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Damon Albarn). With all the doom and gloom in the air, it’s surprising that an often unpredictable and brooding artist like Amen Dunes have released an album that can best be described as stripped-down and placid.

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Michael Beinhorn.

Some have called him the “Drum Killer.” Others have named him the “Rhythm Nazi.” In the recording business he’s simply known as Michael Beinhorn, best known for his work on Soundgarden’s Superunknown. With a resume featuring over 20 albums by big names like Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Herbie Hancock, it goes without saying that the man knows his way around a recording studio. I have no qualms about his talents as a producer; it’s his track record of firing drummers that irks me.

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BDWPS Podcast #27

For this month’s episode, I record on the road. Amidst my summer road trip, I take a moment to check out new tracks from The Pains of Being Pure at Heat, Afghan Whigs, Marissa Nadler, Death Grips, and Angel Olsen. I also discuss a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest and continue my look into the life of Bob Dylan. Check it out HERE or subscribe to the podcast at iTunes (search: BDWPS).

TRACK LIST: 

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart “Kelly”
Afghan Whigs “Matamoros”
Marissa Nadler “Drive”
Death Grips “Have a Sad Cum”
Angel Olsen “Forgiveness/Forgotten”
A Tribe Called Quest “Can I Kick It?”
Bob Dylan “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”

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Video Clip of the Week: Focus “Hocus Pocus” ’73

I’m not sure if it’s a known fact here on BDWPS, but I’m a huge San Antonio Spurs fan.  My obsession with Spurs basketball rivals my enthusiasm with indie music. Needless to say, I’ve been in full celebration mode since the Spur dismantled the Miami Heat a few weeks ago.  After the Spur’s game 3 victory, I was checking my twitter for news updates and snarky comments from fellow fans.  Amidst my state of bliss, I came upon the following tweet from indie rocker Mikal Cronin.

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Top 20 Albums of 2014 (So Far…)

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We are almost to the mid-point of 2014, and there have already been some outstanding releases. With a promising second half of the year ahead of us, I’d like to take a moment to spotlight some of my favorite albums from the year so far. To try to keep some semblance of control, I’ve limited my list to albums released prior to June 1st. 

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BDWPS Podcast #26

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In this episode we look at up-and-coming bands like Ausmuteants, Perfect Pussy, Antwon, Woods of Desolation, and Ought. We also check out new tracks from St. Vincent and Damon Albarn. And as always, the episode closes with a Bob Dylan song recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio.

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Track List:

St. Vincent “I Prefer Your Love”
Ausmuteants “Tinitus”
Ought “Habit”
Perfect Pussy “Interference Fits”
Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”
Antwon “Heavy Hearted Doldrums”
Woods of Desolation “This Autumn Light”
Bob Dylan “Pressing On”

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