Every year, for the past dozen years and to varying degrees of seriousness, I think "This will be the year I make it to South By Southwest." Hasn't happened yet, but... someday. As the showcases get scheduled, more great bands get added, and the parties get planned, I sit here in Boston getting buried under a mountain of digital SxSW-specific promo emails, and wait for my fellow bloggers to write about what a great time was had. Sigh.
But if I was there, one of the bands I'd be sure to see is Wye Oak, who are part of the Merge Records showcase on Friday night at the Parish. I was fortunate enough to catch the Baltimore-based duo of Jenn & Andy when they played here in Cambridge a couple weeks back, and they've kindly allowed me to share their performance here on the 'Nac.
Their seven song set naturally showed off songs from their upcoming debut, "If Children", but they also threw in a couple new numbers and a reworked older one. If you're down in Austin this week, make sure you get to the Merge showcase early, as they're playing second, with Portastatic up first. And go ahead, rub it in... let me know how great it was. I can take it.
Video: Here's something very cool - Watch Andy play through the entirety of "Warning", showing off his drum n' keys multi-tasking skills, courtesy of MyDrumLesson.com. There are also a whole slew of live clips up on YouTube.
March 14th @ The Parish in Austin (Merge Records SXSW showcase) April 10th @ The Sugar Tank in Lancaster, PA April 11th @ The G-Spot in Baltimore, MD (CD Release) April 12th @ Union Hall in Brooklyn April 13th @ The Black Cat in Washington, DC May 2nd @ the Over the Top Festival in Toronto, ON
the fine print... If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the 'nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.