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The Love Language: Where did they come from?

February 03, 2009

Dude! If anyone caught eclectic last night you'll probably remember how much I loved this band. Now I'm listening to it constantly and I can't get enough. It's like Neutral Milk Hotel wanted to be a twee band but turned the map to Tweeland upside down and got fuzzy along the way.

Interesting Notes:

Lalita is a jam and a half.

The album is written, performed, recorded, and mixed all by one man. Stu McLamb.

The album was recorded on 4 track. Stu says of the album “I'd like to think of it as the audio equivalent of a handwritten letter to a pen pal with little handmade gifts inside...or something like that."

He gathered 6 friends together for his first live show to open for the Rosebuds and the band was formed.

They are playing SXSW. Thank god everyone is playing SXSW. We will see them at SXSW.


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Eclectic Revolution's Top 10 of 2008

December 17, 2008

Hey hey everyone,

Thanks again for a great year. We celebrated with a top 10 countdown on eclectic this monday. In case you missed it, here's our top 10's! and here's to a great 09


  1. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
  2. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
  3. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  4. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
  5. Why? - Alopecia
  6. The Lucksmiths - First Frost
  7. The Dutchess and the Duke - She's the Dutchess , He's the Duke
  8. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
  9. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
  10. TV on the Radio - Dear Science

Honorable mention EP: Mumford and Sons - Love Your Ground


  1. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
  2. Wolf Parade - At Mt. Zoomer
  3. Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
  4. Islands - Arms Way
  5. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  6. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
  7. Jukebox the Ghost - Let LIve & Let Ghosts
  8. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
  9. The Black and White Years - S/T
  10. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

Honorable Mention EP: The Decemberists - Always the Bridesmaid: A Single Series


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Blitzen Trapper live is warming to the soul

December 04, 2008

Blitzen Trapper, one of WICB's favorite artist, graced the main stage at The Mohawk in Austin November 26th to play a show that can best be described as the musical equivalent of homemade chicken soup served with a glass of whiskey on the rocks.

Blitzen Trapper took to the outdoor stage in an unseasonably warm November breeze. Opening up the show with "Sleepytime In The Western World", the first cut from their newest album Furr, the show immediately took on the feel of a campfire singalong. Looking a lot like a young Bobby Zimmerman and sometimes sounding a lot like Neil young, Blitzen Trapper continued into "Not Your Lover" and played a thoroughly enjoyable set including the entirety of Furr, plus some of their choice older songs to an audience that sang along to almost every track.

Highlights had to be "Love You", with some intense Daltrey-esque screaming at the start and "Furr", which got the everyone in the crowd and even some people in the adjacent bar grooving to the jangly guitar and drums that can only be described as "cozy". When the band left the stage with the quip "If anyone's got some floor room to spare for us, we'll buy you dinner!" I think everyone in The Mohawk briefly contemplated taking them up on the offer.

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Belle and Sebastian release The BBC sessions

November 19, 2008

YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHH! That's right. The long talked about and desired set of bootlegs and rarities has finally been released to the public! For retro Belle and Sebastian fans yesterday was a big day. This set of recordings comes from two sessions that the band did on BBC during the early early stages in their career with Mark Radcliffe and Steve Lamacq. The recordings feature wonderful alternate versions of both Lazy Line Painter Jane and Wrong Love, one of my favorite B&S songs. The real treasures on the CD however, are the four studio versions of the last songs that Isobel Campbell recorded with the band in 2001. These four songs never made it on subsequent CDs, but bootleg copies of the songs exist in various places on the internet and are must have's for any serious B&S fans. The recordings catch B&S on the edge of a huge shift in overall sound and lineup changes. All in all it's too wonderful just to hear Isobel's voice with B&S again as it lends a delicate quality that has been lost in their recordings of late.

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Christmas on Mars Screening!

November 04, 2008

WICB and Buzzsaw Concerts would like to invite you to experience Christmas on Mars! Christmas on Mars is the visual and auditory culmination of seven years hard work and perseverance from everyone's favorite indie circus, The Flaming Lips. Detailing the bizarre adventures of a group of humans stranded in a Mars research facility with a quickly failing oxygen system, the "fantastical film freakout", Christmas on Mars, examines the complexities of humanity with poignant absurdity and DIY charm. Starring members of the band and featuring an original soundtrack composed, of course, by The Flaming Lips, this is not to be missed.

$3 suggested donation at the door goes straight to fund more awesome media events from Buzzsaw concerts.

Get ready for more than you ever thought you could handle. In the words of Wayne, "It is a strange experience not meant for children, but for the inner child in all of us grown-ups."

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