Howdy, howdy, NoiseTraders! After one final snow this past week in Chicago, I can only assume that spring has officially now sprung. This week’s musical recommendations continue our album-a-week roll-out from Josh Garrels, all leading up to the release of his new album Home in two weeks. Also included this week are some raw-some garage rock gems and a little of the best alt-country/acoustic blues there is to be had out there. David K. Wheeler’s eBook of poetry rounds things out pretty nicely as well. Wave goodbye to the last weekend of March, my friends!

Josh Garrels
Love & War: B-Sides & Remixes


If you picked up last week’s Love & War & The Sea In Between from Josh Garrels, then be assured that this week’s offering is a must-have companion piece of equally majestic music. With Love & War: B-Sides & Remixes, Garrels unpacks his creative approach to songwriting even more by reworking his own songs and allowing his friends to take a stab at a couple tracks as well. The new pronounced beat of “White Owl,” Kye Kye’s stuttered remix of “Rise,” and Beautiful Eulogy’s smoothed out “Anchor” are all standouts on this rich collection. Don’t forget, Garrel’s brand new album Home will be out April 7.

The Echo and the Sound
Buffalo Mouth [EP]


The Echo and the Sound is a fantastically unpolished garage rock duo that combines rough-around-the-edges rock with melodic dirges and eclectic arrangements. While the influence of bands like Flat Duo Jets and The White Stripes are heavily prevalent in their sound, they thankfully never rely on straight imitation to get their songs across. Buffalo Mouth is the band’s third EP and it’s definitely the strongest offering from them so far. The gin house slink of “Alice” provides my favorite moments on the EP, edging out the album-opening blast of “Who Says” by just a fraction. “Black & Gold” rumbles along as an enjoyable entry point as well.

Hurray for the Riff Raff
The Body Electric [Tour EP]


Hurray for the Riff Raff is currently out on a sprawling U.S. tour and there’s a good chance Alynda Lee Segarra and company are coming to your city. If you need four amazing reasons for attending one of their shows, look no further than The Body Electric. This four-song EP features two tracks from Hurray for the Riff Raff’s most recent album Small Town Heroes, a topical protest song Segarra wrote for Trayvon Martin, and a stunning cover of Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow” from My Dearest Darkest Neighbor.

David K. Wheeler
Contingency Plans: Poems (eBook)


David K. Wheeler is a musician, essayist, and poet, and Contingency Plans: Poems showcases his ability to poetically delve deep into areas of human struggle and endurance. Author Susan Isaacs has praised Wheeler’s work and said “he uses the same materials I do – words – but where I’ve built a fort, he has erected a cathedral.” Take the time to peruse Contingency Plans and there’s a good chance you’ll find your own resonance in his work as well.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t the same boy you’ve always known, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

Greetings and salutations, NoiseTraders! With SXSW finishing up and March Madness heating up, spring is most definitely in the air. So if your friends are bombarding your social media feeds with too much of either one of those (We get it, every single SXSW band is killing it and you have most definitely been a fan of this year’s Cinderella team for practically your whole life), then why not tune them out with some new tunes? This week’s recommendations have been meticulously selected to help usher in the seemingly longer days and warmer temps of winter’s retreat, so shed those coats and head out into the world with these aural accomplices putting a smile on your face.

Josh Garrels
Love & War & The Sea In Between

The artistic generosity of Josh Garrels is still going strong as we’re four weeks in to the album-a-week lead-up to his brand new album Home (out April 7). This week’s selection is his 2011 breakout record Love & War & The Sea In Between, an album Christianity Today described as “prophetic, incisive, achingly human, and longingly spiritual.” With a sonic palette found somewhere between Ray LaMontagne, Iron & Wine, and acoustic-era Beck, Garrels masterfully mixes musical eccentricity with lyrical invitation.

The Dollyrots
“Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” (single)

Pop-punk husband-and-wife duo The Dollyrots have a special “California Punk” StageIt show planned for this Sunday (March 22) and they’re offering up their own version of The Offspring’s “Come Out and Play” to help get you in the mood. While their version stays pretty close to the vibe of the original, there’s still an undeniable Dollyrots-esque playfulness to their fun interpretation of the mid-90s classic. As a special bonus, Bowling for Soup’s Jaret Reddick shows up for some guest vocals on the track as well.

J. monty
Level 54

J. monty’s Atlanta-based brand of hip-hop snaps me right back to my teenage years where I would pass the gorgeously gaudy afro of the So So Def Records billboard off I-85 about three times a week. Level 54 showcases J. monty’s fluid ability to effortlessly switch between mile-a-minute raps and melodic chorus hooks that are all wrapped around infectious beats and some impressive production skills. “My Nephew” and “Mr. Reverend” are fantastic starters, but I recommend giving the whole album a spin.

Dave Kusek
Hack the Music Business

As SXSW is wrapping up another jam-packed year, I thought it would be an appropriate time to highlight a book we’ve recently featured, Dave Kusek’s Hack the Music Business. By approaching a music career with an entrepreneurial spirit, Kusek lays out a variety of successful, real-world strategies to apply to your own individual musical aspirations. With over two decades of experience and success working with independent musicians, Kusek’s ideas and tools have been road-tested and proven successful.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t up in One-Tweezy (after the party it’s the Waffle House), you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

NoiseTrade @ SXSW: Spotlight on Colony House

by laurenmandrell Published Mar 13, 2015

NoiseTrade is heading to SXSW, y’all! We’re setting up shop at The Blackheart and The Swan Dive on March 18, 20, and 21 to host an eclectic roster of 33 incredible bands on both indoor and outdoor stages. We’ve got a ton of free food and goodies to go along with the festivities as well. You can check out our full 3-day line-up HERE.

Ahead of their highly anticipated set at our NoiseTrade Day Party on Saturday, March 21 @ The Blackheart, we interviewed the talented fellas of Colony House to get their first-time perspective on SXSW.

NoiseTrade: If this is your first SXSW, what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve been before, what are you looking forward to experiencing again?

Colony House: Playing for all these crazy music lovers!

NT: To those who have been to SXSW before (either playing or just attending), do you have any favorite SXSW memories?

Colony House: I don’t think any of us have been… We have only heard tales of the wonderful madness.

NT: Are you altering your normal setlist/show in any way for the SXSW audience?

Colony House: Not really. Fortunately we keep it pretty basic anyways. We play rock and roll music which makes SXSW a little easier. Not to many computers to have to worry about setting up or anything. We are excited about just doing our normal thing and seeing how it goes.

NT: Are their any bands or panels at SXSW that you are planning to check out yourself?

Colony House: Delta Spirit hopefully, The Vaccines, and our friends from Nashville, COIN!

NT: With the release of your debut album back in July, what do you think is the best way to describe your music to new listeners?

Colony House: It’s nothing too tricky… 2 guitars a bass player and some drums… We are from Tennessee and play rock and roll music. We love having fun and hope our listeners see that and feel that.

NT: Is there a specific story behind the name of your band? And if so what is it exactly?

Colony House: Colony House is the apartment complex we all lived in when we started the band. The complex is located in Franklin, TN where me and my brother Will were born and raised. So we like that we get to take our home with us everywhere we go.

Hey there, hi there, ho there, friends! As NoiseTrade prepares for our descent upon SXSW with our 3-day, 30+ bands, 2 venues, free goodies, and parties in our backpacks, we’re still bringing you a ton of great new non-SXSW-related music as well. So while you’re perusing through our SXSW Spotlight interviews and digging into our NoiseTrade SXSW 2015 Day Parties Mixtape, be sure to carve out a little time to check out these amazing music and book recommendations as well. If you’re headed to SXSW this week, be sure to drop by The Blackheart or The Swan Dive to say hello to us!

Josh Garrels
Lost Animals


Week 3 of Josh Garrels’ stunning album-a-week roll-out rolls on with Lost Animals, his 2009 collection of soundtracks, singles, and b-sides. Lost Animals has a really unique listening flow to it, as some of the songs were created during the recording of his previous album Jacaranda and some were written after a big move from Indiana to North Carolina. Lost Animals opens up strong with “All Creatures,” Garrels’ groove-laden take on the 13th century hymn that beautifully expands into new lyrical and rhythmic territories. “One Hundred Seven,” “Be Set Free,” and “The Pig Farm” are some of my favorites from this refreshing collection as well. Don’t forget, Garrels’ gorgeous new album Home will be out April 7.

Will Hoge
Small Town Dreams: Writer’s Room Edition [EP]


I must say, since moving to Chicago from Nashville in December, the instances of me being confused with Americana singer-songwriter Will Hoge have drastically plummeted. Sure, it still occasionally happens over email, but I have a feeling it’ll be quite a while before I get another “Man, I love your music” free drink offer. Anyways, Will Hoge is most definitely an amazing songwriter and the proof is in the pudding of his Small Town Dreams: Writer’s Room Edition EP. While his new album Small Town Dreams will be released on April 7, this behind-the-scenes EP showcases four songs from his new album in their most embryonic demo forms. So far, “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” is my standout.

Stu G
“For All My Days” (single)


Stu G’s new single “For All My Days” is an engaging acoustic ballad based on The Merton Prayer found in Thomas Merton’s 1958 book Thoughts in Solitude. Stu blends Merton’s prayerful lyrics with a slow-burn instrumental layering to create a wonderfully reflective sonic atmosphere. A big believer in collaboration, Stu co-wrote the song with Matt Maher and invited The Ember Days and David Leonard (All Sons and Daughters) to contribute vocals to the ebb-and-flow build of this fantastic single.

Claire Burge
Spin: Taking Your Creativity to the Nth Degree (eBook)


Part memoir, part philosophy book, and part instructional guide, Claire Burge’s Spin manages to be equally entertaining, enlightening, and educating. Burge has a way of seamlessly weaving together personal stories, practical tips, and process analysis, all while crafting an invitational and inspirational read. If you are interested in learning ways to more fluidly connect your creativity with your life – or are just looking for an incredible book to read – Spin has got something for you.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t louder than the radio, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

NoiseTrade is heading to SXSW, y’all! We’re setting up shop at The Blackheart and The Swan on March 18, 20, and 21 to host an eclectic roster of 33 incredible bands on both indoor and outdoor stages. We’ve got a ton of free food and goodies to go along with the festivities as well. You can check out our full 3-day line-up HERE.

To help get a preview of some of the bands we’re hosting, we asked a few questions of Propaganda, Jukebox the Ghost, Chadwick Stokes, Jesse Harris, Mother Falcon, Sam Pinkerton, Anthony D’Amato, and Max Jury to get their thoughts on SXSW.

NoiseTrade: If this is your first SXSW, what are you looking most forward to? If you’ve been before, what are you looking forward to experiencing again?

Propaganda: This is my second time at SXSW, but my first daytime party. I’m most excited about that to be honest. Also I love the reunion part of SXSW. It’s hard as touring artists to get everyones calendar synced. So events like these allow me to get a bunch of the music friends all in one place.

Jukebox the Ghost: We’ve done SXSW maybe 4 or 5 times now. Each time I go into it thinking “What a nightmare” and then have a fantastic time. I am most looking forward to the sunshine (goodbye east coast) and learning about some new bands. Reptar was my last SXSW musical discovery.

Chadwick Stokes: I was here with disabled news crew/band How’s Your News and then with Stateradio playing a party for unknown Internet company called Facebook. I like the madness of it all.

Jesse Harris: I haven’t performed at SXSW in years and mostly I look forward to performing several shows with Star Rover. It will be fun to walk up and down 6th street again and be a part of the insanity and energy.

Mother Falcon: The best thing is usually showing Austin to friends we met on tour.

Sam Pinkerton: This is my first year at SXSW and my first time in Austin, TX. I have heard that this is going to be one of the best weeks consisting of booze and tacos. I’m looking forward to exploring the city, meeting new people and hearing some artists I really admire.

Anthony D’Amato: I’m most looking forward to running into so many musical friends I haven’t gotten to see all year. You can’t walk down the street without bumping into somebody you know or worked with at some point, so there’s a great reunion vibe to that aspect of it.

Max Jury: It’s my first time. I’m looking forward to seeing great new bands and eating great food.

NT: To those who have been to SXSW before (either playing or just attending), do you have any favorite SXSW memories?

Propaganda: My favorite part is, like i said, getting all the friends you make on the road into one place. That is so difficult. But to be specific, I really loved during my last showcase how floored the promoter and to be honest, all of us, were to see the fan support for me and my bros. We were not headlining but our fans showed up in droves! It was amazing to see in person that our music impacted people like that.

Chadwick Stokes: Watching Norwegian band El Caco rip it. Watching Broken Social Scene, Metric and seeing How’s Your News play with Polyphonic Spree at Stubbs. Also, at a costume party this girl in a TWA uniform came up to me and licked my cheek.

Jukebox the Ghost: Breakfast tacos and sleeping under bridges.

Jesse Harris: I remember running into and catching up with lots of friends promenading the streets.

Mother Falcon: In 2013 we finished out the week playing acoustically on the sidewalk at 2:30am after our showcase surrounded by a huge crowd.

Anthony D’Amato: I loved St. Vincent’s set at the NPR showcase last year, as well as Hozier’s performance at the Hype Hotel. Seeing The Barr Brothers and Sturgill Simpson play sets in a church made for some magical moments, too.

NT: Are you altering your normal setlist/show in any way for the SXSW audience?

Propaganda: I don’t know yet. I’m not sure what to expect. So I think I’ll feel out the crowd first, and then go from there.

Chadwick Stokes: No, I don’t think so.

Jukebox the Ghost: Definitely err towards more upbeat set lists. That and only playing Shania Twain covers.

Jesse Harris: We may cut out a ballad or two.

Mother Falcon: We will playing tons of new material from our new album out this fall.

Sam Pinkerton: I haven’t played full band in a while and I’m very excited to be bringing some of my best friends to play with me. I’m playing two songs off of my latest EP, A Story in Parts, two songs off my previous record, An Introduction, two songs off my upcoming full length and three brand new songs. This set is going to be new for me and everyone listening. I’m excited to hear what people think.

Anthony D’Amato: I’m going to be playing with a an Austin-based backing band all week. I placed my good friend and ex-New Yorker/current Austinite Anthony da Costa in charge of putting together a band specifically for these shows because I’ll be flying in and out from anther tour where I’m playing solo acoustic. So I’ll meet the band for the first time Wednesday afternoon and we’ll hit the ground running with two shows that night.

Max Jury: No, I am doing the same thing I always do.

NT: Are their any bands or panels at SXSW that you are planning to check out yourself?

Propaganda: Danella Mason, Jaybee and for sure Seryn!

Chadwick Stokes: I think I’m just gonna float about.

Jukebox the Ghost: I plan to be at all of the Jukebox The Ghost shows.

Jesse Harris: Frankly, I haven’t had a moment to check the schedule, but usually I enjoy playing it by ear and seeing what comes up.

Mother Falcon: You know, there are way too many to name and we keep hearing rumors every day.

Sam Pinkerton: I cannot tell you how excited I am to see Courtney Barnett and Rae Sremmurd. Also looking forward to seeing some of my friends play: Liza Anne and COIN.

Anthony D’Amato: I’m really looking forward to seeing Butch Walker, San Fermin, Twin Shadow, and Israel Nash among others.

Max Jury: I would love to see Charles Bradley. I’ve always wanted to but never had the chance. I’m a big fan.

NT: What made you pick the song you did for our Noisetrade SXSW sampler?

Propaganda: “Three Cord Bond” is a great snapshot of who I am in one song. It is tough to show all of your complexities in a 3 minute song, but I feel like this one is a great crash course.

Jukebox the Ghost: It is our only good song.

Jesse Harris: It’s the title track of my new album and I felt it represented the music we’ll play.

Mother Falcon: “Blue & Gold” is one of our favorites from the last album, but it is a deep cut that flew a bit under the radar.

Sam Pinkerton: I released an EP this past February titled, A Story in Parts. It’s a twenty minute musical novella. It’s broken into six parts, “Part III” which I chose for the NoiseTrade sampler. “Part III” is the most uptempo and seemingly “happy” song on the record. It’s a two minute blast of contradictory emotions and indecisiveness- something that sums me up pretty simply.

Anthony D’Amato: “Back Back Back” is all about forward momentum and positivity, and it takes heaps of both to make it through SXSW in one piece.

Max Jury: It’s my favorite song.

Noisetrade @ SXSW: Spotlight on Amason

by Will Hodge Published Mar 10, 2015

NoiseTrade is heading to SXSW, y’all! We’re setting up shop at The Blackheart and The Swan on March 18, 20, and 21 to host an eclectic roster of 33 incredible bands on both indoor and outdoor stages. We’ve got a ton of free food and goodies to go along with the festivities as well. You can check out our full 3-day line-up HERE.

Ahead of their highly anticipated set at our NoiseTrade Day Party on Wednesday, March 18 @ The Blackheart, we interviewed the talented Swedes of Amason to get their perspective on SXSW.

NoiseTrade: If this is your first SXSW, what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve been before, what are you looking forward to experiencing again?

Gustav Ejstes: I’m personally not a big fan of big city festivals. There’s too much going on at the same time and it’s crazy crowded. But since we’ve got the chance to play these particular cool spots and parties it’s going to be a damn lot of fun.

NT: To those who have been to SXSW before (either playing or just attending), do you have any favorite SXSW memories?

Ejstes: There was a great barbecue place in a parking lot, I can’t remember what it’s called. There was a 600 meter long line, but worth waiting for!

NT: Are you altering your normal setlist/show in any way for the SXSW audience?

Ejstes: We try to alter our set before every show depending on what crowd, weather, birthdays, etc.

NT: Although you guys just released your debut album Sky City in January, you’ve all been (or are still in) a variety of other bands. What goes into making Amason a unique experience for you?

Ejstes: So far, it’s been fun just hanging out and playing. We haven’t been in any serious arguments yet. It’s like we’re in a “still dating, going to meet her parents next weekend” kind of thing.

NT: You’re music video for “Duvan” is easily one of the most interesting videos I’ve seen in years. Where’d the concept come from and how hard was it to create the stunning mixture of animated/live action visuals?

Ejstes: The video and all our artwork is made by our very beloved friend Tobias Centerwall. He is a wizard and we find his work very much as an extension of our music and vice versa.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t feeling the beat from the tambourine, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

G’Day, N’oiseTraders! March is upon us and that can only mean one thing… Shamrock Shakes are back for a limited time at your friendly neighborhood McDonald’s! Praise be to Uncle O’Grimacey! Just kidding… For any self-respecting music fan, March means only one thing: SXSW in Austin, TX. This year, NoiseTrade is proud to be throwing its first official SXSW Day Parties (March 18-21) and it’s going to be a happening! We’re hosting 33 bands, over 3 days, in 2 separate venues, so eat your Wheaties and stay hydrated. We will be presenting our very own SXSW mixtape next week and we’ll also be having a variety of “getting to know you” interviews with many of the bands we’ll be featuring. It’s going to be an exciting couple weeks leading up to SXSW, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for even more amazing music than usual coming your way.

Josh Garrels
Jacaranda


Josh Garrels continues his album-a-week lead-up to his new album (Home, out April 7) with Jacaranda, the second album released on his own label Small Voice Records. If you missed last week’s first installment for Over Oceans, now is the time to remedy that by snatching up this album and getting ready for Home. To those not familiar, Garrels masterfully mixes spacious indie-folk instrumentation with a refreshing more-questions-than-answers approach to Christianity and his entire catalog is wonderfully crafted from these ingredients. Jacaranda opens and closes with awakening/slumbering bookend instrumentals “Lake Yarina” and “Embarkation,” with a baker’s dozen of beautiful songs in between to enjoy, engage with, and experience.

Lady Lamb
Jams


Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro) just released her debut album After this past Tuesday and it’s a (bee) keeper! She’s currently offering her first single “Billions of Eyes” here on NoiseTrade and you won’t want to miss this 60s-pop inspired, sun-soaked jam. Spaltro’s memorable vocals dance all over the surf-tinged guitar tone and driving drums of “Billion of Eyes” in such an infectious way that it will immediately become a front-runner for your song to kick-off spring. To round out the single, Jams also includes live versions of “Bird Balloons” and “The Nothing Part II,” two tracks recorded at The Knitting Factory for Spaltro’s 2013 album Ripely Pine. Be sure to check out Lady Lamb’s tour dates, as she’s currently playing shows out on the road until mid-May.

The Hawk in Paris
Freaks + Outcasts [EP]

The Hawk in Paris recently released a brand new single titled “Frozen Heart” and it provides the perfect atmospherics for the last gasp of winter. While you must journey to a digital retailer of your choosing to hear “Frozen Heart,” you can get five other synth-saturated songs from The Hawk in Paris on Freaks + Outcasts [EP] here on NoiseTrade. This remix EP proves a super cool companion piece to The Hawk In Paris’ debut full-length Freaks as it contains the title track, three exclusive remixes, and a previously unreleased outtake.

Tincan Caldwell
A Sharp Pain In My Funnybone (eBook)

If you like to read books full of humorous essays in the vein of David Sedaris, Chuck Klostermann, and David Rakoff, then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Tincan Caldwell’s A Sharp Pain In My Funnybone. This collection of over 30 essays features Caldwell’s musings on such subjects as 5-Hour Energy drinks, American Idol, candy corn, his snake-catching cat Diego, and life with his wife and two daughters. If you end up liking what you read from Caldwell, we’re also offering two more of his books, No Vacation Goes Unpunished and Stories for Ears to Hear, as well.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t dressing his family in corduroy and denim, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

NoiseTrade is heading to SXSW, y’all! We’re setting up shop at The Blackheart and The Swan on March 18, 20, and 21 to host an eclectic roster of 33 incredible bands on both indoor and outdoor stages. We’ve got a ton of free food and goodies to go along with the festivities as well. You can check out our full 3-day line-up HERE.

To help get a preview of some of the bands we’re hosting, we asked a few questions of Astronautalis, Boxed In, Shaprece, and Charlie Belle to get their thoughts on SXSW.

NT: If this is your first SXSW, what are you looking most forward to? If you’ve been before, what are you looking forward to experiencing again?

Andy Bothwell (Astronautalis): I have been performing at SXSW for maybe…13 years? I am not really sure anymore? Out of everything, I am excited to see friends. As a touring musician you tend to have pockets of friends scattered all over. Friends you’ve toured with, friends who run clubs, etc. SXSW is one of the only times you will ever get most of those friends all gathered in one place. It is like a huge rock and roll family reunion…with 10,000 of your drunk aunts and uncles.

Oli Bayston (Boxed In): This is my first time, yes. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a dream come true to make it over to the states for shows, particularly SXSW. We’ve been invited to play a lot of great shows and we’re obviously looking forward to those. Beyond that, Austin is our oyster.

Jendayi Bonds (Charlie Belle): This will be our sixth consecutive year playing SXSW. Our first show was for SX San José when I was 11 years old and Gyasi was eight! I think what I’m looking forward to is just the feeling you get when SXSW rolls around. There’s basically never a time you’re not hearing music, whether it be up close or in the background. You’re bustling around all day, especially if you’re playing a show or two, and you’re kind of on the line between really excited and really stressed out… but it’s good! It’s like a week-long giddiness. I think I’m just excited about getting to feel that way again.

NT: To those who have been to SXSW before (either playing or just attending), do you have any favorite SXSW memories?

Astronautalis: Seeing Van Morrison play La Zona Rosa a few years back. It was just me, and a bunch of 50 year old guys with pony tails…and one of the best shows of my life.

Shaprece: Aside from getting the opportunity to showcase what my team and I have been working on over the past year, I’m looking forward to experiencing a wide range of artists that I admire all in one setting. Last year I got a chance to watch Blondie, CeeLo, and Damon Albarn all in one day. That’s the beauty of SX and probably my favorite memory, so far.

Charlie Belle: My favorite SXSW memory hands down was seeing The Strokes at Auditorium Shores when I was in 7th grade. I had only heard a few of their songs really because a friend of mine had just gotten me into them. I saw that they were playing and remember thinking “Oh man, I need to see them.” I mean I wasn’t in the front or anything, if anything I had to be like two thirds into the crowd so you couldn’t even see the band’s faces. But the music was just so good… and I remember they closed the show with “Last Night” and all of these fireworks went off and everything. I remember feeling like I was in a movie or something! It was great. And definitely after that show I’m pretty sure The Strokes were my all-time favorite band for about six months (which is forever when you’re in seventh grade).

NT: Are you altering your normal setlist/show in any way for the SXSW audience?

Astronautalis: Yes, I recently finished a new record, so, I’ll be performing TONS of new material.

Boxed In: We’ve got a few special plans for the shows. We’ve honed a high energy set for the night gigs and a couple of crooners for the day.

Shaprece: I wouldn’t say that there are going to be too many alterations in our set list for SXSW. Sometimes we like to sneak a cover or two into our set, but you’ll just have to attend the show to see what tricks we pull out of our sleeves.

Charlie Belle: Our setlist isn’t too different than how we usually play it, but we are having a friend of ours step in as a second guitarist (we usually just stick to playing as a three-piece) so that we can have a few more tricks up our sleeves!

NT: Are their any bands or panels at SXSW that you are planning to check out yourself?

Astronautalis: While there is no shortage of great bands to see, I tend to not plan on much anymore. I opt to see were the week takes me, and see what I stumble into.

Boxed In: We’re playing the Blackjack London party with our friends Only Real and JUCE, both of who I’ve made music with. That show will be pretty special.

Shaprece: I’m pretty interested in checking out Ibeyi. They are definitely some beautiful ladies to be paying attention to.

Charlie Belle: I don’t have any band in particular that I’m trying to see this year. I’m really just focusing on trying to see as many people as I can. Last year, I only waited around for the bands that I knew, so this year I’m doing basically the exact opposite. I’m trying to get in as much as I can in one week before I explode!

NT: What made you pick the song you did for our NoiseTradeSXSW sampler?

Astronautalis: “Sugarface” is a song I made with amazing producer/DJ Bird Peterson, and though it is not from my album, it is a nice sneak preview of the new direction in my music. Plus, Bird is from Austin, so it seemed like the right choice for this.

Boxed In: “Foot Of The Hill” is a good introduction to the band for anyone who hasn’t heard us. The record heads off in a few directions from this point, but “Foot of the Hill” is a good starting point.

Shaprece: We picked “Molting” because it’s the first song that we ever recorded together and after all of this time, still one of our favorites. It’s a great introduction of what to expect from our sound.

Charlie Belle: I picked the song “Shake You Off” because not only is it a song that likes to stick with you, but also because I wrote it to be relatable and that what it’s become. People who hear it immediately go like “Yup, I feel you on this,” which is what I was hoping for. I wanted to choose a song that someone could easily relate to, because I want people to get that we’re relatable people that go through relatable things.

Noisetrade @ SXSW: Spotlight on Humming House

by Will Hodge Published Mar 5, 2015

NoiseTrade is heading to SXSW, y’all! We’re setting up shop at The Blackheart and The Swan on March 18, 20, and 21 to host an eclectic roster of 33 incredible bands on both indoor and outdoor stages. We’ve got a ton of free food and goodies to go along with the festivities as well. You can check out our full 3-day line-up HERE.

Ahead of their highly anticipated set at our NoiseTrade Day Party on Saturday, March 21 @ The Blackheart, we interviewed Humming House to get their perspective on SXSW.

NoiseTrade: If this is your first SXSW, what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve been before, what are you looking forward to experiencing again?

Justin Tam: Last year was Humming House’s first trip to SXSW and it was insane! It’s as if all the world’s indie-music makers decide to descend upon Austin in one cacophonous week. It’s both overwhelming and exhilarating. We’re really looking forward to participating in 2015, particularly because we’re releasing an album the following week on March 24th.

NT: To those who have been to SXSW before (either playing or just attending), do you have any favorite SXSW memories?

Tam: I had the pleasure of going to SXSW with another musical project in 2008 and managed to catch Ben Harper at Stubbs for free one evening. His record with the Blind Boys Of Alabama is one of my favorite albums, so it was incredible to get to see him for the first time at a great festival.

NT: Are you altering your normal setlist/show in any way for the SXSW audience?

Tam: Most definitely! Our fans span a very wide demographic and so we tend to pick original songs and covers that fit the crowd each night. All of our SXSW shows are very short, so we’ll be sticking mostly to tracks from our forthcoming album Revelries.

NT: Are their any bands or panels at SXSW that you are planning to check out yourself?

Tam: There are so many friends from Nashville and cities all over the country performing this year. We’re going to check out as many as possible!

NT: What made you pick the song you did for our NoiseTrade SXSW sampler?

Tam: We chose to include our new song “Carry On” on the sampler because it is the inspiration behind our album title Revelries. “Revelries” is a lyric in the second verse of the song and the narrative is about how inspiring touring experiences can be. Touring, performing live, and entertaining is a part of our job that we really love as a band. Bringing joy to the stage with which people can participate is very fulfilling. So I guess “Carry On” and in turn the album Revelries is an ode to traveling, embracing life, and cherishing the experiences we are fortunate enough to enjoy.

NT: Later this month you guys will be releasing your second studio album Revelries. What similarities and differences cans fans expect in regards to your debut album?

Tam: This album is big step forward for us as a band. It is the first time that we were able to arrange and road test every song before hitting the studio with Mitch Dane and Vance Powell. It features Leslie Rodriguez on lead vocals on three tracks and gives a clear voice to each band member. The album is very upbeat. We tracked almost everything live to maintain the feel of our show as much as possible. We’re thrilled to be releasing it into the world this month.

NT: With your last release being a live album titled Party!, do you guys ever feel too much pressure to always bring the high-energy sonic shenanigans whenever you play a show?

Tam: Great question! We definitely keep the energy full-tilt whenever possible because we just love putting on an up-beat and fun set. However, when we headline an intimate club or theater we take the opportunity to play our favorite ballads and story songs that wouldn’t fit in our festival-style sets. There is a time and place for each type of song and we try to be judicious about figuring that out each night. We can’t wait for SXSW.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t loving when winter wears that white dress, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

NoiseTrade @ SXSW: Line-Up and Details

by Will Hodge Published Mar 5, 2015

NoiseTrade is heading to SXSW, y’all! We’re setting up shop at The Blackheart and The Swan on March 18, 20, and 21 to host an eclectic roster of 33 incredible bands on both indoor and outdoor stages. We’ve got a ton of free food and goodies to go along with the festivities as well.

Check out each day’s line-up and location below:

Wednesday, March 18 @ The Blackheart
12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM (doors open at 11:30 AM)

- Boxed In
- MOORS
- Yellerkin
- Low Roar
- Shaprece
- Five Eight
- Amason
- Astronautalis
- Jukebox The Ghost
- The Stone Foxes
- Hey Marseilles

Friday, March 20 @ Swan Dive
12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM (doors open at 11:30 AM)

- Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch)
- Jesse Harris
- Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show)
- Surfer Blood
- Talk In Tongues
- The Family Crest
- Doomtree
- The Lighthouse and the Whaler
- Charlie Belle
- Max Jury
- Royal Teeth

Saturday, March 21 @ The Blackheart
12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM (doors open at 11:30 AM)

- Humming House
- Sam Pinkerton
- Rathborne
- Paper Aeroplanes
- Magic Giant
- The Wans
- Colony House
- Ryan Culwell
- Blank Range
- Anthony D’Amato
- Mother Falcon

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