New Juniper Tar Album Teaser Video

You all can have your new Shins or Radiohead or whoever albums, but one of my most anticipated albums of the year comes from Milwaukee’s Juniper Tar. As far as I can tell there’s still no official release date, but it’s finally got a name, “Since Before”, and its very own teaser trailer. Check it out:

Here’s a fuller song from the band from a couple of years ago:

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Tuesday 31 January 2012 at 4:31 pm

Ida @ Saki Records [1/29/12]

Gonna try to get back in the swing of posting concert photos on this blog again. Starting… now.

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Monday 30 January 2012 at 2:22 pm

VIDEO: Deleted Scenes Records for Portland Sessions

Just an absolutely fantastic new acoustic performance video from Washington, D.C.’s Deleted Scenes. Can’t recommend strongly enough that you take 15 minutes or so out of your day and check it out:

Deleted Scenes from The Portland Sessions on Vimeo.

The band is currently on tour with A Lull for a few more days, and plays Chicago’s Subterranean on Monday, February 6th with The Hudson Branch. You’d do well to be there.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Sunday 29 January 2012 at 4:50 pm

MP3: Inspector Owl, “We Are An Ocean”

Fantastic new track from Chicago’s Inspector Owl. Can’t wait to hear the band’s new record, which was recorded with Josh Miller of the dearly-departed Troubled Hubble.**

The band is scheduled to play at The Burlington, 3425 W. Fullerton, on Friday, February 10th with Geronimo! and Deserters. You should join me there.

** Sidenote: Inspector Owl’s Corey Wills is also in the excellent Kid, You’ll Move Mountains, which features two other former members of Troubled Hubble. So if you’re a Troubled Hubble fan and you aren’t listening to either of these bands, well, fix that shit.

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Wednesday 25 January 2012 at 5:32 pm

Stand Against SOPA

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 18 January 2012 at 9:26 pm

MP3: The Explorers Club, “Run Run Run”

Charleston, South Carolina’s The Explorers Club are set to release their second LP, Grand Hotel, on February 14th.

You may remember the band from their excellent 2008 debut, Freedom Wind, but let me be amongst the first to say that that record really won’t prepare you for how good the band’s new album is.  It’s fantastic, and includes at least two songs – “Go For You” and “I’ve Been Waiting” – which will almost certainly end up on my Best Songs of 2012 list if I actually do one.

I can’t post either of those songs for you yet, but I can post the still-excellent lead single from the album, “Run Run Run”.  Check it out below.

The band will be touring on the East Coast in February, and I’m told we can expect midwestern dates – hopefully including Chicago – in March.  Can’t wait.

Oh, and if you click the album cover, it’ll take you to a site where you can pre-order the album.  I highly recommend it.

The Explorers Club – Run Run Run (album and single mixes) by expclubmgmt

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Monday 9 January 2012 at 2:58 pm

VIDEO: The Frames, “God Bless Mom” (from Irish TV)

Ireland’s The Frames (remember them?) recently recorded a set for Irish TV’s excellent Other Voices series. The show will air sometime in 2012, but they’ve released video of the band performing the always wonderful “God Bless Mom”. Check it out:

Apparently we can also expect a Glen Hansard solo album sometime this year, though I haven’t heard much in the way of details on it yet. Sure hope there’s new Frames record coming before too long too.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Monday 9 January 2012 at 1:16 pm

VIDEO: Wussy, “Little Miami”

From one of my top 10 albums of 2011:

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Monday 9 January 2012 at 12:10 am

My Favorite Albums of 2011

Too lazy to do much in the way of discussion of this list. Besides, you’ve likely already read about 300 top-whatever lists. So I’ll just say a couple of things. First, this list is, of course, entirely subjective, and simply a list of my favorite albums of 2011. Second, if you haven’t heard Quiet Company yet, you’re missing a band that has put out two of my favorite albums of the last few years. I have no idea how they’re not better known at this point (well, lack of touring has something to do with it), but if they can manage one or two more albums at this level, we’re looking (IMO) at one of the great modern American bands. No pressure, guys.

OK, that’s it. Here’s the list.

#1: Quiet Company, We Are All Where We Belong

You, Me & the Boatman by Quiet Company

#2: Apex Manor, The Year of Magical Drinking

Apex Manor: Southern Decline by TheMusicFile

#3: Crooked Fingers, Breaks In The Armor

#4: Title Tracks, In Blank

Clench Your Fist (A Little Closer To Me) by Title Tracks

#5: Centro-matic, Candidate Waltz

Only In My Double Mind by Centro-matic

#6: Leatherbag, Yellow Television

02 Yellow TV by Leatherbag

#7: High Tension Wires, Welcome New Machine

High Tension Wires – Backbone by stereomacko

#8: Fucked Up, David Comes To Life

#9: Wild Flag, Self-Titled

#10: Wussy, Strawberry

##10-20 (un-ordered):
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, Left by Soft
Jason Isbell and the 500 Unit, Here We Rest
Maritime, Human Hearts
Mind Spiders, Self-Titled
Office of Future Plans, Self-Titled
The Wrong Words, The Wrong Words
The Heavenly States, Oui Camera Oui EP
More Humans, Demon Station EP
Tereu Tereu, NW EP
Wye Oak, Civilian

Honorable Mention
The Caribbean, Discontinued Perfume
The Cheniers, Drift EP
The Dears, Degeneration Street
Deleted Scenes, Young People’s Church of the Air
Fucked Up, David’s Town
J Mascis, Several Shades of Why
Low, C’Mon
Pangea, Living Dummy
The Poison Control Center, Stranger’s Ballet
The Rural Alberta Advantage, Departing

Posted under Babystew Home,Best Of Lists by Steve on Sunday 1 January 2012 at 11:20 am

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