So, Asheville, July has got some live music hitting you where it hurts so good.
On Friday July 13th, Asheville's very own Floating Action will be hitting the Emerald Lounge with Sub Pop's Fruit Bats. Big news for Floating Action-their new album, Fake Blood, will be released via Harvest Recordings (record label of Harvest Records, the best record store) and Removador Records (Jim James of My Morning Jacket's label!!!!!!!!!). This will be the first physical release from Removador and Jim James has been talkin up Floating Action to anyone that will listen (he recently called FA's last album Desert Ettiquette "an unknown masterwork of our time."). Way to go Floating Action, from all of us here at Asheville Free Media, y'all deserve to be heard. That show at the Emerald Lounge is a sort of send off show for both bands-they are both heading up to Louisville, KY to play Forecastle Festival on Sunday the 15th. This year all of the bands at Forecastle were chosen by My Morning Jacket, so Floating Action is going to be playing with the likes of MMJ, Wilco, Cloud Nothings, Deer Tick, Girl Talk, Dr. Dog, Real Estate, and many many more (BTW I'm going to Forecastle! I'll let you know how it goes).
On to the next show! On Sunday July 22nd at the Get Down-Jason Anderson, The Wild, and Wooden Toothe. If you haven't heard Jason Anderson then you need to check him out right now. There aren't very many musicians out there that play with the intensity and the heart that Jason plays with. Honest rock n roll. The Wild is a great indie/punk/rock n roll band out of Atlanta-they are touring hard this summer, then in August they are heading down to Florida to record their new album with Laura Jane Grace of Against Me (formerly Tom Gabel). And if you listen to my show you know about Wooden Toothe, Asheville's rockinest band. Expect to hear some tunes from these 3 bands every show until the 22nd!
NEXT!!! Bele Chere, I know what you're thinking, I'm not going to that hot, drunken upsurdity. Well, the folks that book the music at Bele Chere finally heard our pleas and booked some quality music this year (not that it wasn't awesome seeing Orleans play "You're still the One" in 2009). On Friday nioght at Bele Chere, Lucero is playing. Lucero is out of Memphis and they are equal parts country and punk rock. They are one of the hardest working bands of the last few decades (if not ever) and if you need proof go pick up they're live album, Live-Dreaming in America, and watch the documentary that comes with it. Saturday night at Bele Chere-Dr. Dog! Dr Dog sounds like the Beatles mixed with the Band, I know that is ridiculous to say, but it's true. Dr Dog is an awesome band!
So go see some music Asheville!
Other than all that here's what I've been lovin this summer.....
Cloud Nothings (loud rock n roll with awesome poppy hooks)
Beachwood Sparks (breezy psychadelic country)
The Rolling Stones-Let It Bleed
Spiritualized-Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Guided by Voices-Class Clown Spots a UFO (yeah it's the 2nd GBV album of the year and rumor has it Robert Pollard is cooking up another GBV album and a solo album before the year is done!)