Thursday, April 29, 2010
Review: O Giant Man's Everybody Knows I'm Just an Animal
It's Over. The Republic Tigers. namelessnumberheadman. Hidden Pictures. Fourth of July. Dri. Ghosty. Add another name to the list of excellent indie pop acts from Kansas City and Lawrence. The eight songs on Everybody Knows I'm Just an Animal , the debut recording by O Giant Man, are prime examples of radio-ready pop preeminence. It would be unfair to suggest that O Giant Man don't have a shot outside their home market. Fans of Death Cab For Cutie, MGMT, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit would swoon over songs like "Animal," "July" and "Too Cold." The CD release show for Everybody Knows I'm Just an Animal is Saturday at Davey's Uptown.
Sometimes I tire of the volume. Seeing local rock bands night after night is great but it can be hard on the eardrums. The rare opportunity to hear guys like Brent Windler of Sons of Great Dane playing in a solo-acoustic format is most welcome. That's what Friday's Acoustic Prom at the Beaumont Club is all about. Here's the complete lineup: Waiting For Signal (Acoustic Set), Tyler Lyon (The Leo Project), Martin Bush (Audiovox, Salt The Earth, Paper Cities, A Burial At Sea), The Tide (The American Life), Mime Game (Josephine Collective, DTD), Brent Windler (Sons of Great Dane, John Nash, Casket Lottery), Root & Stem (Robots vs. Dinosaurs & Josephine Collective), Scott Eggleson (At The Left Hand of God) and The Coattail Effect (Life In Jersey, Sunday Blackout).
The JumboTron at Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, plays Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places" every game. It's fun (I guess). Even so, it's incredibly refreshing to hear a snippet of Mudvayne's "Dig" as catcher Jason Kendall walks to the plate.
I was thrilled when I tuned in to a hipster's terrestrial radio show today and heard vintage Tavares. How silly of me! I soon realized he was actually spinning the new hit by Chromeo.
Here's an EPK for the new Charlie Haden and Keith Jarrett project. Jarrett's people skills issues are in full effect. (Tip to Peter Hum via Steve Paul.)
James Christos has combined forces with St. Louis' Nite Owl and DJ Sno to form Academy Hill. They perform May 7 at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis.
Here's a trailer for a documentary about the travails of the Damnwells. The film just came out on DVD.
Kansas City Click: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony appear at the VooDoo Lounge on Thursday.
The Beaumont Club hosts the Acoustic Prom on Friday.
O Giant Man are joined by Holy Mountain, Giant Radio and Seafarer Saturday at Davey's Uptown.
I don't plan on driving to Knuckleheads on Sunday, but seeing Karla Bonoff standing on the roadhouse's stage would be surreal.
(Image pulled from the MySpace account of O Giant Man.)