Episode 138: Futurebirds Actual

Episode 138: Futurebirds Actual

This week on the podcast we’re getting meta as we invite Futurebirds down to the basement to talk about Futurebirds, a little bit about us, and much, much more. Out on tour now in support of their most excellent new album Hotel Parties (you can hear our take on it here), these road warriors have seen it all and dish some honest takes on life on the road, making it in the modern music industry and the often strange relationship between critics and musicians.

Plus Typefighter may be dead, but Ryan McLaughlin soldiers on with his new band Polyon! Their upcoming EP Blue – out 11/13 – is a loud, feedback drenched reminder that McLaughlin is one of the best musicians DC has to offer, and we’ve got the first single “Reserve” for you to make the rock with right here, and right now.

Get comfortable, check your facts, and settle in for yet another delicious hour in the basement, here comes Episode 138 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast! 

Episode 135: Futurebirds - Hotel Parties / Phil Cook - Southland Mission

Episode 135: Futurebirds - Hotel Parties / Phil Cook - Southland Mission

This week on the podcast: How easy is it to trick a music blogger? Apparently hilariously so if you’re using Wayne Coyne as bait! The gang discusses a hilarious prank that was recently pulled on the blogosphere, and its implication for the sad state of modern music journalism as a whole.

Then we’re heading over to the jammy side of town, as we dig deep into two of this year’s best releases. First up, Athens, GA’s Futurebirds  are back with their unique brand of cosmic twang on their new album Hotel Parties (22 min mark). Then, Megafaun’s Phil Cook has made a career out of playing with some of the biggest names in indie rock, but with the hugely soulful Southland Mission, he may have crafted the album he’s waited his whole life to make (51 min mark).

Last but not least, Meow The Jewels is here and it’s exactly what we expected and more. So that happened.

Get comfortable and hide the cats, because here comes a super-sized shot of the “23rd most influential” podcast in the land, it’s Episode 135 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Futurebirds at 9:30 Club!


Revel in the sweet reverb of Futurebirds' folk-rock and alt-country-tinged tunes this Thursday night at 9:30 Club!

Futurebirds hail from Athens, GA, the musical city also home to psych rock weirdos of Montreal. Speaking of Athens' diverse music scene, Futurebirds guitarist Thomas Johnson says, "It’s encouraged in the Athens music scene to do something that pushes the limits a little bit. Or to do something that someone else hasn’t really done, and create your own sound." And create their own sound they did. The bands' six members came together, along with their slew of instruments - acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, banjo, and mandolin - to create two EPs and two full-length albums since 2008. Hampton Lullaby, Futurebirds' debut LP, was released in 2010 with the sophomore follow-up Baba Yaga released earlier this year on Fat Possum Records. In the past five years, Futurebirds have shared the stage with such renowned acts as Drive-By Truckers and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.  

For your chance to win free tickets to see Futurebirds headline 9:30 Club this Thursday night, please do one of the following: 

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A winner will be chosen at random THIS WEDNESDAY AT NOON, so be sure to enter before then! Not feeling lucky? Tickets are on sale through Ticketfly. 

Also check out 9:30 Club's Twitter today at 3:30 p.m. when Futurebirds take over to answer fans' questions! 

ROCK.SHOW: Futurebirds @ The Rock and Roll Hotel - 12/9/11

The guys of Futurebirds have had a pretty good year. They released the well recieved Hampton’s Lullaby, have built a loyal fan base by touring incessantly across the country, and for good measure got to perform the REM classic “Don’t Go Back To Rockville” with none other than Mike Mills at a benefit in their mutual hometown of Athens, GA. It would seem that the band as “arrived” and after Friday night’s show at the Rock and Roll Hotel, it’s pretty clear why.

This one most definitely goes to ELEVENPlaying to a completely sold out crowd, Futurebirds delivered set that was quite simply a marvel of modern rock. Fellow Athen-ites, The Drive By Truckers used to deliver shows like this back in the day (seek out some of the Richmond shows from around 2001 to 2003...FACE.MELTING) and it’s clear that they guys of Futurebirds have at the very least taken a class at the university of Hood and Cooley. See, for a lot of rock bands, it’s enough that they wrote a few songs, and they get to tour those songs around, maybe even making a little cash on the way. That’s the business of rock and roll. Futurebirds are into the LIFE of rock and roll, and, it would seem, are on the verge of a massive career.