March 10, 2009

Today's Hotness: And The Moneynotes, Wet Paint

And The Moneynotes
>> Eagle-eyed surveyors of our Clicky Clicky Club Picks column may have raised an eyebrow late last week when we updated our list of recommended shows to include a date for Scranton, PA-based, rootsy indie rockers And The Moneynotes to the line-up. The septet, which includes two former members of the fabulously gifted but sadly defunct indie geniuses Okay Paddy and whose music recalls the bluegrass-ier Camper Van Beethoven stuff, released last year its debut full-length New Cornucopia!, which we reviewed here. And The Moneynotes will not rest on its laurels in 2009, however. Instead, it will release later this spring a 7" EP called On The Town, On The Vine, and a chap from the label dropped an MP3 from the mini-set in our inbox late last week that has gotten us excited about the band once again. The new jam, "On The Town," is an upbeat tub-thumper that is, at the same time, compositionally impressive. There are none of the big guitars that typically get a lot of play here at Clicky Clicky, but if you've got a jug of liquor and aim to do some hootin' and hollerin,' this is the track for you. We're also throwing in "My Kid Smokin'" from New Cornucopia!, because that is a hot number. Full And The Moneynotes spring tour dates are below.

And The Moneynotes -- "On The Town" -- On The Town, On The Vine EP
And The Moneynotes -- "My Kid Smokin'" -- New Cornucopia!
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03/13 -- Northern Light -- Scranton, PA
03/14 -- The Bog -- Scranton, PA
03/22 -- The Headhunters Club [SXSW] -- Austin, TX
03/25 -- Star Bar -- Atlanta, GA
03/26 -- JJ’s Bohemia -- Chattanooga, TN
03/27 -- Green Street Club -- Greensboro, NC
03/28 -- Machiavelli’s -- Bristol, TN
04/02 -- The Space -- Hamden, CT
04/03 -- Pianos -- New York, NY
04/04 -- All Asia -- Cambridge, MA
04/05 -- The Bell House -- Brooklyn, NY
04/23 -- Velvet Lounge -- Washington, DC
04/25 -- The M Room -- Philadelphia, PA
05/06 -- Bar Bleu -- State College, PA
05/09 -- Brass Rail -- Ft. Wayne, IN
05/14 -- JJ’s Bohemia -- Chattanooga, TN
05/15 -- Snug Harbor -- Charlotte, NC

>> We read with interest this recent gig review at Drowned In Sound for a Manhattan Love Suicides show. While we are big fans of the aforementioned, noisy Leeds four-piece, DIS's description of billmates Wet Paint as wielding "Dinosaur Jr.-meets-Urusei Yatsura fuzz racket" -- because that sounds awesome, no? -- inspired in us great interest. We spent some time over the weekend at Wet Paint's MySpace outpost and enjoyed what we heard. Wet Paint features members (former members? we don't know) of Absentee and Economy Wolf. The rising, London-based quartet's full-length debut, It Rots, was released by Trial & Error Recordings Jan. 26; Wet Paint has also released two singles, "Hug It Out" backed with a remix of same crafted by Bloc Party's Matt Tong was issued last June, and "Save The Whale" backed with a cover of same by Lightspeed Champion. Wet Paint is currently touring the U.K. in support of Rumble Strips, and next month it has three live dates in London, two of which are in support of the aforementioned Bloc Party. For a very good primer on Wet Paint, which seems to have fairly rocketed out of obscurity in the last year, click here and watch the three video clips at the ConverseMusic site.

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