Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Uh Huh Her and TVD. Now, that's a night out.

And we're giving away two free tickets...

The Los Angeles-based Uh Huh Her is the brainchild of musician/actress Leisha Hailey, formerly of alt-pop band The Murmurs who currently appears on Showtime's hit series 'The L Word', and Camila Grey, bassist and keyboardist with lo-fi rock band Mellowdrone, who has also worked with Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Kelly Osbourne. Introduced through mutual friends, Hailey and Grey began making music together at the beginning of 2007, writing the emotionally charged electro-pop tunes that make up their debut release 'I See Red.' "Vocals were done in the bathroom," Hailey says. Produced by Grey and mixed by Al Clay (who has worked with the Pixies, Frank Black, and Blur), 'I See Red', with its laser-sharp melodies, ethereal harmonies, lush string arrangements, and muscular drums, is a great introduction to the duo.

Uh Huh Her release their new LP 'Common Reaction' (and yes, it is out on vinyl) on August 19. With 'Common Reaction', Hailey and Grey are looking to a horizon that's as expansive as their sound – which is to say, seemingly infinite. "We're getting a chance that a lot of bands aren't," Hailey says. "It's just about us showing up and proving that we can do it."

Uh Huh Her will indeed be showing up at the 9:30 next Wednesday night--and so will the TVD reader with the most well written plea for two free tickets. Really, it's that simple. Fan of the band or fan of 'The L Word' for that matter? Put pen to pixels and let us know. We'll accept your passionate pleas here in the blog comments section up to next Tuesday (5/13) at noon and notify the winner shortly thereafter.

Check out Uh Huh Her here and here and stream tracks from 'Common Reaction' here.

TVD Radio Hour

Not only do I feel fortunate to have had parents who encouraged my bourgeoning musical tastes as a kid, but I feel damn fortunate to have grown up at a time when those tastes were forged by -- wait for it -- radio. Really, when was the last time you heard a song on the radio and ran right to a store -- not your computer -- to purchase it? It's been some time, huh? Record stores and radio/radio and record stores -- that was the formula. (Insert rant against corporate suits poisoning the well here.)

A poster named Wayne over at the New Wave Outpost Message Board uploaded this radio snippet from 1979 of the WPIX Penthouse Party hosted by Dan Neer. ..and the memories trickled through. As Wayne wrote, "Listen for an early Crazy Eddie commercial, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Ian Dury, Joe Jackson, and at the tail end Meg Griffin playing The Stranglers. Plus throughout the clip some good old rock n' roll...."

So here it is, the sound of free form radio out of New York City, circa 1979. Two words: Crazy Eddie.

Dan Neer's WPIX Penthouse Party (1979) (Mp3 - 41MGs)