It's a big week here in Myrtle Beach, with shows from national acts such as NOFX & The Movement as well as a full slate of local music. We're ready to get it kicked off right with another batch of interesting sites, stories and songs from around the web in our weekly Music Monday wrap-up:
1. The MB Underground Podcast
This music-based show was one of the first things that got us thinking about local music when we discovered it in late 2009. It ran for a dozen episodes into January 2010 before signing off for more than a year.
Run by local musicians Paul Inman and Matt Sellers, the two talked about upcoming shows, told silly jokes and gave pointless guitar tips, etc. The show itself was a little off-the-wall, but the meat of it — interviews with Michael Wood, Gray Click, Charles Grace, etc. — is worth listening to even as much of the other content is dated now.
A few weeks ago, Inman decided to put out a brand new episode, a sort of wrap-up of things they had done during the previous episodes featuring some great music from Free Beer, Sleeping Policeman, Wonder Shakedown and SAVAS.
Check it out here The MB Underground here.
2. The Flight Test on Facebook
We're sure plenty of you already know about WKZQ 96.1's weekly indie music show, but if not here's the scoop: Every Monday from 10 p.m. to midnight, local DJ Mase hosts The Flight Test. It's not quite as cool as the now-defunct Electric Dynamite local music hou, but still features some of the best music you're going to hear on local airwaves.
In addition to the music the show features interviews with bands and plenty of nuggets of knowledge from the host.
On Facebook the show is worth"like"-ing as Mase shares his weekly playlist ahead of time, along with a sporadic stream of interesting news and music links such as this one, a link to a FREE download of new track by Flogging Molly, who will be performing at the House of Blues on Feb. 17.
Check out The Flight Test page here.
3. Battle of the Bands deadline nears
The 3rd annual Hard Rock Calling Battle of the Bands is right around the corner, but if you know a band that is going to knock the socks off of local judges it's not too late to enter.
The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 1 for bands to be eligible for one of the three competition dates, Feb. 20, 27 and March 6. Each night will feature four local acts, with a winner being chosen feach night and the final three bands competing March 13 for the title.
Even if you're not in a band, make sure and mark your calendar for those dates — all Sundays — for a chance to hear the area's best perform.
4. Scene SC Sampler 2011
Our Columbia counterparts have released their annual compilation of 16 great Palmetto State bands this week. According their announcement, the album won't be out until Tuesday, but you can go and grab it now for free at their Bandcamp site.
Here's a look at the tracklist:
- Wylie - Summer House demo
- Company - Someone Tell Me
- The Restoration - Henry's Letter From the Front
- Josh Roberts and the Hinges - As Steady As We Can
- Sequoyah - Long Winded Woman
- Calculator - Odd Information
- Elonzo - Fight, Fight, Fight
- Kingslyn - Redneck Pearl
- Emily McCollum - Beautiful Boy
- Steven Fiore - Waste Your Breath
- The Lovely Few - Astronaut
- Ghosts of the Great Highway - Never Been Won
- Valley Maker - Cain and Abel
- Rejectioneers - When It's Over
- The Internet - On the Brink or Bust
- American Gun - Girl at the Show
We're just giving it a listen now, but from what we can tell, should be a great group of tracks.
5. Awolnation "Sail"
We always like to wrap this up with a track from the past week that's been stuck in heavy rotation on our playlists and this week it's "Sail" by Awolnation.
This song has been all over the airwaves with tons of requests lately and we've gotten caught up in it's hype. Not sure what it is, but there's something addictive about the synth-heavy slow rolling of this track and the screamy vocals throughout.
We're probably late to the party on this one now that it's become a radio hit, but oh well...better late than never. Check it out below or visit the Awolnation website.