Thursday was a good day for South Florida music. First up, Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys made a big splash by signing to Hardly Art, the label home of retro-rock acts and art rockers like Hunx & His Punx, Fergus & Geronimo, and Carissa’s Wierd. Already with a 12” live vinyl release on Jack White’s Third Man Records (get it here), the Jacuzzi Boys now find themselves in a more permanent musical home with huge possibilities. Seattle-based Hardly Art is the sister (daughter, really) label of major indie player, Sub Pop Records, which is 49 percent owned by Warner Bros. Needless to say, distribution shouldn’t be a problem.
Kicking off their tour tonight in Atlanta, the Boys will head into Michigan’s Key Club Studios as soon as next week to start recording their Hardly Art debut. From the label’s website: “The next full-length LP from the Jacuzzi Boys will be released on Hardly Art this fall. If 2010 was any indication, 2011 is the year the Jacuzzi Boys come busting out of the tropics, naked as the gator and twice as toothy.”
Call it signing-day optimism, but even as toothy as a gator sounds promising.
Congrats to WVUM 90.5 (aka “The Voice” aka “Keep It Locked”) for bringing home mtvU’s coveted Woodie for Best College Radio Station. MTV walked in on the unsuspecting station Thursday afternoon to announce the good news. Not a network to waste genuine human emotion, MTV will air WVUM’s reaction to their win when the Woodies broadcast live from SXSW on March 16. (Expect a CGI Charlie Sheen to make an appearance.)
West Palm Beach’s Sumsun got a different kind of woodie when they found out about their new gig. The electronic duo of Judson Rogers and Edwin Jantunen have been racking up the press lately — Pitchfork, Altered Zones, L.A. Weekly’s blog, XLR8R — and now they’ve gone and jumped on the bill of an already sold-out show with atmospheric giant Neon Indian and bass abusers Sleigh Bells. The show’s on May 31, and too bad for us it’s in San Francisco.
Besides the San Fran gig, Sumsun will do five or six more shows across the country with Neon Indian and Sleigh Bells.
“I am excited,” Rogers said. “We have a tour going up and down the east coast with Oh Fortuna in May we are about to announce, including playing N.Y. on Cinco de Mayo! Then hopefully a tour from Florida to San Fran leading up to the Neon Indian/Sleigh Bells dates.”