Weekend plans? I know what you should be doing tomorrow night. #BackToSchool #TripleLindy
Tonight, though, dinner with the wife and little listening later, maybe. Big on my list is the new The Album Leaf record that showed up on streaming today named Between Waves. This song, “New Soul”, is on it, it has a video that has been up for a bit; it is behind the read more button. In fact, the record has been done for some time, waiting for who knows what to be released. Listening end to end finally, I can tell you that Jimmy LaValle has gone a little more digital this round and it is gorgeous. September 10th, pencil it in, I’ll see you at The Parish.
Winter are a four piece out of L.A. who are making dream pop that’ sounds as though it’s been deeply coated in a thick layer of fog. The song that’s below, “Wherever You Are,” unfolds slowly, with the whirling synths occupying the song for a bit before the vocals join in. When the vocals finally do come in, you begin to be lulled into a sort of hypnotic trance; the elements all combine to create a beast of a song that will ensnare your attention with its out-of-this-world pop.
Every Friday since July we’ve been treated to brand new tunes from Genuine Leather…a new single for every week until you’ve heard them all! I love this one, as I think it shows the diversity of the project. They’ve dabbled in indie rock realms, but this one seems more like a pop influenced bit…filled with bubbling grooves while guitar strumming works just beneath the mix; it goes without saying, but the sonic palette has definitely been broadened on this number. Sounds like just another hit from the band’s next record, Brunch, which will be released with a celebratory showthat’s in the works.
You may know Dennis Callaci from his various work in other projects over the past few decades, but you’ve certainly never experienced him like this. The song below, called “S.O.S,” is a single taken from Callaci’s upcoming debut album under his own name, and it’s a balanced blend of folk with a bit of blues that will have fans of the simple songwriter excited for more. Callaci’s vocals are raw and dripping with emotion as he directs the song, while the instrumentation is subtle– what sounds like slide guitar, minimal organ-piano, and hazy drums complete the tune. Take a listen and be on the lookout for the new album,A Bed of Light, out September 9th.
The Hochheim brothers have honed their chops for quite some time, be it in their own projects or working in PoBPaH, so you know they’ve got the songwriting capabilities to make their latest band, Ablebody, a winner. I love the sound on the newest single, feeling vital to the current musical landscape while taking a lick or two from the darkened club hits of the 80s. Plus, it’s accompanied by a great video that you can check out HERE. The band will be releasing their debut full length, Adult Contemporaries, via Lolipop Records on October 14th.
Fridays are for feeling good, feeling like you’ve got something to look forward to as you head into the weekend. Of course Slumberland Records would help get us in the mood, right? They just upped this great track from Real Numbers who have this great affection for writing pop hits. Here you’ll hear the band working with discordant jangles as they have a heavy coated vocal crooning atop. The anthemic “do do doo” that closes the track out is a special touch, building anticipation for catching the band live. It has also built my anticipation for the band’s full length, Wordless Wonder, coming out on October 13th.
So, there are risks in going to shows of bands that you loved from twenty years ago, hell even ten years ago. The Fixx was booked at 3TEN, probably the ideal venue for shows like this. It is a band that will draw a crowd of nostalgia seekers and the younger audience that made the discovery. I mean, Reach the Beach was among the first CDs I bought after getting my first player. It was important to me and I will put that record up against any of the current crop of nostalgia-driven indie prominent right now. The rack of keyboards, the front man with a specifically strong vocal and the mix of guitar and synth to build the layers – it is all there for you to love and rediscover.
We had a little extra dose of semi-local nostalgia in Deep Blue Something. You know who they are…
Read on for thoughts and pics.
Saturday night folks! There’s only one place you should be come the end of the night (after you attend the PRIDE parade, of course): Barracuda for our Back to School Bash. Our label is about to celebrate it’s 10th official release with Mean Jolene…but ATH is also a home to teachers, so we wanted to celebrate back to school! What better way than to bring out the bands on our label and throw a big party with our friends from 101x Homegrown, who’ve graciously supported the label since its inception. You’ll have 8 bands, 2 stages, so please come celebrate with us. The night will include sets from Pollen Rx, Mean Jolene, Rose Selavy, Plantation Band, Young Girls, Basketball Shorts, Summer Salt and Shivery Shakes. If you’re not in town, be sure to check out our little stable of great Austin acts HERE. And stream the latest label hit from MJ below.
Doors are at 9 PM and it’s a measly $5. I’ll be on hand to sell you stuff.
You’ve gotta take a risk sometimes in your listening habits– otherwise you end up listening to the same old, same old. To mix it up, you should take a listen to this song from And And End, the project of Andrew Thoreen, out of St. Paul. When you start the track, you’ll be treated to a Beirut-meets-synth-pop blend of orchestral and electronic elements. I’m digging the way the vocals are really low in the mix, letting the loops of instrumentation really dominate the tune and be the center of things. It’s a great track, and you should listen below.