Oh snap, it’s about to be the weekend, and I’m ready to party… just kidding more like work the whole weekend away. But I can at least channel the weekend vibe with this new track from Avid Dancer and man is it a winner. It’s got a great weekend feeling to it, synths abundant a nice little danceable beat to get you shaking it on your Friday. I enjoyed the latest release from Avid Dancer, 1st Bath, earlier in the year, but this one has got a special bit of spunk to it that sets it above the rest. Take a listen and enjoy.
Salad Boys, who hail from New Zealand, are getting ready to release their debut LP called Metalmania, and if you haven’t already taken a listen to their jangly garage rock, it’s time that you get on the same page as the rest of the world and take a listen. This track, “No Taste Bomber,” is a mostly jangly garage rock hit, but near the end of the song, the band really hits their stride, and they give you a rad guitar solo that makes you forget that the track started so mellow; it will melt your face off. Take some time to get acquainted with these gentlemen below and lookout for their album coming on September 18th via Trouble In Mind.
In the world of band names, I’ll have to say that Death by Unga Bunga falls on the stranger side of things (though clearly not the strangest). Still, their music isn’t too far out there, instead nestling itself alongside today’s purveyors of power pop. It’s got a hint of garage influence and brattiness, though there’s still this undeniable lineage to early 90s alternative pop music. Think of listening to Superdrag record hits in your neighbor’s garage; it sounds like a recipe for success if you ask me. The band’s debut Tell Me Why EP will be released on October 2nd, so keep an eye and ear out for the Unga Bunga.
We have a bit of scoop here, this song won’t be making the rounds on the intarwebs until Monday.
Thee Koukouvaya is an East Coast based electronic act that will be releasing a record soon on Saint Marie Records. Composed of John O’Hara and Brian Wenckebach, the group is “from” Vilandredo, Rethymno. They are pretty well all over the place when it comes to sounds used. You pick up noise, old-school synth and drum machines and plenty of variation to stay engaged. The break leads to disarray and an eventual closing sequence that refines and punctuates the original tune. I can dig it. You can, too.
Every time I listen to a track from Sports, especially this latest single, I can’t help but recall all the promise I felt Rilo Kiley had on their first few albums. It’s got lyrics you’ll find wrapping themselves around you, but ultimately it has this pop sensibility tightly wound beneath a hint of punk rock…or at least pop punk. All of Something is the title of their new effort, which will be released on October 30th via Father Daughter Records. We’ve had a slew of the band’s singles before this, and we continue to fall in love with the band. Just try another on for size.
There’s been a lot of hubbub about the Austin music dying, so I got together with some friends over at Mohawk to try a different approach. We scored a sponsorship from Sailor Jerry, and now we’re throwing the 3×3 Series. It means you pay 3 bucks for 3 bands, and all money made at the door goes directly to the artists. This week we’ve got a killer line-up to kick it off with Twin Bitches, Rain Collectors and Que Pasa. Even if you only know one of the bands on the bill, they deserve your three bucks, and you might just find another band to love. Or, come enjoy all the great drinks at Mohawk. Since it’s Monday night, we also wanted to kick off the show semi-early. Doors are at 8 PM and bands go on at 9. See you there!
Perhaps one of my favorite styles of music is that personal indie folk music. Still, I’d be remiss if I didn’t reveal that at some point, the genre has a tendency to grow stale, stuck in one place. So, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve looked for the oddity in the genre. From Bazaan’s word play to Banhart’s odd voice…which is the land that Company of Selves seem to occupy. There’s a warble on the recording, there’s musicianship throughout and it all feels personal. It’s pop music for those with a wandering mind. The group will release Butterfly Handlers and Memory Travelers on Fleeting Youth Records on September 25th.
It really seems like only yesterday that I was listening to The Mantles last album, Long Enough to Leave, which is probably. But, it looks like I’ll soon have something new to enjoy from the group, as they just announced a brand new LP, All Odds End. I’m excited by two things, aside from new material. First, they’ve hooked up with Jason Quever, who is probably one of my top musicians/producers. Second, they seem to have pulled back on the pace, at least for this single, allowing for a different feeling than their latest. You could almost say it has a bit of a dolewave feel to it. Look for the new effort on October 16th from Slumberland Records.