For a kid born and raised in Austin, there are a handful of bands that hold a great deal of meaning to my life, at least in regards to growing up. Voxtrot is one of those bands, so it has been an absolute pleasure for me to work with Ramesh, one of the main songwriters in the group. He quietly released The King digitally earlier this year, and we here at Austin Town Hall Records are releasing the album TODAY on vinyl. It’ll be at all your local shops, but you can also grab it from us online HERE. And, if you’re lucky enough to live here in Austin, Ramesh is playing his album release show at the Belmont on Thursday night with She Sir and Mahogany. It’s going to be a great night in honor of this great release. I hope to see you there, or ship you a record.
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This year’s lineup features: Dinosaur Jr., MSTRKRFT, Guided By Voices, Foxygen, Mineral, Rocket From The Crypt, Meat Puppets, Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett, Dum Dum Girls, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Octopus Project, Gorilla Biscuits, Deafheaven, Blood Brothers, Metz, Pallbearer, Negative Approach, The Dictators NYC, King Tuff, Sick of It All, Iceage, Knapsack, Gardens & Villa, Z-Trip, Majical Cloudz, 7 Seconds, Tinariwen, Forward (Japan), Power Trip, Bob Moses, Iron Reagan, MC Chris, Riverboat Gamblers, Neil Hamburger, Cass McCombs, The Jazz June, and lots more!
Click here for the big line up list.
If you’ve listened to Bass Drum of Death before, you might have expected the group to bring you their typical cacophonous wall of crashing noise, but this is not so. It seems as if this time around they’re showing some restraint in their sound, though that doesn’t mean you’re not going to get those loud riffs coming through your speakers. They’re there, definitely. However, they seem to be swept up in a Wavves-ish approach, wherein the focus is wholly related to pop music, though shaded by walls of volume. Should make their newest effort, Rip This, an interesting listen when it’s released on October 7th via Innovative Leisure.
This song should be getting a whole lotta love (sorry about that unintended LZ reference). It took me a second or two, as the song doesn’t just jump right into things…that’s not a bad thing. You get a hint at the enjoyment coming your way when the guitar gently says hello from the background, just before permanently noodling its way with hooks galore. This isn’t the nostalgic 90s guitar pop, but rather the kind that can only seems to come from our Oceanic brethren like Step-Panther. You’ll be able to listen to the group’s entire Strange But Nice LP on September 19th when it gets a world-wide release. This might just be the surprise hit I’ve been looking for.
A straight up, well written pop number can be a difficult thing to come by nowadays. Sure some bands can do an okay job at it, but few seem to pull it off with the ease and perfection shown here by Blue Plutos. Yes sir, “Shadow Chateau”, is what I like to call pop goodness, in all its dreamy and mesmerizing glory. You can easily hear some similarities to Austin based hushed pop group Tiger Waves and you know ATH is going to get behind that.
Blue Plutos have a new EP entitled Dennett St. available for stream and purchase on bandcamp.
We’re drawing nearer to the release of the new album from Happy Diving, and their new single is really keeping me going today. It’s got an old school feel to it, in regards to guitar pop, which reminds me of a more rocking blend of what Austin’s the Impossibles were trying to do in their later days. Sure, there’s an ode to Weezer in that and an innocence in the lyrical content, but wait until the song’s screeching guitars feedback into your ears, crashing down through your speakers; it’s a special bit for your listening pleasure today. Big World is released on October 21st via Father Daughter Records.
Download: Happy Diving – Sad Planet [MP3]
Recently I posted about the Finnish legend, Sister Flo, trying to get some love for the band in honor of the group releasing Tragician’s Hat on its 10 Year Anniversary…it features a whole disc of unreleased tunes. But, one tune that was lost to the world that unfortunately didn’t make it onto the collection of rarities is “The Look.” Clerical errors and Finnish gnomes are said to be to blame, but Soliti Music is now offering the dream track for free download. Those of you who long for the days of Grandaddy and the like will find yourself absolutely in love, which will hopefully encourage you to go back and discover the band for the first time; you’ll be happy you gave it some spins. Soliti has the album for sale HERE.
Download: Sister Flo – The Look [MP3]
Rock n’ roll season is in full swing here in Austin, and there’s a great local show that requires your attendance on Tuesday evening at the Mohawk. Our boys in Shivery Shakes will be headlining the night, and we love them so much we’re releasing their debut LP in October with our friends from Punctum Records. But, let’s not forget Templo X is playing. One member currently resides in Philly, while the rest of the band is staying local. Sounds like the making of a great history that’s not too far off from the one begun by our boys in Literature. Ultraviolet open up the night, so show up early to make sure we’re all supporting the local jams.
Download: Shivery Shakes – Sidewalk Talk [MP3]