ACL Interviews: Wild Beasts

Now that ACL weekend is over, it’s time for us to start picking up the pieces and trying to make sense of what just happened.  Before we get too heavy into that, we’ve still got a few more interviews to bring you way that we hope you’ll enjoy.  This one comes from UK based outfit Wild Beasts.  Lead vocalists and guitar player Hayden Thorpe was kind enough to answer our pressing questions just prior to the festival.  After the jump you can read his responses.

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New Track from Little Red

This track is one of those numbers that you keep playing over and over again, just checking to make sure it’s as magical as it was the first time you listened; ten times later, you still love it.  Little Red hail from Melbourne, but they’ve signed on with True Panther to release their debut, Midnight Remember, on October 25th.  Listening below, it sort of begins with that collage work of say Panda Bear, but then it goes off in a completely different direction, spinning your ears in an entirely different direction. There’s just a hypnotic vibe here that encourages repeated listens, and that’s what makes this a good little listen.


Download: Little Red – Get A Life [MP3]

Show Preview: The Horrors @ The Parish (9/21)

Date Wednesday, Sept. 21st
Location The Parish
Doors 800p
Tickets $15 from Frontgate

Over in the UK, the Horrors have been media darlings, crafting some darkly-tinged songs with Primary Colours, then turning in some brighter numbers on this year’s Skying. They’ve had some success in recent years, and this current release only has their name growing in the media spectrum. Still, don’t take our word for it; you’ve got to get out to hear these guys live! Plus, you get the added bonus of seeing them perform at the Parish, which we all know has some of the absolute best sound (if not the best) in Austin.  Sounds like the perfect way to get out of a midweek funk.


Download: The Horrors – Still Life [MP3]

New Music from The Apartments

It seems that Australia is intent upon taking back pop music this year, and Chapter Music again is the team behind it all.  They’ve teamed up with Peter Walsh and his group the Apartments to release a new 7″.  It’s a single titled Black Ribbons, with two distinctly different mixes.  The one we have below drifts into the realm of twee-pop, but it does so with such beauty that you can’t help but swoon when you listen to this track.  I think we’ll look back on this in time and be thankful that the band took the time to craft such melodiously enchanting tunes.


Download: The Apartments – Black Ribbons (Spring Mix) [MP3]

Show Preview: Two Gallants @ the Mohawk (9/19)

Date Monday, Sept. 19th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets $12 @ the Door

It’s slightly unfortunate that this show follows the hangover from ACL, as Two Gallants are definitely a great live act, worthy of a measley $12.  But, on the plus side, if you’re looking for some Americana-influenced post-rock, then you might be able to witness a great act without the usual hordes that the band usually gets when they’re in town.  Opening the show will be The Mumlers, so if you didn’t get your fill of rock n’ roll this weekend, then headed over to the Mohawk this evening to make sure you’ve met your quota.


Download: Two Gallants – Despite What You’ve Been Told [MP3]

New Music from The Beets

Honestly, I can see why there are some people that haven’t completely gotten into The Beets, but that’s such a shame.  Perhaps the vocals aren’t as pristine as similarly-minded bands, but that doesn’t apply for the great melodies the band has crafted over the last several years.  They’ve just signed on with the increasingly superb Hardly Art, who will be releasing their new LP, Let the Poison Out, on October 24th.  On their last run through, I fell absolutely in love, and you should spend a bit of time with their last record, Stay Home, and it will only get you more excited for this much anticipated release.


Download: The Beets – Doing as I Do [MP3]

Show Preview: Ty Segall @ the Mohawk (9/17)

Date Saturday, Sept 17th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800p
Tickets $10 at the Door

You looking for a show that might not be full of ACL festival goers? Okay, so I can’t promise that, but one of the best shows on Saturday night actually has nothing to do with ACL; it just has to do with good old classic garage rock.  I’ve raved about Ty Segall, and I’ve even posted on the excellent Mikal Cronin, both of whom will be playing at the Mohawk on Saturday night.  If you’re needing your fix of great rock n’ roll, then you need to meet me here for this killer show.  And, you can catch OBN IIIs, the great Austin act while you’re at it.


Download: Ty Segall – You Make the Sun Fry [MP3]

New Deconstructionist Jam from Co La

Where was this track all summer?  Those dub vibes just fit perfectly to my listening experience for any good summer party, but better late than ever, right? Co La is the project of Matthew Papich, and he’s going to be releasing his full-length, Daydream Repeater, on NNA Tapes on November 15th. It seems like the relaxing vibe here is suitable for warm months, but I have a feeling if he executes this well on the whole record, then it’ll probably get some play around my house no matter what.  Sit back, and let the vibe sink in.


Download: Co La – Egyptian Peaches [MP3]

New Jam from The Sweet Ones

Sometimes you find yourself in a little bit of a rut, at least in regards to your listening patterns.  I guess lately I’ve felt like I need something to sort of kick out the jams a bit.  Lucky for me I found this rocking record from The Sweet Ones in my inbox.  Their record is titled Big Mistakes, and you can pick it up now.  It’s a solid little rocking album, filled with sing-a-long barroom brawlers in the vein of garage rock, just a bit filthier. Cleaner production just gives way to the old fashioned good times, which is perfect for your Thursday.


Download: The Sweet Ones – 2005 [MP3]

New Track from Dick Diver

It’s going to be a great year for our dear friends over at Chapter Music; they’ve already released Geoffrey O’Connor‘s record, and they’ve got the Twerps new one on the way.  But, more importantly, they’ve got the debut full-length from Dick Diver, yet another great band from Australia waiting to be heard over here in the States. Their record is titled New Start Again, and it will be released October 14th overseas.  On first listen, you’ve got to fall in love with the way the guitar gently trickles in, while a layer of brightness begs to burst forth.  It never does, but you’ll follow the song until its end, waiting.  Even if you have to wait, you’ll play it over again, just to make sure it’s as great a song as you thought it was in the first place.


Download: Dick Diver – Through the D [MP3]

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