Show Preview: John Wesley Coleman @ East Side Design (11/19)

Date Saturday, Nov. 19th
Location East Side Design
Doors 600 pm
Tickets CHEAP

One of the reasons we run this site is that we love to support the local community, and those of us in Austin have a great event to support as East Side Design are opening their doors to the public.  They’ll be sharing their projects, but they’ll also have some of the best local bands helping them out.  Troubadour John Wesley Coleman will be there getting sloppy and slinging great tunes, She Sir will woo you, and The Early Stages should kick off the whole event in grand fashion.  Oh, and if you need more convincing besides the great music, they’ll also have free beer.  The studio for ESD is at 1806 Willow Street, so if you’re in Austin, come support the locals!

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Download: John Wesley Coleman -Oh Woman [MP3]

New Music from Wide Sea

Wide Sea is a German transplant four piece currently living it up in London.  They first caught my ear when I was following Edwyn Collins label, AED, seeing as he’s one of my favorite all-time songwriters.  The band is just now releasing their debut record A Place to Call Home, and while it might not harken precisely back to the work of Edwyn and OJ, it still has a huge bit of mass appeal.  The title track begins steady and soft, with a gentle swing to it that kicks in almost immediately.  For me, these are the sort of songs I always fall in love with, which is probably going to be the case once I spend more time with this album.

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Download: Wide Sea – A Place To Call Home [MP3]

New Blissful Pop from The Color Bars

When you get a press release that mentions Belle and Sebastian, The Flaming Lips and Pavement all at once, you’ve either got to be excited or scared.  After listening to this single from The Color Bars, I will definitely say I’m leaning towards excitement, and clamoring to get my hands on their recently released record, Prosopopoeia.  Really, it’s just great pop music, and with the electronic influence on this track, I’m getting more of an Of Montreal feeling here, giving a bit of classic quirkiness, though it’s a bit more in the nerdy vein as opposed to Kevin Barnes hyper sexuality.  Just let the hooks sweep you through the day.

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Download: The Color Bars – Structupoppie Rally [MP3]

New Track from RACES

Frenchkiss Records has a pretty solid track record with me, especially since the label’s run by some of the bros from Les Savy Fav.  They just released a new EP yesterday from LA band RACES.  The EP is titled Big Broom EP, and I’ve really been enjoying this track here.  I don’t know why, but for some reason the vocal performance sort of gives me this Walkmen feel, but that’s also part of the overall song structure true.  Boiled down, it’s pretty much straight forward indie rock, which in and of itself is refreshing, since no one seems to be kicking it old school anymore. Give it a listen and enjoy your afternoon folks.

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Download: RACES – All For You [MP3]

More New Music from Hospitality

I can’t tell you how excited we are for this Hospitality record.  When we first run their track “Friends of Friends,” RayRay and I were so excited, that we both wanted to post it, almost letting us post it twice.  So yesterday when Stereogum ran the second single from the group’s upcomingself-titled album, I got super stoked all over again.  Merge Records is going to put it out on January 31st, and it just can’t get here soon enough.  This band is clever and whimsical, but there’s definitely a lush pop quality to the music they’re creating.   It’s just a simple formula, but the perfect execution makes it perfect for what any music listener looks for in a hit. Try the new track out.

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Download: Hospitality – Betty Wang [MP3]

Fresh Punk Rock from Throwing Up

Our good friend Kevin is legit.  Not only does he run What’s Your Rupture and Krazy Punx, but he always manages to send me these great tracks when I’m feeling like a sad bastard.  That’s not at all what he’s got on his plate when he releases a new 7″ titled Mother Knows Best by UK punks Throwing Up.  Immediately it’s brash and abrasive, banging away furiously at your ears.  All of a sudden, the vocals kick in, and you’re hooked on the female vocals, giving it a bit of jubilance along with lo-fi ferocity.  Turn it up and let it blast…then grab it from What’s Your Rupture on November 28th.

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Download: Throwing Up – Mother Knows Best [MP3]

New Music from Frank Smith

Let’s get things straight: Frank Smith is not one man, it’s a band, and one of Austin’s brighter rising stars (though they’ve been about for some time).  While the official release of their new album, Before You Were Born, won’t hit until 2012, the band is slowly unleashing teaser tracks to build our anticipation.  This first track, which also has an accompanying VIDEO, is titled “Monsters.”  It begins with sort of a mellow dip into the autumnal/wintery quality accustomed to most indie folk, but as the chorus bursts, you’ll realize exactly why we think so highly of the group.  It’s just a blissful cascade of melody, placed perfectly in the song, creating a wonderful musical moment we hope you’ll enjoy.

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Download: Frank Smith – Monsters [MP3]

Show Preview: Real Estate @ the Parish (11/16)

Date Wednesday, Nov. 16th
Location The Parish
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $13 from Frontgate

I have no idea how this show hasn’t sold out as of Monday night.  Opening the night is Big Troubles, who’ve released their Romantic Comedy just recently, and it’s done fairly well with the fans, not to mention this writer.  That alone warrants attendance, yet the big headliner is Real Estate. These kids have pretty much dominated the news headlines all over the Internet since their inception, and the band’s October release of Days, got all sorts of praise.  This is the type of show people dream about, so go on and get yourself a ticket.  Oh, and to top it off, it all gets played through the amazing sound of the Parish; now if I could only get them to lower their beer prices!

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Download: Real Estate – It’s Real [MP3]

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