Since Cold Cave have been around, I’ve regarded them casually, liking what I’ve sampled, but never over-indulging. That’s going to change though, now that Matador has released the first single from their latest album, Cherish the Light Years, which comes out on April 5th. Still present are the dense electronic elements, but the vocals sound so much more forceful than they’ve ever been, giving a certain since of urgency to the group’s sound. It’s a noisy number, but in the end, that’s what builds the anticipation for this record, as the band are willing getting a little bit grittier with their sound, going further into the darker side of their sound. Besides, who doesn’t love a good Pan reference?
Download: Cold Cave – The Great Pan Is Dead [MP3]
||Monday, Feb 7th
||$12 @ the Door
This is possibly the hottest ticket we’ll see in town until SXSW ladies and gentlemen. Smith Westerns have just released their latest album, Dye It Blonde, to great fanfare, including this very site. They’re young and they’re sure to bring energy to their glam meets indie rock sensibility. Then you include Yuck, a band that’s going to have an absolutely huge year one their album hits the States. It’s one of the main reasons I’m so excited to hear guitars all over the world this year, and am scaling back on the dance beats. So, you have two amazing young bands, but you also get Nic Armstrong, a Brit who resides in Austin, who’s been doing this for quite some time, so we know the guy can hold his own. Pretty sure you need to be here folks. You won’t want to miss this for the world.
Download: Yuck – Georgia [MP3]
One of the great Austin bands we’ve had our eye on for some time has just released an entire new album, Daydreaming in Technicolor. It’s great to some new tunes from these guys, and you can get your hands on the work for your very own price at their Bandcamp Page. We definitely encourage you to donate, or offer up something reasonably, as all bands deserve our dollars, especially if we love what they do. The Bubbles definitely have grown a great deal since the last time we heard them, and the new tunes are a reflection of taking their time in the studio and age. You’ll definitely see some older Austin influences on this effort, which doesn’t mean the band is phoning it in, as their spin is certainly refreshing. Go ahead. Get back into The Bubbles.
Download: The Bubbles – One [MP3]
If you know me, you probably know that I think Matinee Recordings is one of the top 2 indie labels (the other being Captured Tracks), and they’ve got me excited all over again. They’ve just put out the newest work from Champagne Riot, which features the bassists of neat-pop group Northern Portrait. The four song collection is titled the Moonstruck EP. The lead track “Moonstruck” definitely has more of an electric feel than a great deal of the work on Matinee, but what’s present, as a label standard it seems, is infectious hooks and melodies, making you want to go back and spin the song over and over. I guess there’s nothing wrong with that, or this great duo.
Download: Champagne Riot -Moonstruck [MP3]
||Friday, Feb 4th
||$8 from Frontgate
February has already kicked off with some great shows, but I reckon to bet that there won’t be a better ticket in town than this, whether it’s snowing or not! First, Wild Nothing won over fans last year with Gemini, and continued kicking ass with the Golden Haze EP. Their combination of bedroom pop and electronica just fits perfectly into our lives. Then, you have the incredible Abe Vigoda, and since this is their first tour since the release of Crush, you know they’re going to bring their A game. On that alone, two amazing bands for $8, you should go. But, because life sometimes can get better, you have two of the hottest bands in town opening with Bali Yaaah and Superlitebike. Haven’t gotten to see Bali Yaaah just yet, but Superlitebike is ridiculous live. Do it folks, lets keep each other warm.
Download: Wild Nothing – Golden Haze [MP3]
BNLX is a band out of Minneapolis who have been making some pretty solid waves. The duo is made up of a husband and wife set, all who’ve been playing music for some time in their respective scenes. I’ve been digging the driving guitar sound, and the way you can almost feel a hook creeping out from behind, but it never succeeds, hiding behind bits of feedback. It’s pretty straightforward, and in that fashion, it just hits you in the face from the get go, providing a solid rhythm and yet another spin on the traditional guy/girl duo. Give this track a nice try.
Download: BNLX – Do Without [MP3]
I know, I know, I’ve been claiming this year for guitar-oriented rock, as opposed to dance-influenced stuff, but I just can’t get this song out of my head at the moment, so I thought I’d send it your way. Sugar & Gold are from San Francisco, and they’ll be offering up their Bodyaches EP on March 8th. Listening to this track, it’s part Twin Shadow and part Chromeo. I know, that seems like an odd mixture, and one that might not necessarily work, but there’s just this infectious little groove kicking around that makes me tap my toe. I’ll admit, sometimes you just want to tap your toes.
Download: Sugar & Gold – Bodyaches [MP3]
Haven’t had enough girl-group fun yet this year? Well, Vivian Girls aim to bring it back, but this time they definitely seem to have a bit of variation on their sound. “I Heard You Say” sounds much cleaner, which really lets the melody break through, rather than being muddied by a bit too much distortion. And the chorus (breakdown?) has one of the best hooks I’ve heard from these girls, even if it only spans about 12 seconds of the track. You can find this track, as well as nine other new tunes on the new record, Share the Joy, which will be coming out on April 12th via the band’s new label Polyvinyl Records. Dig it folks.
Download: Vivian Girls – I Heard You Say [MP3]
Remember Fleet Foxes? Yeah, it has been some time hasn’t it? Today news broke that there has been official release date for their latest album, Helplessness Blues. Once again, Sub Pop will be releasing the record, hitting the street on May 3rd. Personally, I’m stoked that they worked with Phil Ek again, producing and mixing, as he’s one of my favorites behind the board. When first listening to this track, I kind of saw a bit faster pacing, at least in regards to the strumming, but as the song begins to trickle towards the end, you can see the band go off into that whispy winter quality that made their debut so lovable. We know everyone will be talking about this one all day.
Download: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues [MP3]
Earlier this week I got word from some friends about Cult of Youth, and just today Stereogum gave them the “Band to Watch” tag. Their self-titled album hits the streets on February 22nd, and this is another one of those bands that appeals to both my nostalgic personality, as well as my newer tastes. There is this dark bass line working, with an underlying sense of lighter melodies, but what gets me is the vocal. Vocals on this single are brash and throaty, like some snotty little punk-rocker playing in some dense club. It’s a great dichotomy, and one that should be equally as exciting for all you punks gone soft.
Download: Cult Of Youth – New West [MP3]