California native Shon Sullivan definitely wears his influences on his sleeve, or should we just say wears his home state on his sleeve. His band, which is mainly his work, Goldenboy are releasing their new record, Sleepwalker, on Eenie Meenie Records February 8th. There’s a bit of a harboring spirit, but what follows through the entire album is sort of a ray of light, which is where once can tie in the mention of California, not to mention Shon’s adoration for the late (great) Elliott Smith. One listen to this single and perhaps you’ll fall head over heels for Goldenboy, leading you towards Sleepwalker early next year.
Download: Goldenboy – Holiday [MP3]
It’s been some time since we’ve broken out a band for our From the Closet feature, so I figured it was high time to do a little bit of revisiting. It seems like the last few runs were all about emo, so I thought I bring back a thing or two that illustrated the higher brow interests of my musical tastes. Here you go gang: Tall Dwarfs.
After breaking out a pretty solid debut, Beach Fossils are at it again, ready to release a new EP on Captured Tracks, which is quickly making waves in my book. The collection is titled What a Pleasure, and it adds just another thing to look forward to on February 22nd. You’ll find that the vocals are really up front in the mix, while the guitar just sort of meanders back and forth throughout the song. It’s got a feeling of labelmates (and founder) Blank Dogs, if you removed the fuzziness and distortion. Neither of those things are bad in my book, but that’s just one man’s opinion. I’ll let you make the final call.
Download: Beach Fossils – Calyer [MP3]
In case you missed out on the last Rural Alberta Advantage album, Hometowns, you’ll have a chance come March 1st to grab their new one, Departing. The band created quite a buzz with their last effort, so our bet is that this round will be no different than the last. It’s going to be coming out on Paper Bag Records, with a little help from the great kids over at Saddle Creek. The intro really uses the cutting guitar to build some tension, but then the vocals kick in, using the pounding rhythm to really kick up the pace. Just listening to this track makes you appreciate the spirit of the band. Consider me stoked, brah.
Download: Rural Alberta Advantage – Stamp [MP3]
It’s not like we haven’t already been keeping our eyes on Toro y Moi, but after catching his set recently at Fun Fun Fun Fest, we’re stoked to hear the entire Underneath the Pine album, coming your way on February 22. If you can’t get into the groove of the bass line on this single, then you better get to the doctor quick like. Of course, Chaz’s voice adds that extra element of smooth cool to the moving song, all things that will definitely leave you wanting more already. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get down with the opposite sex while grooving to this song. Count us in.
Download: Toro y Moi – Still Sound [MP3]
It seems like there are so few bands that can really pull off long careers in the twee/jangle arena, yet Milky Wimpshake have been at it forever, or so it seems. They have just released their latest record, My Funny Social Crime, and man I can’t get this thing out of my head. It’s full of catchy hooks, clever vocal delivery, such as I love, and clean production. It’s right up the alley with everything from the classic Northern Soul world, the one that influences Belle and Sebastian so greatly. You’re going to be missing out on something quiet and special if you overlook this group, so don’t be foolish, look into the MW.
Download: Milky Wimpshake – Broken Again [MP3]
It seems strange to me that there were all these incredible bands rocking around the British Isles long ago, yet they hardly got recognition. Somehow, shoegaze music returned to the fold, and with it, many of these great bands. Such is the case with Secret Shine, one of the bands from the great Sarah Records catalog. The group has returned, and will release The Beginning and the End on December 25th. If you’ve been loving groups like Pains of Being Pure at Heart, or others that border on shoegaze/dream pop territory, then this will be the perfect fit for your collection. This single is warm, hazy, but overall, absolutely beautiful. Get down with the past, as its the present now.
Download: Secret Shine – No More Inside [MP3]
It’s that time of year folks, the time when we THINK we know what’s the best of the best. In a year where some old faces reemerged, and some new faces joined the scene, we had a hard time narrowing things down, but these are our favorite Ten Albums by Austin bands in the year 2010. If you think we’re wrong, we’re cool with you voicing your opinion, but be nice, these are just one group’s opinions.
Clearly 2011 is going to be huge year for music, at least as far as releases go in the first half. We have another addition, that of Asobi Seksu; the band will be releasing their latest album, Fluoresence, on February 14th, via the good people at Polyvinyl. This first single kind of has this furious moment from the beginning, almost with a driving rhythm, but this is before Yuki’s voice begins to really take flight, allowing the rest of the track to soar off into the horizon. Give “Trails” a listen, and get prepared for yet another noteworthy release when the new decade kicks off.
Download: Asobi Seksu – Trails [MP3]
You might have forgotten about this guy, or maybe you never heard him in the first place. Make no mistake about it, despite his eight year absence, Cody Chesnutt still maintains one of those voices that warms your soul, as good R&B should. He’s just released his Black Skin No Value EP, and the only single out right now is under a minute long, but if you listen carefully, you can hear the talent this guy has, and it makes everything he does, somehow important in my world. Come on now, he broke by hanging with the Strokes, then toured with the Roots, so it’s not like listening to R&B will hurt your street cred.
Download: Cody Chesnutt – The Quiet Girl Who Eats Alone [MP3]