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Fresh Music from We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves

wceoI love when bands we’ve written about hit us up with a new song after being quiet for so long.  We hadn’t heard from We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves since their last LP, Make a Mess of Sacred Ground…a must have if you ask me.  Today, however, they sent over this great track from their upcoming album, which should be out this summer.  It starts with a screeching bit of feedback before the guitars and drums start to bounce and jangle their way into the song.  Once the song gets going, there’s all sorts of little moves in and out of the plodding  fare that is the focus.  These guys have definitely been working on their craftsmanship, so take a listen.

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Download: We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves – Working for the FBI [MP3]

 

Have A Nice Weekend

artworks-000056441358-m66lnv-t500x500Busy lives are busy. I am still alive. New job, remodeling, family stuff…

Heard this song for the time in a few months and wanted to share to get your head right going into the weekend. It is called “Shape” and it is by Glasser. It is a layered beauty that is upbeat or downbeat depending on what your brain latches on to after you hit play.

See y’all at Red7 Saturday, OK? Now to figure out why I didn’t post it the first time I heard it…

New Music from The Proper Ornaments

properornamentsI don’t want to seem like I’m barking up the Slumberland Records tree, but they have yet another great band to work with, The Proper Ornaments.  This is one of those bands that I feel like has been vastly underrated throughout their short existence.  But, certain circles of pop aficionados, myself included will swear by the band. They’ve just signed on to release Wooden Head on July 8th, and I assure you, that such care will be placed on these songs that you’ll find it virtually impossible to ignore each track.  It’s a little twee, a little like Real Estate, and a whole lot of amazing.  Check the first single:

Landlady Unleash Another Single

landladyWhen we first heard from Landlady, the project of Man Man‘s Adam Shatz, we were ecstatic to hear what this new group offered.  Now that we’ve got another single to sink our teeth into, things are looking even better than before.  The vocals are patiently delivered, moving slowly to match the pace of the track as it moves effortlessly between louder rock moments and ornate guitar picking.  You’ll be able to hear the entire thing from the band when they release Upright Behavior on July 15th via Hometapes.

More New La Sera Tunes

laseraWe’ve definitely got to get you into this new La Sera track.  Now that Vivian Girls are over, Katy can spend her time concentrating on her other project, and this song is an indicator that she’s definitely spent that time well.  This latest single from her forthcoming record has her sounding in complete control of her songwriting craft; there’s a soloing guitar, crashing cymbals, and, of course, her intoxicating vocal performance.  It’s just another reason that we’re expecting great things from Hour of the Dawn when it’s released by Hardly Art on May 13th.

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Download: La Sera – Running Wild [MP3]

 

Dark Pop from Alex Cameron

alexThis tune from Alex Cameron came out of left-field.  It’s this little bit of electronic pop, but there’s a resemblance to pop forefathers like David Byrne and David Bowie, especially when you get to that computer-distorted guitar line.  This is the sort of thing where you’re listening, then you press repeat to make sure it’s as remarkable as you thought. If you listen to the change in vocal after the 3 minute mark, then hopefully, like me, you’ll agree that Alex is someone that we need to keep an eye on.  His debut solo record, Jumping the Shark,  will make its way into the public’s hand this weekend.

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Download: Alex Cameron – Mongrel [MP3]

Slumberland Records Has a Big Day

slumerI’ll make no secret of my appreciation for Slumberland Records.  Be it their back catalog, their re-issues, or the new acts they’re putting act, they always seem to be in line with my own tastes.  Today they had a huge day, announcement-wise, putting up two great new songs by Devon Williams and Gold-Bears, both artists we’ve fawned over here. The first track below comes from Devon’s new album, Gilding the Lily (June 3rd); it’s a mellow pop tune with the melodic touches we’ve come to expect from him.  The second is an up-beat rocker from Gold-Bears new record, Dalliance (June 3rd), which might just be one of the best songs I’ve heard this year.  What a great way to wrap up the week in music with these two great songs.

Austin Spotlight: Pollen

artworks-000076438282-4l1oko-t500x500I’ve been looking through all the upcoming shows, trying to find something new that I could really gravitate to, which is when I discovered this track from Pollen.  The band’s fairly new to town, but they’ve already booked a really great show at Blackheart Bar with LA Snacks and Party Girl (4/25).  It’s a free show, and it should have this catchy little tune played in the garage-rock realm to keep you bouncing on your toes throughout the evening.  For me, I love the crunchy sound of the guitar and the riding of the cymbals by the drummer, but it’s the erratic vocal delivery that really sells me on the group.  Hopefully we’ll see you at the Blackheart next week: it’s free!

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Download: Pollen – Not A Test [MP3]

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