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Have A Nice (Holiday) Weekend

Going to see Mad Max tonight, Braids tomorrow and plenty of friends over the following two days. Hopefully, we won’t float away. In preparation for rain on Sunday, we are planning on making replicas of Shake Shack burgers indoors. Take that El Nina.

We last visited Gypsy & The Cat for one of the catchiest songs of 2012, my personal favorite jam that year, called “Bloom”. This track and a smoother semi-psych pop thins going on, and while different from my jam of 2012, it is still a damn good song and deserves attention for your earholes. Have fun, be safe.

Sorry I Missed This: New (Ish) Track From The Yetis

10633139_10154614720600538_2704436462315816379_oA few weeks ago, Pennsylvania’s The Yetis put out a new track called “Where You Goin'” and somehow this slid under my radar for rad tunes. But I stumbled across this surfy gem from the group and couldn’t help but make up for lost time by sharing it with you all. This song is a classic summer jam from the start not only in its instrumentation, but lyrics as well. The guitars are surfy, the percussion shimmery, there are swelling gang vocals of “ooohs,” scattered throughout and not to mention lyrics that talk of wine, the ocean, and secret getaways. This track is part of an EP from the band which should be coming out later this summer.

Powerfully Percussive Track From Iles

ilesWere you paying attention back in March when Nathan introduced you to Iles? You weren’t? Well, here’s another chance for you to hop on the rad train before it leaves you behind forever. The man behind Iles, Tristan Johnson, hails from L.A., and the sound on this track is both playful and grounded. You get the tinkering xylophone and raw percussion that are balanced by Johnson’s deep vocals. Then the song progresses, and the seemingly playful playground sounds are pared down and grounded by the gritty guitars that transition the track from one part to the next as gracefully as an orchestral movement. This track is the second single from Apartments, Iles‘ upcoming album that is due out on May 26th. I hear you can pre-order it for the low low price of 5$ right here. 

Have You Listened to Laurice

laurieI hadn’t actually even heard of Laurice prior to hearing this song, but it seems that he was once a contemporary of Bowie and Bolan, sans all the pomp that went with those glam kings.  You can hear it in his latest release; it blends pieces of that light-hearted glam style, but holds some notes over from the perfect age of pop music.  This is a collection of tracks he’s releasing for the first time, Best of Laurice Vol. 2, but stay tuned for more from the songsmith, as he’s rumored to have an album’s worth of entirely new material waiting in the wings.  You can grab this album on June 16th from Mighty Mouth Records.

C. Gibbs Brings The Orchestral To Rock

318858_10151209139839076_1304654252_nChristian Gibbs leads the many-membered clan that makes up the band behind the name C.Gibbs, and they make orchestral rock and roll music. This new single, “Unchaperoned,” seems like a soaringly anthemic track: the first things you hear are white hot lead electric guitar, and loud horns that sit atop the mix. But then towards the rest of the track, C. Gibbs and company slowly break down and lose control, which is especially evident in the vocals on here. The rest of the instrumentation waivers between screaming guitars and orchestral bombasts of sound in a start and stop pattern. There’s a lot going on in this track and you should take a listen. This single is part of C. Gibbs’ latest, C. Gibbs Sings Motherwell Jackson, which is out June 30th.

Nice To Meet You, Kid Astray

kid astray image by akam1k3You all know by now that we are full on suckers for a great pop song. I was trolling about the internets and came across Norway’s Kid Astray. Scandinavia is churning out some hits these days and this hits all the marks for indie pop bliss – plinking synth, great bass line, lovely hooks, harmonies and the break and build. “Diver” plays as Tear For Fears meets Wild Cub. I was sad to see we missed them when they came for SxSW in 2014. Bummer. The album Home Before The Dark is out June 15.

Soundtracking your holiday weekend, people…

ATX Premiere: Rain Collectors Release Single

rainyThere’s an old guard in the Austin music scene, filled with bands who’ve been playing together for years.  But, at some point the youngsters in town are going to take over, which is where we find Mr. Santiago and Ms. Blair, the duo working together as Rain Collectors.  Both artists have their own acts, Growl and AMA, respectively, but they step outside of these two projects to craft gentle folk music together.  Their new single relies upon very few lyrics, choosing instead to revolve the emotional pull around the tune’s structure, filling in empty space with piano and drums to add extra textures to the track.  For those worried about when the talent in Austin will run out, rest assured, there’s new territory being explored by the young guard, and Rain Collectors is one of those acts to keep an eye on; look for a new EP later this year. 

Fuck Yea Friday: New Seapony Tune

seaNothing is going to brighten my day like listening to a Seapony tune, especially when it’s a brand new one from the Seattle group; they now appear to be a quartet, which means they’ve employed live drums on this record.  It should come as no surprise that live drums are adding to the already near perfect indiepop music the band have crafted over their last two albums.  For me, this is just the perfect way to bounce around on a Friday, so I held onto the track overnight, just so you’re day would be joyous and celebratory.  They’ve titled their new release A Vision, and it’s being released on July 31st.

ATX Spotlight: Institute Unleash New Single

instAustin’s had a pretty solid week single bringing out music.  We had a hit from Orthy, Jesse Jenkins and now we’ve got this Institute track (there was also a new Future Death tune floating about). The music has this propulsive proto-punk, though the latter half of the track has a little bit more of a quirky art-rock approach.  The vocals, by and large, are delivered in a sort of matter-of-fact spoken fashion, which works against the guitar’s created sounds; it’s unsettling, creating a haunting that will surely win over new listeners. Look for Catharsis on June 9th via Sacred Bones Records.

ATX Spotlight: Jesse Jenkins

jesseYou may know Jesse Jenkins from his bass and vocal work in our very own Pure X, but Jesse decided to step out for some work on his own, self titled, project. This track, “Hotel Rising,” is our first listen from that project, and it has this laid back, almost jazzy vibe to it at its start, with airy percussion and tinkling piano. As it progresses, we get the intermittent introduction of synths that wail in and out of the delicately crafted song. The vocals are gentle yet gripping, and so are the guitar riffs that dominate the track. Get ready for more from Jesse Jenkins coming soon.  

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