New Music from the Wave Pictures

One of the acts I’ve really grown to love as of late is The Wave Pictures, who released the excellent Beer in the Breakers LP last year. Already the group has another album ready to turn around and release, again coming your way via the folks over at Moshi Moshi.  Said album, Little Black Cars, will be hitting the streets on April 2nd, but for now, they’ve also just released the single for Eskimo Kiss, which is a pretty sweet jam in itself.  There’s a little bit more of a punk swagger to the jagged high-stepping of this song–all good things in our book. Give this song a little try, and keep an eye out as the band makes its way stateside in the Spring.

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Ethereal New Song from Tiger Waves

It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve been able to post about Tiger Waves, so I’ll happily spend today giving them some more praise.  Soon, their new album, Don’t Be Yourself will be hitting the streets, and it’s shaping up to be a diverse piece of incredible pop.  Early views have the band with a little more step, but then this track simply floors you.  There’s a careful bit of restraint in the song’s tempo, and it casually unfolds along the lines of this mellow, but sublime melody.  Whether it’s just me or not, these dudes are simply doing great things right now. You can get a six song sampler of the album free by going HERE, and the album should be out before SXSW.

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Download: Tiger Waves – Underground [MP3]

Fun Number from Lovely Bad Things

The press release for Lovely Bad Things starts out with “if the Pixies and Black Lips got drunk at a party…”  For me, the first thing I thought was “Man, wish I was cool enough to be there.”  Then, I figured the next best thing would be to hear the combination of those two acts, and thus we have LBT.  They’ve got a an EP, New Ghost/Old Waves, that was released on cassette, but should be back on vinyl on March 13th of this year. I see a bit more sunshine in their brand of pop then perhaps the press release mentions, but that’s definitely an added bonus; pretty sure most people will enjoy this simple little jam.

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Download: Lovely Bad Things – I Just Want You to Go Away

Brand New Music from Shivery Shakes

One of the local Austin band’s we expect big things from in 2012 is Shivery Shakes.  They’ve just completed an excellent 5 song EP, and they’ve been gracious enough to let us share one of the hits with you.  I picked “Wait” because it’s got a bit of lo-fi haze coating the vocals, but once you get to that chorus, you can’t help but let a grin creep up on your face as your toes tap the floor. But, don’t let this be the only song to illustrate the band’s talents; you better get your hands on their Shivery Shakes EP before they take the rest of Austin by storm.  Austinites should be able to pick it up at Waterloo and End of an Ear soon, the rest of you, hit up the band on their web site, and they’ll gladly hook up you folks up too!

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Download:Shivery Shakes – Wait [MP3]

Mellow Bit of Cool from Spanish Prisoners

Late last year, Spanish Prisoners released their album, Golds Fool, via their bandcamp page.  Even with such a quiet release, the band made huge waves on the Internet, and definitely captured our attention.  They’re back now with the second single from that record, which includes two new remixes that you can grab HERE.  It’s a soft number, but it definitely reminds me of the band’s abilities to create emotion evoking songs that you can listen to time and time again.  They’ve also started a Kickstarter Page that will allow the band to travel, bringing their craftsmanship to your ears from coast to coast.  And don’t forget they’ll be popping up at SXSW too! Here’s the original track, “Downtown Chicagoland.”

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Download:Spanish Prisoners – Downtown Chicagoland [MP3]

Stellar Track from Grape Street

I’ve been scouring the Internet for some time hoping to find a link to some music from Austin’s Grape Street, and finally it’s showed up.  The band is comprised of Curtis from Harlem, Aaron from Frank Smith and Chris from the Stuffies; the association of these dudes all getting together should be enough to get you excited.  But, if you’ve kept up on the local scene as of late, the group’s been doing an excellent job of creating their own hype by playing their asses off all over town.  No word as to when, or if, we’ll see a release, but you can catch another great track HERE.  Stay tuned as we hope to hear more from these guys!

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Download:Grape Street – A Date With You [MP3]

Brand New Track from Moonface (Spencer of Wolf Parade)

Spencer Krug is probably best known for his role in Wolf Parade, but the dude’s been doing solo outings for some time now.  Personally, I loved his Sunset Rubdown work, even with his sometimes off-kilter vocal performances.  His latest project, Moonface, now has a brand new album coming out April 17th on JagJaguwar Records, titled With Sinai: Heartbreaking Bravery.  Those of you looking for something along the lines of Wolf Parade might be out of luck, though it’s still his distinctive vocals that stand out the most.  Give this one a listen; I have a feeling it’ll hit hard once you let it sink in for a spin or two.

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Download: Moonface – Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips [MP3]

New Music From The Laughing

It seems like it’s been ages, years even, since I last heard word from the local group The Laughing.  I was always a fan of the band’s tunes, but sort of just assumed that they had moved on to other things.  Well, imagine my surprise today when I get a random email from the band promoting a new song entitled “Disappear”.  It shows tons of promise for one of Austin’s finest bands that was dormant for too long.  A new album from the band, Oscillation, is said to be on the way sometime later in the spring.  Welcome back boys.

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Download: The Laughing – Disappear [MP3]

Thundering Track from K-Holes

If you know our friends over at Hardly Art, they’ve been dabbling in the softer side of indie rock for the last several releases (not that we mind at all #justsaying).  But, when you hear this booming track, you’ll realize that the label has a new force to be reckoned with in K-Holes.  Their new record, Dismania, should be out on the label on May 1st, and there’s something sonically sinister lurking.  It’s got the reckless abandon you can recall from early Liars work, just a lot more demonic, but in only the best way, of course. Don’t be afraid my child, there’s no devil in this rock n’ roll, just killer noise!

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Download: K Holes – Rats [MP3]

More Sweet Pop from Soft Swells

A few weeks back we brought you a nice little gem from Soft Swells, and as we near the release of their self-titled record, another great tune comes our way.  The record won’t officially come out until February 28th, but you’ll definitely be anticipating getting your hands on it after listening to this standout song. For me, it recalls a lot of the pop sincerity of bands like the Generationals, offering up hooks with no pretension or guise; that’s how you’re supposed to compose the hits.  If this isn’t stuck in your head by the end of the day, let me know and I’ll apologize–I have a feeling I won’t be getting any comments on that front though.

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