More Blissful Pop from Ablebody

3408002343-1Just a few weeks ago we talked to you about the upcoming release from Ablebody, the newest project of Christoph Hochheim. (formerly of Depreciation Guild/POBPAH).  I’m bringing you another excellent track from his upcoming All My Everybody EP, which will actually be available for everyone tomorrow.  On this latest single, there’s a subtle electronic undertone, built perfectly to accompany the gentle tonal quality in Christoph’s voice.  Slowly but surely he’s making a name for himself on his own, and after listening to this EP, it’s well deserved.

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Indie Pop Goodness from Hospital

3845608337-1Two things of importance in this post.  First, I feel like I haven’t gotten down on some good old fashioned indie pop in 2013.  Second, I don’t post enough Russian music.  So, I aim to fix that by introducing you to Hospital, who’ve just put out their When the Trees Were Higher (which you can grab for free).  The opening track is really special, using a pristine angular guitar sound combined with underlying electronic creativity.  You’ll find a pleasurable warmth sweeping for you as the song fades to an end.  We might never see them over here in the states, but at least we can enjoy their tunes!


Download:Hospital – Time Will Tell [MP3]

New Folk Number from Y La Bamba

1153Last year, Portlanders Y La Bamba released Court the Storm. It’s combination of Mexican heritage and modern folk led to much success, and they’re already back at it again. January 29th will see the release of the group’s new Oh February EP, and we’ve got the newest single available for you guys. I’m attached to the sound of the guitar in this song, but the vocal harmonies and late-entry of the drums don’t hurt the song either. If you’re into what you hear, look out for the band to hit the road with The Lumineers at the end of the month.


Download: Y La Bamba – Oh February

Love Me Some Benoit Pioulard

benoitBenoit Pioulard has had an interesting career, and by that I mean he’s progressed back and forth in different directions throughout, always careful to stand by his carefully crafted ambient sounds.  His last few releases have seen him take a more accessible approach, providing listeners with a more pop generated sound.  He’s back again with what I’m thinking is going to be a hit; he’ll release Hymnal on March 4th through Kranky. As the releases of 2013 start to get busy, this is one that’s creeping to the top of my list after listening to this track on repeat for the last few hours.

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What’s aHappening Austin? Weekend Show Spotlight

austin-skyline-mark-weaverAs rock n’ roll season heads into full swing, it’s time we all take advantate of the many shows that are coming our way in the next few months before SXSW hits us hard.  Surely you know Ty Segall is playing at the Mohawk on Friday night with Ex-Cult and OBN IIIs, but what else is going on in town?  Well, in case Ty isn’t your taste, or you can’t make it, here’s some other show suggestions for a pretty solid weekend in Austin. Read more

New Music from Paint Branch (ft. 2/3 of Q and Not U)

3660865581-1For a slew of folks, moving beyond adolesence in the late 90s brought us into a world of great new music.  For me, one of those acts was Q and Not U, who ended their career years ago. Since then, I’ve kept an eye on the members, particularly John Davis, who has done Title Tracks and Georgie James.  Looking into his projects the other day, I noticed that he had reunited with old pal Chris Richards (QandNotU) to form Paint Branch.  Now, don’t go expecting the group to sound anything like their old act, and that’s not even really the point…just glad to see my old idols banging out new hits.  They’ve just released an album titled I Wanna Live, which you can grab from their bandcamp page for the convenient Name Your Price. I’ve enjoyed rocking out to it all day today, so perhaps you will too.


Download: Paint Branch – Cherry Blossom [MP3]

Sprawling Beauty from The Lonely Wild

As much as I adore fast paced rock n’ roll, I have a great fondness for carefully crafted music of the folk/orchestral sort.  This new single from LA’s The Lonely Wild fits perfectly into that mold, with a swell of orchestration and harmony sung in unison.  But, there’s also a gruffness that comes in towards the middle of the track, which provides a bit of an edge to the track as a guitar cascades through the background.  They’ll be releasing their new album, The Sun As It Comes, on their own via the Ursa Major Recordings imprint…that should be available to you like-minded folks on April 2nd.

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Sludgy Short Tune from Feeding People

There’s a swelling of praise coming towards Feeding People, and we’re happy to be on board with all the noise.  They’re newest single has them showing off a heavy-handed side, bringing their brand of pysch rock to the masses in a short span of time.  It hits hard and fast, then it fades into the background, like only a good song should do.  If I’ve piqued your interest with this tune, then be ready to get your hands on Island Universe, which will be available to everyone on February 5th by way of Innovative Leisure.



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