This was an interesting surprise when it popped up in my inbox this weekend. Allbrook/Avery is the project of the bassist from Tame Impala, one of the popular indie bands of the day. The group has just released their album Big Art, and it’s something that I think offers a bit for all listeners. Part of it is that sort of fuzzed out guitar playing, the sort you associated with Tame Impala, but beneath it all is this really accessible pop vocal delivery, begging for people to really dig into the track. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the band’s record, as it’s full of moments just like this.
Download: Allbrook/Avery – Wait ’til Morning [MP3]
With so much going on in the month of October, I regret to inform you folks that I missed something pretty excellent, the brand new record from New York’s Spanish Prisoners. The band has self released their album, Gold Fools, over at their web site, where you can pay what you want for it (please pay to support the band). There’s a recent remix of the following track floating around, but I think the original epitomizes everything I love about this listen. The guitars trickle ever so gently, as percussion builds up, and the light-hearted vocals really add another level to the song. Head over and check out the band’s record quick; you don’t want to miss this one.
Download: Spanish Prisoners – Know No Violence [MP3]
I love spending my weekends searching the Internet for really solid pop tracks. Usually I’ll come across some gems, and once again, I stumbled across this wonderful little piece from Denmark’s Raised Among Wolves. They’ve got an album coming out soon titled Bear Tracks, and I’m hoping it’s full of such low key pop moments as the lead single from the record. There’s nothing that blows you away immediately, but the steady stream of the melody, along with the quirky pieces floating in the background definitely allows the band to build a nice little tune. Hope you enjoy this one.
Download: Raised Among Wolves – Boys Will Be Kings [MP3]
If ever a show was built to be incredible, it was this show Wednesday night at the Parish. We were visited by Real Estate, one of the hottest bands in the indie world, playing at one of the best venues in Austin. And as an added treat, they brought along their friends Big Troubles. Read more
Wide Sea is a German transplant four piece currently living it up in London. They first caught my ear when I was following Edwyn Collins label, AED, seeing as he’s one of my favorite all-time songwriters. The band is just now releasing their debut record A Place to Call Home, and while it might not harken precisely back to the work of Edwyn and OJ, it still has a huge bit of mass appeal. The title track begins steady and soft, with a gentle swing to it that kicks in almost immediately. For me, these are the sort of songs I always fall in love with, which is probably going to be the case once I spend more time with this album.
Download: Wide Sea – A Place To Call Home [MP3]
When you get a press release that mentions Belle and Sebastian, The Flaming Lips and Pavement all at once, you’ve either got to be excited or scared. After listening to this single from The Color Bars, I will definitely say I’m leaning towards excitement, and clamoring to get my hands on their recently released record, Prosopopoeia. Really, it’s just great pop music, and with the electronic influence on this track, I’m getting more of an Of Montreal feeling here, giving a bit of classic quirkiness, though it’s a bit more in the nerdy vein as opposed to Kevin Barnes hyper sexuality. Just let the hooks sweep you through the day.
Download: The Color Bars – Structupoppie Rally [MP3]
Frenchkiss Records has a pretty solid track record with me, especially since the label’s run by some of the bros from Les Savy Fav. They just released a new EP yesterday from LA band RACES. The EP is titled Big Broom EP, and I’ve really been enjoying this track here. I don’t know why, but for some reason the vocal performance sort of gives me this Walkmen feel, but that’s also part of the overall song structure true. Boiled down, it’s pretty much straight forward indie rock, which in and of itself is refreshing, since no one seems to be kicking it old school anymore. Give it a listen and enjoy your afternoon folks.
Download: RACES – All For You [MP3]
I can’t tell you how excited we are for this Hospitality record. When we first run their track “Friends of Friends,” RayRay and I were so excited, that we both wanted to post it, almost letting us post it twice. So yesterday when Stereogum ran the second single from the group’s upcomingself-titled album, I got super stoked all over again. Merge Records is going to put it out on January 31st, and it just can’t get here soon enough. This band is clever and whimsical, but there’s definitely a lush pop quality to the music they’re creating. It’s just a simple formula, but the perfect execution makes it perfect for what any music listener looks for in a hit. Try the new track out.
Download: Hospitality – Betty Wang [MP3]
Our good friend Kevin is legit. Not only does he run What’s Your Rupture and Krazy Punx, but he always manages to send me these great tracks when I’m feeling like a sad bastard. That’s not at all what he’s got on his plate when he releases a new 7″ titled Mother Knows Best by UK punks Throwing Up. Immediately it’s brash and abrasive, banging away furiously at your ears. All of a sudden, the vocals kick in, and you’re hooked on the female vocals, giving it a bit of jubilance along with lo-fi ferocity. Turn it up and let it blast…then grab it from What’s Your Rupture on November 28th.
Download: Throwing Up – Mother Knows Best [MP3]
Let’s get things straight: Frank Smith is not one man, it’s a band, and one of Austin’s brighter rising stars (though they’ve been about for some time). While the official release of their new album, Before You Were Born, won’t hit until 2012, the band is slowly unleashing teaser tracks to build our anticipation. This first track, which also has an accompanying VIDEO, is titled “Monsters.” It begins with sort of a mellow dip into the autumnal/wintery quality accustomed to most indie folk, but as the chorus bursts, you’ll realize exactly why we think so highly of the group. It’s just a blissful cascade of melody, placed perfectly in the song, creating a wonderful musical moment we hope you’ll enjoy.
Download: Frank Smith – Monsters [MP3]