Man, have we got a deal for you! PS I Love You is playing a gig next Tuesday night (3/1) at the Mohawk (indoors), and we’re fortunate enough to have a pair of tickets to give you absolutely free. But, not only are we offering you tickets to this excellent show, but we’re also going to be giving away the brand new “Leftovers” single 7″, which is a split with Diamond Rings. Both bands have gotten loads of praise already, and it seems like their stars are only going to be rising higher and higher in 2011. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us which band you’re most excited to see at SXSW, and we’ll pick our favorite end of day Saturday (2/26). Oh, and speaking of SXSW, PS I Love You will be back for the festival as well, so stay tuned for more news on the band’s travel itinerary, but for now plan on meeting us at the Mohawk next week. Below is a sneak peak at a track from the new 7″.
Download: PS I Love You – Leftovers [MP3]
The Austin Music Office is back again with their annual compilation album featuring music from some of the hottest local acts around. The compilation CD soon to be released features music by Bright Light Social Hour, Sahara Smith, The Marshall Ford Swing Band, Danny Malone, TV Torso, Ocote Soul Sounds, Mother Falcon, Gina Chavez, Betty Soo, Bill Callahan, The Trishas, T-Bird and the Breaks, Tee Double and James Speer, and The Octopus project. Whew. To celebrate this release, a show is going down at The Parish on Wednesday the 23rd with short sets by a few of the acts mentioned above (full lineup can be seen on the Parish site). Now tickets will cost most of you $10 at the door, but TWO lukcy winners will get into this show on us. Deets are as follow:
– TWO winners will receive their name +1 on the guest list AND a copy of the Austin Music Volume 10 CD.
– To enter: Simply leave a comment below or hit us up on twitter with why you should win.
– Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can find you when the contest closes.
– Contest closes this Friday at high noon.
Who doesn’t love a headless photo crop? Well, aside from that, Austin is being blessed this week by a semi-residency of the great Jonathan Richman. He’s one of the greatest American songwriters all time, who got his start with the band The Modern Lovers. Still going strong, Jonathan just released his latest solo album O Moon, and it’s been quietly enjoyed around my house. Jonathan will be playing a show at Hole in the Wall tonight, as well as a few more gigs at The Continental Club. This is your chance to watch one of the great icon of American music do his thing, so be sure to get out to at least one of these gigs, if not all of them.
Download: The Modern Lovers – Hospital [MP3]
Earlier this week I got word from some friends about Cult of Youth, and just today Stereogum gave them the “Band to Watch” tag. Their self-titled album hits the streets on February 22nd, and this is another one of those bands that appeals to both my nostalgic personality, as well as my newer tastes. There is this dark bass line working, with an underlying sense of lighter melodies, but what gets me is the vocal. Vocals on this single are brash and throaty, like some snotty little punk-rocker playing in some dense club. It’s a great dichotomy, and one that should be equally as exciting for all you punks gone soft.
Download: Cult Of Youth – New West [MP3]
In preparation for the release of their album, Evening Tapestry, the catchy Brown Recluse have released an aboslutely free mini-LP for you to download, and perhaps hold you over for the time being. This little release is titled Panoptic Mirror Maze, and I’ve been enjoying this all morning. They even have a little video to go with one of the tracks, emphasizing that this band is just as hard working as they are enjoyable, which is quite a bit, if you’re asking me. If this is the kind of music you’re into, then head right over to the band’s Bandcamp Page to grab this for yourself.
Download: Brown Recluse – Notorious [MP3]
You know we’ve been long into Canada’s Ruby Coast, so much so that we had them play our SXSW Party back in 09′. Finally, the band have their debut ready for your ears, and today only they’re offering it up for your ears for absolutely free! The album is called Whatever This Is, and we’ve been jamming to it all day long over here. You definitely have to give this band a try, and like I said, if you go HERE, their debut record is totally FREE!. So go, preview it before you get it even, just try it on for size. There’s a small sample below.
Download: Ruby Coast – Stability [MP3]
Out of the ashes of Marked Men comes Mark Ryan, pushing through with his own group, Mind Spiders. The band will be putting out their self-titled album on January 25th via Dirtnap Records, which basically guarantees goodness with their releases. On this first single you get a little hint of garage grittiness filling it up, but the pacing provides a little bit more of a straight power-pop feel to it, allowing the band to capture both audiences. Yeah, it’s a short track, but if you give it a listen, it definitely feels like there’s so much more than 1.8 minutes of rock n’ roll here. And did I mention they’re from Ft. Worth? Who woulda thunk it?
Download: Mind Spiders – No Romance [MP3]
I’ve been waiting for several weeks to get a little sample of new work from The Papercuts, after Sub Pop announced they would be bringing Jason Quever on board for his new album. Thankfully, Stereogum got it out before I went crazy, so we’ve got it here for you. The record, Fading Parade, comes out on March 1st, with this single hitting stores on February 1st. Jason’s music has really blossomed since his first album, adding more textures, blending his melodious voice, and each time, topping his previous output. His progression continues to lead me down a path of great enjoyment, so give this tune a try.
Download: The Papercuts – Do What You Will [MP3]
Finn Andrews and Co. have opted to bail on Rough Trade, pursuing their own adventure into the DIY realm, and their first test will be the release of their new Troubles of the Brain EP. The new label for The Veils is now going to be called Pitch Beast Records, with some allusion to animals used in promotional campaigns. Anyways, the last record the band put out was underrated in my opinion, and I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve heard from the EP so far (you can sample 3 tracks HERE). I really hope this works out for the band, as Finn has this incredible voice that never ceases to hit my musical heart.
Download: The Veils – The Wishbone [MP3]
Admittedly, I’m a huge Teenage Fanclub fan, so much so, that I freaked out when I bought the recently re-issued Bandwagonesque a few weeks back. Now, frontman Norman Blake has joined with Euros Childs (of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) to create Jonny, and they’ll be releasing a self-titled album on Merge Records, which is out digitally Feb. 1st, and in stores on April 12th. They’ve also put up a free EP, which you can get over at Merge by clicking HERE. If you go with this small sample, its going to be a splendidly soft-spoken pop affair–just the kind of I love to rave about.
Download: Jonny – Gloria [MP3]