It’s the middle of the week, and we all could probably use a bit of a pick me up, as that lull begins to creep in. Well, for those of you with an infatuation for bits of post-punk and old school art rock, you’re going to love this jam from MiniBoone. There’s little intricate moments and there’s all out joyous moments, all which make for a great midweek listen. You can find this track along with others from the group on November 8th with the release of their MiniBoone Mountain EP, courtesy of the fine folks over at Drug Front Records.
Download: MiniBoone – Brand New Thing [MP3]
I got this Lyonnais record in the mail a few weeks ago, and I’ve been waiting to share the first single from the band with you. It’s a bit noisy and gaze-y, if you will, but the melodious moments bring out this internal music that really holds the entire record together. Speaking of said record, you can pick up Want For Wish For Nowhere on October 18th via Hoss Records. I promise you that this little gem of a mini-album is not going to let you down. Please, allow me to introduce you to the wonderful Lyonnais.
Download: Lyonnais – The Fatalist [MP3]
If you haven’t heard of Guineafowl until now, we’ll forgive you, as we’re just catching onto the band ourselves. The Australian group is coming to the States to support the release of their Guineafowl EP. The feel of their first US single totally epitomizes my need for high-fueled energy on Wednesday; it’s got bits of stomping, yet I can sort of hear that blissful swoon of the Dears hiding beneath their guitar work lines. Just sort of imagine blending pieces of eclectic elements with bits of electronic rock, add some swinging chorus lines, and you’ve got this group summed up. Damned if that doesn’t sound like a great bit of fun to me. Their EP is out now on Dangerbird.
Download: Guineafowl – Little Fingers [MP3]
Looking for a fun way to kick off your Monday? You might have just stumbled to the right place, as this constructionist jam from Body Language has really been doing wonders on my spirits. It’s got a trickling little melody, with a bit of crafty pep that sort of lurks in and out of your speakers. This is the sort of thing that gets under your skin/soul, bringing about welcome changes in mood. If you dig what you’re hearing you can grab this tune, and others, off the band’s upcoming LP, Social Studies, which hits the stores on October 18th.
Download: Body Language – Seeds of Sight [MP3]
There’s a certain genre of music that I would have discarded long ago, but as I have matured (barely) my tastes have as well. Slow songs with woodsy folk influences are now jewels, so when I got this new track from Little Silver I had to share it with you. They’ve just put out The Stolen Souvenir EP, and this little number is absolutely superb. The attention to detail, the inherent melody and vocal harmonies make for an incredible listen. You’re gong to fall head over heels when you listen to this track; here’s to hoping you enjoy it as much as I do.
Download: Little Silver – Sleep Til Morning [MP3]
It’s been a mild week, musically speaking, with nothing really rocking coming my way. So, when I got this new track from Dirtnap Records about the Steve Adamyk Band, a little bit of joy came across my face. It’s got a classic pop-punk sound, and there’s nothing wrong with that. For those looking for a little bit of fun, get into this one now. Sharp guitars, hooks, gang vocals and oh so much more. If you dig this, you can get your hands on the group’s newest, Forever Won’t Wait, come the end of the year. Maybe it’s just me, but this definitely made my day.
Download: Steve Adamyk Band – Landslide [MP3]
It’s been an odd year, as I seem to be warming to incredible female vocalists quite a bit more. Welsh singer Cate Le Bon is yet another of my discoveries, spinning songs that have this majestic quality to them, recalling music of the past that seems far more enchanting than anything else I’ve heard recently; it’s like french pop spun around the emotions of the British Isles. If you love the song below, you’ll love Put Me to Work, her new album that just came out. I keep finding myself getting completely lost in it all, and that’s a perfect way to wrap up my evening here. Hopefully you’ll take the same from this tune, and this record.
Download: Cate le Bon – Puts Me to Work [MP3]
I wondered what happened to Ramesh, formerly of Voxtrot. Personally, his songwriting was always really affecting, so I am glad to see he’s getting back out there. Floating around the Internet is his EP 1, which you can stream right HERE for your own listening pleasure. It’s still got that soft quality of pop that you came to expect from his old group. Not sure if he’s still writing from Austin, but I’m going to claim him as one of our own, as we need all the good musicians we can get. Best of luck to Ramesh as he gets back out there in the music world.
Download: RAMESH – The King
As a long time fan of the Thermals, I’ll always be dedicated to anything that’s associated with the band. Luckily for me, and for you as well, Hutch never really writes a bad song. His new solo project, Forbidden Friends just released a the new Totally Low 7″ on Kill Rock Stars, and it’s been playing on my turntable all night long. It might not have the sharp edge of the Thermals, but you can hear the backbone in there. His voice is always has a special place in my heart, which is perhaps the reason why I’m so attracted to the simplicity he’s revealed with this new project. Go get your hands on the single today!
Download: Forbidden Friends – Totally_Low [MP3]
One of the Atlanta bands I’m really excited about this year is Gringo Star. They’re prepping the release of their new album, Count Yer Lucky Stars, and it’s got me salivating already. When the record hits stores via Gigantic Music on October 25th, you can expect to find energy fueled pop tracks wrapped in a gritty little shell of garage nostalgia. While Atlanta has a slew of bands giving out some power-pop/punk rock jams, this feels more like a California psych rocker, and you know that’s a good thing in our book. Get familiar now folks, as this band’s about to take off.
Gringo Star – Count Yer Lucky Stars [MP3]