I’m not quite sure why the states haven’t completely warmed to Patrick Wolf, the 28 year old songwriter with exceptional gifts. Perhaps it has been the fact that he’s changed his persona from time to time, such as in the picture featured here, then moving forward to his more clean cut look of present. Regardless, I’ve been obsessed with his music for so long, and that only continues to grow as news comes of an upcoming October release for a new record, Sundark and Sunlight. According to Patrick, he really wanted to go back to his roots, influenced by what an artist can do acoustically, then adding lush arrangements. It’s very much what expect, which is glorious. Love this dude.
Download:Patrick Wolf – Overture [MP3]
A couple bits of news for new favorite artist Mac Demarco. First up, he’s stopping into town on Friday night for a show on the inside stage at Mohawk in Austin. He’ll be supported on that show by Gabe Hascall. Second, a new single entitled “” was just made available as a free download and is floating around the web. Don’t forget that new album 2 will be available on October 16th via Captured Tracks.
Download: Mac Demarco – Freaking Out The Neighborhood [MP3]
When I first played this track, I thought the brief opening guitar line sounded in the vein of the majority of folk-influenced tunes that come my way, but then the vocals came in to play. It’s clear after one listen that main man, Emmett Kelly, has an otherworldly voice. At times, it’s quite gentle, yet it has an operatic pitch that differentiates it from other similar acts. And this is what you can expect when you listen to the Cairo Gang, who will be releasing their new record The Corner Man on Empty Cellar Records on October 23rd. I can rest easy knowing you’ll all be as obsessed as I am with this track by end of day tomorrow.
Download: The Cairo Gang – Now You Are One Of Us [MP3]
I figured it was hump day, so we all needed a nice peppy pick me up right? I’ve got just the tune, and it’s a surf rock gem that definitely has the ability to get you tapping the toes and humming at your desk. Stella Ella Ola is a four piece from Toronto who have just released their Stella Ella Ola 2 EP, and it’s a quick three-song affair just to get you acquainted with the band–currently it’s free right HERE. Those of you that find this sort of thing right up your alley better hop on this train now; you can thank me later.
Download:Stella Ella Ola – Pressure Points [MP3]
Those of you looking for a dark ballroom crooner are really going to have your fancies met when you listen to this track by Triple Hex. The Brooklyn trio are garnering lots of praise for their brooding post-rock, which sort of sounds like Danzig singing with his favorite bunch of lo-fi friends in the back of some dive bar. As of now, there’s not a whole lot else to really go on, though the word is that the band is working on an EP to come out in the very near future. They’ll be playing some CMJ shows, and I have a feeling that they’re going to come out with a whole new set of fans. See if you’re hip enough to dig.
Download:Triple Hex – Winter [MP3]
Do I really need to say anything about this show? I don’t think so. If you don’t have tickets, try to find some on craigslist kids. This show is sure to be one of the most anticipated in town of the year. Both of these bands are some of the few that can actually deliver what they record into the live setting. Opening support is provided by Dustin Wong. Oh and make sure you note the early door times so you don’t miss anything.
Download: Beach House – Myth [MP3]
Download: The Walkmen – Stranded [MP3]
I want some waders. No idea why.
Fishing has a new 7″ featuring the track below, “Choy Lin”, with the B-side “White Sheet Beach”. This track’s smooth electronic bliss is said to be influenced by the duo’s home base of The Blue Mountains, according to the 7″ announcement. Seems like a beautiful place so it couldn’t hurt.
Preorder for the 7″ lives here.
||Thursday, September 20th
||$8 from Mohawk
As if Thursday night couldn’t get any crazier for us folks here in Austin, here’s another show that should be on your radar if you’re not planning on attending the gig we’re sponsoring over at Red 7. Eternal Summers come to town fresh off the release of their latest, Correct Behavior, which is brimming with post-punk hooks and sing-a-long melodies. Their show is definitely going to be a bouncing good time, especially since they’re joined by Bleeding Rainbow, who are just about to release their own album, Yeah Right, in early 2013. Oh, and with local favorites Rayon Beach opening, you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
Download:Eternal Summers – You Kill[MP3]
I’m not sure why people aren’t taking as much notice of Soliti Music as we are here at ATH. They’ve already released great records this year by Big Wave Riders and Cats on Fire, and I have a feeling their latest release from Delay Trees is going to be something truly special. This new single from the band is an homage to their hometown, hitting upon the town’s beauty, yet the hopelessness of being stuck there. I think I’m going to play this song for the next several days and never grow tired of listening to it. It’s just remarkable, and you can pick it up on the band’s new album Doze, which comes out on October 19th.
Download:Delay Trees – HML [MP3]
We’ve been raving about Plateaus all summer long, and it looks like the rest of the world is finally catching up to our impeccable tastes (I’m looking at you P4K). They’ve put out a slew of punk/power-pop 7″s recently, and they’re about ready to bust out their self-titled debut for Art Fag Recordings. This new single is just what I love in the group; it’s short and sweet, and catchy as hell. These are the sorts of songs I dreamed about as a kid, so it’s great to see that all our electronic progression hasn’t gotten in the way of good old rock n’ roll.
Download:Plateaus – Blackout [MP3]