Not too long ago I brought you a track from Gangi, but it was a slow, sprawling sort, unfolding gloriously over a short span. This new tune, “Gold,” is a little bit different, with what feels like a similar approach that one would find on Arcade Fire recordings, using backing vocals in gang form and piling on layers of instrumentation. Again, you can find this tune on the group’s upcoming record, Gesture Is, which will be coming out on October 2nd via Office of Analogue and Digital. If the group can maintain this sort of balance on the LP, it’s going to really win people over.
|Date||Tuesday, September 25th|
|Tickets||$22-$30 from Ticketfly|
Really you don’t need much encouragement to go out and see Guided By Voices. The band’s output speaks for itself, and either you’re a fan, or you’re not, but if you are, you already made plans to be at the show. Since reforming the original line-up, the group hasn’t really missed a beat, releasing the enjoyable Class Clown Spots a UFO earlier this year. If you know nothing about the group, trust us when we say that this is one of those musical experiences you need to be a part of, so be sure to get your tickets! Detective will be opening the evening up.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Guided-By-Voices-Class-Clown-Spots-A-UFO-New-Version.mp3]
Download:Guided By Voices – Class Clown Spots A UFO [MP3]
After taking Dustin Wong, The Walkmen and Beach House, ATH hit two other shows including one we were presenting at Red7. White Arrows was back in town as a headliner after playing the opening slot for Beat Connection, a show where the headliner was bested. It was good to see these guys come back through and put forth another great set.
Read on for a few deets and pics.
It’s always nice to start off the week in a positive manner, providing you with a boost of energy level we all need heading back into work on Monday. I think this new tune from Harlan is going to be the tune that does just the trick. It’s definitely a tune with a hook involved, and I find it rather a chilled out hook, rather than an in-your-face approach. The 80s guitar solo near the end is a nice little touch as well. You can find this track on the upcoming 1984 EP, which is available this Tuesday to all listeners.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Harlan-1984.mp3]
Download:Harlan – 1984 [MP3]
I’ve raved about the songstress Chelsea Wolfe in the past, having fallen in love with her haunting pop last year on Apokalypsis. Now she returns with a softer affair, one based mostly on her voice and acoustic instrumentation, though other bits are added. She seems much more confident this time around, having settled completely into her remarkable voice. Her new album, Unknown Rooms, comes out on October 16th, and it’s definitely going to be a must have as we move into the wintry months. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
You know, I feel like I beat the world over the head today with some rock n’ roll, so I figure we could close out the day with a little touch of perfect pop from our beloved AC Newman. The singer has teamed up with his New Pornos bandmate, Neko Case, combining for a mellow little pop ballad that’s sure to give you a spritual lift as you try to wrap up the world’s longest Friday. This track will be featured on Newman’s upcoming record for Matador Records, Shut Down the Streets, which will hit the stores on October 9th. Hope everyone has an awesome end to your Friday. Be safe out there folks.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/A.C._Newman_-_22Encyclopedia_of_Classic_Takedowns22.mp3]
Download: AC Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns [MP3]
In what was an absolutely hectic night for the Austin music scene, we started our evening at Stubbs catching two of the better acts in the whole scene, The Walkmen and Beach House. For my two cents, there was only one clear-cut winner on the evening, but for that you’ll have to read on.
…not to mention you’ll get great pics from Brian Gray that you can’t get with your cellphone.
We here at ATH had a late night last evening, bouncing between one of the busiest nights I’ve seen, so I’m in need of energetic tunes today. Jumped on the punk rock wagon this morning, and now Your Youth is just giving me a good old alternative kick in the ass. At first, you’re really sort of expecting some sort of radio pop tune to come out, especially with the casual intro, but trust me, the song blasts off loudly, bringing the jams straight to your head. Such energy is fitting considering this tune is on the group’s five song Battery EP, which is being put on by Old Flame Records on October 23rd.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Your-Youth-Thick-Gold-Bodied.mp3]
Download: Your Youth – Thick Gold (Bodied)
In what has already been a great year for Dirtnap Records, they continue with the latest release from Legendary Wings. The group has a little bit less power-pop then recent releases from the likes of White Wires or Mean Jeans, but what it lacks in the pop vein is made up with a sincere rock n’ roll enthusiasm that’s bound to be the soundtrack to my Friday. There’s an obvious spirit to the band, and it shines through in the tune we’ve got below. If you dig it as much as I do, pick up their album, Making Paper Roses, which comes out on October 9th. Nooge.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/PaperRoses.mp3]
Download:Legendary Wings -Paper Roses [MP3]
|Location||Scottish Rite Theater|
My apologies to the Mark Kozelek fans out there for the super late show post, but I’m sure you keep up with the guy and knew about this already. For those of you who were clueless like me, Kozelek has a planned solo show going down at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin Friday night. If you’re going to keep being like me, I’ve been a huge fan of Kozelek for a long time so I expect to see you at the show. The guy crafts some of the best singer/songwriter, albiet depressing, music in the game.
Oh and it appears that tickets are sold out so showing up to the venue and scalping is recommended.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/SunKilMoon_CarryMeOhio.mp3]
Download: Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio [MP3]