I know I haven’t been doing my job when there’s an Austin band that I haven’t come across that completely floors me. This just happened today with this track from Mini Dresses, a group who’s put out a couple of great singles, including this dreamy little jam. I love the sound of the bass just quietly bouncing along beneath the vocals, then the cascading guitar that echoes into the song as it fades out. You can find this gem on a recent 7″ the band released through Manic Pop Records; keep an eye out on the band both here and afar.
Download:Mini Dresses – Post Office Girl [MP3]
News leaked a few weeks ago that Radar Brothers would be releaing their eighth album, appropriately titled Eight, which will be released on January 29th via Merge Records. Our first listen gives off a dark ray of hope, with the band crafting well-orchestrated arrangements around a ringing discordant guitar. The deep tone of the vocal has always been something that’s attracted me personally, so having it slowly drawn out through the track prepares me for another winning record from the group.
Download: Radar Brothers – If We Were Banished [MP3]
Well, the traveling acts might have ceased for the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t tons of local bands doing their thing here in Austin. Here’s a quick rundown of where I think you should be hanging out this weekend. Be sure to get out there and support the local scene…you know the weather will be great, so no excuses. Read more
Of Montreal is notorious for putting on lovely and bizarre shows. Mixing theatrical shenanigans, hippy jam band lighting, punk show crowd energy and props to keep you invested, there is rarely a dull moment as props, projectors and extras fill your eyes as the band puts forth another solid sounding set. French Horn Rebellion had opening duties.
It was one of the last outside shows at The Mohawk and the weather was freaking perfect. I had to go. FEATHER CANNONS!!!1!11shift+one
Couple more thoughts and plenty of pics after the break.
If you don’t know Andy’s work with labels like Matador and Dim Mak, or his bands Tel Aviv and Prosaics, then you might want to go back in time and find the hits. But, you can also put that aside and focus on his new project, Bloody Amateur, which will be releasing a self-titled debut on March 5th via Teen Beat. Below you’ll find him stripped down and open, bearing his soul to the listener with little more than a guitar. Sometimes simplicity is just what you need to craft a wonderful song, and this tune fits nicely into that category. Share it with your friends.
Download:Bloody Amateur – Companions [MP3]
Just a few weeks ago I brought you this semi-new tune from Leapling, letting you know that the act had recently signed with the wonderful Father Daughter Records. Not even a week later, I’m back with news that the bands 5 song EP, Losing Face, is now set for release on January 15th. In my ears, I appreciate the careful approach to pop songwriting the group has taken here–nothing seems forced or trivial. This is the sort of music that is both challenging and comforting, which makes it a winner in my book; it should be one in your book too, if you’re writing one.
Download:Leapling – If You’re Patient [MP3]
It’s hard not to be on board with Beach Fossils, but this new track they’ve just released to announce their upcoming record is something I didn’t exactly expect, in a good way of course. My first listen sort of reminds me of early 90s indie pop, using jangling guitars and a bit of shoegaze flourishes to mold the sound of the song. There’s still a bit of that angular guitar sound from the group, but they seem to have steered clear of repeating themselves with those sunny guitars and bubbly bass lines. You can grab the new record, Clash the Truth, from Captured Tracks on February 19th.
Download:Beach Fossils – Careless [MP3]
Man, I’m really stuck on the fence with this Ducktails track that just came out. Matt Mondanile has added a posse of contributors for his newest record, The Flower Lane, but I’m not sure I’m sold on their collaborative appeal. This tune has Dan Lopatin who uses some hipster-approved moniker, and while I appreciate the effortless keyboard work behind the song, I just don’t think it’s quite as enticing as the work done on Ducktails III. I don’t mind loops and such, but in his early tape days, Matt was using guitars crafting this dense pop collage–seemingly not the case. I’m not jumping off the fence entirely, but I’m approaching the January 29th release date on Domino with a little trepidation.
The Love of Days you say? Well, I’ll say that for today, and probably for a few more that follow, this new track from Amor de Dias is absolutely winning my heart. You can give me anything with the voice of Alisdair MacLean, and I’m probably going to fawn over it. My impression is that Alisdair and his collaborator, Lupe, have finally hit their stride. The backing vocals jumping in and out are so affecting that I’d have a difficult time ever dismissing this track. I’m sure the new record, House at Sea, aims to be a remarkable listen, which can be all yours from the good folks over at Merge Records on January 29th.
Download:Amor De Dias – Jean’s Waving [MP3]
It’s been what, a few months since I last raved about Alpaca Sports? Well, the group has a brand new 7″ on one of my favorite little labels, Cloudberry Records. The 7″ has a few tracks we’ve previously covered, but this is by far my favorite the group has put to tape. There’s a slight little orchestral maneuver hiding in the dark here, but it really helps to accentuate the jangling guitars and the warm voice of Andreas Jonsson. Songs like this often seem really simple in the greater context of things, but not too many bands are pulling of the execution as like what you’ll hear below. Enjoy.