Veronica Falls was one of my absolute favorite sets from SxSW 2011. The band continues to trickle songs out to the world, the latest an offering is plugged-in below from their Souncloud page.
Waiting For Something To Happen lands via Slumberland in the USA on Valentine’s Day 2013. This song, “Teenage”, is very refined and beachy. It isn’t quite as hollow and jangly as early tracks. I love it, nice breakdown as the song let’s you off easy. This is the song made to finish a show.
Monday’s are always a great day to enjoy some mellow pop tunes as your body recovers from a long weekend. I came across this tune from Songs of Walter off the group’s recent 7″, and it’s really something to behold. It begins with a strummed guitar and a light stomp before Laurie Hulme carefully enters the fray with his soft voice. Eventually there’s a slight pick up in the song via a shaker, and then Hulme lets his voice soars elegantly in the mix; you can grab it now from Bleeding Gold Records. It’s a thoughtful tune for a thoughtful return to the working week. Hope you all have a good one.
Download:Songs for Walter – Tougher Than A Soldier’s Boots [MP3]
This is perhaps my favorite discovery of the weekend, so I hope it makes your Monday an extra special one. Being There are an up-and-coming London act, making waves by pretty much killing an old school alternative sound. Their album, Breaking Away, comes out early next year on January 29th, and I promise you that it’ll warm your heart. The pacing of the tracks, like the one below, is steady, with hints of distortion on the guitars; the vocals are soft, almost whispered, creating an incredible effect. I’m really hoping huge things happen for this band; this record deserves all the love it can get.
||Tuesday, November 13th
||$20 @ Mohawk
Those of you searching for a blissful pop evening are going to be in luck with two great acts coming to the Mohawk on Tuesday night: Jens Lekman and Taken By Trees. It’s going to be Swedish pop at its endearing finest, especially with both bands fresh off the release of their own albums. Jens released I Know What Love Isn’t and Taken By Trees put out Other Worlds, both winning rave reviews. It’s an early show, so it gives you plenty of time to revel in the glory of what you’ll witness, or you can head over to Red 7 to catch Twilight Sad’s set. Perfect Tuesday night folks. Perfect.
Download:Jens Lekman – The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love [MP3]
If things go as planned, then this should be a good year for Maus Haus. The group just released their well-balanced Light Noise EP, and it’s a listen that makes its way into your playing rotation pretty quickly. There’s a play between light and dark throughout the entire listen, operating within a spectrum of psychedelia and more creative pop influences. This sprawling track displays the group walking that fine line, even tossing in a bit of their Kraut-rock influences to boot. If you spend some time with this EP, you’re going to find yourself a new favorite band. That I can guarantee.
Download:Maus Haus – Hey Jean [MP3]
It’s Friday, so I’m looking for upbeat tunes to whisk you away into the sunset, and I think this new tune from Gloss that I heard via IPSML is going to just the trick. It’s just a one track single at this point, but it combines elements of our favorite jangling guitars with warm fuzz you’ll find from the likes of most gaze bands. The track is playful, yet there’s a lush quality that allows for the perfect amount of escapism. Such are the tracks we all adore on a Friday, heading into relaxation mode for the weekend.
Our friends have been gracious to provide us with a pair of tickets to one lucky winner for an incredible show going down next Tuesday at Red 7: The Twilight Sad. I’m excited by this show for more than one reason: 1) I met our photographer Brian at a T. Sad who years ago, so it’s our anniversary 2) the band is one of the most captivating live bands I’ve caught in years. They stop in town behind the release of their latest, No One Can Ever Know, but there’s more reasons to want to win these tickets! Opening will be Austin’s The Calm Blue Sea and Errors, so you’ve got three incredible bands ready to blow you away. Now, how do you win? Simple, leave a comment with your favorite European band, and I’ll pick a winner. The contest will end on Monday at 5 PM.
Download:The Twilight Sad – Reflection of the Television [MP3]
Well well well, it’s more great news from the great folks over at Chapter Music. They’ve just announced they’ll be releasing the next great Dick Diver record sometime next year, with a teaser EP coming out next week featuring this track below. I can’t say enough about Dick Diver; their songs always sneak their way into my head at the best times, creating a stupid grin that can’t be wiped off my face. If you’re new to the band, which is okay, please check out their release, New Start Again, just as a sample of the great things about to come your way.
When I first pressed play on this new jam from Phil Jones project, Dog Bite, the heavy guitar definitely caught my ear. It gave a darker quality to the song from the get-go, which I definitely appreciated. Then the vocals washed in a bit of haunting echo pushed me over the edge. And while there’s a lurking solemnity, it’s not a song free of hooks. His album, Velvet Changes will be out on February 5th of next year via Carpark Records, and it’s shaping up to be one of those underdog releases I’m really rooting for. Have at it guys.
Download:Dog Bite – Prettiest Pills [MP3]
We’re only a day away from the exciting art show, Photo Pop 2012, so here’s another one of the great photographers that will be on hand: Randy Cremean. Randy’s one of the great men behind Soundcheck Magazine, covering music all over the country, but always representing Austin. Here’s a little about the man, the myth, the legend. Read more