Long have we supported the good folks over at Chapter Music in Australia, who brought us the great music of Twerps and The Crayon Fields. One of their lesser-known acts has really been making huge leaps and bounds, as far as popularity goes: Dick Diver. The group is about to release their new record Calendar Days from the label in March, and we’ve got one of those new tracks for you. I dig the brightness of the twanging guitar, accompanied by spoken word interplay between the male and female vocalists. It’s a casual track, reminiscent of the relaxed pop gems from other great bands in the label’s stable. Always happy to hear anything from the CM; it’s never going to let us down.
You want to get down with some rock n’ roll? Then you better take yourself out to Beerland tonight! All you fans of the heavier/faster side of Austin’s rock scene will surely find yourselves rocking to the killer new tunes from Austin’s Sweet Talk. The band has just released their record, Pickup Lines, and you really need to go get your hands on it. It’s a blend of crunchy punk rock, filled with hooks and call-and-response anthems. But, why I love those dudes, you will also get to see some of the incredible camaraderie by Austin’s rock scene, with openers Bad Sports (techinically Ft. Worth/Austin), Fleshlights and Burnt Skull. We’ve mentioned all those bands before, and you have no reason not go go out and just enjoy our cities best acts. Here’s one of the many hits from the new Sweet Talk record![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Last_Dance.mp3]
This new jam from Austin’s The Black Angels has been floating around just a little bit, but we’re just now getting a chance to post the tune for you. Interestingly, there’s a slight change in the sound, almost having a more direct approach to the dark-tinged rock element, as opposed to their hazier past. Clearly the band has something going, and I can only wish that rock n’ roll like this could break through to the masses. On April 2nd the group will release their new record, Indigo Meadow, which is sure to be a new fan favorite.
I heard this while trolling tunes about the intarwebs, don’t remember what playlist thing it was (sorry source people). Duck Duck Punch is a synth band out of Minnesota. As many of you know, I am a full on sucker for synth bands, especially ones that list Depeche Mode and Gary Numan as influences. Bryan Rudell and Trent Waterman just celebrated the release of Human Chemistry, of which you can get four tracks for the price of an email on their website.
…and no Nathan, that does not say Dick Dick Punch.
One of the little labels that I have a great deal of respect for is Dufflecoat Records, a small-time label out of the UK. Now, they might not release tons of stuff, but they release really great dreamy pop tunes that always find their way into my daily rotation. Their newest signing looks to be Slumbook, a group originally formed in the Philippines. As of right now, there’s not tons of information out there on the group, but you can’t ignore a great song can you? No info on the release date as of yet, just sit back and enjoy. I’ll keep you posted on the rest as it comes.
Where the hell has this been? I got this track off the upcoming album from The ACBs; I’ve had it on repeat ever since that point. There’s little bits of trading off between male and female vocals, but the hooks are simply irresistible. If you turn this tune up really loud, you’re going to find yourself pressing play over and over again, and that’s not a bad thing. You’re allowed to let yourself go from time to time, and it looks like this KC acts are poised to help you with just that. Their new album Little Leaves will be out on High Dive Records on March 5th, so get ready to enjoy yourself.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/12-Record-Store.mp3]
Download:The ACBs – Record Store [MP3]
I didn’t really know much about Dead Gaze when I got the press release, but then again, I guess I did. Cole Furlow, the man behind the moniker, has been rubbing elbows with the likes of Dent May and Bass Drum of Death, not to mention releasing tons of hard to find 7″ and other various rarities. Luckily for us, Palmist is going to release a compilation of all that material on May 21st as a self-titled compilation. I have a feeling that you’re all going to enjoy the music here, as it’s readily accessible, yet artfully crafted. Probably my favorite jam of the day.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/IFoundtheEnding.mp3]
Download:Dead Gaze – I Found the Ending [MP3]
Last year, our virtual friends over Art Is Hard Records are doing something new with their limited releases this year, a Postcard Club. One of their first releases of the year is going to be a band that I’ve already discussed before: Au.Ra. They’re creating these pop soundscapes that meld bits of melody and ambient noise–it’s done expertly, so I can’t get enough of them. You can read more about the Postcard Club, as well as get your hands on this limited release single over at the label’s site.
There’s a bit of 80s cheese in this release from Fatal Jamz, but if you get over yourself, you’re going to find yourself happily pumping your fists to this tune, and the rest that reside on Vol. 1. The songs on this release are simple, yet they’re filled with delightful pop moments that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into as each note reaches your ears. Honestly, it reminds me of Free Energy, except it sounds better, and not quite as revisionist. If you dig what you here, you can sink your teeth into an entire album’s worth of top-tapping, fist-pumping (not bumping) good times. Have fun folks!
I loved what Bare Wires were doing musically, so when I heard that Matthew Melton had a new outfit, I had to get on it. Boy was I pleased when I heard this rad single from Warm Soda. It’s got power-pop guitar chords, but there’s also a nice bit of sheen to the track, making it catchy enough to play on and on and on. The group has just released their debut LP, Someone For You, on limited edition splattered vinyl. It went pretty quick, so they’ll be releasing it again on Castle Face Records at the end of March.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/reaction-1.mp3]
Download:Warm Soda – Reaction [MP3]