Saturday. End of Free Week 2013…
The wife and I decided to hang out at the friendly confines for The Plastic Habits, Letting Up Despite Great Faults and Shivery Shakes, but took advantage of the SxSW atmosphere to pop over to Red7 to catch up with Tiger Waves.
The camera came along to…
I’ve loved all the work that The Resonars have put together thus far, so with news that Burger Records will be releasing the band’s new LP, Crummy Desert Sound, I’m only going to salivate just a bit more. After taking a few moments to open, the band jumps in head first, using a solid bass line and steady drumming to propel the track forward. Of course, there’s definitely a bit of California-pop (you know, twangin and janglin with an Asian influence), but I think this is perhaps the most accessible the band’s come across; it’s going to win them a whole bunch of deserved new fans.
Sadly, it seems that Okkervil River is on the back-burner for the time being, with Will Sheff going out on his own as Lovestreams. He just announced that he’s going to be releasing a new solo effort under the moniker at an as yet to be determined date. He’s offered the first listen up to the misses, which noticeably has his trademark guitar hiding, being traded in for electronic soundscapes. Luckily, the literary writing approach is still ever-present, which is one of Will’s most endearing qualities. We’ll keep you posted on more news as it comes our way, but for now, tell us what you think of Will’s new jam!
Download:Lovestreams – Shock Corridor [MP3]
Being an Austin, Tx based blog, our job should be to help promote our local musicians, atop of our extensive world coverage. When you get a band like East Cameron Folkcore, it makes things a whole lot easier on you. The 11-piece group has announced the release of their new album, For Sale, which will be out on February 5th. With an eleven-piece group, they can go anywhere really, but I always appreciate their careful compositions combining punk, folk and even elements of bluegrass. It gives a raw/refreshing edge to what’s often considered a stale genre. Those of us in Austin will have the chance to see the band on February 8th at the Scottish Rite Theater, but the rest of you will just have to enjoy the jam below for the time being.
Download:East Cameron Folkcore – Salinger is Dead [MP3]
Say what? You’re throwing two of my favorite songwriters, Joe Pernice and Norman Blake, together? Yeah, I’m totally in. The two have teamed up to form The New Mendicants, doing some covers of each other’s work, plus a tune from INXS. At this point, that’s about all there is to offer, though I hope that there’s more to come in the very near future. The three recorded songs have been filed under the Australia 2013 EP, which you can pick up over HERE. One can only hope that this INXS cover below is a good sign of wonderful things to come when these two are afforded time to craft a full album together.
||Wednesday, January 16th
||Cheap at the Door
Hopefully you’ve had a second to breather after free week, but it’s about time we all get right back at it. Luckily, if you’re looking for things on the cheap, there’s a great rock n’ roll show over at Beerland featuring some of our favorite acts, Holy Wave and Eets Feats. Both bands are really starting to make a name for themselves by working hard and playing about town as much as possible. They’ll be joined on stage by Classy Nude and Loteria…and Beerland always has cheap booze, so get out there and rock it out. You’ll love me for it the next day.
Download:Eets Feats – Beer Vibes [MP3]
It’s funny to me that some bands get over-looked from time to time, even when they’re putting out incredible work. For me, Night Moves, who released Colored Emotions recently, sort of got left off the charts, though they offer a lot of that smooth R&B influence that many popular acts such as Twin Shadow spin out. I’m not saying they sound like that, but there’s some similarities. Personally, the songwriting by the group, leaving listeners with swelling tracks, is really enticing, so I’m encouraging everyone to go back and check the group out. You can start with their brand new single, which shares the same name as the album’s title.
I’m really digging the music that Gayze is putting forth. The Idaho group has just put out their Black Soul EP, which comes in a splattered 7″ format from Bleeding Gold Records. Currently, you can get the EP for free in the digital format HERE, and it’s got a sound I think many people will enjoy. At first, there’s a sunny side of pop on the EP, but as they move further along, they’ve created this low-key psych rock, fusing the genre with some lo-fi garage aesthetics. I hope people catch wind of this group, as they’re producing some really great songs.
Download: Gayze – East Coast Dying [MP3]
If you follow these pages you know I have a personal penchant for bubbling pop songs with powerful hooks, so I’m glad that Tullycraft is coming back after calling it quits several years ago. There’s a quickened pace to this track, and there’s not a moment that doesn’t beg to be stuck in your head. Whether it’s the fast vocal delivery, or the gang joining in to provide backing vocals, the tune is full of exuberant energy. You’ll notice from the stream that the tune is coming to you via Fortuna Pop, who should be putting out the effort from the band real soon!
The Lovely Bad Things really have a sound that I think everyone can appreciate. They use the loud-quiet-loud approach to songwriting, but they demonstrate a certain amount of restraint, erupting whenever they so choose. This first single from their upcoming record demonstrates such quality, especially with the hip female vocals of singer Lauren. You can find this tune and a slew of others when the group releases their album, The Late Great Whatever, which hits stores on February 26th via Volcom and Burger Records. Want to have fun listening to rock n’ roll? Listen to this tune.
Download:The Lovely Bad Things – Fried Eyes [MP3]