Who’s that handsome chap in the photo? That’s Warren Teagarden, San Francisco’s favorite garage rocker. He’s joined with his friends The Good Grief to create the album Warren Teagarden and The Good Grief, which you can get from Meaningless World Records. Listening to this track, Warren’s got that same darkened howl of Tim Cohen, but he’s also got his hands on the punk rock guitar chug; it’s the main ingredient that propels this song along. If gritty garage tracks is your thing, then this is the number for you!
Download:Warren Teagarden – Stupid Happy Fun [MP3]
Today is the release of Bad Weather California‘s Sunkissed LP, their second full-length for the masses. You’ve got to celebrate with them, and the best way to do is by jamming to this sweet tune off their record. There’s this sunny little vibe going on here, one that definitely aligns with the band’s album title. But, beneath that, there’s this jam mentality, one that I’m not totally opposed to in this context, as it gives the song a nice groove, not unlike the works of Fool’s Gold, who like to toss out folk with a bit of movement within. I’m hoping you like this number, leading you to pick it up at the record shop your next time out.
Download:Bad Weather California – I’ll Reach Out My Hand [MP3]
Well, we didn’t really know who Husky was either, until we read up on the Well ourselves. Sub Pop officially signed their first Australian band, and considering we have a bit of adoration for all things Oceania, we had to fill you in. The foursome released their record, Forever So, last year in Australia, and their new US label will be re-releasing it on July 10th. On this track, I appreciate that there are touches every day indie rock, but slight details allow the central harmony to rise to the forefront in this track. They’ve also got a pretty interesting video to accompany the song that you can check out HERE.
Download:Husky – The Woods [MP3]
One of the great acts in the Slumberland Records stable is Black Tambourine, a band that hasn’t exactly been putting out records for the last several decades. But, as they reunite, briefly for the Chickfactor shows, the band opted to record a nice covers EP of their favorite Ramones songs. This little gem will be released as a 7″, and they’ve chosen some real hits for their work. One of the tracks they’ve recorded is my favorite, “I Want You Around,” but the track we’ve got below is “What’s Your Game.” Rather than shredding guitars, they’ve replaced a nice atmospheric coating, slowing the track down a bit, and letting the melody push the track along. For those of us that can’t attend the Chikcfactor shows, this is an added bonus. You can pick up the OneTwoThreeFour EP on May 15th.
Download:Black Tambourine – What’s Your Game [MP3]
There’s very few labels that have been as dependable as Slumberland Records over the last few years, and they’ve signed yet another wunderkind in Evans the Death. On April 3rd the band will be releasing their new self-titled album, as well as a single. We’ve got the lead track below to stream, so prepare yourself for an excellent ride. Energy bursts forth from the get-go, and we’ve got a new female lead in Katherine Whitaker. Her vocals sound sublime backed by the melodious hooks of the rest of the group. Let’s cheer on Slumberland and their newest signing!
For the last couple of years I’ve loved the purveyor of pure power-pop, Gentleman Jesse and his group of merry men from Atlanta. He’s been working hard at his new record, Leaving Atlanta, which comes out on March 13th via Douchemaster Records. One of the best things about the group, and this track below, is that the band just gives you straight up rock n’ roll. There’s no frills, there’s no gags, it’s just an honest-to-god rock song. Still, that’s not always good enough for a lot of people, but those people are wrong, as this song’s got me pumping my fists in the air, tapping my feet on the ground, and ready for the rest of the release. Well played gentlemen.
Download:Gentleman Jesse – Eat Me Alive [MP3]
Yes, the music is as playful as the band name, and that’s not a bad thing at all. The Seattle quartet, Tacocat, has recently signed on with Hardly Art Records to release the Take Me To Your Dealer EP, which will actually be squeezed into the 7″ format; it will be available to the masses on March 13th, so be ready to pick your limited edition copy up at your local record store. It’s no surprise that the band has shared the stage with the likes of Best Coast and Vivian Girls, since their sound definitely falls into that category, although you’ll find that this group’s approach is one that’s a bit more polished–void of the extensive atmospheric reverb and distortion. You’ll like it, promise.
Download:Tacocat – Spring Break-Up [MP3]
We first discussed So Many Wizards back in 2011, when the project was just getting started, but I’m happy to report the band has grown and blossomed into something spectacular. The LA acts is slated to have an album, Warm Nothing, arrive later this year, and if it’s filled with tracks like this, then it’s going to take over the whole Internet. For me, there’s a resemblance of what you would expect the Shins to sound like if James Mercer still kicked it old school, draping careful melodies across light instrumentation. Come on, you can’t tell me this track doesn’t make you happy.
Download: So Many Wizards – Lose Your Mind [MP3]
Sure, I’m a day late on this little jam, but I just couldn’t help myself. It’s hard enough to dislike La Sera and Katy Goodman for her striking beauty, but when she’s rocking such incredible jams as this one, the world is her oyster. Her newest album, Sees the Light, comes out on March 24th on the most excellent Hardly Art, and it’s shaping up to be quite a delight for all parties involved. This jam is brief, poppy, and Goodman sounds as confident as ever–as she should be with tracks like this at her disposal. If you haven’t heard this yet, get to it!
Download:La Sera – Break My Heart [MP3]
Cats on Fire have to be my favorite Finnish group, though there have been some great ones of late. Their first record Our Temperance Movement played on my record player for a solid year, and this new effort All Blackshirts to Me will is shaping up to be one of my favorites in 2012. It’s slated to be released by our friends at Soliti Music and Matinee Recordings, with the overseas release date stated as March 28th. On this new jam, it starts off with just a bit of trickling pop vocals, then it reaches this pinnacle, which honestly has me spinning around my room in absolute glee. Definitely can’t get enough from these guys, can you?
Download:Cats on Fire – A Few Empty Waves [MP3]