Warm Pop Gem from Cinderpop

The single for Cinderpop’s newest album has been floating around for quite some time, but I hadn’t really given it too much of a listen until I started spinning Manic Sparkles repeatedly on my player.  It’s an album that’s chock-full of wonderful pop tunes that recall all sorts of influences, from the Lucksmiths to Sloan to Nada Surf.  These are the sorts of influences that make me swoon, so I’m happy to have re-discovered the band and their classic pop sound.  I feel like more people should be writing music like this, but if they’re not, I’ve always got great bands like this to enjoy.


Download:Cinderpop – Florentine [MP3]

Great Slow Burner from Easter

Sometimes you stumble upon music that moves you emotionally, though you can’t exactly put your finger on it. That’s precisely how I felt when I put on this record from Manchester’s Easter titled Innocence Man. It’s got a casual alternative rock feeling to it, like one would find with early Mark Kozelek works. Oddly, the vocal affectation that comes along with most UK bands isn’t overwhelmingly present here, which makes it feel like it wasn’t written here in the States during my formative college years.  Here’s to hoping you enjoy this on your way to a great work week.


Download:Easter – Damp Patch [MP3]

Summer Pop from Orca Team

I’ve heard whispers of Orca Team for sometime, and now that I’ve got some time to sit down and listen to their new release, Restraint, I think I’ve found the album that will be with me for the rest of this warm Texas summer.  Oddly, the group’s from the Northwest, but a great record is a great record, right?  It’s got a little bit of a beach party vibe, but wrapped in a nice box of pop. If you’re looking for something light-hearted, yet written really well, then you’ll probably find yourself, like me, spending an awful lot of time with this record.



Mellow Electrco Jam from Poolside

It’s definitely one of those days when you want to lay out by the water and get some sun. This jam popped up on the P4K with BNM accolades, and I’m not going to lie that it’s definitely something you’re going to want to turn up today.  It’s by the Cali duo Poolside, interestingly enough, giving you directions as to where you’ll enjoy this band most.  You can find the track on the band’s upcoming album, Pacific Standard Time, which hits on July 9th via Day & Night Recordings.  It’s not beat you over the head with bass elctronica, which is exactly why I can get into it; there’s a steady throb, but ultimately a chilled out vibe. Give it a go.


Download:Poolside – Slow Down [MP3]

New Power Pop Jam from The White Wires

Ever since the new album from The White Wires arrived in my mailbox the other day, I’ve been jamming it as loud as I can around the house.  The Canadian group has signed on with the good folks over at Dirtnap Records to release their album WWIII, which will be in stores on July 31st.  It’s exactly what you want in a power-pop record, and this song epitomizes the feel of the release, with bouncing garage rhythms and just the faintest hint of melody in the vocals.  If this doesn’t lift your spirits a little bit, then I don’t know what will.


Download:The White Wires – All Night Long [MP3]

Announcing the ATH Records Web Store

The day is finally here! We’ve had some tweaking to the site in the work behind the scenes by our excellent partners, Paravel, and I’m here to announce the first update.  I hope you know by now that we’ve started a non-profit (aren’t they all) record label, and our first release was Literature‘s Arab Spring (partnered with Square of Opposition). It’s a great record that has gotten lots of national press, so you should definitely check it out (and buy it!).  You can purchase the album directly from us by going HERE.  There’s also a little tab on the lower right of the home page, and we’ll be updating it with all our releases.  If you prefer to get your vinyl in a non-Internet environment, it’s all over Austin at End of an Ear, Waterloo and Trailer Space. Here’s a few great tracks to stream so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Keep an eye out for more updates on the site, and on the record label!

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More Hooks from Lace Curtains

Just a short while ago we brought you an awesome jangly jam from Michael Coomer’s new project, Lace Curtains, but now it’s time to unleash another hook-laden pop tune for your ears.  This time around, there’s a steadiness to the song’s development, but it’s still got that bouncy quality that Michael’s other group, Harlem, displayed.  I can’t wait to hear the entire record; it’s all going to sound this good I swear.  This new album is titled The Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness, and it comes out this July via Female Fantasy–something to look forward to listening to for the rest of your summer.


Download:Lace Curtains – Bedroom Honesty [MP3]

Dark Pop-Gaze from Seatraffic

If you’re in the search for some brooding pop music, then you better press play on this new Seatraffic jam as quick as you can.  It takes almost a minute to build into the lyrics, but once the vocals come in, the dark undertones make way for the rest of the song to settle into a nice groove.  The San Francisco-based group will be releasing their latest 7″ on a limited vinyl release come August 1st, and this is the A-side for that release.  Subtle dark undertones always make for great listening, no matter what mood you find yourself in at the moment. Give a listen.


Download:Seatraffic – Crimes [MP3]

Classic Pop Track from Bart and Friends

Haven’t heard about Bart and Friends yet? Well, if you follow the Australian pop scene, then surely you’re aware of bands like Lucksmiths, Zebras and Black Tambourine…all which have members in this wonderful supergroup of sorts.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re releasing their There May Come a Time EP on one of our favorite labels, Matinee Recordings. This is precisely the sort of gems the label is known for, featuring some of the best pop you’re going to hear around the globe.  This tune has Pam Berry taking the lead, backed by  a steadied hand of gorgeous pop destined to make you swoon.  Give it a listen, give it some love.


Download:Bart and Friends – There May Come a Time [MP3]

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