We were fortunate enough to have Seapony play at our SXSW party this year, so we’re happy to hear that the band are already about to return with a new record, titled Falling (odd title considering the release date is September 11th). It will, again, be released by the hard-working folks over at Hardly Art, and I’m really loving this new track. Jen’s voice sounds really good, but there’s a directness to this track that is quite striking; there’s less of a shoegaze element to the song, though you can still find a bit of the group’s endearing haziness. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this record.
Download:Seapony – What You Wanted [MP3]
Unless you’re living underneath a rock, you realize that San Francisco is probably one of the biggest scenes in the indie rock community. Luckily for all of us outside the city, we can get our hands on the In a Cloud II compilation, featuring new unreleased tracks from a lot of great bands; the comp comes to us via Secret Seven Records on July 17th. My personal favorite track from the comp is the one featured below by Papercuts, one of my favorite bands from San Francisco–check that, period. It’s got that chilled out vibe Jason’s known for, with a warm trickling melody that evolves slowly. There’s tons of great tracks on this collection, so be sure to Pre-Order it now.
This post is about two things really: a great new discovery, and one of my favorite bands, The Television Personalities. I just discovered The Yellow Melodies, a Spanish band in the midst of several EPs paying homage to TTP, this one called How Television Personalities Learned to Love. The original version is one of my favorite tracks, but this cover adds a bit more of a nice jangle, rather than that post-punk art-rock we got from the original act. For me, I’m just now discovering The Yellow Melodies, and I’m grateful, as they’ve got slews of albums for you to enjoy. Also, I just got a reminder of how much I love going back to my Television Personalities catalog. Here’s both songs, so you can compare and fall in love.
Download:The Television Personalities – 14th Floor [MP3]
Download:The Yellow Melodies – 14th Floor [MP3]
After taking a night to relax and sweat at Stubb’s, it was back into the Chaos. Primary venue choice was Club DeVille, but I did pop next door to see the goings-ons.
Club DeVille scored a great lineup for the indie kids with Sea Lions, Royal Headaches and The Clean. I saw more Japanese hardcore at The Mohawk courtesy Zyanose, full mosh pit included. Ironically, I took an elbow to the face while shooting Royal Headache.
Here come the pics…
It’s Monday, and while my body recovers from Chaos in Tejas, let’s throw something a little bit more chilled out in your direction. This Swedish group is currently in the middle of releasing a trilogy of albums titled The Archer Trilogy–Part 3 should be out later on this year. One of the reason’s I like the group so much is that I can see similarities to other electronic duo’s like the Knife, but this group has a sound completely all their own; it’s always good when you can build on influences and take your own direction. The Deer Tracks is set to come to the US (though not Austin) in June, so keep a look out for them in your town.
Download:The Deer Tracks – W [MP3]
Summertime (I’m a teacher) is perfect for me to catch up on listening to records I’ve gotten that I haven’t given my full attention to, yet. This new album from the Intelligence is high on my list, so as they break out more great tracks for everyone, I’ve always gotta share. Today this new single hit the web, and it’s more of a steady strum, as opposed to the jittery number they released earlier–that is until you get a little bit of swagger in the last minute of the track. You can pick up the band’s new record, Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me, on June 19th via the good folks at In the Red Records.
Download: The Intelligence – Techno Tuesday [MP3]
So Two Door is one of those bands that I can’t help but like. Call me a sucker for Brit Pop done by Irish kids (cue snarky comment from Nathan).
But what was nice to see was Bad Veins opening for them again. They are on the local label Modern Outsider who are friends of the program.
However, the middle support sucked. Think wedding DJ meets karaoke mash-up. Oh my, it was so bad and made worse when I found out the respectable Clap Your Hands Say Yeah would be in the two-slot for the rest of the tour.
Anyway, I love these pics. Enjoy.
Chaos in Tejas is that thing when you get ready for a show by not showering.
It is also that thing where randomly selected indie-punk-pop acts get thrown on stage in between hardcore and punk bands. In this case, The Mohawk featured Nathan’s man-crush, Ted Leo, had a set between Japanese thrash by Reality Crisis and old-school punk from The Mob.
To further confuse my ears, I stopped in for a bit of Big Freedia‘s set at Club DeVille.
Not being from San Francisco, I haven’t been let on the great secret of the city: Dylan Shearer. Luckily, that changed today when this exquisite track landed in ye olde inbox. Dylan’s got a new record titled Porchpuddles, which is being released by Empty Cellar Records on June 19th. Sonically, it harkens back to the earlier days of pop music, with a smooth approach to the delivery of the vocals and the music itself. You get the feeling that this song sounds best in some sort of coffee house with hordes of people swaying as they sit cross-legged on the floor. Pleased to meet you Dylan.
Download:Dylan Shearer – Afterwhile [MP3]
Seems like summertime is perfect for guitar noodling and mellow jams, so I’m happy that Beachwood Sparks has been able to return to the fold as we go deep into the hot weather. After getting back together, the group has recorded Tarnished Gold, which is being released by Sub Pop on June 26th, and trust me, it’s a gem of a record. I’m not that well boned-up on my classic rock, but I hear that shaky ground between Neil Young and the Grateful Dead (I know, sacrilege for us indie kids). Sometimes you just can’t ignore a good hit.
Download:Beachwood Sparks – Sparks Fly Again [MP3]