Austin Spotlight: Love Inks Announce Album

loveinksThose of you who were elsewhere Saturday night missed the mesmerizing set by Love Inks that closed out the Rockaway Beach Party at Hotel Vegas.   On the heels of that remarkable performance I awoke today to find news that the group had announced the release of their new album, Generation Club; it’ll be released on September 24th.  Their lead single for the upcoming release has a hypnotic beat that vibes throughout, whilst lead singer Sherry Leblanc cooly let’s the warmth of her vocals float atop.  Songs like this one, and a live show to back it up, show that the band is poised for a really incredible end to 2013.



They’re Back: The Terry Malts Announce New Album/Single

terrymaltsOh man. Monday rules.  I can’t tell you how excited I am for the return of one of my favorite bands, The Terry Malts. Their debut album still gets spins, but we should all rejoice knowing that they’ll be back with Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere on September 10 via Slumberland Records.  Their first tune from the album definitely has that chainsaw buzzing guitar accompanied by infectious bass lines and precision drumming.  I really can’t say enough things about this band, on record or in the live setting; they kill, simple as that. Enjoy this new jam.

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The Postiljonen Rings Twice

I might be Swedish.

Postiljonen is not Swedish for Postal Service, though it is somehow translated to postman with French origins (according to the internets). I guess that makes sense given this track has a bit of M83 feel to it. The trio of Joel, Daniel and Mia deliver the well-crafted tones and ethereal vocals I have increasingly become addicted to this summer. I think you will enjoy it, too.

Skyer is due July 22. You can peep a video for the track “Atlantis” here. #saxsolo

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New Pop from Warm Soda

Warm-SodaIf you haven’t seen us raving about Warm Soda, then you probably haven’t been following our site for too long.  Their album released earlier this year was full of delicious power pop that continues to show up on all of our playlists.  But, the band has turned around instantly with the Tell Me In a Whisper 7″.  The A-side isn’t as furious as previous work, but it definitely exemplifies the group’s habit for constructing perfect melodies around their guitar chords.  Soft or not, this is such a sweet jam that it only convinces me this band won’t do anything wrong.   Keep writing the hits boys!

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Dreamy Number from Picnic

477360_391320580907817_921495727_oMonday’s are always the hardest to get back into the swing of things, right? Well, I think this tune from Picnic will definitely help ease you into the work week after a long weekend.  The group has recently released their album The Weather’s Fine via Shelflife Records, so you know you can count on the quality of the release.  For the most part, the music seems to trickle politely, though there’s a few moments when the instrumentation takes a heavy-handed turn…you’ll have to listen to find it.  If you’re looking for something to help your escape the day, then come no further than this gem.

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Because America, That’s Why.

It is the Fourth of July. You might have the day off. You might be day-drinking. You might be readying meats and substitute meat-products for the grill. You might want to listen to some jams. Well, How about I remind you of some recent doings here.

If you want to get some vinyl for the turntable, take a gander at the 2013 Albums of the Year… So Far list. All of us with a hand in picking jams and reviewing records chimed in to create the best list ever. And I mean that. Ever.

Next up, we have the No Bummer Summer 2013 playlist. It works great on your mobile device via the Soundcloud apps (Apple, Android, WP). It has the jams, it has the bleeps, it has the locals, it has the internationals, it has the hits – it has it all, really.

Finally, if you want to just get silly and dance a little and then chill and then dance some more, the IT Dept. Summer Playlist is a digitally affected set of tracks to use for your enjoyment. No repeats on the IT and No Bummer playlist means about three hours of nothing but awesome.

I set up both embedded after the break. I know, I am really nice. So, Happy Independence Day, I hope you and Will Smith have fun taking out the aliens.

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Hope You Didn’t Forget Architecture in Helsinki

archIt’s been awhile since we last heard from Aussie’s Architecture in Helsinki, but good things come to those who wait.  In the last few days, the band has popped their head up with a catchy new single that should definitely make the end of your Wednesday a good one.  I figured since we’re all taking the day off to celebrate 4th of July festivities tomorrow, we’d leave you with this one last track to get you smiling on your way out the door.  This is the band’s latest, but no word yet on when a full-length will come your way…we’ll keep you posted as news comes our way.

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Brand New Music from Comet Gain

CometGain2Make no mistake about it, Comet Gain is one of my Top 5 bands of all time.  The poetry, the song construction, the style and the diversity consistently surprise and entertain.  News came just recently that they are working on a 7″ for WIAIWYA (via my man Howard), which is always exciting as you never know when the group is going to pop up with something new.  I’m pretty sure that the rest of my day is going to be spent playing this tune over and over.  If you’ve not followed this band before, and this song catches your ear, please go check out the back catalogue of one of the most overlooked bands in the world.

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Win Tickets to see the Whalers @ the Belmont (7.6)

whalersNo! This is not Bob Marley’s Wailers, but the great Austin act, the Whalers.  They’re celebrating the release of their new single by throwing a great show over at the Belmont this Saturday night.  What’s even better, they’re letting us give away a pair of tickets to the show!  If you’re not convinced yet, check out the incredible Austin talent supporting them: Tiger Waves, The Baker Family and Jesse Woods.  I’m pretty sure anyone with good tastes will want to make their way out.  All you have to do is leave a comment with your 4th of July plans, and I’ll pick a winner.  Our contest will close at 5 PM on Friday, July 5th. Good luck….and if you don’t win, you can still go check out great Austin music.


Download: Whalers – Night Train [MP3]

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