The LA based group, RACES (formerly Black Jesus) have just signed on with Frenchkiss Records, who will be releasing the band’s debut LP this fall. In preparation for the ride to their debut, the band have just released a single that should probably win you over pretty quickly. There’s somewhat of a distance at the opening of the track, but as the vocals enter with the thick bass line, you find yourself being sucked into the dense sound of the “Big Broom.” Accompaniment of female vocals add a nice softness to the track, leaving you with sort of a sleepy feeling. Should be an interesting collection of tunes.
Download: RACES – Big Broom [MP3]
Our good friends over at Austin’s Paperthin Media sent over this gem of an EP this week, and we see that the word is quickly spreading about Sundress. The Denton quintet are releasing their EP on August 16th, and it should only brighten the star of press for the band. On this single you’ll hear squalling guitars and a quieted vocal that rests just on the crest of the compositions. At times, your ears will hear a shift in levels, with the traditional rise and fall of your every day dream pop. I can’t wait to hear how their sound blossom and grows in the coming years, as this seems like a good musical investment for us all.
Download: Sundress – Derelict [MP3]
I had heard about the signing of Big Troubles while stalking Slumberland Records (as you can see I’ve been doing today!). I’d been keeping my eye on these kids since their debut, Worry, came out, so I’m excited to see that September 27th we can celebrate the arrival of Romantic Comedy. Clearly, there’s a bit of youthfulness going on with this band, which enables them to sort of take dead aim at crafting pop gems with earnest, without having to endure backlash about who or what they were influenced by during the writing process. Smoky vocals placed lightly atop sharp bending guitar lines make this worthy of repeated listens.
Download: Big Troubles – Misery [MP3]
It seems like Slumberland Records is intent on signing all the great bands in the world; I expect a Celebrity Death Match between them and Captured Tracks soon. They just announced today that they’ll be releasing the debut record from Veronica Falls on September 20th. The label has even been kind enough to offer up a free download of “Come On Over” for every one to sample. This track sort of begins with a trickle, jangling guitars and all, but then it jumps off with banging drums and faster guitars. Female vocals soon enter to provide a dream-state that will accompany listeners through the rest of the song. It’s a pretty promising single, so let’s all get excited about Veronica Falls.
Download: Veronica Falls – Come On Over [MP3]
Maybe this is old news, as in yesterday’s news, but I can’t help it. I’ve been a huge fan of John Wesley Coleman for some time, and at this point, it doesn’t seem like he can do anything wrong. Word is being spread that he’s doing a split 7″ which will feature a Gary Stewart song, and a reinterpretation of said song–the 7″ comes out on July 26th Sophomore Lounge Records. True, JWC might not have that honky-tonk feel some associate with Stewart’s music, but there’s that same sense of desperation and pain in his voice, and that’s always going to grab me by the ears.
Download: John Wesley Coleman -Oh Woman
The last time I shared some music from pop hit makers Fair Ohs, I told you that I’d be looking out for more summertime music from them. Well here we are as promised with new summer haze song “Baldessari”. As previously mentioned, this track will appear on the upcoming new album Everything is Dancing due out July 26th on Lefse Records. This album is sure to be one of my anthems for summer fun in the sun.
Download: Fair Ohs – Baldessari [MP3]
Philadelphia’s Arc in Round have just released a new digital album, II, on their BANDCAMP page, and though it’s short with only five songs, I’ve been playing it all morning long. It’s definitely going to fall in the vein of dream-pop, but the execution of the finished product is what is so rewarding. Washed vocals, bright guitar/string moments all lead you into a sonic haven where you can sit absorbed in your own thoughts. My favorite track of the five is “Time Spent,” and you can listen down below for a preview. Currently, the band are offering up II for a name your own price deal, but be sure to support the band, as good music always deserves our support. Don’t forget to go back and give their great back catalog a listen while you’re at it.
Download: Arc in Round – Time Spent [MP3]
Apparently it’s going to be sort of a Scandinavian type day in my house, as I’ve just gotten another gem from the region via Finland’s Big Wave Riders. The band is prepping their digi-EP for new label, Soliti Music, which will also be home to the new work from Cats on Fire. They posted a great track to their last.fm page, and I just fell in love. It begins with sort of a washed out guitar vibe, one that you’d expect from a California beach group, but then the pace picks up, and it turns into momentary dance-pop, and returns once again to the beautiful wash. This is definitely something new and exciting from a great prospect for 2011.
Download: Big Wave Riders – Skate or Die [MP3]
In our continued support of local music and local festivals, we’d like to drop a bit of knowledge your way about a contest currently going down for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 passes and goods. All you have to do is go to Guessthefest.com, use your twitter or facebook account to login, and make 10 guesses at who you think will be playing the festival. Person with the most correct answers will receive one of the following prizes:
1st Place – Air fare for you and a friend plus weekend passes for the both of you. Transmission will also set you up in a sweet hotel for the weekend. Austin residents can choose to fly in some friends or invite 10 friends to Casino el Camino for burgers and beer
2nd Place – You and a friend received P-I-P (Fun Fest’s way to say VIP) to the festival
3rd Place – You and 3 peeps win passes for the weekend
This thing ends on Monday July 4th so you don’t have much time to take advantage! Get on it. For those not in the know, Fun Fest also just added a 3rd full day for this year’s festival so you’re really getting your money’s worth.
That’s it. I’m going to throw my hands up as my new obsession definitely has to be Hoop Dreams. They’ve just released a superb 7″ track on Captured Tracks, and I can’t help but just press repeat over and over again. There’s this weird hint of Orange Juice, but with a more modern feel that will definitely appeal to any current listener in the indie music spectrum. Perhaps it’s too short, but that makes it all the more powerful, as you can’t help but get this song stuck in your head the minute it comes on; it’s likely to remain in your head for some time to come, making the band your new obsession as well.
Download: Hoop Dreams – XCPR [MP3]