If you haven’t given a thorough listen to Kurt Vile‘s Smoke Ring for My Halo, then do so now, as you’re really missing out on some kind of wonderful. Sure, there’s tons of hype, but it truly is justified. If you’ve already gotten into that effort, then you’ll also be happy to know Kurt’s putting out the So Outta Reach EP on Matador Records on November 8th. If it’s anything like the track below, it’s just going to add on to the damage he’s done to my bank account this year. Oh, and if you truly dig this and you’re in Austin, Kurt’s an act not to miss at ACL next week.
Download: Kurt Vile – The Creature [MP3]
One of the great things about being an old-ish punk rocker is watching your idols grow up along with you. Their music changes as your tastes do, both of you seemingly taking the same path. For me, this has been the case watching Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music fame go out on his own with his folk recordings. Generally they rely upon acoustic guitar and his throaty vocals, giving old post-punk fans a bit of enjoyment, and sense of self, while listening to a bit of folk. You can pick up Ragan’s new album, Covering Ground, on September 13th, and it’ll be worth it; I haven’t met a Chuck Ragan LP I didn’t like.
Download: Chuck Ragan – You Get What You Give [MP3]
One of the places I frequently troll for new music tipped me off to this great little London act, Fanzine, They also alluded to a possible signing with Fat Possum, which wouldn’t seem out of line after they picked up Yuck last year. The group are self-releasing their Low EP, and there’s definite gems for you to enjoy. Whether you want a slow-pace pop ditty or a nice upbeat stomper, you can find it on this short EP. One things for sure, the band has the hooks, seemingly, to write a great track, so I’m sure we’ll hear more from them in the future.
Download: Fanzine – Rocket Fuel [MP3]
At the beginning of August I brought you a nice little number from Super Melody, the new project from James, formerly of Architecture in Helsinki. His debut, Destination Unknown, is slated to hit stores next week. You’re going to really dig this record if you’re into the sort of thing Chromeo does to the dance floor. It’s definitely got that electronic-R&B vibe, meant to get you moving. Considering its Friday, we should all put our dancing shoes on now, moving on into the long Labor Day weekend.
Download: Super Melody – Worker Bee [MP3]
If you ever had the chance to listen to Scottish group DeRosa then you are probably just as excited as I am to hear new music from Martin John Henry, one of the group’s principal songwriters before their demise. He’s been working on solo stuff, and we’re finally going to have a release, with The Other Half of Everything being released in the UK in October. On first listen, there’ a whole lot of Malcolm Middleton, though I hate to pigeonhole the entire singer/songwriter genre of Scotland–still, it’s not a bad thing by any means. It’s precisely the pleasant listening experience you’d come to expect from the cover art picture to the left.
Download: Martin John Henry – Breathing Space [MP3]
We’ve talked about Dominant Legs for some time, and more music just seems to come our way concerning the outfit. They’ll be offering up their debut, Invitation, on September 27th via Lefse Records. On this track, you can definitely feel the airy quality in the songwriting, giving a sense of lightness to the group’s sound. That little bit of pop you need can easily be found as the song moves in and out, with Ryan Lynch’s vocals holding your attention as steady rhythm beats perfectly in sync with the tracks mood. This record has been playing a lot in my house, and soon you’ll find it’s a huge part of your daily rotation too.
Download: Dominant Legs – Where We Trip The Light [MP3]
As the date continues to draw closer, we’re still going strong, bringing you another band we think you should take notice of during Austin City Limits. Read on for our thoughts on The Moondoggies. Read more
Last month I brought you an incredible track from Light for Fire, and they’ve just pushed out another little single for the masses. This time around, they give you a bit more of a folk-troubadour sound, but you know that’s never a bad thing in our book. It seems that every track this band puts out just begs to be played over and over again, regardless of where you are. Their self-titled album is out now, and available for your pleasure, so take my advice, as this is a collection of songs that won’t leave your record player for some time.
Download: Light for Fire – The Huckster [MP3]
There seems to be a small amount of buzz growing behind Seattle group Elba, and I’m here to further their endeavor. In September, the group will be releasing their self-titled album, which will hopefully put the band’s name out there. On this track, the ringing guitar floating is mesmerizing, while the quieted backing vocals provide a new level of depth to the song’s sound. Like me, you’ll scour the Internet for more tracks; you can find one on their BANDCAMP, and another HERE. All signs point to a great release to further our already busy listening schedule in the fall.
Download: Elba – From A Sinking Ship [MP3]
Finally! I’ve got something on Nathan Williams! I’ve actually met Dave Grohl. Twice. Why does this matter you ask? Well, Nathan, and his band, Wavves, just released a new track tonight, “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl,” which will appear on the band’s Life Sux EP, which hits the stores on September 20th. Honestly, I wasn’t entirely convinced of Williams’ talent until the last year and a half or so, but he’s cleaned up the production, and included great hooks, like those you’ll find here. His star was rising long ago, but I feel as if this will only continue if he progresses the way he’s been heading. I mean, come on, just look at that face. Put that with a track like this and you’re bound to be a huge success. Now, if only I can get that girl from Best Coast to be my girlfriend.
Download: Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl [MP3]