Man, sometimes the world just collides in odd ways. Just this morning I started a book on Marquee Moon, and later, I get an email about former Dictator Thunderbolt Patterson! Next I expect a text from Debbie Harry. There’s never anything wrong with classic punk rock, and while this isn’t precisely classic, the new song from Thunderbolt definitely has its roots in the glory days. There’s a bit more polish to this track, but imagine what all the old stuff would have sounded like if only we had ProTools in 1976. This is just good honest rock n’ roll; the kind that makes you proud to be a music fan.
Download: Thunderbolt Patterson – Life’s Rich Pageant [MP3]
Admittedly, we don’t post a whole lot outside of your typical indie rock spectrum, but occasionally something just resonates with us that we have to post. Such is the case when the latest EP from Chrome Sparks hit our inbox. The Michigan native just dropped My <3 on his SITE, and you can grab it for the convenient “name your price” tag. Listening to this all afternoon, I’m reminded of Black Moth Super Rainbow, if they were good, and more accessible to your moderate constructionist listener. If, like me, you’re not typically into this sort of thing, just give it a bit of time. There’s a track titled “Miss You,” that will win over everyone’s heart easily. Okay, so all these songs have won me over today, so get on it.
Download: Chrome Spakrs – All There Is (Feat. Steffaloo) [MP3]
Ume opened for Mission of Burma a few days ago, and no doubt, the crowd would have gotten a taste of their latest sounds. With the new track “Captive”, they show a bit of a more polished sound. Not a shock, this band is getting better at being a band. It is a cohesive, pretty and strong track, with addictive guitar hooks to keep you glued. With similar acts like Metric and Joy Formidable gaining momentum, let’s hope Ume can capitalize.
The new album Phantoms will land August 30 on Modern Outsider, a new Austin label started by husband and wife team Chip and Erin Adams (nice people). You can preorder it now.
Download: Ume – Captive [MP3]
Awhile back we brought you an early listen to “The Ornament,” the first single from the upcoming album, The Ornament, by Gold Leaves. It’s really easy to see comparisons to other folk acts such as Fleet Foxes, but one thing I enjoy that is a bit different is the lush arrangements behind the sound on each track. We’ve got another one today, and you’ll hear hints of the kind of orchestration you usually find on the quiet tracks of Papercuts records. Yeah, those are great qualities to have, so you won’t hear any complaints coming from my end right now. Be sure to pick up the record on August 16th via Hardly Art.
Download: Gold Leaves – Cruel/Kind [MP3]
You would think that a band made up of former members of The Village Green would have some sort of Davies-esque influence of their songwriting, but this doesn’t seem to be the case for Portland’s Light for Fire. They’ve just released their self-titled debut, and you’ll be disappointed if you don’t give this a good solid listen. Personally, I hear an edgier Dr. Dog, but that’s probably based on the piano line. Still, that guitar chord that knifes its way through the song just cleanses your palate before the band brings it all home again, making for one heck of a single. Be sure to check out the band’s SITE to preview their entire album.
Download: Light for Fire – NY (By the Hand) [MP3]
It’s easy to know you’ll love something when the press release tosses the names of Ty Segall, The Ramones, and Trouble in Mind Records all into one email. Mikal Cronin will be releasing his self-titled debut on TiM on September 20th, and based on this track alone, I know I’m going to be playing it on repeat over and over. If you toss in a little more melody on Segall’s formula for psych-rock, perhaps remove a bit of hazy tones, and this is pretty much what you’re going to get. I know, right! Sounds pretty awesome, so jump on the wagon now, and prepare for Cronin to come to Austin in September (17th) with Ty.
Download: Mikal Cronin -Apathy [MP3]
I say this is obligatory, as I’m sure that everyone in the world has this track on play right now, or at least gave it a listen today at some point. We’d be remiss if we didn’t post it, as Girls were one of our favorite bands, or are rather. The last time they offered up a 6 minute song (Hellhole Ratrace) it played non-stop. Here, on “Vomit” they’ve clearly slowed things down, but the delivery of the vocal sounds remarkably similar to early works. When the song bursts, you get a glimpse at the hard work the band’s done, crafting a much fuller sound, even with a bit of a sharp edge. Surely we can expect great things when their new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, hits on September 13th via True Panther.
Download: Girls – Vomit [MP3]
You might have seen this tracking floating around last week, but I wanted to give it some more attention, as it’s such a deserving track. Carter Tanton spends a lot of his time playing with Lower Dens, but you wouldn’t be able to tell after listening to this lead single from his upcoming record, Freeclouds; the record will be in stores on November 1st via Austin’s own Western Vinyl. From the get go, there’s this brightness to the song filtering beneath the vocal. There’s something really familiar about it, though I can’t place it precisely, greatness perhaps? Regardless of what it reminds you of, this song will surely be playing around you for the rest of the week.
Download: Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy [MP3]
Just last week we gave you an opportunity to give a listen to “Christmas Girl,” the first release from the upcoming Boston Spaceships album, Let It Beard. In true Pollard fashion, he already has another song for you folks to enjoy, and again, it’s just a great track. Over the years he’s been able to win us over, though most will admit he’s tossed out a few misses here and there. After listening to Let It Beard all week, I can tell you that this is not going to be the case this go round; it’s a solid record through and through, full of gem after gem. You can get yourself a copy on August 2nd.
Download: Boston Spaceships – Tabby and Lucy [MP3]
There’s always something special about listening to Loney Dear. On the last effort, Dear John, I found myself drawn into some really spectacularly quiet songs that fit right into where I was emotionally. Emil’s voice has this memorable pitch to it, and the construction of the songs has always done wonders to give it the most power. This new track comes from the group’s upcoming record on Polyvinyl Records, Hall Music. You can hear the song building slowly in your ear, melodies rising all the while, waiting for Emil to unleash his vocals. There’s definitely a more orchestrated approach to the record based on what we’ve heard so far, and that’s got me looking forward to see what the rest of Hall Music will sound like. Give this track a good once or twice over.
Download: Loney Dear – My Heart