More Sprawling Pop from Au.Ra

tumblr_inline_mh5cpcBBBR1qbkaszLast year, our virtual friends over Art Is Hard Records are doing something new with their limited releases this year, a Postcard Club.  One of their first releases of the year is going to be a band that I’ve already discussed before: Au.Ra. They’re creating these pop soundscapes that meld bits of melody and ambient noise–it’s done expertly, so I can’t get enough of them.  You can read more about the Postcard Club, as well as get your hands on this limited release single over at the label’s site.

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Feel Good Rock N’ Roll fro Fatal Jamz

774186331-1There’s a bit of 80s cheese in this release from Fatal Jamz, but if you get over yourself, you’re going to find yourself happily pumping your fists to this tune, and the rest that reside on Vol. 1. The songs on this release are simple, yet they’re filled with delightful pop moments that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into as each note reaches your ears.  Honestly, it reminds me of Free Energy, except it sounds better, and not quite as revisionist. If you dig what you here, you can sink your teeth into an entire album’s worth of top-tapping, fist-pumping (not bumping) good times. Have fun folks!

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Pop Rocking with Warm Soda

warmsoda666.144307I loved what Bare Wires were doing musically, so when I heard that Matthew Melton had a new outfit, I had to get on it.  Boy was I pleased when I heard this rad single from Warm Soda.  It’s got power-pop guitar chords, but there’s also a nice bit of sheen to the track, making it catchy enough to play on and on and on.  The group has just released their debut LP, Someone For You, on limited edition splattered vinyl.  It went pretty quick, so they’ll be releasing it again on Castle Face Records at the end of March.

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Download:Warm Soda – Reaction [MP3]

New Tunes from Milky Wimpshake

FPOP14320 years into their career, Milky Wimpshake are still going strong, ready to unleash their fifth proper LP in February on Fortuna Pop.  The first single is everything you love about catchy pop music, with lyrics that find their way inside your subconscious, leaving you singing them for the rest of your day.  I’m digging the effortless bit of swagger to this tune, in particular the classic rock n’ roll guitar soloing in the middle of the track.  It’s fitting that their new record should by titled Heart and Soul in the Milky Way, as there’s no other way to describe the work this group has put in over the years.  Just jumped to the top of my list of anticipated albums in 2013.

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More Blissful Pop from Ablebody

3408002343-1Just a few weeks ago we talked to you about the upcoming release from Ablebody, the newest project of Christoph Hochheim. (formerly of Depreciation Guild/POBPAH).  I’m bringing you another excellent track from his upcoming All My Everybody EP, which will actually be available for everyone tomorrow.  On this latest single, there’s a subtle electronic undertone, built perfectly to accompany the gentle tonal quality in Christoph’s voice.  Slowly but surely he’s making a name for himself on his own, and after listening to this EP, it’s well deserved.

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Indie Pop Goodness from Hospital

3845608337-1Two things of importance in this post.  First, I feel like I haven’t gotten down on some good old fashioned indie pop in 2013.  Second, I don’t post enough Russian music.  So, I aim to fix that by introducing you to Hospital, who’ve just put out their When the Trees Were Higher (which you can grab for free).  The opening track is really special, using a pristine angular guitar sound combined with underlying electronic creativity.  You’ll find a pleasurable warmth sweeping for you as the song fades to an end.  We might never see them over here in the states, but at least we can enjoy their tunes!

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Download:Hospital – Time Will Tell [MP3]

New Folk Number from Y La Bamba

1153Last year, Portlanders Y La Bamba released Court the Storm. It’s combination of Mexican heritage and modern folk led to much success, and they’re already back at it again. January 29th will see the release of the group’s new Oh February EP, and we’ve got the newest single available for you guys. I’m attached to the sound of the guitar in this song, but the vocal harmonies and late-entry of the drums don’t hurt the song either. If you’re into what you hear, look out for the band to hit the road with The Lumineers at the end of the month.

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Download: Y La Bamba – Oh February

Love Me Some Benoit Pioulard

benoitBenoit Pioulard has had an interesting career, and by that I mean he’s progressed back and forth in different directions throughout, always careful to stand by his carefully crafted ambient sounds.  His last few releases have seen him take a more accessible approach, providing listeners with a more pop generated sound.  He’s back again with what I’m thinking is going to be a hit; he’ll release Hymnal on March 4th through Kranky. As the releases of 2013 start to get busy, this is one that’s creeping to the top of my list after listening to this track on repeat for the last few hours.

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What’s aHappening Austin? Weekend Show Spotlight

austin-skyline-mark-weaverAs rock n’ roll season heads into full swing, it’s time we all take advantate of the many shows that are coming our way in the next few months before SXSW hits us hard.  Surely you know Ty Segall is playing at the Mohawk on Friday night with Ex-Cult and OBN IIIs, but what else is going on in town?  Well, in case Ty isn’t your taste, or you can’t make it, here’s some other show suggestions for a pretty solid weekend in Austin. Read more

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