Honestly, I’ve had my hands on the new Veronica Falls album for a few weeks, and I can’t tell you how much the band has progressed since their first self-titled release. The melodies are tightly woven and the vocals are simply intoxicating…and that’s on every single track. You can put all preconceived notions aside, as this record sounds so much brighter than the previous effort. Waiting for Something to Happen is just around the corner with Slumberland Records slated to release the tune on February 12th. I have faith that this entire listen won’t let down a single fan, and should award the group many new adoring listeners.
As the set time sheet at The Mohawk read, SOLD THE FUCK OUT. Three ticket agents were sitting out front asking for extra tickets. Guess the ticket agents are big Purity Ring fans.
Doors were at 7:30, but that was a last minute change from 6:30. That meant a giant line in for both doors and rail campers right away. I knew it would be a challenge to move through the masses, but I was ready to get smooth electro bounce BUZZ jams on in full effect. Young Magic started the night.
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Repeat, the debut album from Seattle’s Wimps just came out today, and based on the evidence, it’s a refreshing piece of punk rock. There’s no frills to this debut; it’s an album with nothing but substance. The songs are gritty and sharp, but their juvenile and fun. This is precisely what made punk rock so endearing in the early days, with bands just blasting out their tunes in a raucous manner. You can pick up this album right now, and I encourage you to do so, as it’s the first release from the brand new End of Time label. Don’t be afraid. Punk rock can be fun.
Download:Wimps – Stop Having Fun [MP3]
Most of my experience with Aly Spaltro, who performs under the moniker Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, has seen her working on the softer side of things, with her voice living it up as the most powerful element. But, on her latest single “Bird Balloons” you’ll find a much more emphatic orchestration surrounding her voice, creating a song that’s both moving and accessible; it also exhibits her playful side, which you’ll definitely appreciate. You can pick up her debut album, Ripley Pine, on Feburary 19th via Ba Da Bing Records. It’s not your typical musical affair, which is all the more reason to enjoy it.
Man oh man, Dog Bite really has something here. This is the third single from Phil Jones (not the Man United utility player sadly) and his upcoming record, Velvet Changes, which is being released by Carpark Records on February 5th. Personally, I usually don’t go straight for the electronic looping, but I like the tone of the guitar that quietly lurks in the background. Plus, the manipulated drums provides a really strong sterility to the song’s structure. If you haven’t been carried away by Jones yet, then you’re going to have no one to blame but yourself when this album goes big time.
Download:Dog Bite – Native America [MP3]
Those of you that follow the Internet have no doubt heard of Milk Music; they’re a Washington group known for their live energy and raw sound. Listening to the newest single from their album, Cruise Your Illusion, which hits the streets on April 2nd via Fat Possum Records. My first run through the tune revealed a lot more polish than some of the efforts that existed on their earlier EP. But, the recording itself provides this certain level of grit, living somewhere between the boundaries of Cloud Nothings and Dinosaur Jr–not an entirely bad thing, eh? I think there’s a lot of promise in this track, but I’m holding out my judgment on the hype until a later date.
Download:Milk Music – I’ve Got a Wild Feeling [MP3]
Snowden has another track from the pending full length No One In Control up to stream. This track is a simmering pensive affair, complete with a break down and strong finish. Looking forward to the album due out on Serpents and Snakes “in 2013”.
If you dig it, there are two remixes available to check out at the Snowden Soundcloud.
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Those of us who’ve found our lives intertwined with bedroom pop should be rejoicing over the world’s musical fascination with the genre’s reemergence over the last several years. Even in Italy, Brothers In Law have been crafting their own propulsive blend of atmospheric guitar pop for some time, and they’ve finally got a full-length coming to light titled Hard Times for Dreamers, which is seeing a limited joint release between WWNBB and CF Records (who put out that excellent Sea Pinks record in 2012). I can’t help but fall in love with this track…sure, there’s a dreamy quality, but I put it on and my arms can’t help but flail about as they spin me around the room in my office. Feel free to fan over this one.
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It’s well known that Ty Segall has a lot of fans around these parts. Not just with the ATH crew, but the man and his band also seem to have a huge following in Austin. Let’s also not forget that this lineup at Mohawk is loaded with talent in the form of Ex-Cult, OBN III’s, and DJ Richard Henry. Let the games begin!
Up for grabs: Your name on the promoter’s guest list with +1.
How to enter: Leave a comment with your favorite Ty Segall song and we’ll pick our favorite (really just at random).
Deadline: Friday morning.
Please don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you if you win.
Download: Ty Segall Band – I Bought My Eyes [MP3]
I’d be remiss if I didn’t write about the most recent Girls Names track to come out of the Internet. I’d also be in the same boat if I didn’t admit that I have no idea where the group is going musically, in an extremely exhilarating sense. When I first heard this tune, I noted the semi-Orange Juice guitar chops, but was thrown off by the haunting of the vocals. Then came this progression with keyboard intrusions and a brighter tone to the vocals–it honestly reminded me of The Fresh and Onlys traveling back to the early 80s, which basically equates to a hit in my ear. Luckily, The New Life will be in stores from Slumberland Records on February 18th, so I’ll finally get to put all the incredible pieces together.
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