Not too long ago we brought you a tune from Alphabetical Order Orchestra, the band who has sprung out of the hiatus of My Latest Novel. That tune offered a glimpse of the band’s blend between folk and pop, but this new tune is much more simple, though equally as beautiful. There’s light bits of percussion, though the song revolves around the acoustic guitar strumming and the vocal delivery. But, just as you think the whole tune will remain on one level, the drums begin to bang, backing vocals unite, all before the song settles back down quietly. No word yet on an official release, but we’ll keep you posted.
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It’s yet another busy week in Austin in the live music scene and kicking things off with Small Black at Red 7 would be a great way to start the week. Fans interested in checking out the show for free should check out some contest details we’ve got below.
Venue: Red 7
Lineup: Small Black, Heavenly Beat, Equals
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Download: Small Black – Moon Killer [MP3]
Last Wednesday night at The Mohawk featured a lineup of three phenomenal female songwriters, including Austin’s own Dana Falconberry. Torres headlined the show on the inside stage with Lady Lamb The Beekeeper and the aforementioned Dana Falconberry.
Please click through for a few thoughts and pics from the night.
Lemuria is a band that we’ve really grown to love after the release of their album The Distance is So Big earlier this year. Those unfamiliar with the album should check out our stellar album review and pick up a copy when you get the chance. Luckily for all us music fans, the band decided to have their album release show in Austin this Saturday at Mohawk. Joining the band you’ll get locals Ghost Knife and Debt. See ya there kids.
Download: Lemuria – Oahu, Hawaii [MP3]
Ever since he released the Airwalker EP and A Place Where We Could Go I’ve been an adamant fan of Jeremy Jay and his music. But, he’s been quiet as of late, waiting almost two full years since his last release to put together a new album. According to an email, part of that seems to be that he’s been searching for the absolute perfect place to record his music. Our first taste of new music from Jeremy already seems destined for greatness, with an old 80s warehouse sound and Jay’s cool vocal delivery. His new record should come our way later this year via K Records, with a single slated for release prior to that date; for now, he’s graciously sent us this incredible tune to share with you all. Do yourself a favor if you’re new to Jeremy, and go revisit his entire catalogue. It’ll be a day well spent.
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After more than a decade, we are happy to see that The Cannanes are fully back with a brand new full-length. They teased us recently with an EP, but now they’ve announced Howling at All Hours will be released by our really good friends over at Chapter Music. I’ve always appreciated the vocal delivery in their songs, which sort of remind of the way Ian Dury delivered his lyrics, although The Cannanes seemed to have a little bit more sensibility, employing backing lyrics to add a balance. You can get your copy at your local store on July 5th, adding to the great releases by Chapter this year (see Dick Diver).
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Béisbol is a brother duo based out of Portland, Jeff and Ryan Burian, brings us the latest song I will share as a background music to your summer. This has a tinge of Italian disco in the bassline and plenty of catchy Indie hooks to get you bobbing in time.
The bros will play the Baths aftershow at The Mohawk next week.
Download: Béisbol – That Feeling [MP3]
I know I’m usually the one with a tendency towards power-pop or punk rock here, but I couldn’t resist posting this incredible song from Arp. The project of Alexis Georgopoulos has been quiet since 2010, though he’s popped up here and there. This piece exemplifies why Arp is such a special listen, revolving around the voice for the most part, though the entrance of horns and organ definitely take the song into another level of beauty. I’m in love with Alexis’ voice throughout the tune, softly operatic and accented by the light guitar work backbone. His new record, More, will come out on September 19th via Smalltown Superound.
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We’ve covered Painted Palms before, and now we’ve all got even more reason to celebrate, as the group has just put up the FREE Nothing Lasts Long EP for your ears. According to our sources, the story behind the release was for the duo to experiment with the worlds where psychedelia and electronica collide; they even intended to create is as a mixtape of sorts. I’m really digging this tune below, with a really solid groove that grabs you from the get go. You can grab yourself this rad little EP HERE.
Download: Painted Palms – Upper Floors [MP3]
If you’ve followed this web site for some time, then you’ll surely be aware of my unabashed love for I Was a King. Through three albums, they’ve continued to amaze me with their pop tunes, and today there are signs that they’re progressing even further. They’ve got a new single coming out soon, and they’ve allowed us to share one of the tracks with you all, so we’re doing just that. I’ve chosen “Oslo Share,” which displays the band working with their excellent vocal harmonies, providing music that continues to leave an impression, even as the song comes to an end. IWK will be working on a new album in September, and I guarantee it’s going to be amazing.
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