Tasty little elctro pop fun time track was just unleashed on the internets. It is the second track from the album Quantum Leap landing after the New Year (If you are hoping for a Scott Bakula reference, well, you just got one).
The interesting bit of news for our readers across the pond is a Detour project to get the group to London. It is like a tour Kickstarter and your requests help make it feasible to fund the trip. Link here.
Download: Dumbo Gets Mad – BAM BAM [MP3 – Email Unlock]
And out of the ashes of Pete and the Pirates comes Teleman. Yep, I’m a little bummed there’s no more Pete and the Pirates, but this brand new single from the newer outfit is pretty special. It opens slowly for the most part, using the vocal to really draw in the listener. Moving along, it adds hazy bits of keyboards and a simple drum beat before carrying you off to a blissful pop state. You can find this track on the group’s debut single, which will be part of the new Moshi Moshi Singles Club; it comes out on January 14th, so get those wallets ready.
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You know we love raving about Literature, who’ve recently departed Austin for Philadelphia, so I’m happy to share with you the A-Side to their new Tie Dye 7″, which the band is putting out via Square of Opposition Records (it’s up for pre-order right now!). When the song starts off, it’s got that catchy jangle that made me love their sound, but what’s interesting is that as the song begins to fade out, they add a new layer to their sound. It’s a wayward sounding group harmony with just a bit of fuzz on it. Oh, and if you didn’t buy their debut Arab Spring, you need to get it HERE since I only have about 10 left!
Download:Literature – Tie Dye [MP3]
Mondays are always a mix of emotions, battling between exhaustion and caffeine highs, so I figured it’d be best to wrap the day up with something soothing to send you off into the evening hours. Bell Gardens is a recording project between Kenneth J. Gibson and Brian McBride (the latter of Stars of the Lid, not USMNT Soccer fame), and their recent release, Full Sundown Assembly, is cinematic beauty. Pop songs sprawl, aided by extensive instrumentation to back the structure of the tunes. I see this as an American version of Spirtualized; it’s drenched in soulful songs, yet carefully accentuated by Gibson and McBride. Perfect way to wrap up a Monday.
The great thing about a good long holiday weekend is that it allows for discovery, and I stumbled upon Ciro Madd by checking out the UK blog, Burning World. The group is another one of those Brazilian acts that we might not have heard about, if we weren’t getting by with some help from our friends. They’ve just released the wonderful Sleeping in the Rough Sea on Pug Records, which has a lo-fi pop feel at times, and other times it reminds me of the Wedding Present. If I had a complaint, it’s that the vocals are possibly too low in the music, but they’re still decipherable, and elemental to the band’s sound. If you’re looking for some nostalgic rock n’ roll, then you’ll want to check in on Ciro Madd, where you can grab their album for FREE.
Download: Ciro Madd – The Call [MP3]
A short while ago I raved about the new 7″ from The Spook School, and they’re wasting no time getting back at it again with this excellent new cassette EP on Soft Power Records/Vinyl. When the song opens it’s just casual twee pop, which is all well and good, but when they blast off at the 20 second mark, you’ll feel your heart jump for joy. It’s a joyous jangling pop tune trading male and female vocal parts throughout the tune. If you’re in search of some ramshackle indie pop to get stuck inside your head for days, then you’ve come to the right place!
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Turkey has come and gone. After the joys of fambly and the crushing defeat at the hands of the Frogs from Ft. Worth, Friday night was bound to be better with a four band show at 29th St. Ballroom. The Pharmacy was in town and we had locals The Bad Lovers, Pharaohs, and Foreign Mothers to surround them in Keeping Austin Weird.
The locals were pegged in the corner of the bar stage while headliners took it to the big room for beer throwing, bass hanging, big jams and really drunk dude being happy (and then taking a nap).
Read on for a few more thoughts and plenty of pics.
One of the many acts in the Dirtnap Records is the recent signee, Legendary Wings. They’re still out promoting their recent release, Making Paper Roses, which is full of grit and energy. This is the band’s most recent single, and it displays the garage quality that has endeared the group to punk fans such as myself. Personally, I love the sound of the guitar on this track, pushed high up in the mix, yet holding onto a balls-out sensibility that soon makes way for the shouted hook of the gang vocal. Just another solid hit from a band that’s out to kick ass and take some names.
Download:Legendary Wings – Nachos [MP3]
After a long holiday week for many, we need a cool little vibe to get things started, right? Luckily this new track from Chromatics hit yesterday, which definitely hits the mood I’m looking for, using touches of electronics to coat the vocals. Those of you expecting more from the group might be a little disappointed, as this is just one of a few tracks that Johnny Jewel is adding to the After Dark II compilation he’s putting out via his label Italians Do It Better. This should help you slowly move your way into the week, but in the best way possible.
Download:Chromatics- Cherry [MP3]
Unfortunately our brother-in-cameras, Brian Gray, was unable to attend this jam-packed show due to familial obligations stemming from Thanksgiving, so I traipsed out alone, anxious to see two of my favorite bands, Races and The Generationals. Read more