I’ve been waiting for some time to listen to this new track from Sambassadeur, knowing that one of my favorite labels, Labrador, was going to release a new 7″ from the group. The Memories 7″ is set to come out in November, and they’re giving everyone a chance to preview the material today. Interestingly, the bass line steals the show, providing a stepping rhythm that definitely propels the song forward. If you’ve followed the band, you’ll notice the orchestral touches such as horns and string cuts coming in and out of the track. I wish these guys would put out more material, but this will do.
Download:Sambassadeur – Memories [MP3]
Man, I really love this track from Cave Cat. I wish I knew more about this group of Swedes, other than they just released this great 7″ on Luxury and Dufflecoat Records. It’s definitely a bit of a wayward jangle, but the atmospheric bent of the vocals and ringing guitars puts this band on par with groups like The Mary Onettes…another personal favorite. I particularly love how the guitar solo knifes its way through on the latter half of the tune. Dig it, kids, and check out another track “abject” here.
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It’s two weeks away from one of our favorite festivals, if not, our favorite Austin festival, so it’s time to take a look at some of the acts we’re really anticipating taking the stage. For me, the first nostalgic nod has to go to the Promise Ring. Yeah, I was 17 during their hey-day, so it makes perfect sense that I would have fallen in love with their music, labeled as emo at the time (though with no association to the current range of emo). Their highlight, in my eyes, definitely has to be Very Emergency. Whether you want to label it with a genre or not, it was a great pop record, and one that still holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to catch the group live, as I was living in Oklahoma (the land of no shows) during my peak of adoration, so I’m overly excited to see these guys. Glad Transmission got them to break out and bring the rock. Whether you’re nostalgic or just curious, this is a must see band for my two cents.
Download:The Promise Ring – Happiness Is All The Rage [MP3]
They’ll be playing Sunday on the Orange Stage at 6:05 PM.
Well, this is an old song, but it’s probably going to be brand new to those of us outside of Memphis who hadn’t heard of The Barbaras. Legend has it that Jay Reatard recorded the band, which featured Steven Pope (of his then touring band), but in anger told the band he scrapped the recordings. After his unfortunate demise, these tunes resurfaced on some of Jay’s old recording equipment, and the great people at Goner Records are going to be releasing the collection, The Barbaras 2006-2008, on October 30th. This track’s definitely made its way onto my daily playlist, and it has a mellower tone than some of the other tracks, just showcasing the songwriting of the group during their prime. Take a listen.
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Have we got a deal for you !? The great people of Transmission are allowing us to help you get out and see one of the most anticipated shows of the season, Woods over at Red 7. Their recent release, Bend Beyond, is absolutely magnificent, and I have a feeling it will make a lot of year end lists. But, if that’s not enough to convince you, you can also see Widowspeak, a Captured Tracks act that made my list of favorites at SXSW this past year. Oh, and local group Hidden Ritual is setting things off right as the opening slot! All you need to do is leave a comment with your most anticipated Fun Fun Fun Fest band, and we’ll pick our favorite and let you have 2 free tickets to Wednesday night’s show. Doors are at 9 PM, and for those just wanting to buy tickets they’re $14 at the door. Contest ends Wednesday at 8 AM.
Download: Woods – I’m Not Gone [MP3]
There’s tons of bands out there with the “sea” being used in their name, and here’s yet another one to add to your list, The Sea Life. The DC group has just released their newest album, In Basements, which is really a great listen. After a few EPs, the band really has come into their own, sounding confident and tighter than ever on this release. The track below has this great guitar line that flirts with 90s alternative nostalgia, but the fuzzy vocals provide a more modern spin on things. You’ll find other tracks similar to this, but also more creative pop tunes holding this release together.
Download: The Sea Life – Surf Rock Nine [MP3]
||$10 from Stubbs
I can’t imagine how loud it’s going to be inside Stubbs tonight, but I have a feeling we’re all going to need some ear plugs to catch this great rock show over at Stubbs. First on the bill is Jeff the Brotherhood, who’ve nailed down crunchy guitar rock with powerful hooks and anthemic lyrics on albums Hypnotic Nights and We Are Champions. Then you have Diarrhea Planet, who definitely have a taste for the distorted guitar sound turned all the way up. And you can’t go wrong by showing up early to catch locals Low Times! If you need a little bit of noise and a lot of fun, see you at Stubbs.
Download:Jeff the Brotherhood – Shredder [MP3]
We have a brief break from festival shenanigans. Hard to believe we are done with the “old” ACL. Fun Fun Fun starts in a day under two weeks.
Here is a track I heard a few days ago that is perfect for the middle bits. Perfect for morning coffee or the last thing to listen to before going sleepy time. It is a another new one from Teen Daze off of The Inner Mansions, a release due on 11/6 that I am really looking forward to…
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It’s Friday, and it seems like most of the world has taken off releasing music for the CMJ festivities in New York, but locally some of my favorite people are still working hard, like A Layer of Chips. They ran this new single from Baffin Island, off the group’s new self-titled EP, which is being released by Wee Pop. The group is made up in part by members of The Hermit Crabs and The Very Most, creating a gentle sound that fans of Camera Obscura and the like will surely adore. It’s simple, it’s warm, and it’s definitely a great hit for a Friday afternoon.
Download:Baffin Island – We Were Meant to Meet [MP3]