It seems like Slumberland Records is intent on signing all the great bands in the world; I expect a Celebrity Death Match between them and Captured Tracks soon. They just announced today that they’ll be releasing the debut record from Veronica Falls on September 20th. The label has even been kind enough to offer up a free download of “Come On Over” for every one to sample. This track sort of begins with a trickle, jangling guitars and all, but then it jumps off with banging drums and faster guitars. Female vocals soon enter to provide a dream-state that will accompany listeners through the rest of the song. It’s a pretty promising single, so let’s all get excited about Veronica Falls.
Download: Veronica Falls – Come On Over [MP3]
Maybe this is old news, as in yesterday’s news, but I can’t help it. I’ve been a huge fan of John Wesley Coleman for some time, and at this point, it doesn’t seem like he can do anything wrong. Word is being spread that he’s doing a split 7″ which will feature a Gary Stewart song, and a reinterpretation of said song–the 7″ comes out on July 26th Sophomore Lounge Records. True, JWC might not have that honky-tonk feel some associate with Stewart’s music, but there’s that same sense of desperation and pain in his voice, and that’s always going to grab me by the ears.
Download: John Wesley Coleman -Oh Woman
The last time I shared some music from pop hit makers Fair Ohs, I told you that I’d be looking out for more summertime music from them. Well here we are as promised with new summer haze song “Baldessari”. As previously mentioned, this track will appear on the upcoming new album Everything is Dancing due out July 26th on Lefse Records. This album is sure to be one of my anthems for summer fun in the sun.
Download: Fair Ohs – Baldessari [MP3]
Philadelphia’s Arc in Round have just released a new digital album, II, on their BANDCAMP page, and though it’s short with only five songs, I’ve been playing it all morning long. It’s definitely going to fall in the vein of dream-pop, but the execution of the finished product is what is so rewarding. Washed vocals, bright guitar/string moments all lead you into a sonic haven where you can sit absorbed in your own thoughts. My favorite track of the five is “Time Spent,” and you can listen down below for a preview. Currently, the band are offering up II for a name your own price deal, but be sure to support the band, as good music always deserves our support. Don’t forget to go back and give their great back catalog a listen while you’re at it.
Download: Arc in Round – Time Spent [MP3]
Apparently it’s going to be sort of a Scandinavian type day in my house, as I’ve just gotten another gem from the region via Finland’s Big Wave Riders. The band is prepping their digi-EP for new label, Soliti Music, which will also be home to the new work from Cats on Fire. They posted a great track to their last.fm page, and I just fell in love. It begins with sort of a washed out guitar vibe, one that you’d expect from a California beach group, but then the pace picks up, and it turns into momentary dance-pop, and returns once again to the beautiful wash. This is definitely something new and exciting from a great prospect for 2011.
Download: Big Wave Riders – Skate or Die [MP3]
In our continued support of local music and local festivals, we’d like to drop a bit of knowledge your way about a contest currently going down for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 passes and goods. All you have to do is go to Guessthefest.com, use your twitter or facebook account to login, and make 10 guesses at who you think will be playing the festival. Person with the most correct answers will receive one of the following prizes:
1st Place – Air fare for you and a friend plus weekend passes for the both of you. Transmission will also set you up in a sweet hotel for the weekend. Austin residents can choose to fly in some friends or invite 10 friends to Casino el Camino for burgers and beer
2nd Place – You and a friend received P-I-P (Fun Fest’s way to say VIP) to the festival
3rd Place – You and 3 peeps win passes for the weekend
This thing ends on Monday July 4th so you don’t have much time to take advantage! Get on it. For those not in the know, Fun Fest also just added a 3rd full day for this year’s festival so you’re really getting your money’s worth.
That’s it. I’m going to throw my hands up as my new obsession definitely has to be Hoop Dreams. They’ve just released a superb 7″ track on Captured Tracks, and I can’t help but just press repeat over and over again. There’s this weird hint of Orange Juice, but with a more modern feel that will definitely appeal to any current listener in the indie music spectrum. Perhaps it’s too short, but that makes it all the more powerful, as you can’t help but get this song stuck in your head the minute it comes on; it’s likely to remain in your head for some time to come, making the band your new obsession as well.
Download: Hoop Dreams – XCPR [MP3]
By now, it would seem that Luke Temple is a household name, or at least with the recent success of his main role in Here We Go Magic. But, unlike the offering with his group, Luke Temple’s new solo record, Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care, has a bit of a vibe that’s all over the map. While it’s not as focused as his other works, it clearly demonstrates the incredible range Temple maintains as a songwriter. This opening track will definitely venture down a bit of a country path, but that’s not the feel of the entire ride you’ll be getting when Western Vinyl releases the album on August 30th. Trust me, there are some spectacular gems on here, so you’ll want to get familiar with the man now.
Download: Luke Temple – Ophelia [MP3]
It seems like Tom Russell has been around forever, usually rocking his country-folk approach, with hints of Americana fueled by Mexicana. He’s got a new record coming out on Shout Factory in September titled Mesabi, and I’ve really been channeling the music of my father today, so this track definitely hits home. But, for those of you unfamiliar with the veteran, you’ll find vocal reminiscent of Roky E, which is no surprise since both men have been rocking the Texas scene for some time. But, the use of trumpets, gives this more of a straight-up country-rocker, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Oh, and if you need some indie cred to add to your listening pleasure (you know, to make it cool), then note that Van Dyke Parks and Calexico help all over the new work.
Download: Tom Russell – Mesabi [MP3]
Are you looking for that perfect pop track with a nice little hook and some female vocals? Well, you need look no more, as we’ve got this great track from Finnish group Burning Hearts, who just released their Into the Wilderness EP on Shelflife Records. There’s something nostalgic in the craft of this song, yet it definitely still maintains every bit of modernity, coating the sound with bits of keyboards and a lightly strummed guitar in the background. Be sure to give credit to Jessika, as it’s her vocals that make every bit of this track (and EP) worthwhile! Hope you enjoy a nice little dose of swooning pop today.
Download: Burning Hearts – Into The Wilderness [MP3]