BUMP: We’re really stoked to be working with C3 this week to put on a great show over at Stubbs! Two of our favorite bands will be rocking the venue that night for the cheap price of $8; you’ll get to see Saint Motel and Races. Saint Motel just released Voyeur, which is one of the best pop rock records of the year, and Races are still out supporting Year of the Witch. I can’t think of a better show to get your rock on this week, so we’re proud to be sponsor the gig. And in doing so, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky person. All you have to do is leave your favorite Olympian in the comment section (you know, to keep with the times), and we’ll pick our winner from there. Contest runs til Thursday night, and we’ll see you at the show Saturday.
Download:Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces [MP3]
Download: Races – Lies [MP3]
I don’t think my week would be complete here without spending some time forcing my love for all things Australia on you folks. My latest discovery is Melbourne’s Bored Nothing, who’ve just put this new track up on their site from their Bored Nothing III EP. One of the things I’m really enjoying about this tune is the slightest rise in the pitch on the vocals; you’ve got to listen closely to hear the switch. It’s a mellow tune, but it exemplifies the great scene that is currently going on overseas…be it garage rock or bedroom pop, keep it coming if it sounds this ridiculously good.
Download:Bored Nothing – I Wish You Were Dead [MP3]
Our good friends Seapony, who helped kickstart our awesome SXSW party this last year, are back again with another new track from their forthcoming album, Falling. Hardly Art will again be putting out the record on what is shaping up to be a very huge September 11th release date. It seems like the group is starting to shed a little bit of their traditional hazy guitars in favor of more straight-ahead pop moments, but, that being said, it still completely works for us here at ATH. We’re still head over heels in love with this band.
Download:Seapony – Prove To Me [MP3]
This track’s been all over the Internet today, and deservedly so. Dum Dum Girls always seem to have something going on, be it a tour, an EP or a full-length album. You’ll find this track on the group’s upcoming End of Daze EP, which will be in stores courtesy of Sub Pop on September 25th. Of course, it’s one of those drawn out tunes the band has been working towards for some time, and I love the light little touches of backing vocals that come in about midway through the track. You’ve got to love the consistency from these ladies.
Download: Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows [MP3]
I really feel like there’s a lot of great music being made in Austin lately. I know, that should come as no surprise, but some years are weaker than others, but this new jam from locals She Sir is a guaranteed hit, promising us more great music from the group in the near future. They’re recording with Erik Wofford, which always seems to guarantee good things for bands here in town, and the forthcoming record from the group should definitely benefit from his work. Here’s a track they’re giving out as a teaser, with just a small catch: it’s a new track, but it won’t be featured on the album. Get it while it’s hot; it’s definitely hot.
Download:She Sir – You Could Be Tiger [MP3]
Nope, not a typo. I promised some people I’d try to get all twee on you this week while RayRay was taking his annual vacation, so I’ve been trying to bust out some goodies I hadn’t shared with you all yet. So yeah, this is Joanna Gruesome, a favorite of the excellent indie pop blog, A Layer of Chips. As of right now, the Welsh group only has a few songs to their name, but they’re all absolutely delicious. I love the recording on this one, with its barely audible lyrics lurking beneath the fuzz of the guitar. You have no idea how much I nerd out to tunes like this one.
Download:Joanna Gruesome – Pntry Grrlll [MP3]
It’s hot outside, finally. I’m hanging inside getting my Olympics on and trying to discover new tunes. My favorite hit today comes from DC’s band Dot Dash, a band who win in their Wire reference alone, but they’ve also got the hits to back it all up. Honestly, I think this tune from their most recent record, Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash, has a bit more of a Jam/Futureheads feel to it, but they’ve got some other tracks on their Soundcloud that give way to the reference point. It’s all like a mod/punk blend of goodness that really deserves a lot of respect (and love); I miss people making music like this. Check em out.
Download:Dot Dash – The Color and the Sound [MP3]
I have a feeling that today’s going to be sort of a light-hearted day, at least to start out the morning music run. I stumbled upon Cassolette this past weekend while visiting Anorak, who just put out the group’s latest Annie 7″, which is absolutely delightful. The Florida sextet isn’t breaking new ground, they’re just executing pure indie pop in marvelous fashion. I dare you to listen to this track and not tap your feet and not let a grin creep up on your face; it absolutely cannot and will not happen. I don’t even want to go on about this song, I just want you to listen and love.
Download:Casolette – Annie [MP3]
It’s been a solid year so far for Gerrad Love, having released his latest Lighsthips album, Electric Cables, earlier this year to great fan fare. But, that’s what you’d expect from a member of Teenage Fanclub, at least what I expect. He’s back already with some brand new tunes featured on the Fear and Doubt EP, which includes three tracks that didn’t make it on the album, including this new gem. Love just floats in with his vocals here, letting them playfully rest atop the track, while the instrumentation is steady, yet chilled out. Can’t say enough good things about this dude and the tunes he’s writing in 2012.
I believe my first introduction to The Sea and Cake came from my friend Ryan Jewell back in 2000–somehow he turned me onto Oui, the band’s current release (at that time). I love how they combined really mellow indie rock elements with bits of jazz fusion, and it always fascinated me that more people didn’t understand, or care I guess, about the band. Still, Sam Prekop and his posse have been going strong for some time, and they’re about to release Runner, their latest for Thrill Jockey, on September 18th. This new track really has me excited for the release with its underlying brightness, yet ageless sound. I’m always going to dig this band; do you?
Download:The Sea and Cake – Harps [MP3]