Swiss transplant Jason Albertini is now living in the Northwest, and his music with Helvetia is easily influenced by the sounds of the area, not to mention his recordings, since he’s been joined by Scott Plouf of Built to Spill. His new album, Helvetia’s Junk Shop, will be released this September on Static Cult. This recording sounds a bit muddy, but it the vocals definitely meander through the song as you would expect from a band in this region. Here’s “Leading Towards an End.”
Download: Helvetia – Leading Towards an End [MP3]
Sex crazed pop musician Peaches is making a stop at Emo’s in Austin on Thursday night. Tour support Drums of Death should combine nicely with the headliners to make this a night of crazy drunken dancing and singing. Tickets are still available to purchase, but I wouldn’t plan on buying one at the door. Music starts at 10pm. Don’t miss this one!
Download: Peaches – Talk To Me [MP3]
We love the project over at Daytrotter, especially when they do work with local Austin bands. Corto Maltese is one of the younger bands around town who are making a name for themselves. Their Daytrotter session is full of four unreleased songs recorded during SXSW. Unfortunately, the band have no current shows lined up, but at least we have these new songs.
Download: Corto Maltese – Providence (Daytrotter Session) [MP3]
It’s always been really hard to classify the Fiery Furnaces; just as you have them all figured out they go and record an album with their grandmother. Still, the prolific duo is always pushing themselves, and in doing so, they tend to create a lot of really interesting tunes. This new tune represents the more piano driven side, though somewhat reminiscent of a 70s television theme song. This song, as well as others, will appear on the band’s new album I’m Going Away, which comes out July 21st via Thrill Jockey.
Download: The Fiery Furnaces – The End is Near [MP3]
Sometimes we dig dance music, especially when it involves old DC stalwarts like Ian Svenonius of Nation of Ulysses fame, and now of Chain and the Gang. He’s been working with Sebastian Thomson of Trans Am, and they’ve come up with this floor banger, under Thomson’s Publicist moniker, destined to move your hips at the local party. I mean, take a look at this picture and envision yourself dancing away. Let’s hope there is more to come from these guys.
Download: Publicist – Momma [MP3]
If you’re looking for a sweet dance party on a Wednesday night, head out to Beauty Bar to wet your appetite. The lineup for the event features beat makers Golden Filter, ATH favorites VEGA, Harlovve, and locals Learning Secrets. I’d recommend getting there early as this one is sure to fill up quick. Doors for the show are at 9pm with entrance costing $5.
Download: Golden Filter – Solid Gold [MP3]
Hip clothing company Urban Outfitters are offering up a free 23 song sampler filled with some of the best acts from this year. Crazy good track listing features singles and previously unreleased material from Phoenix, Delta Spirit, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent and tons more great artists. You can stream the sampler online or you can download it from the itunes store. Here’s one of the tracks from the sampler by Crystal Antlers called “Andrew”.
Download: Crystal Antlers – Andrew [MP3]
Canadian quasi-super group Clues are playing at the recently opened Independent in Austin on Wednesday night. Not sure what C3 is up to, but it looks like they are maybe trying to nab some big indie acts at their new mid-sized venue. If you want a preview of the show, check out a recent review we did of the band’s self-titled album. Doors for the show are at 8pm. Tickets are pretty cheap at $10.
Download: Clues – Perfect Fit [MP3]
Those clever Brits in Gomez have been around for over a decade, and yet, they’ve never really broken huge overseas, that is until recently. Their consistency and dedication have finally broken through, and the band is getting much deserved acclaim over in los Estados Unidos. You can catch them for free today at Waterloo Records at 5 PM or you can catch them outside at Stubbs on the very same evening! Catch one or catch both and you’ll be glad you did.
Download: Gomez – Ruff Stuff [MP3]
J Tillman has most recently gotten a lot of notice for his participation as part of the current Fleet Foxes line-up, but this gent has a wonderful set of tunes in his closet as well. He’s set to release a new album on September 22nd on Austin’s own Western Vinyl, and we have an unmastered peak at one of the album’s tracks. It’s hard to find anything at fault with such an understatedly beautiful song.
Download: J Tillman – Earthly Bodies [MP3]