Not really sure how I feel about the name of this group from Mississippi, but I’m definitely positive that I’m feeling their raucous tunes. Bass Drum of Death will be releasing their album GB City through Inflated Records on February 22nd. Listening to the album’s single, it recalls a more energetic Black Rebel Motorcycle Club back in the early days, bringing plenty of pounding rhythmic grooves wrapped inside of an edgy wall of noise. This appears to be the year when slinging the rock kicks back into gear full time, and Bass Drum of Death is just going to bring it twice as loud. Check it out, you know you wanna.
Download: Bass Drum of Death – Heart Attack Kid [MP3]
Somehow in our online slumber last year we missed out on this incredible LP Patagonian Rats from Sacramento based band Tera Melos. The group appeared on some smaller year end lists last year and I didn’t take much notice of them until I heard the track “Frozen Zoo”. Now I won’t say that this one song will blow you away, but it should spark enough interest for you to check out a full stream of their incredible debut LP over on bandcamp. Another EP of new material is expected in February on Sargent House Records.
Download: Tera Melos – Frozen Zoo [MP3]
Out of the ashes of Marked Men comes Mark Ryan, pushing through with his own group, Mind Spiders. The band will be putting out their self-titled album on January 25th via Dirtnap Records, which basically guarantees goodness with their releases. On this first single you get a little hint of garage grittiness filling it up, but the pacing provides a little bit more of a straight power-pop feel to it, allowing the band to capture both audiences. Yeah, it’s a short track, but if you give it a listen, it definitely feels like there’s so much more than 1.8 minutes of rock n’ roll here. And did I mention they’re from Ft. Worth? Who woulda thunk it?
Download: Mind Spiders – No Romance [MP3]
I recently got an email about Sacramento based band Sister Crayon and immediately fell in love with this song “I’m Still the Same Person”. The track is set to appear on the debut LP from the group entitled Bellows which hits stores on February 22nd via Manimal Vinyl. Obviously this band will get comparisons to Beach House or even School of Seven Bells, but I really think lead singer Terra Lopez has a voice unlike any other I’ve heard recently.
Download: Sister Crayon – I’m Still the Same Person [MP3]
It’s going to be a huge year for Captured Tracks, and it’s got me super giddy sitting here at my desk. They’ve got releases from Minks, The Beets and who knows what else. One band I don’t know a great deal about, but I’ve been jamming all day via P4K is Craft Spells (not to be confused with Cast Spells). Sure, it’s got that club-disco swing groove to it, but you mix that with a bit of far-off vocal effects and you’ll have me swinging my arms from side to side. Honestly, that’s probably not such a bad thing, and a decent way to kick off the weekend. Maybe it’ll help get you started. And you’re sure to find more hits like this on March 1st when the band releases their full-length, Idle Labor.
Download: Craft Spells -After the Moment [MP3]
I’m not even going to pretend that listening to Toronto’s Wildlife doesn’t sound remarkably like another Canadian act, they may or may not exist anymore. Regardless, this is actually what I wish that band sounded like. Wildlife have just released their album, Strike Hard, Young Diamond, and it’s full of gems precisely like this one. You’ll find soaring melodies all over the place, not to mention that throaty yelp that’s evident throughout this song. Still, despite the somewhat ramshackle approach, it all ties together nicely, making this song, and the whole affair incredibly infectious, as all albums should inevitably be. Am I right?
Download: Wildlife – Stand In The Water [MP3]
I’ve been waiting for several weeks to get a little sample of new work from The Papercuts, after Sub Pop announced they would be bringing Jason Quever on board for his new album. Thankfully, Stereogum got it out before I went crazy, so we’ve got it here for you. The record, Fading Parade, comes out on March 1st, with this single hitting stores on February 1st. Jason’s music has really blossomed since his first album, adding more textures, blending his melodious voice, and each time, topping his previous output. His progression continues to lead me down a path of great enjoyment, so give this tune a try.
Download: The Papercuts – Do What You Will [MP3]
Finn Andrews and Co. have opted to bail on Rough Trade, pursuing their own adventure into the DIY realm, and their first test will be the release of their new Troubles of the Brain EP. The new label for The Veils is now going to be called Pitch Beast Records, with some allusion to animals used in promotional campaigns. Anyways, the last record the band put out was underrated in my opinion, and I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve heard from the EP so far (you can sample 3 tracks HERE). I really hope this works out for the band, as Finn has this incredible voice that never ceases to hit my musical heart.
Download: The Veils – The Wishbone [MP3]
ATH favorite John Vanderslice has been a busy guy these days. He already offered up a free EP of new tunes in November and is already dropping a new full LP this January. Mr. Vanderslice’s new album, White Wilderness, was recorded in only a matter of a few days with the help of the Magik Magik Orchestra. A short documentary of this recording process was also captured by Yours Truly and is available to watch over on Vimeo. Until the January 25th release date, you can check out intimate album opener “Sea Salt” below.
Download: John Vanderslice – Sea Salt [MP3]
Broken Records are gearing up to release their new LP Let Me Come Home on 4AD Records next week. Leading up to the release, the band has a few surprises in store. First up is new single “You Know You’re Not Dead” found below for downloading and streaming. Even more enticing, you can stream the entire new album prior to next week over on MOG. Last but not least, the band recently recorded a 4AD live session featuring some of the tunes from their new album. Muchas gracias Broken Records.
Download: Broken Records – You Know You’re Not Dead [MP3]