Running a site like this does from time to time take a lot of research, so I was lucky when I came across this band from Australia. Circle Pit are set to hit the states this summer, and all things point to nothing but continued exposure and fame, as they’re already getting big in their home country. This gem comes off their new album Bruise Constellation. It sounds a lot like everything you’d hear on our home turf; it’s full of sunny guitars reminiscent of beaches and guy/girl vocals you can sing along to while you’re hitting the road this summer. Get ready America, here comes Circle Pit.
Download: Circle Pit – Another Trick [MP3]
Word of a new album from ATH favorite band The Acorn has been spreading over the interwebs over the last few days or so. Since we first heard the news, we’ve spun up our promo copy of the new LP No Ghost and are already jumping on the band wagon for this one. If you aren’t behind this band yet, check out their latest single from the upcoming album “Restoration”. The Gum also has title track “No Ghost” available for download. You can get your hands on No Ghost June 1st via Paper Bag Records.
Download: The Acorn – Restoration [MP3]
Winners of our top album spot last year Pains of Being Pure at Heart are wasting no time and returning this year with a 7″ single. The vinyl release will hit stores June 8th via Slumberland and features this tasty new song “Say No to Love”. As usual, we love the brit-pop sound they bring along with a lil different guitar sound reminiscent of 80s era Cure. Keep it comin’ guys.
Download: Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Say No to Love [MP3]
For some time local Austin band, L.A.X. have been devoted to making people dance their butts off, including those that caught their energetic set at ACL last year. Things are looking up for this group, and they’re set to release a new EP, titled the A EP, which will officially see its release at their show on May 20th over at the Parish. Be sure to catch on to these guys now, and at the very least, you’ll have something sweet to dance to while at work.
Download: L.A.X. – I’m Sorry [MP3]
I”ve been waiting to actually get a listen to Admiral Radley for sometime, as the band is made up of two of my favorites, Grandaddy and Earlimart, so when this jam surfaced Friday (via ThaGum) I jumped on it. It’s everything you sort of expected it to be, with Jason Lytle singing over electronic infused pop, seemingly longing to be back in California? While it’s not the best work lyrically, it shows a lot of promise, and only furthers our anticipation for what the band’s album, I Heart California, hits stores July 13th.
Download: Admiral Radley – I Heart California [MP3]
Usually I’m not overly excited by dance music, but this new Thieves Like Us jam is perfect for a Friday. It’s got a steady groove that just trucks along, and the smooth vocals remind me of the work of Junior Boys. It’s just that sort of chill song that catches your ear as you gear up for an exciting Friday at the office. It’s from the band’s new album, Again and Again, which hits stores on July 6th. Now chill.
Download: Thieves Like Us – Forget Me Not [MP3]
Something about singer-songwriters writing warm pop just draws me in every single time. Villagers is one such project by Conor O’Brien, and this song keeps playing around my desk all day long. It sounds a lot like early Rogue Wave, but at the same time, some of his vocal qualities really remind me of Patrick Wolf (minus the thematic insanity). It’s definitely just a subtle pop song that finds its way straight to your heart. You can find this song on the album Becoming a Jackal, which hits stores June 8th on Domino.
Download: Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
I’ve recently really taken a liking to one of Western Vinyl’s newest signees Secret Cities. Their jangly and sometimes epic take on pop music has been getting mad spins around the ATH offices. Lucky for us, the band plan to release their debut LP Pink Graffiti on local label Western Vinyl later this summer on July 30th. Have a listen to their first single “Pink Graffiti Pt. 1” until that date. Dig.
Download: Secret Cities – Pink Graffiti Part 1 [MP3]
It’s that time of year again for all of us to begin reflecting on the first third of our year in the music world. Merge has of course released some stellar albums in these first 4 months of 2010 and they’re celebrating that with a free 14 track digital sampler. Awesome songs from She & Him, Destroyer, Let’s Wrestle, and tons of others are including. The Sampler is currently available for free download via Amazon. This also gives me another excuse to post up one of my favorite songs of the year from Merge band Wye Oak.
Download: Wye Oak – I Hope You Die [MP3]
This is a bit of a sentimental post for me since Ratatat was the first band I actually posted about on our website two years ago. We’ve come a long way since then and it’s kinda funny that the electro duo are dropping a new album around the same time we got our start. I’ll save the tears…. Ratatat’s upcoming LP4 will be hitting stores on June 8th via XL Recordings. The album has officially leaked at this point, but we’ve got new MP3 “Drugs” for you people that like to keep it legal. I’d expect to hear this thing all over the indie dance floors this summer.
Update: Song removed at label’s request. We were using the wrong single so here’s the official one “Party With Children”.
Download: Ratatat – Party With Children [MP3]