Dakota Fish, project of underrated songwriter Mike Fish, just finished recording a new 4 song EP and it’s free to download. The new EP is called Motion In Relation to Other Objects and dropped on the Dakota Fish website last month. Here’s a preview of the free EP with track “Last Time”. You are correct, it does sound a lot like older Radiohead.
Download: Dakota Fish – Last Time [MP3]
In case you didn’t follow our list of best albums of 2008, odds are you missed one of the gems of the year, Jeremy Jay. He’s got a new record slated this Spring off of K Records, and its been kicking around in our heads over here at ATH for the last few weeks. It’s a slow-burner, but as with all Jeremy Jay outings, it reveals more each listen.
This time out, he’s got a bit more of a step to his tunes, which is sure to delight audiences, as his unique stage dancing is one of the many reasons he’s so endearing. His understated speak-sing delivery is reminiscent of Calvin Johnson. His reliance upon classic R&B musical stylings, is more than just a throwback, as no one seems to do it with more passion. Simply put, its this passion and classic tinged tuneage that makes Jeremy Jay worthy of your time during SXSW.
He’ll be playing Wednesday, March 18th at the Beauty Bar at 1 AM.
Download: Jeremy Jay – Slow Dance [MP3]
Here’s the first taste of new music from Polyvinyl band Joan of Arc since the release of their 2008 album Boo Human. First single “Explain Yourselves #2” will appear on the new album Flowers due out on June 9th. What’s the verdict on the new material?
Download: Joan of Arc – Explain Yourselves #2 [MP3]
Frontman for punkers Avail, Tim Barry, is making his way to Austin this Tuesday night. He’ll be doing his folkier side of things, but that won’t make it any less punk rock, as those who caught his set at Fun Fun Fun Fest can attest. His charm will win you over in a minute, and his songs will win you over the next. Also on the bill is Austin Lucas, who made waves earlier this year with his joint venture with Chuck Ragan. The show is at Emos, with tickets costing a recession proof $8. Doors are at 8 PM and show starts at 10 Pm.
Download: Tim Barry – Texas Cops [MP3]
Another local band worthy of your attention, Quiet Company, will be celebrating the release of their new LP Everyone You Love Will be Happy Soon at The Mohawk Friday evening. Joining the band for the the show are two other up and coming Austin acts Jets Under Fire & The Rocket Boys. Doors for this show open up at 9pm. As a bonus, Juno Award nominated band Plants and Animals will be playing the inside stage after Quiet Company wrap things up outside.
Download: Quiet Company – Seal My Fate [MP3]
We know everyone here is familiar with The Temptations but we couldn’t resist throwing one of their tracks your way for our From the Closet this week. The track we’re jamming is “(I Know) I’m Losing You” which was originally released in 1966 during the height of the groups success. Take note of the remarkable vocals from the band’s most famous lead singer David Ruffin who sometimes doesn’t get the respect he obviously deserves. Catch a video of The Temptations performing this song live along with The Supremes and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Montreal band Young Galaxy are getting ready to release a follow up to their stellar 2007 self-titled album. The new album will be called Invisible Republic and is set to come out sometime this year. A preview of the new album is available now with this track “Long Live the Fallen World”. We hope the new tune gets you just as excited as we are about the band’s upcoming sophomore effort. Young Galaxy will also be making some appearances during SXSW in a couple weeks.
Download: Young Galaxy – Long Live the Fallen World [MP3]
Stubb’s has a nice bill Friday night featuring Aussie act Cut Copy and one of the happiest bands around Matt & Kim. Tickets are currently on sale for this event from Front Gate Tickets for $20. Doors open up at 7pm and music should start around 8 with a set by DJ Knightlife. As if that wasn’t enough, Austin dance band L.A.X. will be playing the inside stage of Stubb’s as soon as things wrap up outside. Entry to the after show is totally free if you hang on to your wristbands from the Cut Copy show.
Download: Matt & Kim – Good Ol Fashion Nightmare [MP3]
UK band It Hugs Back has been hitting the presses lateley without a lot of love on both sides of the pond. Their debut album, Inside Your Guitar, is set to come out this April via heralded label 4AD. There sound combines the gentleness of 90s indie groups while bringing a modern spin on the whole ordeal. Take notice now, because with a song like “Work Day,” this band is poised to win you over.
Download: It Hugs Back – Work Day [MP3]
Kool Keith (also known as Dr. Dooom, Dr. Octagon, or Black Elvis) is returning to Austin after his sick performance at Fun Fest in November. This time around, Mr. Thornton will be playing at The Mohawk on Thursday with tickets going for $11. Doors for this sure to be rowdy hip-hop show open at 8pm.
Download: Dr. Octagon – Earth People [MP3]