Berlin’s Gurr have been bopping around for the better part of the last ten years, and this year the group really hit home with their She Says EP. Why is that important in this Jettes post, you ask? Well, Laura Lee of Gurr is also one half of Jettes, along with Melody Connor who moved from Seattle out to Berlin to write the aforementioned EP. Our first taste is this fuzzy pop number, hazy in both its video and musical presentation; I love the cascading guitar line that sort of dives in the distance if you put your ear close to the speakers. Plus, there’s this little momentary breakdown with some soundbites in it that leaves the band with plenty of room to grow in different directions. Real excited to hear more from these two!
As a Texas based blog, we’ve got to rep the state whenever possible, especially when its an act we’re already committed to: Young Mammals. They’ve recently announced Lost in Lima, their new LP…and below it the album’s title track; they had me hooked before hearing the song when they name dropped Wire and Neruda in the recording process. For my two cents, this song is bordering on jangle; it’s got its own bit of fog that sort of hangs over the group, which actually makes the pop sensibility billow through your speakers as things progress. I love the softness of the vocals, like a nice bit of frosting on an already delicious cake. The new record will be out on Wallflower Records on June 22nd.
||Wednesday, May 15th
That’s right ladies & nerds, the ATH crew is coming out of our DJ hibernation for an all new vinyl Happy Hour event taking place at KNomad this Wednesday the 15th. We are hoping to make this a weekly, or bi-weekly thing as we build into a vinyl DJ powerhouse. As we always do, musical styles will be all over the place with each staff member taking a turn on the deck to showcase their own style. Maybe some twee-pop from Nate Dog? Early Wax Trax cuts from BGray? Or DJ RayRay with bangers from all decades? We promise, you’ll find something to enjoy. Come say hi and make requests we’ll ignore!
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Tijuana Panthers, but they’re looking to making a triumphant return with Carpe Denim, their brand new LP. The band claim to have gone through some growth and maturity, but that doesn’t mean the sound has done the same. In fact, it sounds like they haven’t really skipped a beat, only adding layers that will flex the band’s songwriting muscles. In the video, you can tell the band’s having a bunch of fun, which actually correlates to the song’s vibe; it almost sounds like the group harnessed their live energy and threw it all inside the recording…plus you know I’m a sucker for “whoo-hoos.” You’ll be able to get your hands on the new LP on July 12th via Innovative Leisure.
In quiet circles around the Internet, folks are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear the new Monnone Alone LP; the former Lucksmiths guitarist is held in high regard, and Summer of the Mosquito largely lives up to those expectations. The record is fill with mostly sunny numbers, apt for an LP with such a title…though you might find a melancholy tune hanging about. Regardless…people will fawn over this for some time, so I wanted you to be one of the first to hear it all the way through. Stream it or Buy it from these folks: Lost and Lonesome (Australia), Meritorio (Spain), Emotional Response (US), and Royal Mint (Finland). For an added bonus…you can click after the jump and read my thoughts on each track!
Earlier this year, Boston’s Community College released Comco (or s/t, however you see it). There was this earnest fragility in the songs, present as soon as you pressed play. Today I’m really happy to share this live video of standout track, “Broken Back,” recorded live on VHS over at Big Nice Studio. The choice of medium is important, not only in the presentation, but in its effect on the viewer as the song moves along; it brings in this personal intimacy, as if the band was helmed by your favorite older brother and his friends who’ve been practicing in your garage for the last six weeks. Musically, it has that blend of slow-core (Bedhead) meets emo (Hovvdy) vibe, but its brevity allows for repeated listens which you can have if you grab the tape from Disposable America.
Sid Steppes may not be a household name just yet, and perhaps that’s not what he’s after. But, having spent some time with his new single, I’m completely caught off guard by how blissful it is. It’s this weird place where I draw comparisons to Bowie or Spaceman, though perhaps that also gets tied in through the video’s space footage. It all works so well, giving off that impression that we’re just sort of drifting through our life at the moment; I’m perplexed at how such a new artist can pull all this together in one perfect little nugget for listeners. His new album Trails will be out on May 31st, if you’re as interested to see what’s coming next as I am.
Hey man it’s Austin, so are you really surprised at this point when we find yet another new band worthy of sharing with the masses? My new band smell find of the day comes from Austin based musician Brian Cyborg and his musical project known as Simian Cyborg. Based out of Austin, Cyborg has been working recently on recording a bunch of tunes in his own home late at night when the kids are asleep. A sampling of his tracks can be heard below with “staring intently at the stars”. I was immediately drawn into the music because it reminds me of the late emo, or even post-emo stylings of a band like American Football or The Promise Ring. It’s a melodic, repetitive number worthy of standing next to some of the best songs in the genre.
Simian Cyborg has a few more songs you can check out over on bandcamp.
Sometimes you’ve just got to trust someone’s resume, and W.C. Beck has definitely earned his stripes through the Americana scene, most recently with NYC act Monteagle. But, while his current outings might hit out at that, his new solo work takes on a broader, almost country vibe (no complaints from this Texan). He’s got this naturally soulful voice that winds down the long stretch of dirt highway; he also gets some excellent help form the superb organ grinder and horn section, both building the ballad into an elevated piece that’s perfect for ambling about today. If you dig his style, Beck will release First Flight on June 7th!
Paul who? Paul Den Heyer is the Liverpool songwriter, oft compared to Mojave 3 or Slowdive. But, what you’ll likely find is that his songs, like the single below, are much softer in their approach, as if Norman Blake had recorded bedroom demos allowing Paul to recreate them. There’s this longing softness, that place where your dreams take you when your mind wants you to escape from all that surrounds you, yet in that you find comfort; it’s the best sort of pop music out there if you ask me. This track appears on Everything So Far, the new LP, which is out May 17th via A Turntable Friend Records.