Damn you Daytrotter! We promised these people no more posts about Glasvegas and then you go and do this! What we’re talking about is a new series of live performances on the Daytrotter website featuring bands recorded during SXSW. The sessions are extra special because each band takes a few of their songs and turns them into acoustic mini-ballads. Right now the site has sessions posted by our very own Strange Boys and of course ATH favorite Glasvegas. Check out this cry yourself to sleep at night version of Geraldine (also one of our songs of ’08). Keep checking back to daytrotter often as more sessions are said to be on the way.
Download: Glasvegas – Geraldine (live/acoustic) [MP3]
These tickets have been sold out basically since the day they went on sale, but trying to a find a scalper for Saturday night’s Franz Ferdinand show at La Zona Rosa would be a smart move. The Scottish dance/rock/pop innovators will be joined on the stage by Born Ruffians out of Canada. Doors for this show are at 8pm with music starting at 9. Check craigslist for some purchasing options.
Download: Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses [MP3]
We ran a SXSW watchlist on Alan Palomo’s new project VEGA, but then missed the band amidst the craziness that is SXSW week. Lucky for you and me, Beauty Bar is having a VEGA EP listening party along with a live set by the band on Friday night. Local DJ Prince Klassen will be spinning in-between sets and locals Doneski will provide opening entertainment. This event is totally free and doors open at 8pm. This will be a dance party you won’t want to miss.
Download: VEGA – All To Vivid [MP3]
Sometimes you can’t go wrong with a quiet tune that reminds you of sitting creek-side with your favorite companion, and that’s just what Lewis & Clarke provide. The featured track comes on the brink of a new EP. Listen carefully, as the song is so quiet you might miss it if you don’t pay attention. For more tunes check out the group’s Blasts of Holy Birth; here is “Petrified Forest.”
Download: Lewis & Clarke – Petrified Forest [MP3]
An ATH favorite, The Kills, will be playing at Emo’s on Friday night. The duo will be joined by up and comers The Horrors and opening act The Magic Wands. Tickets for this show are on sale now for only $14. Doors are at 9, music at 10.
Download: The Kills – Tape Song [MP3]
Blank Dogs has steadily released lo-fi bedroom recordings for the past couple of years, garnering interest from fans and bloggers alike. As he prepares for the release of Under and Under, which is set to come out on In the Red, we get a hint of what the new album will sound like. This track is a little bit more straight forward, though still coated in fuzz and mystery, like the man himself.
Download: Blank Dogs – Tin Birds [MP3]
We’ll be making our first return to Victory Grill since our SXSW showcase on Thursday night for the KVRX Pledge Drive Benefit Concert. The UT radio station is keeping it local with Austin bands Heartstring Stranglers, Breakfast Club Crew, Sohns, Wine & Revolution, Wild Moccasins, and DJ Car Stereo (Wars) all joining in for the nights events. A suggested $7 donation will be taken at the door which includes free BBQ and beer while supplies last. Things kick off around 8pm.
Download: Wild Moccasins – Fruit Tea [MP3]
This may be a bit sad bastard for some of you, but I think this is a nice little jam that goes well with the change of the season. Mastermind of Pink Mountaintops, Stephen McBean, is most widely known as the front man for Canadian powerhouse Black Mountain. Call it a side project if you want, the “band” has a new album hitting stores on May 5th via JagJaguwar called Outside Love. Breezy little single “While We Were Dreaming” is bellow for your enjoyment.
Download: Pink Mountaintops – While We Were Dreaming [MP3]
Okay, admittedly I have no idea what on Earth Shugo Tokumaru is singing about, but I do know that every time he creates his grandiose gems I fall in love. Shugo has a new EP coming out, though you’ll probably need a translator to get your hands on it. But, you can check out this cool site to listen to more tracks. Here is “Rum Hee.”
Download: Shugo Tokumaru – Rum Hee [MP3]
News has slowly been drifiting about the newest Sonic Youth release, The Eternal. Matador Records even gave us a little bit of a teaser by throwing out some 7″s on Record Store Day featuring the band so as to whet your appetite. Now, to further your interest, we have the first complete single, with Kim manning the wheel here. If you ask me, this is a good start. Let’s hope it all sounds this good on June 9th, the album release date.
Download: Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster [MP3]