New Music From Kevin Hearn

h09Long time member of Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, is prepping a new solo record with his band Thin Buckle and first single from the album has just been made available.  The single is called “Huntsville.ca” and will appear on upcoming album Havana Winter out July 28th.  It’s a pretty catchy little diddy.

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Download: Kevin Hearn – Huntsville.ca [MP3]

New Tunes from These United States

thseusThese United States have a new record coming our way on September 1st via United Interests. Said album is titled Everything Touches Everything, and we’ve got a tune for you to preview while you salivate the arrival of this album. This track is titled “I Want You to Keep Everything,” and I’ve been spinning it all afternoon long.  Buen proveche.

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Download: These United States – I Want You to Keep Everything [MP3]

Tenth Anniversary Jay Reatard Post

jayThat’s right, against the odds of the other office members of ATH, I have opted for my tenth post on Jay Reatard. If only he could give me some money for that, right?  Well, I’m bringing you this one in support of his new album, Watch Me Fall, on Matador Records this August (the fifth).  So here’s “Wounded.” It’s good. Dig it.

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Download: Jay Reatard – Wounded [MP3]

Austin A2W: The Black

theblackWe’ve  been following Austin band The Black after fellow Ausinites Trail of Dead recommended them to us so we thought they’d be perfect for our artist to watch this week.  The band has been in and around Austin for quite some time now and have been playing everywhere in town that will have them.  Their sound mixes some old school rockabilly with a bit more modern pop sounds and fits in well with dive bars in small town Texas.  Expect a proper full length from the boys sometime in the next few months but for now check out this jam “Little Hits” from The Black’s last 45 single.  If you want to see what they’re all about live, head to the Stubbs indoor stage on Saturday evening shortly after Spoon finishes their 3rd show outside.  That one’s free if you have a Spoon ticket and $8 if not.

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Download: The Black – Little Hits [MP3]

Deer Tick In Austin

deertickMusic fans in Austin get excited for Thursday as the day marks the triumphant return of indie-rockers Deer Tick to our little town.  Your first chance to see the band is at a Waterloo in-store starting around 5pm with free keg beer of course.  A full on proper set is to follow at Emo’s starting around 10pm with tickets running at $10Dawes and Shed Alfred will join the lineup for the later show.

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Download: Deer Tick – Easy [MP3]

New Tunes from The Almighty Defenders

almightydefendersThe Internet was abuzz with news that the union between Black Lips and King Khan would finally come to fruition. The group, under the name of The Almighty Defenders, will be releasing their self-titled album on September 22nd. Personally, this track, “Bow Down and Die” has a killer riff throughout, reminiscent of the BBQ Show, but I’m not entirely sold on the echo-y gang vocals, but you be the judge.

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Download: The Almighty Defenders – Bow Down and Die [MP3]

Stellastarr – Civilized

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Rating: ★★★ · ·

For their third album, Stellastarr opted to go it on their own and release the record, Civilized, on their terms, and their label, Bloated Wife Records.  However, nothing about the band seems to have changed at all since their previous efforts, which is either a good or bad thing, depending upon which camp you sleep in with regards to your opinion on the band.

Kicking off the album is “Robot,” and Amanda Tannen’s presents the most throbbing bass lines to date for the band.  While the guitars shatter in some other worldly angular atmospherics, Shawn Christensen repeats the lyrics “by design/you’re going to hurt yourself.”  The lyrics appear to have less of an impact than on previous efforts, but the cutting edge guitar riffs show that the band means business.

When track three, “Tokyo Sky” sets off, you’re tossed back into that classic new wave sound, with clean jangling guitars, but just as you get comfortable and nostalgic, they press down on the distortion pedal, they pull out some “Today”-era Smashing Pumpkins guitar miming.  While the guitars continue to swirl about the song, Christensen does his best to fall somewhere between himself and Davey of The Promise Ring.  Oddly, the lyrics refrain of “my Tokyo sky” recall the same refrain of “My Coco” off the group’s first album.

“Graffiti Eyes” probably has the most bounce of this set of songs, which is sad, since the band has been successful with such styles.  However, Tannen’s backing vocals provide a great counterbalance to the jagged yelp of Christensen.  In the chorus we find the band nearing their most straightforward pop approach to date, although the music doesn’t seem to comply necessarily.   Although this is the single for the band, this isn’t necessarily the best song on the album.  That award goes to “Prom Zombie” with its entirely playful singalong moments between Tannen and Christensen.  It’s the one song on this album that just seem like they’ve been rehashing themselves entirely.  And, there are horns! Horns bro.

The latter half of the album is much like the first half, with it all ending in “Sonja Cries,” the one song when you can clearly hear Christensen’s vocals.  Surprisingly, this seems like the exact direction the band should have gone to begin with, or at least built into the album as a whole.  By this point, the airy atmospherics of the guitars have grown weary after listening to them for three straight albums.  In the end, the band has created more enjoyable numbers for you to add to your collection, though they might not be the most memorable moments in the Stellastarr‘s history.

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Download: Stellastarr – Prom Zombie [MP3]

New Music From Portugal. The Man

portugalStaying true to their word on putting out an album a year, Portugal. The Man are ready to release a new one after the moderate success of their 2008 album Censored Colors. New album Satanic Satanist will be available July 21st via Equal Vision Records and features this single “”.  Check it out and let us know what you think of this album preview.

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Download: Portugal. The Man – People Say [MP3]

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