Spin is streaming the new single from the Toadies upcoming album No Deliverance, which is due to hit stores August 19th. Head over to Spin.com and have a listen to the MP3.
When this album bounced its way into my mailbox, I have to admit that I didn’t really know what to expect from The M’s, a Chicago based quartet. Their last effort, Future Women, felt sort of scattered to me, but it definitely had a few upsides as a whole. I figured this album would at least meet the same level.
Album opener, “Big Sound,” definitely steps up this album from the get-go. The pounding drums and fuzzy guitars grab your attention, drawing you closer in as you listen for–wait, are those horns? Indeed! Nice move. This moves right into “Breakfast Score,” which sounds familiarly like another famous Chicago band–Wilco. It’s hard to go wrong there.
By the middle of the album, I had already found a few favorites–the sort of songs I would easily put on a mix-tape for a friend. Lyrically, I think one of my favorite songs is “Ultraviolent Men,” where the band encourages us to “let them fight it out,” which kind of hits at home with my own pacifism during current circumstances.
The one thing that does hold this album back is the inconsistency. I like a band that is willing to try new things or explore other paths, but this band goes off a bit too much. They can’t seem to get one sound together, and I know that is probably on purpose, but it is the one thing that irks me here.
“Days in the Sun,” definitely recalls Village Green era-Kinks, with careful melodies, accompanied by gentle guitar strumming and light piano. It’s pure 60s pop; a nod to one of my favorite eras, making this my favorite track on the album.
This album has its faults, but in its entirety, it’s definitely listenable, and at times, quite memorable. Perfect for a refreshing day basking in the sun.
Take a listen to the album’s single “Don’t Be Late” :[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/dontbelate.mp3]
Former Get Up Kids keyboardist and Coalesce James Dewees is set to release his 5th album as Reggie and the Full Effect. Sure, James doesn’t take himself seriously, which is how he comes to mesh the hardcore with that pop goodness–but who said we always had to be so serious? At the very least, you can tell your little brother or sister to listen to this instead of that boring radio! Take a listen to his newest song at this beautiful web site.
We recently created an Austin Town Hall group on Facebook. You can help us spread the word by joining the new group on facebook and asking others to join. Feel free to start discussions, post pictures or whatever else floats your boat.
Wu-Tang great RZA will be bringing his act to the live stage at Emo’ tonight. Buy tickets for RZA on Emos website. If you plan on being in attendance, drop us a line and let us know how it was.
Check out the RZA’s myspace page where you can hear some tracks off his highly anticipated new album Only Built 4 Cuban Link II.
“When there’s only one thing I can do, well you know I don’t want to do it. When there’s just one way to go through, sometimes I don’t want to go through with it.” These first lines from opening song “Easy Does It” off Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s new album Lie Down in the Light sets the tone for the entire record. I can just hear Bonnie saying: “If you think I’m going to do this like anyone else, well you’re wrong son.” Bonnie (famous alias of Will Oldham) doesn’t plan on making a record like one you’ve ever heard before. If he only has one way to do something, he’s not going to do it.
If for some reason you are waiting to know if this album is worth picking up, wait no longer, it’s well worth it. Oldham and company have made a superb album not like anything else being done right now. Sure, some bands may be attempting to recreate the americana/country/folk or whatever you want to call it from years past, but Oldham is head and shoulders above everyone else.
Oldham enlists his frequent counterpart Ashley Webber who invokes the spirit of countless country music women many years her senior. I’ve heard comparisons that Oldham and Webber are our generations George Jones & Tammy Wynette or Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty which after a few listens to tracks like “So Everyone” & “You Want That Picture”, you might just start agreeing with those bold comparisons.
In a day with the mindset that everything needs to be recorded louder than ever, Oldham and friends prove that louder doesn’t always mean better. These songs can say more with the slight hint of percussion or slow strum of a guitar than most songs can say with the volume on 11.
If you’re an old fan of Bonnie ‘Prince’ and think you may be let down by this album, think again. Lie Down in the Light proves that Oldham doesn’t plan on letting up anytime soon. This is americana at it’s finest folks. Not much else I can say about this record, just buy it and enjoy the beauty of its simplicity.
Have a listen to one of ’08s best “So Everyone” & drop us a line with your thoughts.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/03-so-everyone.mp3]
If you haven’t heard by now Cansei de ser sexy, known to most as CSS, have made a few songs off their new album Donkey available for download and stream on their myspace page. The myspace page has one new song and also a sampler of tracks from the new album out July 21st on subpop. Below you will find the new song “Rat is Dead (Rage)” which is not available on the myspace page. I’m not sure if this song will land them another hot spot on the ipod commercials, but it’s pretty catchy none the less.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/01-rat-is-dead-rage.mp3]
Long ago David Gedge hung up The Wedding Present moniker in favor of Cinerama. Recently, as in the last three years, we have seen the return of The Wedding Present–with two proper albums added to their already glorious catalog. Honestly, this newest one is the best work I think he’s ever done.
Our first hint at a classic return to form is his usage of Steve Albini-famed sound engineer-the first time they have united together since 1991’s Seamonsters. The reunion brings across a brilliant sound, where the guitars are extremely clean, while also carrying with them fire power. Then you have the pounding drums; the perfect mix of instrumentation to accompany Gedge’s voice.
For me, all the music creates quite a dynamic power. Songs like “The Trouble with Men,” carefully play with the soft/loud dynamic that made bands like Death Cab for Cutie or Pinback your favorite. It’s the album we all have been looking for, but we just didn’t know that it was out there for us. Well, solid rock albums are back in these days-brought to you by David Gedge and The Wedding Present.
Lyrically, he is as clever as he has ever been. Gedge comes across in his lyrics like that endearing older sibling who always has the answers to life that we search for on our own. He wants you to feel his characters and his words–and you listen. Of course, he also manages to keep pop culture references abundant–such as the Seinfeld reference in the brilliant “Soup” or a quick jab with Spiderman. This all serves as a reminder why we all love lyrics like these. For me, he is the poor man’s Bob Pollard.
This album is meant to bring perfection to your sunniest days. It makes you want to drive around town-or walk since that helps keep you in shape-with the guitars blasting out of your stereo as you sing along to every single word, as if they were your words. Ask yourself, isn’t this the sort of record you have been looking for? Here you have it folks, the completely triumphant return of David Gedge and The Wedding Present.
Here we have a new song off the album el rey entitled “The Thing I Like Best About Him is his Girlfriend”
Dr. Dog recently dropped a new single off their upcoming album Fate due out July 22nd. The new song is called “The Old Days”. The band will also be playing the Parish Room in Austin on Sep. 13th. That may be too far ahead to plan for some of you but if your worried about it selling out, you should get those tickets now my friends.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/drdog_theolddays.mp3]