The good folks at Peppermill Records have a new sampler for you to download and enjoy. The sampler features an astounding 42 tracks that you can download in zip form or individually. Let us know which tracks are worth gettin’!
While most people tend to turn their love and adoration towards Jenny Lewis, I’m more of a Emily Haines sort of guy. Seeing as how I love Emily, and her killer band Metric, I’m excited to throw a new song your way. Here you go, the track is called “Help I’m Alive”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/help-im-alive.mp3]
Download: Metric – Help Im Alive [MP3]
Our second installment of Funx3 Festival interviews features veteran front man Will Johnson of Denton based band Centro-matic. Will and I discuss all his projects and how the Cardinals can make it to the World Series next year. Follow the jump to read the entire interview with this incredible and highly underrated song writer.
Seems like the live video/audio this week has been really solid for you music junkies. The goodness today comes from the LaundroMatinee website, who bring us some live video featuring an in studio performance by Oxford band Supergrass. Watch it now.
The purveyors of cool over at Vice have brought us yet another exciting new band, except this one seems oddly familiar. Japanese Motors is a four-piece band from Costa Mesa, California who have just released their self-titled album. Immediate comparisons will be made, but break on through the banal qualities for an ultimately rewarding listen.
Let’s get this out of the way; Japanese Motors are coated in the spectral essence of The Strokes of old. Singer, Alex Knost, has precisely the same hollow echo of a voice that Julian Casablancas has, which really isn’t a knock on his singing voice. It fits the music appropriately. However, the fact that they don’t use dueling guitars on every single song, on most songs in fact, makes their sound entirely different than their New York counterpart.
Opening track, “Single Fins and Safety Pins,” creates an entirely different vibe than The Strokes; choosing to bask in the glory of the California sun rather than worry about the plight of upper-middle class elitists in New York City. You can hear the sound of the surf flowing out of the guitar-work, and the rythm of the beach trodding along in the song. Even here, the commonalities with other select groups are not yet noticed.
Then “Regrets A Paradise” comes walking along the shore, and Knost embraces his inner Casablancas, although videoes of this frontman show him having a bit more fun; he dances rather than using his mic stand to hold him up. Vocal stylings are similar throughout the rest of the album, especially in songs like “Coors Lite.” The similiarities don’t detract from the enjoyment of listening to such songs, for we all long for the sounds of a few years back, when everything seemed fresh and new. But, even the bass lines sound really close.
There is another, more Californian, influence apparent in a lot of these songs, and it might be one more close to the hearts of Japanese Motors. Listening to a song like “Better Trends” brings back memories of “Take the Skinheads Bowling” by Camper Van Beethoven, the Californian oddity commodity. Both bands had a tendency for catchy songs, worthy of listening for all audiences.
Now, those at Vice will tell you of their tendency to throw outrageous parties that cater to the homeless and surfers, the debutantes and the hipsters; this definitely has nothing to do with this band, nor their ability to write catchy lo-fi pop ditties with a surf twist. Listen to the band for their music, no matter where the influence.
Instead of creating seperate posts about the good things going down with Fun Fest this weekend, we’re just gonna give it all to ya at once. For a full list of after parties and oficial pre-festival shows, have a look at the fancy flier attached to this post. If you want some help making decisions, we’d recommend parking yourself at Mohawk Friday-Sunday night. The venue features Brothers & Sisters on Friday night, a White Denim CD release party Saturday night, and Girl in a Coma to close things out Sunday night. To make it even more enticing, every show is either free or half price with your Fun Fest wrist band.
Brightblack Morning Light will be bringing their brand of psych-folk rock to the Mohawk on Thursday evening. Buy your tickets now for only $8! Catch a preview of the show below with the band’s most recent single “Opressions Each”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/oppressions-each.mp3]
Download: Brightblack Morning Light – Opressions Each [MP3]
Oklahoma boys Colourmusic will be playing a free instore at Waterloo Records this Thursday afternoon at 5pm. I guess you could call this a teaser for the band’s full blown set at Fun Fest this weekend. It’s also probably well known that we enjoy this band’s music and never miss their shows. The free beer Waterloo provides should make the decision to head out even easier.
Nashville based outfit, The Bird Ensemble, have a brand new album you can download for free from their website. Don’t have much info to give out on these guys, but the album is worth your time. Download the new one The Last Song Book now.