It’s 3:30 in the morning and you’ve had your fair share of oat sodas, not to mention all that Makers Mark, yet the party at your place continues to rage all around you. That asshole that wears a scarf during the summer won’t shut up about the Decemberists and the only ladies left are dating each other, it’s time to put this party out to pasture. Follow the jump for the Top 5 albums that can clear the place out so you can get your ass to bed.
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.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/1-01-ulysses.mp3]
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.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/all-too-vivid-originalmix.mp3]
Download: VEGA – All To Vivid [MP3]
“Paging Dr. Dog; Dr. Dog needed in the ER”. “Patients at the Parish need resuscitation.” If you missed the sold out show at the Parish late Tuesday night, your heart rate may thank you, but your feet? Not so much. The young Philly rockers pounded out a heart racing, feet stomping 1.5 hour set comprised of songs from their critically acclaimed albums ‘Fate’ and ‘We All Belong’, with a few gems from earlier releases. Follow the jump to read all about it, check out the setlist and see a handful of pics.
We wanted to bring you some Cake this week to celebrate the band’s upcoming appearance at Stubbs on Tuesday the 28th (tickets are sold out btw). Our from the closet jam, “Frank Sinatra”, has long been a favorite of mine. It was also my first exposure to the band oh so many years ago and still sounds as fresh as ever. You can hear it as the opening track on the band’s breakthrough 1996 album Fashion Nugget.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/cake-frank_sinatra.mp3]
Download: Cake – Frank Sinatra [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.”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/01-petrified-forest-1.mp3]
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.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/thekills_tapesong.mp3]
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.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/x53r-blank-dogs-tin-birds.mp3]
Download: Blank Dogs – Tin Birds [MP3]
Let it be said; this album is full of amazing songs. Sure, that’s a weird way to start off a review, but one would have to listen to this album to understand why it receives a less than stellar rating. Sun Gangs, the new album from London’s The Veils, is a vibrant affair, switching at every change of song. It drags influences from all across the globe; it does this without sounding overtly banal. Yet, something is amiss here.
On opening number “Sit Down by the Fire” singer Finn Andrews comes off like a cross between the hallowed voices of Win Butler and Will Scheff, though the music definitely lends itself to a more Arcade Fire styling as pounding piano work is maxed out with accompanying percussion and guitar strumming. You’re ready for an album full of such tunes, such great tunes, but then they put a bag over your head; you’ve awoken in a completely different place.
Title track “Sun Gangs” is a wonderful tune. It is the second track on the album, but it doesn’t have a lot of relation to the place where your journey began. Melancholy moments like this make one remember the sweetness of Spirtualized, and Spaceman’s ability to pull at your heartstrings with his voice alone; Andrews does the same, even with his lyrics. So maybe we’re in for a solemn album, and the opener was just a bit off. Wrong again.
All of a sudden we’re thrust into a space-rocker of sorts with “The Letter”, in a somewhat Muse meets Clap Your Hands Say Yeah sort of way. Sure, it sounds like quite an awkward affair, but it’s a striking song nonetheless, one worth listening to on repeat, at least a couple of times through. The next song is sort of a rocker, with definite leanings toward Muse. Then we’re back again to the mellower moments as the band goes into “It Hits Deep.” Once again, this song tugs at you emotionally, and that really has a lot to do with the spectacular voice of Andrews.
Still, this is the variety of songs that you are presented with in the first moments of this album, and you still have another half of the album to go, which follows the same pattern more or less. This is precisely the issue that many listeners will find when listening to the album from start to finish. The songs do not seem to connect to one another there is not a fluid movement from one place to the very next. The schizophrenic nature of the album detracts from the overall quality; this record needs some cohesiveness. Individually, there are some ridiculously good songs, but they don’t work together as a whole. Otherwise, The Veils constructed a solid effort of tunes worthy for any mix tape.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/07-the-house-she-lived-in.mp3]
Download: The Veils – The House She Lived In [MP3]
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