New Music From The Pack AD

Our Canadian friends the Pack AD have a new song for you enjoyment. The song is called “Making Gestures” and come from the bands soon to be released Funeral Mixtape due out on August 12th. They sort of sound like a cross between The White Stripes & The Black Keys with a girl singing. Read more about them over on that all to familiar social network.

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Blues On The Green

Blues on the Green goes down this evening starting at 7:30pm with Los Lonely Boys headlining the event. If you’ve never done the Blues thing, I’d suggest showing up early with a folding chair, a cooler of your favorite beverage & maybe some treats to snack on during the show. You don’t have to pay anything to get in but you will pay to park at Zilker…. so park somewhere else and walk. You can read more about Blues on the Green on the KGSR website.

Chromeo – Fancier Footwork

Rating: ★★★★ ·

This album doesn’t really need a review. Odds are you already have it, or at least you should have it, but just in case you haven’t. This album is a “Deluxe Edition,” but I am not sure that it really warrants that title. It’s the original album, and then they add a bunch of remixes. I guess that merits a reissue.

Now, if you don’t have this album, here is why you need it.

Remember those really cheesy songs from your dances in middle school. The ones where you danced in a circle with all your friends while you were carefully avoiding contact with the opposite sex? They were songs full of carefully constructed beats; the majority of which were made on really simple keyboards. If you remember that with fondness, you have that nostalgia right here.

“Fancy Footwork” evokes everything from an eighties staple song that you want. There are effects on the vocals, and the lyrics don’t really have much purpose, but you know that with the simple beats that you and your friends will be dancing around the living room with Lone Star in hand.

I think that any person could find great faults in this album. There isn’t an ounce of of originality in the music, and the lyrics are nothing but comedic–a good thing in my opinion. But, Chromeo approaches there craft unapologetically. They didn’t come here to make you wax poetic about the hidden meaning in their songs; this band came to make you dance. Dance you will.

The most playful track on the album for me is “Momma’s Boy.” Lyrically, it speaks of a boy and girl who are a little too much into their attachment with their parents. Now, if you don’t find the lyrics mildly hilarious, then something is probably wrong with you. And, you can shake it to this song as well!

The bonus disc here has some new material not present on the original album. But, for the most part it is filled with remixes, which don’t really do much to the original songs; I guess they give you a different perspective.

All in all, this album is the dance album you need to own. Okay, so some of the songs go on a minute or two too long, but you will find that every track on this record is worthy of some booty shaking. After all, its summer time, and you have no excuse not to dance the night away with your friends. Go buy it. Go dance with it. Thank me later.

Fancy Footwork!

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The ATH Sticker Giveaway!

We’ve got a whole mess of Austin Town Hall stickers fresh off the press, and figured we would share the love. The first 5 readers to fill out the contact form with their mailing address in the message will receive 5 free stickers. Trust me people, these babies will be collectors items before you know it. 

Waterloo Video Closing

Your favorite video store in town, Waterloo Video, is closing its doors sometime in mid-august.  Sounds like they will be moving all the non-rental type videos into a newly remodeled Waterloo Record Store.  So that means Waterloo is officially out of the rental business.  Too bad.  Good news is, Video store closings = video store sales.  So pay your last respects to Waterloo video sometime in the next month and stock up on the cheap stuff.

Lackthereof

Lackthereof, side project of Menomena drummer Danny Seim, has a new song for you off forthcoming album Your Anchor due out on July 22nd. The song is called “Last November” and it’s planting a seed inside my head and growing a flower.  This album could be a surprise best of 2008 pick.  Read more about Lacktthereof over on da myspace.

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One For The Team

Read about this band One for the Team on some other websites and I like the pop goodness they are bringing so I thought we’d post a little song. The song below is called “Better Job” off the bands soon to be released album Build it Up, which you can buy now on itunes for only $5.99. Read more about the band on their myspace page.

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