BBC Radio w/Zane Lowe premiered a new song from Bloc Party today entitled “Mercury”. The new song is set to be released as a single for purchase on August 11th. This new song will also be released on the the new Bloc Party album which is said to be out sometime early in 2009. Check BBC radio’s website for a stream of the song. You can also watch the brand spankin’ new video for the song on Bloc Party’s website. We should have an mp3 for you in the next couple days when we’re sure it’s legal. What do ya think? We now have the mp3 we promised:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/bloc-party-mercury.mp3]
Download: Bloc Party – Mercury [MP3]
The Walkmen have a new song available called “Red Moon” off their upcoming album You & Me due out on August 19th of this year. This song shows the band possibly returning to their sound from their 2004 release Bows + Arrows and not the atrocity that was A Hundred Miles Off from 2006. Enjoy![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/07-red-moon.mp3]
Tonight (7/6) at 7:30pm the alamo downtown will have a viewing of Bradley Beesley’s much anticipated sequel Okie Noodling 2 with Bradley Beesley himself on hand. The movie is a follow up to the wildly popular first installment of Okie Noodling which came out way back in 2001. We here at ATH are crazy excited about the movie because it features a new song from our favorite Oklahomans The Flaming Lips. Don’t know what Noodling is? Read up on wikipedia. Buy your tickets for the show & watch a trailer on the Draft House website.
Do you believe the hype? I’m not sure the band even believes the hype coming their way: “How are so many people here?” Believe it or not, Fleet Foxes played to a sold out crowd at Mohawk in Austin last Wednesday night and I can’t say I recall anyone selling out the Mohawk recently. The band’s name has recently spread like wildfire across the internet and music world, giving them a whole mess of new fans as evidenced by the mass of people at Mohawk.
When Albert Hammond Jr. released his first record, I was completely skeptical. Could the guitar player step outside of his work with The Strokes and go it alone, successfully? The answer was an astonishing yes! That record filled my ears with gem after gem of sunny pop tunes. The new question was could he maintain that on his newest effort? Could he make me question the genius behind his other band once again?
Yes and no.
The opening track, “Bargain of a Century” comes in with swelling guitars, and what sounds like some bass lines stolen from the closet of his old band, added with a flare of piano. The vocal effects are all very reminiscent of his last effort, yet also quite like his pal Julian Casablancas. This song sets the pace for the rest of the record, demonstrating that at his best, Albert can write a really infectious tune.
The next two songs are good enough, but I go through them time and time again without really holding on to any redeemable quality. This isn’t to say that these are bad songs, for surely someone will enjoy them, but I just kind of found them as filler, holding time before we get to the next track.
Now, “GfC,” the fourth track is the single from this album, or the first one at least, and deservedly so. Every time I listen to this track, I immediately want to push repeat. A song like this shows just what a great songwriter Albert actually is; he’s a forced to be reckoned with more often than not. My head bobs, the wind blows in my hair, and all I can do is grin like a child. Beautiful.
Once again you find yourself at an impasse. The next few songs don’t pack the punch you’ve grown used to by this point. He seems to have missed a step with these songs, but I urge you to proceed through these songs with open ears because the chorus on “Rocket” is a superb moment in a fairly subpar song, which I suppose makes this song wonderful in its own way. Chills creep down my skin each time those guitars come blasting in to my speakers.
Hidden in those tracks is “You Won’t Be Fooled by This,” which is a track that most closely resembles his work in that other band . It’s a classic song, and it makes me wonder if Albert is just better off to go it alone. Really.
“Spooky Couch,” is an awful song. It is a seven minute instrumental tune that adds nothing to the album. I am not sure why its on here. Please skip this song.
Albert steps up the pace again after that yawner. He proceeds through the next few tracks with fervor, and possibly too much. A little more focus would have made those songs as memorable as the earlier tracks on this album.
And then we come to a close ladies and gentlemen with “Feed Me Jack…” which is as close to a classic ballad as this fellow has come. It might not be the best ballad of all time, but I like it for the fact that he went another direction entirely, using this song to display just how strong his voice is. It’s lacking lyrically, but a good solid step.
You see, Albert Hammond can write some amazing songs. He doesn’t need that other band to establish his credibility, but the weaknesses of this record hint that if there were a few more members battling against his ideas, then we might just have another great record in our future. All in all, Albert stands on his own, continuing to show us that he is force to be reckoned with in the pop world; all on his own. Dig it.
Below is the single we posted a long long time ago “GFC”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/04-gfc.mp3]
King Khan & The Shrines will be putting on a sure to be ridiculous show at Mohawk on Sunday night the 6th. The band is touring in support of their recent compilation The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines. Look at that picture! This show is not something to be missed. You can buy some tickets on the Transmission Entertainment website for only $10. Doors are set to open at 7pm. No Regrets![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/no_regrets.mp3]
The Futurist has a nice write up and some mp3s you can download of a recent performance The Black Angels did for the Woxy Lounge. Woxy Lounge has been showcasing some pretty heavy hitters on their Lounge Act website. Head over to the Woxy site for live performances from Mates of State, Matt Pond PA, & Cursive among others. Below is the first song from the Black Angels set on Woxy “Better off Alone” from their recent release Directions to See a Ghost.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/black-angels-better-off-alone-lounge.mp3]
Download: Black Angels – Better Off Alone [MP3]
The Steps out of Fort Worth, TX. will be playing Stubbs on Saturday evening (7/5) with openers Odis & our boys Whitman. The show is $10.50 and you can purchase your tickets on the Stubbs website. Doors are set to open at 9pm with opener Whitman set to start at 9:30pm sharp. Don’t you dare be late! You can read more about the Steps on their website.