Our favorite record store, Waterloo Records, was recently featured in Paste Magazine as being one of the best record stores in America. The article talks about the highly underrated experience of visiting a record store in a download only world. Check out the article on Paste’s website.
Islands will be playing a couple of dates around Austin on Monday. Waterloo records will be hosting the first performance with a free in-store show with free keg beer as always. Get there early so you can post up near the front. Later in the evening, Islands will be moving on over to Emos to showcase a full set with all the trimmings. You can buy tickets for the late night show at Emos website. The band is becoming more and more well known for their live shows, so check out a great set from Islands at Emos at 10 p.m. or Waterloo at 5 p.m. Preview the shows with a song off the bands new album Arm’s Way entitled “Creeper”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/creeper.mp3]
Download: Islands – Creeper [MP3]
Every once in a blue moon you happen to heed the advice of a good friend, and thus was the good fortune I had with coming across this brilliant piece of work by Jeremy Jay. This album caught me by surprise, but I am so glad that I came unto it for this is exactly the sort of album I have been searching for these past few weeks.
Now, Jeremy Jay comes across to many people as some sort of Jonathan Richman, and I can see that in the way that Jay seems to speak his lyrics rather than sing them, but his voice is a bit off from Richman’s. I tend to think of Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens –then again, I can see some of those Morrissey comparisons. I guess that’s it, you can try as you might, but Jeremy Jay has a voice all his own.
I really enjoy the song craft in these songs. Apparently, this chap is a fan of 50’s music a la Buddy Holly or Richie Valens, and this is very clear in the instrumentation. A song such as “The Living Dolls” completely encompasses this vibe, taking you back to your very own personal sock-hop. He doesn’t stop here, always staying in the vein of classic pop-song structures.
The only fault, for me as a listener, is that the music is clearly wonderful, yet it is really down low in the mix. Clearly, the focus is on Jay’s voice and lyrics, but that doesn’t mean you can turn up those guitars for the sake of the listener. Well, that is personal taste I suppose.
For the duration of this album, Jeremy focuses predominantly on the topic of love, but he approaches the subject from various different angles. Each of his songs, to me, comes across as a carefully crafted love poem–but not the kind that comes across as dishonest. I particularly enjoy the fact that there is an essence of the magical or natural world in the lyrics, which wins points in my book.
There are some faults here, such as the album falls short of 30 minutes, but for a debut full-length, its hard to come across much better than this. I have a feeling that by the end of the year this will sneak its way into my top ten–in fact, I’m reserving it a spot right now![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/02-heavenly-creatures.mp3]
Grand Archives will be coming to Stubbs this Saturday in support of their recently released album Grand Archives. The band will be joined by label mate Sera Cahoone who will be showcasing songs off her recent Sub Pop release Only as the Day is Long. You can find tickets to the show on Stubbs website for only $10 or you can get one at the show for $12. ATH will be on hand for what should be a stellar show, with a full review and pictures of the show coming early next week. Songs from Grand Archives & Sera Cahoone can be found below:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/couch.mp3]
Girl Talk’s new Album Feed the Animals is available today on The Illegal Arts website. Girl Talk decided to follow the Radiohead formula and let fans pay what they want for the new album. I say start your weekend early with the DJ stylings of Girl Talk.
Asthmatic Kitty darlings Cryptacize will be bringing their live act to The Mohawk on Saturday. Tickets are on sale right now for the low low price of $6 on the Mohawk’s website. The band will be playing with the great Devon Williams who is always worth checking out. You can read more about Cryptacize on their website or have a listen to “No Coins” off the new album Dig That Treasure:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/no_coins.mp3]
I bought this record at the store the other day because for some reason I sincerely hold fond memories of this band. The first few records were great, and then the band slowly lost its appeal. Congratulations Nathan! You’re an adult.
Listening to this record all day today, and last night, it was hard to remember exactly what it was about this band that I really enjoyed. I went back to the old records from my younger days–when I was 20. There was the answer–the remnants of pop-punk and emo. Don’t smirk! You liked this stuff too!
Anyways, in the beginning, James Dewees–keyboardist for now defunct The Get Up Kids–he blended comedy along with really solid melodies. He tossed me a few solid keyboard solos, and even through samples of hilarious clips into the album. They were seamless, and honestly, I thought they were special–still hold a spot in my heart.
Of course, there was some remnants of hardcore on the old albums, clearly remaining from Dewees days in Coalesce. It was just a small enough dose to go well with the feel of the record. Now, that is all that remains.
There are few moments on this record that are redeemable. The incessant screaming is so 99′ and I just don’t have the patience for it. And, the lyrics I could decipher were simple, though I never considered Dewees to be much of a songwriter.
For me, this was his last gasp–his “last stop” if you will. For me, this was my last stop. This album reminded me of where I have been, and who I have become–frankly, I’m an adult. This record brought that to a head. Thanks Reggie, for that you get half a star.
If you’re making the trek out to Chicago on July 18th for the annual Pitchfork Music Fesitval, head on over to the Emusic website to download 25 free songs from artists performing at the festival. Even if you’re not planning on going out to Chicago, go get yourself some free music from some of our favorite lesser known acts.
Up and comers Sam Champion have a new song for your listening pleasure entitled “Be Mine Everyone” off their album Heavenly Bender which is set to come out September 2nd. Rolling Stone recently featured the band as a breaking artist on their website so you should be hearing a lot about these guys soon.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/samchampion_bemineeveryone.mp3]
Download: Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone [MP3]
Local boys and ATH favorite Li’l Cap’n Travis will be showcasing their talents at Club Deville on Friday in Austin. The band usually puts on stellar live shows with some Beach Boys covers thrown in for good measure. Head on over to Club Deville’s website to get more information on the show. Have a listen to “Sugar Buzz” off the band’s newest album Twilight on Sometimes Island:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sugarbuzz.mp3]