I’ll make no secret of my appreciation for Slumberland Records. Be it their back catalog, their re-issues, or the new acts they’re putting act, they always seem to be in line with my own tastes. Today they had a huge day, announcement-wise, putting up two great new songs by Devon Williams and Gold-Bears, both artists we’ve fawned over here. The first track below comes from Devon’s new album, Gilding the Lily (June 3rd); it’s a mellow pop tune with the melodic touches we’ve come to expect from him. The second is an up-beat rocker from Gold-Bears new record, Dalliance (June 3rd), which might just be one of the best songs I’ve heard this year. What a great way to wrap up the week in music with these two great songs.
Only a few weeks away from Austin Psych Fest, and we’re trying to continue to keep you up to date on some of the bands we’re really excited to see at the festival. Today we’ve got a short and sweet interview with Pink Mountaintops main guy, Steve McBean. Read below for his responses, and be sure to check out the band at the festival on Sunday, May 4th.
I’ve been looking through all the upcoming shows, trying to find something new that I could really gravitate to, which is when I discovered this track from Pollen. The band’s fairly new to town, but they’ve already booked a really great show at Blackheart Bar with LA Snacks and Party Girl (4/25). It’s a free show, and it should have this catchy little tune played in the garage-rock realm to keep you bouncing on your toes throughout the evening. For me, I love the crunchy sound of the guitar and the riding of the cymbals by the drummer, but it’s the erratic vocal delivery that really sells me on the group. Hopefully we’ll see you at the Blackheart next week: it’s free!
Download: Pollen – Not A Test [MP3]
Seems like Thursday’s are good for really great pop tunes, so why not give you another one from Paul Cook and the Chronicles. The project is mostly the work of Paul Cook, who occasionally gets by with a little bit of help from his friends, such as drummer Phil Wilkinson. I like Paul’s work; it always reminds me of the less-kitschky version of Darwin Deez. It’s all pop music, and no unnecessary filler. This is the first track off the Radar EP, which will see a release on June 1st, but you can enjoy the tune below right now.
Download: Paul Cook and the Chronicles – Radar [MP3]
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Download: Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed [MP3]
Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes project is on a huge role right now. He’s prepping the release of his new record, Love, and it seems with each new single that he brings to the table, there’s something different going on in the music, yet it’s all pretty intoxicating. This jam starts all with a bit of a ramshackle opening, almost like a post-punk rocker, but then it unfolds into a more spiritual piece of noise folk. I like a little diverstiy in a good album, so when Sacred Bones releases Love on May 13th, we’re probably going to rejoice with how each song offers us something different.
It’s clear that Mac Demarco has the world eating out of the palm of his hands. He’s received rave reviews from all over for his recent release, Salad Days, and he blew into Austin, selling out his show at the Mohawk weeks before the show even happened. Honestly, I didn’t even know he was that huge, but his show definitely proved he’s got what it takes to keep pushing forward.
You can read on for more thoughts about the show, and some photos from our friend Bryan P. at PPI.
It’s been a little bit of time since we’ve posted anything from the group Ablebody, the project of the Hochheim brothers, who you’ll occasionally see as members of Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Anyways, these guys are great, creating these perfect pieces of wistful pop, such as the track below, which is the A-Side to their forthcoming 7″. The warmth of the backing “ahhs” do a wonderful job to add to the dreamy pop sensibility that is already present in the tune. You can catch the band on tour supporting PoBPaH throughout the end of Spring, and order the 7″ HERE.
We’ve been patiently waiting for the new EP of A. Sinclair, the band formerly known as Frank Smith; a new song is here today. Singer Aaron promised us that the band would be building a louder sound, which fits more with the band’s live performances of late. While the opening of the tune ambles a bit in the way of atmospherics, the song jumps into a rocking jam within seconds, collecting all the promise we’ve seen in the band over the last several years. If you’ve been following the group, you’re going to be proud of the confidence and craftsmanship this tune shows. Get ready to hear their new Pretty Girls EP when it’s released on May 20th.
I’ve really been enjoying the new album from Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I’ll tell you now that it looks back at the old days of the band without a sense of regret, doing it with a fresh face, and a bit of a fresh sound. Groups can’t stay in one space for too long, so it’s no surprise that Kip’s cleaned up the guitars, opening up to a brighter pop sound on this go round. You know what? It still sounds really damn good, illustrating how great a songwriter Berman actually is. The new album is titled Days of Abandon, and you’ll be able to hear all the songs on May 13th.