Just a few weeks ago I posted about the brand new 7″ from Cherry Glazer, which featured the hit, “Had Ten Dollaz.” It was a sultry rocker that I couldn’t escape, playing the tune over and over again. But, now they’ve offered up the B-Side to the 7″ they’ll be releasing for Suicide Squeeze. To me, this is probably one of the most promising young bands, and their knack for songwriting was already present on Haxel Princess, so consider this the biggest rising star for your money. You cab pick up the new 7″ today.
Come on now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’re aware of our love affair with all things Criminal Hygiene. These guys have been pleasing our ears since we first heard their music and we try to do all we can to spread the good word about quality sounds. With all that out of the way, the boys just sent us this lovely new track called “Turpentine”. What starts as a poppy sort of rock tune yields its way to yet another raucous and guitar laden track from a rowdy rock band. It just keeps getting better and better. If you don’t know, get wise fool.
Download: Criminal Hygiene – Turpentine [MP3]
I missed my Austin, but Cleveland was pretty cool and I ended up getting an Austin vibe from Richmond, Y2K Austin vibe. It is a smaller place, college town, passed over by national tours and a filler stop for guys in vans.
ATH on the road checked in at Strange Matter. It is a venue that again reminds me of the old Emo’s inside, only with a full kitchen that can satisfy your burger cravings while you girlfriend gnoshes on Vegan faire. Playing at Strange Matter was Merchandise. Italy’s Ninos Du Brasil are on the road with Merch and locals Dead Fame and Bermuda Triangles rounded out the bill.
Click through for a few thoughts and plenty of pics…
I’ve got some tunes from the Memories; I like the band well enough, I just feel like they could do a bit more. But, it looks like that time has finally come, as the band are readying a new album that’s been worked over by Sonny Smith, who I trust above many others. There’s already a subtle R&B production to the tune, while the band maintains their approach to brevity in their songwriting; it sort of reminds me of Girls early on…you know, when that band meant something. Look for the band’s new LP Hot Afternoon next month from Burger Records.
As we move closer to Fun Fest, I find myself getting more and more pumped for the weekend. The lineup is again superb and we’ll of course be hanging with all you cool customers in the beautiful Austin weather. We’re moving forward with our coverage today with an interview from Sub Pop act Pissed Jeans.
Technicolor Hearts are an outfit from ’round these parts that we introduced you to about a year ago. Well, this group has a new track for you: “Pocahaunted,” combined with a creepy video featuring the band getting witchy with it. The song moves pretty slow at first, giving you this electronic eerie vibe to pick up on before the psychedelic guitars move into play. Honestly, I was a little on the fence with this song at first, but the end of it keeps drawing me back– the group adds some string work in the background that finishes on this ethereal and detailed note that I really enjoy. Take a listen for yourself below and watch the music video here.
Download: Pocahaunted [MP3]
Alright folks…I know it’s Halloween week, so everyone is looking for things to do, and shows to attend where costumes are accepted. Tonight, Monday, you’ve got one option, plus another show that should be on your radar. Hotel Vegas has a mellow show on the bill, which might be in contrast to what you’ve know from the venue, but don’t miss some of these acts, namely RF Shannon and Plantation; Plantation is the project of Carlton, who is also part of our boys Grape St. But, if you’re inclined to show off that costume you’ve been working on, you should head over to the Goblin-A-Go-Go at Mohawk this evening. That event is free and starts at 8 PM, featuring A Giant Dog, pumpkin carving, and contests and drawing galore.
Download: A Giant Dog – To Put it Bluntly [MP3]
There are two sides of the power-pop/garage rock coin, at least two that I can always subscribe to when listening. There’s the gritty version, filled with sloppy hooks, or there’s the polished huge riffs. The perfect example of this, in my mind, comes in the battle of Terry Malts vs. Wild Smiles. I love the Malts and their gritty style, taking nostalgic rock and fueling it with booze and exuberance. But, the Wild Smiles, who I’m here to talk about, take a similar approach, but clean things up, giving you more accessible hooks. You’re supposed to love both! And if you do, you already have the Terry Malts LP (or else you’re behind the times), so go ahead an pick up the Wild Smiles LP, Always Tomorrow, and enjoy the rest of your day.
Just last week I was talking about Bitch Prefect, who were in the latest Aussie musical explosion (not that that ever stopped), but in that post I talked about Bored Nothing, who were one of my favorite acts of that grouping. Somehow, I missed that the band had a new album, Some Songs, ready for release, along with this single that’s below. While the production is a touch different, it’s still clear that the project holds onto the stylistic touches that gave listeners an intimate experience with the songwriting. Now that I’m on this tune, I just picked up the LP from Spunk Records, so I can indulge just a bit more.
Download: Bored Nothing – We Lied [MP3]
Just wanted to toss out something that was easy listening to start off the week, and this track from Ginla seems to fit that bill pretty nicely. It’s a mellow electro-jam with vocals that are all washed out, so you’ll have an easy time just pressing play and relaxing. Those sort of vibes make it easy to deal with your own personal case of the Mondays, but I think there’s some definite redeemable qualities that go beyond early week listening. The duo is readying their Dreaming In Circles EP, so look to pick that up in a few weeks if this is your bag.