In case you missed it, last week, Pill dropped a video for their single “Dead Boys,” which is the perfect October aesthetic for those of you looking to get in the Halloween mood. The video features the band frolicking around in a graveyard– Houdini’s grave to be exact– and the post rock tune makes for a great soundtrack to the video. Check it out and then go scoop up Pill’s latest release here via Mexican Summer.
Pale Honey are a Swedish group that I’m somehow just now finding out about, though they dropped their latest track, “Real Thing,” to the internet alittle while ago. This song has got a nice balance of fuzzy guitars with angelic vocals, and while it’s a rock song, the percussion is eclectic– waves of tinkering cow-bell esque sounds give the tune a funky beat. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also finishing touches of synth waves that round things out nicely. It’s a catchy track, and I’m looking forward to more from this group.
This single will be out officially on October 13th via Bolero Recordings.You can go preorder it here.
This brand new Giant Burger tune popped up on the Odd Box Records bandcamp, served as a warning to all those that Giant Burger Forever was coming. It’s a mix of Devo-esque dance and propulsive punk…built to force energy through your ears until the song explodes in a noisy eruption at the end. Just as quickly as the spasmic noise blurts through, the song abruptly ends…leaving you thirsting for another hit. Look for all the hits when the full album is released on November 25th, but be warned, there’s only a limited amount of copies out there!
Tomorrow night there’s this great shoegaze event over at Cheer Up Charlies, put on by our friends over at The Nothing Song. The line-up includes local faves like Single Lash, Moving Panoramas, Grivo and more…but it also features Dead Leaf Echo from NYC. And, to celebrate the event, and music in general, the group unleashed a brand new track today…it might just be one of my favorites. It begins with a little upbeat indiepop feel to it, building tension with some hi-hat work and echoed crooning. Eventually it takes on the full realm of pop by unleashing the rest of the percussive kit, and increased vocal presence. At about the 1.30 minute mark the song takes a turn and a wall of guitars squall through your speakers; it leaves quite the impression. So, fall in love with the track, and go see the band tomorrow night here in Austin!
Man, I can only use the word dig so many times in reference to The Dig, but I definitely am enjoying their new single. It’s this shiny bit of indie pop drenched in a playful rhythm and a nice soothing vocal throughout the various verses. There’s this really subtle melodic wash grooving in it too, jumping out with an even larger hook during the chorus to grab the listener. You liked that last Tame Impala LP? You’ll probably find a nice home here. Look for the band’s debut, Bloodshot Tokyo, in February of next year via Roll Call Records.
Parading are readying a new record for Lost and Lonesome, but in the meantime they’ve offered a cover of Paul Kelly’s “Big Heart.” Their take utilizes a similar opening moment with the guitar, though there’s more fragility in the vocals. As the song moves along, they muddy it up with more texture than you’ll hear on the classic version. They add in an extra few bars of exploratory sound, which should come as no surprise to folks familiar with the band’s work. It’s Friday, and that means you should just listen to good tunes, so add this one to your list.
I always check in on WIAIWYA, one of my favorite micro-labels overseas. They just put up information on Deerful and the project’s Home EP. For me, it’s great, as the music really sounds exactly like the early Nintendo games, just with the heavenly voice of Emma Witson singing atop. I guess in that, there’s a huge level of familiarity, but also an endearing enchantment that’s let me get sucked in completely. Sometimes, the simplest approach is often the most rewarding, and I feel as if this song proves exactly that!
I’ll be honest here, and admit that I haven’t thought about Clem Snide in ages, though I put “Ice Cube” from 2001’s The Ghost of Fashion on many a mixtape. They seem like one of the bands that impacted so many, then quietly walked off the stage. Luckily, HHBTM Records is reissuing You Were a Diamond, the band’s 1998 masterpiece. The album, and the group, were one of the first group’s that really got me to refocus on the writing of lyrics; I love Eef’s wordplay in everything he’s released. There’s also a raw realness on the record, in a time before reverb and lo-fi were reintroduced as fads. It’s as honest a collection of songs as you’ll find these days, so look for the reissue on November 18th.
It’s Friday, and I’m thinking you’re probably looking for that extra push to get you through the day, into the weekend. Well, if that’s the case, or you just like good tunes, then blast this new one from Private Interests. In under two minutes you get fast paced hooks that ring in your ears (in that good way!). You’ll find the drums steady and pushing the group forward, even leaving an opening for a quick little guitar solo. On October 21st the band will be releasing their brand new Only For a Moment EP courtesy of Forged Artifacts. Enjoy your day!
You know we love Ablebody, in fact, I’m pretty sure we’ve been covering the band for some time, even before we started hyping their new release, Adult Contemporaries. Today, that album is released into the world via Lolipop, so why not offer up another one of the album’s excellent tunes for you to absorb today. You’ll find yourself transported back to the times when R&B began to clash with electronic elements, using twinkling synths and riffs to accent each note of the crooned vocals. It’s one of those songs where we get to marvel at how the uncool has cycled back and made everything cool once again…plus, it’s a jam too! Grab the LP in your local shoppe today!