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Boogarins Are Back

boogarinsTraditionally, I wouldn’t post a lyric video…but seeing as this song isn’t available any other way yet and it’s in Portuguese, it might just require such a post.  Well, there’s that and the fact that I really enjoy the work that Boogarins have been doing…this new jam included.  You’ll definitely hear moments of the band’s exploratory psych tendencies, but I also like the art-pop moment that comes from the line “that will not let me see the sun/they will not let me see the sun;” it’s possibly my favorite moment on the track.  Their new LP, Manual, will be available on October 30th via Other Music/Burger Records.

True Gem From Matt Rock

screen-shot-2015-08-16-at-6-34-11-pmI’ll be honest here, I love this damn song.  Something about the almost Queen like quality mixed with heavy, fuzzed out guitars has created a truly powerful and intense song.  Coming from London based Matt Rock, this track for you today is called “Gimme a Sign”.  I hope all you fan boys out there enjoy it just as much as I have today.

Matt Rock will release Get Blank on October 16th.

Dark Bubblegum Pop From Thee AHs


Dark bubblegum pop? Isn’t that a contradiction? Well yes, but in the best possible way. Vancouver’s Thee AHs just released this terrific album called Names over at their band camp page that shows a mastery of sugary pop music with enough darkness to tone it down to not only an enjoyable level, but a great one at that. This track, “Andrew,” that I’ve got below will give you a good idea of what I’m talking about, as it blends these two sides of the spectrum quite well. The guitars kick things off on a grungey note, and then the gang female vocals wash the track over with sugary sweetness. Like this song, the whole album is filled with pop goodness that needs you attention, so go pick it up over here and enjoy. 

Water, sugar, lemon, squeeze

Los Angeles indie rapper Dom Kennedy is the closest thing to an easy listening rapper in hip-hop. Dom is currently promoting his third studio album, including a leading appearance at Trillectro this weekend. By Dom Kennedy is 11 tracks of Dom’s smooth voice over perfectly slow, soft, melodic, and deliberate beats. Three songs include production credit from frequent Rhymesayers Entertainment collaborator Jake One. It’s a quality, relaxing album and deserves a listen. A common complaint about rap music is that it’s too angry or aggressive. I don’t know if Dom Kennedy has an angry or aggressive bone in his body, and that’s reflected in his music. There is also very little cussing in his music but even when Dom does cuss, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. By Dom Kennedy can be streamed here or purchased here. The highlight of the album is “Lemonade“, an ode to Dom’s son, relaxing, reminiscing, and thinking about the future. “Lemonade” can be streamed below.

Is America Ready for No Zu?

nozuI’m not quite sure a lot of people Stateside have heard of No Zu…unless they picked up the Cut Copy compilation Oceans Apart from awhile back.  But, the groove on this track from the Melbourne artists will surely perk up some ears here.  First, there’s that throbbing pulse, yet you can also hear the influence of so many other areas like big band to 80s pop music.  It’s an interesting pastiche, and one that should come across as rather refreshing in a genre that can often grow stale.  You can grab this new single from the band’s new label, Chapter Music, or wait for their next LP on the label early next year; it’s titled Afterlife.


Austin Pets Alive Dating Auction


Team ATH loves the rescues; The Abita puppy was from Central Texas Catahoula Rescue and, IIRC, Miss Elliott Smith, aka Ellie, and Dezzie Ray are both Pets Alive pups. It is National Dog Day, after all.

Our friends at The Mohawk put together a fun little benefit to help Austin Pets Alive. It is a dating auction, 4th annual in fact, and what you do to that poor person you win on that date is up to you. Personally, it would be nice to have a minion for a few hours, but I would suggest taking your victims… dates to get tacos or pizza. Maybe a show next Monday night?

Head here for details. I am sure there will be beverage specials from Reyka and Sailor Jerry. #saferide

Get Weird With Mr. Divisadero

mr-divisadero-promo-2015-650x400The story of Mr. Divisadero is a long one, and I won’t bore you with some long, drawn out story here (Pop Matters has a good full length).  My short version tells it that co-founders of record label Axis Mundi happened upon a long since lost album, got in touch with the original band members, and decided to release the damn thing because the tunes are so rad.  So after nearly a decade of being forgotten, we are treated to some tunes from our yesteryears in the form of this hot new track “Dreams”.  I dig the quirky, yet bright pop sounds created here complete with riffing guitars and interesting vocals.  Maybe the band will reunite and tour the country?

Pick up Mr. Divisadero’s debut, self-titled album on September 4th via Axis Mundi Records.


ATX Spotlight: Jared Leibowich of The Zoltars To Release Solo Tape!


So you’ve already heard and loved locals The Zoltars, but have you heard the good news that frontman Jared Leibowich is slated to release a tape of his solo efforts at the end of September on Unblinking Ear? No? Well, the song below is a testament to this statement as well as the number one reason why you should get excited for his solo debut, Welcome Late Bloomers. “And You’re Always On,” is a laid back garage influenced tune that features Leibowich’s soft vocals floating over the twangy guitar and subtle piano. Look out for that solo release on cassette and out digitally on Unblinking Ear Records on September 25th.

ATX Spotlight: Video Kill New Tune

videoThe opening lines of this Video track had me completely fooled; I thought I had died and gone to a prog-rock heaven (or hell in my case).  But, just be patient, as the group kicks in with their angst-laden rock n’ roll in a matter of moments, pushing quickly to the track’s finish. There’s definitely some lineage to members’ other acts like Wiccans, Radioactivity or Bad Sports, but you should instead focus on how infectious yet hard-edged this new tune feels. Look for their album, The Entertainers, to hit the streets on October 30th via Third Man Records.

Belle and Sebastian Ticket Giveaway!!!

Belle & SebastianThis Friday is one of my favorite days of the year guys. It’s Belle and Sebastian Day!!! Well, not nationally, but personally.  The Glaswegian band has long been one of my favorite all time bands, which was reaffirmed with their latest release, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.  They’ll be bringing their wonderful version of pop music to the stage this Friday at ACL Live Moody Theatre…and we’ve got one pair of tickets to giveaway to a lucky winner. Trust me, you’ll want to see Stuart dancing all upon the stage…plus Wild Moccasins will be opening, so you win.  Try to win below, but if you want guaranteed tickets, but them HERE.

In order to win, leave a comment with your favorite Belle and Sebastian song or album (if you say Storytelling you’re not winning!). We’ll select a winner by Thursday at Noon, and you’ll be notified of your pair of tickets.

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