We’ve long appreciated the work of Adam Granduciel and his project War on Drugs. His last effort, Slave Ambient, came out in 2011, and he’s definitely grown from album to album, so his upcoming release will surely show the next step. When listening to this first single, I can sort of hear bits of Arcade Fire in the way the vocals are recorded, but I definitely appreciate his guitar playing here. Secretly Canadian will be releasing his new effort, Lost in the Dream, on March18th, so be prepared for another solid release from Adam and his band.
|Date||Friday, December 6th|
|Tickets||$12 from Mohawk|
Those of you in need of a great show to take a friend to have got to hit up the Friday night extravaganza at Mohawk. You’ll be treated to one of Austin’s most consistent groups, The Octopus Project, who continue to exhilarate audiences in the live setting. Plus, you’ll get a chance to see one of the bands that I’m expecting huge things from in 2014, Tele Novella. They’ve got the songs to back up that hype, at least if you’ve heard the band’s recent work over on their bandcamp page. Then, you’ll also get treated to Borrisokane, which guarantees you a night filled with blissful pop and smiles to go around. If this incredible weather holds up, you better find yourself here…or else!
One of my favorite bands, Natural Child, is back at it again, with news rolling around today that the band is going to be releasing Dancin with Wolves via Burger Records on February 25th. If you haven’t caught their live show, you’re missing out on something special, but I’ve also been impressed with their recorded material over the last two albums. They combine what you’d expect from Southern influenced rock, but they do it with a tried and true formula cut in the dirtiest clubs across America. Don’t be the last one to get on this train to sweet rock n’ roll.
If you need something down-trodden, yet holding onto a simplistic sense of beauty. You’d probably expect something of the sort considering the works of Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn prior to their union as New Bums, but I can’t tell you how floored I am by how superb the below track truly is. From the light strumming to the tinkering piano in the faint distance, it all fits into a song that will probably haunt me for some time…such is the power of a great ballad. The two will put out Voices in a Rented Room on February 18th via Drag City.
I wrote about the work of Amanda Harper and her project, Running in the Fog, a month ago, and it’s time we revisit her work, as she’s got another single that went out recently. This newer track is quite similar to “Desire,” but I think there’s a really interesting shift that occurs around the 2 minute mark. There’s a really slight shift in the electronic beat, creating more of a shimmering quality to accompany Harper’s voice. Be sure to check out her Silver EP, which comes out next week courtesy of Father/Daughter Records.
Download: Running in the Fog – Sail [MP3]
As I’m sure you know, I’m a huge fan of Slumberland Records, but did you know that owner/founder Mike S. has his own band Manatee who put out some rocking tunes? Well, you’re in luck then, with the band opting to put up all their singles of the last few years for free, or NYP. I’ve previously written about the group before, so I encourage you spend some time grabbing these tunes, or at least previewing; I always encourage you to donate, even a dollar helps a band go forward. My first preference would probably be for you to hit up Single Payer Class War, which features the jam below.
Download: Manatee – Mr Super [MP3]
Here’s an interesting new track called “Talos’ Corpse” coming your way from upstarts Cosmicide. The band, started last year by Secret Machines member Brandon Curtis, have evolved to create this sort of electronica-pop sound with this shade of darkness bubbling up throughout their songs. It creates some special moments that I hope you’ll enjoy on this teaser song.
No word yet on a full length LP, but the band plan on touring for the first time very soon.
As I was trolling through my emails the other day, I came across this intriguing new track called “Grey Ghost” coming our way from Brisbane indie group Keep on Dancin’. It’s of course a reverb heavy rock tune in the same vein as psych bands like The Black Angels or I could even see them compared to other female fronted bands like My Gold Mask. Either way, I think the track is pretty rad and definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
The Aussie’s have a new album called Hunter due out early next year.
Man. Austin had a pretty incredible year; it was a far better year than I’ve encountered recently, making my ears, mind and heart quite proud of our hometown. While it’s obviously difficult to get in on every single band in Austin, I made a list of the albums that were most impactful throughout the year, 2013. I purposefully left off EPs and singles, not because I didn’t enjoy those, but because this is a list of top ALBUMS! I’m sorry to those we left off, and encourage you all to send us your music as we continue our push to be a great voice for Austin music. Without further ado…this is how we do it. Read More
Hopefully you recognize the name behind Little Joy, which was noted more for the appearances of Fab (Strokes fame), but which wouldn’t have sounded so perfect if not for Rodrigo Amarante. Tracks from his album, Cavalo, have been floating around the Internet for a few weeks, and this one is my personal favorite. It has that tropicalia feel, yet maintains a strangeness that allows me to hold onto the fact that I still think I’m cool (I’m not FYI). If you were a fan of the driftwood pop that his full band created, then you’ll surely love what he’s done on his own (with a little help from Devandra and Fab).
Download: Rodrigo Amarante – Hourglass [MP3]