I know it’s easy for us to write about all your favorite news from the other sites, but I really try to find things on the weekend that you’re not getting anywhere else, like Winnipeg’s Human Music. It caught me at first because of the Soft Boys reference, but musically, it’s pretty marvelous. There’s a pop sensibility, but there’s also some great structural experimentation at work here…like a post-punk band taking on their inner jam tendencies. You can find the entire stream of their excellent new album, Sup, by clicking HERE…I know I’m hooked. Want great music? This is it. Look for the release on Sundowning Sound Recordings now.
We have plenty to do this weekend. Hopefully, those of you in Austin got a little of the rain that fell the last couple days. I recently talked to a friend about the fires in Idaho as his family has a cabin in the woods they use for human sacrifice, erm, hunting and vacations. Scary stuff, entire towns are being burned to the ground and their property is surrounded by three fires. Thoughts with those affected by the wildfires out west, they need the rain way more than we do.
Sorry for the bummer, even though you prolly just hit play instead of reading these words. #finebethatway I’ll make up for it regardless with a PYAITK track from Beat Connection, their end of summer jam via a rather cool video. Add it to your Soundcloud playlist here or just listen to what I’ll listen to this weekend here, this song included. The next album from the band is called Product 3, due mid-October.
We don’t have a pool, but I bet this song would sound better poolside.
Alright, summer’s about to be over for most of the ATH crew as we head back to school, so you can bet we want to enjoy the last weekend of true freedom with some great live music. Lucky for you I’ve got the full rundown of all the shows you’ll want to hit up this weekend and some tracks to get you psyched to go out and support your local scene.
Super Thief, Tunic, Xetas, Back Legs at Beerland // 9 pm
Mother Falcon, RF Shannon, Quintessential Clarinet Quintet at The North Door // 8pm
Daniel Johnston, Dana Falconberry at the Mohawk // 8pm
Ramesh, Roses, The Sour Notes, Moving Panoramas at Hotel Vegas // 9pm
So Midday Veil, out of Seattle, are just about to release their latest full-length record, called This Wilderness in a few short weeks on September 11th, so they figured they’d share a new single from that record to give you a bit of a taste of what’s to come. “Babel” is a sprawling track of psych rock, with whirring synths and hazy vocals to set the tone. The band does a good job of leading you by the hand as they gently transition from each part of the track. Take a listen to the psych journey below and get ready for This Wilderness that’s out on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records soon.
When Gardens & Villa’s Music For Dogs initial sounds flood through your speakers, immediately you get the impression of an electronic system booting up; “Intro” is almost a minute of futuristic synthetic sounds waving through your speakers. The level of anticipation swells with the beginnings of the huge sounds, all of which point to what’s to come next. Now, this is not the kind of entrance that the band really needs to make—Music For Dogs marks their third full-length record, following last year’s Dunes. And yet, the band amps you up for this collection of songs all the same, properly ensuring you’ve transitioned into the right frame of mind before you begin the album.
And when you do enter the first real track, “Maximize Results,” the band hits you hard with their synth pop: pulsating synths create a constant harried motion to the song, all while the vocal performance doubles up on this mood. Underlying this borderline paranoid feeling there’s a groove to the song in the distorted guitar riffs and the handclap beat. This then transitions quite abruptly into the light and airy “Fixations,” which strikes quite a bright note after the heavy opening number. Here, the synths are still buzzy and drone-like, but not as oppressive and dark as the first number. The piano also helps to brighten up the song, with its bouncy notes joining the mix with flair. It’s a catchy contrast to its predecessor before the band jumps back into the overall darkness that seems to coat most of the record.
While the album starts out quite strong with these two solid tracks, it seems as though the energy is a little difficult for Gardens & Villa to maintain through the duration of Music For Dogs. This isn’t to say that there aren’t some great and memorable tracks on the record, as there are numbers like “Alone In The City” and “I Already Do” that tack onto the aforementioned tracks as standouts. Oddly enough, where this synth pop group seems to shine the brightest on this record is not when they’re grooving hardest, but when the songs push into a tender emotional level. “Alone In The City” is a bit of a tender ballad type track that puts the vocal performance of Chris Lynch at very focal point. His voice is raw as it honestly professes lines like “Stay away from me tonight/I’ve had enough for once and it felt alright” and “This place is a nightmare/if I can’t be right there in your arms.” The sounds are subtle, and the nuance of sound that the band brings is glorious via the soft chimes that softly unfold amidst the gritty guitar and gently floating synth sounds. Same goes for the last song of the album, “I Already Do—” the band strikes this balance of groovy tune with tenderness in the mix of premature nostalgia in both the lyrics and bouncing piano sound.
Music For Dogs hits hard at first listen, but then slowly fades into a different tone, but still shows a band that’s come a far way from their debut album of 2011. The tracks that float to the surface upon further listening are evidence of their growth and movement into a balance of harsh electronic sound with real human emotion.
I love the crunchy glam rock that Tedo Stone‘s crafting, which is good that he’s back with another single. Just listening to the track, there’s a huge wall of sound waiting there for you, waiting to crash into you. But, just as you expect it, the song subsides into a softer movement; it’s the perfect twist to gather your attention. On September 18th, you’ll be able to hear more of his work, as he’s set to release Marshes via This Is American Music. What a great Friday tune.
Honestly, if you’re thinking, who the fuck is Love Sport, then that’s totally understandable; it’s not every day that Finnish bands break in the US. That’s until our friends over at Solitisent me this catchy new single from the fan, and I was instantly hooked, meaning the band have officially made it Stateside. It’s got the appeal of modern slacker indie rock, but the production is ten times better than that of someone recording in their bedroom. It gives the tune more punch, but also encourages you to spend time with the track, rather than listen to it in passing. They’ve just completed their 6 track EP, Almost Doesn’t Mean You Made It, which will be released on September 4th by Soliti…sounds like a deal to me.
It’s been a pretty good month for ATH Records, with our releases of Rose Selavy/Templo X split 7″, the Ocean Party announcement, and of course, the debut of The Lochness Mobsters. Things rolled along pretty quickly, and while the Austin trio is out on the road, we wanted to make sure the rest of you folks were able to hear their excellent debut, War Tuna. There’s touches of surf, garage, soul, pop, garage, and ultimately just good times. You can stream the jams below, and grab your own copy on all white vinyl HERE or HERE. Also, if you happen to be living out on the East, check this spot for their TOUR DATES. Austinites can welcome them home to the Grand on August 30th.
Just a short bit ago, we had a scorching rocker from Jacuzzi Boys to announce their new EP, but now they’ve settled into a different groove for their new single, “Sun.” This one’s got more of a chilled out vibe at the start, like you’re sitting on the patio relaxing after a day on the Miami beach (where the band is fun). Still, they employ their hooks with a rocking chorus and a more emphatic closing to stick with the band’s penchant for rocking out. Pretty sure this tune’s a hit. Look for their Happy Damage EP on September 18th via Magma.
If you haven’t already gotten behind Shopping, the three piece from East London, stop whatever you’re doing and fix that right this instant. They’ve got a new single for you to jam hard to today and you have no excuse not to listen to the post punk rhythm of “Straight Lines.” This may be my favorite track from the band that I’ve heard thus far, though it seems like that’s the case for each new song that I hear from the group which must be a sign that their upcoming records, Why Choose is destined to be a blistering hit with catchy guitar riffs and pop hooks to the post punk sound. You can pre-order Why Choose here from FatCat Records and get excited for its October 2nd release.