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    The ATH Top 50 Albums of 2015

    Year-end lists are everywhere…and I can see why they’re important to people. But, seeing as we generally walk off the beaten path more often than not, our list of the

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    Top Austin Albums Of 2015

    It’s that time of year when we all throw arbitrary numbers at you, trying to convince you that our tastes are the best. But, I’m going to try taking a

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    FFFX: Team ATH Recap

    There was a lot of talk this year comparing Fun Fun Fun Fest to ACL this. Perhaps it is the proximity with the second weekend, perhaps the tenth anniversary. FFFX

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Refreshing Folk Pop from Paltsa-Kai Salama

paltsaI’ve been aware of Paltsa-Kai Salama and his work with Black Lizard, but I didn’t expect him to spin out a solo effort quite like this one. His first single on his new record, slated for a release on Soliti later this year, definitely looks back to the remnants of 70s folk influenced rock. Interestingly, I can still hear a modern day relevance, and can even imagine the likes of Ty Segall pulling off a similar sound if he decided to go unplugged. This should make for an interesting outing, and I’ll keep you posted as more information comes our way.

Indiepop Delight from The Golden Eaves

goldenI claim no discovery points on these tunes from The Golden Eaves, as it was pointed in my direction by one of the many purveyors of great indiepop. But, I’m so glad I came across it today; it fits perfect with the foggy morning that’s rolled into Texas. It’s all about melody with this German act, allowing for the understated vocal tones to shine and mesh with the seemingly Western guitar sounds. I’m not going to lie, but there’s an awful lot of Belle and Sebastian allusions in here, especially with the way the lyrics were written…and that’s never a bad thing in my book. Look for the No Other 7″ now!

Dreamy Pop from Superstar

superstarJust the other day I was lamenting the fact that Seapony wasn’t around anymore; I’ll always love the way they blended dream pop with elements of jangle and surf influences. Still, I needed a replacement, and while Superstar has pulled back on the jangling side, they definitely emit the same emotional pull that I found in the aforementioned band. Aside from the emotional appeal, I really enjoy the fact that the songs on their new album, Table for Two, are long, so you have plenty to digest. The record is being handled by Bedroom Suck Records, an always reliable source of good tunes.

Tangible Excitement! Share New Video

erSo it’s a dreaded Monday, and you’re having a hard time shaking off the fact that it’s no longer the weekend. Well, luckyfor you I’ve got a perfect pop-bliss video for you below with Tangible Excitement!You can watch the nonstop action video for “Foxy Troubles,” and come alive through the footage of people going places. Not to mention that the song is jangly and bright, the lyrics spinning fast along with the guitar riffs that just don’t quit. Wake up with Tangible Excitement! and get your week going already!

Austin Spotlight: Casual Strangers Go Instrumental

casInstrumental music can take on many forms, but often it undoes itself by forming repetitively and boring listeners…this is not what happens with the new single just released from Casual Strangers. While there’s a trip effect to the track, seemingly intentional if you look at the art work for their new album, there’s this electronic soulful vibe that’s quite successful. It reminds me of the early days of Air, when they were crafting these sultry bits of pop music. The Austin band will be releasing Pink Panther on February 26th, with a party the night before over at Sidewinder. Have fun folks.

I’m in Love With Fake Laugh

fakelaughListening to the musical elements of this brand new single from Fake Laugh might give you the wrong impression; it looks at a lot of the current market with those dreamy bending guitar chords a la Captured Tracks stable. But, the vocal approach really turns the song on its side, offering up a juxtaposed warmth that you don’t usually see; I particularly like the clarity of the voice too…you can completely understand the lyrics, which isn’t always the case. Get behind this group now before they’re no longer a small little secret in the music community.

Adan & Xavi Ready Debut Album

adaIn case you weren’t aware, there’s a couple of Spanish degrees and minors floating around behind the scenes at ATH, so we’re always intrigued by Spanish lyrics, especially when they’re draped over warm pop structures. On this new single from Adan & Xavi, they blend a strummed guitar, slide guitar and super-steady percussion to build this casual pop background for the delightful vocals. But, just because this track gives into the influences of Adan’s time in Mexico City, don’t be entirely sold on them using Spanish, as they’ve also got another track floating around that pulls in some classic Rod Stewart vibes. Don’t be afraid of pop without pretension…it’s good for you. You can hear their self-titled debut on March 4th via Everloving Records.

Fresh Twin Peaks Tune

twinsBright and early in the morning, and a bright new track from Twin Peaks to kick it off. Listening, it’s got a lot of polish on it, yet you can still hear the energy in the band’s performance, be it the distant yelps and screams or the swagger that comes from the track. I still think the song will turn some people’s heads, as this definitely has a bit more of an adult feeling to it; bands are allowed to grow up, and while it may not be as gritty, it’s definitely good. Their new album, Down in Heaven will be out on May 13th via Grand Jury.

 

More from Brothers In Law

brosItaly’s Brothers In Law have long been on our radar, and their new effort Raise is a huge step in their musical game. They still hold onto some of their elements of dream/indiepop, but they’ve thrown in that circular guitar swell that’s been so enchanting for many shoegaze fans. Vocals are hiding a little bit on some of the more recent work, filling in the space just behind the cascading wall of guitars. This track definitely displays the band’s new found sound and sees them pushing themselves to new levels. Look for their new album via WWNBB now!

The Villas Record Release @ Mohawk Tonight!

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Date: 1/29/16

Location: Mohawk

Door Time: 9PM

Tickets: @ the door

The Villas are a local band that I’ve been following quite some time as one of my favorite acts in town. Today I’m pleased to offer some support for a big moment for the group as they plan to celebrate the release of their new LPLong Playerat the Mohawk this evening. The guys will be joined by fellow locals Wildcat Apollo and Waco band Loafers opening things up. Here’s a great opportunity to get out there and support one of the hardest working, and most talented, bands in town.

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