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New Music from Mammal Airlines

I always try to keep an ear out for what’s going on over in New Zealand and Australia.  Secretly, those two countries are putting out some really great works, so I’m always stoked when I come across a new one that needs some love. My recent discovery comes via Mammal Airlines. They’re putting out their Life of Mammals EP, and it’s got some great tracks on it, with those jangly guitars and a bit of fuzz to rock your socks. Get hip to Oceania folks. And, if you like what you hear, you can get their music for free from their label Papaiti.

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Download: Mammal Airlines – Brobama [MP3]

Show Review: Jónsi @ Verizon Theatre (10/25)

Being that our website name carries the word Austin, it’s rare that we venture outside of Austin for shows.  I mean do we really need to with this town?  Not really, so we decided to send a friend of ours out to Grand Prairie to check out the show by Sigur Ros leading man Jónsi.  Our very talented friend Elizabeth Levacy will recount the night and even show us some fancy photos from her experience.  Follow the jump for our guest review by Liz.

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Warpaint – The Fool

Rating: ★★★★ ·

After seeing these ladies play at ACL I was quite impressed. Despite playing for a small crowd early Sunday morning they managed to bring their quiet girl indie sound to the outdoor setting rather well, heightening my excitement for this album. Their sound is a mixture of psychedelic guitars with female vocals that vary from hushed to super strong, over the course of the whole album, as well as even in just one song.

Warpaint starts off with “Set Your Arms Down,” which begins in a slow sort of fashion moseys along, drum beats feeling very stop and go, but glued together by the meandering vocals until the build comes and the drums begin to roll faster and the murmurs of lyrics build – in unison at some parts and mismatching in others—and just when it seems that the band is about to spiral out of control the song is reeled in and transitions to the next song. Warpaint demonstrates their ability to form a complete and total song that may take you many places, but in the end they bring you back home.

They continue this journey in “Undertow,” the pre-released single, in which it feels as though Warpaint is asking us those questions of bitterness. The lead vocalist has a certain real feeling about her voice that makes you believe what she is singing; these are not just words, but rather a series of confessions. Perhaps the subtle imperfections, or the rawness on some notes is what gives the song this vibe. Whatever it is about this song, it certainly conveys the idea that they are not just a girl band, but one that wants, and should, be taken seriously.

Almost as if nodding to their name, “Composure” starts out with an echoed group chant in the background. Then the band moves the song abruptly, the whole beat is basically stopped, to a faster pace. In this transition they add more intricate guitar work, and a new song is born instantaneously. After dabbling into this new groovier pace for the majority of the song they slowly dive back into the chant, bringing the tune full circle. The album then sways smoothly into “Baby,” in which the soft flow of ooh’s and the delicate vocals add onto the gentle guitar plucking to give the song it’s simplistic lullaby shell and the melancholy tone.

For only a nine track album, it seems as though you have been taken everywhere by this band. They start you off with thicker slow movers such as “Warpaint”, lighten things up with faster, more danceable tunes like “Bees” an then bring it home with songs that combine these qualities, which makes The Fool such an enticing album. Warpaint exhibits all the aspects of a girl group without coming across as too sugary. There is a bite to their sweetness that prevents this album from being a one note dud, but instead a precision piece. I look forward to future efforts from this group.

New Music from The Soft Moon

After releasing two 7″s, it’s time for Luis Vasquez to bring on his debut record as The Soft Moon.  Of course, there’s a lot of dark undertones, created by the ominous atmospherics carrying the faintest hint of melody in the background.  The Soft Moon album will hit the streets on November 16th via Captured Tracks, which is home to other great artists such as Blank Dogs and Wild Nothing.  If you’re looking for that post-punk sound, riddled with haze and smoke, then you’re going to really enjoy the work here by Luis. Take a listen to the newest track.

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Download: The Soft Moon – Tiny Spiders [MP3]

Contest: Fun Fest Passes!

It’s that time of year again, Fun x 3 Fest is just one short week away. The lineup is great as usual, ticket prices are still fairly low, and the weather is looking like it’s going to be even better than ACL festival!  To celebrate this wonderful time of year, we here at ATH have been given the awesome opportunity to give 1 very lucky person a Fun Fest pass with +1.  So in other words, one person will win two passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest next weekend.  Now last year we seriously made this too easy on you guys and we’d like to make things a bit more fun for everyone involved this time around.  Can you say PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT! To compete in our outtasite contest, you’ll need to follow the jump for full details.

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New Music from Pomegranates

Ohio band Pomegranates are just now releasing their new album, One of Us, on Afternoon Records.  I’ve really been enjoying this record a lot, as its got this sort of mellow post-punk vibe to it, but sort of using modern pop fixtures like speedy choruses and atmospherics to add an extra bit of depth to each of the songs. You’ll find that the single has a nice little ring to it, and everything you hear in “50s,” you’re likely to hear on the album as well, with a little extra twist of fun waiting to unfold before you.  Trust me, this is an album waiting to be enjoyed over and over.

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Download: Pomegranates – 50s [MP3]

Show Preview: Colour Revolt @ Mohawk (10/29)

Date10/29/10
LocationMohawk
Doors9pm
Tickets$10 @ Frontgate

Despite some of the recent major changes around Colour Revolt with departures of key members and whatnot, I still enjoy the band and their tunes.  I’ll be supporting that sound by stopping in at Mohawk on Friday night for a set by the band.  If nothing else, you gotta know these guys can rock some faces in the live setting.  Your opening support will be provided by locals White White Lights.  Sounds like a good time to me!

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Download: Colour Revolt – Our Names [MP3]

Fun Fest Interview: Best Coast

Leading up to Fun Fest next weekend, we decided to yet again get as many interviews on the site as humanly possible.  We’ll begin this week with a sweet interview from hot indie band Best Coast.  ATH contributor Mair.Heard had the chance to sit down recently with leading lady and main songwriter for the band Bethany Consentino.  Follow the jump for this great interview.

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Show Preview: We Are Scientists @ Emos (10/28)

DateThursday, Oct 28th
LocationEmos
Doors900p
Tickets$13 from Ticketweb

We like We Are Scientists, and we’re pretty sure that the band is going to put on one hell of a show for you all, but the real reason to get excited has to be the opening band Twin Tigers.  They blew us away at SXSW, and their album. Gray Waves, was about as perfect a debut as you can get.  Their feedback squalls, wrapped tightly around pop sensibility, is sure to give you something to remember.  It’s not often that we fawn over a band, but this is one I’ve been all about, so you can guarantee that I’ll be there in attendance.  Also, Rewards will open up the whole evening, so you have yet another good reason to get yourself to Emos.

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Download: Twin Tigers – Everyday [MP3]


New Music from Generationals

I was all about Generationals when their catchy album Con Law hit the streets, and now it seems like there is even more reason to be excited. They’ve got a new EP coming out soon on Park the Van, and it was recorded by our very own Austinite Bill Baird!  This new track, “Trust,” shows the band bringing a grittier bit to their pop du jour.  Pounding drums, clever vocal delivery, and those angular guitar lines cutting through one another just make this the perfect end of fall to winter jam.  The Trust EP will be in stores on November 16th!

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Download: Generationals – Trust [MP3]

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