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Caribou @ Emos (5/16)

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Date Sunday, May 16th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $15 from TicketWeb

For those of you into collage music, and we know there are many of you out there, you’ve got to be salivating at Sunday night’s show over at Emos.  First, you get to share a night with the very exciting Toro y Moi, which everyone loves more than Sleigh Bells (that’s saying a lot).  Then, to close off your night, you get to let Caribou close out your night with a spectacular blend of electronica and pop melodies.  He’ll probably play a great deal of material off his recent album, Swim. Sure, the show probably fits better as music for your Sunday morning, but why not wind down a glorious weekend of fun by closing the curtains at Emos?  Exactly, we’ll see you there.

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Download: Caribou – Found Out [MP3]

New Tunes from Miniature Tigers

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The Gum just tossed this Miniature Tigers song up this morning, and I’ve been rocking to it ever since then.  The great thing is that it was produced by adopted Austin artist Alan Palomo of Neon Indian fame.  It sort of reminds me of something along the lines of an electronic version of Human Highway.  Basically, that means it rules.  This jam is set to come out on the group’s album Fortress, which hits stores July 27th.

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Download: Miniature Tigers – Gold Skulls [MP3]

New Tunes from Math and Physics Club

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Seattle is usually known for a harder edge sound, perhaps even with a blend of hippy in there somewhere, so its no surprise that Math and Physics Club haven’t gotten too much attention out that way.  Luckily, we’re here to set things straight, as their breezy pop jams always bring a ray of light into our days (not to mention a little good-hearted nerdiness).  The band has a new album titled I Shouldn’t Look as Good as I Do, and it will be released on June 12th by my favorite label Matinee Records.  Enjoy the sun.

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Download: Math and Physics Club – Jimmy Had a Poloaroid [MP3]

FTC: Toad the Wet Sprocket

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If anything, Toad the Wet Sprocket wrote ballads that everyone could sing along to. And if you happened to have an acoustic guitar, all the better. Even an amateur guitar player could play along (I’m talking from experience, of course). Believe it or not, the band had been around since the mid-80s before making it big in the alternative scene of the 90s alongside bands like Gin Blossoms and Collective Soul. While trying to reminisce about them for today’s segment, I came across the album Fear in my CD case from high school and instantly went back to the super ballads “Walk on the Ocean” and “All I Want”. For an even longer trip down memory lane, the band is making it’s way through Austin this Sunday at Antone’s with tickets still available from Front Gate Tickets. If you aren’t afraid to sing along to one of their many radio-friendly ballads (guilty as charged) in public, this show is right up your alley. I’ll close shop up today with “All I Want”.

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New Tunes from Neverever

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You may not have herad of Neverever just yet, but then again, you might have heard of them, and never ever known it.  The group, comprised of Jihae Simmons and Wallace Meek used to go by the name Champagne Socialists, and Wallace was in one of my favorites, Bricolage.  Now, they have Neverever, a sweet little classic pop group based in LA.  I’ve been playing this bouncy little number, with its warm “ooohs” floating over it, all morning long.  You should too.  Their debut Angelic Swells will be out May 25th on Slumberland Records. Another jam, “Young and Dumb” is available HERE.

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Download: Neverever – The Young Runaways [MP3]

TV Torso @ Emo’s (5/15)

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Date 5/15/10
Location Emos
Doors 9:30pm
Tickets $5 @ Ticketweb

One of Austin’s finest up and coming bands TV Torso is playing at Emo’s on Saturday night along with some other great local talents.  The hot buzz band will be joined by fellow locals Follow That Bird! and Hundred Vision(formerly Corto Maltese).  Should be a solid night for the best talent Austin has to offer.

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Download: TV Torso – Days of Being Wild [MP3]

New Tunes from 800Beloved

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It’s been awhile since I’ve heard something like this come out of Michigan, but I know its no fluke, as 800Beloved released a solid debut titled Bouquet almost a year ago.  They’re back now, with their new album, Everything Purple, and it’s full of simple dream pop.  This tune will surely remind you of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but just take a bit of that jangle guitar, smooth it out, and clear up the vocals just a touch.  If you ask me, it makes for a pretty incredible sound.  You can stream the new album HERE.

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Download: 800Beloved – Everything Purple [MP3]

Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime

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Rating: ★★★ · ·

San Franciscos’ Thee Oh Sees (formerly a dozen different names) just can’t seem to stop putting out recording after recording.  Lately, the psychedelic stylings have garnered continuous praise, allowing the band to increase their stake in the market share.  While they maintain the sound of Nuggets-era rock on their new album Warm Slime, they still do just enough to keep things relevant to today’s musical world.

When you open with a title track, like “Warm Slime” its really making a statement. Sure, the song is fueled by feedback and echoing vocals that sort of put you into a trance, but what really encourages the trance mentality here is that the song goes on for close to fourteen minutes.  At times, it seems as if you’re stuck in some sort of mind-warp, looping back and back and back again.  Had they kept it close to three or four minutes, most people would agree that this is a pretty solid track, but going on and on just seems like the band, and listener, just can’t escape.

Once you get past that epic little bit, you’ll find that you can have quite a bit of fun with Warm Slime.  Bouncing along to the swinging “I Was Denied” is highly recommended, and why not sing a long with the “la la la la” chorus that bangs with the crashing of the cymbals.  This is where this band was supposed to be, bringing a little sun-tinged psychedelia.  The fun doesn’t stop here either, as “Everything Went Black” has this sort of stomp to it that you usually associate with your dad’s obscure classic rock collection.  Yet, the delivery of the vocals does bring it into the present, even though such gentle shouting can surely be traced back to rock n’ roll ancestry.

Thee Oh Sees seem to be at their best when their rushing to fit everything into under three minutes. “Castiatic Tackle” just runs along like something straight out of The Cramps catalog, which really isn’t a bad thing, though with the speed, that rock-a-billy beat is a touch more disguised.  “Mega-feast” is probably my favorite track on Warm Slime.  It’s got all sorts of musical allusions: surf-rock, psychedelia, punk, rock-a-billy, and garage.  Toss it all in a blender and you end up with one killer hodgepodge song.  Then it all comes to a quick close with “MT Work,” and it’s here where you start to find things you could consider a detractor from this album.

Well, the detractors are all over this album, but you only really focus on them when the album comes to its close.  You’re left to wonder where all the time went, when it really feels like you breezed through everything in a matter of minutes. The vocals were shaky, but while you were having fun, you didn’t seem to notice.  Still, it doesn’t sit entirely well to have a lopsided album; you can almost take the first track and say its longer than the first.  These are all mild complaints, as fans of Thee Oh Sees already know what they’re in for, but if you’re not, you might want to preview Warm Slime for just a bit before you end up feeling like you’ve been duped.

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Download: Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied [MP3]

Austin A2W: Super Lite Bike

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Sometimes it’s hard for us to find artists worthy of featured posts on the site since we live in a town completely saturated with new and veteran bands.  It is easy however when we are directed to bands with a unique and compelling sound like Austin boys Super Lite Bike.  Somehow we’ve missed out on these guys since their inception a couple years ago, but we are now on board and driving the band wagon of hype.  The Austin quintet known as Super Lite Bike have previously played in several bands around town with many names and many faces.  With a new name and the search for their own sound, the band is ready to release their debut LP Away We Go later this week.  What you’ll find on that record is what sucked us in from the get go: A band who understands what it means to try something new.  Sure they’ve got the progressive rock label on them, and that’s cool.  You would be wrong however to simply write them off as another “experimental rock” group.  Their style is like nothing else going on in Austin right now… and of course we dig that.  Be sure to pick up your copy of their new album on Thursday at your local record store.

You can also catch these guys live on Thursday at The Parish for their record release party starting at 9pm.  I know we’ll be there!

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Download: Super Lite Bike – Raise the Colors [MP3]

New Music From Damien Jurado

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We were excited this morning to get news of a new LP and tour from ATH favorite Damien Jurado.  The solo artist and his producer Richard Swift are dropping the new Jurado joint Saint Bartlett on May 25th via Secretly Canadian.  We’re still all about this guys sound.

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Download: Damien Jurado – Cloudy Shoes [MP3]

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