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New Music from Richard Buckner

I’ve always really enjoyed the work of Richard Buckner, quietly loving his music in my bedroom for countless hours.  We haven’t heard from his since Meadows, which quickly burned out in my CD player, but now Merge is announcing his newest release, Our Blood, which will hit stores August 2nd. If you like things like Bill Callahan, you’re going to love listening to Buckner.  His vocals have such great quality and emotion that he could probably sing without music and I’d be just as enthralled with the idea of a new release as I am with the music attached.   This is going to be something truly special, I can feel it.

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Download: Richard Buckner – Traitor [MP3]

Weekend Show Spotlight!!!

Since the weather’s great, there’s no reason we can’t all go down town and enjoy a rocking good time.  Shows are plentiful, and many are more than worth your time, so be sure to get involved in the local scene guys, and you’ll be glad you did. Read More

New Song from Pat Jordache

Somehow Pat Jordache seems to have escaped my ears, but with the release of his recent album, Future Songs, things are changing in my world, and hopefully his as well.  Pat used to play with Sister Suvi, with one of his former mates going on to help in Tun-e-Yards.  This track has a really deep vocal, but it’s got an odd effect on it, which reminds me of that vocal approach sometimes employed by TV on the Radio.  Intrestingly, the music itself seems to counteract the vocal itself, giving this even more of a feeling of unsteadiness, yet it all works, creating a song that immediately attracts your ears, though you might never figure out why.

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Download: Pat Jordache – Get It [MP3]

Future Songs is out now on Constellation Records.

New Music From Tomorrows Tulips

I don’t know what the hell is wrong with me these days, but I just can’t seem to get enough of this garage rock throwback stuff that’s ever so popular right now.  Tomorrows Tulips are another band ready to join the movement and please the ears of ATH RayRay.  The band features vocals by Alex Knost who used to front solid indie-rock band Japanese Motors, and Knost’s girlfriend Christina Keyes.  If you like the new single “Eternally Teenage” found below, you can get your hands on the debut LP from Tomorrows Tulips on June 19th via Galaxia Records.

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Download: Tomorrows Tulips – Eternally Teenage [MP3]

New Jam from Thieves Like Us

Man, after a rough couple of days, I needed a jam like this one.  Thieves Like Us are returning with their Your Love Runs Still EP on May 10th, their first effort for killer label Captured Tracks.  After listening to this title track several times, I sort of see this as a less quirky take on what Hot Chip have been doing.  It focuses on the beat and groove, giving your body that needed emotion to swiftly move about the house, but in a much less spastic manner than most dance tracks.  You can definitely see how a song like this will help the band fit right into the stable of great bands on CT.  Well played guys.

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Download: Thieves Like Us – Your Love Runs Still [MP3]

Show Review: Arcade Fire @ The Backyard (5/3)

The Month of May.
Arcade Fire came to the Backyard, my backyard as we live about ten minutes away. The weather could not have been better and l had photo credits for one of biggest shows of the year. Check past the jump for more on the show that features Austin’s Schmillion and Explosions in the Sky opening.

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New Wet Paint Track

A few years ago I caught wind of this band by checking in on Bloc Party, but don’t let that confuse you, as they sound nothing like the band. Wet Paint have a sound more akin to those who’ve recently been slogging in the muck with early 90s slacker/nerd rock.  Their new record, Woe, should be out this month, and I can’t help but just swoon over these collection of tracks. You can see the past living in their songs, but it’s not overly reminiscent of any band in particular, which gives the band of a punch of originality and freshness. Go back in time with me and enjoy this track folks.

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Download: Wet Paint – Gone So Long [MP3]

Psych Fest Recap 2011: Part 2

The Seaholm Power Plant played host to psych, prog, indie and noise for three days, we were on hand for two of the three, picking out the best for the ATH faithful. The main stage centering the cavernous interior offered several interesting viewing angles due to the fenced off holes in the floor to the level below. Lighting throughout accentuated the scale of the interior and depth of the catacombs. Stage two was a smaller space set off to the side that remained at human body. Hit the jump for part two of the band summaries and pictures from the festival.

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More New Music from Other Lives

Just a few weeks ago we brought you one of the new tracks from our dear friends in Other Lives.  And yesterday, Paste released another new song from their upcoming album, Tamer Animals, coming straight to you next week!  If you take one listen to this track you’ll surely see why we love this band so much.  Jesse’s voice sounds incredible, while the drumming remains steady, perfectly emphasizing the solemn piano tracks.  Showing restraint, they don’t burst off into some sort of sonic explosion, instead choosing to allow the song’s natural melody to escape through its quiet presentation.  I dare you to find anything wrong with this band right now; you can’t.

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Download: Other Lives – Tamer Animals [MP3]

New Music From Crystal Antlers

One of my favorite and highly underrated indie bands from the last few years Crystal Antlers are prepping a new album for release this summer.  New album Two-Way Mirror will be available July 12th on Recreation LTD.  Prior to that date, we have this sweet new track “Summer Solstice” available below for your listening pleasure.  It’s not quite as thrashy/in your face when compared to older singles from the group, but I’m still calling it one of my favorites of the year so far.  Our amigos over at Tiny Mix Tapes also have a sweet live video of the song from way back in November.

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Download: Crystal Antlers – Summer Solstice [MP3]

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