Monk Parker‘s probably one of Austin’s best kept secrets, though I hope it doesn’t stay that way, especially after hearing this brand new single. It falls in the world where Clem Snide and Jeff Mangum end upwriting true Western ballads. The musical accompaniment is truly leaps and bounds above other like-minded acts, and there’s this fragility in Parker’s voice that fits perfectly into the genre of balladeers. I feel like this is one of those songs that will leave a mark on your soul, haunting you in the way only the best music can. Give it a listen, and stay tuned for Crown of Sparrows on August 4th via Grand Jury.
That’s right, summer’s right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with our friends Basketball Shorts! The pop punkers have just announced a brand new 7″ for Spain’s Jarama Records, with this brand new anthem, aptly titled “This Summer.” For those that devoured the ATH released, Hot and Ready, you already know you’re going to get an energetic bit of pop music that will engrain itself in your brain. With only a few days left in the school year (for me anyways), seems like the perfect time to give you a listen to this hit.
I’m really happy about all the success that’s been coming to A. Sinclair, as there are few bands who deserve the accolades more. The band just dropped this brand new tune for their label Dangerbird, which is part of the label’s monthly Microdose Series. Pressing play, you’ll hear a throbbing bass line, and a lot of great guitar work…sharp little stabs, notes ringing out in the distance. It’s honestly one of my favorite songs I’ve heard the group record, which says a lot, considering how long they’ve been at it (in some form or another). Need a good hit? Here you go friends.
From time to time we like to put together little rock n’ roll shows, and boy do we have an incredible one for you tomorrow night at Hole in the Wall. It just happens to feature some ATH Records bands breaking down the doors and throwing some great pop music in your faces. Blushing is one of our favorite new acts in town, so hopefully you’ve caught on to their dreamy stylings. Tres Oui, well, those guys are great…this is jangling Prefab Sprout at its best. Oh, and you didn’t hear Growl all over your local radio in April? Well, come see them! Doors are at 9..we’ll see you there!
While the recent singles indicate some solid diversity from Leather Girls forthcoming LP, this new jam finds the band in their sweet spot, hitting those psychedelic vibes. You’re immediately transported back in time, shimming about the coolest lounge you’ve found. I love how the group holds tight to a quick pace, almost leaving the song behind as the tune moves into a carefully mapped freakout. The band drop their self-titled LP next wee via Yippee Ki Yay.
Sometimes you make mistakes, and I made one letting this El Campo release sit in my inbox for a few days because I just can’t stop playing it. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this new Bend and Color EP is that it takes the band’s folk/country stylings and expands, like “Deceiver,” which seems to look towards sunny California for sonic influences. Don’t fret longtime fans, as the band still holds true to who they’ve always been…just listen to the opener “Exitos Mixtos” or “Pink Bubble.” It’s good to see growth, but always just as great to hear really good songs from bands you love. It’s available now from the group’s BANDCAMP.
One of the great thing about living in Austin is the abundance of bands trading friends and members to begin new projects, such as Lung Letters. The band takes members from acts like A Giant Dog and Flesh Lights, both whom we adore. As you’d expect, there’s a heavy handed rock n’ roll at work here, with Jeremy Steen handling the band’s vocal ferocity. If you’ve managed to catch the act live, then you’re already on board, but for those who haven’t, this track does a pretty good job of capturing the group’s energy on recor; there’s an animalistic quality not many can claim as their own. I’m particularly enjoying the moment between 1.45 and 2.30, bringing in some sly little hooks (reminds me of late 90s post-hardcore) before erupting into finale. Look for the Passing Days EP this Friday via Super Secret Records.
Last week we helped share Austin Jukebox #7 Part 1, but we’re back with another promotional video for Part 2…it might be even bigger than Part 1! Why, you ask? Well, let’s just say, Saturday evening’s set at Beerland is the only chance you will be able to see legendary rockers, Pere Ubu, playing in the United States in 2017 (they have some EU shows lined up). The word from organizers is that the band will craft a set primarily of their first two box sets (roughly spanning 75-82), which is incredibly rare, as the band don’t often delve into their back catalog. The bill also includes The Crack Pipes, Coma in Algiers and Haker Flaten + Rempis. You won’t often get a shot at seeing historic acts playing in such small venues, making the Austin Jukebox experience incredibly unique.
There’s no pre-sale tickets, you just have to show up at 8 PM with a $5 bill in your pocket.
Further accolades go to Jaime Zuverza for his hard work in creating this video!
While the rock n’ roll scene is clearly alive and flourishing in Austin, lets not forget the incredible electronic scene that continues to inspire. The latest rising star is Curved Light, the project of synth composer Peter Tran. I love the gradual build to this song, especially as the tension pushes and pushes the listener right until the song’s last gasp. Don’t come here looking for that euphoric release, as this is clearly more about composition and structure, of the electronic sort. Look for a brand new batch of compositions on his Channelview mix coming out via Holodeck on this Friday.
Friday night, there’s only one place you really really need to be: Hotel Vegas. There’s a phenomenal show at Hotel Vegas, featuring several of the ATH Records act who are about to hit the road, namely Mean Jolene and Pollen RX. They’ll be joined by other powerhouse acts like Big Bill, Go Fever and Leather Girls (who have a rad new LP coming soon). Bands need money to hit the road, so come get yourself a cool t-shirt or an LP, then stay for the ridiculously solid line up of Austin acts. Stream some releases from the bands that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of with ATH Records.