Austin’s Borzoi released the excellent Surrender the Farm EP, and now it looks like the band have a brand new LP on the horizon for 12XU. Our first taste offers some great insight into what we can expect, and from the sounds of the song’s opening minute and a half, they’re looking to take an exploratory route to post-hardcore. Sinister guitar notes hang in the air, battling subtle bass lines while the percussion works underneath. Once the vocals come into play, the track takes on an ominous tone, almost picking up pace before unleashing a wall of noise onto listeners. Then it recedes, only to return with a stabbing pulse of angular noise while it sounds like the band are tearing through your speakers. Clearly the band just doesn’t care what you expect, and that bodes well for A Prayer for War; it drops on 12XU on September 21st.
We’ve got a couple contests coming your way this week and our first one features a couple guest list spots for Thursday night’s much anticipated Big Pink show at The Parish. Details for the contest are: leave a comment below or tweet us with why you should win. Be creative fools! One lucky winner will receive their name with a +1 on the band’s guest list. Don’t forget that we’ll need a valid email address so we can contact you later. We’ll be ending things on Wednesday afternoon so get those entries in quick like. Tickets are also available via Frontgate @ $13 a piece. Ready, set, go![audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/01-Dominos-1.mp3]
Download: The Big Pink – Dominos [MP3]
Creating a Top 50 Albums list is never easy. You have to battle with what you think the world believes, and what you truly believe in your heart, to be solid jams. We have even more trouble because we have to three writers, all who have different ideas, and we have to make those ideas fit into a neat box. Well, we got it done, and honestly, our criteria was based on two things: how great we thought the album was, artistically speaking, and how long we listened to it without getting bored. That’s it. It’s fool proof; you might not like it, but it’s our list, so here it is… Read more
The huge UK record label 4AD are back in action again at the end of the year with another free sampler that highlights their releases from 2010. You’ll see ATH favorites Camera Obscura, Big Pink, M. Ward, and a slew of others. You’ll also find this gem from The National called “So Far Around the Bend” which appeared on the Dark Was the Night compilation. The sampler is free to download for the price of an email address. While you’re at it, check out the sampler released by 4AD around this time last year.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/1-05-So-Far-Around-The-Bend.mp3]
Download: The National – So Far Around The Bend [MP3]
We have to start this list off with a disclaimer. We have three writers, all with different tastes, so the list should reflect that a little bit. Also, these are our opinions, and by no means, are they meant to be seen as an “end all be all” to the question of what were the best songs of 2009. That being said, we like our list quite a bit. Sure, it’s got some expected numbers at the top, but the rest of the list is genius. We’ve got some of the songs streaming for you, and the rest take you straight to youtube. Follow the jump for full list.