We’re less than a month away from the new Bishop Allen LP, and it looks to offer us a whole lot of enjoyment as we wrap up our summer. We previously shared “Start Again,” which was an immediate pop hit. This new song, keeps vibe going, utilizing really light guitar lines and washes of keyboards to craft a pulsating verse that’s met by a quiet whirlpool of sugary delight. Their new record, Lights Out, hits on August 19th via Dead Oceans, wrapping up what’s been a pretty fun summer of listening activities. I can’t wait for you folks to hear this album, so get another little taste below.
Some songs are impossible to ignore. They immediately grab you, holding you tight, spinning you in whirlwind of pop. That’s precisely the feeling I got when I listened to this brand new track from Bishop Allen. If you look at the cover art for the band’s upcoming record, Light’s Out, you get the sense that the band was pursuing the same thing, putting some young kisd on the cover dancing up a storm. It’s the sign of something delightfully catchy coming your way at the end of the summer, August 19th to be exact; it’s being released by Dead Oceans. I dare you not to like this song.
While perusing the internets, I came across a song by Oax (pronounced Oaks) who we recently discovered opening for The Rosebuds last weekend. Digging a little deeper into the bio, it turns out that leading man Giorgio Angelini recently returned to Houston by way of NYC to pursue his master’s degree after a long stint in the music game playing bass for The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen. After a short hiatus focusing on his degree, Angelini could stay away no longer and recorded a mostly solo album (mixed at Public Hi-Fi in Austin) with guest vocals from Chris Simpson on one song and drums from Jim Eno on another. The song I picked up “Liar, Cheat, Jerk” appears on new EP The Distance which is available now on Bladen County Records. It’s sort of a Lucero meets early Wilco style that we here at ATH dig.
Download: Oax – Liar, Cheat, Jerk [MP3]
Friday is another one of those rare (or not so rare) days in Austin that comes around every once and a while that blows the minds of us music types. The day is so jammed full of music goodness that we are dedicating a whole post just to Friday’s shows. Which one are you headed to?
The Parish: Elvis Perkins & A. A. Bondy @ 8pm for $14.
Mohawk: Bishop Allen and Darwin Deez outside @ 8pm. Tickets for $10.
Stubbs: Indie supergroup Monsters of Folk @ 7pm for just $35.
Beerland: Local boys Frantic Clam, Visitors, Basic & Hotel Hotel for only $5 @ door.
Austin Music Hall: Mastodon, Dethklok, High on Fire, & Converge @ 6:30 for $35.
Red 7: The Revival Tour with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Jim Ward (Sparta), Frank Turner, Possessed By Paul James, & Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price (Drag the River) for only $10.
Bishop Allen just posted a couple new tracks from their forthcoming album Grrr… due out on March 10th. We’ve got a new tune entitled “The Ancient Commonsense of Things” for you below. You can also pick up their new song “Dimmer” from the Bishop Allen website. While you’re at it, read an interview we did with the band during Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Download: Bishop Allen – The Ancient Commonsense of Things [MP3]
Justin Rice of Brooklyn based Bishop Allen recently took the time to chat with ATH about their upcoming stop in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest. Topics covered include their upcoming album, their roles in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and the 12 EP’s they released in 2006. We offer up the full interview and a little something to take with you after the jump.