Well, the madness that is SXSW has officially begun, but just before we sign off for a few days officially, we’ve still got some awesome acts we want you to pay attention to as you finalize those plans for the week. Here’s some interview answers from Canadian group Library Voices, who released a great album, Summer of Lust, last year. Read on for the group’s responses…. Read more
There’s so many acts coming into town, it gets difficult to narrow down the ones that you really want to promote, as you love them all equally. I figure I should give my first shout out to a Canadien group, as they don’t always get to cross the borders as much as we’d like, so here’s Adam and the Amethysts. Read more
You’ve always got to keep a close eye on the Canucks at Arts and Crafts, as they always discover some real gems that they wish to spread across the globe. They’ve just announced the signing of Bishop Morocco, and they’ll be releasing the band’s Old Boys EP on March 13th. It’s interesting that this came out this week, as it follows closely in the line of The Mary Onettes track I posted earlier this week. It’s got a certain softness to it that strikes at the heart of listeners, and the electronic touches play upon the recent upswing in bedroom recordings. Based on what I’m hearing here, I’ll be jamming to this EP quite a bit.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/02-Old-Boys.mp3]
Download:Bishop Morocco – Old Boys [MP3]
When bands come at you with a press release with loads of references and name-dropping, sometimes you get a bit skeptical. Can they really fit that all into one album? Regardless of allusions to modern acts, what I do know is that I fucking love this track from Adam & the Amethysts. It features non-traditional percussive stylings, rising harmonies and a pleasant overall vocal. Such things generally make me happy on most days. You can find this little number on the band’s new record, Flickering Flashlight, on March 27th here in the US via Kelp Records. Enjoy this splendid sample.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/02-Prophecy.mp3]
Download: Adam & the Amethysts – Prophecy
I recently got passed this record from Canada’s Under Electric Light, which has recently been playing a lot on my stereo, even though the record is several months old. Upon my first listen, I enjoyed the coldness of the atmospherics that were present, yet the more I listened the more I started to think of this group as a more accessible Blank Dogs, especially when you listen to the track below. It builds with synths and gentle crashes of percussion that seem hidden in the background. If you dig this track, then you need to seek out the band and get a hold of their recent LP, Waiting For the Rain to Fall.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/03-A-Sudden-Move.mp3]
Download: Under Electric Light – A Sudden Move [MP3]
Candian indie rockers Woodpigeon are returning in 2010 with much anticipated release Die Stadt Muzikantan (“that musical city”? My German is not good). To preview this upcoming album, the band has released this much easier to pronounce single “Empty-Hall Sing-Along”. I dare you to get that melody/chorus out of your head after you’ve given this one a few spins. Woodpigeon’s new album will be out January 12th on Boompa Records.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/woodpigeon-empty-hall_sing-along.mp3]
Download: Woodpigeon – Empty-Hall Sing-Along [MP3]
During our triple the fun weekend at Fun fest, ATH had the good fortune of speaking with Nick Thorburn and Patrice Agbokou of the Montreal based band Islands. Nick and Patrice offer insight into a few various topics about Canada, music and some secret new side projects. Follow the jump to read our entire interview.
ATH caught up with Tegan & Sara at ACL Festival, and we had the good fortune of asking Sara a few questions about the band. We discuss things like why she hasn’t killed her sister yet, the current state of music in Canada, and a whole slew of other things. Full interview after the jump.