Last week I might have gotten a little carried away; my wife and newborn son were spending a lot of time resting, so I was just hanging out writing about songs all week…something a teacher, soccer coach, dad and label owner typically can’t do. So, this week’s playlist of last week’s hits might be a little longer than usual, but you’re going to be all the better for it. I hope you have a wonderful Monday my friends, and enjoy the jams here!
I’ve been posting a whole lot of singles and stuff this week, mostly because I like to over-indulge and see who is listening. No one, apparently. But, why not wrap up this week of working harder than I ever have before by sharing some cool records I liked that drop today? Yeah? Ok.
Smoke Bellow – Open for Business (Trouble in Mind)
If you’re into that new Dry Cleaning album (and you should be), then see how far this Baltimore outfit can take that sound…pushing to a weirder, albeit synthesized, world. Like Kraftwerk covering Dry Cleaning at a Halloween party for art school kids.
Sweet Nobody – We’re Trying Our Best (Daydream Records)
I’ve written about every single on this album, and could easily make comparisons to the likes of the Beths or Alvvays…all good things. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and need something to snack on, press play.
Hits – Cielo Nublado (Paisley Shirt Records)
You ever wonder what Sarah Records would sound like if they got transported to the future about 20 years? Well, pretty sure that Hits have given you the answer to that question, so if you’re looking for ramshackle pop, you’ve come to the right place!
TC Superstar – As Seen on TV
Austin’s dance party drop their latest record today; it’s 9 songs of catchy hooks ready for you to invite your friends over for the night to celebrate the joys of life. Stomp about until the neighbors complain about the noise.
Is there a music scene hotter than what’s going on over in San Francisco right now? And with that, are your eyes fully on everything going on Paisley Shirt Records? Well, the label just announced they’re bring you Hits (the band, but also they will provide hits as you see below) newest LP, Cielo Nublado. You get to sample a few tracks, and if the bubbling Cali vibes mashed with 60s doo-wop don’t just suck you right in, then maybe it’ll be the Suicide reference that grabs you. Or you could slip into the anti-jangle of “Trotting Lemmings;” the song seems to be working against itself, pushing back against the runaway drum work! Don’t wait for a Cloudy Sky, the new record drops on September 17, so pre-order it now!
We gotta start off our week looking back at last week. We’ve got 19 great songs to enjoy on your end of things, including a tune from Quivers who shared with us a delicious pudding recipe, plus talked about their latest LP Golden Doubt. Some tunes from friends like Lachlan Denton, Geoffrey O’ Connor and Colourmusic popping up too, so you really can’t go wrong by just spending your morning withs one easy listening on a Monday. Click the link, and if you find something you love, go back and check out last week!
Over the last year I’ve fawned over the music of Hello Paris, a group I still know very little about, other than I’m totally in love with everything that’s been released. The latest single is just over two minutes of bouncing joyousness that makes you want to go live your life to the fullest on this Friday. A slight little bit of dreaminess comes through in the guitar sound, and the way the vocals seem to have a slight wash over them in the mix. A solid rhythm section keeps your toes tapping all the way from start to finish, and I continue to be amazed at how the group just drops infectious number and infectious number; you should be listening to this band!
One of the local Austin band’s we expect big things from in 2012 is Shivery Shakes. They’ve just completed an excellent 5 song EP, and they’ve been gracious enough to let us share one of the hits with you. I picked “Wait” because it’s got a bit of lo-fi haze coating the vocals, but once you get to that chorus, you can’t help but let a grin creep up on your face as your toes tap the floor. But, don’t let this be the only song to illustrate the band’s talents; you better get your hands on their Shivery Shakes EP before they take the rest of Austin by storm. Austinites should be able to pick it up at Waterloo and End of an Ear soon, the rest of you, hit up the band on their web site, and they’ll gladly hook up you folks up too![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Wait.mp3]
Download:Shivery Shakes – Wait [MP3]