Every day I wake up and go to work. I grab some coffee, sit at my desk and then start teaching. All day long I try to remind myself that life’s the most fun when I’m being weird; I encourage my students to be weird. Zula encapsulates the weird in their approach to writing pop centric hits. Changes in tempo, switches of instrumental focus all come and go from the instant that organ grinder opens things up. And sure, it could get so much weirder, but I’m glad that the group keeps its focus, circling around pop themes and sugary melodies. It’s a timeless sound that never seems to go out of fashion with my tastes…like a modern Beulah. If you like this track, you’ll want to catch New Years when its dropped by Inflated Records on September 21st.
I know that Caddywhompus has been picking up steam with the masses over the last year or so, but I’ll acknowledge that this is the first track that’s really stuck with me. Those high pitched vocals are matched on their latest single by energetic riffs recorded perfectly. It’s abrasive in a sense, yet flip the coin over and you’ll find it infectious. I also admire the intricate playfulness of this number, switching up rhythms, speeding up and slowing down, then picking it up to crash on your ears. It’s a solid number that displays all the promise I’ve been hearing about. Their new album Odd Hours hits on April 14th via Inflated Records.
A bunch of my friends were suggesting I get on this Video Age album right away when it bounced out yesterday; Living Alone is officially released today! If you’re looking for a dosage of great pop, then look no further, as this record is about as fun as it gets. “Dance Square” is a synth laden club-like hit, while other tracks like “Throwing Knives” or “Love Sick” pull in the dreamier side of pop music. Just something fun to spend your time with before you go out for the weekend. Grab it now from Inflated Records.
Yesterday a new video came out fromVideo Age, which you can watch HERE. It’s a nod to Kevin Bacon’s Footloose performance, and it’s an infectious little number that’ll get all your friends dancing. But, I wanted to see what else the group had to offer, and was really impressed with their other single from a few weeks ago, “Throwing Knives.” That track is completely different, offering another side of the band’s sounds; it’s more in the vein of upbeat indie rock, or even indiepop. It might only last for a few days, but at the moment, this very moment, these guys are my new favorite band. Just want to play these songs all day, and I suggest you do too. Look for their debut LP, Living Alone, to come out on July 29th via Inflated Records.
You people are all going to thank my the end of the week when I’ve already made your summer playlist for you. You’re welcome. This new summer ready track comes to use from New Orleans based up and comers Video Age. Most of you will hit play and immediately be sucked in by the bright and sunny bit of pop music going on here. I honestly don’t see how you could say no to this song. I dare you. Double dare.
Video Age will drop their debut album Living Alone on July 29th via Inflated Records.
Friday’s are always good for folks to stream a good record, but there are other places to get your everyday fare of tunes. I dug a little deeper to bring you the new LP from Native America, an act I’ve written about on these pages before. They’ve got a little bit of garage rock, a hint of swagger and a nice dose of psychedelia, all adding up to some tunes worthy of your Friday listening pleasure. Their new LP is titled Grown Up Wrong, and you can grab it from Inflated Records; enjoy your Friday folks.
There’s really no typifying the sound of this new Native America single. There’s definitely a more raucous element than your typical fare, but that breakdown in the end puts the band’s feet in traditional indie rock land. Personally, I’m preferring the grittier elements to the tune, but it also demonstrates how the band’s sound can branch out in varying directions. That should make the release of their new album, Grown Up Wrong, quite a satisfying listen. It’ll be available on November 18th via Inflated Records; you’ll enjoy it or else![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Native-America-Digital-Lobotomy.mp3]
Download: Native America – Digital Lobotomy [MP3]
It’s pouring rain down here in Austin, so I feel like we need something to brighten up our days a bit, or at least give us some spirit. This tune from Zula is really working for me, as it really shows a more ecclectic version of your modern indie pop. I sort of hear bits of all the bands everyone loves, but none stands out, allowing the group to stake claim to their own sound. They’ll be releasing This Is Hopeful, their debut, on October 29th via Inflated Records.
Ah, the Irish are making their way! When I first heard about this new song from Squarehead I immediately jumped out of my chair. I’ve been jamming to these guys for a long time; I’ve also been jamming to So Cow for forever. Why does this matter? The two have teamed up to make a ten song split LP titled Out of Season–it comes out on November 13th via Inflated Records. The Squarehead track is definitely the heavier the two, as that’s just their style, but assure you that the record will have some more melodic moments from So Cow. Either way, all ten tracks are pretty much guaranteed to be kick ass, so get ready.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/06-More-Quickly.mp3]
Download:Squarehead – More Quickly [MP3]
Not really sure how I feel about the name of this group from Mississippi, but I’m definitely positive that I’m feeling their raucous tunes. Bass Drum of Death will be releasing their album GB City through Inflated Records on February 22nd. Listening to the album’s single, it recalls a more energetic Black Rebel Motorcycle Club back in the early days, bringing plenty of pounding rhythmic grooves wrapped inside of an edgy wall of noise. This appears to be the year when slinging the rock kicks back into gear full time, and Bass Drum of Death is just going to bring it twice as loud. Check it out, you know you wanna.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Bass_Drum_of_Death_-_Heart_Attack_Kid.mp3]
Download: Bass Drum of Death – Heart Attack Kid [MP3]