Wow. I did not expect to fall in love with this new Wiretree so quickly. This song, while brief, is the perfect bit of pop music. In seconds, it builds anticipation, leaving plenty of space for the vocals to sweep you off your feet. I love how some vocal notes are accentuated by piano notes and pronounced strums. There’s such a lightheartedness to it that it reminds me of the Wrens, though with a touch more polish. Before you know it, the song wraps up, and you rush back to hit play again. Rest assured, your ears aren’t fooling you; this song is that good!
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Austin’s Wiretree have been relatively quiet the last few years, but it looks like at long last we get to hear brand new music from the band, and it sounds like we’re in for a real treat. Our first listen to the group’s new work comes via this brief gem, appearing on their album Towards the Sky. It’s a gentle pop track, centered on acoustic strumming, playful piano and voice; there’s a lightness to the song’s simplicity, really bringing the track’s harmony to the forefront. Consider me a fan, and I hope you’ll consider yourself one too; the album drops on March 1st.
I was really into the spooky folk tunes that Chief Ghoul gave out last year, and in fact covered him quite frequently. Now, as he preps a brand new album, Damned, Lee Miles, has unleashed a single to get you interested. It’s almost a jangly country ballad, using steady strumming support Miles’ voice, which often takes on those darkened tin-can tones. He’s like the poorman’s Tallest Man, and in that, seems like a lot more soul in every note he sings. Keep an eye out for news on the LP; you’ll likely find it here.
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What a great week for fans of Terry Malts (aren’t we all?). First, we had a new single from Corey, and now we’ve got the announcement of a brand new bouncing tune from the band themselves. It’s a rocker, of course, with gritty guitar coating the pop sensibility of the band in a bit of distortion. It’s a quick tune, but it’s one of those songs that you can sing along to whilst you playfully pogo into the folks jamming out with you. This new song comes from the band’s Insides EP; it’s going to be released as a 7″ on September 23rd via Slumberland Records.
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||Wednesday, March 26th
||Tickets at the door
For those of you looking to get out of the house on Wednesday night, this is hands down the best line-up you’ll find, possibly all week long. You’ll get to open your evening with our favorites, Eets Feats, who always put on a solid live set, then they’ll be followed by Zoltars. If you haven’t listened to the latter band’s Walking Through the Dark then you’re missing something that belongs in your record collection. The night will close out with Fleshlights and Bad Sports. These are two acts that I never grow tired of seeing live; they’re full of energy and a rawness that you don’t always get when going out about town. I’d say your plans for Wednesday night have already been made.
Download: Bad Sports – Let Me In [MP3]
Let’s not beat around the bush here; I absolutely love Bad Sports…even when they’re backing Nobunny! The Texas trio is back with a brand new jam today, and a new album coming our way soon. The first single has the group spinning catchy garage punk like only they can, filling the vocals with the band’s natural bit of swagger. Their new album is called Bras, and it will be released by Dirtnap Records at the end of next month. You can count on it being the perfect record to close out our summer jam session.
Download: Bad Sports – Let Me In [MP3]
The great new album from Hunx, Hairdresser Blues, has been out for some time via Hardly Art, but that doesn’t mean the world doesn’t need more reasons to listen to the whole record. For one, Hunx’s performance at Mohawk last month found him more endearing and honest than I’ve seen him before, and the record follows along in the same tribute, with two tribute tunes (to Jay Reatard and his father) that still break my heart. On this little ditty you’ll find Seth (Hunx) pleading for his lover to let him in to his heart. Just another great song off a record you need to own.
Download:Hunx – Let Me In [MP3]
Broken Records are a Scottish band that have been on our radar for awhile, so imagine or excitement when reading today that a new record is soon to hit stores. New album Let Me Come Home will be released October 25th on 4AD Records. Latest single “A Leaving Song” from the upcoming record can be had for your enjoyment below. We’ll be one of the many saying this record will be a good one.
Download: Broken Records – A Leaving Song [MP3]