Digging This New Mates of State

untitledMan I’ve really lost touch with Mates of State over the years.  Well, maybe not just lost touch so much as not being a huge fan of their material from the last few years.  Fair enough?  Today I’m excited to be posting about the band for the first time in almost 6 years(yes I had to search that) with this sweet little track “Beautiful Kids”.  For me, it’s a return to old form.  Combined with a darker pop beat are those all too familiar perfectly synced vocals and lyrics sure to make even the toughest guy swoon just a little bit.  Well done.

Mates have a new EP entitled You’re Going to Make It due out June 16th on Barsuk Records.

Show Pics: FFF6 Day Three

Fun Fun Fun Fest photo coverage concludes at Austin Town Hall.

There is dust in every crevice…

…of my camera gear. Day three had a weird blend to it. Starting with an interview with WWPJ, We caught OBN III and Davila 666 at Black Stage followed by WWPJ’s set, Mate of State segued to MNDR and Austra. Jumpcut to Ted Leo,dial it back to dance party with Architecture in Helsinki, back up again for Hum and then Easing out with Black Lips and Slayer (?).

You know what is past the break.

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Show Preview: Jackson Browne @ Moody Theater

Date Friday, May 13th
Location Moody Theater
Doors 800p
Tickets $125 for 2 Tickets

Of course I realize that most of us folks don’t have the kind of money to see Jackson Browne, but I absolutely love the guy.  I blame my dad of course, who always had folk/country jams about the hardship of life playing around our house as a kid.  It’d be easy to dismiss Browne as an oldie (but a goodie), yet his influence over American music, even modern indie rock looms large.  One track alone has reverberated for years, as Nico, Mates of State and most recently, St. Vincent, have all covered his fabulous track, “These Days.”  It’s just one song in a catalog full of great tracks that you’ll surely be lucky enough to enjoy if you’ve got the dollars to witness this American great. The song below is a live version of the previously alluded to tune, so you can get the jist of it all.

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Download: Jackson Browne – These Days [MP3]

Yo Gabba Gabba & Of Montreal

tv_new_yo_gabba_gabbaIf you haven’t checked out the kid show Yo Gabba Gabba, you really should make a point to do so.  Besides featuring some musical guests like Mates of State, The Shins, and MGMT, the show is fairly entertaining and goofy.  The Nick Jr. show is also about to put out a soundtrack on October 2oth called Music is Awesome… which features some solid indie acts like The Roots, Chromeo, and this new track from Of Montreal.  Also try searching Yo Gabba Gabba on youtube and watch some clips from the show.  They are sure to get a laugh… or at least make you not want to grow up.

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Download: Of Montreal – Brush Brush Brush [MP3]

Contest: Black Kids/Mates Of State @ La Zona Rosa 4/28

matesbktourThis is one of those shows most of us have been waiting a while for and the time is finally here.  On Tuesday April 28th, Mates of State will bring their tour with Black Kids to the famous La Zona Rosa in Austin.  If you don’t feel like shelling out the cash for the show, we’ve got a couple tickets to give away to one lucky winner.  Let’s keep things real simple like on this one.  Enter a comment about why you should be the lucky winner and be as creative and crazy as you can.  We’ll pick our winners on Thursday.  Don’t forget to enter a valid email address so we can get in touch with you.

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Download: Mates of State – My Only Offer [MP3]

Black Kids Want To Play Your House

AWE Black KidsThe Black Kids are coming to town on April 28th at La Zona Rosa and they want to play at your house.  No kidding, the band wants to play one free house show in every town on their current tour with Mates of State.  All you have to do to is submit a video to the contest website explaining why you should be the lucky winner.  Sounds easy enough.  If anyone who reads our website enters this contest, shoot us a clip of your video and we’ll gladly link to it.  Enter the contest here or just get some tickets early.

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Download: Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You [MP3]

Los Campesinos – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Rating: ★★★★ ·

Two records in one year is a highly ambitious goal from anyone, but the majority of the songs released on the debut full length from Los Campesinos, Hold On Now Youngster, has been lying around for a few years.  Still, the band aimed to keep the pace with their angular jangling pop, releasing We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, in the last week.

Everything about this band just screams sheer fun. The guitars pummeling your ears as the gang vocals ebb and flow throughout each song, and you find that your hooked immediately.  Their flirtation with nonsensical lyrics makes code deciphering something all of us can enjoy.  It’s energetic, and they never let up, not for a second.

Trading male and female vocals is always a perfect way to gather fans quickly, be it a band like Comet Gain or a group like Mates of State.  The dynamic quality of such songwriting always makes it interesting for any listener, and lets face it, with so many bands putting out decent albums nowadays, it’s hard to find one that perfectly distinguishes itself from the masses.  Yet again, Los Campesinos are standing out in the crowd.

A lot of credit gets thrown around for vibrant young bands, chasing the teenage underclass with energy-packed singles.  Bands like Ra Ra Riot or Tokyo Police Club most recently come to mind, but Los Campesinos stand above the rest.  Their guitars always seem to be combatting one another, as if the war to write a pop song could only be one.  Aforementioned vocals dynamics prevail, mixing it up around any corner, just for kicks.

Take title track, “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed” for instance. It opens up with a killer percussion line powered on by a little synthesizer, just before the rest of the band comes in for the attack.  Swelling guitars pulsate, up and down, then make a splash, hinting at the chorus.  Throw in a set of gang vocals, and you have a perfectly juvenile song written for adults.

Sure, the band is not breaking newer ground here with this album.  In fact, you’ll find that a lot of the sounds appear strikingly similar to previous works put out by the band this year.  Still, listening to an album like this reminds you of what fun we can all have if we just let it all loose once in awhile, taking in everything for the sake of fun.

Free Pre-ACL Show From Paste/BMI

Another week, another free by RSVP show.  Before heading out to the ACL festival this weekend, Paste Magazine has joined up with BMI to give you a pretty nice show at Emo’s on Thursday night.  Lineup includes Mates of State, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Bobby Bare Jr., and several others.  A full list of performers can be read on the fancy show flier.  RSVP now and put ATH as your company to help us get the word out.  Spread the love!

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