Neon Indian Goes Disco Slumlord

936196_10151465614668495_1713509611_nOccasional Austin person, Alan Palomo, is readying a new Neon Indian release. I have been luke-warm on the NI lately, but this little ditty starts out slow and evolves into a full on Italian Disco party. It is almost like he made the track that Toro Y Moi is running away from these days. I can dig on this as a summer playlist entry. I love the outro and it teases the next track a bit. Sounds like the new record will be a front to back party.

Vega Intl Night School is due October 16th on Mom+Pop records so expect some new merch to be had during FFFX (Blue Stage on Saturday).

Miniature Tigers – Fortress

Rating: ★★★½ ·

A couple of EPs and a full-length under their belt sees Miniature Tigers returning to the fold, offering up another gem of an indie pop record for the masses.  Fortress has the band coming off confident as ever, backed by popular demand and praise from the blogosphere, not to mention classic print media like Rolling Stone.

A little bit of tinkering with percussive elements brings the listener’s ear closer on the album’s first track “Mansion of Misery,” just before the drums bounce in, along with Charlie Brand’s vocal presence.  It climaxes with a crashing bit of cymbals, right before piano and rising vocals carry us into the end.  It’s a formula indicative of where the band lives, switching things up to meet their fancy.   They employ it again on “Rock n Roll Mountain Troll,” going in three different directions in just over a minute, but the chorus is where you’ll grab the most pleasure from this track, not that there’s a bad spot in it.

Single “Gold Skull” has the benefit of working with Neon Indian, though you have to admit that a producer can only do so much, you know, if the song isn’t actually there.  Electronic blips raise the bar on the band’s pop elements, giving it a bit more of a pulse.  Warm melodies come in and out of the song, putting this group on a competitive level with every other band out there.  However, this song just has a certain something that rises above the rest, making it a favorite for many lists come the end of the year. From here they go right into another grand number, “Bullfighter Jacket.”  Aside from the somewhat annoying “yayayayaya” throughout the song, there’s this ridiculously glorious drum work that accompanies every harmony created by the band.  It’s like a more elaborate version of the Dodos, working with better melodies and higher pitches.

But, you should know that this isn’t all about pop goodness and sweeping melodies.  Miniature Tigers have a bit more to offer you here.  You can take “Dark Tiger” and the fragility in Brand’s vocal display, and you’re in some different world entirely, as if you’ve gotten lost in a world of lollipops and gumdrops, finding yourself reflecting in a bit of solemnity.  Sure, there are some light touches of multiple harmonies within this track, but for the most part, it’s lightly picked guitar and a fragile lead singer.

In the end, Fortress is exactly what you wanted it to be; it’s an album with crafty melodies in the pop spectrum, but leaning to the left of the main vein in American music culture.  Listening to this album, it seems to have the same craftiness of Grizzly Bear, using delicate touches here and there to build the sonic element within the tracks, but at the same time, Miniature Tigers are a lot more accessible in the long run.  This is an enjoyable listen, giving you a sense of positive emotions listen after listen.  Definitely a good place to find yourself as summer winds down, and you need a little revitalization.

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Download: Miniature Tigers – Gold Skull [MP3]

ATH Interviews: MIniature Tigers

In anticipation of their new album coming out in a couple weeks, we thought we’d check in with recent New York transplanters Miniature Tigers.  We talk with the band about what it’s like to live in the big city, what we can expect from new LP Fortress, as well as a few other goodies we thought you might be curious about.  So follow the jump for full interview with frontman Charlie Brand.

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New Tunes from Miniature Tigers

The Gum just tossed this Miniature Tigers song up this morning, and I’ve been rocking to it ever since then.  The great thing is that it was produced by adopted Austin artist Alan Palomo of Neon Indian fame.  It sort of reminds me of something along the lines of an electronic version of Human Highway.  Basically, that means it rules.  This jam is set to come out on the group’s album Fortress, which hits stores July 27th.

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Download: Miniature Tigers – Gold Skulls [MP3]

New Tunes from The Silent League

silentBrooklyn collective, The Silent League, are prepping the release of their new album …but you’ve always been the caretaker for January.  This new tune has a lot of the grandiose qualities of large collective like The Polyphonic Spree, although the music comes across with a great deal more focus than the aforementioned band, perhaps due to the lack of symphonic sprawl.  Regardless, you’re sure to find a great bit of enjoyment in this tune. The album will also feature a bonus disc of cool remixes, one from Austin’s own, Neon Indian.

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Download: The Silent League – Here’s A Star [MP3]

Your Thanksgiving Break In Music

As many of you also probably take part in, we here at ATH will be taking a bit of vacation time for the Thanksgiving holiday over the next couple of days.  Of course that doesn’t mean we’re going to leave you high and dry on show recommendations so we’ll do this as a send off or Happy Holidays if you will.  So if you’re planning on staying in town for the holidays or you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (communists), here’s a few shows to check out.

Friday 11/27

J. Tillman @ Waterloo Records (5pm/free)

J. Tillman, Pearly Gate Music @ Mohawk (9pm/$10)

Neon Indian, Tunnels, Tigercity @ Stubbs indoor (9pm/$10)

SAT. 11/28

Cursive, Capgun Coup, Booher & The Turkeys @ Mohawk (8pm/$11)

Old Canes, Haunting Oboe Music, Always Already, Abby Birds @ Emos (9pm/$5 door)

MON 11/30

Unwed Sailor, Native Lights @ Mohawk inside (10pm/$5 door)

Fun Fest Interviews: Neon Indian

FFFFest2009_neonindianWe continue our Fun Fest interviews today with a few questions and answers from now local Neon Indian. We had the chance to speak with founding member and mastermind of the group Alan Palomo. We talk to Alan about his new project, his work with VEGA, and what his future plans are in this crazy musical world he lives in. Follow the jump for to read this really fun interview. And no, we don’t ask him about video games…

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ACL Interviews: Passion Pit

passionpit_interviewContinuing or ACL coverage today, we are excited to bring you an interview with buzz worthy band Passion Pit.  These guys have been getting a whole bunch of praise heaped on them from numerous sources and we tend to think they deserve that praise.  We recently spoke with Jeff Apruzzese from the band who discusses the hype and buzz surrounding his band.  Of course that’s not all we talk about, but you’ll just have to read more to see it all.

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New Tunes From Neon Indian

nq_19palomoAlan Palomo is a busy busy man who continues to churn out new music under several different monikers.  Shortly after the death of Dallas band Ghosthustler, Palomo went on to form ATH fave band Vega who have been getting all kinds of positive press recently.  Now the man is busy again with new side project Neon Indian. The sounds are similar to what you’d expect and are sure to get you ready for the summer time dance floor.  This track “Terminally Chill” will appear on upcoming album Psychic Chasms due out October 13th on Lefse Records.

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Download: Neon Indian – Terminally Chill [MP3]