One of the great things about hitting up the record store on new release day is stumbling upon tunes you weren’t expecting, like this new tune from Shannon and the Clams. The band’s been sort of quiet, but that’s probably because Shannon’s been touring with Hunx. However, the group is back with a few new 7″ records, and this one comes out from Volar Records (I picked it up last night). Shannon has a voice that sounds like the heir apparent to Janis Joplin, and I mean that in a flattering sense, as very few people can combine the raspy and the soulful and pull it off; this young lady can definitely do it.
If you remember last year, then you remember Twerps, especially if you followed our site closely. They had a runner-up best of year song on our year-end list, and their self-titled album also made the cut. News hit yesterday about a new 7″ from the Australian bunch coming your way September 17th via Chapter Music. This tune’s a lot more upbeat than what you might have gotten from the group in the past, and Marty seems to be having a bit of fun with his vocal performance. In my opinion, this band can’t do a single thing wrong with their music, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same after jamming this track.
Let’s be honest, I’m a sucker from good indie pop. While browsing through the immense catalogue of Cloudberry Records, I came across this offering from the label’s The Spook School. It’s not a surprise to me that the band is based in Edinburgh, but it surprises me that more people don’t adamantly swoon over music like this. The song starts off with a bit of a jangling guitar, but as it moves along, there’s more of a bright discordant guitar that jabs in and out. It doesn’t hurt that the chorus uses male/female vocals in unison (love it). If you’re in the mood visit the CR site and pre-order this new 7″ from The SS.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/spookschool.mp3]
Download:The Spook School – Here We Go [MP3]
For those of you who missed Phil Wilson’s last record, God Bless Jim Kennedy, you can happily sink your teeth into his return under the June Brides moniker. The group’s just released a new 7″ with Slumberland Records. As always, his voice sounds quieted, seemingly taking the background to the song’s inner harmony, fleshed out with string arrangements. Personally, I love how there’s a bit of a stomp just before the 1 minute mark. This is definitely a happy return, and one I hope you’ll consider looking into; you can pick the A January Moon 7″ up at your local record shop.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/A-January-Moon.mp3]
Lately I’ve begun to think of San Francisco as the mecca of psychedelic tunes and new age punk rock sounds, but that’s not all the city has to offer. One listen to Seatraffic and you’ll see that even dreamy bedroom pop has it’s place on the West Coast, and we’re grateful you can craft music like this anywhere. The duo has kindly let us share the B-Side to their upcoming 7″, and we’re pretty sure you’ll dig the stripped down emotional effect that remains central to the song. You’ll be able to order your own copy of the recording on August 1st if you know what’s good for ya.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/02-Put-Away.mp3]
If you’re in the search for some brooding pop music, then you better press play on this new Seatraffic jam as quick as you can. It takes almost a minute to build into the lyrics, but once the vocals come in, the dark undertones make way for the rest of the song to settle into a nice groove. The San Francisco-based group will be releasing their latest 7″ on a limited vinyl release come August 1st, and this is the A-side for that release. Subtle dark undertones always make for great listening, no matter what mood you find yourself in at the moment. Give a listen.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/01-Crimes.mp3]
Download:Seatraffic – Crimes [MP3]
After releasing their self-titled album on Slumberland Records last fall, Veronica Falls was quick to return to the fold, still rocking out with the same label. In quick succession they’ve turned around to complete a new 7″, which you can pick up right HERE. It’s definitely got that 90s pop nostalgia, with brightly swirling guitars and a vocal performance (both male and female) that’s youthful and relaxed. These are the kind of songs that made us fall in love with the group, so give the band a chance to warm your heart.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/01-My-Heart-Beats.mp3]
Download: Veronica Falls – My Heart Beats [MP3]
Ben Cook and Mark Fosco have had a solid year in the music work, with their sweet jams being given out to via their respective bands, Fucked Up and Marvelous Darlings. The group, now dubbed Roommates initially set out to record some songs for fun, with the idea of limited releases, but I’m glad some of these tracks are making their way out. On March 20th Slumberland Records will be releasing a 7″ comprised of two of these tracks, and we’ve got the A-Side to run for you today. Given their recent musical output, it’s no wonder that this has a nice little power-pop sheen to it, with steady drum playing backing the straight-forward guitar playing. Regardless, it’s got all the hooks to make you a fan, clamoring for more. Check it.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Back-to-the-Sun_Girlfriend-Swap.mp3]
I first wrote about LA’s FIDLAR back in May of last year, so I was really excited to find a new track in ye olde inbox today. Apparently, the band’s got another 7″ planned for March 13th, and we’ve got the one of the tracks for your listening pleasure. This jam definitely finds them treading the same water as their bretheren in bands liks Jeff the Brotherhood, but you can definitely here a bit of the Cali touch in the way the vocals come across. If you need a track to blast on a nice sunny day, then you better get this song and turn it up loud, as that’s the only way to rock![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/01_No_Waves.mp3]
Download: FIDLAR – No Waves [MP3]
We’ve been in love with Beach Fossils for some time now, so we’re always happy when a new track springs up out of nowhere; today was just such a day. The group’s got a spanking new 7″ coming out on Captured Tracks on February 21st, and we’re here to share the A-side “Shallow.” For me, the guitar line practically own the entire song, though I love those softly places vocals that get to duel it out at the same time. If you’re looking for something to put a bit of pep in the step, then get on jamming to this track. Don’t forget the band will be in Austin for SXSW![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Shallow-1.mp3]
Download:Beach Fossils – Shallow [MP3]