Last year, I fawned over the Coathangers; they were the act that I raved to everyone about after SXSW. But, in prepping for this year’s fest, I’ve been hoping to find a similar act to win my heart…that might just be Bully. This new single displays the tenacity, with a really raw vocal delivery that’s right up my alley. One can only hope that this means more new music is to come, but as of now, there’s no word. Just enjoy this track, and if you’re at SXSW, the band is giving you 7 chances to try and catch them live.
Download: Bully – I Remember [MP3]
If you read our Top 15 Austin Albums of 2014, you hopefully saw that Abram Shook made our list, as he deservedly should. But, I come today not to talk you into adoring his latest work, Sun Marquee, rather to look forward to what he’ll be offering in the future. In between LPs, Abram has decided to release some free digital tracks in a series, and we’ve got one of those tunes for you to listen to today. I love the piano’s bounce here, giving the song an unenviable hook that few can create. Of course, he coats the track in his trademark Western croon. Be sure to donate a buck or more to the cause, so Mr. Shook can deliver an expected collection of new hits.
Download: Abram Shook – 1964 [MP3]
After reaffirming their prowess with me during SXSW, Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks are returning this fall with an album of new material. Previewing the new jams before the release date is this new one called “Safety in Numbers”. To be honest, the song lacks a little bit of that power that we’re used to from the band, but the melodies are still there and hard to deny.
Stay tuned for the release date of new album Unravelling this fall on Fatcat Records.
Daniel Francis Doyle is an Austin musician that deals with the more playful side of pop music. There’s always been interesting time signatures or non-traditional instruments used in his craft, yet that’s always been carefully wrapped around warm melodies. Lucky for us all, Daniel has just put up a batch of new tunes; it’s the first I’ve heard from him since 2011. According to my sources, the music was recorded at The Owl, one of Austin’s best kept secrets, so you never know who popped up to help record. I like this particular tune for it’s light-hearted guitar stutter, not to mention I’m a fan of his vocal delivery. There’s 9 new songs, and Daniel’s gracious enough to share them with you all. I’ll keep you posted when we near a release date for these tracks.
Download: Daniel Francis Doyle – Aging Time [MP3]
For those of you who’ve missed the effortless pop from Voxtrot (I know I do!), rest assured that Ramesh isn’t giving up on things just yet. A year or so ago I ran a tune that Ramesh was working himself, and then yesterday a few sites popped up with new tunes; it shouldn’t surprise us since he’s got a few shows around Texas with our friends Orthy and Young Girls. This new tune (one of two) is a slow-tempo piece of bedroom pop, though there’s additional musical accompaniment that makes the song swell with effortless beauty. I’m always happy to hear more from one of my favorite Austin artists.
Is there another lady that works as hard as Rose Melberg? I’m thinking know, especially now that I discovered this new band she’s working with via Bloodbuzzed. PUPS just put up their self-titled EP last week for the NYOP fee (remember not to rip off your favorite artists). I’m really impressed with the drumming on this tune, not to mention the refreshing vocals; it’s amazing how the tightly sloppy drumming can work so well with the quality of the voice. You definitely need to spend some time today falling in love with this track, as you’ll be better off for it.
Download: PUPS – Take Your Shoes Off [MP3]
This song sort of rules doesn’t it? It’s catchy as hell, it’s dancey at times, and you can’t debate that it’s a well crafted jam of a pop tune. This fancy pants song “Bloom” comes your way from Melbourne duo Gypsy and the Cat. Right now, this jam is being offered just as a single for all fans to enjoy. I hope you’re enjoy it on your hump day as much as I am.
Download: Gypsy and the Cat – Bloom [MP3]
Personally, I think that Redding “Red” Hunter is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets. For me, this is a good thing, as I’m in on the secret, but for a lot of people, it’s horrible as they miss out on a lot of incredibly written songs. Red’s project Peter and the Wolf has a new album out titled Easy Mountain, which you can pick up now. His music has always been intricately personal, soft and all the while supremely inspiring. There’s something about his recording process that gives him an intimate emotional appeal, while he carefully crafts melody with his guitar. You’re not going to find a more enjoyable listening experience this week, I guarantee!
Download: Peter and the Wolf – Rosarito [MP3
God, I just can’t get enough of this band! Every time I hear something new, I immediately get excited. The So So Glos are a little bit brash, but definitely energetic, which makes it easy to fall so hard for their hooks. This new track hit the Internet just before Thanksgiving, and I’ve been jamming ever since then, eagerly awaiting news on their upcoming album. These guys seem to just want to have a good time, and sometimes rock n’ roll needs that bit of fun, so here’s to these dudes just kicking out the proverbial jams.
Download: The So So Glos – Son of an American [MP3]
I know Turkey Day is drawing near, but there’s still some great music leaking out today, so I’m going to try and stay on top of it. This new track from Sharon Van Etten has me really excited, and not just because it features members of The National, Walkmen and Wye Oak; it’s because I’ve got a bit of a crush on Sharon…and her music too! The songstress has a new album coming out titled Tramp, which will be released on Jagjaguwar on February 7th. This song’s got a nice little cascading guitar line cutting through the rhythm guitar, and Van Etten’s voice sounds every bit as beautiful as I remember it in the live setting. This is shaping up to be a good 2012 already.
Download: Sharon Van Etten – Serpents [MP3]