I’m really falling in love with this new song from Communist Daughter, which just popped up yesterday. The group is the project of Johnny Solomon, who has been working the scene in Minneapolis, but this new track should help him reach out to a broader audience. For me, I love the way he delivers the vocals, casual and heartfelt; I also have to admit that I love the lyrics themselves. You’ll find gentle backing vocals and strummed guitar to make the song come to life. Pick up your copy of this song, and more, on the band’s Lions & Lambs EP, which hits stores on July 10th.
Download: Communist Daughter – Speed Of Sound [MP3]
We’re really excited for our friends in The Couch here in Austin, working diligently on their sophomore album, just after the release of 2011’s Old & Touchin Blue. They’ve added Sara Houser to the mix, giving the band a bit of a new dynamic–meaning they’ve added an incredible female vocalist to the mix. I this track, one of the two new singles, they give us a bit of a heavy stomp, allowing Sara to lay her sultry voice atop it all. You can hear this single and others when the band hits up the Mohawk next week, June 5th. Really excited for these guys (and girls!).
Download:The Couch- Kaiser [MP3]
When we caught PUJOL at SXSW this year I was surprisingly energetically his set came off; he was more punk rock than garage pop. But, as the date draws near for the release of his United States of Being, which hits on June 5th via Saddle Creek, it seems that he’s going to show a bit more restraint on his recorded material. There’s a gruffness to his vocal performance, but he’s not banging out the song like when we caught his live set. This isn’t a bad thing, and if anything, it only ups the ante on his shows…giving audiences a full dosage of energy and pop. Check out the new single.
Download:PUJOL – Providence [MP3]
It’s nice to find a tune that regardless of its lyrical content, it forces you to look at your like with a bit of introspection. I don’t know what it is, but this new song from Tara Jane Oneil has put me in this ultra-reflective mode today…I’m actually okay with that as I near the end of my time with 120 13 year olds. This single is the A-Side to TJO’s newest release on K Records, which also features “Rainbow Connection” as the B-Side. Tara sounds incredible here, and I can’t do much more than just fall in love with her voice at this time. Hopefully you find a similar sentiment when you listen, and if so, be sure to pick it up at the K Store.
Download: Tar Jane Oneil – Sirena [MP3]
I feel like I’ve got some heavier tunes on the site today, so I wanted to toss up something ever-so catchy. I’ve talked about We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves several times before, so with their new album, Make A Mess Of Sacred Ground, coming later this year, I figured I’d get this ditty up for your tastes. It encompasses everything we’ve come to expect, and love, from the group, featuring a bouncing rhythm and nice hook. Personally, I’m always a sucker when the whole gang jumps in to offer up supporting vocal moments. You can never have enough good tunes, so enjoy this one as we spring back into the week.
Download:We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves – Devil In The Old Folks’ Home [Mp3]
There’s been lots of great records this year, but one that’s going to be in my top five for sure come the end of the year is Killing Time from Terry Malts. But, not a band to rest on their laurels, the group already has a new single ready to go on Log Lady Records. It’s going to be a split affair with Dead Angle, and it demonstrates the continuous power of a Malts release. If you jam to the stream below you’ll find those fuzzy guitars and solid percussive moments that have come to define the group’s sound. You can pick up this jam on June 12th, so keep your eyes open!
Our friends over at Hardly Art currently have a dark soul brooding in their catalogue. Be it Grave Babies, K-Holes or this band, Broken Water, it’s clear that there’s a love for the dark underbelly of rock n’ roll. BW has their latest album, Tempest, coming out via the label on May 29th, and we’ve really been enjoying the jams they’ve already released. This one’s got a classic alternative rock sound attached to it, at least in terms of the song’s construction, but with hazier vocals, you get this feeling of being surrounded by angsty music-goers in some darkened concrete venue; don’t lie to yourself, you love those places, so you’ll love this jam.
Download:Broken Water – Underground [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]
Last year was a great year for the mysterious Kenny Anderson and his King Creosote project, especially if you followed our adoration over here at ATH. Everything he touched won me over, and he’s already back again with a new 12″ EP for Domino Records titled I Learned From the Gaels. We’ve got the lead track off the 4 song single, and it’s super upbeat, not to mention ridiculously catchy. These are the sort of songs that make it a joy to be a music fan and find stuff like this in your inbox. You can get your hands on this on May 28th, and I suggest you do, as KC stuff is definitely hard to find!
Download:King Creosote – Doubles Underneath [MP3]
Richard Hawley’s been one of my favorite songwriters of the last decade, but this time around we’re about to get an entirely new Richard. On his last effort, Truelove’s Gutter, we were treated with the smoky cool crooning that Hawley brings to the table, yet this new track doesn’t really play in the same ballpark. He’s got a full band with him, and from the tracks that I’ve heard the whole affair is going to be more rocking. You can get your hands on this new effort, titled Standing at the Sky’s Edge, on May 7th. It might be a twist on his usual style, but I’m interested nonetheless.
Download:Richard Hawley – Leave Your Body Behind You [MP3]