I think most people who buy records and tapes tend to have their go-to labels, and it’s great to have a reliable source for good tunes. The last few years, Paisley Shirt Records has been bringing us a pretty solid catalog of great pop tunes, and now they’re adding Oakland’s Blue Ocean to that mix. For me, listening through to the album’s opener, it’s like listening to DJ Screw, only if you were into really heavy shoegaze and indiepop. The song’s core is this bouncing rhythmic pop pulse, but its been chopped and screwed by this thunderous wall of feedback and noise; I get that that analogy does not work for everyone out there…but the tune speaks for itself! The whole self-titled album is out on April 16th (though you can find some of the tunes elsewhere!).
I know that at some point, it was fairly sacrilege to say you listened to the Dead…mostly because that led to worse things like Phish or even Leftover Salmon. But, there was a period from the band that I still think upon fondly, mostly as its rooted in the way rock n’ roll grew up in America; it seems like Seattle’s Advertisement were taking note. Their latest track will trick you from the start, almost coming off like a discordant angular guitar tune…that’s just a few riffs. Soon, that all fades away for a deep family band feel. Guitars trade lines back and forth, piano tinkers throughout, yet it’s all so tightly structured that you cannot help but to be captivated. For my two cents, I always appreciate the family style approach to songwriting…and its pulled off excellently in this number. Look for the track to appear on a new tape for Smoking Room Records, with some October shows to celebrate across the States.
Austin’s Vertical Vice is sure to perk up your ears, as members of the new project have played in such heavy hitters as OBN IIIs, Jonly Bonly, Bad Sports…and just about every rad rock act in town. They’re heading out on a short Midwest jaunt through Dallas, Kansas City, Tulsa…and an Austin date at Cheer Up Charlies on Sunday night. We have our first listen today to the band’s Promotion Tape, with the lead single illustrating a nod to acts like Dead Kennedy’s, but with a more artful delivery. I love Jason Smith’s vocals as he seems to casually deliver the line “do it again do it again do it again” while Orville rolls pounding drums through your speakers and the guitars stutter step to the finale. Come out to CUC on Sunday to get your hand on the tape…but if you’re not in Austin, pick up the Promotion via bandcamp right HERE.
You’ve heard it many times, we love the Ocean Party. So much so, that we helped release their Light Weight LP a few years back. The band returns to the US, and with them, they bring a new collection of perfect pop in the tape format…courtesy of Emotional Response. These 9 tracks are the perfect introduction to the group’s casual pop appeal, in case they haven’t hit your radar just yet; some of the tracks are more developed, while others are just brief ditties. If you visit the purchase link below, you can see the tour dates, which, luckily, feature a great Austin date at Cheer Up Charlies next Tuesday! Pretty sure you’ll love the track “Surat” by the way, as its my favorite this morning.
I got turned onto this little Seattle act last week, and have been returning to the two tracks that are being offered by Pleather. I’m familiar with the members, as the vocals are done by Claire Nelson of FF (love ’em) and Andrew McKibben of Couple Skate Records seems to be handling the production. It’s definitely interesting, even if it’s just a little one-off project for the duo. I appreciate the soft touch of Nelson’s vocals, and I think the accessibility of these tracks is super apparent, despite the odd cat sounds filtered in here and their. Should have a tape on its way to you soon via Couple Skate this month.
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A few weeks back my friend Guy from Chapter Music turned me on to Velcro, a Melbourne band that I really dug. They’ve just released a new tape overseas, and the lead track is pretty solid; I’ve been jamming to it all this afternoon. They’ve also seemingly tossed it up for free on their BANDCAMP page, so you have the right to enjoy it, just in case you’re not into ordering tapes from abroad. Regardless, these guys are really warming me over with their mellow affected pop tunes, and I have a feeling that it’s only a matter time before the rest of the world gets to see the talent laying in wait.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/07-One-Day-1.mp3]
Download:Velcro – One Day [MP3]