Introducing Bay Uno

bayunoI so wish I had had this track on Friday evening after the kids had left my hood and gone their merry way home.  As I settled around a fire with friends and some adult beverages, this tune would have been perfectly fitting, just as the cold of Fall barely made its way into Austin.  This New York artist is crafting music that begs for some communal listening; it’s the sort of Americana-inspired folk music that asks you to grab a friend and just enjoy the companionship of great friends.  I expect to hear more like-minded tunes when Bay Uno releases his debut LP some time in the next year.

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Download: Bay Uno – River [MP3]

Cool Swagger from Public Access T.V.

patvAs soon as I pressed play, I got hooked on this track.  It reminds me of this band The Realistics that went largely unnoticed in the early 00s. They combined some of the Stones-esque swagger, but fused it with huge Lizzy-type hooks.  That’s what I get from Public Access TV; they unite these elements, then hide them a bit beneath some hip fuzz.  There’s no word on a completed album, but with sounds this huge, it’s just a matter of time before the group is everyone’s favorite new band.  The cool kids will like it, the nerds will like it and most importantly, you will like it.

Quick Rocker from Heeney

heeneyNew York rockers, Heeney, are gearing up to bring you your first full taste of their tunes.  They’ve been putting on blistering shows across NYC with the likes of Titus Andronicus and So So Glos, in case you need a reference point.  I like that the delivery of the vocals fit perfectly into the vibe created by the guitar work; the barking verse near the end adds a bit of intensity.  This jam will end up on the band’s debut, which is scheduled to pop up later on in the year.  No matter the delay, this song will definitely do enough to whet your appetite.

On the Road: Shivery Shakes Tour Diary (Part 3 & 4)

Campfire_Chapel HillWe’re continuing our series with our friends in Shivery Shakes, wrapping up their stories from the road.  Since the end of their tour hit the weekend, we held on to both of their later entries to combine them into two.  We’ve got words from William, and Andrew, so check out how the road has treated these lads.  They’re back in town now, so hopefully we’ll have a nice little wrap-up of their experiences, but for now, check their latest entries.   Read more

Introducing: Spark Alaska

10378268_642703239139167_1186790207573229985_nAs I’m sure many of you know by now, we are sent tons of music on the regular and much of it will never make its way to this site.  Then that rare tune hits the inbox and we’re reminded why we do this in the first place.  This inspiring track called “Little Ears”, from Syracuse based Spark Alaska, is giving me that musical reminder.  I’m immediately reminded here of a similar young man named Conor Oberst and some of his earlier work.  It’s intimate, pop driven, and hard to forget.  Enjoy it with me.

Spark Alaska has a new album called Longest Winter currently available on bandcamp.

New Music from Dirty River

dirtyriver2Earlier last year we discovered the local Austin label Fleeting Youth, and while we’re still waiting for their offer to put the Young Girls EP on cassette, we’re pretty impressed with their latest signing, Dirty River.  The New York three pieces offers a slower take on music than some of their label mates, providing you with a country stomp that you’d likely find from your drunken uncle.  They’ll be releasing their self-titled album on the label next week, but you should visit HERE to pre-order your copy.

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Download: Dirty River – Releaf [MP3]

Mellow Number From Fenster

Screen-shot-2014-01-23-at-2.07.59-PM-1Here’s to hoping you’ll enjoy this mellow new number called “Mirrors” from Berlin based band Fenster.  It’s a beautifully chilling number that reminds me of band’s similar to Lost in the Trees.  Needless to say, it will take a bit of patience to get into, but I think everyone can find something to enjoy here.

New album, The Pink Caves, is due out March 4th on Morr Music.

Psych Gem from The New Lines

fall_in_lineOne of the great things about stalking those you consider taste makers is that they do indeed lead you to find great gems.  I stumbled across this new track from The New Lines just the other day while doing just that, trolling my heroes.  But, since then, I’ve been obsessed; I love the way the organ works in the background of this track while the vocals have almost an eerie floating quality to them.  The New York outfit will have a new full-length titled Fall in Line coming your way on August 19th via Moon Glyph. Dig.

Spanking New Tune from Nude Beach

nude_beach_kurtJust a short bit ago I praised the debut album from New York’s Nude Beach; it ended up making our list of top albums for 2012. Luckily for us all, we didn’t have to wait long before new tunes came our way; they have a brand new 7″ coming out for Other Music Recording. Again, the group is channeling the history of American rock n’ roll, but doing it with even more grit and balls than some of their predecessors.  This tune definitely has the hooks to keep you interested, and the songwriting to show these boys are a force to be reckoned with going forth.

Hold Your B.S. by Summer People

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Our amigos over at the BV alerted us to the greatness that is this new song “I Do What I Want” from NYC based Summer People.  Now the title of my post says “Hold Your B.S.” because I feel that’s exactly what this song is telling the listener to do.  It’s straight forward rock/punk rock with a who really gives a shit type of attitude.  I don’t know about you, but I can always go along with those feelings from time to time.

Fans of the tuneage can stay tuned for the April 23rd release date of the band’s new album Burn the Gems.

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