FT5 – 2009 Jams of the Summer

0626top5coverWe’re right in the beginning of summer, as we can all tell by the ridiculous heat has been beating down upon us.  For us, we just sit around all day listening to sweet tunes, hoping that we can create the perfect playlists for our long drives to nowhere.  As per usual, we think we’ve provided you with a list of songs that are destined to have you turning up your stereo as you drive through the hill country or maybe you just want to throw them on during your barbecue.  Regardless, these are our jams of the summer.
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White Rabbits On Woxy/In Austin

rabbits1 White Rabbits, creators of one of our favorite songs of the year, just recorded a Woxy lounge session which is now posted over on the Futurist.  The in-studio performance features 4 songs including a rousing rendition of that sweet jam “Percussion Gun”.  Now is also a good time to mention that the band will be making a stop at Emo’s in Austin this Sunday night.  Tickets for that show are on sale now for only $10.

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Download: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun (woxy lounge) [MP3]

White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

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Rating: ★★★½ ·

Brooklyn via Columbia, Missouri six-piece the White Rabbits rose to critical acclaim seemingly out of nowhere with their debut album, Fort Nightly.  This time around, the band has enlisted Spoon frontman (and sometimes Austinite) Britt Daniel for production duties on their latest album, It’s Frightening.  You’ll find his touch on a lot of the songs, but ultimately, this sophomore effort is worthy of your attention on musical merit alone.

One of the runners for song of the year, at least up to this point in time, opens the album. “Percussion Gun” with its dual drumming technique climbs into your ears as the tribal element of the song bombards you.  But, this isn’t the only trick the band has, as the piano work provides a much needed backbone that allows the song to go beyond just a mere rain-dance.

You’ll find the influence of Britt Daniel marking “They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong.” This songs is reminiscent of pre-Gagagagagaga Spoon, with a bouncing bass line accompanied by a meandering piano.  The guitar stutters along the song as the vocals arrive in that croon come falsetto that Britt uses to perfection.  Now, we’re not assuming that this is just a knock-off because the song definitely warrants repeated listens; we’re just stating you can find Britt’s fingerprints on it.

“Comapny I Keep” is the slow summer jam come early.  It’s a mostly acoustic number with light percussion walking along the backbone of the song.  It’s the warmth of they lyrical content here that makes the song ultimately rewarding.  Sure, it might not be the most exciting of this batch of tunes, but you’ll definitely find this as one of the ones worth putting on your summer mixtapes.

One of the things that’s lacking from this album, however, is a little bit of pacing.  It’s not that there is poor pacing in so far as the organization of the songs, rather that the majority of the songs don’t seem to have too much movement to them, often becoming entirely too subdued for their own good.  Oddly, the only songs that have movement seem to rely upon the drum stylings of “Percussion Gun” with just a softer quality to them.

Still, there is something to be said for the quiet presence of this album. It provides for the easy listening experience now that you need to focus on new projects.  It’s an album full of songs constructed precisely for headphones and mellow moments in this time of your life.  A decent effort, though much stronger on the front end.

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Download: White Rabbits – They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong [MP3]

White Rabbits

white_rabbits_join_radioheads_label_schedule_many_444x309We’ve been rocking this band White Rabbits around the ATH offices recently and wanted to share them with you. The band is another one of those hot Brooklyn bands that are breaking new ground and working hard to make a name for themselves. Already having toured with the likes of Richard Swift, White Denim, and Spoon, the band is also no stranger to the touring life. Their upcoming sophomore LP It’s Frightening, produced by Spoon front man Britt Daniel, can be had on May 15th via TBD Records. Here’s the catchy single “Percussion Gun”.

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Download: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun [MP3]