One of the acts I absolutely loved at SxSW two years ago was Breton. They recently released their latest album War Room Stories on iTunes and are coming back for this year’s conference.
The track I feature below is a poppy number. It is a tour bus collision of Foals and Friendly Fires. The rest of the album is kind of all over the place. You think you can dismiss a song as derivative or against your grain and then it has an odd break or goes a direction you may not have expected. It is a dance pop music mash up with an accent and I kind of dig it. Give it a stream here. “Got Well Soon” is quite brilliant, as well.
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Every once in a while I catch a song I missed. This is an absolute beauty from 2010, a relative oldie for our rapid and rabid appetite, by a group called Bloom.
Hypnotizing, soothing, use it when you get home from your Free Week outing to chill. Or perhaps a little “quality time” with a certain someone… You people have dirty minds. Jeez.
The group is Jake Perrine and Michael Maricle and based in Seattle. For fans of The Album Leaf. Nothing released since 2010, so anyone in the Northwest feel like updating me, please do.
My friend and former woxy.com DJ, Mike Taylor, spun this gem as part of his weekly show on Amazing Radio. Real beauty and I have to agree that though this is a fairly lo-fi offering with the layers of melodies making it full and rich; this a must listen.
Mavis Gary is actually the “band name” for a side project recently launched by Adrian Ng (65 likes on bookface launched 10/16, so wet paint here). The title track, “Pin Me Up”, to the 10 song album is a streamable beauty of indie pop and you will dig. The rest of the album does not disappoint if you liek this one and it is a pay your conscience at the Mavis Gary Bandcamp so kick a few bucks and DL.
This is an admission. I like a Sky Ferreira song. “You’re Not The One” from Night Time, My Time is a perfectly balanced pop song that deserves a listen. I may get blasted by my ATH teammates, but damn this is catchy and I have to admit to everyone that it is among the top jams in my head right now. A great guitar hook rings over floating fluty-synth substance in standard pop song structure, it is a hit.
I resisted the hype machine, the tour O_o announcements, the drug arrests, the album cover controversy, the buzz, but I hide no more. I feel better and can go into my weekend with an eased mind.
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What better way to finish out the festival season than a big summary of what happened before and after the festival with a best of gallery and youtube embeds for the interviews you may have neglected or missed? None. So here is the big post of good for FFF8.
It is almost the weekend.
ACL is done (though I have even more pics to share). FFF8 is next. We have some cool shows in between. The weather is cooler. There is we stuff in creeks and rivers that have been dry for months. Pretty exciting. …and OU still sucks.
I am in a pretty good mood. So I bring you a crinkly song that is a follow up to the “Flesh and Bone” that should have posted a while ago, but whatever. Holograms is Scandanavian punk. Dig it.
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Trolling around some playlists on the internets while at the IT Department Data Center, came across this gem from Soft Metals. We last posted about them two years ago. They are back with an album called Lenses that was available 7/16 and I like this dark but dance-able beauty of synth goodness.
Give it a listen and tell me if you dig it. Or don’t. Fine be that way. I mean, jeez. Just sharing a tune. OK? Sorry. Long week. I have to return some video tapes. Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
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Preparations are underway at the IT Dept. for tonight’s sold out show at the Austin Music Hall with a little band called New Order. Heard of ’em? Bonus to get a favorite in Holy Ghost to open things up.
If you are getting ready to dance with the rest of us old people or just bummed that you missed out on tix, this track is here to help. It is by St. Lucia. I happened to hear it on an MOKB session on Sirius XM and remembered I wanted to post it just now. When The Knight lands on October 8th via Neon Gold.
I get to photograph New Order tonight…
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My friend Mike Taylor turned me on to this band. He hosts a show over at Amazing Radio you should check out when you get a chance.
In The Valley Below are a boy-girl duo out of Echo Park and dammit if they aren’t disciples of The Rosebuds. Pretty stuff, but with an edge of darkness underlying chords and tones. Some tracks are melodically driven, shared vocal duties between Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail, other tracks feature exchanges of differing phrasing and overlapping lyrics. I have enjoyed every song off of the Hymnal EP, but I agree with Mike that “Last Soul” deserves to be a hit. Make it so, people.
I missed them during SxSW. Bummer. They’ll be in the UK for the rest of the month, but return to Cali in June and hopefully swing back through town later this year…
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So, I figure we are going to miss things. It is inevitable. Therefore, when I find something to share, it will get the PYAITK tag. It stands for put your ass in the know and was originally coined by Billy “Wicked” Wilson from Voodoo Extreme many years ago, RIP. #tribute
Anyway this song from Caveman hit the intarwebs last week and it certainly rings of an ATH favorite Snowmine, though Caveman may have a bigger audience than the band we like better. Thought you all may like a listen because I think it is the best thing the band has put out yet.
They’ll be here for SxSW and again a couple weeks later for an April Fool’s Day show at the Parish. Self-titled LP is due on 4/2 via Fat Possum.
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