Pleased to Meet You: The Butterscotch Cathedral

tbcOver the last several years I’ve been fortunate enough to get into the music of The Resonars, who’ve released several great LPs. Matt Rendon is stepping away from the project to work on his new act, The Butterscotch Cathedral.  It’s rumored to be Matt’s homage to the great works of the 60s, with some noting that the album might only have three exploratory tracks (whilst there seems to be some unconfirmed mentions of more than just those three tunes).  One thing I’m assured of, Rendon still has his finger on the pulse of my music listening, making nostalgic nods to his own influences while still caring enough to leave some pop sensibility.  Look for the s/t album from TBC on Trouble in Mind Records come October 2nd.

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Brand New Tune from Former Bullies

formerbulliesI’ve been fortunate the last few weeks, as tons of my favorite acts have released some really incredible tracks for the world to hear, but I’m not sure any single one makes me happier than this new Former Bullies tune. I first caught onto the Mancs back a few years when they had an excellent release on CF Records, but I hadn’t really heard anything about them until this last week.  They just tossed up this brilliant new single, which is a guaranteed hit for any of you fans of kiwi-tinged guitar pop…or maybe just really good jangling art pop acts.  They’ve got a new album called Strangers, which will be out on the esteemed CF Records sometime in the very near future; I’m thiniking (hoping) Fall.

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ATX Spotlight: New Ghetto Ghouls Album On the Way

11700543_915848105139667_5739135878276486396_oIf you’re an Austin fan, or really just a fan of good rock n’ roll, then surely you’ve heard the great work Austin’s Ghetto Ghouls have been putting out the last few years.  They’ve got several releases with some of the best labels in town (12XU and Monofonus Press), and they’re set to release Collisions, their new effort, on Monofonus next week. The first single we’ve heard perfectly encapsulates the band’s live sound, with tenacious swirling guitar chords wrapping themselves around the emphatic vocals of frontman Corey Anderson.  Not only does the band have an incredible new song, but they’ve got a great release show planned for August 1st at Hotel Vegas with Flesh Lights, US Weekly and Decider.

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Fresh Music from Wax Idols

Wax IdolsIt’s shaping up to be a great Friday, at least in my book. New Ramesh tune, and now a new Wax Idols tune! The last we heard from Hether Fortune and her project was with the band’s second album, Discipline & Desire, so now they’re rearing up to release a new effort, American Tragic. I’ve been a fan of Fortune’s all along the way here, and it’s been interesting to watch her songwriting progress…moving beyond the group’s earlier garage tendencies into this brooding pop masterpiece.  It might be the group’s most accessible tune to date, but I love how you can still see the path that Fortune’s music took to get to this place.  Pretty excited for the new release, which comes out on October 16th via Collect Records.

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ATX Spotlight: New Tune from Ramesh

RameshWe’ve made no secret of adoration for former Voxtrot frontman, Ramesh.  We even went so far as to help make sure you could grab his first solo LP on vinyl (it’s right HERE).  He’s one of my favorite songwriters, period, and he recently sent me a tune he worked on with his friend Emeen. There’s some great arrangement work on this track, highlighted with Ramesh’s careful vocal and a swelling sound pushed forth by the piano.  No word on if this is just a one off, or if Ramesh is going back in the studio to bring you his second album, but we’ll let you know as we do. Now you can enjoy your Friday with this great tune.

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Sorry I Missed You: Lylas

lylasLast week I was really into this new Lylas tune, but for some reason, I lost my way and forgot about it.  I suppose that’s precisely the way Lylas, the project of Kyle Hamlett, would want it; it’s a rather unassuming track, but one that has these tiny little movements that capture the ear of the listener.  It’s a journeyman’s song, carrying you along the way, which is perfect for a nice drive through the heated summer horizons.  It might not hurt that the group organized behind Hamlett features members of Natural Child, Lambchop and Stone Jack Jones…but no word on further releases other than this here track.

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ATX Spotlight: Flatliner Shares Black Medicine EP In Full

unnamedWe’ve been telling y’all about this Black Medicine EP from Austin’s own Flatliner for a little while now, but now there is really no excuse not to take a listen to some of the finer Austin tunes on the electronic/dance side of things. A week before its street release, Flatliner are streaming this ethereal dance party up on their soundcloud page for you to enjoy for free and then pick up the physical release next week. The whole thing is a mix of dystopian waves of synth and dark grooves to get your ass moving. Once you’re done jamming to these great electronic sounds, you can head over here to preorder the record. 

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Fresh New Zig Zags Tune + EP News

zigzagsDidn’t want foks to think we’d gone soft today, so I dug up this recent single from Zig Zags, just to make sure we kept things rocking. Like all things from the Zags, it’s just a straight ahead rocker, with a little bit of flare on the noisy side of rock n’ roll; there’s no bullshit, no frills, no catch…just a good rocking jam. This just one of four new songs that’ll blast your speakers on the band’s Slime 7″ EP, which will come out on August 11th via Famous Class. Go ahead and turn it up.

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Folk Pop From Monogold

monogoldYou know those hooks that are present in some of the later Woods records, like that track “Cali in a Cup?” Imagine a band writing a whole album like that, using lush arrangements, careful manipulation of vocals and instrumentation and filling all that space with great pop sensibility. That’s precisely what you’ll get when you listen to this new Monogold single, and presumably their forthcoming LP, Good Heavens. Some of the harmonies on this track even border the landscape where we find Grizzly Bear traversing, musically speaking, so that’s an added bonus for listeners. You’ll be able to grab your own copy of this delightful LP when the group release it on September 25th.

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The Color Waves Get Cloudberry Records Back on Track

colorwavesOkay, so it’s not like Cloudberry ever really fell off, but they definitely had slowed down the production of one of the greater indiepop labels out there, so it’s good to see that they’re getting back on their game…especially with this great new song from The Color Waves.  There’s a wayward jangle/ring to the guitars, but it’s well-paced, so things don’t seem forced into the genre.  Vocals warmly wrap themselves around every turn in the song, not quite soaring, but definitely with some lofty ambitions.  The 7″ with this single will be issued later on this summer, but for now you can just rejoice in another great slice of pop music.

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