Catchy Tune From The Notwist

524713_10151949823411108_1751919683_nI’ve long been a fan of The Notwist, and hearing news of their return this year has peaked some major musical intrigue in my mind.  I love the pop sensibilities here with it’s hurried beat accompanied by the always smooth and calming vocals of Acher.  This is already a front runner for one of my tracks of the tear.  Duh.

We’ll be anxiously awaiting the February 25th release date of new album Close to the Glass via Sub Pop.

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New Music from Death Vessel

deathYou know those artists that lurk in the shadows, only rearing their head whenever they feel the need?  They’re the artists you yearn for, the ones you hope release new music as often as possible.  Well, Death Vessel is one of those musicians for me.  We haven’t heard from him since 2008, and we raved and lauded his last effort, so my expectations for Island Intervals are quite high at the moment, especially after hearing this first single.  You can hear Jonsi of Sigur Ros singing accompaniment, adding a remarkable touch to the song. You can pick up the record on February 25th from Sub Pop.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120790312″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

New Track from Head and the Heart

headAdmittedly, I’m not completely sold on The Head and the Heart, but they have two things going for them.  For one, they’re trusted by Sub Pop, which says a lot considering the label’s home to some of my favorites.  Second, this song is just really solid and hard to ignore.  My issue with the band was that I felt their first release was a little uneven, but both the tracks I’ve listened to from their forthcoming Let’s Be Still have been super impressive, leading me to believe that this could be the record that cements the group as a huge act across the globe.  If you’re into folk-influenced pop music then I think this one’s for you.

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We Love Obits…and Their New Single

ObitsI’ve actually grown to appreciate  Obits as their own entity; I used to love them based solely on their earlier bands.  On this new song, the second single from their upcoming album, they’re, surprisingly, not going on full blast.  There’s still that rawness, which admittedly can be attributed to the vocals, but the warmth of the guitar towards the end of the track really finds the band going in different directions.  Bed Bugs is the title of the new album, and it’s being released by Sub Pop on September 10th; are you ready to rock?

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Download: Obits – Spun Out [MP3]

Oops! I Like His Electro Blue Voice

hiselectroOkay. I’m really late on this tune from His Electro Blue Voice.  But, I initially dismissed this record, solely based upon the name.  Honestly, I saw the name and skipped it, despite the Sub Pop connection.  Yet, like most people, I came back to it.  I needed something to rock my socks off, and I think that today this track is going to do just the trick.  It’s perfect if you’re into the angst-side of indie rock, and really, it’s just an all-around rad song to throw down on your playlist for Hump Day.  The band’s record, Ruthless Sperm will be released next week, and it’s shaping up to be a good old fashioned rock n’ roll album.

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Download: His Electro Blue Voice – Sea Bug [MP3]

Obits Return and Rock Out

ObitsWe’re a little late on this new jam from Obits that dropped yesterday, but we love the band too much to pass on posting new tunes just because we might be a bit tardy.  So with that out of the way, here’s the new power rockin’ number from Obits called “Taste the Diff”.  Of course it’s about what you’d expect to hear from these veterans, it’s a jam with screeching vocals and a no BS attitude approach to songwriting.  We can all get behind that right?

A new album entitled Bed & Bugs will drop on September 10th via Sub Pop Records.

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Download: Obits – Taste the Diff [MP3]

PYAITK: I Love This Song By Still Corners

Still CornersI saw Still Corners at SxSW a couple years back and was mesmerized. This song may help you understand why. It kicks me in all the right places to level my brain space and make me put the media player on one track repeat.

You can find this on the recently released on Sub Pop album, Strange Pleasures. <- vaulted into the list of my favorite albums of the year in one listen. So good. So very good. Update, added an mp3 stream as the Soundcloud is borked.

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Welcome Back: Lilys

It’s been a long time since I’ve even really thought about Lilys, but I’m so glad the band is back with a new tune.  The project was always that of Kurt Heasley, and they’ve bounced around stalwart labels like Sub Pop and Slumberland, landing their newest single on Speakertree Records.  You can find the following tune on a new split with Big Troubles, another band we adore here at ATH.  It’s a gem of a pop tune, including a little bit of the quirky stylings that always made listening to Heasley so special. Do yourself a favor and seek out the group’s catalog; it’s full of hits like this.

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New B-Side from Holopaw

I’m not sure where my infatuation began with Holopaw, but I’ll claim myself as a devoted fan of the group, perhaps with their early work from Sub Pop and Isaac Brock…and their impossible to find third album.  They’ve just joined up with Misra, who released a 7″ from the band, and will also be releasing Academy Songs Vol. 1 on January 15th (just before my birthday!). This is the B-Side from the 7″, representative of the band’s ability to move in and out of various musical spaces within the span of a single song.  It’s always been something I’ve adored, not to mention the sound of Orth’s voice on everything they’ve done. Enjoy this one.

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Fun Fest Preview: The Helio Sequence

We’re only a a short week or so away now from the upcoming Fun Fest this weekend and it’s time for us to start really delving into this lineup.  It’s hard for me to pick just one band to focus on so we’ll be bringing you several previews this week with bands we deem worthy of your time.  Today I’d like to turn your attention to veteran indie outfit The Helio Sequence.  Follow the jump for a little info on the band and their set time.

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