New Music From Low

Indie veteran band Low are ready to release their first new album of new material since their underrated effort from 2007 Drums and Guns.  The band’s new album is entitled C’Mon and features this new single “Try to Sleep”.  It’s of course a slow burner from the group that helped invent the term “slow burner”.  You can pick up a copy of the new record on April 12th via the always bad ass Sub Pop Records.


Download: Low – Try to Sleep [MP3]

More New Music From Papercuts

We already shared a new tune from Papercuts with you guys last month and now we want to throw another one your way today.  As previously reported, the new album is called Fading Parade and hits stores on March 1st via Sub Pop.  This new jam goes by “Do You Really Wanna Know” and gets us even more excited for the upcoming album.


Download: Papercuts – Do You Really Wanna Know [MP3]

New Music From Mister Heavenly

The mysterious indie supergroup known as Mister Heavenly finally have some recorded music to share with us blogging geeks.  Our first taste of the new band comes in the form of “Pineapple Girl” and doesn’t fail to deliver on the hype built by the group.  It’s a catchy tune that’s already getting some heavy spins here in the ATH office.  You can also check out the second new song “Mister Heavenly” over on Sub Pop.  A debut LP is said to be out sometime this spring.


Download: Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl [MP3]

New Track from Obits

For me, 2011 is looking really exciting.  It seems like the guys with guitars are taking aim at the rest of us, and really letting loose.  Yet another release I’m excited for comes from Obits, who will be releasing their new record, Moody, Standard and Poor via Sub Pop on March 29th.  My favorite reason to get super excited here is that singer/guitarist Rick Froberg used to jam in Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes.  Much like those two groups, Obits always seem on the verge of kicking you in the face via heavy percussion and sharp-edged guitars, but as age has taught them some restraint, they’ve honed their chops just enough to keep it all cohesive.  One listen to the drums here, though not necessarily experimental, more just pounding, and you’ll probably be tapping your feet at your desk. We’re cool with that.


Download: Obits – You Gotta Lose [MP3]

New Music from The Papercuts

I’ve been waiting for several weeks to get a little sample of new work from The Papercuts, after Sub Pop announced they would be bringing Jason Quever on board for his new album.  Thankfully, Stereogum got it out before I went crazy, so we’ve got it here for you.  The record, Fading Parade, comes out on March 1st, with this single hitting stores on February 1st.  Jason’s music has really blossomed since his first album, adding more textures, blending his melodious voice, and each time, topping his previous output.  His progression continues to lead me down a path of great enjoyment, so give this tune a try.


Download: The Papercuts – Do What You Will [MP3]

New Music From J Mascis

Legendary Dinosaur Jr. front man J Mascis is gearing up to release a new album of solo material entitled Several Shades of Why.  The album, hitting stores on March 15th via Sub Pop Records, will feature a more singer/songwriter side of Mascis with mostly acoustic tracks.  Below you can find a taste of the mellowed out side of this indie rock great in the form of “Not Enough”.  Enjoy.


Download: J Mascis – Not Enough [MP3]

New Music From No Age

The now famous garage rock indie band No Age just dropped their brand new LP entitled Everything In Between yesterday on the Sub Pop label.  To celebrate the release of their record, the band is offering up this new MP3 of track #3 from the album “Fever Dreaming”.  You can also decide if you want to buy the new joint with a full album stream over on Soundcloud.  It’s a doozy.


Download: No Age – Fever Dreaming [MP3]

More New Music From The Vaselines

As a guy who is greatly looking forward to the second ever Vaselines release coming out this fall, I’m excited to see that the band is offering up this new track “Sex With an X” for free.  This song comes after we already heard new track “I Hate the 80s” from the group’s upcoming Sex with an X LP.  Fans of the band will be glad to know that the first album of new material in over 20 years will come out on September 14th via Sub Pop.


Download: The Vaselines – Sex With An X [MP3]

New Music From Kelley Stoltz

Veteran San Francisco musician Kelley Stoltz is returning on October 12th with an album of new material on Sub Pop Records.  The album, entitled To Dreamers, features material recorded mostly by Kelley himself with the occasional assistance from his live band.  Below you’ll find the first single called “I Don’t Get That” from his upcoming effort.  It’s got a bit of that 60s style British pop to it that I’ve been into recently.


Download: Kelley Stoltz – I Don’t Get That [MP3]

Jaill – That’s How We Burn

Rating: ★★★★☆

It seems like Sub Pop is on a roll lately giving us lots of rock n’ roll to pump really loudly in our cars, and Jaill is no exception.  The guitar work on their new album, That’s How We Burn,” is meant exactly for that, kicking you in the face.  Okay, so they aren’t mean enough to kick you in the face, but one listen to this record and you’ll find yourself indulging in heavy foot stomping, possibly some air drums.

This year hasn’t seen an album open with such a ridiculously powerful guitar/bass line as “The Stroller.”  It begs  you to get on board right away, pushing you to the limit from the get go.  While singer, Vincent Kircher, might not have a harrowing yell, but his vocals provide the perfect accommodation for the guitar licks. Then you get sucked in with the super-angular guitar pop of “Everyone’s Hip.”  For some reason the vocal delivery recalls nerd pop of the nineties, like a heavy-footed They Might be Giants. All albums should begin with such energy.

“Thank Us Later” demonstrates that Jaill don’t just have to push the limits with pacing and clever guitar chords.  Instead, they allow for space and Kirchner to sprawl all across this song, giving you a bit of time to absorb the tones the group has to offer up. Surely they could amp up this song live to keep the step going, but the fact that they slow it down, gives the album more of a groove.  Following is “Summer Mess,” giving the listener that breather, but in a different manner than the preceding song, going with a more roots folk appeal of strumming guitar, met later on by an ambling electric guitar that walks you to the end of the track, right back into the energy fueled tracks.

“She’s My Baby” brings you back to the rock element of the rock, with quick slicing guitars and steady drum work.  Kirchner seems to go with a bit of a higher pitch here, which might be aided by backup singer Austin Dutmer, who is playing those solid drums.  It’s even got a surf rock guitar line cutting in at the end of the track, probably included to stay on top of the trends.  But, That’s How We Burn is meant to be a well-balanced machine, so while you have those rockers, you also find that slower tracks serve as a counterbalance to the record, like “Baby I.”  It’s got the feel of a high school prom band, but one that’s really good, playing nice jangling guitar lines with a bit of boogie to it all.  Everything here just works perfectly.

By this point in the year, you’re searching for an album that erases the ones before it, and for just a minute, That’s How We Burn will cleanse your soul.  It erases popular trends, focusing on what it’s all about, solid drumming and great guitar lines.  Jaill have now established themselves as a band to be reckoned with, and we should welcome them to the fold, as this piece of work shows they deserve it.


Download: Jaill – The Stroller [MP3]

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