New Tunes from Tape Deck Mountain

tapedeckIt’s been a little bit since we last heard from Tape Deck Mountain, but the project has reappeared with a new song and an upcoming I Will Break U EP release. This track is pretty solid in every way, though I like the contrast between the burgeoning blister of noise and the subtle release of the vocals…almost drawn out from the insides of the human soul. Eventually it settles into familiar shoegaze territory, but there’s just enough to keep things different. Looks like the new EP will be featured in the new fangled cassette format that the kids love on October 8th.

Tape Deck Mountain Covers Daniel Johnston

tapedeckI rarely post covers; it’s just not really my thing, except in this case when it involves two of my favorite bands. I’ve been covering Tape Deck Mountain and their tunes for some time, and as an Austin music fan, it only seems logical that I love Daniel Johnston. TDM has taken a noisier approach to DJ hits “True Love Will Find You in the End” and “Devil Town,” giving them a completely different feeling. They’re doing a limited edition 7″ of the two songs, with all proceeds going to National Alliance on Mental Illness. Stream the two covers below.

Top Songs of 2013

best songs ath 2013We’ve put our pretty little heads together ladies and gentlemen to bring you our favorite songs from this past year.  It was a difficult task with our ever growing staff, but we feel like this list best represents the diverse taste of our staff.  Love it or hate it, it’s ours to call our own.  Hit play and put your head down or dance or shimmmy or drool or whatever works. Most of all we hope you hear something you missed, something you want to buy or something you want to see live.

Scroll past the playlist for full the run of the bestest songs ever this year.

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=false” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Read more

Even More New Music From Tape Deck Mountain

Press_Photo.7We’ve been sharing a lot of new tuneage from noise pop makers Tape Deck Mountain recently.  Something about the change in tempos in the songs when you get slowed down only to be brought back up with some crazy electric guitars has us fully supporting the music.  Today we share yet another new track called “Half Life”, which can be streamed and/or downloaded below.  Of course it’s another noisy track that entrances you with swirling electric guitars and tons of feedback throughout.  I can dig that.

New EP Sway Sway will be coming stateside on October 1st via Nineteen98.


Download: Tape Deck Mountain – Half Life [MP3]


More New Music From Tape Deck Mountain

Press_Photo.7After the release of a new 7″ in June, Tape Deck Mountain has managed to drum up a lot of positive press all over the interwebs.  Working behind that buzz, new single “Pretend Friends” just made its way to the internet as promotion for a new album.  The song is rad as rad can be.  Those moments in the song where you seem to be lulled into a slower tune and then slapped in the face with some heavily distorted guitars are more than impressive.  Really looking forward to this one.

New album Sway will be out October 1st on Nineteen 98.


Download: Tape Deck Mountain – Pretend Friends [MP3]

Sprawling Noise from Tape Deck Mountain

tapedeckmountainThis newish 7″ from Tape Deck Mountain is really solid.  It opens with this huge wall of noise that blares right in your face; you think it’s just going to be a big loud rocker from the get-go.  But, they pull back just a tiny bit, revealing a quiet pop tendency, which is briefly interrupted by a wash of noisy atmospherics from time to time.  Those moments begin to unfold more often, accentuated by machine gun snare hits, as the song drifts towards its end.  Always down to hear something new from this group; they never seem to let me down.


Download: Tape Deck Mountain – Always Lie [MP3]

Show Pics: A Lull @ The Mohawk (1/30)

Yeah, I went out in crap weather on a Monday night to see some bands. Fine, I feel you judging me.

It was an inside show at Mohawk that featured A Lull. They had Deleted Scenes and Tape Deck Mountain opening. It was fun to open up the big 50 and catch slices of the show.

The night had building complexity, building layers. The bands broadcast intelligent, well-crafted music. Click that read more link over there for some show notes and plenty of pics…
Read more

Show Preview: A Lull @ Mohawk (1/30)

Date Monday, January 30th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $10 from the Door

As the music season starts to head into full-steam here at the end of January, the Mohawk has a nice little show to offer you this Monday evening: A Lull.  The constructionist pop outfit is bring their excellent effort, Confetti, to the live setting for all of you to enjoy, and I promise you that the band’s got a great deal to give in the live setting.  It’s similar to the work Animal Collective has done, just a lot less spastic, and a touch more sentimental. Opening the show will be Deleted Scenes and Tape Deck Mountain, so get there early to enjoy all the musical tastiness.


Download:A Lull – Pot Luck [MP3]


New-ish Track from Tape Deck Mountain

There’s tons of bands coming our way for SXSW, and so I’m trying to cover my bases here, and get the word out on as many great bands as I can.  Tape Deck Mountain are one of those band’s who’ve been slowly flying under the radar since their 2009 release of Ghost.  As a band, they craft these extremely eerie songs, but in doing so, they’ve created these soundscapes, perfect for just letting your mind soak in nothing, well, except the music that is.  They’ve just put out the Secret Serf EP, so at least they’re cool with modern motifs.  I have the sneaking suspicion that this could be one of those excellent shows that people will talk about all week.  It’s also just a killer track to space out to before Friday hits and the party starts.


Download: Tape Deck Mountain – Secret Serf [MP3]