A general rule over here is to continuously fawn over The Coathangers; they give you catchy songs, a bit of attitude and always put on a great live show. Earlier this year, we got to hear a new song “Parasite,” which is the title of their just announced EP. Today they drop a new song for your ears, this one illustrating the girl’s ability to craft naturally infectious tunes. The chorus of “easy come/easy go” is delightful, but what I love is the switch in pacing in that chorus…all before Julia slides her fingers down the neck of the guitar. The Parasite EP will be available on June 30th from Suicide Squeeze Records; you can also catch these constant road warriors on the road, pretty much from here until the end of June!
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You know it’s that time of year, when the weather is actually pretty nice, you want to be out and about…so what better way to do it than to hit up some great shows this weekend? There’s definitely some big ones going down, so check out the spots we think will give you the most bang for your buck! You’ll find tunes and videos after the jump! Read more
Photo Ed Notes: I would like to welcome Nick Radcliffe to the family. He is damn good photog and knows how to use a keyboard, too (click that link to his site, the landscapes might be my faves). Nick was college roomies with Mike, the other half of the adventure that is Austin Town Hall Records. We’ve talked plenty about getting him shooting for us as the new day job has me quite occupied. The Coathangers rule, we keep our eyes on Residual Kid, Plague Vendor is new to us in the live setting and Refused are a thing. So on to Nick’s first pics post and review. -bgray
The Mohawk is easily one of the best music venues in Austin, so it’s only fitting that one of the best concert line-ups of late converts the venue in to a temple dedicated to the shape of punk to come.
Click through for pics and more on the bands and jams…
Just a reminder, I’m probably Austin’s biggest Coathangers fanboy. Watch the “making of” video on their new album, saw them six times in one SXSW…and own every little bit of music they’ve released. So, with Nosebleed Weekend, their newest album, a little over a few months away, I’ve still got time to rave on and on about the band. This week we get a chance to hear the band’s title track from the record, a slow burning bit of rock n’ roll to ease the soul. Like their last album, there’s lots of differentiation, switching singers, paces and styles…so love this song, and wait to see what they bring you next. Suicide Squeeze Records will release it on April 15th.
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What? A new jam from the Coathangers hits and you think I won’t post it? Well, you’re wrong. This new single comes as the opposite side of the band’s split with Black Lips, which we ran a bit ago. It’s definitely on par with some of the better songs the group has written of late; it’s got a pounding rhythm section, sliding guitar squalls and a bratty attitude that lets you know these ladies aren’t messing around. That new 7″ Split is going to come out on November 13th courtesy of the good folks over at Suicide Squeeze. They’ve also got an ATX date (as well as others) lined up for October, so keep a look out.
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I’ve always enjoyed the Black Lips, but I have to admit, sometimes their ramshackle approach can make a full length listen difficult. Surely this new track exemplifies the band’s knack for wrapping their sound around warm melodies; it’s almost just a jangling folk pop tune…and that’s definitely fine by me. Perhaps it’s unexpected in the long run of their musical approach, but looking forward it might offer a glimpse at where the band is going. We get to hear this number on a new 7″ with my favorite ladies, The Coathangers, when they release a double-sided split on November 13th via Suicide Squeeze Records.
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Last year, I fawned over the Coathangers; they were the act that I raved to everyone about after SXSW. But, in prepping for this year’s fest, I’ve been hoping to find a similar act to win my heart…that might just be Bully. This new single displays the tenacity, with a really raw vocal delivery that’s right up my alley. One can only hope that this means more new music is to come, but as of now, there’s no word. Just enjoy this track, and if you’re at SXSW, the band is giving you 7 chances to try and catch them live.
Download: Bully – I Remember [MP3]
These lists are everywhere, so you’ll be excused if you just roll your eyes and skip on. But, that being said, we always seem to be way off the mark when it comes to our Top 50 Albums of the Year. Sure, we have some of the sure fire hits on this list like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, but don’t even read on if you’re look ing to see where Run the Jewels made it…they’re not there. Sorry not sorry. So, if you’re into arbitrary lists by people who like to push their own agenda, then this list is for you! Read more
There seem to be a ton of shows going on this weekend, from local acts to travelers, but there’s none more exciting, to me, than the show with Atlanta’s The Coathangers. They released their stellar album, Suck My Shirt, earlier this year, but if you didn’t catch them at SXSW this year, then you likely haven’t caught their incredible live set. They’re energetic and adorable, and they’ve got a killer set of songs to hit you with. They’ll be joined by Feral Future and White Fang, who both deserve your attendance in their own right. You can buy tickets to their show HERE, or just show up at the door to have the time of your life with these gals.
Download: The Coathangers – Derek’s Song [MP3]
It’s still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we’re midway through 2014, every one is doing it…so why not join in the fun. But, with this in mind, remember that these lists are arbitrary, and if anything, pretty meaningless in the long run; you never know if your thoughts will change in six months…and really, they’re just like, our opinions man. We’ll have two sections…one for national albums and another section of Austin albums released up to this point in 2014. Read more