R.E. Seraphin was a staple in the Austin music scene for years, even working with ATH Records own Mean Jolene…but, life led him out to California where he’s just released a really wonderful new collection of songs: Tiny Shapes. I reached out to Ray to see if he’d be willing to share a playlist of tunes that influenced his latest release…and he kindly obliged. After the jump you’ll get 10 songs that helped R.E. Seraphin make a great new record. And if you’re so inclined, go grab a copy from Paisley Shirt Records!
This year is going to rule for the old guards of rock n’ roll…new JaMC, new Bats, new Wire and, of course, a new record from the Feelies. I think the cascading riff that opens this song really will grab modern listeners that might not be too familiar with the band’s work, just before they settle into their hook-laden groove. That guitar sound is so familiar that I think I’ll hear it haunt me for the rest of my life; I don’t want to even think of how many bands owe these guys a debt of musical gratitude. In Between is the title of the new LP, and it’s being released by Bar None on February 24th.
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Feel like it’s been rather slow as of late with the music coming our way, which is fair enough for the time of year. So, when I got sent this Ne-Hi track, I was stoked, to say the least. Upon first listen, it reminds me of a relaxed version of The Feelies, using great rhythm to propel the song forward, whilst employing these slightly angular guitar chords and semi-chanted lyrics. The Chicago outfit is about ready to head out on a nice little nationwide tour in August, including an Austin date on August 24th. Check this new hit out.
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Apparently Nap Eyes is a band that’s slipped beyond everyone’s awareness, at least here in the United States. The first reason the band caught my eye is that it features members of Monomyth and Each Other…two bands I’ve heard of and adored. Then there’s this song; it’s fucking great. It’s got this steady pace to it, as if the song was created simply to back the spoken word. It’s like a modern twist on the music that nerds fell in love with…see fans of The Feelies and They Might Be Giants. The group will re-release their hit Whine of the Mystic on July 10th via Paradise of Bachelors and You’ve Changed Records.
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When they first announced that they were reissuing old Feelies LPs on vinyl last year, I think I probably creeped out the people at Waterloo Records a bit much, as I was practically fawning over them. Now, a whole lotta years later, the band is offering up new tunes for their record Here Before, which will come out on April 12th. This first single definitely has the group sounding a bit older than such classics as “Fa Ce La,” but it certainly brings back a lot of that blending of harmonies with a sense of quirk. I’m glad the band’s back, as I’m realizing today I missed listening to them more than I knew. You don’t have to go back in time any more; here’s new music from The Feelies.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/The-Feelies-Should-Be-Gone.mp3]
Download: The Feelies – Should Be Gone [MP3]
It seems like August is shaping up to be a month for guitars, and well, minimal electronic intrusion. One of those bands, Jaill, is ready to prep the release of their new album, That’s How We Burn, with our friends over at Sub Pop. While their latest single has hints of modern post rock, the rest of the album has a nostalgic sound to it, one that sounds like The Feelies on speed. Guess that’s my impression. Whatever the sound, you’ll surely fall for this band.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/01-The-Stroller-1.mp3]
Download: Jaill – The Stroller [MP3]