Last Week’s Jams, Today (6.20 – 6.24)

I don’t even want to look back at last week. But, we had songs, there were some really good songs coming out of a really awful week. Our friend Ram Vela and his band had a new single, plus it never hurts to get a Voxtrot tune in your inbox. Think I kept coming back to these Bastien Keb, Flowertown and Tan Cologne tunes the most, well, and that Tony Molina track. There’s about 20 jams to sort through, so find a favorite. Or don’t.

More from Tony Molina

So you’ve likely already heard from Tony Molina and his latest single, therefore I’m just getting it up here because I want it in next week’s playlist, as that’s where the hits are. This tune uses a little piano mixed in with the heavy strum of Tony’s guitar, creating these ridiculous moments of charm that are unmatched in anything else you’ll hear out there today, methinks. I always marvel at how Molina’s songs feel stretched and beautiful and full of magic, despite being under two minutes long, but then again, should we be surprised at this point? Another good track from Tony; his In the Fade LP is out on August 12th via Run for Cover.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (5.23 – 5.27)

Well, last week was a struggle. End of the school year, for two teachers, and well, then that other thing, so we barely got to the end of the week, let alone hit the musical stride with our usual fervor. So, our end of week wrap-up, which we give you at the beginning, is a little short. But, there’s new jams from great releases like R.E. Seraphin, Why Bonnie or Dehd, plus a rad new track off Hazy Sour Cherry‘s forthcoming LP for Damnably. And hey, you can never go wrong having a Tony Molina tune in there. So, here’s to one foot in front of the other with our favorite jams from last week.

Obligatory Tony Molina Post

I’m a big Tony Molina fan, as the site would indicate. Yesterday we got news of a new LP, which seems to have almost sold out already. Tony’s been working at writing great short pop songs, and this go round, it sounds like he’s keeping the fuzz right in the tunes, as you can tell by the guitar work. His new LP In the Fade is dropping via Run for Cover Records on August 12.

Top 20 LPs of 2019…According to Lost Sound Tapes

There’s a handful of really really great tape labels out there, and one that is near and dear to our hearts is Lost Sound Tapes, run by Jon Manning. He’s done an incredible job of curating, and I almost always find myself in love with a handful of his releases each year, like Olivia’s World and Lisa Prank this year! So, I reached out and asked him to pop off with some of his favorite releases…and here we are. Enjoy!

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2019 Albums of the Year from Pale Lights

I’m a big fan of indiepop outfitPale Lights, and I reach out to the band from time to time, like I did this year when I was compiling my Year End List collection from people I admire. The band got back to me with their collective list, including some reissues, which you can find down after the jump. I don’t mind one bit seeing Robert Forster on a list!

Be sure to go listen to the Pale Lights at their Bandcamp page, and then check out their great new track for the FadeawayRadiate Compilation.

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Thursday Night ATX Shows

It’s just one of those nights where you could practically walk downtown, fall over and land at a really incredible show. I’ve got my own eyes set on bouncing around to a few, but let’s see if we can’t point you in the proper direction…I gave you some hints, but you can also catch Hootie and the Blowfish if that’s your prerogative.



Darkbird, Daphne Tunes, The Lovely Sparrows, Royal Forest @ Cheer Up Charlies – 9 PM

Culture Abuse, Single Drop, Tony Molina @ Empire – 8 PM

Ryley Walker + Charles Rumback, The Hatch @ Beerland – 8 PM

Vundabar + Together Pangea, Dehd @ Barracuda – 8 PM

Caleb de Casper, CHEAP WAVE, MeanGirls, HiFi Kids @ Dozen Street – 8:30 PM

Sour Notes (7″ Release), Magic Rockers of Texas, Black Basements @ Hotel Vegas – 9 PM

Chill Russell, Dayeaeter, Arch Set Empire @ Swan Dive – 9:30 PM

Brand New Tony Molina!

I owe Matt at Forged Artifacts a huge thanks for pointing me in the right direction, namely towards these glorious 2 minutes of new Tony Molina. I loved Kill the Lights, and pretty much raved about it anywhere I could, and now there’s a new 7″ on its way. The first of the tunes seems to pick up where that record left off, crafting this generous pop vibe, then moving into a nice heavy riff that closes the song out. On the latter tune, it’s a blaster, kicking off the pop hooks in a fuzzy manner before just calling it quits right before the 1 minute mark. This is pure Tony Molina at his best, and deserves your attention immediately; it’s out on a new LP titled Songs From San Mateo County via Smoking Room on July 19th.

Have Another New Tony Molina Jam

We’re riding high on the Tony Molina train over here, especially with Kill the Lights dropping in a few weeks. The latest single, and possibly the last before the LP is out, is one of the longer songs on the record, and to my ears, one of my favorites. Tony’s execution leaves him somewhere between Teenage Fanclub and Joe Pernice in my brain…and those are things that will keep me coming back to this song over and over. Sure, he might just be teasing us with 10 short ditties, but I assure you, no one is writing them better than Molina at this very moment. Kill the Lights hits July 26th via Slumberland Records.

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