More New Music From Mikal Cronin

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Mikal Cronin is an artist who has drawn a lot of attention for the ATH staff, and rightfully so.  Already we’ve shared with you new track “Shout it Out” that showed Cronin had a bit of a softer side when compared to his previous work with Ty Segall.  This new song we’re sharing today called “Weight” also is a taste of something poppier and more mellowed out than previous work in other groups.  I like the direction Cronin is heading in and the new record is sure to be worth your time.

New album MCII is due out May 7th on Merge Records.

Mikal Cronin Goes Soft

homepage_large.974d39feOkay, so Mikal Cronin doesn’t go entirely soft, but in comparison to his work with Ty Segall, the only thing you’ll really find comparable here is the wall of guitar distortion that bursts into the background during the chorus.  For the most part, the various verses carry a more general pop element, which should surprise people in the long run; you’re still going to find it appealing. The song has a central hook, and the combination of the soft and loud element will make your day.  You can get his new album, MCII, from Merge Records on May 7th.

What’s aHappening Austin? Weekend Show Spotlight

austin-skyline-mark-weaverAs rock n’ roll season heads into full swing, it’s time we all take advantate of the many shows that are coming our way in the next few months before SXSW hits us hard.  Surely you know Ty Segall is playing at the Mohawk on Friday night with Ex-Cult and OBN IIIs, but what else is going on in town?  Well, in case Ty isn’t your taste, or you can’t make it, here’s some other show suggestions for a pretty solid weekend in Austin. Read more

Contest: Ty Segall @ Mohawk (1/25)

It’s well known that Ty Segall has a lot of fans around these parts.  Not just with the ATH crew, but the man and his band also seem to have a huge following in Austin.  Let’s also not forget that this lineup at Mohawk is loaded with talent in the form of Ex-Cult, OBN III’s, and DJ Richard Henry.  Let the games begin!

Up for grabs: Your name on the promoter’s guest list with +1.

How to enter: Leave a comment with your favorite Ty Segall song and we’ll pick our favorite (really just at random).

Deadline: Friday morning.

Please don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you if you win.

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Download: Ty Segall Band – I Bought My Eyes [MP3]

Top Albums of 2012: 100-51

It’s really hard to narrow down a list of Top Albums of 2012, especially when you have four contributors with different opinions.  We gave the reins to Nathan.Lankford and Nicole Baumann on this one, since they write the majority of the album reviews, but we all have a little representation within this.  Now, we do realize that our site has specialized tastes, so please realize that these are our OPINIONS.  You’re welcome to disagree, and, in fact, we encourage that process.  Also, we’re doing a Top 100 because so many records came out this year, it wouldn’t be fair to narrow it down.  Not to mention it might lead you to discover some hits you hadn’t heard about yet. Oh, and we don’t really like Frank Ocean or hip-hop…just a personal choice…here’s the first segment.

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Show Preview: Thee Oh Sees @ La Zona Rosa (9.15)


Date Saturday, September 15th
Location La Zona Rosa
Doors 8 PM
Tickets $15 @ La Zona Rosa


This is by and large the show of the week. Sure, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall have both made their way through town several times in the last few months, but I don’t think a single person that’s caught these two acts will tell you they wouldn’t willingly see the band over and over again.  Plus, the new record from Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II, is pretty killer, so hopefully we’ll get some new jams live in their set, not to mention Ty guests on it, so he’ll probably guest on stage.  And if you need another reason, check out locals Gal Pals and Fleshlights rocking things out in true Austin fashion.  Looks like I just gave you plans for Saturday night.

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Download:Thee Oh Sees – I Need Seed [MP3]

Yet Another New jam from Ty Segall

The hardest working man in indie rock is back at it again with yet another new single, this one preparing us for his upcoming record, Twins.  Personally, this is one of my favorite new Ty songs of the last year; I like the way it opens up with chilled female vocals before Ty bursts in with his usual squall of guitar noise.  And, while it would be easy for the female voice to disappear, Ty keeps it in there to counterbalance his own whaling.  This is probably the best he’s written in all year.  You can pick up Twins from Drag City on October 9th, or pick up the 7″ with this featured tune on September 4th.

Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse

Rating: ★★★ · ·

It’s been an extremely busy couple of years for Ty Segall; he’s fronted his own project, joined up with White Fence and now he’s got an effort with the Ty Segall Band—it’s gotta be hard to keep all of that straight.  That being said, over-working yourself can often lead to mistakes, and while I am not saying those exist, I do feel like something is amiss on this effort.

Coming into “Death” you want to see just how tight the Ty Segall Band can be, and rest assured, he’s got the right group surrounding him here.  While the song begins with distorted feedback, it jumps into Ty seemingly chanting before an onslaught of guitars explode ferociously.  Personally, I feel that the instrumentation out-performs the vocals, as so often happens throughout Slaughterhouse.  However, I feel like “I Bought My Eyes” is the most traditional Ty Segall effort on the record, capturing the live sound of the band, yet still holding onto Segall’s vocals as the band pummels your ears.

From there, the record seems to go off into a furious live album, which is both good and bad.  “Slaughterhouse” brings images of a frenetic live show, with Ty and his man Mikal Cronin banging out the tunes furious and loud.  Then you get “Tongue,” which does have a bit of that traditional Segall bounce to it, but again, the vocals get a bit obscured as the band seems to turn up the noise.  Therein lays the problem with Slaughterhouse: it’s an album with the markings of Ty Segall all over it, but the final production value isn’t as polished as the work he’s done in the past.

I get that one man can’t repeat himself too much, but as a long time fan I sort of get the impression that Ty Segall Band is meant to capture the live sound of Ty, with more of a nod going to the performance than to the actual songwriting. “Muscle Man” has that angular distorted guitar chug that I love, but the sound of the track itself seems sort of muddy; I just ask for a bit of cleaning up.  “That’s the Bag I’m In” follows that up with a sort of childishness that’s none-too-pleasant. It’s forceful in delivery, yet it beats you over the head with Ty’s vocal performance; it’s probably one of the worst performances I’ve heard from him to date.

Slaughterhouse is an excellent listen if you want to picture what Ty Segall Band sounds like in the live setting.  It’s heavy and heartfelt, but it doesn’t quite emphasize the songwriting licks that made Ty stand out in the past few releases. That’s always been his dynamic though, right? He’s a great songwriter in the studio, and a brash performer on the stage.  I dig both, but I just don’t think I can spin this album as much as I could spin Goodbye Bread or Melted.  Just one man’s opinion.

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Download:Ty Segall Band – I Bought My Eyes [MP3]

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