Show Pics: Ty Segall @ Mohawk (5/25)

Last Friday was a disgustingly busy night of shows. The ATH crew split time between The Mohawk and Red7.

First up for show coverage is the four band line-up at The Mohawk headlined by Ty Segall. After the recent recorded collaboration, it was only natural for White Fence to back up Ty. Along for the ride were Memphis band Useless Eaters and one of my local favorites Rayon Beach.

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New Jam from Ty Segall Band

After watching Ty Segall rock it out Friday (we’ll have more on that soon), it only seems appropriate that we throw up this track today.  This is a song from his full-band effort, Slaughterhouse, which comes out on June 26th via In the Red Records.  You’ll probably find this track sort of indicative of the work Ty’s put into this year, as the music’s got a heavy bent, while there is an evolving softer element to his singing.  Regardless, when the band bang’s it out, you know you’re going to get right into it–Ty’s been killing it all year long, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down, so enjoy another great jam.

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

Show Preview: Ty Segall/White Fence @ the Mohawk (5/25)

Date Friday, May 25th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $10 from Transmission

Tons of great shows on Friday night, but the one you’ll find me hitting up is Ty Segall and White Fence over at the Mohawk.  Ty’s got to be one of the busiest people in the business, releasing his latest album, Hair, with White Fence just this past month, then turning around to release another as the Ty Segall Band in just a bit.  Garage rock and glory are all his.  It’ll be interesting to see if Tim from White Fence plays a solo set, or if he’s just going to rock with Ty the whole night, or if they’ll trade back and forth.  You can also catch some great acts opening the night up, with Rayon Beach and Useless Eaters kicking things off the right way.  It’s going to be a rock n’ roll fueled night, but this is your friendly reminder to not talk at the show, please.

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Download: Ty Segall & White Fence – I Am Not A Game [MP3]

New Music From Ty Segall

Ty Segall just can’t seem to stop putting out badass tunes left and right.  The guy is easily one the hardest working in the indie world and all should take note.  This new jam “Wave Goodbye” popped up late Friday all over the web and we had to let the ATH family have a listen in cased you missed it over the weekend.  It’s a very straight forward, dark edged rocker that ends in a pretty sweet rock out for over a minute or so. This new one appears on the new album Slaughterhouse due out June 26th via In the Red Records.

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Download: Ty Segall Band – Wave Goodbye [MP3]

Sloppy Rocker from Heavy Cream

Everyone always fawns over the Kills, and rightly so, but I’ve recently come across something that’s just a little bit better, just a touch dirtier.  Heavy Cream‘s part of the blossoming Nashville scene that’s blowing up at the moment, and I’m really digging this track.  It’s got the balls you want from a female-led band, offering sex appeal, brattiness and killer riffs to go along.  If you’re digging what you hear, you’ll be able to find this song along with others when the band release their new record, Super Treatment, on Infinity Cat Records.  The Ty Segall produced album comes out on May 8th, and you better be ready to rock with this group; they mean business!

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Download:Heavy Cream – John Johnny [MP3]

New Music From Ty Segall & White Fence

It seems that we have another super group on our hands that everyone should be pumped about in the form of ATH favorites Ty Segall & White Fence.  The guys have an album coming out as a duo on April 24th via Drag City entitled Hair.  Until then, here’s a first taste of the new collaboration with this sweet new tune “I Am Not A Game”.

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Download: Ty Segall & White Fence – I Am Not A Game [MP3]

Another Sleazy Rocker from White Fence

You’ve got to hand it to Tim Presley.  He can bring a nice psychedelic country number with Darker My Love, then turn around and bang out a noisy little garage rock number on the other hand. As we’ve mentioned before, Presley’s White Fence project is set to release one of two albums for Woodsist on April 3rd titled Family Perfume. And rumors have it that he’s also in the works with Ty Segall on a joint project.  If he’s going to keep kicking out solid jams like this one, then we’re going to stay on board.  Just hope this is more quality than quantity.

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Download:White Fence – Swagger Vets and Double Moon [MP3]

Show Preview: Ty Segall @ the Mohawk (9/17)

Date Saturday, Sept 17th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800p
Tickets $10 at the Door

You looking for a show that might not be full of ACL festival goers? Okay, so I can’t promise that, but one of the best shows on Saturday night actually has nothing to do with ACL; it just has to do with good old classic garage rock.  I’ve raved about Ty Segall, and I’ve even posted on the excellent Mikal Cronin, both of whom will be playing at the Mohawk on Saturday night.  If you’re needing your fix of great rock n’ roll, then you need to meet me here for this killer show.  And, you can catch OBN IIIs, the great Austin act while you’re at it.

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Download: Ty Segall – You Make the Sun Fry [MP3]

New Music from Mikal Cronin

It’s easy to know you’ll love something when the press release tosses the names of Ty Segall, The Ramones, and Trouble in Mind Records all into one email.  Mikal Cronin will be releasing his self-titled debut on TiM on September 20th, and based on this track alone, I know I’m going to be playing it on repeat over and over.  If you toss in a little more melody on Segall’s formula for psych-rock, perhaps remove a bit of hazy tones, and this is pretty much what you’re going to get.  I know, right! Sounds pretty awesome, so jump on the wagon now, and prepare for Cronin to come to Austin in September (17th) with Ty.

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Download: Mikal Cronin -Apathy [MP3]

Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Admittedly, I was worried when I first heard that Ty Segall was going to take his ramshackle approach to California garage-pop and slow it down a notch or two.  Now that I’ve given Goodbye Bread a thorough fifty times over, I’m still a bit at odds with his new approach, though there are gems thrown about that really get to me.  In the end, I like this record, and only months of non-consecutive playing will truly indicate my feelings as to the longevity of his newest record for Drag City.

“Goodbye Bread” is actually a solid opening track, and one that immediately states the purpose of the album.  You’ll get Segall’s hazy croon, accompanied by minimal guitar for the most part, but it does pick up a bit, which makes this effort pretty solid, though longtime fans will surely wish more time was spent on carrying out the latter half of the track itself.  Like the opener, the lead single from Goodbye Bread, “You Make the Sun Fry” has this slow burning quality that definitely will appeal to fans of a grittier guitar sound, but perhaps this is where the execution of the record seems to sort of fall off for Ty, as the heavier moments seem sort of like after thoughts for him, especially when you look back over the course of his work.

There are songs on the record that illustrate a different approach for Ty Segall, and one that sounds remarkably refreshing.  If you take a listen to “I Can’t Feel It,” you can hear a more pristine guitar sound lurking in the background.  Pacing on this track doesn’t really fall off, or fly into the typical Segall approach.  It’s a wonder why he didn’t just completely go off course and write more songs like this, as it’s definitely a gem of a track.  It’s weird, but the noisier tracks on Goodbye Bread, such as the monotonous stomping of “California Commercial” don’t seem nearly as strong as the finer tracks on Melted, but the one-two punch at the end of the album makes everything worth it, and should restore every listener’s faith in Segall as a writer.

“I Am With You” begins the closing statement here, and it should be noted that it’s probably the most interesting, in regards to Ty’s approach on writing this bunch of tunes, as there’s switches in pacing, almost hurrying at times; there are also various changes in the overall dynamic of the song, even as he goes off into his ghoulish howl near the end. And, then you have the album closer, “Fine,” which serves as almost a infomercial on the ability of Segall to actually sing; he does a fairly decent job, at least to my ears.  Perhaps it kind of struggles to end, but in the end, I think its going to be one of those songs I’ll come back to time and time again.

Depending upon your interest in Ty Segall, you’ll probably land in various places with your own final consensus.  At times, it seems like he’s stuck in the middle of the road, unable to commit one way or the other to a certain style.  But, as the album draws to a close, you can see him hitting that proverbial stride, and those songs definitely benefit.  Goodbye Bread makes for an enjoyable listen through and through, just not sure where it fits in Ty’s catalogue, or where he’ll go from here. Until then.

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Download: Ty Segall – You Make the Sun Fry [MP3]

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