If you happen to be one of those folks who comes to this site from time to time, you know one of the labels we’ve long been behind is Matinee Recordings; we even threw up something from the label’s new Azure Blue release this week. Today, however, I can now profess my undying love of the label, as they’ve officially combined my two favorite things and put them all into one delectable ear treat with the Official Matinee World Cup EP. The label has gotten five indiepop artists from participating World Cup to craft brand new gems, relating to this summer’s World Cup (no US indiepop bands on this because Michael Bradley sucks). You’ve got Australia’s The Last Leaves, Sweden’s Red Sleeping Beauty, England’s The Popguns, Spain’s The Royal Landscaping Society…and the first new music in years from Brazil’s Pale Sundays. Seriously, this just makes Friday worth it. Stream the whole thing below, and buy it HERE.
Those of you who read our twitter or know us personally know that ATH is all about soccer. We play, we watch, etc, so we’re more or less anticipating being in front of our TVs for the next month watching every World Cup match. But, we figure a lot of people are in the same boat, and maybe a few of you are looking for a place to watch the game. Lucky for you, there’s tons of non-sports places to watch, such as the Mohawk. I caught up briefly with our friend Patrick who is helping promote the WC at Mohawk, just go get a few quick questions about why a rock n’ roll bar is showing sports. These few questions will give you some insight as to why you should join us at the ‘Hawk. Read more
In anticipation of their new album coming out in a couple weeks, we thought we’d check in with recent New York transplanters Miniature Tigers. We talk with the band about what it’s like to live in the big city, what we can expect from new LP Fortress, as well as a few other goodies we thought you might be curious about. So follow the jump for full interview with frontman Charlie Brand.
We here at ATH had such a knock out time at our USA World Cup watch party, we decided to team up once again with our friends Knuckle Rumbler for a World Cup Finals watching party. The event will yet again be going down at The ND with doors opening at 10:30am and game coverage beginning at 12:30(actual game is at 1:30pm). We’ve got our usual 30ft HD projection screen as well as halftime music provided by DJ Orion and Hot Dogs provided by Frank. You can also expect some crazy surprises from our fellow sponsors Ultra8201, Recspec, Luminaria Media, and From the Mind of Adi. ¡Vamos españa!
If you love soccer (football) or hate it; you have to admit that every four years “Football (Soccer) Fever” hits our shores. The excitement level builds around water coolers across the country, if only to die down after (American) football season starts again. This short lived, broad sweeping enthusiasm is elevated providing the Yanks have some positive results, and hopefully raising a few jaded eyebrows in the process. If you don’t pay attention, you may not know that our boys in the good ol’ Red, White, and Blue pulled off quite a feat last Wednesday with some late heroics. I have been playing “The Beautiful Game” my whole life and continue to play now, so I am pumped to the max leading up to this weekend’s huge knockout match. To help you get in the mood for a Battle Royale in Rustenburg, South Africa versus Ghana, I present here, the Top 5 songs to get amped up for America!! Don’t tread on me Ghana!
Ladies and gents, we here at ATH are huge music fans of course, but we’re also huge soccer fans as well. That being said, we’ve joined forces with amigos Knuckle Rumbler and Do512 to put on a little watching party Saturday at The ND (formerly the Independent). Here’s what KR has to say about the event:
USA! USA! Got World Cup fever and don’t want to have to scramble for the one good seat up close to the TV at the sports bar? Don’t want to go to the sports bar, period? Come get down with us at ND and enjoy 100% All-American World Cup action on our 30′ HD projection screen with surround sound so real you’ll want to fake an injury, grab your shin, and roll on the ground. Comfy theater-style seating on the floor level, plus a balcony view. Did we mention the screen was big? Really, really big. Big like America, people. Look for America-themed drink specials at the bar, plus Austin Town Hall will be kicking a soundtrack featuring kickass American music about, well, America.
More information can be found on Do512. See ya there!
We’re usually not ones to post info on mixtapes, as that doesn’t seem to quite be our realm of expertise. But, we have to admit that we’re really excited by the work of Nike and The Fader. They’re rolling out a collection of mixtapes throughout the week in order to get you all hyped up for the World Cup. We here at ATH are coming down with a major case of World Cup fever, so it’s great to see the world of music collide with our favorite sport. These tapes are perfect ways to spend your afternoon, so go get yourself a hold of these perfect collections HERE.
Austin Town Hall caught up with guitar players Carol Parra and Ana Rezende of CSS after their bands killer set Saturday at ACL Festival. We discuss their favorite American foods, why Brazil is struggling in the soccer world and what the iPod commercial meant to them. Check out the entire interview with CSS after the jump. Read more