• Rock N’ Recipes: R.E. Seraphin

    As we continue our Rock n’ Recipes feature, we wanted to reach out to our old friend R.E. Seraphin, who has connections all the way to one of the earliest

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  • Rock n’ Recipes: Outer World

    Hopefully you took our suggestion last week when we encouraged you to give a listen to Who Does the Music Love, the debut LP from Outer World. Members of the

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  • ATH Top Songs – 2023

    Well, we did it folks. We made it through another year. Your ATH crew was busy as ever, posting well over 1,000 songs this year(!!!), sharing album reviews, and covering

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  • Top Albums for Nathan

    Honestly, I thought about foregoing a year-end list this year. I mean, if you read our site, you know what we love. But, list making can be fun, especially if

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  • Rock n’ Recipes: Lightheaded

    One of the more pleasant musical surprises, for me anyways, has been New Jersey’s Lightheaded. They just released the Good Good Great EP, a teaser of sorts for their forthcoming

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Lisasinson Offer Decidi Desaparecer

I know that the majority of us really only enjoy our pop rock when it’s got these huge English hooks, but if you will, indulge yourself in Spanish outfit Lisasinson an their new single. They tease with a piano line, tinkering with offering up some sort of slick 80s pop ballad, but they don’t hang out their too long, letting the guitars run in and rip right through. A steady beat lets the song open, allowing guitar notes to jangle while the vocals get delivered sharply; the chorus has this feeling of bombast, successfully pushing things in a pure pop direction. You can feel the emotional push that gets your blood pumping and your spirit rising. This is the second single from the band’s next album, offered up by Elefant, with more news to follow.

Gabriel Birnbaum Shares A Feeling Unbroken

We’ve had our eye on Gabriel Birnbaum for some time, whether that be his solo work, like the forthcoming Patron Saint of Tireless Losers, or his work with Wilder Maker. Today, we get this lonesome ballad from the solo side of things, drawing upon Birnbaum’s excellent voice to really sell the track itself. Musically, it’s pretty stark, with light hums from the gentle strum reverberating, kind of giving this almost percussive nature to the picked notes. By building in that depth of sound, it really allows Gabriel’s vocals to completely charm; there are moments when the melody is so sweet that you almost feel like its a chorale group serenading you. Patron Saint of Tireless Losers is out June 28th via Western Vinyl.

Bed Maker Prep Debut Self Titled LP

This track from Bed Maker popped up a minute ago, and I’m totally stuck on the band’s sound. They offer up this sort of rumbling post-punk, operating on the driving rhythm piece that leaves tons of space for both Amanda MacKaye and stabbing guitar lines to dive into the fold. So many moments on this tune feel like they’ve got you tumbling, crawling for survival; they build angst and tension, tossing out emphatic punches of vocals and guitar bursts with abandon. You get the feeling that this quartet will rip right through your speakers and start playing on your living room floor; they’ll be doing just that if you grab their self-titled LP this Friday via Dischord.

Chapter Music to Release Dave Mason’s Soundtrack for Double X

So, the title of this post is a lot, but that’s also because there’s a lot going on in this post; I was even grateful to learn some things, as you should be! First, our friends at Chapter Music are releasing the soundtrack to the 1986 short film, Double X and the Unmentionable Underbelly of His-story, created by Julie Cunningham. Not only is this cause to revisit the short film, but also to revisit the history of Dave Mason, the main man in legendary, and ‘contender for best Australian band of all time,’ the Reels. Plus, the song’s now put to edited film footage by Geoffrey O’Connor who has a whole long history with Chapter. Obviously, that’s a lot to swallow, but you can now soak all that in with the craft of Mason, which feels oddly of the moment, despite being decades old; the synth work and playful nature of the rhythmic pulse would align perfect with a number of like-minded acts operating today. The score for the short film will be available in 7″ format on July 19th.

Mt Fog Drop Slowly Morphing

Somewhere in the realm between thumping post-punk and artier brands of pop lives Mt. Fog and their new record, Ultraviolet Heart Machine. I’ve been pumping up this new single, “Slowly Morphing,” which, to be fair, sort of sounds otherworldly…there’s not too much that really sounds like what they’re offering. There’s this frantic riot grrrl sensation to the thundering vocal delivery, but even there, you can hear acts like Life Without Buildings or even Bjork channeling similar eerie vocals. You’ve got to give the rhythm section props here too, as the thumping bass line and snapping cymbal hits really give the track life and allow Carolyn B all the room she needs to wriggle into your earholes. You can grab the new record on September 17th via Ghost Mountain Records.

Hayes Noble Releases Got Over It

Those fans of heavier indie rock, the ilk built on the backbone of Dinosaur Jr and the like will surely be fawning over Hayes Noble. His latest single has this swarming hoard of distorted guitars, the sort that will likely rattle your speakers if you turn it up to the appropriate volume. There’s still a youthful urgency coming from the 19 year old, which bleeds into the tune itself, whether that relate to the song’s nature or the lyrical content; it’s a celebratory feel that ensures Hayes’ work is on the rise. Noble’s been cranking out rad singles all year, so let’s hope we get a complete set before the year wraps up!

The Martial Arts Share Not Coming Down

There’s a new album coming soon from The Martial Arts, and if we’re going in on this new single, it sounds like we’re going to be spinning around to some magnificent pop sweetness. The band claim this is “the indie pop/power pop answer song to Irene Cara’s ‘Flashdance (What a Feeling)’, and that makes sense as there’s a certain pop stomp that cruises through the song’s front half; it’s as upbeat and fist-pumping as you’re going to get form a pop rock act. They double down after the 2 minute mark, driving the riffs and infectious nature right through the speakers with such volume that your body is naturally inclined to sing-along, even if you haven’t memorized the lyrics just yet. You’re allowed to have fun and still be cool, I promise. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about the new record, slated for an August release from WIAIWYA.

Holding Hour Share Come Undone

When you get sucked into the brooding emotion of the opening moments on this new Holding Hour track, please don’t let yourself totally get lost. The band, as is their gift, take a slight turn, lifting the tune ever-so-slightly by rolling drums into something snappier, lifting the energy of the single. Marissa’s vocals have this great tonal rise, settling at the top as the walls of distorted guitar work their way behind those bombastic drum shots. And, as if they hadn’t shown off enough, there’s this incredible breakdown and solo that begins just before you reach the 3 minute mark, leaving you breathless and, hopefully, overcome with joy.

Last Week’s Jams (5.20 – 5.24)

Sorry for being absent, but gotta take a day off when the government allows. Looking back at last week, we covered a ton of stuff, and I couldn’t even post it all, as there’s a few tracks missing from DSPs like the new Dennis Callaci/Heimito Kunst collaboration. But, my new flavor of the year, My Best Unbeaten Brother returned with a new tune, as did Oh Boland, so all sorts of really sweet pop made its way in here. Stoked to see there’s another Nightshift album coming out from Trouble In Mind later this year, thus you’ll hear that early in the mix. Somehow ended up with several great tunes stretching over 5 minutes, so if you’ve got time, be sure to not skip ahead! Bunch of tunes from your favorite ADHD curator! Also, if you’re on the site, be sure to check our friend Michael Maly’s photos from the recent Idles set here in town!

Friday Album Streams: Motorists, Aluminum and More

This week doesn’t seem as nearly as crazy with releases as last week, and perhaps that’s a good thing, as you’ll get a moment to really dive into some great records that we’d like to turn your attention towards. Several Oakland area bands decided today was a good day to drop tracks (so good thing that Neutrals LP is out next week!), plus I threw in a new ambient collection from our friend Buildings and Food! Click on some stuff, see what you love. Couldn’t hurt!

MotoristsTouched by the Stuff (Bobo Integral)

AluminumFully Beat (Felte Records)

Yea-Ming and the RumoursI Can’t Have It All (Dandy Boy Records)

Buildings and FoodEcho the Field (Self-Released)

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