FT5: Songs Stuck In My Head

0129top5coverWe all have that feeling. You have a crucial presentation or test the next morning and you just need some damn sleep. Then it hits you. Out of nowhere, the chorus to ‘Rocky Mountain High’ (or some equally random song) decides to lodge itself deep within your subconscious.  “What the hell John Denver, I don’t even listen to your music and can’t possibly even remember the last time I hear that song!”  This kind of thing happens to me more often than I would like to admit, but here goes. The ear-bug phenomenon may be an inevitable curse to the music junkie.  I can’t go through the day without listening to some sort of music and therefore, some rhythm or theme, or even a random lyric gets stuck, leaving me with nowhere to run. The only thing to do is to listen to music as a guard against this from happening, from my own personal theme music infiltrating my deepest thoughts. And thus, the cycle begins anew.  Over the years, I find myself humming the tunes of many songs in the short-term, but a few have never left. It’s a living nightmare.  Damn you Hippocampus!  Follow the jump for full list.

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Entroducing Electric Pop Group

electricIt’s really difficult to turn away from Matinee Recordings (seriously, go to their page to browse for goodness) right now.  It seems that they just consistently release some of the most infectious pop groups.  Electric Pop Group is just another one of these bands, and I haven’t been able to get this band out of my head; I don’t think that I really want to either.  Okay, so it has a bit of that jangle pop sound everyone is using, but this track here, “Not By Another,” has really clean production.  You’ll find a slight bit of happiness invading your soul as soon as you put this on.  Their album Seconds should be hitting our shores soon!


Download: Electric Pop Group – Not By Another [MP3]

Yo La Tengo @ Antone’s (1/29)


Date 1/29/10
Location Antones
Doors 8pm
Tickets Sold Out!

Yo la Tengo are returning to Austin at Antone’s on Friday night.  The veteran 3 piece outfit will be joined by the hyped up blogosphere band Times New Viking.  Should be one helluva night.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/yo-la-tengo-periodically-double-or-triple.mp3]

Download: Yo la Tengo – Periodically Double or Triple [MP3]

New Tunes from Twin Tigers

twintigers_interviewWe interviewed Twin Tigers a little bit ago just because we were really excited about the Athens band.  Now, their album, Gray Waves, is nearing its official street date of March 2nd.  We’ve got another great track to throw your way here, which will hopefully have you just as excited for the release as we are.  This tune hits hard, then settles down a bit before it unleashes more fury.  Happy Thursday.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/01_Passive_Idol.mp3]

Download: Twin Tigers – Passive Idol [MP3]

Girls In Austin (1/29)


Date 1/29/10
Location Waterloo/Parish
Doors 5pm/9pm
Tickets Free/Sold Out

Girls are making their triumphant return to Austin on Friday and you’ve got two chances to see the band.  First up is a free Waterloo in-store starting at 5pm with the usual free keg beer.  Second is a show at The Parish along with Magic Kids and The Smith Westerns.  That Parish show has been sold out for awhile so try the free in-store or buy a ticket from a homeless guy at Logans.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01-lust-for-life.mp3]

Download: Girls – Lust for Life [MP3]

Four Tet – There Is Love in You

four_tet_there_is_love_in_youRating: ★★☆☆☆

Kieran Hebden has been at this game longer than most, so it’s no surprise that people expected big things from his latest effort under the Four Tet moniker.   There Is Love In You has already garnered a lot of interest over the Internet, though one must look at it through their own looking glass in order to fully evaluate where this record falls.

For me, I’m not one to fall easily for Intelligent Dance Music, and it really has to be something to knock me off my feet in order me to appreciate it, let alone even contemplate trying to understand it.  I remember Aphex Twin videos blowing me away, but that was based more upon twisted imagery in the videos.  DJ Shadow blew me away, but at the time, I had a faint interest in hip-hop.  But now, I’m not really into that sort of thing, especially since it lacks solid vocal involvement, which is one of the main reasons I listen to the stuff I do.

Now, as far as this album goes, I’m going to have to stand on the sidelines and watch the rest of the adoring fans as they chase Kieran Hebden around.  Song after song just seems like really simple loops being placed atop each other at certain intervals.  At times, like during the aptly titled “Sing,” you get some fearful moaning of sorts in the background, but nothing worthy of latching onto as a whole.

For me, there has to be some sort of sharp shift in the music, some sort of influential piece of movement within a song, and this, by and large doesn’t really seem to have that sort of craftsmanship to it.  Given, the use of space and timing here does seem to accomplish the affects that Hebden is associated with in his work, but I can’t lie and tell you that any of it is all that interesting. After more than a dozen listens, this album only made me focus more on my immediate surroundings as opposed to this record, which I suppose is a lot to say for an album.

The duration of There Is Love In You allows for the listener to look within himself (herself, if you so choose) while the content of the loops and layering of sounds only makes things appear more cosmic, in a sense.  You can feel yourself being absorbed into your surrounding, sinking within yourself, and that is entirely due to the non-invasive quality of the music on Four Tet‘s latest album.  It’s perfect for what it is.  It allows you to successfully pass the time while being absorbed in your own world.  Perhaps my anxiety about the world’s plights have always served as a blockage to my understanding of IDM, and for that I apologize.  Remember, this is just one man’s opinion of walking alone with this album, absorbed in himself for once, thanks to this album.

Will Johnson Live On Woxy

willjohnson2Long time ATH favorite Will Johnson had his session with the Woxy crew posted on their blog site a couple days ago.  Mr. Johnson plays 4 songs, including this gem “Almost Let You In” from his 2009 effort with Jason Molina.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this guy has one of the best and most unique voices in the business today.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/will_johnson-almost_let_you_in.mp3]

Download: Will Johnson – Almost Let You In (live) [MP3]

A2W: The Sour Notes

sournotesThe Sour Notes are an Austin band who have arguably released more material in the last couple of years than any other local band.  What makes the large discography for such a new band (3 LPs and a 7″ to be exact) even more impressive is that each release was put out on the band’s dime.  Anyone who has been involved with a band currently shopping a label knows how hard releasing material on your own can be.  Don’t tell that to leading man Jared Boulanger.  He Originally started The Sour Notes in Houston, TX as a moniker for what was essentially a solo project.  Shortly after his debut in 2008, Boulanger began bringing some friends on board to a form a new band that could tour and play live shows together locally and nationally.  2010 has seen the band release a new LP It’s Not Gonna Be Pretty with a follow up already planned for later this year.  Now, recently returning from another east coast tour, the band has a welcome home show planned for Thursday night at Mohawk.  The up and coming locals will be playing along with Zest of Yore and The Demigs.  Check out this latest single “Do-ers & Say-ers” from the band below and find out why we think you needs ta know about these locals.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/02_DOERS_SAYERS.mp3]

Download: The Sour Notes – Do-ers & Say-ers [MP3]

Fiery Furnaces @ Parish (1/28)


Date 1/28/10
Location Parish
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15 from Frontgate

The always great Fiery Furnaces are making a stop at The Parish on Thursday.  The Brooklyn band will be joined on the stage by Drug Rug.  Should be a good option for your Thursday night in Austin.

[audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/the_fiery_furnaces-the_end_is_near.mp3]

Download: The Fiery Furnaces – The End Is Near [MP3]

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