Energetic Hit from Hate Week

hateweekYou’ve got to keep an eye on your favorite small labels, as they don’t always get to play as part of the machine. I was checking in on WIAIWYA, one of my faves, and caught this new Hate Week track, a band formed from the ashes of Faintest Ideas and a few steps removed from Love Is All. It begins with a bit of ramshackle indie rock, though that’s infiltrated by pop sensibility. Still, the band hold onto the little bit of angst indicated in their band name, tossing that in at the end. Looks like its schedule for an April release.

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Soft Indiepop from California Snow Story

1300_1104601302925014_3769517267500157304_nIt’s been a really long time since anyone has heard from California Snow Story, at least in so far as new music goes, but you got the feeling with some posts in November of last year that new tunes were in the work. Just Friday the band released the first single, which will be handled collectively by Rallye and Shelflife, so you know it’s already got great support. I love this tune; it’s the casual side of indiepop, letting you relax while your soul is filled with melody. We’ll have to wait until May to hear the whole thing, but for now, this is about as good as it gets from the genre.

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Digging This Grunge From Summer Flake

unnamed-29Stephanie Crase, of Adelaide, Australia, is the front lady behind the moniker, Summer Flake. Together, with her bandmates, she’s got a new album coming out in a little over a month on the fine label Rice is Nice Records. To amp us up for that album, they’ve got a new video for the track “Shoot and Score,” and have also debuted a whole new song, “Wine Won’t Wash Away,” which are both killer grunge-pop tracks that will help you get through the Monday. Personally, I like the way the guitars fuzz out while the vocals are very mellow and even tempered. Take a listen to both below.


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Brand New Track from Tourist Dollars

touristBeen giving a lot of love to the Melbourne area lately, so why pull back on that glorious city of good tunes and good vibes? Today we’ve got a new track from Tourist Dollars, and while they’ve got some sonic similarities to their local peers, they seem to be taking on a slightly different approach musically. There’s much more focus on melody, even with gentle whistling serving to fill in when necessary; it’s also a bit more relaxed in progression, allowing the band to maximize their pop efforts. This is our second chance to hear what’s coming from their forthcoming debut EP, slated for release later this year via Deaf Ambitions.

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Another New Hospital Ships Tune

hospitalThe newest track from Hospital Ships isexactly why you’ll be listening to this record non-stop come it’s release. It’s the prefect balance of precision and delicacy; it’s music in movement, stretching over seven minutes long. There’s such patience and restraint in every note that it begins to mesmerize the listeners; one must have reserve to fully absorb the melody as it’s stretched to the maximum. Look for The Past is Not a Flood on via Graveface Records on March 11th.

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Jamming This Pre Nup

prenupFeel like there’s been slim picking in great songs lately, which is why I’m glad I stumbled upon this new-ish track from Pre Nup. It’s one of the song’s featured on the band’s forthcoming 7″ for Debt Offensive/Kingfisher Bluez, and you’ll definitely have to play it a couple of dozen times today. There’s definitely a lo-fi aspect, but it walks a fine line between jangling pop and scuzzy garage rock, which is a perfect combination for my joy. Look for this 4 song 7″ to hit in May of this year.

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Big Bill 7″ Stream + Release Party (2.28)

billyThere’s been great coverage this week for Austin’s Big Bill…local blog Ovrld and national mag, The Big Takeover added to the band’s recent press run. It’s deserved on so many levels, not only just musically, but in its representation of what truly makes Austin “weird.” Our label is releasing the 7″ today, and it will come with a special prize for those of you that order it HERE (it’s like a musical Cracker Jacks!), but you should also come out to End of an Ear on Sunday evening before the Oscars to enjoy a great set celebrating the band’s release. They’ll go on at 5 PM, and we’ll have the 7″ on hand for you to grab. Trust me, this is going to be a great year for all things Bill…so get a head start with this 7″.

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ATX Spotlight: Benjamin Cissner Readying Album

12241698_907663649310191_6124699712053618704_nAttention Austin (and beyond)! Benajamin Cissner needs your help. He needs you to listen to his music. Well, he doesn’t need it necessarily, but you do! You really really do. All those of you in love with introspective singer-songwriters will not find anything better this year. Think of artists like sad Beck or Eels, but with a more poetic lyricist (at least in comparison to Beck). This song has a little bit of spirit to it, more upbeat than some of the other tracks you’ll hear on his debut Birds in the Night. This is just one of those albums that I feel comes across once in a lifetime, and it’s been created right here in Austin. Benjamin will be releasing his debut next Friday, March 4th, celebrating the beautiful vinyl release over at Barracuda. Stream the tune below. Press photo by Richard Casteel.

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Listen to Geddy D featuring Darius Minwalla of the Posies

geddydI hadn’t really heard of Geddy D, whois perhaps better known as Head Like a Kite, but I was struck by this song. Not only the story of Geddy digging through crates to find a recording he did with his deceased friend, Darius, but just the emotional pull that hits from the beginning. It reminds me a lot of Nada Surf in their mellower moments, pulling at your heart with really powerful chords and great melody. He’s releasing the track today to honor his friend, with proceeds going tothe Boise charity, Rock on Wheels. Enjoy, and donate.

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