Latest Single from Quivers

Our friends in Quivers reached out recently to remind me that they had a brand new single, as well as a killer US tour going on; it all follows the success of their brilliant Golden Doubt LP (Ba Da Bing). Bella’s on the vocals here, exuding this confidence of cool that seems to bounce atop the fiery chords that echo just behind her performance. The rhythm section owns this tune, however, setting the mood by building this steadily brooding beat; it matches up perfectly with the cinematography of the video. Plus, if you buy the 7″ version, it comes with a Lucinda Williams cover on the B-Side. The band have a handful of dates out in the West of the US, so check HERE to see if they’ll be near you!

Another Jam From Mother Sun

My new Canadian friends in Mother Sun have really been pumping out some nice psych pop jams this summer, having previously released one of my songs of summer in July. Today I’m happy to share this new single “Orange Colossus” which should put a nice book end to what is hopefully near the end of our Texas summer. Once again, the musicianship here is just spot on, incredibly tight and full of playfulness matched with a tight rhythm section. The addition of strings also add in just a touch of lightness amongst the psych rocking jam.

Mother Sun will release new album Train of Thought on October 28th via Earth Libraries.

The Intelligence Share My Work Here Is Dumb

The latest album from The Intelligence officially drops this Friday (though rumor has it you can stream it early!), so the band brought out one more single to get you in the groove. Sure, you can hear some of the slanted angular sounds in the stuttering guitar work throughout, but in that, you also get to hear a bit of the band’s infatuation this go round with Lee Scratch Perry; there’s this slightly low-end groove, like an anti-groove groove; your body’s not sure if it should dance, spasm or what, always being kept off balance. I just love a band that still surprises, so I’ll surely be jamming to Lil’ Peril when it drops Friday courtesy of Mt. St. Mtn.

Taleen Kali Share Only Lovers Left Alive Video

Taleen Kali will be hitting the road in just over a week, with an Austin date at Chess Club, so I wanted to make sure the band was on everyone’s radar, at least a wee bit. With an ode to vampire movies, feels drenched in sonic atmosphere, like the musical echoes of a cave filled with bats. I love how the vocals seem to kind of weave this magical spell, occasionally getting into the sultry vibe, but mostly operating with these pipes that feel like they could shatter your windows. If you dig it, stayed tuned to your local rags, as the band are spending the majority of October bringing you this song and more!

Last Week’s Jams, Today (9.19 – 9.23)

Happy Monday! Man, we covered a ton of ground last week, and I’m super stoked with the songs we squeezed into this playlist…and for the first time all of them are available on one streaming platform. That either means my tastes have gotten super basic, or those DSPs have taken over! Either way, there were a bunch of songs to love last week. I’m smitten with this new track from Kindsight, and I can’t stop playing that Cozy Slippers tune, so that’s a fun place for you to start. We get bonuses as members of Math and Physics Clubs have created two new bands, both with great new singles: Field School and Model Shop. Just a bunch of great jams to get your morning off on the right track.

The No Ones Share All the Stupid Days

What do you get if you combine members of REM, the Minus 5 and I Was a King? Well, the No Ones! The supergroup has an album and an EP under their belts, and they’ve decided that they’re going to bring us another jam, and hopefully that means another record! Personally, this is track might be my favorite they’ve written. It’s got the perfect guitar sound, walking that fine line between punk and pop, and the vocals even have just enough bite to give the song a hint of attitude; it sounds like what I maybe wish the Replacements had evolved into, great songwriting and a touch of badass-ery. Turn it up friends.

Anne Cessna and Essendon Airport Return with New Single

Post-punk Icons Essendon Airport released a special 7″ in 1980 (the year of my birth!) with vocalist Anne Cessna, but the celebration of Chapter Music’s 30th perhaps has lured the band back…and rewarded us with a new single. The A-side is the sort of brilliant pop that was so exciting on the band’s 7″, mixing various textures in a fashion that many would like describe as modern trip-hop; it pulses and curls beneath your toes, inching its mood through your entire body. On the flipside, you get a more pensive sound, something that illustrates the group’s musicianship overlapped with poetry; I found that aligning it with artists like the Books seems apt on this tune. This new 7″ is available through Chapter Music, who will host a celebratory 30 year party in November, where Essendon Airport will take the stage!

Kindsight Share Love You Baby All the Time

One of my favorite picks from this year is the Swedish Punk LP from Danish outfit Kindsight. They’ve just returned with a fresh track that I probably want to play all weekend long, as its got that sort of presence you can’t escape. Nina’s voice has this power to it, which is on full display throughout the song, but the band sets her up to kind of rise like a sort of phoenix; they’ve got these stuttering guitar notes, quieted backing vocals and little nuance that completely fill your musical cup until its overflowing with the emotive vibe of the vocals. There aren’t a whole lot of folks doing it better than this lot right here; the single’s out today courtesy of Rama Lama Records.

Dress Warm Share New Single

Austin’s Dress Warm have a familiar sound, which should hopefully endear them to the locals, and you as well. They’re crafting these bedroom guitar pop songs, reminiscent of acts like Good Morning or Hovvdy; they even have some overlapping layers and a solo that remind me of Real Estate. So you’ve got these great little touchstones that can easily let you drift towards the weekend, riding atop the melodic wave they’ve crafted here for you. This is the sort of Friday tune that just makes you feel good, so press play again and again until your mood settles.

Secret Shame Share Color Drain Single

Secret Shame have been really high upon my personal radar the last few years, and this new single is a reminder of the band’s sound that first caught my ear. Heavy drums set the scene while dreamy guitars dance and jangle in the song’s foreground, occasionally giving into the inclination to drop your foot on that pedal and let noise ring out. What I love here is the restraint. Other acts, and maybe even Secret Shame set up the perfect spot to kind of soar and be loud in the chorus, but this whole song has this sort of calm to it, offering a bit of heavy respite. The weight of the song comes through, but the melody never strays too far away. The band will release Autonomy on October 28th.

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