Man, this is what a great song sounds like? Yeah, absolutely. I hadn’t heard of Estrogen Highs until I caught this sweet jam in the inbox, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to spend my entire day rocking out to this one. The Connecticut group are releasing their Irrelevant Future album via Trouble in Mind Records on April 10th, and you can bet on it being brilliant. This track begins with a light musical line and vocal accompaniment, which goes on for a bit. Hold on tight though, as the band blasts off into this brilliant realm of post-punk hooks. Songs such as this can only make the world a better place.
Download:Estrogen Highs – I Wanna Be Tall [MP3]
Sometimes you get some information on a band, and you’re tempted to look the other way, panning them as just another run of the mill bluesy duo. But, along the way to my dismissal, I just couldn’t escape this track getting stuck in my head. Little Hurricane might have a hell of a lot of swagger in the live setting, but I’m really enjoying the sound on the first single from their album Homewrecker; the album hits on May 1st via Unknown Behavior. There’s something about Tone’s (singer/guitarist) vocals that definitely raise the bar on blues-rock; it’s not that typical country whine. With Jack White rocking solo, a song like this propels Little Hurricane to the top of the pack.
Download:Little Hurricane – Haunted Heart [MP3]
There was another Council Meeting at The North Door and it just so happened that friends of ATH, The Great Nostalgic and Tiger Waves, were playing through the curtains. What a lovely way to spend an evening; playing jams and shooting jams being jammed. Lots of jamming, in fact. Jam has become our favorite thing.
Tasty drinks, booty drops, plenty of extras joining in because of multiple birthdays. You may have missed it, but it was documented for posterity. Click through…
Okay, admittedly we’re going to give a little plug here for ourselves, but I’m totally okay with that. As we’ve mentioned here before, we’re going to be helping put out the new album, Arab Spring, from Austin’s own Literature. It’s a project we’re stoked to be part of, and one that we hope will help us launch our non-profit label (aren’t they all?) to help Austin/Texas bands. Anyways, for those interested in getting your hands on it, you can preorder the album today from our partners (the other benig Cop’s Kids Records) in this venture, Square of Opposition. Go HERE to get yours now, and sample one of the sweet tracks from the record below!
Download: Literature – Grifted [MP3]
Emily Beanblossom’s a bit of a roamer, and we’re happy to have her find a home here in Austin, for the time being at least. She’s about to release her new album, Pith, via K Records on March 15th (if you buy straight from K, all money goes to Emily!) under the Ruby Fray moniker. There’s a nice bit of difference in the two tracks, one featuring a heavy-handed guitar backbone, the other more gentle and quirky. You’ll enjoy a similar variety on her album, so be sure to mark your calendars for the release date, as it’ll be a special listening experience for us all.
Download:Ruby Fray – And the Moon [MP3]
It’s Monday, so you’ve got to kick things off with a nice rocker, so that’s why I’m offering you up this sweet little number from The Coathangers. The group’s running a split 7″ with friends, Davila 666, on a limited press from Suicide Squeeze, which will hit on April 17th. Just one listen to this and you’ll have enough energy to get yourself through the day–banging drums and stuttering sharp edged guitars always do it for me. If you dig this, be sure to keep an eye out for the group, as they’re one of thousands making their way to Austin for SXSW.
Download:The Coathangers – Smother [MP3]
We’ve been in love with Beach Fossils for some time now, so we’re always happy when a new track springs up out of nowhere; today was just such a day. The group’s got a spanking new 7″ coming out on Captured Tracks on February 21st, and we’re here to share the A-side “Shallow.” For me, the guitar line practically own the entire song, though I love those softly places vocals that get to duel it out at the same time. If you’re looking for something to put a bit of pep in the step, then get on jamming to this track. Don’t forget the band will be in Austin for SXSW!
Download:Beach Fossils – Shallow [MP3]
How this band snuck under my radar yet again is beyond me, but I’m glad I stumbled across their new album today. It’s titled Fast Forward, and it just came out this week on Fraction Discs, the band’s Swedish label. Last time out, the band had support from Slumberland Records, but it’s not like they’ll need the extra love, as this album certainly speaks for itself. This time around the record’s got a lot more bounce to it, and the girls seem to have tightened things up just a bit, making it a bouncy collection of really solid tracks. Definitely worth your time and dollars!
Download:Liechtenstein – Ambitions [MP3]
Feel as if I’ve been too mellow this week, so I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to share this little jam with you. The group’s called The Shrouded Strangers, a Cali by way of Virginia act, and they’re about to release Lost Forever. You can grab the album from the group right now, and I suggest you do so, as it will definitely make your week. Yeah, the track has a thick coat of atmospheric wash atop it, but beneath it all is brewing this incredible sunny pop element, perhaps influenced by the band’s move to the West Coast. This is definitely the sort of track where you can just drop out and play it over and over again. You dig?
Download:The Shrouded Strangers – Featherbed [MP3]
As a music nerd, I’ll admit that my musical favorites always change. You know, the old Top 5 question, well, I change mine, but one constant that I swear will never go away is The Wedding Present and David Gedge. His lyrical prowess always fascinates me, and I can’t say enough about his guitar playing. We’re fortunate enough to offer up a nice stream of a new Wedding Present track from their upcoming album Valentina, which will hit stores in the US on March 20th. One listen to this track and you’ll probably have to go check out the other 7 albums the band’s put out (not to mention Cinerama). They’ll also be playing SXSW this year, so be on the lookout. Going to be a great year for these guys–hope they bring vinyl.