It’s that time again; time for your favorite local DJs to play the hits all night long! We’ll be gathering with our friends over at the North Door on Friday night to dance, sing and have an all out good time. Pretty sure you’ll enjoy at least half the songs we’ll play, and if not, then you can at least enjoy the excellent beverages and the tasty grub from Tamale Molly. We’ll start kicking things off around 8, and I’m sure we’ll be throwing down until close, or later. Oh, and if you’re a fan of the site and live in Austin, you need to be there to help us celebrate our writer RayRay’s 29th birthday. He only has one more year until he’s officially old, so let’s start him off the right way.
Download: The Exploding Hearts – You’re Black and Blue [MP3]
It’s been a slow week for the heavier set of rock n’ roll, but when you get tracks like this new one from Leland Sundries, you can’t really complain. This Brooklyn group is set to release their The Foundry EP on February 21st, and we’ll be lucky if it all sounds as delicious as this jam. For the most part, the music is subdued, gently strummed guitar, but the vocal style has a relaxed approach that recalls, for me, a calmed Stephen Malkmus. Let’s hope this band gets the respect they clearly reserve as their EP hits the streets.
Download:Leland Sundries – Apparition [MP3]
You’ve always got to keep a close eye on the Canucks at Arts and Crafts, as they always discover some real gems that they wish to spread across the globe. They’ve just announced the signing of Bishop Morocco, and they’ll be releasing the band’s Old Boys EP on March 13th. It’s interesting that this came out this week, as it follows closely in the line of The Mary Onettes track I posted earlier this week. It’s got a certain softness to it that strikes at the heart of listeners, and the electronic touches play upon the recent upswing in bedroom recordings. Based on what I’m hearing here, I’ll be jamming to this EP quite a bit.
Download:Bishop Morocco – Old Boys [MP3]
It’s been awhile since we last heard from our friends Beat Radio out of the NYC area. They dropped us a line the other day and sent us links to a new EP entitled Hard Times Go, Part 1 which is available to stream and download for free over on bandcamp. It features this poppy number “Dreaming Wide Awake” and 5 other similar tunes filled with catchy beats.
Download: Beat Radio – Dreaming Wide Awake [MP3]
Earlier today another wonderful new Bowerbirds track began to circulate around the Internet. I might be late, but my adoration for the band never wanes, so I’ve got to toss out support for their excellent The Clearing; the album hits stored on March 6th via Dead Oceans. Beth Tacular takes the lead on this track, but she’s not alone for long, as the song drifts in and out with multiple vocal accompaniments. If this track isn’t stoking the flames of your musical fire, then I don’t know what to tell you. This track is great, this record is great. Deal with it.
Download: Bowerbirds – In The Yard [MP3]
For as much as I go on about rock n’ roll’s return and punk rock, I still enjoy well-crafted folk music, especially if it comes off a bit quirky. This was precisely the case when I listened to the new track from Y La Bamba, who will be putting out their latest, Court the Storm, on February 28th via Tender Loving Empire. As you follow along the track, there’s trickling moments of regular folk, but then there’s intricate moments started off each time with a nie set of handclaps. Suffice to say, this isn’t your run of the mill folk, which is precisely why it caught my ear.
Download:Y La Bamba – Squawk [MP3]
I’ve been hearing about Radar Eyes for some time now, and I especially loved their track “Miracle.” Now the band’s signed on with Hozac Records, and they’re about to release their long awaited debut this February. For those of you that like your rock n’ roll with a bit of an emotional haunt, then you’ll surely find pleasure in the off-beat wash of noise that accompanies the rather nice pop undertones of this track. If you’re looking to do more research on the Chicago act, you can find their album closer that was released last week. This track is left of the left of center, so maybe that’s why we’ve got a bit of “disconnection.”
Download:Radar Eyes – Disconnection [MP3]
I’ve never wavered in my adoration for The Mary Onettes, and with the upcoming Love Forever EP, it looks like I won’t have to change my position. You’ll probably notice a slight change if you’ve been following the band, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On this track, there’s a bit more of a studio polish to the daunting pop number, giving more clarity to the lyrical element than you might have found on previous effort Islands. You can find this track, and three others when the EP debuts via Labrador on February 28th. Try to hate this song; you just can’t.
Download:The Mary Onettes – Love’s Taking Strange Ways [MP3]
We’d be remiss if we didn’t hit on the big news of the day, the return of Wild Nothing to the music-making fold. When Pitchfork premeired the track earlier today, they talked of main songwriter, Jack Tatum, working in a professional studio for the first time. I’m not sure how I feel about that, as I felt like a lot his charm came from the fact that he crafted those sounds in his bedroom. Still, after listening to this track, so far everything seems well; I’ll be pleased if its half as good as Gemini, their first full-length. For now, expect this single to come out via Captured Tracks, in order to hold us over while the band is recording.
Download: Wild Nothing – Nowhere [MP3]
A lot of bands have nostalgically hit back at the 80s, but that’s not the path that Zeus seems to take. They’ve gone even further, hitting up on the AOR sounds of the 70s, using sharp guitar licks and Rod Stewart-esque vocals to kick out their jams. The group are about to release their new record, Busting Visions, on Arts and Crafts this March, and if you dig you’re rock n’ roll with a bit of old school swagger, then this is definitely the one for you. I can see you jamming around the house, singing with your friends, just promise me not to spill the beer!
Download:Zeus – Are You Gonna Waste My Time [MP3]