The first time I caught Useless Eaters live, I was floored. There was this rambunctious quality wrapped up in a poppy punk realm. But, as time has progressed, Seth has tightened his ship and broadened his sound, leaving us this time with a sharp bit of rock that lurks in the dark. Perhaps it’s the bass line here, working beneath the shredding guitar or maybe it’s that vocal delivery that seems to come from the narrator in your favorite B-movie. Regardless, I’m always down to listen to what the group has to offer, which for now, is the brand new album, Bleeding Moon, which Castle Face Records will release on October 7th.
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Fuck Art, Let’s Dance!
Candidates for best band name in recent years.
Little dance jam here for you to kick of your weekend. I was checking out a Maison Kitsune Trip Mode mix by Jerry Bouthier and this was the second track in, caught my ear, so here you go.
…and be sure to listen to that mix. Curated. Tasty.
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Discovery is the great thing about running this site; you stumble into things you didn’t even know existed then you’re so excitable you’ve got to share with the folks. This week I’ve really been rocking to The Frowning Clouds, an Australian act I hadn’t heard as of yet. They’ve got a bit of psychedelia in their tunes, but also this grittiness associated with garage rockers; it reminds me of the best moments of Mozes and the Firstborn. They’ve got a new LP titled Legalize Everything coming your way next week via Rice is Nice, so if it’s your bag, grab at it!
Download: The Frowning Clouds – Move It [MP3]
It seems that every other day, someone has a festival going, especially here in Austin; there’s always something. I’m okay with that, but over the last few years I’ve noticed a lot of small boutique festivals carving niches for themselves. With this in mind, I was connected with Gordon Lamb, formerly one of the gents behind Athens PopFest, and now the founder of Athens Intensified. The festival takes place in Athens, Georgia (not Greece) on September 11-13, with an extra date on September 20th to fit in The Egyptian Lover. If you’re in the area and interested in going…tickets are HERE. But, otherwise, it’s still a good read at the world of being a festival curator. Thanks to Gordon for his time and to Mike for setting up the interview.
When it hits September, the Austin music scene takes off completely. We’ve got a whole bunch of must see gigs this weekend with album releases and more left and right. Couldn’t highlight them all, so here’s my picks for you all. Tried to throw in a little of everything for equality’s sake. Read more
Alex Cuervo is probably best known around Austin for his work with Hex Dispensers, but the last year has seem him quietly making a name for himself under the Espectrostatic moniker. It’s a largely instrumental project with a hint of horror aspect (not horror punk, mind you) built into both the sonic element as well as the titles of the songs. And don’t forget the artwork; the artwork for his pieces are always visually stimulating. He’s got a full LP titled Escape From Witchtropolis coming this fall via Trouble in Mind Records, and if you live in Austin or the world beyond, it should be on your radar. The title track is alive below.
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Greta Morgan has got a nice bit producer working on her Springtime Carnivore album; Richard Swift might not have sold me on his participation in the Shins, but his production value is always spot on. I think it adds a great level of musicianship to Morgan’s work here; her song is filled with little doses of ambient washes and hooky guitars. It’s a bit of a contrast to most modern chanteuses, maintaining a lurking sensation for the vocals beneath the songwriting; invest your time for maximum reward. Her self-titled album will be out November 4th on Autumn Tone Records featuring this tune below.
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A smoky and smooth, crooner-like vocal tone graces this track from Austin’s Christoher Norman.
Previously just turning the knobs, Mr. Norman built this warm electronically backboned gem to introduce himself to our radar. If you think want to bail in the first few seconds, don’t. The song builds in warmth and weight graced by the vocals to the break with a wonderful instrumental out. The second listen is even better.
The album PROCESS is due at the end of the month. Interested.
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Long the bastion of incredible psych rock, Trouble in Mind Records has really begun to branch out over the last few years, focusing on bringing you great music all around. Their latest hits from Germ House and Ultimate Painting have really got me excited, but I’m digging this piece from Spanish producer Holograma. Press discusses the touches of Spacemen 3 and like-minded acts, and I can hear that, but I’m thinking of this weird blend where F&M meets the realm of Stereolab. Anyone else get that? The label will be releasing Waves on October 28th, with more great releases to wrap up the end of the year lined-up already.
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I was out searching for something supremely beautiful, and luckily our friends at Soliti Music had just the trick up their sleeve, sending me a copy of the latest reissue from Sister Flo. The band is legendary in their homeland of Finland, with their album Tragicians Hat being spoken of much like the early B&S records…whispered in tiny circles of those in the know. Sadly, the band are no longer together, but I think you can hear how great the music they crafted truly was, which is why it’s getting the re-issue treatment. If anything, at least your day will get better with this tune.
Download: Sister Flo – White Noise [MP3]