Freakout With Beaty Heart

I am not a big Animal Collective fan, save for Merriweather Post Pavillion. It was a consensus no brainer best-of for us. The follow-up, not so much.

Thankfully, it seems that Beaty Heart has picked up with the various bears and creatures of the collective could not and put out this sweet little piece of psych-pop. It shares the lovingly effected vocal echo, the conflict of presence and distance, and building layers around a wonderful guitar hook. It is quite fun. LOOOOK OOUUUTTT!!

Debut record from the band, Mixed Blessings, lands 11/11 on Nusic.

Drifting Pop from Cross Record

crossrecordIt looks like Austin lost another great musician when Emily Cross, the young songstress behind Cross Record moved to Chicago.  It’s a shame, as her work, which is being re-released by Ba Da Bing Records is something truly special; I think it would have added an extra dynamic to our current music scene.  Be Good surfaced at the end of 2013, but with the backing of her new home, including this brilliant track, I figure her music is about to get a lot more coverage. The darkly emotional instrumentation fits her voice, making it hard to escape the incredible work that fills this album.

Austin, The Return of Art Disaster!

ARTDISASTERNo16_october3rd_red7+holymountain (5)Every year as the city, and our visitors, gear up for ACL Fest, there’s something special that always spotlights the city’s talents, reminding us that we’ve got quite a bit of talent here in town.  Art Disaster has been going on for a few years, and we’re happy to be one of the sponsors for this event.  You’ll have two venues , Red 7 and Holy Mountain, offering great bands like Driver Friendly, Good Field and The Black and White Years, not to mention drinks and the cool people of A-town milling all about, including us! If you RSVP, you can get in to see the all the acts for a measly $3.  Pretty much no excuse for you guys since it’s cheap, and you already took off Friday for the festival.

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Download: Good Field – Tell Me Ida [MP3]

New Tune from The Stevens

stevensNot too long ago The Stevens released their debut EP via Chapter Music, and now that you’ve had time to absorb that gem, we’ve got a brand new song from the Aussies.  With fresh news that the label will be releasing their first full length, A History of Hygiene, it seems only fair that we accompany such great news with this scrappy pop number. I like the bouncing rhythm that is immediately established by the drumming, and the slight bit of echo on the vocals.  When gang vocals ring, the track really hits its stride, stepping in line with the ringing guitars.  The album will be available on November 1st, finishing off a great 2013 for the band…and you.

Show Review: Terry Malts @ Mohawk (9.26)

There are just some bands that you’re going to fawn over, so I’m always glad when I get a chance to see Terry Malts.  It didn’t hurt that they had some great local acts supporting them before their set, which made for an all-around enjoyable night for us.  Staying up late on a school night, well worth it.

You can read on for my thoughts and such things, not to mention B.Gray’s photos of the evening.

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Swinging Pop Ditty from The Teen Age

The-Teen-AgeI’m in serious need of a pick me up today, as I spent my sleeping time rocking to the Terry Malts.  So I’ve turned to The Teen Age, who have just been prepping the release of a new 7″ via Paper Cup Music.  I like the way the guitars are being used here, not to mention the sort of classic doo-wop sound in the vocals; it’s definitely making me nostalgic for sitting around the house rocking with my mom’s tape collection.  Anyways, just dug this track, so I figured I’d share it with you all. Here’s to the weekend.

Southern Ballad from Leif Vollebekk

utre_LeifCover_2As we move into cooler temperatures, it’s time for the sad bastard in me to break out the whiskey and let the more melancholy tunes of the world make their way onto my stereo.  One of the artists I’ll be waiting for is Leif Vollebekk, who has just signed on to Missing Piece Records for the release of his next album, North Americana.  There’s an old-school innocence to what he’s doing, writing great lyrics to accompany the down-trodden tunes that yank at your heartstrings.  That album will hit early next year, but you can also download an awesome Borrowed Time EP featuring covers and the first single from his record, which we’ve got below.

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Download: Leif Vollebekk – Southern United States [MP3]

What Do You Think: The New Albert Hammond Jr Single

albertThis track has me a bit perplexed, so I figured I’d reach out to you faithful readers.  On one hand, I love both the Strokes and Albert Hammond Jr, but on the other hand, there’s something that seems amiss in this track.  There’s some great guitar work and catchy harmonies that I’ll definitely back any day of the week, but the stuttering piece at the opening few seconds of the verses sort of rubs me the wrong way.  Even the vocal there sounds odd, but that’s why I’m asking for your help.  Am I just a disgruntled aged blogger?  Regardless, I’m still looking forward to his AHJ EP, which will be released by Cult Records…which is run by some Julian Casablancas character…never heard of him.

New Single from The Coathangers

artworks-000054693838-8vayzf-t500x500I’ve backed the power of the Coathangers for some time now, and things won’t change now that the group have announced an up-coming split with Audacity (another ATH fave).  On this split, the girls offer a gruffer vocal, which is actually a welcome touch; it makes the girls seem a touch more hardcore, not that they really needed it.  But, I also like the steady approach of the songwriting; it has a resemblance to the ferocity of early YYYs, yet they pull back in their own way.  The split 7″ will be available from Suicide Squeeze Records on October 15th.

More From Young Galaxy

Deluxe Edition of Ultramarine promotion continues.

Young Galaxy has another track up to send a shiver to your giggly bits. This one has a bit of a Eurythmics feel, in their darker times, a track Marilyn Manson would consider remaking. Maybe it can restart his career. I have seen pictures from recent shows. I guess he still tours. I have never seen Nathan and Marilyn Manson together. I am suspicious.

Back to Young Galaxy, I like this song. Quite a bit. You should, too.

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