Swinging Pop from Making Marks

makingmarksLast time I wrote about Making Marks was in 2012, so I’m happy that my 2014 is starting out with a new record from the Oslo quartet. It’s interesting to hear their lead single, “Bruises,” as it definitely has a nice Americana twist to it, showing just how wide the band’s influences spread.  For those of you interested in indiepop delights, you’ll love how the group intertwine male and female vocal parts. Their latest release, A Thousand Half-Truths, was just released overseas by the excellent Fika Recordings.  You should pick one up, as the record’s destined to be one of those collector’s gems.

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Download: Making Marks – Bruises [MP3]

Big Synth Hits by Anne

AnneAnne, a project fronted by Portlandier David Lindell, will be releasing a new album March 4th called Pulling Chain. You have two choices to get your fill of what is in store on that album. I am going to embed the track you should stream. You will have a Read More to check out a video.

“Terms”, the embed, has a big chunky set of waves to set the bass line and then come a pulled vocal and a few breaks. “Blonde Men”, the video, has more elegance. Both a delightfully dark and carry a post-punk sensibility belying the transition towards synth from more analog means. Run For Cover Records has been putting out some pretty sweet jams lately. Keep on it…

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Hello Echo Return with New Single

helloechoApollo Sunshine made some pretty solid tunes, so it’s no surprise that when former singer Sean Aylward started his new project, Hello Echo, that the music would live up to the expectations of listeners.  As the band gears up for the release of their second album, Echo, they’ve taken onto the softer side of the musical world. While this song has traditional folk balladry written all across it, the additional accompaniment of piano, slide guitars and string arrangements really makes your listen something extremely special.  If it’s your thing, then grab the album on February 25th when it hits stores.

Fuzzed Out Rocker from Odonis Odonis

odonisWarning. You’re going to want to turn down your speakers before you press play on this track.  There’s grinding guitar that bashes you over the ears, while the lyrics, though distant in the mix, maintain an atmosphere of coldness that goes in line with the modus operandi of Odonis Odonis.  This tune will be featured on the group’s up-coming LP, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, which is said to express some diversity in the band’s songwriting.  Whatever it is, it’ll undoubtedly be loud.  You can grab it on April 15th via Buzz Records, and make sure to check out the video that accompanies this song HERE.

Austin Midweek Show Choices

austinmusicWeekends in Austin always make it hard to pick a good show, but this Wednesday you’ve got a lot of really incredible options to choose from. I don’t even know which of these shows I’ll attend, but I’ll definitely be at one, if not two!  If you’re the type of person that likes to take your Hump Day with a little dose of rock n’ roll, pick one of these sweet concerts to check out. Click on the prices for ticket links.

Yuck, Sour Notes (tour kick-off), Hola Beach @ Red 7 – $13 – 9 PM

Teach Me Equals, Bloody Knives, Occulta Vero @ Beerland – 9 PM

together PANGEA, Mozes and the Firstborn, Hundred Visions @ Mohawk – $10 – 9 PM

Ash, Deaf Havana, The Villas @ Stubbs-  $12 – 8 PM

Here’s some tunes from Yuck and Mozes and the Firstborn.

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Fresh Indiepop Hit from Alpaca Sports

alpaca_press_albumThe works of Alpaca Sports are not new to the pages of our site, so it seems fitting that we just kick off a Tuesday full of great jams by offering you a listen at a brand new track from the band. This new track has a casual feel, though there’s still that uplifting bounce to it, with the lyrical content comparing the narrator to some guy named Johnny Marr.  You can check out a video of the song right HERE, plus you’ll be happy to know that the band’s preparing their debut, Sealed with a Kiss, for a February 24th release date.  With songs like this coming out left and right, this is my favorite February ever.

New Music from Chad VanGaalen

chadvangThe last time we heard from Chad VanGaalen everything was really pretty; the songs he constructed on Diaper Island were well constructed and pristine.  While he’s taking a similar approach on his new effort, there’s a definite difference in the recording itself; it features this static wash that’s layered atop his organized songwriting process.  It leaves you with quite an impression, as the harmonious element is surrounded by a wall of discord, creating an effect that’s rather unsteadying.  I’m sure we’ll get a better look at what he’s trying to accomplish when we get the full listen to Shrink Dust, his latest effort for Sub Pop; it comes out on April 29th.

Party Pics: Learning Secrets X @ Red7 (1/31)

Learning SecretsYeah, we were treated to some sweet jams. I went to eleven when Simian Mobile Disco‘s “Hustler” filled my ears. And thanks for reminding me how great Hot Chip sounds at club volume.

Learning Secrets turned ten years old. You should read the interview if you missed it, it explains things pretty good. Since so many friends were going to be in attendance, I had to bring the camera and a flash. That is right, I got all photo-tech on the people. We had bloggers, photogs, Transmissioners, DELOREAN, Until the Ribbon Breaks and most importantly plenty of people to dance.

Head past the break to see the party gallery…

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Little Bit of Soul from Curtis Harding

curtisWhat?! Burger Records is releasing a soul record? Yea, that’s what I thought too, but the old school music lover in me is really digging this tune from Curtis Harding. Harding’s got a great voice for the style, but I love the rest of the music in this track.  I miss the sound of a bunch of musicians throwing down like the days of Hitsville USA, throwing in horns and strings to flesh out the sound.  The ride on the high-hat is definitely a highlight on this particular track.  Soul Power will be out on April 22nd for those willing to go back in time.

New Pop Number from Crayonsmith

crayonsmithI’m really enjoying this new tune from Crayonsmith, which is now a trio of Irish lads.  This song works on a simple formula, but the vocals of Ciaran Smith really bring the precision of the group’s playing into light.  It’s as if the two components work in conjunction, each highlighting the other in a unique fashion. I love the rolling drums just before the two-minute mark; the angular meandering of the guitar throughout is another touch of grace.  You can grab the band’s latest album, Milk Teeth, now if you know what’s right for you.

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