It’s always nice to start off the week in a positive manner, providing you with a boost of energy level we all need heading back into work on Monday. I think this new tune from Harlan is going to be the tune that does just the trick. It’s definitely a tune with a hook involved, and I find it rather a chilled out hook, rather than an in-your-face approach. The 80s guitar solo near the end is a nice little touch as well. You can find this track on the upcoming 1984 EP, which is available this Tuesday to all listeners.
Download:Harlan – 1984 [MP3]
I’ve raved about the songstress Chelsea Wolfe in the past, having fallen in love with her haunting pop last year on Apokalypsis. Now she returns with a softer affair, one based mostly on her voice and acoustic instrumentation, though other bits are added. She seems much more confident this time around, having settled completely into her remarkable voice. Her new album, Unknown Rooms, comes out on October 16th, and it’s definitely going to be a must have as we move into the wintry months. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
You know, I feel like I beat the world over the head today with some rock n’ roll, so I figure we could close out the day with a little touch of perfect pop from our beloved AC Newman. The singer has teamed up with his New Pornos bandmate, Neko Case, combining for a mellow little pop ballad that’s sure to give you a spritual lift as you try to wrap up the world’s longest Friday. This track will be featured on Newman’s upcoming record for Matador Records, Shut Down the Streets, which will hit the stores on October 9th. Hope everyone has an awesome end to your Friday. Be safe out there folks.
Download: AC Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns [MP3]
In what was an absolutely hectic night for the Austin music scene, we started our evening at Stubbs catching two of the better acts in the whole scene, The Walkmen and Beach House. For my two cents, there was only one clear-cut winner on the evening, but for that you’ll have to read on.
…not to mention you’ll get great pics from Brian Gray that you can’t get with your cellphone.
We here at ATH had a late night last evening, bouncing between one of the busiest nights I’ve seen, so I’m in need of energetic tunes today. Jumped on the punk rock wagon this morning, and now Your Youth is just giving me a good old alternative kick in the ass. At first, you’re really sort of expecting some sort of radio pop tune to come out, especially with the casual intro, but trust me, the song blasts off loudly, bringing the jams straight to your head. Such energy is fitting considering this tune is on the group’s five song Battery EP, which is being put on by Old Flame Records on October 23rd.
Download: Your Youth – Thick Gold (Bodied)
In what has already been a great year for Dirtnap Records, they continue with the latest release from Legendary Wings. The group has a little bit less power-pop then recent releases from the likes of White Wires or Mean Jeans, but what it lacks in the pop vein is made up with a sincere rock n’ roll enthusiasm that’s bound to be the soundtrack to my Friday. There’s an obvious spirit to the band, and it shines through in the tune we’ve got below. If you dig it as much as I do, pick up their album, Making Paper Roses, which comes out on October 9th. Nooge.
Download:Legendary Wings -Paper Roses [MP3]
My apologies to the Mark Kozelek fans out there for the super late show post, but I’m sure you keep up with the guy and knew about this already. For those of you who were clueless like me, Kozelek has a planned solo show going down at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin Friday night. If you’re going to keep being like me, I’ve been a huge fan of Kozelek for a long time so I expect to see you at the show. The guy crafts some of the best singer/songwriter, albiet depressing, music in the game.
Oh and it appears that tickets are sold out so showing up to the venue and scalping is recommended.
Download: Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio [MP3]
I’m not quite sure why the states haven’t completely warmed to Patrick Wolf, the 28 year old songwriter with exceptional gifts. Perhaps it has been the fact that he’s changed his persona from time to time, such as in the picture featured here, then moving forward to his more clean cut look of present. Regardless, I’ve been obsessed with his music for so long, and that only continues to grow as news comes of an upcoming October release for a new record, Sundark and Sunlight. According to Patrick, he really wanted to go back to his roots, influenced by what an artist can do acoustically, then adding lush arrangements. It’s very much what expect, which is glorious. Love this dude.
Download:Patrick Wolf – Overture [MP3]
A couple bits of news for new favorite artist Mac Demarco. First up, he’s stopping into town on Friday night for a show on the inside stage at Mohawk in Austin. He’ll be supported on that show by Gabe Hascall. Second, a new single entitled “” was just made available as a free download and is floating around the web. Don’t forget that new album 2 will be available on October 16th via Captured Tracks.
Download: Mac Demarco – Freaking Out The Neighborhood [MP3]
When I first played this track, I thought the brief opening guitar line sounded in the vein of the majority of folk-influenced tunes that come my way, but then the vocals came in to play. It’s clear after one listen that main man, Emmett Kelly, has an otherworldly voice. At times, it’s quite gentle, yet it has an operatic pitch that differentiates it from other similar acts. And this is what you can expect when you listen to the Cairo Gang, who will be releasing their new record The Corner Man on Empty Cellar Records on October 23rd. I can rest easy knowing you’ll all be as obsessed as I am with this track by end of day tomorrow.
Download: The Cairo Gang – Now You Are One Of Us [MP3]