You’d think that I would have been head over heals for Tame Impala when they first released their album Innerspeaker; the band is from Australia and they make sort of an avant-pop sound. But, I didn’t warm to them immediately for some reason or another, but as you’ll see with this new track from their forthcoming Lonersim, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the group is on top of their game. I love the wash of the vocals atop the instruments, and the breakdown near the middle of the track sees the group breaking up the monotony of the typical formula. I’m definitely on board this time; you can pick up the record in October from Modular.
Download:Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams [MP3]
Indian Wells has a track up to download that prominently features sampled sounds of the 1980 Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. I assume 1980 because the name of the track is “Wimbledon 1980”. It takes a bit to get used to the samples, but once the textured and layered soundscape takes over, the song puts out a cooling ambient atmosphere.
While “Wimbledon 1980” gets the interesting song of the day award, I want to feature a favorite song from the Bad Panda released Night Drops. The track maintains the tennis theme in name.
Stream “Duece” below and hit this link to listen to and download “Wimbledon 1980”.
Some great shows are sneaking up on us in the middle stretch of July…
The next we’d like to highlight is King Tuff headlining a four band loud-and-fast at Red7 next Monday night. Supporting King Tuff on the tour is Natural Child. They put down a bad ass set opening for Hunx & His Punx at Mohawk a few months back. Really looking forward to seeing them again with a King Tuff chaser.
Also on the bill are The Vomettes and The Best.
Download: King Tuff – Bad Thing [MP3]
Download: Natural Child – B$G PIMP$NG [MP3]
With everyone else taking the day off, we thought the ATH crew deserved a little break as well. Hope all you kids enjoy the holiday and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
Check out Do512 and Showlist Austin for things to do if you have yet to make plans.
Also remember that on a day like today, The Boss rules.
Download: Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run [MP3]
Had this one sent over last night. Linfinity is out of New York and their latest EP Red Nation Waltz has some serious production credentials; Kevin McMahon who worked with Real Estate and Swans and Matt Boynton who pwned MGMT and Kurt Vile. Dylan Von Wagner’s vocal has a crazy warble to it, kind of like Tricky singing a lullaby, but the groove put down encourages head-nodding.
Click here to download the full EP and check out some video action, listen to and then download the track “Miles” below for immediate gratification.
Download: Linfinity – Miles [MP3]
We knew what we were in for. We saw it coming. We ignored the warning signs. I was heading into my third night of shows in a row, fourth in five days. Things were escalating. Lower Dens -> Howard Jones -> Nada Surf -> The Men. After seeing their sets during SxSW, we knew we had to be at Red7 to see The Men. They made the 2012 top albums so far list, what kind of music-writer-types would we be if we passed up seeing one of our favorites?
Cruddy, Creamers and Destruction Unit opened.
I have been chewing on this review in my brain since the show and I think I have boiled down for you. Click through, thoughts and pics after the break…
Third show of the week was at La Zona Rosa. Had to run solo for this one, made it easy to get through the crowd, my stage space locked down by a Lone Star bribe to a group of people in town from all over Texas to see Nada Surf together; no photo pit, but still a three song limit.
We were treated to Austin’s The Zoltars and San Fran’s Waters as openers before Nada Surf played a twenty-three song set.
More after the jump…
The wife was feeling nostalgic when she bought tickets to see Howard Jones perform Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action. Think of all the soundtracks, montages, sing-alongs on 80’s night. “Like To Get To Know You Well” makes me want to restore a Camaro with a French girl.
HoJo was one of the guys pushing Synth Pop. Listen back to these early albums and tell me you don’t pick up on Twin Shadow, Chairlift and others currently pulling these new wave tones back up top. And Human’s Lib, despite it’s happy singles, is a pretty dark album.
I figured I might as well take some pics.
One of our favorite little labels, Soliti Music, just grabbed a hold of this band, and I couldn’t be more excited. Delay Trees will release their new album in the Autumn, but for now they’ve given us this beautiful sprawling track of pop gold. It builds slowly through the first minute or so, but as the pace of the song picks up, you find yourself whisked away by the creativity and dynamics of the group. We’ll keep you posted as more details come our way, but for now, allow yourself a little time to get lost with this song.
Download:Delay Trees – Pause [MP3]
Admittedly, I’ve been feeling the effects of the heat, holing up in my room jamming to some folk tunes for the summer. But, that’s all about to change with this excellent Milk Music track I just got sent in the mail today. This new jam is just a solid rocker from the Washington rockers, but it comes with the announcement that the group’s long time sold out Beyond Living EP is now up on iTunes, so it’s available to you all. The group’s about to embark on a nice little jaunt, and then we expect them to have more music to bowl us over.
Download:Milk Music – Violence Now [MP3]