If you follow me on Facebook, or are my friend, you’ll notice my profile pic, posted to the left (sorry I got fat) is me with my man Nobunny. The guy rules, both on record and in the dirtiest of bars. Sometimes he’s bratty, sometimes he’s brutal, but he’s always got this endearing punk rock quality to him. This brand new single even has stronger production quality than what I’ve heard from him before, making me more than excited for what his new LP, Secret Songs, will offer listeners. It’s slated for an October 15th release on Goner Records. Nobunny!
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Seattle band Neighbors have definitely won me over with their earliest single, but I think that this new tour cassette, Power Country, has completely sold me on the act. There’s not a lot of frills on these tunes, just straight up rock n’ roll with catchy hooks to sell you on the goods. I think the lead-off track is the perfect introduction to this group, for those that haven’t gotten to hear them yet. It encompasses the combination of grit and pop sensibility that I enjoy about the band. And, for those of us in Austin, they’ll be hitting up our fair city on October 16th at Cheer-Up Charlies. If you’re not in our fair city, check their schedule, as they’re hitting the road hard.
One of my favorites from 2011, Black Light Dinner Party, are releasing their full-length Sons and Lovers on September 24th. They’ll be playing some shows up around the northeast. From what I understand, they put on a pretty lively set. Dance.
Give it a run, this title track is a fun little jaunt that starts softly and progresses right into some slow pop jam territory and lets you off the hook easy…
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I think one of the most disappointing moment in recent Austin music history was the disbanding of Voxtrot. Sure, members have gone on to work on various things, and other bands like Literature and She Sir stepped in to fill the void, yet nothing quite seems the same. Classic twee pop sounds with bounce to make your feet shuffle and guitar licks to bring a smile to your face epitomized the great act. I had recovered for quite some time until the following track below came on my shuffle last night; it brought back the sadness all over again. At an early age, the group was able to release this track on the excellent Raised By Wolves EP, and they never let me down afterwards…that is until they walked away. I think we should all sit back and just enjoy this sweet tune.
Download: Voxtrot – The Start Of Something [MP3]
Tons of shows are going down in Austin this weekend, but we highly recommend you keep the Chelsea Wolfe show going down at Mohawk on your list of things to do. I’ve always been a fan of Chelsea and her music so this should be a great show. Opening support is provided by Dallas’ own True Widow.
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I think I’ve finally found the group that can replace the Lucksmiths in my category for favorite easy listening act: The Proper Ornaments. There’s an airy quality that captures my soul, yet I’m still intrigued by the quiet swell of praise the band is getting beneath the radar. The song below magically appeared in my inbox labeled as “Anthology,” and it appears on the group’s upcoming release Waiting for the Summer on Lo Recordings…you can hear the whole LP at the label’s page. But, checking in, the band are recording a video for another single that’s not on that release, yet came with my email, so I’m streaming that one; it’s called “Imagination.” Here’s the two tracks. And the story probably doesn’t matter as much as the great tunes.
Download: The Proper Ornaments – Nervous Breakdown [MP3]
Nothing like finding something to perk you up a little bit, which is exactly what will happen when you press play on this new Mean Creek track. They’ve just announced that they’ll be releasing their new album, Local Losers, with our friend over at Old Flame Records. In just over 2 minutes you get the brash attitude of a band pumping out pummeling rock hits, of the likable sort. The Massachusetts act might push forward with sharp guitar chords and rolling drum lines, but I like the softer moment in the track, letting us in on the group’s blend of rock and pop. You can look forward to the album’s release in January, but for now, you’ll have to settle with this sweet tune.
Download: Mean Creek – Cool Town [MP3]
ACL approaches. With anticipation comes reflection. One of the most spell-bindingly pure moments for my 2012 festival was checking out Willis Earl Beal near sunset at the fest’s smallest stage. A reel to reel, a cape, some sunglasses, mannequins as backup singers, a microphone and a beer – it was emotion on stage.
Willis has an amazing story; military, hospital, homeless, street artist. Sample this live recording before heading to NPR to check out the album.
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I first caught wind of the Young Sinclairs reading the Big Takeover magazine, and throughout that time, I’ve seen several other people I respect have plenty of things to say about the Roanoke, VA group. They just released the You Know Where to Find Me EP, and the lead single is just absolutely prefect; it brims with beautiful melody and spot-on harmonies. The sound of the guitar is crisp, even meandering a bit into classic R&B picking from time to time. If you’re looking for something to carry you to a better place, then you might have found the right track today!
Download: The Young Sinclairs – You Know Where To Find Me [MP3]
||Tuesday, September 3rd
||$8 from Transmission
After the excellent release of It’s Up to Emma, Scout Niblett‘s show at the Mohawk on Tuesday evening is going to be something really special. The album received tons of praise from the heavy-hitters, demonstrating that Scout’s had a great return to form. You’d be remiss if you completely ignored the songtress as she rolls into town this week. You can listen to her cover of “No Scrubs” below, just to sample her voice and style. Also joining the show will be Some Say Leland and The Cocker Spaniels. Cheap price, great bands and Mohawk pretty much make it a three for three hit!
Download: Scout Niblett – No Scrubs [MP3]