Just a month ago I tossed out a great folk number from Atlanta’s Book Club, and I’m back at it again with this excellent track, which is my favorite of the two. One of the things I particularly enjoy is the group’s additional instrumentation, adding horns and strings to their carefully crafted sound. Throw that in with the gentle guitar strumming and you have guaranteed hits that warm your campfire. If you’re digging this as much as I am, keep a look out for their Shapes on the Water EP, which hits the streets on November 13th.
Download:Book Club – Your Navy And Your Nurse (Live) [MP3]
There’s not a whole lot of information out there on Boarders, an Australian outfit specializing in combining bright jangling guitars and warm coats of haze. The group has just released a brand new EP, Vintage 2011, and you can currently grab it from them HERE. I found the track below really interesting because the guitar work, particularly in the opening moments, really excited my ears. Then you get the joint male/female vocal interplay, which is always a nice touch when executed so well. Your mission is to jam to this song, then go grab the EP!
Download: Boarders – Leaves
One of the worst things about the Internet is it’s hard to keep up with your favorite artists, but while looking up information on another act, I was reminded of the Window Twins. I had heard of the project between Tim Cohen (Fresh and Onlys) and Jon Berson, but I hadn’t really seen a lot of buzz on the Internet about them, other than the distant memory of a video run a month back. It’s a good thing I checked in on Volar Records, otherwise I wouldn’t have had the chance to order the limited vinyl for Wish, the band’s new album. It’s a minimal folk sound, accentuated by tinkering with various layers, much like Cohen’s Magic Trick, but more intimate. It’s almost a no-brainer right? A great songwriter with a great set of tunes, joined by a friend to make an album. Have a sample.
Download:Window Twins – Two Left Feet [MP3]
One of the great things about hitting up the record store on new release day is stumbling upon tunes you weren’t expecting, like this new tune from Shannon and the Clams. The band’s been sort of quiet, but that’s probably because Shannon’s been touring with Hunx. However, the group is back with a few new 7″ records, and this one comes out from Volar Records (I picked it up last night). Shannon has a voice that sounds like the heir apparent to Janis Joplin, and I mean that in a flattering sense, as very few people can combine the raspy and the soulful and pull it off; this young lady can definitely do it.
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ATH proudly supports Crocodiles and the beautiful pop tunes they’ve grown famous for creating. That being said, you had to know that this show at Red 7 we be recommended by the entire crew as your best bet for a Friday night show in town. Making the show even more enticing is a solid supporting package with Cheap Curls, Gal Pals, and La Migra all joining in on the fun. We shall see you there purveyors of all things good.
Download: Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) [MP3]
I’ve been waiting for some time to listen to this new track from Sambassadeur, knowing that one of my favorite labels, Labrador, was going to release a new 7″ from the group. The Memories 7″ is set to come out in November, and they’re giving everyone a chance to preview the material today. Interestingly, the bass line steals the show, providing a stepping rhythm that definitely propels the song forward. If you’ve followed the band, you’ll notice the orchestral touches such as horns and string cuts coming in and out of the track. I wish these guys would put out more material, but this will do.
Download:Sambassadeur – Memories [MP3]
Man, I really love this track from Cave Cat. I wish I knew more about this group of Swedes, other than they just released this great 7″ on Luxury and Dufflecoat Records. It’s definitely a bit of a wayward jangle, but the atmospheric bent of the vocals and ringing guitars puts this band on par with groups like The Mary Onettes…another personal favorite. I particularly love how the guitar solo knifes its way through on the latter half of the tune. Dig it, kids, and check out another track “abject” here.
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It’s two weeks away from one of our favorite festivals, if not, our favorite Austin festival, so it’s time to take a look at some of the acts we’re really anticipating taking the stage. For me, the first nostalgic nod has to go to the Promise Ring. Yeah, I was 17 during their hey-day, so it makes perfect sense that I would have fallen in love with their music, labeled as emo at the time (though with no association to the current range of emo). Their highlight, in my eyes, definitely has to be Very Emergency. Whether you want to label it with a genre or not, it was a great pop record, and one that still holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to catch the group live, as I was living in Oklahoma (the land of no shows) during my peak of adoration, so I’m overly excited to see these guys. Glad Transmission got them to break out and bring the rock. Whether you’re nostalgic or just curious, this is a must see band for my two cents.
Download:The Promise Ring – Happiness Is All The Rage [MP3]
They’ll be playing Sunday on the Orange Stage at 6:05 PM.
Well, this is an old song, but it’s probably going to be brand new to those of us outside of Memphis who hadn’t heard of The Barbaras. Legend has it that Jay Reatard recorded the band, which featured Steven Pope (of his then touring band), but in anger told the band he scrapped the recordings. After his unfortunate demise, these tunes resurfaced on some of Jay’s old recording equipment, and the great people at Goner Records are going to be releasing the collection, The Barbaras 2006-2008, on October 30th. This track’s definitely made its way onto my daily playlist, and it has a mellower tone than some of the other tracks, just showcasing the songwriting of the group during their prime. Take a listen.
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