It seems like forever ago when we first brought you news of Violens, and in fact it was, 2008 to be exact. Now, the band is finally geared up to release their album debut, Amoral, on Static Revival. Their newest track is really something to marvel out. It has a lot of that Madchester feel to it, using psychedelia and electronics blended in with extreme pop overtones. You’re never really sure whether to sit back and enjoy or maybe move to the dance floor. Listen here and let me know which you prefer.
Download: Violens – Acid Reign [MP3]
We raved about Denton, Texas group Fergus and Geronimo after they won us over in Austin a bit ago, and now comes word that they have a new track out there on the Internet (via Transparentblog). We’ve got to keep up our support for this great Texas act, and we also can’t help but admit that this is a pretty sweet jam, if we do say so ourselves. For me, it has the feelings of psychedelia from the classic era, but with a modern spin on the vocal approach. You can’t help but to tap your foot along as you let this song wind around you all day long.
Download: Fergus & Geronimo – Girls With English Accents [MP3]
After lots of early hype this week, I decided to grab a hold of this over at Waterloo last night, and I’m grateful that I did. I’ve been spinning the new 7″ from Spectrals all night long. It doesn’t hurt that our faves Slumberland Records put the release on the streets here in the US. For some reason it sort of reminds me of Camera Obscura smashing into Girls. It’s got a little bit of a haphazard approach with that old 60s pop group twist. It’s nothing short of enjoyable, so get on it.
Download: Spectrals – 7th Date [MP3]
La Blogotheque had yet another one of their rousing live sessions posted recently with a new video from indie-folksters Mumford & Sons. The 8 minute long video features the band playing two songs in a back alley in Paris. The highlight for me is a captivating version of “Awake My Soul” with a French language variation on the chorus thrown in to please an onlooking French fan. A pretty comical exchange between band leader Marcus Mumford and a Frenchman about proper translation/pronunciation at the beginning of the video is also worth your time. The Frenchies strike again.
Download: Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul [MP3]
So word of a new project from Jenny Lewis and her singer/songwriter boyfriend Johnathan Rice has been spreading over the internet like wildfire today. The group is going by Jenny and Johnny and plan to release their debut LP We’re Having Fun Now sometime later this summer. I’m an avid follower of Lewis and her heart melting voice so you gotta know I’ll be picking this one up and playing it non stop. First single from the group “Scissor Runner” is below.
Download: Jenny and Johnny – Scissor Runner [MP3]
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Thursday night at the Mohawk is a nice lineup of up and coming local talent featuring a headlining set by Austin buzz band Love at 20. Joining them on the stage are fellow locals Model UN, Milk Thistle, and Lean Hounds. You’ve got a cheap way to discover some of the best new talent Austin has to offer.
Download: Love at 20 – So Bad [MP3]
Every once in a blue moon we actually get some decent stuff in the ‘ol inbox. Such was the case when I got this sweet lil jam from up and coming Brooklyn band Family Trees. The track is set to appear on the band’s upcoming 7″ Dream Talkin’ which is due June 29th on Father Daughter Records.
Download: Family Trees – Dream Talkin [MP3]
Austin friends The Black Angels just premiered this sweet new track “Bad Vibrations” earlier today on The Gum. You’ll of course hear that droning sound we’ve grown accustomed to from the band along with a frantic finish at the end. This new single will appear on the Austin groups upcoming LP Phosphene Dream due out September 14th via Blue Horizon.
Download: Black Angels – Bad Vibrations [MP3]
Crocodiles are band getting hype from all over the place right now and I honestly haven’t paid too much attention to them ’til I heard this sweet jam “Sleep Forever”. Apparently the track is set to appear on an upcoming 7″ as well as the band’s follow up to last year’s LP Summer of Hate. You can now consider me in support of this band.
Download: Crocodiles – Sleep Forever [MP3]
Mark Everett just never seems to slow down with his frantic recording and release strategy in his group EELS. The man has yet another album of new material coming out in August called Tomorrow Morning. A new upbeat tempo single from that LP “Looking Up” has been circulating around the internet as of late. We’ve got it below.
Download: EELS – Looking Up [MP3]