Secret Cities is a band that quietly released their debut LP Pink Graffiti on Western Vinyl earlier this year. Receiving a 4 star rating from us means we’ll be paying attention to you when new material comes our way. New material is just what we’re getting from the band by way of this new song “On Holiday”. The haze pop filled jam is just a single release that also includes a cover of Ellie Greenwich’s song ” You Don’t Know”. That song is available for purchase and download on iTunes right now!
Download: Secret Cities – On Holiday [MP3]
This week is full of awesome rock n’ roll releases, and the copy of Darlings‘ new EP that came in my inbox today just adds to that list of great pop tracks. Be on the lookout for their Warma EP, which definitely brings traditional pop rock back to our ears. This first single “Big Girl” does have a bit of a Weezer resemblance, back in the heyday of course, but don’t just be satisfied with this one little track, as there is much more vibrant rock coming from this band in your very near future.
Download: Darlings – Big Girl [MP3]
Houses, like many of us, have had a hard time of things, facing economic woes and what not. In the process, they relocated to Hawaii, living in what some might consider obscurity. Using solar power to fuel their recording process, the band ended up building a quite record, one that sounds as if it was created in a remote area of anywhere, as it clearly was. Lead single “Soak it Up” uses quiet electronics to create some sort of contemplative oceanic wave, that gently idles along as you find yourself absorbed, possibly within yourself. Such is the work of Houses, who will release their album All Night on Lefse on October 19th.
Download: Houses – Soak it Up [MP3]
Don’t you just feel like you need a bath in some noise rock? Well, Weekend just might provide you with that, but they aren’t content to just let squalls of feedback remain as their lone impression. They’ve got driving bass grooves, and first single “Coma Summer” keeps a bit of melody courtesy of singer Shaun Durkan’s soft voice. Their album Sports will hit the streets on November 9th via Slumberland, and rest assured that the album is worth every bit of the excitement generated by early press. Be careful, this is going to be loud.
Download: Weekend – Coma Summer [MP3]
A few weeks back we brought you news of Adam H. Stephens prepping his debut solo album titled We Live on Cliffs, which will now be released by Saddle Creek on September 28th. The first single we brought you was what we would expect from one of the lads from Two Gallants, but this new single, “Second Mind,” has an entirely different feel to it altogether. Slower pace, a bit of organ, and a steadier vocal performance demonstrate that Stephens can offer us so much more than I think we expected. Be sure to give this one a try folks.
Download: Adam Haworth Stephens – Second Mind [MP3]
Broken Records are a Scottish band that have been on our radar for awhile, so imagine or excitement when reading today that a new record is soon to hit stores. New album Let Me Come Home will be released October 25th on 4AD Records. Latest single “A Leaving Song” from the upcoming record can be had for your enjoyment below. We’ll be one of the many saying this record will be a good one.
Download: Broken Records – A Leaving Song [MP3]
Were you aware that we here at ATH think of Great Nostalgic as one of the best new bands in Austin? Hell, probably one of the best new bands in the nation? Well you must not check out this site too often if you’re answering no to those questions. This new and exclusive track “Wilderness” was just sent our way to promote a new sophomore album from the group Hope We Live Like We Promised. No “official” release date is set just yet, but word it that a digital release is coming by the end of the month. Later this fall a full on vinyl release with bonus materials will hit stores for you old school fans. We already feel like this new tune shows a band maturing and really growing into a sound that compares to no one else.
Download: Great Nostalgic – Wilderness [MP3]
So as I read through the Pitchfork’s very admirable attempt at listing the top tracks of the 90s, I came across a song by Red House Painters called “Katy Song” that I hadn’t thought about in a long time. I’m not totally sure why I haven’t been spinning any RHP tracks as of late, but it might have something to do with it not being the best “summer music”. So after listening to that epic track again from the band’s second LP(also known as the Rollercoaster LP), I started delving back into some of my old Mark Kozelek tracks. Honestly the guy still doesn’t get his due even after 20+ years in the songwriting game. Maybe it’s because his music defines the term “acquired taste” or it’s just too depressing for some people, but you can’t deny the beauty he creates. I mean the Red House Painters debut LP came out almost exactly a year after Nevermind yet no one puts this band, or Kozelek for that matter, in the same breath as Cobain or other great songwriters. I’m here to say he’s got that kind of talent. Instead of blabbing on all day, I’ll just tell you to spend some time with the Red House Painters and their 5 releases in the 90s. Then move on to some of that sweet Sun Kil Moon action via debut Ghosts of the Great Highway or April from 2008. Below is one of my personal favorites “All Mixed Up”. Yes I know it’s a cover, but honestly I don’t care much for the Cars and creating great covers is another one of Kozlek’s trademarks. The track appears on the incredible album Song for a Blue Guitar which was the last release with the group still together until “lost” album Old Ramon came out after that big legal dispute. Enjoy.
Download: Red House Painters – All Mixed Up [MP3]
We talked to you guys about how much we loved Young Man when he released his Boy EP not too long ago. Unfortunately, those four tracks weren’t enough to hold us over for long, so when we found the awesome Daytrotter set today, we were really excited. The recording features two brand new songs that haven’t been released yet, so you better hurry on over and get a hold of those tracks now. We’ve got one here, just in case you can’t wait long enough.
Download: Young Man – Problem [MP3]
I have been thoroughly enjoying this new track “Narrow with the Hall” from Canadian indie rock band Women. The track starts off a little noisy but slowly builds into a head bobber with that nice backing bass line. Fans of the tune can pick up their copy of the band’s upcoming LP Public Strain September 28th on Jagjaguwar.
Download: Women – Narrow With the Hall [MP3]