The Gum just tossed this Miniature Tigers song up this morning, and I’ve been rocking to it ever since then. The great thing is that it was produced by adopted Austin artist Alan Palomo of Neon Indian fame. It sort of reminds me of something along the lines of an electronic version of Human Highway. Basically, that means it rules. This jam is set to come out on the group’s album Fortress, which hits stores July 27th.
Download: Miniature Tigers – Gold Skulls [MP3]
Seattle is usually known for a harder edge sound, perhaps even with a blend of hippy in there somewhere, so its no surprise that Math and Physics Club haven’t gotten too much attention out that way. Luckily, we’re here to set things straight, as their breezy pop jams always bring a ray of light into our days (not to mention a little good-hearted nerdiness). The band has a new album titled I Shouldn’t Look as Good as I Do, and it will be released on June 12th by my favorite label Matinee Records. Enjoy the sun.
Download: Math and Physics Club – Jimmy Had a Poloaroid [MP3]
You may not have herad of Neverever just yet, but then again, you might have heard of them, and never ever known it. The group, comprised of Jihae Simmons and Wallace Meek used to go by the name Champagne Socialists, and Wallace was in one of my favorites, Bricolage. Now, they have Neverever, a sweet little classic pop group based in LA. I’ve been playing this bouncy little number, with its warm “ooohs” floating over it, all morning long. You should too. Their debut Angelic Swells will be out May 25th on Slumberland Records. Another jam, “Young and Dumb” is available HERE.
Download: Neverever – The Young Runaways [MP3]
One of Austin’s finest up and coming bands TV Torso is playing at Emo’s on Saturday night along with some other great local talents. The hot buzz band will be joined by fellow locals Follow That Bird! and Hundred Vision(formerly Corto Maltese). Should be a solid night for the best talent Austin has to offer.
Download: TV Torso – Days of Being Wild [MP3]
It’s been awhile since I’ve heard something like this come out of Michigan, but I know its no fluke, as 800Beloved released a solid debut titled Bouquet almost a year ago. They’re back now, with their new album, Everything Purple, and it’s full of simple dream pop. This tune will surely remind you of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but just take a bit of that jangle guitar, smooth it out, and clear up the vocals just a touch. If you ask me, it makes for a pretty incredible sound. You can stream the new album HERE.
Download: 800Beloved – Everything Purple [MP3]
We were excited this morning to get news of a new LP and tour from ATH favorite Damien Jurado. The solo artist and his producer Richard Swift are dropping the new Jurado joint Saint Bartlett on May 25th via Secretly Canadian. We’re still all about this guys sound.
Download: Damien Jurado – Cloudy Shoes [MP3]
Running a site like this does from time to time take a lot of research, so I was lucky when I came across this band from Australia. Circle Pit are set to hit the states this summer, and all things point to nothing but continued exposure and fame, as they’re already getting big in their home country. This gem comes off their new album Bruise Constellation. It sounds a lot like everything you’d hear on our home turf; it’s full of sunny guitars reminiscent of beaches and guy/girl vocals you can sing along to while you’re hitting the road this summer. Get ready America, here comes Circle Pit.
Download: Circle Pit – Another Trick [MP3]
Word of a new album from ATH favorite band The Acorn has been spreading over the interwebs over the last few days or so. Since we first heard the news, we’ve spun up our promo copy of the new LP No Ghost and are already jumping on the band wagon for this one. If you aren’t behind this band yet, check out their latest single from the upcoming album “Restoration”. The Gum also has title track “No Ghost” available for download. You can get your hands on No Ghost June 1st via Paper Bag Records.
Download: The Acorn – Restoration [MP3]
Winners of our top album spot last year Pains of Being Pure at Heart are wasting no time and returning this year with a 7″ single. The vinyl release will hit stores June 8th via Slumberland and features this tasty new song “Say No to Love”. As usual, we love the brit-pop sound they bring along with a lil different guitar sound reminiscent of 80s era Cure. Keep it comin’ guys.
Download: Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Say No to Love [MP3]
For some time local Austin band, L.A.X. have been devoted to making people dance their butts off, including those that caught their energetic set at ACL last year. Things are looking up for this group, and they’re set to release a new EP, titled the A EP, which will officially see its release at their show on May 20th over at the Parish. Be sure to catch on to these guys now, and at the very least, you’ll have something sweet to dance to while at work.
Download: L.A.X. – I’m Sorry [MP3]