It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard a word about the forthcoming album from local Austinites Oh No Oh My. But, we now know the band will be releasing their new record, People Problems, on January 18th. While their last effort had a lot of disjointed folk attributes, it seems that the boys have cleaned out the closet here. Their first single, “Walking Into Me,” has a bit more straightforward pop appeal, going right for the emotional appeal, though moderate guitar strumming in the background, and other tinkering instruments, still allows the band to keep their quirky attitude intact. We like that, and that makes us anticipate this release even more.
Download: Oh No Oh My – Walking Into Me [MP3]
Every once in awhile the British press will actually get something right. They’ve been all over The Vaccines, expecting huge things from the group in 2011, even though the band have little more than a demo to their name. There is, however, this one incredible single featuring two great tracks. The first track is titled “Wreckin’ Bar,” and its this amped up tune that blows by you in less than 1.5 minutes; catchy to boot. Then, there’s the below single, “Blow It Up,” which draws out the listening experience a bit more, giving a bit of angular guitars and hollow swirling vocals to the masses. As of right now, I’m super excited about this band and their promise. I’ll not get too over myself until they actually put out something more substantial, but for now, it’s nice to meet you guys.
Download: The Vaccines – Blow It Up [MP3]
You know how much we love Matinee Recordings, one of the best, if not the best, small labels around right now. They’re releasing a special gift for their fans, The Matinee Holiday Soiree EP, and its filled with exclusive holiday tracks from five of the bands on their roster, including my personal favorite Math and Physics Club. You also get to hear this new Strawberry Whiplash track, which despite having a holiday theme, doesn’t sound too far off from the splendid pop this label has been churning out for some time. You can preview it Here, then head over the the Matinee site to get your hands on your very own copy. This is the perfect gift for your pop loving friends; its reasonably priced, and filled with good tunes.
Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Santa Needs a Holiday [MP3]
You can’t deny the buzz of a band, and right now we’re stil supporting local Texas act Fergus and Geronimo. In preparation for their new record, Unlearn, which will be released by our pals over at Hardly Art on January 18th, just a two days after my birthday. This one’s a little bit less post-rock jam, and a little more grab-your-lady-swing, though the vocals still have that throaty yelping quality. As of right now, expectations couldn’t get any higher for this band’s debut, and with songs like this one, you know we’re all on board too.
Download: Fergus and Geronimo – Powerful Lovin [MP3]
Austin’s favorite, well one of the many, instrumental band, Balmorhea, are releasing some new tunes for you to grab. The Candor/Clamor 7″ is hitting the streets on Western Vinyl, and it shows a newer sound for the group. They’re including new instruments, such as marimbas. It definitely makes them sound a bit more exciting, although part of me wants to see them just get really dark and mess things up, but that’s just one man’s love for discordant instrumental moments. All in all, the band continues to show interesting progressive moves forward, making this an interesting purchase, as it will clearly document the band’s exploration of new sonic territory. Never a bad thing.
Download: Balmorhea – Clamor [MP3]
This Air Waves tune is probably not new to many of you as it has been floating around the internet for quite some time now. We thought we’d share the track anyway since it rules and the new debut album Dungeon Dots hits stores tomorrow. We know the blogging world is excited about that release so maybe you should check it out too.
Download: Air Waves – Knock Out [MP3]
One of Austin’s best bands The Black Angels recently appeared on the HearYa sessions website. The band plays four songs in studio, all of which are available for free download along with video of two songs. They of course play one of the best songs of the year “Telephone” which can be found in live form below.
Download: The Black Angels – Telephone(live) [MP3]
Andy Herod was always one of my favorites, especially when he fronted the Comas. Now, he’s still working on his latest project, Electric Owls. They combine a lot of his rootsy folk elements with flourishes of electronics. The band has just released the new Cullowhee Songs EP on Vagrant, which features members of Band of Horses and other Comas remnants. Herod always had this way of connecting with me as a listener, and based on this track, it seems like he still has that special touch. Give this track a spin, and if you likes, then go back and check out all the old Comas stuff, as well as the last Electric Owls record. I bet you’ll be pleased.
Download: Electric Owls – When I Was a Flood [MP3]
Our recent love for the music of New Zealand has been quite apparent recently to anyone who checks out this site often (seriously search “New Zealand” and see all those posts in November). Continuing on with more great music from the area, we bring you the tunes of Auckland band Debutantes. The 4 piece group have been around since 2005 and currently only have a 3 song self-titled EP and this other single below “It’s Not Too Late”. They’ve been reminding me of a raw, and more reverb laden version of Los Campesinos! without the ladies and British accents of course. Debutantes have yet to make it out of New Zealand but promise to get to the States when the money is there, so help them out kids! You can also hear 3 more of their tunes over on bandcamp.
Download: Debutantes – It’s Not Too Late [MP3]
It seems that we missed this new Mason Jennings song when it first came out so we thought it was a good time to go on and share it with you kids. The track “Dakota” appears on new album The Flood which hit stores recently and can be purchased online. You can of course expect a proper review of the new album coming soon.
Download: Mason Jennings – Dakota [MP3]