When local Austin bands appear on national website Daytrotter, we try to talk about them. Well our local friends Zlam Dunk just had their session posted today and we wanted to share the info with you kids. The guys recorded 4 songs for the live in-studio, including 3 songs from their recent album Noble Ancestry and one from an as of yet released album. Below you can find that unreleased song “Patrick” for you downloading pleasure. Check out the full session now.
Download: Zlam Dunk – Patrick [MP3]
I’m pretty sure we raved about War on Drugs with their Future Weather release, a record that turned time and time again around my house. The band is preparing their new release, Slave Ambient, on August 16th, and I can already tell that it’s going to cause some problems in my daily musical rotation. There’s something about the way they craft the songs, using distant vocals in order to allow for the guitar lines to spin and swirl around them. It creates a great effect, and one that endlessly begs to be put on again and again. I think more people should write songs like this, but hey, that’s just like, my opinion, man.
Download: War on Drugs – Come To The City [MP3]
Not much really needs to be said about Bob Pollard these days. He’s pretty much conquered everything out there, yet he still keeps on kicking out great jams. Such is the case with this new track, “Christmas Girl,” which will be featured on the new Boston Spaceships record, Let It Beard. It’s going to be a double album, and if the tracks are half-as-great as the one we’re featuring, then it’s going to be one hell of a collection of Pollard tunes. There’s also an awesome video contest that goes along with this song, and it’s being sponsored by the good folks over at Spinner. Make sure you get your hands on the record when it hits stores August 2nd.
Download: Boston Spaceships – Christmas Girl [MP3]
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Local up and coming Austin boys Guns of Navarone have a show planned for the Threadgills south location (on Riverside) for Friday night. Joining the alt-country styling boys on the stage for support are fellow locals Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business and East Cameron Folklore. Should be a great night to unwind with some great music after a long week at work. For those of you who don’t have summers off that is…
Download: Guns of Navarone – You Used To Be [MP3]
Austin boys Leatherbag are one of those bands that are highly underrated in this town, yet somehow seem to be on the verge of blowing up any second. Hell, after some searching, it seems as though we ATH geniuses have never posted music by the band. Derp. Well this hard working Austin band recently released new LP Yellow Television AND new EP Patience just last week. Below you can find lead single from the full length entitled “Imitation Generation” for your enjoyment. I think it will show you that we’ve been missing the boat on one of Austin’s finest songwriters Randy Reynolds. By the way, you can stream both new LP and EP over on the band’s website so get to it.
Download: Leatherbag – Imitation Generation [MP3]
A slew of jams popped up yesterday by the likes of Real Estate and Cymbals Eat Guitars, but the one I have been enjoying, actually a few weeks before yesterday, is this pop hit from Jacuzzi Boys. Based on what I’ve heard from their upcoming record, Glazin, which comes out August 30th on Hardly Art, they’ve got to be one of my two favorite bands of the moment…the other being Texas’ own Bad Sports. I mean, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than gritty licks and power-pop kicks. If you’re in need of a pick me up, put this track on 11, and go to town–the day will only get better from here.
Download: Jacuzzi Boys – Cool Vapors [MP3]
My boy Nick passed this track along, and it’s got several interesting little twists that really made me a fan of Soft Metals today. I began falling for the atmospheric wash that breached my ear drums for the first few seconds, but then it dropped some electronic beats before fleshing out the track with some female vocals. I mean, if you’re going to make electronic music, it should sound like this; reminds me of Soviet. So if you’re a fan, like I am, be sure to give the band a good listen, then go off and buy their record next week, July 19th, via Captured Tracks (the hottest label around).
Download: Soft Metals – Eyes Closed [MP3]
Those of you who haven’t checked out the new Adult Swim single series should really head over to the site and see what they have to offer. Already having posted great new songs by Best Coast, Mastadon, and to How to Dress Well, they seem to know what’s up in the music game. Today the site posted this great new single by long time ATH favorite Tallest Man on Earth. The song “Weather of a Killing Kind” evokes all those great feelings we’ve grown to love from Matsson and solidifies his claim as one of the best singer song writers around.
In other TMOE news, we somehow missed posting on his new song “In the Pockets” which is a new jam being packaged with the re-release of Matsson’s debut EP on Gravitation/Dead Oceans (out now BTW). You can stream that new one via One Thirty BPM.
Download: Tallest Man On Earth – Weather of a Killing Kind [MP3]
Surely you know of our love over here for Generationals, as we’ve raved about the band for some time now. If you haven’t caught on to them, go get yourself a copy of their most recent, Actor Caster, and you’ll no doubt be having a good time. The good folks over at Park the Van are offering up a new EP from the group, featuring a few remixes and a new tune. The best part? It’s all free. All you have to do is head HERE, and the EP is yours for free. Who doesn’t enjoy free music, especially when it’s from a great band.
Download: Generationals – You Got Me [MP3]
It’s time once again ladies and gentlemen for another monthly Rumble at Beerland in Austin. This month, we’ve teamed up to feature local buzz worthy bands The Asteroid Shop, Bali Yaaah, and The Ghost Wolves. As always, you can expect specials on PBR and some great local musicians all night long. Come on by and say hi.
Download: The Asteroid Shop – Planetary [MP3]