Grant Olsen looks like he’s going to be making a name for himself this year. He’s just signed on with our dear friends over at Hardly Art, and completed the recording of his album The Ornament with one of my favorites, Jason Q of the Papercuts. The label plans to release the record under the name Gold Leaves on August 11th, and you’re going to love it. There’s this warm melodic quality to it, sprawling out with a bit of melancholy and vocal that will remind you of a lot of great voices, namely that of Robin Pecknold, just more subdued. This truly is a magnificent song, and it’s going to be a fantastic record.
Download: Gold Leaves – The Ornament [MP3]
It’s been a long week, and I really something that would kick me in the teeth, no apologies. I got exactly that today when I got the new song from Wax Museums in my inbox today. This Texas punk group are going to be releasing their new LP, Eye Times, on Trouble in Mind Records on June 28th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Their brash and noisy, yet totally controlled, giving you an adventure that will allow you to bounce around the living room with your pals. Sometimes high-octane punk rock can cure all your ills, and that’s precisely what this tune does. Need a fix? Here you go.
Download: Wax Museums – Tunguska [MP3]
Awhile back I talked about Idiot Glee and singer James Friley, claiming him as one of the artists you needed to check out for SXSW. His popularity continues to grow with his careful bedroom craftsmanship. His voice has a distant feel, yet the music is completely relatable. He’ll be releasing his latest record Paddywhack on Moshi Moshi on June 7th, and the song below is just another slow-burning gem that will carry you away quietly. This is the kind of weekend we all need when times require a little bit of rest and relaxation.
Download: Idiot Glee – Trouble At The Dacehall [MP3]
Here’s a jangly little tune that’s sure to get you pumped for summer from London based pop outfit Fair Ohs. This jam and 9 others will appear on the debut LP from the band Everything Is Dancing which will be available on July 26th via Lefse Records. I’m going to continue to be on the lookout for songs like this while I get prepped for a long summer in the sun. Enjoy.
Download: Fair Ohs – Summer Lake [MP3]
It’s weird, Austin’s not really known for having a lot of duos. But, one duo that has recently come to our attention has been Not in the Face. This Austin act is scheduled to release their album, Bikini, on June 7th via Electric Factory Records. This first single does have a little bit of a Bruce hint to it, but Jonathan Terrell’s vocals seem to have the feeling of a more hardened Pete Yorn. Yea, it’s just good old fashioned rock n’ roll with chugging guitars, banging drums and some solid hooks. You can catch the band on June 10th in Austin at 501 Studios (formerly the ND) for their CD release.
Download: Not in the Face – Downtown Girl [MP3]
I think we avoided the heat here in Austin for long enough, but it’s about time we succumb to the truth; summertime is here, temperature wise at least. So, with that in mind, I’ve gotta get my poolside set list together, and I’m definitely including this jam from Toronto group, Art Imperial. The new EP from these guys, Suburban Surf is chock full of hazy little summer jams with a bit of sway to them. It’s almost like bedroom pop, if your bedroom just happened to be a little hut in some remote beach area. Get ready for the heat, and get ready for Art Imperial. And, if you like it enough, the band is offering their EP for a name your own price fee HERE.
Download: Art Imperial – The Inbetweener [MP3]
So if Nathan’s gonna post electronic dance tunes, I’m also taking this chance to post my very own pop jams. This song “Holiday Heart”, coming from producer man Ki: Theory, features a sweet dance beat that’s sure to get your feet moving. Apparently the jam is just meant as a one off single with a B side also involved featuring a remix collaboration with Holy Fuck. Well done sir.
Download: Ki: Theory – Holiday Heart [MP3]
It’s hard to believe that after 13 years, Graditude for the Sniper is only the 3rd record for Fan Modine. That being said, you’re not going to find a lot of pop music that has been crafted wtih such care. Whether it be the soaring melodies, or the bits of string placed behind the songs, it all generates a tingling feeling from within, knowing you have stumbled upon something worthy of greatness. Personally, there’s a lot of good pop out there, and a lot of it fails in comparison to the work you’ll find here. If you seek out orchestral pop with sweeping movements and careful craftsmanship, then put this tune on today!
Download: Fan Modine – Through the Valley [MP3]
So right after we dropped a brand new song from Will Johnson a couple days ago, we receive this new track from Will’s veteran indie act Centro-matic. This song “Only In My Double Mind” is the first single from the band’s upcoming new album Candidate Waltz due out June 21st. While you’re at it, check out the accompanying video for the song featuring painter Will, some flying pizza, and chickens. It’s really hard to believe that a band with talent such as this still manages to somehow fly under the radar in the music scene. On that note, you can also stream a huge selection of Centro-matic’s music on their website if you’re new to the band.
*Update: For the time being, we can only offer you a stream of the song but can direct you to the Centro-matic website for a download.
So they say that Portland is basically like a moderate climate version of Austin, and with some of the music coming out of the city, I have to say I agree. This little PDX Pop Now! compilation, available for purchase on June 2nd, features 41 whopping songs from bands and musicians from the PDX. I’ve had a chance to listen to many of the tunes on this bad bay and am impressed with most of what I hear. Take this little number “Cold Feet” that’s caught my ear by Portland band Lost Lander. It’s nothing fancy, just a nice little pop diddy featuring some unique and interesting takes on rhythm.
Download: Cold Feet – Lost Lander [MP3]