San Fran’s Fresh & Onlys are really starting to get on my nerves. Whether it’s frontman Tim Cohen or the whole band, they just keep turning out tunes, and good ones at that. I’ve probably spent close to $100 on this band this year alone (Tim Cohen included), which either means I’m a sucker, or they’re just that good; I’m going with the latter. P4K announced that they’ll be releasing another new 7″ in September, and based on this, there goes a bit more money from my wallet. I’m guessing you feel the same about their whispy vocals and jangling psych guitars.
Download: Fresh & Only’s – I Would Not Know the Devil [MP3]
I’ll give you that this is a little bit abrasive, compared to the music I usually post about, but I still have a penchant for the heavier side of things. Unlike most bands in their area, Glaswegian group United Fruit are here to give you a swift kick to the teeth. The guitars are shredding and the vocals are reminiscent of the olden days of Trail of Dead, so you know we Austinites are going to have a liking for that. These kids have just released their new album, Fault Lines, and aside from one track (“Three”) it’s a rocker through and through. Perhaps it’s to your liking too?
Download: United Fruit – Kamikaze [MP3]
We’re just a few weeks away from the release of the new album from recent Saddle Creek signing, Big Harp. Their album is titled White Hat, and it’s going to be in stores on August 30th, surely winning over a lot of new fans for the band. I like the trickling melody of this single, and of course, the deep quality of the vocals definitely attracts me. I’m also appreciating the dichotomy between the vocals and the underlying pop sensibility of the song’s construction. Things looks to be a really promising debut for the husband and wife duo from Nebraska.
Dwonload: Big Harp – Everybody Pays [MP3]
I came across this beautiful new track from The Sunshine Factory when I was browsing the excellent blog, When the Sun Hits. This is the first new music we’ve heard from the group since the release of their LP, Sugar, which came out at the end of 2010. The song has this unassuming beauty, with lightly strummed guitar filling in the space left by the atmospherics of the background. You’ll have a hard time convincing me Sally Robertson doesn’t have one of the most enchanting voices around. Give it up for this Alabama crew; they’re crafting some kind of wonderful.
Download: The Sunshine Factory – Chainsaw Girl [MP3]
There’s something about bands that craft pop melodies around folk/country elements, such as banjos and pianos, that really just grabs me. It’s always been this way, and it’s much the same when I first heard this new track from Blind Pilot. This is the first single from their upcoming record, We Are the Tide, which will be released to the masses on September 13th. Thanks to the rolling drum beat, the song swiftly moves along in pace, while still allowing you enough time to absorb the lyrics. I have a feeling with music like this coming out, it’s going to be a busy month for us here at ATH in September.
Download: Blind Pilot – Keep You Right [MP3]
What? You don’t want more new music from the bearded lads in Megafaun? Well, too bad! They’re prepping their self-titled double LP, Megafuan, which will land in your lap on September 20th via Hometapes. As more new songs leak out, you can’t help but hope that the mastery these guys have shown in their gentle song construction will be replicated throughout the entire album. There’s bits of banjo, which the band promises is the only time its used on the record, and the whispering vocals compliment the emotional quality of the song. Is September here yet?
Download: Megafaun – State/Meant [MP3]
I’d regret not giving a shout out to my ladyfriend who raved about The New Division months ago, and due to my need for heavier music during the Spring, I sort of put it off, until now. This Cali group will be releasing their new album, Shadows, on September 27th, furthering my belief that September is going to be a killer month for music. Hearing this first single, “Opium,” I feel as if the band is going for sort of a Cut Copy feel, but with a darker tint, rather than the sharp edges of the aforementioned. Still, you can definitely shake it to this track, or just let it wash over you, either way is acceptable.
Download: The New Division – Opium [MP3]
Here’s another new song called “Settling it Off” from the upcoming Peter Wolf Crier album. I’m expecting great things from these guys as they look to continue the support they gained from their 2010 album Inter-Be. I guess one could call it experimental folk rock music? It’s fairly simple yet still a fun listen given the right setting. As previously reported, the new album Garden of Arms is due out September 6th on JagJaguwar.
Download: Peter Wolf Crier – Settling it Off [MP3]
I’ll go ahead and be honest with you people, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Dum Dum Girls and have always found their side projects more interesting. I say this so you can truly believe me when I say that this new slow burning jam “Coming Down” has immediately turned my opinion of the band. Sure it’s simple, but it’s Mazzy Star style build up has me marking the calendar for the September 27th release of their new album Only in Dreams on Sub Pop Records. Also of note, the band is stopping into town Friday at Mohawk for a live set that’s sure to sell out.
Download: Dum Dum Girls – Coming Down [MP3]
I would like to thank the Council for appointing me the head of the IT Department. The IT Department at Austin Town Hall will be the place for the more electronic side of the industry. IT will cover Electro, Dance Pop, straight up Electronica, whatever. IT will be synth driven, but not always purely synthetic.
This is the beta run with v0.9, so I’ll be taking the chance to catch you up on a few of my favorites of the year so far. This post has some big names, a few unknowns and some pure drum and bass. So click through for tracks from the Horrors, Little Dragon and Amon Tobin as well as a couple newcomers.
Edit: Adding one more track from Casiokids…