My roommate is super into Def Jux, the old hip-hop label, so when he ran at me with this track, I had a feeling I was just going to be polite, say it was good, and move on, but I can’t help it (or him for that matter). This new song from former Def Jux producer, Jason Drake aka Cassettes Wont Listen, is pretty up my alley, especially when it comes to high energy electronica with hints of lo-fi bedroom pop. Cassettes Wont Listen have a new record titled KEVINSPACEY coming out June 21st on Daylight Curfew, and it’s a sample driven album, yet if you’re basing it off this song, it will be filled with killer melody too. Sample the samples.
Download: Cassettes Wont Listen – The Echoes [MP3]
You’ve got to love a song that relies upon sweeping group harmonies to get its point across. This new track from the Futurebirds will be features on their Futurebirds EP that comes out next week on Autumntone. Oddly, this track really feels like it epitomizes those waning feelings of summer as you move into the autumnal season. Listening to this over and over just sort of leaves me hanging my thoughts in the clouds. Perhaps it’s the perfect time for escapism, and “Dirty D” does its job wonderfully. [audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Futurebirds-Dirty-D.mp3]
Download: Futurebirds – Dirty D [MP3]
Heres a new track from Santa Barbara based outfit Gardens & Villa that I’ve been digging for the last few days. The song has a thumping electro bass beat running the show with some great vocals throughout. You can hear this track and 9 more new songs from the band on their upcoming debut self-titled LP due out July 5th on Secretly Canadian.
Download: Garden & Villas – Black Hills [MP3]
One of our readers pointed us in the direction of this new track, as it’s hard to keep up with the Bankees, as they haven’t gotten a lot of love from the US press, not to mention there just isn’t a lot of info out there on the band. But, apparently they’ve just recorded this wonderful new track, which reminds me of Comet Gain so they can help raise money for those in Japan in need. A good cause, and a good song? Yea, go help out HERE. And if this isn’t good enough for you, prepare for the band to release another LP later this year.
Download: The Bankees – Tsunami In My Heart [MP3]
The incestuous punk rock scene in Texas is alive and well, and I’m grateful for that fact. Wax Museums returns to the forefront of the movement with their latest release, Eye Times, after a three year hiatus, which will be in stores June 28th via Trouble in Mind Records. Lyrically, you’ll probably find the track to be a touch on the simple side, but it’s such a quick power-driven number that you can’t help but get attached from the moment those drums clash with the guitars in a cacophonous moment of energy and melody. With members from Bad Sports, Silver Shampoo and Mind Spiders, there’s not a reason in the world why this won’t be super awesome.
Download: Wax Museums – Sunburn [MP3]
Our amigos over at the Gum premiered this awesome new tune “Life Fantastic” from Man Man yesterday and we wanted to share it with you readers today. The song really has it all: great vocals, haunting beats, and even a crazy guitar solo towards the end. This number is the title track to the new Man Man LP due out May 10th on Anti-.
Download: Man Man – Life Fantastic [MP3]
If you haven’t heard of Other Lives by this point in time, I’m thinking you’re kind of left out of the loop. The Oklahoma based group are set to release their second album Tamer Animals on May 17th via TBD Records, and if this doesn’t establish the band as one of the most creative entities around, then something is amiss. If you listen carefully to the release single, “For 12,” you can possibly here some of the dark textures that lived inside Kid A hiding behind the harmonies, but lurking behind all that is a creativity influenced by minimalism and a songwriting core focused on making music that empowers the listener. Odds are you won’t find such an intriguing set of songs on one record for the rest of the year.
Download: Other Lives – For 12 [MP3]
I just got sent this nice little driving garage-pop song called “Used to Be” from NYC based band The Shivers and wanted to share it with the ATH public. The song will appear on upcoming LP More due out May 10th on Silence Breaks Records. It’s truly hard to believe that this band has yet to become a household name with great tunes such as these, in addition to their huge back catalogue.
Download: The Shivers – Used To Be [MP3]
A few months back we brought you news of Xray Eyeballs, a project featuring OJ from Golden Triangle, but now there’s a new track out there, thanks to MOKB, just before the band’s release of their record Not Nothing, which will hit stores net week via Kanine Records. Listening to this track, I definitely am digging the way it trudges along, slowly building towards the eventual musical release. It’s a less immediate track than others we’ve heard, giving us the impression that Not Nothing will definitely have all sorts of things to offer its listeners. Just you wait and see.
Download: Xray Eyeballs – Egyptian Magician [MP3]
A couple months ago, we shared info with you about a cool new song and 7″ release from Atlanta based band Balkans. We’ll we’ve been digging the band ever since and now see it fit to tell you about their upcoming full length self-titled debut LP. The album, set for release on May 10th via Double Phantom Records, features tons of sick guitar based rock n roll that we ATH kids are all over these days. Here’s the second single available from the release called “Troubled and Done”.
Download: Balkans – Troubled and Done [MP3]