Speedy Wunderground is always pushing really great music our way, so it should be no surprise that the label have picked up Joyeria. I can’t stop playing the band’s latest single to go along with the announcement. Just imagine the wordplay and tonal qualities of David Berman, but maybe its spun with a bit more of a kind of fuzz rock attitude. The verses hold the stability, setting up the chorus for this hook-laden exuberance where things get a little outlandish. This band’s already won me over with their sound, so here’s to hoping we find out more about an album in the very near future.
What’s in the California water these days? Semi Trucks are the latest from the Golden State to brandish this blend of lo-fi bedroom pop that feels like the waves rolling ashore on a windless day. It’s like you’ve walked into some den of sin, smoke billowing in your eyes, and as you wipe it away, you can make out this quiet band in the corner; they’ve got a soft tambourine and this distorted guitar conducting a seance with everyone in attendance. All the while, the vocals seem caught up like the smoke, swirling and twirling around you with every breath taken. Leave breadcrumbs as you listen, as you’re likely to get lost in the caverns of this tune. The band will release Vs. California via Meritorio on November 26th.
I’m an avowed pop fan, of a certain sort, and Cardiff outfit Private World are definitely of that lot. The band guarantees an aura of sophistication in their presence, and while I can hear that approach in the single that comes with this announcement, I can also attribute my fondness to other aspects. There’s a faint hint of a nod to Edwyn Collins in a few spots of the vocals, built in with the angular cuts of the guitar to kind of bend the song’s natural warmth towards a more skewed slice of pop music. There’s a hook, but not too much to make it burdensome on repeated listens…which you will definitely want. The band are wrapping up their debut, dropping next year via Dais Records.
One of Austin’s favorite festivals has announced their 2018 Lineup. We already know that ACL Festival will happen on October 5-7 and October 12-14…but now we know what we’re getting! Personal highlights include David Byrne and Metallica/Deftones (I’ve recently been traveling down a secret metal wormhole with a lot of teenage reminiscence). A return of The National is never a bad thing, as they’ve delivered some of my favorite ACL moments in the past. B. Gray will be super stoked on Sylvan Esso and CHVRCHES. We’re also bound to love some of the acts lurking at the bottom of the list, like Sharon Van Etten, or my pick of the fest, Shame! If this whole thing is up your alley, then perhaps you’ll want to grab some tickets right HERE.
BGRAY NOTE: Post was staged before the full announce, let’s take a moment to react. The variation and diversity here is the best it has been in years. Sir Paul McCartney, Metallica, David Byrne, Twin Shadow, St Vincent, The Breeders, Blood Orange, Arctic Monkeys, Sharon Van Etten, Janelle Monae, Childish Gambino, Father John Misty – this is the best lineup on this side of the Atlantic. Get those three days now, cuz who knows if one-days will even be made available.
I’m supposed to be watching the Los Spurs game, but the world can’t wait to hear the great news about Fun Fun Fun Fest. There’s heavy hitters like Mineral, Nas, Dinosaur Jr, Death Cab for Cutie, Neutral Milk Hotel and more. But, as they always do, there’s some great emerging artists we’ll keep you up to date with like King Tuff, Majical Cloudz, Courtney Barnett and Angel Olsen. Click HERE for the full line-up…tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am right here.