Man Dangerbird Records is easily one of our favorite indie labels here in the good ‘ol USA. They’ve got old favorites like The Dears, newbies like Slothrust, and even some solid locals like A. Sinclair and Ume. They kill it. As they continue their hit parade, the label just sent over this killer new track called “Crooked Heart”from Danny Noguieras’ new project No Win. The single is part of a new monthly single release series from Dangerbird called MICRODOSE. Each month the label will release an A-side/B-side single with a live release show in L.A.
Microdose is a singles series from Dangerbird Records, which also features live performances; this month they’re offering up this tasty morsel from Cali’s People Flavor. It definitely has some chords that allude to the California surf, with sharp chords stabbing, though I can also hear bits of one of my favorites, Pretty Nice. This number has a little more swing, coming together in a huge wash of pop during the chorus. The band will perform on February 16th in LA, and perhaps its time I look to getting something similar started in our own fair city…and you can do the same in yours!
Instead of going on about how Holly Miranda is a female songwriter with looks and songs, let’s just enjoy listening to this great new single of hers. I love the nonchalance in her lyrical display here, not to mention the coated fragility that seems to seep through. And, instead of just giving us a singer-songwriter touch, she adds some atmospheric flourishes behind it all, strengthening the heart of the track; it puts her in a league where few other live…female or not. Look for her self-titled LP to hit on May 19th via Dangerbird Records.
As we move into our early week tunes, have a listen to this great track from T. Hardy Morris. Now some of you may have heard this one already so just bear with me for a minute. It’s a great country inspired rock track that is worthy of a few plays despite my tardiness. Think Blitzen Trapper or Deer Tick with more of a punk rock tendency. Let’s make it through the week…
We ATH kids realize that we aren’t perfect when it comes to music discovery, so it’s nice when we have faithful readers that will tip us off on things we missed from time to time. This beautiful new song “Old Friend” from Sea Wolf is one of those times when we owe a debt of gratitude to one of our fans for showing us the light. It’s an incredibly catchy pop number that’s already seen several spins in my itunes after first downloading yesterday morning. If you like what you hear, you’re in luck, because a new album from Sea Wolf entitled Old World Romance will be available next week on Dangerbird Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/01-Old-Friend.mp3]
Download: Sea Wolf – Old Friend [MP3]
If you haven’t heard of Guineafowl until now, we’ll forgive you, as we’re just catching onto the band ourselves. The Australian group is coming to the States to support the release of their Guineafowl EP. The feel of their first US single totally epitomizes my need for high-fueled energy on Wednesday; it’s got bits of stomping, yet I can sort of hear that blissful swoon of the Dears hiding beneath their guitar work lines. Just sort of imagine blending pieces of eclectic elements with bits of electronic rock, add some swinging chorus lines, and you’ve got this group summed up. Damned if that doesn’t sound like a great bit of fun to me. Their EP is out now on Dangerbird.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/02-Little-Fingers.mp3]
Download: Guineafowl – Little Fingers [MP3]
Today we are pleased to announce our 3rd annual unofficial SXSW show during the madness of the festival next week. This year we decided to go with a night show as opposed to a day show since many of you have voiced complaints about not enough good music to see at night. Well here you are people, we have partnered with our friends over at Songsinc to bring you a show at Empire Garage (next door to Side Bar). Deets are as follow:
– Thursday March 18th
– Location: Empire Garage
– Doors: 7pm/Music 8pm
– Lineup (in order of appearance with links):
This show is totally free and open to the public with no RSVP, wristband, badge or other B.S. needed to get in. Just come out and have a good time while listening to some great music at one of the best bars in Austin. You’d probably be at Side Bar anyway right? The two places are connected so come on over and say hi. We’re also very pleased to have Floyd’s Barbershop, Dangerbird Records, and Sweetish Hill Bakery on board to help put on this event. You can also help us promote by liking the event on facebook, Do512 and Ning.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Theres-Nothing-In-The-Water-We-Cant-Fight-1.mp3]
Download: Cloud Control – There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight [MP3]
When we last heard from Eulogies on their album Here Anonymous, you could feel the energetic undertones dying to creep out from beneath your speakers. While their latest piece, Tear the Fences Down definitely holds true in some areas to such a niche, we find the band exploring newer territories, ground that seems a bit more subdued, illustrating the growth process of one of our favorite bands.
The stuttering guitar line on “Out of Style, Out of Touch” might you to believe the band will be following line for line their old stylings, yet Peter Walker’s voice has a little hint of solemnity to it, giving the music a calming effect. Sure, there’s a bit of a guitar solo off in the distant horizon, but the tinkering piano/keyboard and Walker keep the pace in a more soothing realm. “Intimate Debris” continues the push into a more developed sound, no longer relying on bombast and sharp edged guitars. Here the band almost takes on a bit of a folk serenade, building a collective group effort to the forefront.
But, as promised, the band still has some definite hooks to toss your way. “You Hide” has one of the catchiest choruses to hit the Internet this year, and the rest of the song dutifully builds that frivolity throughout, though you might think that there’s definitely a hint of innocence and discovery playing a role here. Even though such moments do exist for the duration of Tear the Fences Down, they are few and far between; this, however, is not necessarily a reason to dismiss the record–far from it!
I’m reminded a great deal of Nada Surf the more I go through the record. They achieved moderate success, then evolved into something much warmer, creating a canon of music that even the truest of pop fans have to look upon with envy. Such are the moves of Eulogies, crafting little melodic twists, altering their sound for the better. “Tear the Fences Down” uses acoustic guitar to give the song a more natural feel, and in doing so, it lets Walker take control of every bit of melody crafted inside the practice studio. Once the drums kick in you have a frolicking piece of genuine pop music, and while it may not knock you on your ass, it gets more ingrained in your soul with each ensuing listen. When I came across “Separate Heart” my inferences about the band’s progression really hit me; this band is really grown up–they’re really pushing themselves. Okay, so it might not be the most original thing to include accordion (or whatever it may be), but that chorus is built with such care that eery listener surely will find that it hits a personal note–one of appreciation.
Closing the record is a little bit of acoustic rambling, one certainly indicative of the band’s home state, California. You probably wouldn’t have guessed such a sunny piece of acoustic pop would have sprouted from the last effort, but sure enough it has; its done so in such a successful manner that listeners might not think of Eulogies the same way. Perhaps that’s what the band wanted all along; they wanted more from their music and themselves. Tear the Fences Down, in both title and music, shows the band reforming their sound, and building things up from the ground. If they do it this well, who knows how far they can go.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Eulogies-YouHide.mp3]
Download: Eulogies – You Hide [MP3]
So we literally just posted a new song from The Dears last week and now yet another new one has popped up on the internets. This new tune is called “Blood” and will also appear on the band’s upcoming Degeneration Street due out February 15th on Dangerbird Records. I can’t say I’m feeling this one as much as the other new jam “Omega Dog”. Anyone care to disagree?[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/TheDears-Blood.mp3]
Download: The Dears – Blood [MP3]
It seems like the Dears are one of the most under appreciated bands in Canada, and we’re always hoping that they’ll make a huge breakthrough Stateside. Their latest effort, Degeneration Street will be hitting the streets on February 15th via Dangerbird Records, and everything we’ve heard so far has us once again delighted about the possibilities from their forthcoming album. It’s not even fair to compare these guys to anyone, as they never cease to reinvent themselves, for better, time and time again. Definitely going to be loving this track for months to come.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/01-Omega-Dog.mp3]
Download: The Dears – Omega Dog [MP3]