More From Quiet the Pilot

L.A. based songwriter Ryan Moore and his project known as Quiet the Pilot caught my ear towards the beginning of this month and I’ve been enjoying him ever since. Today he’s peaked my interest again with this new track called “Stan the Man”. I’m reminded immediately of my late 90s/early 2000s indie emo bands like The Promise Ring as the song sort of meanders here and there in a most chilled out way. I suggest you check it out now.

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Nice New Track From Quiet the Pilot

10484414_10203204845494321_9017188723809787699_nI’ve been away too long, but am ready to start sharing some tunes again in whatever capacity I can. I’ll kick things off today with this memorable new tune from L.A. based songwriter Ryan Moore and his project known as Quiet the Pilot. The track is called “Stick Around Some” and reminds of Built to Spill or Modest Mouse if they were stripped down to only an acoustic. Check out his other music on soundcloud and you might even be reminded of Iron & Wine or other famous singer songwriters. I’ve played this one 5 times already today. When I have more information on this project, I’ll send it your way.

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Another Track from Pure Moods

PURE_MOODS-BLooks like we’ll be spending some time over in Australia today, as we first ran a Lower Plenty track, and now we’re here with this Pure Moods hit. I’ve really taken to the band’s approach; they seem to take the pages from the Mac Demarco notebook and slow it all down…like the DJ Screw of indie rock. There’s a nice meandering bit of guitar jamming out right after the 2 minute mark, but even that has a subdued wash to it. To me, this is chillwave, but with instruments! Looking forward to the group’s debut self-titled album, out November 4th via Deaf Ambitions.

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Check New Go Suburban Tunes

sosuburbI’ll admit that I’ve drifted from the classic indie rock sound that I adored during the 00s, but this tune from Go Suburban has me rethinking. The cornerstone of the modern indie rock statement is a great vocal, which is present here, but I needed extra touches to convince me. For one, cascading guitars ringing in the background got me, then little audio clips pushed me over the edge. Plus, like all great tensions, I needed some building tension to rise and fall, such as the moment just after the 3 minute mark. Their album WWDK, featuring this track of the same name, is available now.

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New One From Speedy Ortiz

DSC_3974Speedy Ortiz sent out this rocking new track “Death Note” this morning and I felt the need for more of you to hear it on ATH. Now some of you may remember us not being huge fans of the live show during SXSW last year, but the more I think about it, the more I think the band may have suffered from poor sound and set up at pop up show locations. So I’m giving the band another shot, which is easy when they keep putting out songs like this. Rock on.

A new EP entitled Foiled Again will be out on June 3rd via Car Park Records.

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There’s Just Something About Heaven’s Jail

heavensjailYou know, we’ve heard tons of fads come and go over the last decade, whether good or bad, but one thing that I never tire of is the traditional (in an early 00s sense) indie rock. I think Heaven’s Jail definitely has it down, which should come as no surprise seeing as they’re promoting their 4th LP, Widow’s Work. I like the way the guitar twinkles in this song, steadying the track throughout, even with it’s plucking of chords as the tune progresses. If you miss that tried-and-true sound, then give this a listen..grab the record on May 6th.

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Austin Spotlight: Stream the Milezo Album

milezoIt’s been a really great year for Austin music, recording-wise, so it should come as no surprise that there’s another solid release coming out of the town to wrap up the year. Milezo just tossed out their new album, Heads on Holiday. Like most things done with the band, the entire listen is a journey. You’ll hear songs of the psych sort pushed in the direction of wistful pop songs then off to lush gazing tracks. It’s never in one place long, offering a lot of discovery for listeners. Take a trip with these guys by streaming it in its entirety below; you won’t regret it.

Listen to a Dead Stars B-Side

deadstarsLong have we supported Dead Stars. They’re one of those acts that consistently perfect the are of nostalgic college rock n’ roll. They’ve got huge distorted riffs, pulled back to reveal a steadying melody that always maintains a central roll in their songs. By bridging the two together, they bring you these huge hooks that fit perfectly into long drives with wind in your hair. I love the patience of this song, which features as the B-Side to their”Calm Punk” single. Have fun jamming out this tune really loudly. 

Shark Week Return

sharkweek_promo_webBeen awhile since I’ve heard anything from D.C. based Shark Week after a promising start a couple of years surrounding a solid SXSW performance and a few singles here and there.  Today I’m pumped to be sharing with you the first single called “Waste of Time” from the band’s upcoming debut LP.  It’s definitely a more focused effort from what we’ve heard in the past from the band.

New album Beach Fuzz is out on May 19th via PaperCup Music.

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Austin Spotlight: Empire Machines

1601277_725410277513549_9198015871024763830_nWith the insane amount of bands in our great little city, it’s never truly shocking that I’m finding promising up and coming bands all the time.  Somehow I had never really listened to Empire Machines despite seeing their name from time to time on some local bills.  After reaching out to me recently, I gave a listen to their new EP and am rather pleased with the discovery.  Below you can check out that new EP entitled Animal Skin.  Waiting for you within is what might be one of Austin’s best kept secrets in the indie rock scene.  You’ll get a bit of heavy distortion, enchanting melodies and one of the better rhythm sections I’ve heard in quite some time.  Opening and title track “Animal Skin” hits super hard and will grab your attention as you make your way through an engaging and rocking 3 tracker.

Say hi to Empire Machines on facebook or stream more of their music over on bandcamp.  Stay tuned for more news from the band.

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