No, this is not some rhetoric on the culture of America, but rather a post about a band I just recently discovered, American Culture. The group is set to release their debut LP, Pure American Gum, via the label on January 11th, and the sound I’m hearing from the group has me more than amped. You’ll hear a certain pop sensibility lurking beneath distorted guitars and vocals, creating a nostalgic feeling that’s just left of the dial. You may not have heard of the group as of yet, but thanks to Jigsaw Records, it’ll be one of your favorites this January.
Earlier in the fall, news of a new album from The Ocean Party trickled in, getting me excited, as I love the band and their work. But, for some reason or another, I completely forgot about it, and didn’t even remember it was coming out until last week. Since then I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to their latest LP, Soft Focus, which got a US release from the hardworking Jigsaw Records. So, since I completely forgot the album, I figured you needed to listen to it…also because it’s kind of a slow music week. So, no need to hear myself talk, I’d rather hear your thoughts on this LP.
I have absolutely no idea what any of the ideas on this song are about, nor do I really care. It sounds like absolute gibberish, but that’s probably because I don’t speak Japanese. Still, there’s something undeniable about this track, which came out in Japan a while ago. Meeks had never even made my radar until the reliable Jigsaw Records decided that digging it back up and releasing it Stateside would be genius. I tend to agree. Sometimes a song or a band grabs you, and no matter the language, there’s an inherent quality that bonds you with that. Today, I’m all about the Meeks.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Meeks-Hello_Goodbye.mp3]
Download: Meeks – Hello Goodbye [MP3]
After a brief name change to Birds of California, Lunchobx has returned to their name sake in order to release a brand new album, said to be their best in their 15+ year career. Their working with Jigsaw Records to release Lunchbox Loves You, which will hit the world running on August 12th. The song moves along with a raucous bit of pop, but just beyond a minute and a half, they offer a more soothing twist on their current offering, escorted to the song’s ending by some nice horn accompaniment. It’s a nice dosage of pop, and one that’s sure to get you excited about the band’s return.
It’s already been a great July, with several exciting new albums announced, and a few new hits, so it’s only fitting that Blooper should announce their new So Very Small EP. It’s the perfect blend of power-pop, with jangling guitars hiding beneath the distortion; there’s also a certain warmth to the track that endears itself to the indiepop fans. The band doesn’t release new music too often, so you’ve got to be excited that the Seattle act has opted to get up-and-going with this new tune. You can order the EP from Jigsaw Records as we speak, but for now just revel in the track below.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Blooper-Tinted_Windows.mp3]
Download: Blooper – Tinted Windows [MP3]
For those of you in the need of something soft and catchy on this Tuesday afternoon, then I suggest you spend a little bit of time with James and the Express. They’ve just released a brand new album via Jigsaw Records titled Your Friend, JATE, and it’s the perfect way to delight in the waning hours of your day. You’ll definitely find yourself in a drifting mood, but one that’s encouraged by supremely well-written pop tunes. There’s twelve blissful songs on the record, and you can grab yourself a copy right HERE.
Honestly, I didn’t really know anything about Nar until the other day while I was kicking it with the Jigsaw Records catalog. Scrolling through their recent releases the name of Scott Miller caught my eye. He’s most recently been associated with the most excellent English Singles, but I’m absolutely in love with his early 90s work with this group. There’s hints of punk rock, but there’s also a bunch of devil-may-care attitude thrown in, making it a heap of fun…not to mention some of the softer indiepop hits at the end. I put up a few songs for you to sample from the band’s History compilation. Check them out, and pick them up.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Nar-Bad_Thoughts.mp3]
Download: Nar – Bad Thoughts [MP3][audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Nar-Boring_Facts.mp3]
Download: Nar – Boring Facts [MP3]
It says a lot when a band can claim the likes of Matinee and Cloudberry as their past homes, and with the move to Jigsaw, Charlie Big Time continue their foray into the annals of great indie pop labels. Next week you’ll be able to grab the Sale or Return EP from the band, and this first listen is really something special. There’s a an airy quality to the song, which counteracts with the cascading distorted guitar. The vocals are definitely focused on Matthew’s performance, but Beth also does a great job of adding just the right backing vocals, leaving listeners with a fine slice of pop to get you through your day.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/01-A-Sunday-Afternoon-Well-Spent.mp3]
Download: Charlie Big Time – A Sunday Afternoon Well Spent [MP3]