Admittedly, things I love escape me at first, so I’m not sure how I missed this new 7″ from Ribbon Stage; it’s 5 songs in under 10 minutes, but dammit if its not the most enjoyable little dose of noisy pop you’ll hear this week. Take bands like Talulah Gosh or Jeanines, but put the pop sensibility on the back-burner, add a couple of tablespoons of energy and crank the noise, and well, the perfect batch of pop songs. Kind of like if you love the Comet Gain when David’s not singing, particularly in the pre 2000s output. I know you’ve got ten minutes to spare, so don’t drop the ball and skip this like I did!
I’ve been on the Shivas train for quite some time, and I’m rather surprised at how quickly they’ve returned considering they were just rocking their last album less than a year ago. This track, however, might catch a few off-guard, offering a smooth Western-tinged ballad that brims with soulful vocals. Sure, lacking in the punch and hooks they’ve offered before, but the song builds in such a way that it’s hard for listeners to turn this thing off. It’s a song of maturity and growth, giving us a glimmer of what we should expect on the band’s new LP, Better Off Dead, which is being released on February 9th via K Records.
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We at ATH have long admired the work of Jeremy Jay, from his earliest days on K Records to his newest efforts with his full band Dystopian Violet. He’s a great songwriter, so we’re always glad to share something with you if it pertains to his writing chops. Recently he tossed this new single our way, which will hopefully be coming along with a new full length. In it you’ll hopefully hear some added production value, like string and keyboard touches. It adds depth to his already solid sound; I’m personally in love with the steady propulsion of the drum beat here. Take a listen, and we’ll keep you posted on upcoming releases as they come our way.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/The-Stranger-July.mp3]
Make no mistake about it, there are still people out there who are madly in love with the work that Calvin Johnson has done; I remain one of those steady die-hard fans. Today I’m brining you the new single from his up-coming album with The Hive Dwellers; it’s titled Moanin. Of course, the heart and soul of the song resides on Johnson’s voice, backed with a fitting female backing voice. For my two cents, I think the witticisms and simplicity of Calvin’s work has always been endearing, and you’ll find that on display here in this track, as well as throughout the rest of the album. You can get your copy on April 29th via K Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/TheHiveDwellers_Moanin_KLP249_01_BabyBeMine.mp3]
So you’re heading out to the record store this weekend, and you’re wondering what you need besides that Mac Demarco and Cloud Nothings records you’ve got on your list? My suggestions is you immediately get your hands on the latest 7″ from The Shivas. Their last full-length, Whiteout, didn’t get as much appreciate as it deserved, but they definitely turned heads with their great set at last years Austin Psych Fest. The A-Side has this swinging touch to it, working magic that makes the tune undeniably catchy with the vocal work. If the band continues to write hits like this there’s no reason their next full-length won’t knock the socks off everyone out there. And if it’s not at your local shop, pick it up from their label, K Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/TheShivas_YouMakeMeWannaDie_IPU143_01_YouMakeMeWannaDie.mp3]
Yep, the last few months have scattered hits from Jeremy Jay, and this one is another that spread around yesterday. But, I don’t care; Jeremy’s been really kind to us, and really important to my listening habits over the last several years, so I’m going to give you yet another new tune. This track appears on Abandoned Apartments, which comes out on January 21st via K Records. It’s a song that fits in perfectly with the record, and it’s definitely one of the standout tracks. He’s pulled back a bit on the electronics, hiding them lower in the mix, which allows listeners to really connect with his striking voice. Personally, I like the discordant noise push that comes in the latter half of the song, but anything he touches is likely to make me happy.
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I’ve got some unfortunate new folks. Jeremy Jay‘s new LP, Abandoned Apartments, has now been pushed to January 24th, rather than the initially reported November due date. But, that means we have more time to enjoy the tasty new single he’s putting out today. Again, there’s a shimmering synth mood that runs the track, while Jeremy’s softened voice rest gently atop. It’s funny, I think if you sped the track up, you’d have a nice little club hit, but I appreciate the sensitive approach Jay takes instead. Just another reason for us all to look forward to 2014.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/01.-SENTIMENTAL-EXPRESSWAY.mp3]
Download: Jeremy Jay – Sentimental Expressway [MP3]
Not only do I really appreciate K Records, but I love Jeremy Jay. So, when the two team up, you know I’m going to throw my support their way. Jeremy has a new album titled Abandoned Apartments coming out on the label on November 12th, and we’ve got the first listen to one of the tracks for your ears. The guitar is still an integral part of the sound, though the wash of synths has become more prominent through the last few LPs, which is definitely apparent here. Closing out the song is a twanging bit of guitar work too; it’s a nice touch to end the song. Hope you enjoy listening to Jeremy as much as I do.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/02.-COVERED-IN-IVY.mp3]
Download: Jeremy Jay – Covered In Ivy [MP3]
Ever since he released the Airwalker EP and A Place Where We Could Go I’ve been an adamant fan of Jeremy Jay and his music. But, he’s been quiet as of late, waiting almost two full years since his last release to put together a new album. According to an email, part of that seems to be that he’s been searching for the absolute perfect place to record his music. Our first taste of new music from Jeremy already seems destined for greatness, with an old 80s warehouse sound and Jay’s cool vocal delivery. His new record should come our way later this year via K Records, with a single slated for release prior to that date; for now, he’s graciously sent us this incredible tune to share with you all. Do yourself a favor if you’re new to Jeremy, and go revisit his entire catalogue. It’ll be a day well spent.
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Ashley Eriksson is the lead singer of LAKE, and the songwriter of the theme song for Adventure Time. Of course, she’s always been working on the side, and she’s ready to debut a new record, Colours, which comes out on July 16th. She possess a tranquil voice, carefully draped across the top of her elegant piano tapestries. There’s a respect for the the empty space that belongs in music, allowing her songs to achieve some beautiful clarity. She’ll be teaming up with K Records for this release of piano ballads, all which will require a quiet ear and a joy for voice.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/11-Ashley-Eriksson-Humming-in-the-Dark.mp3]
Download: Ashley Eriksson – Humming in the Dark [MP3]