It’s that time of the week friends, where you get to revisit all the stuff we covered last week, mostly because we’re too lazy to do it on a Friday. We had a lot of super rad stuff, with fresh tunes from the likes of Living Hour, Interior Geometry and Lost Film. Plus, with Liars reissue treatment, I get a chance to post an old school Liars jam, so I was stoked there. Plus, our friend Nick Rad documented his fun at the Turnstile show, so I included a jam in here too, because why the heck not?! Happy Monday!
This news has been floating around for a few days, but I really just wanted an excuse to post about my favorite Liars record. The band have announced they’ll be giving their back catalog the reissue treatment, though they’ll be doing it with recycled vinyl, which sounds like the right move considering all those toss away Adele record sitting at Target. While I know the band is predominantly Angus’ project nowadays, They Threw Us All in the Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top is a pretty spotless debut illustrating how incredible the group were. The reissue of this LP is out on July 22.
I really wonder if we’ll all look back sometime and realize just how incredible the shape-shifting ways of Angus and Liars truly was; I know thinking back on They Threw Us All in a Trench… that I couldn’t have imagined where the band would have ended up some 20 years later. Still, I have a soft spot for Angus’ approach, and this round it seems he embraced collaboration in the earliest stage, pulling in jazz drummers and multi-instrumentalists to fill out the soundscape he’s envisioned. The song operates with this throbbing heartbeat, darkened by synth notes and Angus’ haunting delivery, but as it unwinds, drumming becomes erratic in nature, off-beat even at times…every stone overturned reveals a new musical perspective. Personally, the melodic vocals just after the 2 minute mark are my personal highlight here…but that’s just basic old me. This tune appears on The Apple Drop, the new LP hitting on August 6th via Mute.
First of all, you can’t plan the weather, but you can plan for it. It was frrrreaky cold. I was sporting my fluffy socks, gloves, the wind proof jacket and the X-Men scarf (thanks, Beth). The suffering was worth it as once again, the fest proved to be a fantastic place to have a camera.
The Sunday gallery from Day for Night features Nothing, S U R V I V E, Ariel Pink, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Matmos, Lightning Bolts, Liars, Night Drive, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Little Dragon and Butthole Surfers. Wow.
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These lists are everywhere, so you’ll be excused if you just roll your eyes and skip on. But, that being said, we always seem to be way off the mark when it comes to our Top 50 Albums of the Year. Sure, we have some of the sure fire hits on this list like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, but don’t even read on if you’re look ing to see where Run the Jewels made it…they’re not there. Sorry not sorry. So, if you’re into arbitrary lists by people who like to push their own agenda, then this list is for you! Read more
As Flagland have continued their rise in our musical world, they’ve offered various musical forms. They’ve been soft, brash and explosive, but this latest tune recalls the sharp-edged sword that once was Liars. It’s darkened post-punk with bursts of rasping lyrics that force you to turn down your stereo so you won’t wake the neighbors. You’ll be able to get their new record, Love Hard, via the consistent Father Daughter Records on February 25th. Be prepared to have a little fun with your listening habits; it’s all over the map in an enjoyably spastic way.[audio:https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/09-Monster.mp3]
For as long as I can remember, I’ve admired the work of Liars. Their records never once sound the same, yet they always have some linear links to previous works. On their latest they continue to explore some of the more electronically influenced moments of their catalog, but it’s the hook during the chorus that really grabbed me. It’s built as a danceable moment that could really unite those in attendance at a show, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish they threw it down just a bit harder…perhaps that’s awaiting in the live set. You can grab their new record, Mess, on March 25th, then plan on including it in some year-end lists. They’ll also be appearing at Austin’s Psych Fest.
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K-Holes are one of the bands that you’re either going to love or hate, though I’d prefer if you loved them. Every time I listen to their single for their upcoming record, Dismania, I nostalgically wander back to the early days of Liars. We caught up with them via email before their trip to SXSW, and they threw some humor our way, which is always appreciated. Thanks Mr. Baxter for the interview hookup. Here’s answers from the band… Read more
If you know our friends over at Hardly Art, they’ve been dabbling in the softer side of indie rock for the last several releases (not that we mind at all #justsaying). But, when you hear this booming track, you’ll realize that the label has a new force to be reckoned with in K-Holes. Their new record, Dismania, should be out on the label on May 1st, and there’s something sonically sinister lurking. It’s got the reckless abandon you can recall from early Liars work, just a lot more demonic, but in only the best way, of course. Don’t be afraid my child, there’s no devil in this rock n’ roll, just killer noise![audio:https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/KHoles_Rats.mp3]
Download: K Holes – Rats [MP3]
We’ve long been admirers of Liars; they seem untouched by their peers, always exploring their own sonic pallet. Luckily, they have an incredible live show to back up their ridiculously respectable musical chops. You’ll all get a chance to glimpse them in Austin this week (if you’re here, that is). But, to top that off, we’ve got a killer contest brought to you by the friendly people at Mute Records that will allow you to win a package with all the band’s works, and a bonus disc of their latest, Sisterworld, with reinterpretations from the likes of Thom Yorke and Devandra Banhart. Leave us a comment with your favorite SXSW moment, and we’ll select 3 winners! Contest will end Tuesday, March 16th 12 PM CST. Good luck.
Make sure to make it out to these SXSW dates:
3/18 @ Insound Day Party – 4 PM & 3/19 Billions Showcase – 1 AM
We bet that closing set at Antones will be one of the best moments of SXSW!