It’s interesting trying to decipher the meaning behind the title of John Christie‘s latest single, “Skeleton Earth.” Of course, some folks will dig deep into the lyrical meaning, and I’m sure you’ll find an obscured answer. But, the more I listen to this track, the more I’m drawn to the skeletal feel of the song itself. The drumming, for instance, is precise, and perhaps played with a touch of flare, but it never seems overbearing. Christie’s baritone too feels almost emotionless, like its this constant lifeblood drawn from the Earth, flowing through us all. At least that’s what I was thinking on when I listened through; good jam nonetheless.
It seems like my day will continue to rock with these new songs from Memphis based Ex-Cult. So the band is releasing a brand new 7″ soon, and in preparation they have posted both of the new songs on bandcamp for all to enjoy. I’m sharing both below, and many of you might recognize “1906” from earlier this month, but new song “Summer of Fear” is really doing it for me. While rock at it’s core, I love the overtones of punk rock and psychedelia as well.
Pick up this new 7″ on vinyl via Famous Class on August 12th.
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Many thanks are due to local Austin label Super Sonic Sounds Records for sending over this bright new single from Memphis based Snowglobe. It’s pure indie pop at it’s core, but also features some elements of Americana and a bit of quirkiness as well. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more from these guys real soon.
Snowglobe will release their new self-titled LP on July 29th via Super Sonic Sounds Records.
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We’ve talked about Memphis based NOTS on this here website in the past and they are one of those bands we eagerly wait to hear more from. Today our thirst for new music is quenched with this epic new single entitled “Entertain Me”. Prepare yourself before hitting play because this thing is an epic, 7 minute long, punk rock jam session. It’s full of grit, wailing guitars and vocals, and all things badass.
NOTS will release new album Cosmetic on September 9th via Goner Records.
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Memphis-native Don Trip has been making a name for himself in underground hip-hop for a number of years, however his most notable contributions to the genre have come from his Step Brothers collaborations with fellow Tennessean Starlito. Don Trip had one noticeable blip on the radar back in 2011 but ultimately has not been able to get much attention beyond that. I would entirely attribute that to how brutally honest and baggage-filled his music has always been. Don Trip’s newest offering, God Speed, continues to match the criteria. It’s a great album from beginning to end, including the song “Medicine“, a somber and moving tale about getting caught being unfaithful. It may also be the most beautiful hip-hop song of 2015. God Speed can be picked up on iTunes or Google Play, and “Medicine” can be heard below.
A Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa collaboration is nothing new, nor is an ode to groupies. But what I like about this newest song between the two, “For Everybody”, is the purposeful contradictions throughout the whole song. Also included is a very obvious entire verse dedicated to Wiz Khalifa’s ex-wife, exotic dancer turned video vixen Amber Rose: “I fell in love with a stripperrrr / funny thing is I fell back out of love quickerrrr”. This is not slut shaming. It’s far from it.
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We’ve posted and shared our fascination with Alec West’s new solo project Another Green World a few times in the past. The style is sonically right up our alley with its dream like sounds and beautifully composed pop tendencies. Today we’re happy to be premiering a new song from the project called “Snow”. Once again we are finding many things to like here and I’m sure you guys will too.
New album, Memorial, is out October 21st on 80s Ladies Records.
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I’ve been intrigued by the festival fascination of the world as of late, but as most of us know, the idea isn’t a wholly new one. For example, Goner Records is hosting their 11th Goner Fest this year on September 25-28 in Memphis. I love the label and the things they’ve been putting out, so I reached out to our friend Madison, who handles press and bookings at Goner, to see who the Top 5 Acts of the festival are.
If you’re looking to get your rock n’ roll fix, and are willing to travel, this is the place to be. You can still get your hands on tickets HERE. Thanks again to Madison for the time, and the advice on who to check out.
Well, this is an old song, but it’s probably going to be brand new to those of us outside of Memphis who hadn’t heard of The Barbaras. Legend has it that Jay Reatard recorded the band, which featured Steven Pope (of his then touring band), but in anger told the band he scrapped the recordings. After his unfortunate demise, these tunes resurfaced on some of Jay’s old recording equipment, and the great people at Goner Records are going to be releasing the collection, The Barbaras 2006-2008, on October 30th. This track’s definitely made its way onto my daily playlist, and it has a mellower tone than some of the other tracks, just showcasing the songwriting of the group during their prime. Take a listen.
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Torquil Campbell of Stars and Chris Dumon are returning with their band known as Memphis for a 3rd LP under the moniker. Below you’ll find new track from the guys entitled “I Want the Lights on After Dark” for your enjoyment. Of course you’ll hear a lot of the influence from Campbell and his many years in the Canadian powerhouse. Hell, this could probably even be labeled as a Stars song and most people couldn’t tell the difference right? New album Here Comes a City will be available on March 8th via Arts & Crafts.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/03-I-Want-The-Lights-On-After-Dark.mp3]
Download: Memphis – I Want The Lights On After Dark [MP3]