Show Preview: SSLYBY @ Red 7 (8/21)

Date Tuesday, August 21st
Location Red 7
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $8 from Transmission

It’s been a bit of time since I’ve seen Someone Still Loves Your Boris Yeltsin, but having thoroughly enjoyed their recent effort, Tape Club, I think this is going to be the place to be on Tuesday evening.  They’re always energetic, and they know their way around a solid pop track, so your expectations should be high. Oh, and the bill can’t get much better with two great Austin bands, Oh No Oh My and Tiger Waves.  You’ve gotta get there early to see Tiger Waves and support the guys, as they’ve had some rough times on their recent national tour, having lost a van to the ways of the road.  Good pop, good times. Be there.

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Download:Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin – Sink/Let it Sway [MP3]

 

New Tunes from Oh No Oh My

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard a word about the forthcoming album from local Austinites Oh No Oh My.  But, we now know the band will be releasing their new record, People Problems, on January 18th.  While their last effort had a lot of disjointed folk attributes, it seems that the boys have cleaned out the closet here.  Their first single, “Walking Into Me,” has a bit more straightforward pop appeal, going right for the emotional appeal, though moderate guitar strumming in the background, and other tinkering instruments, still allows the band to keep their quirky attitude intact. We like that, and that makes us anticipate this release even more.

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Download: Oh No Oh My – Walking Into Me [MP3]

Show Preview: Pomegranates @ Mohawk (11/20)

Date 11/20/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 900p
Tickets ?? @ Door

Those Ohio kids most of us seem to have fallen in love with Pomegranates are making a stop in Austin at the Mohawk on Saturday.  Joining the guys on stage you’ll get two great Austin bands with Oh No Oh My and A Tiger Named Lovesick.  Not sure exactly how much the show will cost, but tickets will be sold at the door and we’d assume they’re under $10.  This is a great chance to see an up and coming band in an intimate setting for super cheap.

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Download: Pomegranates – 50s [MP3]

Here We Go Magic @ Emo’s (8/4)

Date 8/4/10
Location Emos
Doors 9pm
Tickets $10 @ Ticketweb

Here We Go Magic have another show planned in Austin this Wednesday night at Emo’s.  Seems like these guys have been stopping in town a lot over the last couple years so I’m glad to see up and comers Beach Fossils also on the bill.  Oh No Oh My will be opening up the night.

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Download: Here We Go Magic – Collector [MP3]

Quiet Company @ Ghost Room (6/25)

Date 6/25/10
Location Ghost Room
Doors 8pm
Tickets $7 @ door

The Ghost Room on Friday night continues a great week of stacked local lineups with a headlining set by Austinites Quiet Company.  Fellow upstart and noteworthy bands Oh No Oh My, Royal Forest, and Courrier will all be joining the guys on stage.  Cheap music and good times.

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Download: Quiet Company – How Do You Do It [MP3]

Neko Case @ Antones (11/24)

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Date 11/24/09
Location Antones
Doors 8pm
Tickets Sold Out!

The incredible Neko Case is making a stop in town just in time for Thanksgiving at Antones on Tuesday.  The show is also set up to benefit the local Austin Food Bank during these cold and trying times for the less fortunate.  Opening support is provided by Oh No Oh My.  Tickets are all sold out for this one so try your hand at craigs list or try to scalp the night of the show.

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Download: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve [MP3]

Pants Yell! – Received Pronunciation

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Rating: ★★★★ ·

Amidst the world of lo-fi stands one Slumberland Records band who is willing to go against the grain.   Ladies and gentleman we present to you, Pants Yell!. Well, we don’t actually present them to you, as Received Pronunciation is the group’s third proper release.  Still, after being all over the SR catalogue this year, and I assure you, we’re still into it, we now have a new record to fall in love with as the year draws to an end.

You see, when opening track “Frank and Sandy” comes through your speaker, you’re not sure what you were expecting, but you most assuredly weren’t awaiting the haphazard delivery of the lyrics, let alone the song itself.  It just seems to sort of traipse along, ever really reaching any sort of climax.  Such restraint, however, is actually refreshing.

You can find much clarity and precision on every single song that plays through this album.  If you added heavy string arrangements, and perhaps a few more witticisms you might call this a Belle and Sebastian record.  Still, that is lazy journalism, but if I told you that they sound like a much more confident Oh No! Oh My! you would probably be a little confused.  More so, there is a particular youthfulness in this that B&S have moved beyond, perhaps even a little naivete, but such innocence, especially in the banality of the lyrics really makes the listening experience one of the most enjoyable of the last several months.  Take the humorous “Spider,” which seems like an elementary student channeling Calvin Johnson.

This album just continually seems to give back to the listener, each song seemingly a touch different then the last, while consistently staying in the same place.  Take “Someone Loves You” versus “Not Wrong,” two songs that have similarity in song structure, but the hurried percussion in the former picks up the tempo, creating a song that sounds nothing like the tune that will follow two tracks later.  And as the album draws near to an end, it all seems so familiar.  Perhaps those who fell in love with Jeremy Jay will find that they can take his promise and craft, hand it over to a set of vibrant like-minded youths, and it will come out like Received Pronunciation.

Everyone is sure to grab ahold of this band, as they are clearly ready to step into a light of their own.  Three albums into their career, and it seems that the group can’t go too wrong.  Let’s cross our fingers that Pants Yell! continue to build upon the talent and joy displayed in their latest effort, Received Pronunciation.

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Download: Pants Yell! – Someone Loves You [MP3]

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