Friday Album Streams: Laughing, Lowmoon, and More

It’s Friday, which is the standard for release day, so I wanted to give you some delicious treats for you to taste while you’re going through your day. There’s some great new full-lengths, a shout out I missed last week for Royal Headache and a few more obscure pieces you’re not going to find anywhere but here! So, jump below, stream what you love, skip what you don’t, and we’ll see you again next week.

Brother of MondayHumdinger (Self-Release)

LaughingBecause It’s True (Meritorio Records)

Royal HeadacheLive in America – (What’s Your Rupture)

LowmoonMonochrome (Safe Suburban Home)

My Best Unbeaten BrotherPessimistic Pizza (Audio Antihero)

Last Week’s Jams (6.3 – 6.7)

Pretty heavy week we had over on the ATH here. The Bay Area and Austin area had some great tunes to offer us, such as new stuff from Sad Eyed Beatniks and Holy Wire, or perhaps Swiftumz and Letting Up Despite Great Faults. We also got to preview some great shows like Adrianne Lenker and The Umbrellas (that was a blast btw!). Plus, Cursive return after a few years off, so of course the site’s emo contingent was keeping you up to date there. Then there were Nathan faves like Icarus Phoenix, Quivers and Azure Blue, all of whom offered us up new tunes. Tons to enjoy below.

Royal Headache Share Another Video from Live in America

In case you haven’t been falling along over the years, you might not know how much we truly love Royal Headache, the now defunct Australian act. They were a force unlike any other, building these tense angular rock tunes that were broken up by the soulful voice of singer Shogun. They recently offered up “So Low,” a track you can’t get on any of their recorded LPs, other than this forthcoming release, and today we’ve got videos of two other tracks that accompanied that same set at the Empty Bottle back in 2015. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, and didn’t manage to capture them back in the day, this video shows you what a tour de force they could be, even in the briefest of settings. Live in America is sounding like a greatest hits; it drops on June 21st via What’s Your Rupture.

Last Week’s Jams (4.29 – 5.3)

Well, I somehow managed to break the streak! This week we only have 23 songs to offer instead of the customary 28 per that last four weeks! Alas, I was sick, so were my kids, and a few of the tunes weren’t streaming. So, what did we cover? The good stuff. I was blown away and waxing nostalgic with the new Royal Headache announcement and accompanying single. It was good to see acts like Oh Boland, Neutrals and Stephen’s Shore give me my pop goodies. Plus, Austin powerhouses Urban Heat and Font were out there backing up hype with great new singles. Oh, and did you catch out great Rock n’ Recipe feature with R.E. Seraphin? Well, there’s still plenty to digest below, so enjoy yourselves!

Royal Headache Announce Live in America

While they’re no longer a working act, Royal Headache was a force to be reckoned with through their brief history and two LPs for What’s Your Rupture. Today, the band’s longtime label announce a Live in America LP, which collects two live performances and compiles them into one 17 track LP; the recordings were done at WFMU’s The Cherry Blossom Clinic and the Empty Bottle in Chicago. One of the bonuses of this release is that you get a few jams that didn’t make it onto proper recordings, like the soulful “So Low.” This track is a slow-burner, highlighting Shogun’s incredible vocals…serving as a reminder of how powerful his performances could be. Grab a partner, and swing them about in your arms and never let them go. Live in America will be out on June 21st!

Finnoguns Wake Drop New Single

One of the listens I’m most excited to dig into is the Finnoguns Wake EP, which drops at the end of January here. It’s the new project from Shogun of Royal Headache and friend Finn Berzin, and while the two are clearly aiming to make their own way sonically, there’s definitely still some lurking hints of Royal Headache. But, in some fashion, there’s an inclination for me to make some Replacements nods here, albeit spun through an Australian drawl. I love how you can hear the push for a soulful punch at the end of the vocals, bringing that bit of charm to a raucous stomping bit of rock n’ roll. Their Stay Young EP is out January 26th via Whats Your Rupture.

Pleased to Meet You: Finnogun’s Wake

Reading back through the pages on this site, you might find some loose strings tethered to Finnogun’s Wake. In fact, you should definitely recognize the voice, as this is the new project from Royal Headache frontman, Shogun; he had one of my favorite rock n’ roll voices of the last decade, offering something inherently soulful to the indie scene. His voice, as it always did, slides right into this perfect blend of noisy, distorted guitar lines, letting the track walk this tightrope between indie rock banger and pop tune. Of course, Shogun’s voice always comforts, and remains one of my favorite An early version of this is floating about, but the newest version down below will appear on the Stay Young EP, out in January via What’s Your Rupture.

Introducing Shogun and the Sheets

Shogun is no stranger to the ATH team, as he was the frontman of the now defunct Royal Headache. His liver performances and remarkable voice were personal favorites, so I’m excited to hear what’s to come from Shogun and the Sheets, his new band. Listening to these two new tunes has me excited, as his voice is this huge focal point; he always walks the line between pure soulfulness and shattered humanity…the best sort of sound. But, that success also relies upon his backing band, who, based on these tunes, do an excellent job surrounding that powerful voice. You can hear both songs digitally today, with a 7″ coming in November courtesy of What’s Your Rupture.

Rock N’ Roll from Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys

The sounds from this new single released by Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys might sound fairly familiar, especially if you read this here site. The group is the new project of Joe from Royal Headache, and it rides along the same lines; it uses these great gritty guitar chords that ring through your speakers while the vocals are delivered in a very matter of fact manner…those fans of the Replacements will want to keep an eye on this for sure! The group will be releasing their new record, Rot, on What’s Your Rupture/RIP Society come November 10th. I give this jam an A plus.


The ATH Top 50 Albums of 2015

Albums ListYear-end lists are everywhere…and I can see why they’re important to people. But, seeing as we generally walk off the beaten path more often than not, our list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015 is in no particular order, save alphabetically. It seems pointless to rank one piece of art higher than another, especially when the four of us at ATH all have varying tastes. We just put this list together of the albums we loved the most this year. Are we saying they’re better than records by Grimes or Kendrick Lamar? No, we’re just saying that these are the records we loved more than others. So, you can read on for what we thought was hot.

Also…put links to individual stores where you can buy the albums from the bands…as that’s how we all survive in this music world.
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