I had to search our own site to find out how long it’s been since I’ve posted an album review and I will refrain from embarrassing myself with the exact timeframe, though you could search yourself I guess. We as an ATH staff have been neglectful as a whole when it comes to album reviews and we are hoping to rectify this moving forward. Hopefully you can understand that if an album has brought me out of my review slumber it must be a great one. The very soon to be released new album from Dan Mangan, More Or Less, is just such an album because, holy hell, it’s impressive. Hit the jump for some thoughts, photos, and tunes.
It’s almost summer around these parts for teachers, and as I struggle to make it to the finish line, I need some inspiring songs to help motivate me. This new song called “Outlandish Poetica” from Jonathan Something is sure to perk me up and help me survive the next coming weeks. The track has a very playful vibe to it, similar to something you might hear from the early days of Wilco, but with more of an explosive sound to it. Call it what you will, it’s sure to brighten your day.
An album sharing this song’s title will be released sometime in August or September via Solitaire Recordings.
At this point, San Francisco based singer/songwriter Andrew St. James is a not just a label mate, but also a friend. As the months go by, it’s incredible to see the amount of songs he records and pumps out. Seriously, it’s crazy. What’s even more crazy, is that all of the songs offer something unique and special. Andrew’s latest single “In the Morning” continues his recent hot streak of jams. This one offers a sort of Paul Simon vibe with it’s poppy drums and driving theme. Keep it up kid.
St. James is releasing a new album entitled The Big Ole Veronica Apology Record this Friday, June 16h.
Also don’t forget to pick up your copy of Andrew’s 7″ single we released recently on bandcamp.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we get a lot of cold music submissions on ATH and many of them are fairly mediocre. So it’s nice when we get some great music from relatively unknown musicians like singer/songwriter Tim Guy from Australia. Now Tim has been doing his thing for over a decade having written music in New Zealand, Spain, and the aforementioned Australia. He’s also done quite a bit of touring in his native land as well as some stints throughout Europe. His music brings forth images of fellow folk songwriter Bonnie Prince Billy with the down home country style feel to the songs. It’s a very real and heartfelt type of sound that makes me dream of what it might be like in the countryside of the land down under to inspire such beautiful music.
Tim is currently working on putting out a new album entitled Dreaming of a Night Mango which he plans to get to his fans sometime in early 2013.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/04-Armour-Weight.mp3]
Download: Tim Guy – Armour Weight [MP3]