So you’re heading out to the record store this weekend, and you’re wondering what you need besides that Mac Demarco and Cloud Nothings records you’ve got on your list? My suggestions is you immediately get your hands on the latest 7″ from The Shivas. Their last full-length, Whiteout, didn’t get as much appreciate as it deserved, but they definitely turned heads with their great set at last years Austin Psych Fest. The A-Side has this swinging touch to it, working magic that makes the tune undeniably catchy with the vocal work. If the band continues to write hits like this there’s no reason their next full-length won’t knock the socks off everyone out there. And if it’s not at your local shop, pick it up from their label, K Records.
Earlier this year we brought you the great tune from Guantanamo Baywatch for their new split 7″ on Suicide Squeeze, so we’d be in trouble if we didn’t share both sides of the coin, right? Besides, I’ve always enjoyed listening to Shannon and the Clams. She’s got this soulful voice that just seems huge, whether it’s in the live setting or coming through your speakers. Personally, I love how the Clams switch to this swinging ballad to a jittery boogie that’s sure to get crowds riled up; it’s one of the many staples of the group’s sounds. This new single will be released on April 29th, but make sure you get your hands on it early.
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I’ve got to admit that the more I hear from Sonic Avenues new release, the more I know I’m going to get stuck rocking to this release for quite some time, just like their last LP. If it’s not the guitars, then it’s the way they recorded the vocals, giving them a sensation of being done live. There’s even a small little breakdown that builds into this burst of pure power-pop. Mistakes is the title of the new record, and it’ll be out on April 15th via Dirtnap Records. I’m going to nerd out so hard when I hear this LP.
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I’ll pretty much stand by the quality work of the folks over at Soliti Music, the Finnish label that’s been pretty consistent with releases over the last few years. Up until now, the majority of the works they’ve released have had English lyrics, but not this track from Gim Kordon. But, that being said, the music alone is pretty special, encouraging me to play it over and over today. Their debut album Ei Ole Helppoo will be out on the label on May 9th, and if you want to partake in the wordily religion of rock n’ roll, then give this tune a thorough listen. You can also check out a pretty rad video for the single HERE.
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Slow week? Kick off your afternoon with this really rad tune from La Peste. The Boston band only released two official songs, and the folks over at Wharf Cat Records have decided they’re great enough to release back into the wild world; boy are they right. It’s got the perfect amount of snarling guitars pushing the pace, and even including a nice catchy nod to the world that surrounded them, musically. The reissue will hit the streets on April 19th, and if you’re like me, I have a feeling you’ll want to pick this little gem up.
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I’m not sure what’s going on with My Latest Novel, but for now, I can live in the world created by several of the members who’ve formed the new act, Alphabetical Order Orchestra. They’re working on releasing several EPs as the year goes forward, and this is one of the new tracks that will be featured on those releases. It’s got multiple stages, offering a mix between intimate moments and grandiose Scottish pop. It wears the mark of MLN, but you can also see them pushing in an entirely different direction that’s immediately more accessible. You can help them raise money for their EPs HERE.
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The great thing about running ATH is all the different personalities that help make this site go. When it comes to Chad VanGaalen, I’ll admit that RayRay and I wholeheartedly disagree. RayRay says it’s not his bag, and I get that, but I just love the dude, especially this new song, “Monster.” There’s a bit of a warble in the vocals, which is part of the draw to me; I like that sort of affectation, particularly when the lyrical content is clever, as you’ll see when you listen to the tune. His new record is titled Shrink Dust, and you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy on April 29th, courtesy of Sub Pop. Listen to why I love this man below.
Ooh, this is something special indeed. Today we got this new track from Turn to Crime in our inbox, and it’s a pretty necessary track for you to stream today. I love the way it was recorded with a really hollow vocal stretched out atop the stomping groove established by the rest of the group. This is the lead single from the Detroit group, who will be releasing their debut album, Can’t Love, on July 1st via Old Flame Records/Mugg and Bopp Records. There’s definitely a different sound going on here, which I think you all will take a liking too.
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We’ve long had a love affair with What’s Your Rupture Records, and it only makes things better that the little NY label is behind the excellent work of Parquet Courts. We’re all gearing up towards the release of the bands much anticipated second album, Sunbathing Animal, and the new title track is pretty ridiculous. It’s a furiously paced rocker, with intertwining guitars and pounding drums; it’s a wonder the band can keep up the frenetic pace throughout the track. There’s a nice little instrumental breather thrown on immediately following this track, so you’ll have time to rest after pogoing about your room. Expect a best new music nod here folks.
Today is a good day for some of my favorite labels, and the hard work of Fika Recordings is coming to fruition with the announcement of this new single from Cosines. Interestingly, I can see that there’s some definite indiepop lineage in what the band are crafting, but if you’re listening then perhaps you’re hearing a bit of a glam rock stomp going on ; it’s one of the traits that helps differentiate the work of the band from many of their compatriots. Their brand new single will be out in May, with this being the stellar A-side.