Popular New Song from White Rabbits

When It’s Frightening came out in 2009 we were all over it, especially with the magic that was “Percussion Gun,” one of our favorite tracks from that year.  Today, news hits the street that White Rabbits are going to release their new album Milk Famous on March 6th via TBD Records, the label that brought you Other Lives.  This opening single definitely sees the band experimenting with negative space, offering up a more subdued bit of groove as opposed to the more boot stomping moves from their last record.  Still, that trickling piano and shattering guitar kicking it in the background of the track show the band’s got something new up their sleeve, so we should definitely be on the lookout for this record.

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Download: White Rabbits – Heavy Metal [MP3]

New Tunes from WATERS

You might know Van Pierszalowski from Port O’ Brien, but he’s beginning to make waves of his own under the name of WATERS. He’s already tossed out one tune earlier this year, and now here comes another stunner from the songwriter, prepping for his debut, Out in the Light, which comes out via TBD Records on September 20th. His voice seems to waiver just the slightest bit, giving a hint of an edge to the gentle track that slowly begins to unfold.  It’s like a more pristine Mile Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Enjoy this number.

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Download: WATERS – O Holy Break Of Day [MP3]

New Music From WATERS

After the demise of Port O’Brien last year, founding member Van Peirszalowski began a new project under the name WATERS to serve as an outlet for his songwriting.  While traveling the world, Van wrote tons of material and then returned to Oslo, Norway to put a band together to rehearse his new material.  Subsequently after, this new band went into the studio in Dallas, TX and produced an album’s worth of material entitled Out in the Light.  First single from that new album “For the One” can be found below.  You can get your hand on this new LP September 20th on TBD Records.

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Download: WATERS – For the One [MP3]

New Music From Henry Clay People

This new song “California Wildfire” from Cali based band The Henry Clay People has sparked my rock n roll interest today.  The band apparently is using this tune to promote a new EP entitled This is a Desert which is due out on TBD Records sometime this May.  Enjoy the tune and keep up the rock. (via AQD)

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Download: Henry Clay People – California Wildfire [MP3]

New Track from Other Lives

If you haven’t heard of Other Lives by this point in time, I’m thinking you’re kind of left out of the loop.  The Oklahoma based group are set to release their second album Tamer Animals on May 17th via TBD Records, and if this doesn’t establish the band as one of the most creative entities around, then something is amiss.  If you listen carefully to the release single, “For 12,” you can possibly here some of the dark textures that lived inside Kid A hiding behind the harmonies, but lurking behind all that is a creativity influenced by minimalism and a songwriting core focused on making music that empowers the listener.  Odds are you won’t find such an intriguing set of songs on one record for the rest of the year.

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Download: Other Lives – For 12 [MP3]

Autolux – Transit Transit

Rating: ★★★★½

In today’s music scene, some bands enjoy success at an early stage in their careers, while some don’t ever see it. For others, success is like a flash bulb, if not a little subdued by quickly falling from the public’s awareness. Such is the case with Autolux, who after nearly a decade hiatus following their nearly flawless debut, are finally releasing their sophomore album, Transit Transit on TBD Records. The still shockingly underground band (despite opening for Elvis Costello, Beck and the White Stripes) has some big shoes to fill in response to their brilliant, and in many ways, perfect debut, Future Perfect. In many ways I see their 6 year hiatus from new material as a sign of acknowledgment that they produced something truly astonishing. The hard question, just like in any art form; how does an artist follow up something so seemingly flawless? These days the music scene is all about ‘what have you done for me lately?’ just ask Arcade Fire. Personally I feel this instant gratification by the listener is flawed and forces musicians to rush their thought processes and formulate abbreviated results. Admittedly, I’m not certain this was the case for Autolux, (apart from drummer Carla Azar‘s freak injury and subsequent recovery time), but the romantic in me hopes it was. Whatever brings the trio to this particular junction has certainly worked, as Transit Transit has and will continue to prove.

Going back to their debut again and into the new release, if there’s one thing that Autolux does very well, it’s the quiet, subtle, and somber arrangements such as found on the title track and opener ‘Transit, Transit’. These well thought out, dark, though dull, yet altogether moving arrangements work well against the soft vocals of Eugene Goreshter. Emotion is the name of the game and they formulate these moments with a minimalistic approach to stunning results. Here’s it’s an epic entry point with towering piano chords and off kilter harmonies arranged in a sweeping spin. The second track ‘Census’ brings more tempo, but still shows the trio at its best while introducing more heavy elements the alt. rock side of the group is also well known for. Following up these 2 tracks however, the thought that just perhaps they had produced another piece of magic is a little short sighted. ‘Highchair’ is one of the weaker tracks on the album for me, while it does contain attractive elements. Apart from a catchy minimalistic beat, the vocals portrayed here aren’t strong enough to keep me interested, though it’s one of the only flaws in an otherwise magnificent effort.

The following track and the essentially the entire remaining album is nearly flawless. ‘Supertoys’ brings back into the fray more vintage Autolux and one of the catchiest hooks displayed in the release; while the first introduction of Azar’s vocal addition is always a highlight for me. ‘Spots’ brings back the superb muted arrangements of the opener but with a more cinematic soundscape produced, echoing their past experiences with writing score. ‘The Bouncing Wall’ marks the first entry of Azar’s vocals in the spotlight in a splendid song against layered guitar riffs and electronics, while their lead single ‘Audience No. 2 is back to the basics with one of the best tracks on the album.  All of the elements from Shoe-gaze to Post Punk to New Wave are here on display and are combined with astonishing timing; this track is one I’m looking forward to live in September at Emo’s. The final track, ‘The Science of Imaginary Solutions’ builds with a simple guitar rhythm against Azar’s heavenly vocals before pounding out a short interlude and into a piano lead crescendo; and this pattern is repeated to great effect.

Overall, Autolux set the bar incredibly high with Future Perfect, and for me they didn’t quite reach that same level of consciousness. In its own regard, Transit Transit is still one the best album of the year, and just hopefully, they continue to build on this momentum and get in the studio more often. As I mentioned earlier however, I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this one. Who knows when we’ll get another chance to hear new material and I’m fine with that. Catch Autolux at Emo’s Outside September 9th with Gold Panda.

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Download: Autolux – Audience No. 2 [MP3]

New Music From Henry Clay People

Some days you just need a little kick in the face… and that’s just what I’m getting with a new rockin’ tune from Cali band The Henry Clay People.  This new song “Your Famous Friends” reminds me a lot of The Hold Steady with someone who actually knows how to sing.  You can find this new track on the band’s upcoming LP Somewhere On the Golden Coast which hits stores via TBD Records on June 8th.

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Download: The Henry Clay People – Your Famous Friends [MP3]

New Music From Port O’Brien

portobrienWe just found this new Port O’Brien track on The Gum today and we are really enjoying the new sound from the band.  This track, “My Will is Good”, will appear on the band’s upcoming album Threadbare due out October 6th via TBD Records.  It’s turning into a solid summer jam.

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Download: Port O’brien – My Will is Good [MP3]

White Rabbits

white_rabbits_join_radioheads_label_schedule_many_444x309We’ve been rocking this band White Rabbits around the ATH offices recently and wanted to share them with you. The band is another one of those hot Brooklyn bands that are breaking new ground and working hard to make a name for themselves. Already having toured with the likes of Richard Swift, White Denim, and Spoon, the band is also no stranger to the touring life. Their upcoming sophomore LP It’s Frightening, produced by Spoon front man Britt Daniel, can be had on May 15th via TBD Records. Here’s the catchy single “Percussion Gun”.

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Download: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun [MP3]