Hello there Monday. We’re starting off with a bunch of jams this week that we gladly covered, though admittedly some were pretty obscure, which I’m totally cool with today. The most popular tunes we had out come from a couple of Tims, but we had new music from Ceremony and the Citradels. I was introduced to Guy Capecalatro III last week, and while we wait for his new album to stream, I included an older tune in hopes it finds you looking for new meaningful voices. Sit back, turn it on and let time pas you by.
Interestingly, as I spend more and more time with Tim Kasher‘s new album, the more I realize how every few years I’m reminded of how much I love his songwriting. There’s this playfulness in his vocals on this latest single, yet always with that sense of self-deprecation to go along. I think that’s perhaps the greatest thing about Tim’s work; his lyrics, even his social critique, also comes with a sense of awareness and honesty. Plus, there’s this sailing vocal in the end, buoyed by this huge blast of horns…just another carefully arranged detail that makes Middling Age a special joy; it’s out this Friday via 15 Passenger Records.
We hit it hard last week, mostly because we’re gearing up to see how this whole SXSW thing goes down. Plus, there were tons of new songs dropping everywhere. Two of my favorite Austin artists, Rad Gnar and Twain (he’s from Austin now dammit!) dropped new tracks, so that rules. Plus, the Jeanines dropped what might be the best pop song of the year, though the Stereogum comment section likely disagrees. We’re also including all the jams from artists we talked to that are heading our way for SXSW this year, so check tracks from the likes of Paul Jacobs, Phebe Starr, Teke Teke and more!
Tim Kasher is one of those songwriters who I take for granted; I’ve been a fan of Cursive and his solo work (Good Life + TK), but he’s been so prolific, that I sometimes overlook an album, coming to it later. I won’t be skipping over his new LP, Middling Age, perhaps because I have a sneaking feeling the tunes will hit home lyrically as I’m nearing the same age as Tim. His first single from the new LP is strikingly stark, with perfect accents made by the backing vocals of Megan Siebe. Listening through, its like meeting up with an old friend after an absence, only to find you don’t skip a beat, as close as ever, grateful for that companionship. If you find Tim Kasher as a life-companion, like me, look for Middling Age on April 15 via Passenger Records.
Since late last year, Dag has been pretty high on my musical radar. The band crafts this dreamily discordant rock n’ roll. It’d be easy to toss this act in the bin with the rest of their Oceanic peers, but there are some things that stick out to my ears that elevate the sound on Benefits of Solitude. You’ll hear some little bits of noise, be it squawking horns or string instruments stretched to the maximum of their tones. “Exercise” and “Guards Down” have to wear the badge of lead singles, but while those offer more swinging energy, don’t skip on some of the more subdued numbers like “Company” or “JB,” — the latter sounds a great deal like Tim Kasher. You might even just jump right in with my favorite, “Staying Up at Night.” Clearly, one run through, and you’ll find textured indie rock begging for repeated plays, so be sure to guarantee your listening by buying it from Bedroom Suck Recordsthis Friday
You’re probably familiar with Tim Kasher from his work as the frontman of emo-staple band, Cursive, but 2017 sees Kasher striking out on his own once again to bring you his third solo album. The track that he just put out from this new release is called “Break Me Open,” and it’s as emotionally vulnerable as the title suggests. Swelling violins open the tune, and Kasher’s raw vocals soon join the mellow mix. The whole track is centered around Kasher’s storytelling, and the result is a song that will have you stuck on line after line that Kasher doles out. Take a listen below, and then go pre-order (pretty colored vinyl) his latest solo effort, No Resolution, which is out March 3rd on Cursive-Run label, 15 Passenger.
I’m going to try and act all cool and pretend like I was ever above being an emo kid. In fact, I think I’ll wear that badge proudly considering all the new acts coming up now that owe a huge debt to that late 90s era. Of course, Tim Kasher was a huge part of that scene and has continued to write great music ever since. He just announced he’ll be releasing a new solo album titled No Resolution, featuring the tune below. His lyrical prowess is the star, but the accompaniment here’s really great, particularly the backing string arrangements. The new record comes out on March 3rd via 15 Passenger.
Fun Fun Fun Fest is growing ever closer friends, and as promised, we’re going to continue previewing bands right up until the festival starts on Friday. I see it as a great way to start easing us into the weekend with a band playing early on Friday at the festival, so let’s take a look at veteran act Cursive. Follow the jump for more info on the band and their set times.
|Date||Tuesday, September 6th|
|Tickets||$12 from Frontgate|
It’s quite possible that you’ve forgotten Tim Kasher, as Cursive seems to have slowed things down, but Tim’s been doing his own thing for quite some time, wether under his given name or The Good Life. He’s always got a personal story to tell, and he weaves his words well. You’ll be able to enjoy his passion for songwriting, with a full band no less, Tuesday night at the Mohawk, which should also give you time to enjoy the great weather we seem to have stumbled upon. Also opening the show is Aficionado and Milk Thistle. Give it a go; you’ve got nothing to lose.[audio:https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/05-Cold-Love.mp3]
Download: Tim Kasher – Cold Love [MP3]
|Tickets||$18 @ Stubbs|
A great show is going down at Stubbs on Wednesday night for any of you looking for some solid music to check out. For starters you’ll have sweet rock band Minus the Bear headlining the event. Then you’ll get a solid middle act from Cursive front man Tim Kasher along with sweet jams from openers The Globes. Can’t beat that lineup![audio: https://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/02-Broken-China.mp3]
Download: Minus the Bear – Broken China [MP3]