Last Week’s Jams (5.13. – 5.17)

After what felt like a down week, things really took off over here, with another collection of great singles and albums we were stoked to hype up on our end of things. The Austin contingent came strong, with new tunes from Genuine Leather, The Sour Notes, Holiday Music, Letting Up Despite Great Faults and Gus Baldwin/the Sketch. Some long time favorites like Club 8, Nada Surf, and Icarus Phoenix made the cut too! Our pal Michael Maly added some words and photos on Slowdive, so of course we included their classic hit. A lot of great pop stuff too from Sad Eyed Beatniks, Laughing and This Is Lorelei, thus you’ll need to keep your focus when you spend some time below!

Winter Share’s Shaniatwainlovestory

Samira Winter is set to release her new …and She’s Still Listening EP, and this time takes on the narrative of Shania Twain’s husband leaving her for one of her best friends. This song works with a meandering guitar line that is joined by a thick beat that provides the rhythmic element holding the tune up. There’s a nice little jump up too when you hit the track’s latter half, as distorted guitar smashes through your speakers as the tune draws to a close. It’s a continuous process, and one that shows Winter growing into new sonic territory. Plus, a bonus for those of you in Europe, as there’s a slate full of dates throughout June!

Last Week’s Jams (4.15 – 4.19)

Trying to keep pace with ourselves, we covered a ton of ground last week on the site. We got to premiere a psychedelic campfire jam from Mountain Movers, and we might be one of the few US-based sites covering Dr. Sure’s Unusual Practice…which steps in line with that Cola track we also ran. There’s a bit Austin contingent too this week, as Variety, Blushing, Strand of Oaks and Good Looks all honored us with fresh music from their forthcoming releases. We also flirted with a bit of electronic arts too, with new stuff from Martha Rose and Maria Chiara Argiro…just so you don’t think we’re all rock n’ roll over here. Anyways, start your week off here.

Winter Announces New EP

When I listen to this new single from Winter, I continue to be impressed by both the growth and willingness to push the songwriting process. It seemed like just yesterday when the Daydreaming EP dropped and we had another great guitar pop band on the scene…but that was a decade ago. Now, Samira Winter is taking some of the touchstones from What Kind of Blue Are You and completely diving into the world of down-tempo trip-hop…and I’m completely here for it. Entering the groove with spoken lyrics, you get to hear the anxiety build with these darkened piano tones, setting up the ringing of the guitar as the atmosphere closes in around your ears. It brings in something nostalgic and yet refreshing, particularly when I consider how far the songwriter has come from the early days. The new …She’s Still Listening EP will be out on May 24th.

Last Week’s Jams (1.15 – 1.19)

Last week was a strange one, particularly with the seeming loss of Pitchfork. But, here at ATH, we’re like the tortoise, just going slow and steady, doing our thing til we get to the proverbial finish line. There was tons of music to cover, and I mean tons, so we got to as much as we could, trying to highlight the stuff that wasn’t getting much love. Brand new music from Bolis Pupul came our way, plus Colin Newman reissue news. RayRay loved the new ripper from Gulfer. Personally, I loved the new Friko and Boy with Apple, and got to introduce you to new Fantastic Purple Spots from their EP next week! Sit back and enjoy some tunes.

Winter Shares Brand New Single

If you missed out on What Kind of Blue Are You, then you really missed out on an enduring listen, as I still go back to that last Winter record from time to time. But, Samira Winter has been quiet as of late, until today, when a new single drops from her recording project. At first, the song unfolds as sort of a simple ballad, working over a sampled beat, with Winter’s voice dipping in and out of focus atop the notes. Then, about midtrack, the fuzz seeps into the cracks, breaking the song into this atmospheric wash of discord and melody. It’s the sort of pop we’ve come to expect from the artist, adhering to modern structures while still willing to take risks. Let’s hope this is a sign of new work on the horizon.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (10.10 – 10.14)

There were a lot of great songs coming our way last week, as well as a lot of great album to spend time with when you got to Friday. We tried to make sure we got your ears on as much as we could, so hopefully you can revisit those posts from last week to grab a little bit of joy from those tunes. If not, then you can certainly stream all the tracks we had in this fun little weekly wrap-up. We had new stuff from Hot Tubs Time Machine, Shake Chain and Ribbon Stage; we then made mention of Reds Pinks and Purples, Winter, Chorusgirl and more in our album streams. Just sample the songs below; you’ll be just fine.

Friday Album Streams: Adults, Chorusgirl, RPPs + More

There have been some really great tracks that have all led us to the release this week, and we’ve spent some time hopefully supporting the stuff that hits the hardest, in our books anyways. Most of these, other than one, probably haven’t gotten as much hype as they deserve, thus, here I am to be that voice. So, I’ve collected those album streams and encourage you to go grab copies for your collection, as all of these releases are worth spending your time with today.

ChorusgirlColapso Calypso (Reckless Yes)

The Reds, Pinks and PurplesThey Only Wanted Your Soul (Slumberland/Tough Love)

Cozy SlippersCozy Slippers (Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten/Subjangle)

AdultsFor Everything, Always (Fika Recordings)

WinterWhat Kind of Blue Are You (Bar None Records)

Last Week’s Jams, Today (10.3 – 10.7)

Lots of coverage running around last week, and with ACL in town, there was some coverage of shows and what not. We ended the week throwing up some streams of our favorite LPs that dropped too. But, ultimately, you came here for the tunes, and we had lots of them. Personally, I loved new stuff from I Was a King, Heather Trost and Field School, not to mention the little twist in expectations thrown in by the latest from Smashing Times. RayRay loved some rockers from S.C.A.B and Fluung, and they’ve all been conveniently added for your listening pleasure below. Browse, and head back and see what we had to say if you’re so inclined.

Winter Share Final Single from What Kind of Blue Are You

There’s been a lot of great records this year, but I get the sneaking suspicion that I’m going to spend a lot of time with What Kind of Blue Are You. As I said last time, each single is operating in the same orbit as the others, but each offers a different musical twist on left of the dial pop. This one drifts casually, relying upon Samira’s voice to slowly pull the listener into the song, then suddenly the beat drops in taking the song on this sort of trippy pop ride that operates like a sort of pop dreamscape. There’s a little of this, a little of that, and all of it, from the guests to the vibes, has been pretty special. Winter release their new album on October 14th via Bar/None Records, and hit the road with Peel Dream Magazine through the Fall.

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