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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, The Sea And Cake, Balmorhea, Crystal Castles, Railbird

July 31, 2012

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None of today’s artists made it into the all-around gymnastic finals at the Olympics.  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Elephant:  They may have already put out a track from their upcoming effort, but this is actually the first single.  Weird, I know.  In any case, the song is a pretty spectacular slab of psych rock, and now I’m even more pumped to hear whatever else is on the new full length.  Lonerism is expected out October 6 via Modular.  The band is out touring, but as of now a stop in Austin is not on the schedule.

:The Sea And Cake – Harps:  This is a neat track.  It has the kind of energy that’s ready and willing to put some pep in your step, but it wants to do so in a relaxed sort of way.  Way to use nearly two decades of experience to your advantage, fellas!  Runner is set to be released on September 18 through Thrill Jockey Records.  If you’re in Austin, the band will be playing the Mohawk on November 14.

:Balmorhea – Pyrakantha:  I’ve been a fan of this local act for a few years now, but they’ve yet to put out an album that I’ve wanted to stick with for the long run.  This could be about to change.  Or, if anything, I’ll just keep this beautifully crafted, ear-pleasing gem on repeat.  Put on headphones for this!  Western Vinyl will release Stranger on October 2.

:Crystal Castles – Plague:  Here’s a song that suddenly just rolled in and started dominated me.  I’m not even a big fan of this band, but I’ve found myself unwilling to not repeatedly get lost in this.  You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you crank the volume on this sonically intense number.  CC are supposedly in the midst of readying a new full length, and this is expected to be on it.

:Railbird – Jump Ship (Featuring Sarah Barthel):  I gave this one a shot simply because of the presence of Sarah Barthel, who you can normally hear in Phantogram.  Her voice is certainly different here, but I dig the softer, more playful style that she’s sporting – it goes well with the well layered arrangement.  This track seems to be a one-off single, so grab it while you can.

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Quickdraw: Chelsea Light Moving, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Sondre Lerche, Sundress, The Mountain Goats

July 30, 2012

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Today’s music was found using Google Maps.  Enjoy.

:Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit:  At some point this Thurston Moore-lead project is going to put out an official album, and I’ll be there to throw my money at them.  The three tracks released so far (this one arrived in celebration of Moore turning 54) have all been great pieces of indie rock.  If anything does come out, it’ll by way of Matador.

:Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Visions:  I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently this act is now largely based in Austin.  Why haven’t they called me to hang out?  Bummer.  Anyhow, this dreamy pop number has instantly become one of my favorite songs by LUDGF.  The band is all set to release Untogether on October 9 through their Bandcamp page.

:Sondre Lerche – Boxing Day:  This guy has always been a hit or miss kind of artist for me, but I think it’s pretty cool that he’s re-releasing his first four albums.  Naturally, the discs are now populated with bonus tracks and outtakes, and this gentle pop tune is one of them.   The LPs will be available on September 4, and he will be playing in Austin at Stubb’s on September 29.

:Sundress – California Dames:  About a year ago these guys put out a pretty solid EP, and now they’re back with a little two song effort.  I’ve only heard this one track, but it’s psych pop goodness, and I’m imagine the other tune is just as satisfactory.  The California Dames/Pilot Wings 7″ is currently available in exchange for sweet cash over at White Iris Records.

:The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas:  The world loves the Mountain Goats, so I’m guessing you’ve probably already come across this song 100 times over the last few days.  Still, it’s a good one, and there’s always that “better late than never” thing to justify sharing it.  The band will release Transcendental Youth on October 2 via Merge Records.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 27, 2012

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This month’s mix is inspired by my own contemplation of how great horns and horn samples sound in hip hop. Instead of wax rhapsodic about the great depth brass instruments can bring to hip hop, even for songs not trying to achieve anything close to a jazz sound, I’ll just let you sit back on this Friday and let this horn-filled playlist move you.

:Maestro Fresh-Wes – Another Funky Break:
:Beyonce – Crazy In Love:
:Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin:
:Guru – Transit Ride:
:Pete Rock And CL Smooth – Straighten It Out:
:Lords Of The Underground – Hit Me One Time:
:ED OG And Da Bulldogs – Be A Father To Your Child:
:Erik B And Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique:
:Main Source – Just Hanging Out:
:Live Manikins – Out Of This World:
:Marley Marl – Freedom:
:Us3 – B-Boys (Featuring Sene):
:Dragon Fli Empire – The Ride:
:DJ Cool Herc And Dougie Fresh – Let Me Clear My Throat:

Catch Miss Manners when she hosts KOOP 91.7FM’s Hip Hop Hooray on Sunday’s from 2-3PM. Also, feel free to email or tweet her anytime.

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