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Quickdraw: Dan Friel, Chomp, Social Studies, El Perro Del Mar, AC Newman

August 27, 2012

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Today’s music knows where you live.  Enjoy.

:Dan Friel – Valedictorian:  Now that Parts & Labor have decided to call it quits, Dan has started doing some solo work.  I don’t know if it’s all going to sound like this relentless and raucous track, but I hope so.  Be sure to crank the volume as loud as you can.  The Valedictorian/Exoskeleton 12″ is due out on October 16 via Thrill Jockey.

:Chomp – Fresh Wounds:  Here’s a new one from Chomp, which features members of Cloud Nothings and Total Babes.  It’s kind of a weird pop creation, but I dig it.  The band will release Buddha Jabba Momma on September 18 via Exit Stencil Recordings.

:Social Studies – Terracur:  I’ve liked this band for a while, but I think this moody gem marks the first time they’ve thoroughly impressed me.  The song is a pretty simple, straight forward affair, but there isn’t a part of it that doesn’t feel inspired.  I can’t wait to hear more of the new stuff.  Developer is due out November 13 via Antenna Farm.

:El Perro Del Mar – Walk On By (Radio Edit):  Sarah Assbring is an incredibly talented woman, and I’m happy to see that she’s back with some new music.  This track, like everything she does, has a slick sound and is easily accessible.  I recommend headphones.  Pale Fire is expected out on November 12 via The Control Group.

:AC Newman – I’m Not Talking:  In case your brain is having issues today, AC Newman is from the New Pornographers.  He put out a solo effort back in 2009, and now he’s rolled out this overwhelmingly pleasant piece of pop to let the world know that’s he’s readied a new full length.  I like it.  Matador will release Shut Down The Streets in the fall.

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Quickdraw: Com Truise, GRMLN, Rubblebucket, Deerhoof, Dunes

August 20, 2012

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Today’s music was discovered using a metal detector.  Enjoy.

:Com Truise – Chemical Legs:  I’m not usually a fan of vocals that sound like they’re coming from a robot, but the style works for me here.  I think it might be because the rest of the song is so stellar.  This Com Truise track is from the 2012 Adult Swim Singles Program, which has really been on a roll the last few weeks.

:GRMLN – Coral:  This pop number is such a warm and endearing listen that its two minute runtime is almost an annoyance.  I want more.  A 19 year old by the name of Yoodoo Park is the main brain behind GRMLN, and he will release the Explore EP on October 23 via Carpark Records.

:Rubblebucket – (Focus) Oversaturated:  The press release that came along with this track was packed with all sorts of press quotes.  Where the hell have I been?  In any case, this is one of those effortless pop songs that should instantly win you over.  The Oversaturated EP is due out September 11, and the band will play in Austin at the Beauty Ballroom on September 26 with Reptar.

:Deerhoof – Fete d’Adieu:  Deerhoof are one of the best experimental pop acts around, and that should be reason enough for you to give this song a shot.  If you disagree, you’re crazy.  The band will release Breakup Song on September 4 via Polyvinyl Records.

:Dunes – Vertical Walk:  I saw this band open for local favs the Sour Notes on Saturday, and I came away really impressed.  If you like your pop with a bit of haze and fuzz, then I think you’ll dig the LA-based DunesNoctiluca is currently available for your love.

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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Wild Nothing, Moon Duo, Wavves, The xx

August 13, 2012

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We finally launched a redesign!  And today’s music is in celebration of it.  Hope you guys dig the new SOTO.  Enjoy.

:Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light:  The heat in Texas has finally reached that point (as it does every year) where I’m just done with it.  So, when I say that this track makes we want to get out and have some fun in the summer blaze, then you know it’s a good one.  Putrifiers II will be released on September 11 via In The Red Records, and then four days later the band will play in Austin at La Zona Rosa with Ty Segall.

:Wild Nothing – Paradise:  I tried to make sense of Wild Nothing’s new lunar-centric website, but once my brain started hurting I just had to give up.  Guess I’m no scientist.  Anyhow, I like this song.  It has a nice, simplistic 80s sound that’s easy to get lost in.  The band is all set to release Nocturne on August 28 via Captured Tracks and Bella Union.

:Moon Duo – Sleepwalker:  In case you don’t remember, this band was started by Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shijps) and Sanae Yamada.  I didn’t find their debut full length, Mazes, to be as great as most people made it out to be, but I’m still looking forward to the new album.  Mostly because I think this psychedelic track sounds pretty cool.  Circles is expected out at some point this fall on Sacred Bones.

:Wavves – Hippies Is Punks:  For a while now these guys have been moving away from the all-garbled sound that they debuted with, and I consider this to be a very good thing.  Here’s hoping we get more fuzzy pop songs out of Wavves.  Less noise looks nice on them.  This track was made for the Adult Swim Singles Program.

:The xx – Chained:  I get why so many people dig this act, but I have to admit that I’ve never felt much of an attachment to them.  With that being said, I do think this is a pretty cool track.  You should throw on some headphones for it.  Coexist is due out September 11 via Young Turks.

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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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