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Sheer Mag

May 11, 2017

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First of all, the artwork for Sheer Mag’s debut album, Need To Feel Your Love (due July 14), is really rad.  I just keep staring at it.  Secondly, the new single is fantastic.  That band just doesn’t know how to write anything that isn’t incredibly catchy.  Enjoy.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 2

November 29, 2016

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Here are more songs I liked in 2016.  Enjoy.

Part 1 of this list is HERE.

PS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

40)  :The xx – On Hold:  I know this track from The xx is only a few weeks old, but I’ve been obsessed with it and I just had to include it on my year-list.  It’s intoxicating.

39)  :Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom:  Charli XCX cranked this out in conjunction with Sophie, and it’s just the most goddamn ridiculous thing.  Please be sure to listen to it as loud as possible.

38)  :Tobacco – Gods in Heat:  I’ve had this Tobacco song on repeat for months.  It’s fairly weird and oddly sexy (it is called Gods in Heat, after all), and I just love it.

37)  :Chaos Emeralds – Animal Kingdom:  I’m not sure why this song from Chaos Emeralds isn’t all over the radio.  Talk about accessible and catchy.

36)  :Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – Nobody Dies:  Here’s one from Thao that I revisited a lot this year.  It’s an attention-grabber.

35)  :Bleached – Keep on Keepin’ On:  This song from Bleached really makes me want to get up and move and because of this it’s what I’m going to hit play on if someone ever starts chasing me.

34)  :The Julie Ruin – I Decide:  If you ask me, this is the best track off of The Julie Ruin’s 2016 release, Hit Reset.  On another note, Kathleen Hanna’s voice is still rad.

33)  :Phantogram – Cruel World:  Phantogram went for (and achieved) bigger and better things in 2016, but this track sounds like the old them and it’s what stuck with me.  Go figure.

32)  :The Range – Florida:  The Range really nailed it here.  I advise that you slap on headphones before you hit play.

31)  :Sheer Mag – Can’t Stop Fighting:  I’m starting to feel like it’s no longer possible for me to do a year-end song list that doesn’t include Sheer Mag.  Here’s hoping they keep on killing it.

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Show Of The Week

March 23, 2016

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Yeah yeah, I get it – SXSW just ended, and the last thing you want to do is go to a show.  That’s silly though!  You have to get back out there, and I think you should do it via Sheer Mag at Barracuda this Sunday.  They’ve put out a lot of rad tunes over the last couple of years, and their show is going to be a scuzzy, catchy good time.  Also on the bill is Laffing Gas, Strutter and Pleasers.  Don’t miss it.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
Other Lovers, The Halfways, Bottlecap Mountain, Same Old Thing at the Mohawk

Thursday:
BUHU, Los Coast, Austin Basham, Kay Weathers at the Scoot Inn

Friday:
Annabelle Chairlegs, Tinnarose, Street Dads at Hotel Vegas
Explosions in the Sky, Still Corners at the Paramount Theater
My Golden Calf, P.T. Banks, Plantation at the Mohawk
Alex Napping, Lowin at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Saturday:
Darkbird, Lowin, Zettajoule, The Continuums, Shapescenes, Sho Galago at The Sidewinder

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Quickdraw: Sheer Mag, Parquet Courts, Mass Gothic, The Raveonettes, Mogwai

February 8, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Sheer Mag – Can’t Stop Fighting:  Another year, another immensely rad track from Sheer Mag.  Eventually they’re going to write a bad song, and even then I might still dig it.  No word yet on whether this is a one-off track or if it belongs to an EP/LP.

:Parquet Courts – Dust:  Here’s a simplistic, somewhat humorous new one from Parquet Courts.  I appreciate the way those guys seemingly never take any time off.  Human Performance is due out April 8 via Rough Trade.  The band will be at Levitation in April/May.

:Mass Gothic – March Of The Cigs:  Even though they just put out an album via the mighty Sub Pop, I wasn’t aware of Mass Gothic until this track came along.  It’s big and atmospheric, and I’ll definitely use it as a reason to check out the band’s debut.  The Mass Gothic/Mazed split is available now via Bandcamp.

:The Raveonettes – This World Is Empty (Without You):  This catchy, 80s-enthused number is the first of 12 singles that The Raveonettes will be releasing this year (that’s one per month, in case that didn’t auto-click in your head).  I’m into it.

:Mogwai – Ether:  Mogwai just made the jump to Temporary Residence LTD, and that’s where they’ll put out reworked versions of the music they crafted for the documentary Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise.  This first taste is a slow-burner that’s deserving of good headphones.  Atomic: A Soundtrack By Mogwai is due out June 17.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 5

December 3, 2015

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This is it!  The end of my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  Dive into the final 10 tracks and then let me know your thoughts.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out the entire song list on one page here, or the majority of it (47/50 tracks) on Spotify right here.

PS – Look for my Top 25 albums and my Austin Essentials mix next week.

- 50-41
- 40-31
- 30-21
- 20-21

10)  :Chairlift – Ch-Ching:  I never would have guessed that Chairlift had something this edgy in them.  I hope there’s more of the same to come.  From the land of one-off tracks (though I assume it’ll pop up on an album next year).

09)  :Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This is such a sprawling, wonderful number from Tame Impala.  If I were to rank out all of their songs, I’d put this somewhere near the top.  From Currents.

08)  :Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:  While I’ve been a fan of Ratatat for a long time, this is the first song of theirs that I’ve truly been crazy about.  It’s so very groovy.  From Magnifique.

07)  :Annabel – Having It All:  Earlier in the year my care-level in regards to the resurgence of emo was roughly a 6/10. This Annabel track is what shoved it to 10/10.  It’s just about perfect.  From Having It All.

06)  :Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:  When I ran into front-lady Sadie Dupuis at Fun Fun Fun Fest I had the urge to nervously ramble about how much I love this track and how I think it’s Speedy Ortiz’s most complete sounding effort, but instead I just played it cool and helped her find the bathroom.  Nailed it!  From Foil Deer.

05)  :Sheer Mag – Button Up:  This fuzzy, Thin Lizzy-esque song from Sheer Mag is just about as infectious as it gets.  I blame Christina Halladay’s rad voice.  And the rad guitar riffs.  And all the other rad bits, too.  From the II 7″.

04)  :Built To Spill – Living Zoo:  I don’t remember the last time that Built To Spill sounded so inspired.  The build-up at the beginning of this is something I’ll never tire of.  From Untethered Moon.

03)  :Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky:  Yes, there’s a strong Talking Heads vibe at play here.  Yes, this song is rather pretentious.  Regardless, not much else has captivated me quite like it has over the course of numerous listens.  Good work, Ought.  From Sun Coming Down.

02)  :Kendrick Lamar – Alright:  If I were to sort this list based on “times played” then it’s likely that this hope-themed track would have landed at #1.  It’s one of Kendrick Lamar’s best. From To Pimp A Butterfly.

01)  :Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best:  I like that most artists these days feel lifted out of the 90s, but it’s probably time for everyone to shift gears.  This Courtney Barnett song is as good as that throwback sound is going to get.  Even the video is 90s perfect.  Also, I think “Put me on a pedestal, and I’ll only disappoint you” might be one of my favorite lines ever.  From Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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Sheer Mag

March 17, 2015

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More music from Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag is something I’ve been impatiently waiting on, so it was really nice to get a new single from this week.  Jump below for the band’s latest riffy, fuzzed-out, infectious creation.  Also, I encourage you to join me in trying to catch them at some point during SXSW.  I bet they’re a good time live.  Enjoy.

:Sheer Mag – Button Up:

A self titled 7″ will be out later this year via Katorga Works.

Bonus Video:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 4

December 4, 2014

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We’re nearing the end of my Top 50 Songs of 2014 list!  Look for the final ten songs tomorrow.  For fun, here’s parts ONE, TWO and THREE.  Enjoy.

20)  :Cherry Glazerr – Had Ten Dollaz:  Cherry Glazerr are a really young trio (two of them aren’t even 18) who are already way cooler than any of us will ever be.  If you don’t believe me, just listen to this attitude-laced gem.  From the Had Ten Dollaz single.

19)  :Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want:  This song is so emotive that it’ll either pull you out of a funk or completely toss you into one.  I love it.  Deleted Scenes are the best.  From Lithium Burn.

18)  :Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Austin’s own singer/songwriter extraordinaire Dana Falconberry collaborated with Spoon’s Jim Eno on this track.  It’s a pretty spectacular listen on all fronts.  From Public Hi-Fi Sessions 02.

17)  :Little Big League – Property Line:  I’m all about the 90s revival that’s currently underway, but even if I wasn’t I think I’d still dig this Little Big League track.  It’s just about as sincere as can be.  From Tropical Jinx.

16)  :Diarrhea Planet – Spooners:  ”It’s all about the drugs, money, power, and getting off.”  Well said, Diarrhea Planet.  Well said.  From the Aliens In The Outfield EP.

15)  :Sheer Mag – What You Want:  I stumbled across this riffy piece of retro rock back in October and I’ve been jamming it (probably too much) ever since.  If you’re not on Sheer Mag’s bandwagon, you should be.  From the band’s debut 7″.

14)  :Tune Yards – Real Thing:  This track is Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) throwing everything at a wall and somehow having all of it stick.  Hard not to be impressed, you know?  From Nikki Nack.

13)  :Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes:  I have a variety of mixed feelings about the latest Dum Dum Girls’ album, but I can’t really complain since it features this immaculate pop tune.  From Too True.

12)  :Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me:  Here’s my favorite single off of the album that Cloud Nothings put out earlier this year.  The 90s-rock lover in me just can’t get enough of it.  From Here And Nowhere Else.

11)  :Mikal Cronin – Soul In Motion:  Mikal Cronin knew that not putting out any new music in 2014 would hurt my feelings, so he contributed this fantastic song to Famous Class’ 7″ series.  What a guy!  From LAMC #11.

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Quickdraw: Night Drive, Party Supplies, Hungry Cloud Darkening, Sheer Mag, The Mantles

October 13, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Night Drive – Young Rivals:  Here’s a new one from the Austin/Houston-based Night Drive.  It’s a really nicely produced track that features a good hook and plenty of synths for those of you who like to dance the night away.  The Young Rivals single is available now via Sound Control Records.

:Party Supplies – The Light In The Addict (Featuring Action Bronson And Black Atlass):  If I were to make a list of reliable pairings, near the top would be Party Supplies with Action Bronson.  Hopefully you dig slow jams, because that’s what this song is.  For now it would appear that this is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

:Hungry Cloud Darkening – I Am Seen:  During a rainstorm on Saturday I fumbled across Hungry Cloud Darkening and found them and their music to be a perfect fit for that moment.  Does this mean you’ll need rain to dig it?  Nope.  But I do recommend a window to stare out of while Allyson Foster’s soft voice gently floats out of your speakers.  Glossy Recall is out now via Off Tempo.

:Sheer Mag – What You Want:  I think Pitchfork’s “tracks” section has taken a dip in quality in 2014, but it’s possible they may have just righted the ship by uncovering Sheer Mag.  This song is riffy, fuzzy and inspired, and I totally love it.  The What You Want 7″ is available now through Bandcamp.

:The Mantles – Memory:  I love The Mantles, so I pretty much cheered out loud when I saw this new single sitting in my inbox.  It feels/sounds like an extension of last year’s excellent Long Enough To Leave, and that is just exactly what I wanted from it.  The Memory 7″ is due out December 2 via Slumberland/Les Disques Steak/SDZ.

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