The first round of bands for SXSW 2013 has been announced, and there’s a number of names on that list that will be familiar to 70DW readers, including Akron/Family, Alt-J, Fear of Men, and Why?
Also making the list is Brooklyn-based Guards, who I posted about back in September when they released the track “Silver Lining.” That track comes from their forthcoming debut album, In Guards We Trust, which will be released on February 5th via Black Bell Records.
Today, we’ve got a great track from The Allah-las, an LA-based quartet with a ’60s garage sound. ”Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)” is a laid-back, retro tune that would be perfect on a summer mixtape. It would also be the perfect soundtrack for that montage of vintage surfing clips you’re gonna put on Youtube. Either way.
You can stream it or grab the mp3 below, courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard. If you’re digging it, you can get it on vinyl, b/w the instrumental track “Sacred Sands” via Innovative Leisure or grab the digital EP via iTunes.
Bummed about the feds shutting down Megaupload? Going through music withdrawl as it seems to get harder and harder to find illegally download music?
Fear not, because sample-loving retro pop duo TV Girl has you covered. They’ve just released a new mixtape, entitled The Wild The Innocent The TV Shuffle, and it’s available for free over at their Bandcamp.
After yesterday’s slightly less accessible track from Baltimore fuzz-rockers Lower Dens, I’ve got a piece of pure pop for you from San Diego based duo TV Girl.
TV Girl makes some great retro pop music, relying heavily on samples from the 60s & 70s. They first made a name for themselves a few years back when they sampled Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me” on their song “If You Want It” and Warner music got all mad about it. Since then, they’ve been releasing EPs and singles free over at their bandcamp (or you can download their EPs here).
Sam Cooke is one of those artists you know, even if you think you don’t. He’s got so many hits that you’d recognize – songs you’ve heard at your parents’ house, or on the oldies station, or in the grocery store. Don’t believe me? Check these out: ”Cupid,” ”Another Saturday Night,” “Chain Gang,” and the list goes on.
I’m not sure what music blogs you’ve got on your RSS reader these days, but I’d recommend checking out Aquarium Drunkard. Rather than trying to find the buzziest of buzzbands to rave about, the site posts a lot of older music – vintage folk, soul, garage rock and more. It’s a great place to get acquainted with new genres and hear music you’re not old enough to have heard the first time around.
But it’s also a great place to find under-the-radar bands that are making great music right now. One of those finds is the Athens (Alabama, not Georgia) band The Shakes. Take a listen to their song “You Ain’t Alone.”