I just want to float away on guitars like these.. if only the drums would stop making me dance. A perfect song for the drive to the party or the middle of nowhere. A double negative outburst of pop positivity wrapped in gooey distortion and hand-clap candy. I’m calling this power-pop because in 2011 I think it qualifies. Original yet dangerously catchy!
“Anti-Anti” (download mp3)
There’s got to be some great ska bands from a town like Austin, TX. And, here’s one of them: The Stingers give us this great one-drop reggae boned-out instrumental original from their 2004 “All In A Day” CD. It’s quite a number:
Long Beach rockers Delta Spirit bring it on home with this one. “Trashcan” is part rock, part soul, a dash of honk and a sprinkle of tonk, with explosive vocals that are anything but trash, man. I love the acoustic piano and roots-meets-indie rock vibe. Brilliant track.
“Trashcan” (download mp3)
from “Ode to Sunshine”
I WANT MORE!
The Service Industry – “This Town Makes My Skin Crawl” mp3
Outstanding power pop from Austin’s The Service Industry. Sounds like a pissed off Beach Boys spent the weekend rocking out with The Byrds and The Clash. Extraordinary musicality and big-as-the-sky vocal harmonies immediately announce a band of real talent, and I have never heard a negative point made oh so joyously. I suppose that’s to be expected from a group that lists among its many influences: Woodie Guthrie, Jimmy Carter, Sri Chinmoy and Bela Bartok! This is exactly the kind of work I’m talking about when I say there is a wealth of gr8 under-discovered music right under our noses in the vast and tangled Interwebs.
The Service Industry
“This Town Makes My Skin Crawl” (mp3)
from “Calm Down”
Hug – “Pants Off” mp3
Well now what have we here? Exactly what the title suggests. On the Australian Cattle God label, from the “Cravings, Lust & Chaos” album, by Hug from Austin Texas, humbly submitted for your enjoyment, “Pants Off.”
“Pants Off” (mp3)
from “Cravings, Lust & Chaos”
(Australian Cattle God)