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September 2014
Seagulls
"Great Pine
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes

Austin's punk rockers, Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes, describe themselves as "two dudes who play loud". Right they are; their new EP, Demoage, is just four songs; it's heavy-handed and ear-pummeling. For an all-out punk-thrashing moment for grown-ups, listen to "Hot Shoes". While hardcore at heart, "Under the Continental Divide" is the most melodic, and thoughtful of the songs. With only four songs to prove themselves at the heart of the Austin punk scene, Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes demonstrates a diverse showcase of sounds to add to the genre, as well as some traditional punk fun. -Sammie Spector

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Caroline Says Brings the Intimacy

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Caroline Says Brings the Intimacy

 Caroline Says recently put forth 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong, a new album where the only mystery lies in the title. That doesn't mean that the album is not subtle. It is perfect for the coming Autumn atmosphere, especially "Winter Is Cold", emanating the desire to curl up with a book and cup of tea, watching the world from the comfort of your seat. "My Fiance's Pets" and the mildly upbeat "Ghost Pokes" share this intimacy and effervescent quality. That is the warmth and homespun quality felt from the album, making listening an enchantingly subdued and peaceful moment in time. 

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Listen to Mother Falcon Orchestral Re-Imagination of Ok Computer

Mother Falcon's presence is creative, it's assertive and it's tight.  They're an orchestral indie band with enough technique for them to have their own band camp for kids, where kids can learn about writing songs, orchestrating bands and practicing their instruments; sounds like a sweet alternative to School of Rock.  Their sound is incredibly rich, combining rock n roll energies with orchestral instruments and structures.  Particularly worth listening to is their live album of their performance of Radiohead's, OK Computer, in it's entirety which they appropriately titled MF Computer.  It's a successful re-imagination; the closing of Paranoid Android in particular gave me goose pimples.  You can catch Mother Falcon live on August 27th at the long Center Concert Club and then again on the 30th at The Mohawk.  Don't miss it.  -Jake Saunders

 

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Watch Otis The Destroyer's New Video

Otis the Destroyer are packing serious punches with the psych rock sound that they've managed to masterfully wield on their latest EP, Dark Arts, which was out this past May. It's four songs of wonderfully crafted psychadelic jams. Their recent video for their track "You're The Wealth" tells a story of a guy whose world becomes a trippy, surreal reality as soon as he puts on a pair of 3-D glasses. The video is an excellent depiction of their style, as the band takes after 1960's and 70's rock with incredible taste.  Check them out tonight at Hole In The Wall.  -Jake Saunders

 

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