[Stuck in My Head] Austra – “Beat and the Pulse” (Still Going Remix)

Artist: Austra
Album: Sparkle Remix Album
Release Date: Out Now
Featured Track: “Beat and the Pulse” (Still Going Remix)

Rare is the remix that captures my attention. But this one sure did. The Toronto-based trio has been on the rise since their “Feel It Break” debut this May. They killed their live shows in San Francisco this spring too. This remix appears on the ‘Sparkle’ remix album out now digitally on Domino and on 12″ August 23rd. All you need to do now is put your headphones on and hit repeat.

Funeral Suits – “Health”

Artist: Funeral Suits
Homeland: Dublin, Ireland
Featured Track: “Health”

I’ve been having a little love affair with the Dublin trio, Funeral Suits, since the release of their irresistible first single, “Colour Fade.” The group just recorded their debut (expected in 2012) with producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) and have already played with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, and Local Natives. Now they’ve released another sneak peek into the album  with “Health,” that yet again keeps me wanting more. Click on the link to stream a sneak preview of the new single. In the meantime, download a copy of “Colour Fade” here and get addicted.

Stuck in My Head: Mikal Cronin – “Get Along/Apathy”

Artist: Mikal Cronin
Album: Mikal Cronin
Homeland: Orange County, CA
Release Date: September 20
Label: Trouble in Mind
Featured Track: “Apathy” & “Get Along”

Mikal is no stranger to the California surf punk scene. He’s been kicking around with the likes of The Moonhearts (formerly Charlie and The Moonhearts) and, my local fave, Ty Segall for quite some time. But now he’s got his own album in the works; due out under his own name September 20 on the Chicago-based label, Trouble in Mind. And he’s got a lot of help from his friends. Produced by long-time friend and collaborator, Ty Segall the 10-track debut also features guest appearances and support from Eric Bauer (Ty Segall, Royal Baths), John Dwyer of The Oh Sees, and Charlie Moonheart. I mean, sweet jeebus, it just doesn’t get any better than that. That line up is right there is like a who’s who of my favorite garage rock bands. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Well maybe not quite yet. I want to make I see Mikal live and in the flesh August 28 at The Hemlock Tavern as part of the Total Trash Fest 3. Yeehaw!

J. Irvin Dally – Sunroom / Teething 7″


J. Irvin Dally“Sun Room” [audio http://crash-avenue.com/Media/mp3/2_JIrvinDally_SunRoom.mp3]

Wunderkid J. Irvin Dally produced one of my favorite albums last year, Despistado. A simply stunning album you must add to your collection. And he’s back with a new limited edition vinyl 7″ Sun Room/Teeting, to be released by the Bay Area’s very own Pretty Blue Presents on July 12. Supporting the release, he’ll be touring the West coast with a stop at San Francisco’s Hotel Utah next Friday, July 8 playing in conjunction with Garret Pierce. Hello date night!

July 6 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
July 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
July 8 – San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
July 9 – Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
July 11 – Seattle, WA – High Dive
July 12 – Portland, OR – The Waypost

[Stuck in my Head] Funeral Suits – “Colour Fade”

Artist: Funeral Suits
Homeland: Dublin, Ireland
Featured Track: “Colour Fade”

This song from Dublin-based trio, Funeral Suits, has been on repeat since it landed in my SoundCloud inbox last week. They’ve just recorded their debut album with acclaimed producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) set to be released this year. “Colour Fade” is the first single from the album. The group made their SXSW debut this year as well and have played with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, and Local Natives. Get addicted!


New Album: JEFF the Brotherhood – “We Are The Champions”

Artist: JEFF the Brotherhood
Album: We are the Champions
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Homeland: Nashville
Featured Tracks:Shredder” [audio http://www.415project.com/theOCMD/04_Shredder.mp3]
“Diamond Way” [audio http://www.infinitycat.com/mp3s/diamondway.mp3]

Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, aka JEFF The Brotherhood, literally will rock your socks off. Their debut album “Heavy Days” is still on high rotation. “We Are The Champions” is their next modest endeavor and their celebrating with a grand tour. You have to see it to believe it and will land in SF on May 14 at Bottom of the Hill with…wait for it…The Greenhornes. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Yeah, I pretty much worship this band. You should too.