Pond Releases “Beard, Wives and Denim”; Announces US Tour

Artist: Pond
Album: “Beard, Wives, Denim”
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Hails From: Australia
RIYL: Tame Impala, 70’s tinged psych rock
Featured Track: “Moth Wings”

One of my more anticipated albums of 2012,  the lastest release by Australian group Pond features two members of Tame Impala‘s touring band, Nick Allbrook and Jay Watson, and a lot of that Tame Impala- esque psych rock goodness you’ve come to know and love. They’ve just announced an extensive US Tour and will be announcing SXSW show dates soon! Stream the new album in it’s entirety on Hype Machine now.

POND US TOUR DATES

Sun March 11th || Fitzgerald’s || Houston, TX
Sun March 18th || Low Key Arts || Hot Springs, AR
Mon March 19th || Grimey’s Record Store || Nashville, TN (in-store show)
Tues March 20th || Johnny Brenda’s || Philadelphia, PA
Wed March 21st || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY
Thurs March 22nd || Brighton Music Hall || Boston, MA
Fri March 23rd || Casa Del Popolo || Montreal, QC
Sat March 24th || Café Dekcuf || Ottowa, ON
Sun March 25th || The Drake Hotel || Toronto, ON
Tues March 27th || Lincoln Hall || Chicago, IL
Wed March 28th || Taylor University || Upland, IN
Fri March 30th || Cactus Club || Milwaukee, WI
Sat March 31st || The Maintenance Shop || Ames, IA
Mon April 2nd || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN
Wed April 4th || A Club || Spokane, WA
Thurs April 5th || Sunset Tavern || Seattle, WA
Fri April 6th || The Biltmore Cabaret || Vancouver, BC
Sat April 7th || Jinx Art Space || Bellingham, WA
Sun April 8th || Squeak & Squawk Music || Tacoma, WA
Mon April 9th || Mississippi Studios || Portland, OR
Wed April 11th || Rickshaw Stop || San Francisco, CA
Fri April 13th || The Echo || Los Angeles, CA

King Tuff – Wild Desire 7″

Artist: King Tuff
Album: Wild Desire 7″
Hails From: San Francisco
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Featured Track: “Wild Desire”

I love King Tuff! And while we anxiously await his next full length album, we’ll have to make do with the “Wild Desire” b/w “Hole in My Head” 7″ that drops April 3 as part of the Suicide Squeeze Single series featuring some other fantastic bands like The Coathangers, Dalvia 666 and White Woods. You can pre-order the King Tuff single or a sweet little bundle of all of the above artists right now. SXSW goers and Left coasters, be sure to catch the man called @kingtuffy at the following shows:

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Scoot Inn, Austin TX
SXSW Thrasher / Converse showcase – free!!

Friday, March 16, 2012 
Red 7 Patio (TX), Austin TX
SXSW Sub Pop Showcase!!
set time: 10PM Outside

Friday, March 23, 2012 
Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA

Saturday, March 24, 2012 
The Observatory, Santa Ana CA

Polarsets – “Sunset”

Artist: Polarsets
Album: Morning
Hails From: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Featured Track: “Sunset”

This is exactly the kind of band you need 8 hours into your SXSW schedule when you need a serious jolt of energy. Luckily the Newcastle trio will be making the journey to Austin this year, appearing at several showcases and previewing new material off their forthcoming ‘Tropics EP’ due out in May.

16/03/12 – Sea Now Party, venue tbc
16/03/12 – Neon Gold party, Karma Lounge
17/03/12 – Northern Party, Latitude 30
17/03/12 – Filter Party, Bar 96

SXSW Preview: Warpaint

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I’ve really been enjoying this recent (mostly) girl band discovery from Los Angeles, Warpaint. And by the looks of their SXSW schedule, so is everyone else.  Seeing that they are on the showcase line up for the biggest tastemakers on the Internet – including WOXY, Aquarium Drunkard, My Old Kentucky Blog, Pitchfork and Gorilla vs Bear – I’d say the future looks bright for this group who’s debut LP will be released later this year.

Mar 17 2010 2:00P
SXSW: AUSTINIST/WOXY DAY PARTY @ THE MOHAWK Austin, Texas
Mar 17 2010 3:30P
SXSW: PURE VOLUME PARTY @ PURE VOLUME HOUSE Austin, Texas
Mar 17 2010 11:45P
SXSW: ROUGH TRADE SHOWCASE @ EMO’S JR. Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 1:00P
SXSW: URBAN OUTFITTERS BACKLOT PERFORMANCES Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 3:00P
SXSW: MOKB / GORILLA VS. BEAR’S BIG BLOG PARTY @ THE SPACE Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2010 4:30P
SXSW: AQUARIUM DRUNKARD PARTY @ LAMBERT’S Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 12:00P
SXSW: WINDISH / PITCHFORK PARTY @ EMO’S JR. Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 3:15P
SXSW: LITTLE RADIO DAY PARTY @ RED EYED FLY Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 5:00P
SXSW: DICKIES SOUNDS SHOWCASE @ LUSTRE PEARL Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 2:30P
SXSW: 40 WATT DAY PARTY @ THE SIDE BAR Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 5:00P
SXSW: DO512 DAY PARTY @ THE COMPOUND Austin, Texas

This Frontier Needs Heros – “Firefly” [Free MP3]

This Frontier Needs Heros – “Firefly

When this Brooklyn-based brother and sister folk duo contacted me about their debut album saying they toured the UK with one of my favorite bands, She Keeps Bees, I couldn’t help but take note.  Indeed there are similarities with their stripped down sound and stories of love, loss and longing, but This Frontier is a more folky variety. Check out the track ‘Firefly’.  And if you’re heading to Austin this year for SXSW, look for them on the schedule.

I Like It Fast, Rough and Dirty

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SXSW is perfect for guys like me – guys with short attention spans who often find themselves drunk, lost, happily muddled, separated from friends, and attracted to alcohol and music like Angelina Jolie is to orphanages.  So it was with little surprise that, while most of the crew actually stuck to Julie’s carefully-planned schedules and were miles away uptown, I was meandering through the sun-drenched and hipster-thronged streets of downtown Austin in search of another free cold beer and some shade.
Now it may have been just dumb luck, but I do believe that I purposefully made my way into the back patio of Red Eyed Fly to stumble upon Titus Andronicus hurriedly plugging in amps and setting up mikes while an indifferent crowd milled about.  So I was hardly prepared when this group of bedraggled guys launched into an all-out-audio-assault.   It was as if a 19-year-old Paul Westerberg (one of my rock n’ roll gods) was wailing over unpolished, bombastic, fast-driving anthems that bordered between a roided-up Springsteen and Andrew W.K. When the set finally finished and I came to my senses, I wanted to high five someone.   But sadly, as the “lost guy of the group” I found myself unable to share my glee with a crew member.  Sigh.
 “The Airing of Grievances”, T.A.’s first album, and I hope a nod to us “Seinfeld” fans, was released this past January and rocks the whole way through.  Don’t expect produced shoegaze or clever instrumentalism here. In fact, don’t expect much production at all.  This is just sloppy (and I don’t mean that as a criticism), brash music that makes you want to step on the gas, roll down the windows, and punch your car roof while singing at the top of your lungs. Just remember to watch out for pedestrians and cops.

[Guest post by Alan]

SXSW Thursday Highlights

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The day couldn’t have kicked off better than with The Phenomenal Handclap Band.  With 10 members deep, it was one of the better dance rock bands I’ve seen in a while.  Truly infections.  Especially with San Francisco’s Bart Davenport joined them in his 70s attire on stage.  Everyone one who was anyone in the indie rock world seemed to be there.

Other highlights of the night were definitely Girls and Grizzly Bear at Central Presbyterian Church.  I had goosebumps for the entire Grizzly Bear performance.  Sitting in pews and hearing them perform in a beautiful stone church was one of the better music experiences I’ve had of late.  Truly awesome and transcendental.  My religion!

Listen to Phenomenal Handclap Band “Testify”