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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
Hush Or HowlRed Translucent Vinyl
Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that splits time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The White Stripes, and Clutch. The band features Kevin McKeown on Guitar/Lead Vocals and Eric Owen on Drums. The two have been friends since kindergarten and began playing music together when they discovered a shared passion for rock and roll music in high school.
While playing a local Austin hotspot, Producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) approached the band about recording their 2011 record. They have supported the likes of Weezer, BRMC, Band of Skulls, State Radio, Shonen Knife, and Lucinda Williams. The band recorded their 2nd LP in the early 2012 with producer Michael Rocha in Toronto. This album, Big Beat 59, was released in August 2012, with songs with the album being put into rotation on major taste-making radio stations KEXP, KCRW, KUTX, and KDHX.
The band gained further momentum during SXSW 2013 where The Huffington Post called the band 'the next big thing' and 'the most energetic and musically versatile of all the bands playing the festival'.
Hush or Howl was again recorded with Michael Rocha, this time in Austin, TX.1. Alabama Coldcock
2. Dimestore Heartthrob
3. Baby Ruthless
4. Your Turn to Cry
5. Hipster Shakes
6. Run Rabbit Run
8. Blue Eye Commotion
10. Show Pony
11. Grease My Wheel
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OneMoving Panoramas is an all-gal dream gaze trio from Austin, TX. The band is made up of Leslie Sisson (The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA), Rozie Castoe and Karen Skloss (Black Forrest Fire). One is the band's debut album. "One" was named one of KUTX' Top Tracks Of 2015 So Far.1. One
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Strange FigurinesSince 2006 — when Scott Butler, Landon Thompson and John Aldridge formed The Black & White Years — their sifter has been shaking beyond the status quo. They’ve released two albums and one EP. Topped radio charts. Shifted directions. Nearly broken up. Added members. Won awards. And now, seven years post, what’s left at the bottom of the sieve are the undeniably solid pieces of a band arriving at a capstone.
Strange Figurines is that stone. It is the unalloyed chunk that endured best and worst times, youthful decisions, egos, changes, collaborations and maturity, to become an album embodying not just style or substance. But a perfectly mixed cocktail of them both.
Strange Figurines was produced by Danny Reisch (What Made Milwaukee Famous, Dana Falconberry, Okkervil River, Shearwater and White Denim).1. Embraces
2. Little One
3. We're Making Friends
4. Just Like Old Times
5. Strange Figurines
9. Trigger Finger
10. Matching Sweaters
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Arrivals And DeparturesThe Calm Blue Sea's lushly textured sound is a study in contrast. The Austin, TX band's music, like its oceanic name, is at once beautiful and violent, transcendent and triumphant. With songs structured by minutes rather than measures, the foursome marries post-rock fugues with classically-inspired arrangements, the aggression and heaviness of metal, the artiness of indie rock and the widescreen expanse of a film score. Fresh of the heels of the 2011 reissue of their debut album, The Calm Blue Sea is back with Arrivals & Departures, their overdue sophomore offering and one of the most anticipated recent releases to come out of the fertile Austin music scene. Gatefold vinyl with download card from Modern Outsider Records.1. Arrivals & Departures
3. We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight
4. Pont Des Mouton
6. Mary Ann Nichols
8. To Approach The Vivian Girls
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Hold FastInfluenced by the optimism of The Beatles walking down the airliner steps at New York airport in '64 and the melancholy of The Smiths waiting by the cemetery gates in Manchester in '84,The Crookes tap into 50 years of British pop for their sounds, and 100 years of British social history for the word.
The Crookes are at the forefront of the latest wave of music to surface in the UK. They are four English Literature graduates whose music is bound with storytelling and tinged with nostalgia. Described by NYLON magazine as the 'potential leaders of England's smart, taut NEW POP movement' they personify English charm and eloquent, intelligent songwriting.
In 2010 Exposed Magazine readers voted and awarded The Crookes coveted ‘Best Unsigned Band’ award. Following the success of their debut album Chasing After Ghosts (2011) the band have built up a strong Cult following known as the “Bright Young Things” which further consolidates the strong aesthetic of the band. The band were chosen by Burberry to perform for their Burberry Acoustic range, as well as The Art of the Trench range. They were also taken out to Tokyo to represent the brand for Vogue's Fashion Night Out.
Following a slight line-up change in 2011 the band have now consolidated their more mature sound resulting in the release of their critically acclaimed second LP "HOLD FAST."
“They are kings of romance (an important part of the New Pop brewing around the UK)... There is something almost subversive about their odd mix of influences (The Smiths/’60s girl groups/’50s rock and roll)... It’s the romance of the Seine, of walking in the Peaks; or lying on your back reading and daydreaming." - Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 6Music
"...a band this good are unlikely to remain obscure" - NME
"Lovingly, lavishly layered...the four piece take a big step forward. Not a second of these 33 watertight minutes are wasted." Hold Fast album review - Q Magazine
"The simple, nearly silent moment was awe-inspiring and a welcome break from the nonstop noise of most shows. " - SXSW review, Impact News-Austin.1. Afterglow
2. Maybe In The Dark
4. American Girls
5. The Cooler King
6. Hold Fast
7. Sal Paradise
9. Where Did Our Love Go?
10. The I Love You Bridge
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MexicoFor the past four years, Follow That Bird was one of the most buzzed about bands from their hometown of Austin, Texas. And considering how many bands are packed into that one city, that ain't faint praise. They were picked by Matador Records to be the lead single on the 2010 Austin-only compilation Casual Victim Pile, and snapped up enough accolades to have Bill Callahan have them support him on tour and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead ask them to be the opening act on their full tour of the Western US last summer.
After that...everything went a little awry. The band's label folded, taking with it the money promised them to record their debut full-length. But instead of seeing that as a major roadblock, the trio saw it as the perfect chance to forge their own path. With it came a new band name - Mirror Travel - and a chance to further strengthen their belief in the power of the music they were creating together. Or as Tiffanie Lanmon put it, "We had to walk into the desert and do things our way."
The desert Lanmon (drums) is referring to is the one that surrounds Marfa, Texas, where the she, Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals) and Lauren Green (guitar/vocals) decamped for two weeks to record with Gory Smelley (YACHT, Eleanor Friedberger, Grouper) at Marfa Recording Studio. It was just the isolating experience the band needed to bring their album Mexico into the world.
The results? One of the most warmly engaging records you're likely to hear this year. With Smelley's help, Mirror Travel were able to more fully embrace the dreamy garage pop sound that got them to where they are today.
Opener "Sands" may give the impression of a band lost in a shoegazer wilderness, but let the punchy Nuggets-style bassline and reverb-slathered drive of the next track "I Want You To Know" shove aside all those preconceptions. The rest of Mexico flows by with the same steady gaze and attack, with occasional upticks and dips in tempo and temperature.
Looked at as a complete package, Mexico is a document of a trio who, as their name change would suggest, are taking themselves more seriously and looking at the road ahead with much more purpose and intent. Like the long drives between tour stops and the seemingly endless desert that helped inspire these songs, you're meant to drink this album in slowly, steadily, and with your eye fixed on the horizon.1. Sands
2. I Want You To Know
5. Uncharted Waters
7. In Dreams / For Summer
8. Wooden Bones
9. Young Gold
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Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.