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premiere: S U R V I V E – A.H.B.

We're psyched to premiere the opening track from the brilliant forthcoming full-length from Austin analog synth wizards S U R V I V E, due this fall on Relapse Records...

GvsB YACHT ROCK 2016 MIXTAPE

yacht rock 2016 mixtape

With the recent return of Sirius XM's glorious seasonal yacht rock channel, we were inspired to compile this mixtape of modern soft rock, sophistipop, vaporwave, balearic pop, cosmic funk, and smooth hypnogogic jams from the past decade or so that would fit seamlessly in the station's rotation, or alongside the legends Fleetwood Mac, Loggins & Messina, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Toto, et al. on any yacht rock playlist. Shimmering and soothing summer-ready FM radio vibes for the weekend, with a nod to classic yacht rock's darker and weirder undertones. Listen/download + check the full tracklist below:

STRANGER THINGS VHS JACKET

listen to the Stranger Things main theme by members of Austin band S U R V I V E

Like seemingly everyone else on the internet, we're currently obsessed with the new Spielberg-meets-Stephen King '80s nostalgia trip / Netflix original series Stranger Things. One of the elements that makes the show so great is the perfectly eerie atmospheric score, which was created by Kyle Dixon + Michael Stein of Austin band S U R V I V E. Their score elicits the same sense of wonder and dread as John Carpenter's classic film scores, Tangerine Dream's best horror scores, and more recent brilliant throwback scores from Disasterpeace (It Follows) and Cliff Martinez. Listen to the Stranger Themes main theme -- along with an awesome extended version that someone upped to youtube -- below, and look out for a new S U R V I V E record coming soon on Relapse (in the meantime, you can hear a recent track from the group here):

ALBUMS OF 2016.5

2016.5 // albums of the year (so far)

As we approach the midway point of what has been an overwhelming year for new music, here's the ever-evolving list of our favorite records of (roughly) the first half of 2016. Favorite songs of the year (SO FAR) coming later this week:

JESSY x TORI

polaroids: Texas Summer 2016

Thanks to Margin Walker, Modelo, the Parish, Club Dada, and everyone in Austin + Dallas who made our Texas Summer shows such an unforgettable couple of nights, and big love to the best possible crew of incredibly talented people for being so amazing: Jessy Lanza, Yumi Zouma, DJ Taye, Kedr Livanskiy, and QUALIATIK. Check our polaroids from the shows below, shot by David on Impossible Project instant film:

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded. With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

Fear of Men – Summer 2016 Tour Van mix

FearOfMen_MixCover

UK group Fear of Men are currently traversing America's flyover states as we speak on the last leg of their 2016 North American summer tour with Puro Instinct, and they'll soon be arriving here in TX for a show tomorrow night in Dallas at Club Dada, and one on Saturday night down in Austin at Barracuda...

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premiere: Dent May – Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love

DENT MAY FACE DOWN

Dent May returns with a charming new single, his first for Carpark Records: "Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love" is everything we love about vintage Dent, blending his smooth AOR-disco stylings and romantic yacht rock sentimentality with a darker, yearning side of his signature light-hearted wit, making for a wistful, heartfelt love song that would have been a perfect centerpiece on our latest mix...

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premiere: S U R V I V E – A.H.B.

survive rr7349

We're psyched to premiere the opening track from the brilliant forthcoming full-length from Austin analog synth wizards S U R V I V E, due this fall on Relapse Records. While we're hesitant to throw the word "epic" around haphazardly, it certainly applies to the group's thrilling, darkly gleaming, otherworldly synth odysseys, which are truly transportive and majestic (there's a reason half of the group was tapped to score the best supernatural alien adventure since the '80s, and they delivered an eerie instant classic)...

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Drugdealer – Suddenly (feat. Weyes Blood)

SUDDENLY

Drugdealer is the new project (and latest illicit substance-related moniker) from the man behind Run DMT/Salvia Plath/the Doobie Sisters/Silk Rhodes, Mike Collins. His excellent, Ariel Pink-produced new album The End of Comedy is due September 9th on Weird World, and lead single "Suddenly", which features the lovely vocals of Natalie Mering aka Weyes Blood, is a classic '70s singer/songwriter piano joint replete with heavy Tapestry vibes and a killer, all too fleeting sax riff...

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listen to the Stranger Things main theme by members of Austin band S U R V I V E

STRANGER THINGS VHS JACKET

Like seemingly everyone else on the internet, we're currently obsessed with the new Spielberg-meets-Stephen King '80s nostalgia trip / Netflix original series Stranger Things. One of the elements that makes the show so great is the perfectly eerie atmospheric score, which was created by Kyle Dixon + Michael Stein of Austin band S U R V I V E. Their score elicits the same sense of wonder and dread as John Carpenter's classic film scores, Tangerine Dream's best horror scores, and more recent brilliant throwback scores from Disasterpeace (It Follows) and Cliff Martinez. Listen to the Stranger Themes main theme -- along with an awesome extended version that someone upped to youtube -- below, and look out for a new S U R V I V E record coming soon on Relapse (in the meantime, you can hear a recent track from the group here):

Read More

GvsB Modern Yacht Rock // Summer 2016 Mixtape

GvsB YACHT ROCK 2016 MIXTAPE

With the recent return of Sirius XM's glorious seasonal yacht rock channel, we were inspired to compile this mixtape of modern soft rock, sophistipop, vaporwave, balearic pop, cosmic funk, and smooth hypnogogic jams from the past decade or so that would fit seamlessly in the station's rotation, or alongside the legends Fleetwood Mac, Loggins & Messina, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Toto, et al. on any yacht rock playlist. Shimmering and soothing summer-ready FM radio vibes for the weekend, with a nod to classic yacht rock's darker and weirder undertones. Listen/download + check the full tracklist below:

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