We’ve been doing these secretly for a little while, but now we’re going to start posting our monthly recommendations playlist here on tumblr. November’s playlist is a bit dark, since we’re now settling in for winter and getting used to the one time of year when Austin isn’t drenched in sun.
1. YVETTE ”Attrition” (NYC)
Buzzsaw sharp industrialized post-punk in the vein of A-Frames and a more minimalist the Banshees minus Siouxsie Sioux.
2. Motion Studies “Matter of Time” (NYC)
Slinky, seductive dance music that’s not too far off from what LCD Soundsystem might sound like if James Murphy had a sultry croon.
3. Psychic Yardale “No One Wants Me” (NYC)
A no-fi take on a forgotten garage classic by the Actioneers, courtesy of an upstart NYC band.
4. Nervous Curtains “Wired to Make Waves” (Dallas)
Anxious electro-punk with hints of Devo and the Faint.
5. Ichi Ni San Shi “Treasured Thoughts (in the Key of G)” (Austin)
Jangly indie pop that threatens to fall apart at any moment, but holds it together thanks to some ramshackle charm.
6. Sweet Talk “Never Alone” (Austin)
Glammy, classic power pop, along the lines of Fountains of Wayne and the Posies.
7. The Afex “She’s Got the Time” (England)
Brittle mod garage rock that went unfortunately overlooked until a recent Acid Jazz reissue. Hopefully they get the Creation treatment from Wes Anderson soon.
8. The Cold Beat “Worms”
Bay Area garage rock with a ’70s UK punk edge, more the Raincoats than Thee Oh Sees.
9. Tee-Double “Let Me Rock” (Austin)
An Austin hip-hop legend with a distinct homegrown sound that recalls Blackalicious and Jurassic 5. Come see him at Loser City’s Nov. 23rd show, also featuring Chief & thedoomsdaydevice and The Weird Project.
10. Musidora Vampires “Wasp” (Austin)
A mixture of Raveonettes guitars and minimalism with the arrangement sensibilities of Trent Reznor.
11. Vice Device “Solvent” (Portland)
Sinister minimal wave, the kind of thing J.G. Ballard might seduce someone to.
12. Pop. 1280 “Human Probe” (NYC)
Murderous noise punk, chock full of Big Black nastiness and Scratch Acid guitar attacks.
13. Nacho Picasso “American Literature” (Seattle)
Not your typical Seattle rapper, but instead the city’s “prince of darkness” in the hip-hop community, with a Lil’ Wayne-like flow and beats that pull more from John Carpenter than any hip-hop standards.
14. KAYTRANADA “Hot Jazzybelle” (Montreal)
Chill electronic music from the great white north, with all the wintry tones that implies.
15. ssleeperhold “beatsslave” (Austin)
Mysterious dark wave outfit, mostly instrumental, inspired by giallo film soundtracks and plots.
16. Troller “Tiger” (Austin)
Hazy electronic music in the style of early OMD, subtle and graceful but addictive nonetheless.