Hailing from West Palm Beach, FL, Surfer Blood stormed onto the scene with 2009’s “Swim”, which was ranked by Pitchfork as one of 100 Best Tracks of the year. Then came months of festival and performances, garnering buzz at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, and an epic stint opening for The Pixies. They’ve become known for their sunny melodies and shiny hooks, drawing comparisons to both Weezer and The Smiths for their contrastingly pop sound and darker, more evocative lyrical content. Between 2010 and 2013, the band released two full-length albums – Astro Coast and Pythons – and an EP Tarot Classics.
After a brief gap and a switch-up in its label, the band returned to their DIY roots and released their third album 1000 Palms on Joyful Noise recordings. The album has been praised throughout the internet, being called “consistently lovely” by Pitchfork and seen as a “mature return” to the subtle-surf rock of earlier releases by Detroit News . Now they’re back on the road, a revitalized touring band melding the style that launched them onto the scene with the lessons and growth that six years as a band will bring.
For their latest single “Island”, Surfer Blood invites us on a beach weekend complete with sandcastles and bucket hats. Check it out:
Don’t miss Surfer Blood at the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, June 27th during Athfest 2015!
This is a must watch! Stranger Cat has released the hilarious and amazing video for “Ecstatic Energy” off their album In The Wilderness from Joyful Noise. Filled with spectacular cat choreography performed in unitards, funky dancing silhouettes, and plenty of cute feline pictures. Check it out!
Filled with floating heads and cut-out shapes, Reptar’s “Cable” music video is absolutely ridiculously entertaining. It’s nothing short of a visual trip. You’ll be fully entranced within thirty seconds.
Surfer Blood’s music video for “I Can’t Explain” is reminiscent of Vampire Weekend’s “A-Punk” video. Though the two videos are similar, Surfer Blood seems to have a sleeker style. It’s an entertaining and visually stunning four minutes.
Athen’s own Reptar releases the pleasantly disturbing video for “Amanda.” Evenly weighted, Reptar delivers their upbeat song to a contrasting visual that leaves you breathless and infinitely wanting more.
We’ve been hooked on Kishi Bashi’s debut full length album 151a, released in April by Joyful Noise! Kishi Bashi has been touring this year as a member of fellow Athens greats of Montreal, and upcoming dates include direct support for Passion Pit and Future Islands!
This week, Kishi Bashi’s 151a was among the “Favorite Music of the Year (So Far)” by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Check out the full list here.
We’ve also been sharing this fantastic live video of Kishi Bashi, recorded by NPR at the 9:30 club. Watch that full performance here!
Team Clermont was in attendance for last weeks Athens Jookabox show, and what an amazing evening it was! One of our favorite tracks from the Asthmatic Kitty stars is “Don’t Go Phantom”! They recently released a video for this track, the fifth video from their latest release Dead Zone Boys. This animated adventure features colored ghosts, random thievery, and mad scientistry!
Our friends at Asthmatic Kitty and Under The Radar have put together a killer Halloween contest in conjunction with* Jookabox’s* upcoming record Dead Zone Boys!
Here are the details for Under the Radar & Jookabox’s Halloween Costume Giveaway:
1) Grab a nice clean photo of your best Halloween costume, past, present, or future
2) Make sure it’s your most amazing, scary, ghoulish, and knee-knockingly good costume. (Only include yourself in the photograph. NSFW pics will be elimated from the contest.)
3) Scan that monstrous thing into a .jpeg format and e-mail it to [email protected] with the subject line “JOOKABOXHALLOWEENCOSTUMEGIVEAWAY” by Tuesday, November 3rd (the release date for Dead Zone Boys).
While you are in the Jookabox state of mind, check out the track You Cried Me feature in Under The Radar.
Catch Jookabox on tour!
10.30•Big Car Gallery (Indianapolis, IN)
11.03•The Treehouse (Columbus, OH)
11.04•Garfield Artworks (Pittsburgh, PA)
11.05•Mohawk Place (Buffalo, NY)
11.07•Bruar Falls (Brooklyn, NY)
11.09•941 Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
11.10•Cake Shop (New York City, NY)
11.12•The Red and The Black (Washington, DC)
11.13•Duke Coffeehouse (Durham, NC)
11.17•The Mink (Houston, TX)
11.18•Hailey’s (Denton, TX)
11.19•Starlight House w/ The DareDevil Christopher Wright and Winston Family Orchestra (Little Rock, AR)
11.21•Vollrath (Indianapolis, IN)
Let’s not lie: Hermit Thrushes have had a really exciting few months. Back in April, their song “Snowflake Heart” was featured on Tiny Mix Tapes’ Chocolate Grinder Mix 09 (alongside tunes from Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter, and Akron/Family), and Slight Fountain, the band’s new full-length, was just released a few weeks ago!
Slight Fountain is gloriously eccentric and unpredictable. It makes sense – the Hermit Thrushes are quirky dudes. Some of the guys pulled their pants down at last year’s CMJ Marathon in front of a bunch of people! An impressive feat, if we do say so ourselves.
In a few days, Hermit Thrushes will begin bouncing around the country on their just-over-a-month-long tour, and a Daytrotter session is on the way! Be sure to tell your family, friends, and lots of strangers.
New York’s Hi Red Center’s Assemble, their debut album for Joyful Noise Recordings, comes out on Tuesday, and they’ll also be hitting the road out to Indianapolis for the CD release show on February 12th! Be sure to see them bring the jamz when they’re in a town near you!
02.06 – AS200 (Providence, RI)
02.08 – Rancho Relaxo (Toronto, ON)
02.09 – Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI)
02.10 – Empty Bottle (Chicago, IL)
02.11 – Lemp Arts (St. Louis, MO)
02.12 – Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN)
02.13 – Bear’s Place (Bloomington, IN)
02.15 – 123 Pleasant St (Morgantown, WV)
For a preview, watch Hi Red Center performing “Trees In A Row” at Knitting Factory Tap Bar: