We here at Panic Manual have been big fans of San Fermin for a long time. Their self titled debut album was one of my favorite albums back in 2013, back when I was a young lad. Since then, I have matured significantly and perhaps this too is reflected with the sound of the new album. Maybe it has not, I don’t know. I have not listened to their new record, which is entitled Jackrabbit. The album is out on April 21st but for those of us lucky enough to go to Austin, they will be playing a plethora of shows at SXSW this year.
The picture above was a party they played in Austin for SXSW. What’s not pictured? Free muther fuckin bbq’s! Sausages! Brisket! Ribs galore! This type of gastronomical satistfaction was reflected perfectly in the San Fermin live show – a little bit of everything, high peaks and deeply satisfying. I don’t know if this post makes any sense. Regardless, they are a band to check out and I mean that in the most honest, sincere way.
They are also playing NXNE for those who can’t make the journey to Texas.
SXSW is fast approaching and come March, Austin will have no lack of bands evoking the sounds of the ’90s, from those who’ve kept it going since those days to the reunited acts hoping to relaunch their career and on to the newer performers inspired by the sounds of yesteryear.
Nashville’s The Lees Of Memory will be one of those bands and they come by their ’90s sound honestly - members John Davis and Brandon Fisher were formerly in alt-rock one hit wonders Superdrag (remember “Sucked Out?”). However, rather than revisiting the power pop sounds of that group, The Lees Of Memory dive headfirst into Kevin Shields territory with some blissed out shoegaze and they do it well. “We Are Siamese” is the lead single off of their album Sisyphus Says. Give it a listen.
Nothing’s better than thinking you love something, and then realizing you love it even more than you thought.
When I first listened to Lord Huron‘s single off their upcoming album Strange Trails I was all about it. It’s like a swirling mixture of Fleet Foxes and Elvis – all cool harmonies and swaggering croon. Then upon second, third, fourth, etc. listen, I realized it’s telling a story (what can I say? I’m a sucker for a narrative piece) about a lovelorn lad off to take down his competition ‘Big Jim’. Told from the first person with a heaping dose of misplaced confidence, the song follows the story with its ultimately disastrous conclusion with an irresistible combination of compassion and sly humor – give it a listen:
Back in the summer of 2014 (oh those glorious sunny days!) the WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) press group put their heads together and ruminated on the quandary, “how do we take DC’s crap public transit system, which is constantly late, constantly under maintenance, and $7.50 a ride without any sort of monthly pass for daily users, and make it look super fun to ride?” It was then that Timmy the competent intern stood slowly, surveyed the group, and said, “I’ve got it.” As you can see, the result was a group of beautiful, multi-ethnic, multi-sized, multi-aged Washingtonians dancing to the silver line. Genius Timmy:
Anyways, besides the fact that WMATA has the world’s best press team but the world’s crappiest actual service, turns out it was Architecture in Helsinki’s “Escapee” that was playing behind the ad. Which seems appropriate since all anyone ever wants to do is escape from the clutches of WMATA.