A.Dd+ (pictured), “Can’t Come Down” (audio) – The forward-thinking Dallas hip-hop duo’s mildly humorous but highly realistic story song premiered online earlier this month. While it samples a cover tune – Yael Naim’s version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” – in its chorus, the real treats here are in the verses. The guys’ well woven tale carries a subtle public service announcement: Don’t wake and bake when you’re trying to find a job. See A.Dd+ at the fantastically billed free show tonight at the Palladium. Find out more about it in Chris Mosley’s Weekender post.
Astronautalis, “Contrails” feat. Tegan Quin (video)– The new song and video from Andy Bothwell’s just-released This is Our Science record offer fresh takes on the rapped/sung-collabo format. Feels more like Bothwell and Quin creating together than, say, B.O.B. telling the Paramore chick, “Sing this line and you’ll be done.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Ishi, “Disco Queen” (audio) – The Dallas dance band’s new single (with a partially new lineup) advances a sophomore LP that likely won’t come along until next year. I process the new one just as I have a few of the old ones: At first, I’m like, “This seems cheesy, even for me.” But then John Mudd’s vocals ride those staccato synth chords ever so trickily, and my Dumbo ears perk up.
Bad Sports, “I’m in Love With Myself” (audio) – It’s from the part-Denton, part-Austin punk trio’s latest album Kings of the Weekend. First line: “Who needs girls when you got a mirror?” A tongue-in-cheek, endlessly poppy toss-off that gives you a good idea of what to expect from the rest of the album. I keep meaning to track it down on vinyl (insert groan).
Nicholas Altobelli, “When Now Becomes Then” (audio) – A sad, bedroom-recorded ode to fall by the local folk singer, it’s on his brand new collection of the same name (available as a free download.) Altobelli says he’s headed in different musical directions from here on out, and he’s due for a shake-up. Still, I’ve always appreciated the lyrical sentiment and bare-bones approach in his traditional folk stuff. The new record’s recommended for winding down. Sunday-night special.