JudyJams April 2011 Picks: Hunx and His Punx, Vetiver, Wires Under Tension, Wye Oak

April 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Helloooo Spring! The April picks this month lean towards the sunny side of life, because that’s how we like it here at TnJ.

First pick is a band that I was sad that we had to miss at SXSW this year: Hunx and his Punx. Best band name ever, right?

Image via HardlyArt.com

Another in the series of killer girl (and one guy) groups that we’ve praised on the site for a while. Their full length Too Young to Be In Love came out on Hardly Art earlier in the month, and you can check out the title song here.

Second pick is the new album from Vetiver, called The Errant Charm, due out on Sub Pop June 14th. Advance notice yes, but it’s good to be in the know.

Image of Vetiver via Sub Pop

This is Vetiver’s fifth album for Sub Pop, and I can tell from the single “Can’t You Tell” (har har har) that it’s going to be decidedly uptempo. Check out the song here, and go to their website for tour news.

Third pick is a new discovery, a South Bronx based band called Wires Under Tension. Below is a video, done very DIY, for their song “Electricity Turns them On,” from their debut Light Science out now on Western Vinyl.

Their instrumental style reminds me of a more proggy version of The Mercury Program, or a less proggy version of Don Caballero, with violin thrown in the mix. Check out another song, “Mneominics in Motion,” here.

Fourth pick is an Israeli electronic artist called Side Brain whose album On the Second Moon of Earth just came out in March on Holy Dub Recordings.

Album cover image via Holy Dub Recordings

I’m a huge Prefuse 73 fan, and the beats on this album remind me of him, with a more video-game inspired influence. You can stream the entire album at Holy Dub Recordings’ bandcamp page, here.

Fifth pick, an album that I am currently in love with, is Wye Oak‘s newest, Civilian, out now on Merge.

Image of Wye Oak via Merge

A perfect musical pair; vocalist Jenn Wasner sounds like she was born to make music with all around instrumentalist Andy Stack. I’m just sad I discovered them so late in the game. This is the first time in a long while that an album has struck me right off the bat, at first listen, as being fantastic. Wasner’s rich voice will draw you in immediately. Check out the title song on their website, and what the heck, just buy the entire album, you won’t regret it.

Speaking of purchasing, don’t forget that Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 16th. We’re going to do a post on our findings in the next few weeks!

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