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July 31, 2015

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Laird’s Library: One Blog Wonders

For my latest Laird’s Library mix I decided to go with bands that only have one song in their folder on my hard drive.  So, in essence, I liked a track, wrote about it, and then either never looked into the band again or they just went about releasing stuff I didn’t like.  They’re all [...]

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July 30, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Noah)

The Impression: You can call me a fan of the Mission Impossible franchise. Sure, like everyone else who has eyes and was forced to be subjected to John Woo’s second Mission Impossible film, I understand that there can be some flaws in the format, but overall these are entertaining films with a charismatic star and [...]

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July 30, 2015

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Ought

I really love Ought.  Frontman Tim Darcy’s rambly but somehow on-point vocal style is one of the more interesting things out there right now, and I just can’t get enough of it.  Below you’ll find their new single (and the one from before in video-ish form).  Soak them up and then share them with everyone [...]

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July 30, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The Impression: The fifth entry into the Mission: Impossible series has arrived.  There’s no reason to not be excited. The Reality: If I were to count how many truly bad movies that Tom Cruise has been in, it wouldn’t come anywhere close to the number of shitty films I’ve seen in just 2015 alone.  The [...]

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ShowOTWF

July 29, 2015

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Show Of The Week

Gorilla vs Bear 5 (with Jamie XX, Lower Dens, Bop English, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence) looks like an amazing time, but it’s sold out.  You can’t go.  So, instead I think your goal this week should be joining me at Empire Control Room on Friday for the Red Bull Sound Select showcase with [...]

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Vacation

July 29, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Vacation

The Impression: Vacation has been given an update (thankfully, it’s more of a spiritual sequel than an outright reboot) with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.  The trailers have been somewhat hit or miss on the laugh-front. The Reality: The original Vacation is a solid time.  Chevy Chase bumbles around, there’s a hefty variety of goofy [...]

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ElTen

July 28, 2015

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El Ten Eleven

I pretty much missed the boat on the two singles that El Ten Eleven recently put out, so I’m rectifying that today by delivering both of them to you.  The duo have long been one of the best post-rock acts out there, and I’m sure their new album will only further solidify that status.  Do [...]

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July 27, 2015

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Quickdraw: Kurt Vile, Night Beds, Here We Go Magic, Pure Bathing Culture, Ramesh And Emeen

Music!  Enjoy. :Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin:  Here’s a catchy new rambler from Kurt Vile.  The guy just gets better and better with age, don’t you think?  B’lieve I’m Goin Down is due out September 25 via Matador. :Night Beds – Corner:  Winston Yellen’s vocal work here is so outstanding that I’ve gone from just [...]

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July 24, 2015

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

Something big is coming back to Austin, and it’s something that I care deeply about – it’s Weird City Hip Hop Fest.  We’ve only just made the initial artist announcement, but it includes some really amazing acts, a lot of whom I’ve included in the below mix.  So, listen close, jam out, and pick up [...]

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July 24, 2015

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Negative Scanner (Noah)

We live in a world of polish these days. Movies, animated or otherwise, are for the most part just very realistic cartoons with live-actors squished in front of green screens. Our most popular books are summer reads, happy-slappy romances with tidy endings and formulaic quirky characters. And our music, oh jeez our music, has jumped [...]

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Southpaw

July 23, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Southpaw (Noah)

The Impression: Jake Gyllenhaal looks like a piece of thugged out granite in the trailers for this film and that Eminem track makes me want throw on my hoodie and punch some bags. I’d say that’s a pretty good impression. The Reality: Southpaw is, very much, your typical sports film filtered through the visual aesthetic [...]

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July 23, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Pixels (Noah)

The Impression: Somehow, in some terrible, horrible way the trailers for Pixels have managed to convince me that a new Adam Sandler film directed by the ghost of Christopher Columbus’ career might be good. I apologize to my own brain for allowing this to be a thought. The Reality: Pixels is, handily, the worst film [...]

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July 23, 2015

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Fuzz

This morning I was on the hunt for something loud to help shake off my hangover bleariness, and I got in the form of two new songs from Fuzz.  In case you forgot, the band features Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart and Chad Ubovich, and they’ve already put out one album together (it was back in [...]

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JG

July 22, 2015

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Movie Breakdown: Southpaw

The Impression: BELIEVE IN HOPE.  Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and looks like an overly dramatic sports flick.  I’m in. The Reality: I very much enjoyed Southpaw, but I’d be a liar if I said it wasn’t essentially just a raw re-imagining of various moments from the Rocky series.  Boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) [...]

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ShowOTWF

July 22, 2015

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Show Of The Week

FREE.  Oh yes, experimental rockers The Octopus Project and the afrobeat-leaning Golden Dawn Arkestra are playing Music Under The Star for FREE this Friday at the Bob Bullock Museum.  If you don’t know, the event is in celebration of Texas Music and 10 years of Fun Fun Fun Fest.  I also mentioned it’s free, yeah?  [...]

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