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The Black Angels

February 28, 2013

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The Black Angels have long been one of my favorite local acts.  They consistently put out quality efforts, I love what they’ve done with the Austin Pysch Fest over the years, and I certainly appreciate how they always seem to be get louder and louder.  On April 2 they’ll release their fourth full length, Indigo Meadow, via Blue Horizons.  Enjoy.

:The Black Angels – Evil Things:  I don’t usually think of this band as aggressive, but this is a big, swirling rock track that clearly wants to crush anything that doesn’t stand up and pay attention.  Awesome.

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Boy + Kite, The Plastic Habit, The Zoltars (Jennifer)

February 27, 2013

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Austin’s Boy + Kite recently released a video for their first single, Think In Stereo, from their 2011 debut album, Go Fly. Its colorful, eye-catching imagery (complete with a paint filled band fight) complements their catchy indie pop hooks that are intertwined with sharp, dynamic dueling guitars and vocals from Beth Puorro and Darvin Jones.

The band is also gearing up for their official SXSW showcase on March 15 at the Parish Underground, and the release of their new We Can Go Anywhere We Want EP on March 19. Their sound has been growing on me for the past year, and I’m looking forward to hearing their latest EP, which was recorded by Louie Lino (keyboardist for Nada Surf who is currently based in Austin as an engineer and producer).

The Plastic Habit is the latest musical project from Austin guitarist and producer Jonas Wilson (from The White White Lights). As a fan of TWWL, I had been looking forward to finally seeing and hearing his latest band. The teaser single, Tiny Tin Soldier, from their upcoming album is a good taste of things to come with its raspy Bowie-esque vocals and blasts of punk meets glam rock guitar riffs. The live band lineup is excellent as well with guitarist extraordinaire Lauren Gurgiolo, Shawn Jones (from The Lovely Sparrows and The Eastern Sea) on bass, and Stephen Bres on drums.

I’m not so sure that garage pop/rock quartet The Zoltars have a future in playing kids birthday parties, but they do make a humorous and admirable attempt in the video for their latest 7″, All My Friends, which will be released on CQ Records. The test pressing of the EP is sold out, but you can stream it on Bandcamp. The band also earns points for creating custom comic style artwork for each copy All My Friends (only 30 copies made and only available for sale at shows).

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Sound Samples: The Couch

February 26, 2013

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Sound Samples is a SOTO feature meant to provide some insight on what inspired and/or influenced an artist’s latest release. Today’s entry comes from Austin’s The Couch, who have quickly become one of the city’s buzz acts.  You can pick up their self titled album now (it came out late last year) here, and like them on Facebook here.

The band decided to each provide a section of influences, and first up is Taylor.

Taylor Wilkins’s Samples
Its hard for me to say what I really wanted out of our self titled album when we were recording it because it was three months after we had written most of the songs, with the exception of Kick The Can and Aphrodite.  I do know that I wanted to have an album that had a lot of different sounds and textures than the Couch had previously used. A lot of that had to do with adding a lot more organ, acoustic guitar, auxiliary percussion, and backing vocals, but the biggest change was probably the addition of Sara as a lead singer and songwriter.

Some of my favorite rock bands such as Heartless Bastards, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Dead Weather have female leads, and when Sara started playing and writing more material and sharing it with me, the idea that we could use those songs became a reality. As most major changes are, the transition had its difficulties, but I think we all knew once people could wrap their head around the idea of have dual female/male lead, then they could appreciate this album as an eclectic group of songs that demonstrates all our individual love for different kinds of music and sounds.

I chose The Walkmen’s In The New Year because I absolutely love the intensity of the lead vocals and how the organs/drums crash together.

:The Walkmen – In The New Year:

White Denim’s Transparency always struck me as great song that was recorded with a lot of awesome techniques and really unique parts, which is how I wanted some parts of this album to sound.

:White Denim – Transparency:

Dr. Dog’s These Days has a great crunchy guitar tone melody and fantastic groove, which were all aspects of this album that I really wanted to exemplify.

:Dr. Dog – These Days:

Sara Houser’s Samples
The Kills’ Midnight Boom and The Dead Weather albums were in heavy rotation around the time I started writing the songs that would end up on this record. Allison Mosshart has a really cool quality to her voice that both cuts through but also blends really well. I picked Treat Me Like Your Mother because it captures a number of influences – dirty distorted organ tone, biting lyrics, dual singers.

:The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother:

Another album I really dove into was The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa. Great boy/girl dynamic vocally. I also love the driving punk rhythm in songs like Something Against You and Broken Face.

:The Pixies – Break My Body:

The Couch album was really my first foray into writing a “rock” record, and I think going into it I was still trying to find a way to fit my voice into this new setting. I do my best to absorb some grit from singers like Mosshart and Kim Deal, but I also listen to a lot of Feist and St. Vincent. Annie Clark’s delicate timbre over fuzzed out guitar sounds so cool to me, and I really didn’t want to miss out on that juxtaposition on this record.

:St. Vincent – Actor Out Of Work:

Nick Josiwick’s Samples
The first time I ever witnessed the Couch play live a few years ago, I was immediately reminded of Led Zeppelin. Everything from the rock hard hitting drums, to the super solid groove and bass lines, all coupled and brought together with face melting leads and vocal intensity and conviction, it was a high energy show that I knew I wanted to be a part of. So fast forward a few years later, and I am actually sitting in my studio with the Couch getting ready to track their most recent album (a moment I couldn’t have be happier about!). We had all done our homework and pre-production and knew what we wanted and how to go about making the album, so we were all very excited and ready. In my role as engineer/producer, there were a few records that I had to go listen to to formulate my ideas on how we would track/mix/everything. One of those records was most definitely Led Zeppelin IV. The music we were about to record was just so reminiscent of that era rock and roll, how could I not?

:Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll:

Another record I had to listen to again was Queens Of The Stone Age’s Songs For The Deaf. I’ve always been a fan of QOTSA and their production value/sound, so I felt like a marriage of IV +Deaf would be a cool representation to try and capture for the Couch.

:Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows:

And one last record I just had to revisit was Fits by White Denim. It’s such a raw and powerful album, I felt like some of its influence on what we were trying to accomplish would be fitting.

:White Denim – I Start To Run:

Jud Johnson’s Samples
I’ve never been ashamed to bump Robyn’s music or messages. I had been enjoying her album Body Talk and trying to get my friends to do the same for a long time. The day before going in to do day one of recording the album, Sara and I went to see Robyn and that woman’s professionalism and performance set a standard I hope to achieve one day. Gotta be able to play with the click because Robyn does and she’s the boss.

:Robyn – Get Myself Together:

Also, this album is great. …  Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

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Still Corners

February 26, 2013

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Spending a couple of hours at the dentist yesterday put me in a mood to find something super pleasant, and what I ended up with was the brand new single from London’s Still Corners.  You’re going to like it.  The band will release Strange Pleasures on May 7 via Sub Pop.

:Still Corners – Berlin Lovers:  I love the bubbly synths here so much that the song’s two and half minute runtime almost becomes a disappointment.  I need more of it along side Tessa Murray’s shimmering voice!  Oh well.  I suppose that’s why the “repeat” button exists.

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Lost Country: Johnny Darrell (Scott)

February 25, 2013

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As the slick, overproduced country sounds of the 1980’s transitioned into the insufferable cubicle pop of the 1990’s and beyond, traditional country music was pushed to the AM radio fringes and then mostly forgotten by mainstream radio. LOST COUNTRY will take a look back at obscure and overlooked artists from country music’s heyday of the 1960’s through 1970’s.

The Late, Kinda Great Johnny Darrell

While the country “outlaw” moniker wasn’t formally kicked around until Willie Nelson released his Austin-recorded ‘fuck you Nashville’ album Shotgun Willie in 1973, Alabama-born Johnny Darrell was unknowingly paving the way for the movement in the heart of Nashville in the mid-1960’s.

In 1965, Darrell was managing a Holiday Inn near Music City Row when he was discovered by a United Artists rep looking to expand the mostly pop/rock label’s roster to include more country talent. His first release was the single Green, Green Grass of Home, a Curly Putman song later made famous by a myriad of artists, from Porter Wagoner to Elvis Presley to Tom Jones. Darrell’s version was low-key and dry, his maudlin baritone/tenor voice barely dragging the verses along -”The old hometown looks the same/as I step down from the train” - over a sparsely accompanied shuffle. Despite being the first artist to record the song, Darrell’s version did not chart.

Darrell and the charts never made friends. His ultra laid back, just drank a five-gallon bucket of whiskey singing style could be hit or miss, but it was rarely better than in My Elusive Dreams from 1967’s Son of Hickory Holler Tramp. The song is mid-tempo bruiser about a woman blindly following her man around the country as he hunts for and fails to find success. “I know you’re tired of following my elusive dreams and schemes/but they’re only fleeting things/my elusive dreams.” Whether or not he realized it, Darrell was singing about himself.

Darrell played the knocked-down fool perfectly in songs like 1967’s Come See What’s Left of Your Man, which finds him crooning “When I woke up this morning/I had $200 worth of shakes/It only took me two days to drink up the check/that it took me two weeks to make.” Boy oh boy, they don’t sing ‘em like that anymore.

Darrell’s anti-success only helped boost his charm. He was an impossible guy to root against. A motel manager turned never-would-be country star. It’s cliche to say, but Darrell was a few years ahead of his time. He released seven studio albums for United Artists and made it into the Top Five country charts only once with the somber waltz With Pen In Hand, which climbed to number three in 1968 but did little to boost his commercial success.

Darrell was a competent songwriter, but he was much better at discovering other people’s songs. He was the first to record the Mel Tillis classic Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town in 1967, a song made famous two years later when Kenny Rogers & First Edition recorded it. Likewise, The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp, which Darrell recorded in 1967, was a huge hit in 1968 for soul singer O.C. Smith.

And that was the rub with Darrell. He recorded songs that other people found success with but never made much of a splash on his own. After being dropped by United Artists in 1970 he drifted for a few years before releasing his last studio album, 1975’s Water Glass Full of Whiskey, on Capricorn, a label that fittingly went bankrupt just four short years later.

Darrell faded into obscurity and later struggled with diabetes that was exacerbated by his worsening alcoholism. He died in 1997 at the age of 57 in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Yours truly recently unearthed a still-sealed copy of Darrell’s 1969 album Why You Been Gone So Long at Waterloo Records in Austin. I decided it might be fun to open it and play it for the first time on video. Here is the result.

Recommendations:  If you’re interested in checking out Johnny Darrell and are into vinyl, a good place to start is The Best of Johnny Darrell (1970) – United Artists. For a more complete retrospective, Singin’ It Lonesome: The Very Best…1965-1970 (2000) – Raven Records is available on CD.

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Quickdraw: Bill Baird, Born Ruffians, Tera Melos, The Mary Onettes, Keep Shelly In Athens

February 25, 2013

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Today’s music thinks you should get out more.  Enjoy.

:Bill Baird – Spring Break Of The Soul:  Austin’s Bill Baird is back on the scene with a double album, and I can’t wait to check it out.  This elaborately creative single should put you in the same mindset.  Spring Break Of The Soul is due out on March 5 via Pau Wau Records.

:Born Ruffians – Needle:  I’ve been jamming this song for days.  It’s upbeat, refreshing, and I just can’t get it out of my head.  Get ready to want to high five someone.  The band will release Birthmarks on April 16 via Yep Roc, and then they’ll play Red 7 on April 20.

:Tera Melos – Sunburn:  Looks like it’s time to start paying some real attention to this band, as I really dig this super catchy, kinetic track.  Tera Melos will release X’ed Out on April 16 via Sargent House.  They’re also set to play Red 7 on May 18.

:The Mary Onettes – Hit The Waves:  I almost forgot that the Mary Onettes are releasing a new album this year.  It should be a good one, especially if it has a few more Cure-esque songs like this one.  Hit The Waves is due out on March 12 via Labrador.

:Keep Shelly In Athens – Madmen Love:  This is by far the best song I’ve heard from Keep Shelly In Athens.  It’s intense and inspired, and I highly recommend that you do at least one listen with a good pair of headphones on.  The Madmen Love 7″ is currently available via Cascine.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

February 24, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Joe Carnahan is no longer attached to direct the remake of Death Wish.  Reportedly, he and Paramount/MGM could not agree on who to cast as the lead.

Marvel-head Kevin Feige recently noted that Captain America: The Winter Solider is a political thriller.

Matthew Vaughn is set to produce the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

Megan Fox has landed the role of April O’Neil in Ninja Turtles.

Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) will star in Exit 147, which is said to be about a sadistic sheriff.

A new Bruce Lee biopic is in the works.  It’s called Birth Of The Dragon, and it will supposedly center around Lee’s fight with Wong Jack Man.

Jason Clark (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) are set to star in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence will also be teaming up for The Ends Of The Earth.  It’s said to be about an oil tycoon who has an affair with his adopted daughter.

James Marsden (Sex Drive) is set to be the villain in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Neil Blomkamp recently said that he will probably follow up Elysium with a sci-fi comedy called Chappie.

Now that Jack Reacher has made a little over 200 million worldwide, a sequel may be in the works.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore may star in a currently untitled romantic comedy for Warner Bros.

Mike Birbiglia is said to be working on an adaptation of his latest act, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

February 22, 2013

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Happy Friday! I don’t know if you’re excited that it’s nearly the end of February, or if you’re stressed that the beginning of the year seems to be going by so quickly because, well, I don’t know who you are. You seem cool, though.

However you’re feeling today, I hope you’re enjoying the moment right now, whether this mix provides you with a respite from work, or gives you a soundtrack for your day or weekend. In a too philosophical-for-me way this week, I’ve been contemplating the moment, and how important being present is.  I ain’t even sappy y’all, because all this has a secret point, and because it’s me, a hidden agenda:

So much of life is very fleeting: your drive to work today, you reading this blog post right now (so meta), etc. I work in an industry where the very essence of it is the passage of time. I’m talking about radio. It’s one of those intangible joys you can’t capture, quite literally. It’s here and then it’s gone; but it’s full of so much opportunity for discovery and self-expression, that even if you can’t hold it, it’s worth it.

My radio station, KOOP Community Radio 91.7FM in Austin is currently holding its Spring Membership Drive.  I hope you’ll take this opportunity to acknowledge the metaphysical impermanence of radio and make a financial donation to KOOP in support of the immateriality of existence.  The station can’t continue without people like you who love the music, the medium, and the discovery. You may be able to listen to this playlist over and over, but radio is singular, and without it, this playlist wouldn’t exist.

Alright, I’ll let you off the hook now. Go crazy this weekend, kids.

:Signif – Soul Clap:
:Aesop Rock, C Rayz Walz, And Vast Aire – Karma Killerz:
:Illmind – Deloach (Featuring Bavu Blakes And Poison):
:Prince Paul – You Made Me (A.K.C.):
:DJ Vadim – Your Revolution (Featuring Sarah Jones):
:Illmind – Strange Fruit Project (Featuring Little Brother):
:Copperpot – Blow (Featuring Psalm One):
:African Underground – Abass:
:MIA – 10$:
:Eternia And Moss – Any Man:
:Jean Grae – Killing Em (Featuring Pharoahe Monch):
:Ill Breed Militia – What’s An I-Eleven:
:Macklemore – White Privilege:
:The Blueprint – 1988:
:DJ Magic Mike And MC Madness – 16 Slow Draggin:

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Stream This

February 22, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

How To Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion
Sally Shapiro – Somewhere Else
The M Machine – Metropolis Pt. II
Sin Fang – Flowers
Doldrums – Lesser Evil
Mister Lies – Mowgli
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple

VIDEOS

Sorne will release Ego Altar later this year.

Stornoway will release Tales From Terra Firma on March 19 via 4AD.

Field Report’s self titled album is out now.

Efterklang’s Piramidea is out now.  They play the Mohawk on March 6.

GRMLN put out this track as a one-off single.

DWNTWN’s The Red Room EP is out now.

Junip will put out a self titled effort on April 23 via Mute.

Warm Soda will release Someone For You on March 26 via Castle Face Records.

Beware Of Darkness will release Orthodox on May 7 via Bright Antenna.

Pony Time released Go Find Your Own earlier this week via Per Se Records.

Eat Skull released Ill this week on Woodsist.

The Aprons released Sound Stains last year.

The Gossip put out a A Joyful Noise last year.

Decades will release a self titled album on April 30 via White Girl Records.

Bat For Lashes put out The Haunted Man last year.

Screaming Females just put out the Chalk Tape EP.

The ACB’s will release Little Leaves on March 5 via High Dive Records.

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Haim

February 21, 2013

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Haim have apparently been around for a bit, but today’s track is actually the first thing I’ve ever heard from them.  Why didn’t you guys speak up?  Anyhow, they’re a trio of sisters from California that are pretty much in the midst of blowing up, so jump on the bandwagon now.  You’ll be able to grab the Falling EP on April 1 via National Anthem/Polydor.

:Haim – Falling:  There’s a big part of me that wants to call this retro dance number a guilty pleasure, but I think it’s actually just a stellar song.  I just don’t want to own up to the terrible dance moves that it makes me want to do.

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Golden Void (Noah)

February 20, 2013

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There are two things San Francisco’s psych-rock super band Golden Void (featuring members of Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Roots of Orchis, and Earthless) make me feel:

1. Pot is fun! Oh sure, sure Golden Void has a bit more jazzy, metal-y, drone-psych than the long-haired, tie-died, Lennon-shade sporting psych-rock we usually associate with the sticky-icky, but still, I listen to the first bottom-scraping bit of guitar crunch on The Curve and I think, “Man, taking bong rips and making music must be a fucking blast.” Cut to minute one and it’s all back-room bar rock laced with screeching guitar solos and this big booming engine of riff in the back followed by a deep drop down in to a slinky bit of blues-laced, jam-sesh and then boom, right back in to the delightful churn that kicked the whole damn thing off. Roll me another Bob Hope, Golden Void – I’m all ears.

2. Psych-rock isn’t getting the love that it should these days. Garage rock, with it’s leather jacket and propensity to spit in your face after having one too many Jamesons on the rocks, just swaggered on in acting like it had the biggest cajones in the room, and old good-natured psych rock, eyes glazed and a little drunk off cheap beer, just raised a hand in acknowledgement and sidled on over to the back of the room. When does psych-rock get it’s glowing moment in the sun where Pitchfork writes an entire article about the rise of this awesome music and then a local blog names itself after that article and then it gets too big and too bloated and everyone starts sounding a little bit too much like Nirvana? When does that happen, music listeners? I don’t know, maybe psych-rock is just the sub-culture, the scaly little men who live beneath the Earth that are content to play their sweet jams until one day, in the distant future, the earth cracks open and they spill topside to exact their super-stoned revenge.

Anyway, Golden Void = awesome.

:Golden Void – The Curve:

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Sound Samples: Marnie Stern

February 20, 2013

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Sound Samples is a SOTO feature meant to provide some insight on what inspired and/or influenced an artist’s latest release. Today’s entry comes from New York’s Marnie Stern. On March 19 she’ll be releasing a new full length titled The Chronicles Of Marnia, and around that she’ll be spending a couple of months on the road.  If you’re in Austin, be sure to catch her either at SXSW or at Holy Mountain on May 3.  She puts on an electrifying show that shouldn’t be missed.

On another Marnie-related note, in the past we’ve done these and artists have submitted a fairly sizable mix of songs.  Marnie, however, sent four with the following note:

I tend to listen to a lot of the same things, as they never get old to me. Different parts speak out at different times, and most of it has been around for a while. This is the stuff I was listening to when I wrote The Chronicles Of Marnia.

How can you not love that?  So, here’s four songs (with some words from Marnie) that influenced her latest album, which by the way is an absolute blast.

HEART – CRAZY ON YOU

The chorus is what I come back to a lot. It’s emotive and so impactful, and it’s just three words that repeat. I’m drawn to how and why certain simplicities are so effective, and why others aren’t … and I’m trying to learn from them. The intro to this song, of course, is also amazing, as is the singing, and the overall structural build.

DAVID BOWIE – YOUNG AMERICANS

I listened to a ton of David Bowie while writing this record. His voice and is cadence are so fascinating. I read somewhere that he records one word at a time, but I’m not sure if that’s true. There’s a freeness and casualness to this song that I’m attracted to.

WARREN ZEVON – WEREWOLVES OF LONDON

I listened to this a lot for the vocal style and flair. He really has a delivery that’s all his own, and it’s a very fun song. Lyrically, I think it’s one of the best ever because it’s tongue and cheek, but still kind of tough.

ROYAL TRUX -  STEVIE

This is one of my favorite bands, so I go back to them often. This song is so slippery, and that’s part of why I like it. There a ton of influences in there, but the song still sounds 100% Royal Trux. It’s also got a sadness to it that I was interested in.

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Good Field, JoDee Purkeypile (Jennifer)

February 20, 2013

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Although Good Field released their self titled debut in early 2012, this month’s re-release is notable as all the songs on the album have been remastered and put on glorious vinyl.  To celebrate this occasion, the band is holding their vinyl release party in Austin this Friday at Holy Mountain (don’t forget to enter our ticket giveaway; a winner will be drawn the day of the show). They are also embarking on a brief US tour leading up to their official SXSW showcase.

If you like what you hear, remember to tell your friends and spread the word about Good Field. Their CD has received countless spins on my stereo in the past year, and I’m excited to bring home a vinyl copy of their album.  I’m also looking forward to hearing some new tunes. This is a band worth seeing in a live setting, so get out and let their lush, melodic tunes come to life and mesmerize you.

By the way, I highly recommend arriving early to see Dana Falconberry and Belaire – two more excellent local bands who also released some of my favorite albums from 2012; this is a triple local bill not to be missed.

Singer/songwriter JoDee Purkeypile is also celebrating a release this week with his second full length, Messenger. He proudly wears his Anglophile influences on his sleeve – everything from 60s British invaders like The Beatles and The Kinks, 70s power pop like Badfinger and Nick Lowe, and 80s Britpop such as Squeeze and The Smiths. He deftly threads his favorite sounds together and crafts songs in the worthy tradition of the pop songsmiths of his influences. JoDee will be celebrating with a free album release show this Saturday at The Blackheart with Silver Ships and Other Lovers.

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Quickdraw: Purity Ring, Big Deal, La Luz, White Fence, Youth Lagoon

February 19, 2013

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Today’s music would like to show you the world.  Enjoy.

:Purity Ring – Grammy (Soulja Boy Cover):  I’m not all a fan of Soulja Boy, but somehow he keeps finding his way onto my site.  Weird.  Anyhow, this cover has instantly become a huge guilty pleasure for me.  Blast it, friends.  This track was released to promote Purity Ring’s upcoming tour.  See the dates here.

:Big Deal – Teradactol:  While I liked last year’s Lights Out, I thought it had a variety of moments where it could have used a bigger sound.  This single says Big Deal felt the same way, and now I’m excited to check out their sophomore effort.  June Gloom is due June 4 via Mute.

:La Luz – Call Me In The Day:  The fancy folks over at Burger Records have a release schedule for February that includes 16 cassettes from a wide range of artists.  This song is off La Luz’s Damp Face EP (currently available), and it’s one hell of a charming, hooky pop number.

:White Fence – Pink Gorilla:  Prefer your psych rock to be accessible and laced with catchy retro vocals?  Then I think you’re going to really dig this new White Fence track.  Cyclops Reap is due out April 9 via Castleface.  The band is also set to play Psych Fest on April 28.

:Youth Lagoon – Mute:  I think it’s safe to say that Youth Lagoon can currently lay claim to having one of the year’s most anticipated albums.  Dropla was a great song, and now there’s this swirling gem.  Wondrous Bughouse is due March 5 via Fat Possum.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

February 17, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Sam Mendes is expected to return as the director for the next Bond movie.

Jason Momoa (Game Of Thrones) is said to be close to landing the role of Drax The Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Chris Hemsworth has signed on to star in an untitled thriller for Michal Mann.

Peter Dinklage has been confirmed as the villain in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Paul Walker will star in Brick Mansions, which is a remake of District B-13.  David Belle, who starred in the original, will also appear in the movie.

MGM is moving forward on a remake of The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Hugh Laurie is reportedly in negotiations to play the villain in Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.

Jennifer Lawrence has officially signed on to appear in David O. Russell’s currently untitled film (it was known as American Bullshit).

David Fincher is said to finally be moving forward with his 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake.  Brad Pitt is still rumored to be attached to the film.

Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) has officially joined the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  She’s rumored to be playing Black Cat.

Albert Brooks has signed on for Finding Nemo 2.

Rumor has it that Harrison Ford may return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Sam Rockwell is set to star in a biopic based on the boxer Billy Miske, who kept participating in the sport despite having a disease that caused his kidneys to fail.

Marion Cotillard will star in a new adaptation of Diary Of A Chambermaid.

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