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Peter Matthew Bauer

October 31, 2017

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Peter Matthew Bauer (formerly of The Walkmen) has a new album, Mount Qaf (Divine Love), coming on November 10.  To be honest, I didn’t really find myself attached to the first couple of singles, but the latest one is a driving, anthemic number that’s managed to lodge itself in my head.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

October 30, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

All Eyes – Anesthesia
(NEW) BLXPLTN – Education Destruction
Thee Conductor – Face Crinkle
Salem Walk – Mystery Design
(NEW) Hovvdy – Petal
Go Fever – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Birds Of Night – Blacklight
(NEW) Poly Action – Ten Hundred Years
(NEW) Shy Beast – Back With Me
Fort Never – Don’t Push Me Away
(NEW) Blushing – Weak
Hard Proof – Stinger

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Rhye

October 30, 2017

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Here’s a nice one to start the week with.  The song is from Rhye, and it’s apparently off of their not-yet-officially-announced sophomore album.  I recommend headphones and just enough space to lightly groove.  Enjoy.

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Movie Breakdown: Tragedy Girls (Noah)

October 27, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Horror is having a moment right now. IT and Get Out are two of the bigger movies of the year and every week seems to usher in some new fright flick to the screens. Tragedy Girls looks to play with the genre using the lure of social media and serial killers as its focal point and it feels like this has been done before, but hell, I’m willing to give it a chance.

Post-Screening Ramble:

There’s a weird lack of energy in Tragedy Girls, a sort of laconic “yup, we made a movie” feel that strips it of being as good as it could be. The film centers on Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp), a pair of attention-seeking high school seniors who decide that to get all the likes, they’ll need to start murdering people. Both Hildebrand and Shipp play their parts to the hilt, capturing the sort of sociopathic mindset of social media-obsessed high schoolers. Director Tyler MacIntyre polishes the film into a candy confection with a heart of gore and blood, the deeper issues of friendship and status obsession just beneath the surface never getting lost in the flash. It’s a good movie, no doubt, but the meta aspect of the film – a serial killer movie about two girls trying to get famous by being serial killers – drags it down. MacIntyre is using the concept of serial killing made cool by popular culture to address the popular culture that birthed it. It’s an interesting angle, but it also makes his movie adhere to the plot points of the average serial killer film (if you’re going to, make it resonate as predictable rather than illuminating). The heroes of the story posit themselves as experts on serial killing but the main characters are also teenagers who’ve grown up watching the same movies all of us horror dorks have consumed. It makes sense for the plot, but it dampens the surprise or the mystery of what’s going to happen – we’ve seen this before because these girls have as well. It takes a film that purports itself to be high energy, teenage whiz bam whatever and makes it a sort of slow, awkward reveal. An entertaining one to say the least, but a slightly flat one nonetheless.

One Last Thought:

Craig Robinson as a sex symbol should be a thing. Like all the time.

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Movie Breakdown: 78/52 (Noah)

October 27, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

There’s a wash of these types of films these days – talking head pieces about single moments that have helped to shape or define culture – and though I never tire of endless movie trivia to recite to my friends when intoxicated, I’m most certainly curious as to what makes a film about only the shower scene in Psycho.

Post-Screening Ramble:

There’s a tendency in these sort of micro-breakdowns of films and filmic moments where the director and the assemblage of famous (or not-so famous) talking heads imply that whatever moment we’re looking at helped to redefine, well, everything. It’s a distracting tendency, one that glows with the amber hues of nostalgic remembrance, placing import where in most cases, import never existed. Alexandre O. Phillipe’s documentary 78/52 (the number of set-ups and cuts it took for director Alfred Hitchcock to call the shower scene in Psycho complete) avoids these pitfalls, instead using its “cast” of famous horror directors (Mick Garris, Karyn Kurasama, Eli Roth, etc.) and editors (Walter Murch!) and horror nerds (Bret Easton Ellis, Elijah Wood) to explore the scene, shot by shot by shot, slowly picking apart the genius that Hitchcock was able to layer into a now iconic moment. The film acts as a running commentary, with each participant being placed in front of a screen, interviewed and then shown the scene (maybe the entire film) and Phillipe documents them discussing what each individual moment entails. These are very informed film scholars and directors and dorks parlaying years of experience into a crystalline, near academic dissections of the scene. It could be boring but Phillipe layers in enough movie fun facts with the theoretical explorations of what this film meant, what each shot entailed, and what every tiny flicker of editing added up to, so boredom never becomes an issue. Instead this sumptuously black-and-white documentary highlights a moment that actually opened up the boundaries of film and laid the groundwork for a whole new international genre.

One Last Thought:

The film starts with a sort of seedy recreation of an older woman driving to the Bates Motel and getting in a shower and getting Janet Leighed and it’s not good or explained or ever looked back on. It is not indicative of the rest of the film.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 27, 2017

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That spookiest of times is upon us – a time when goblins and ghouls stop poppin’ trunks, and instead pop treats! That’s right! It’s novelty hip-hop holiday Halloween! Congrats on making it this far through one very terrifying 2017.  As your reward, hit play on the mix below and feel your heart quiver in fear and your brain seize up with the scary rhymes of Halloween novelty hip-hop.

As an extra special gift, here are the Halloween hip-hop puns we’ve come up with, with the help of listeners and oft-co-host DJ Grossyall (don’t miss Hip Hop Hooray this Sunday for the best in Holla-ween hip hop live and on air on KOOP 91.7FM at 2PM):

Big Pun-kin
Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bella Lugosi
Un-living Legends
Boo!-dacris!
Un-Dead Prez.
Sir trix and treatz a lot!Count Drake-U-La!
Edgar Allen Po-Po!
Spook Dog!
The BOO-Tang Clan
RaZAr
GiZzArd
Ghoulio
Mos Death!
Don’t forget BOO-54Ghoolly D
The Boogees
Ba-Boo Blakes
Gin and Boos
Scareface
Ghost Def
BooPac
Grandmaster SLASH.
Boo $hort
Faboolous
“Boo Wop (The Thing)” by Lauryn Kill
Del the Spooky Homosapien
The Boo-Tang Clan
Cypress Kill
Sugarkill Gang – Rapper’s Decapitiation
Big Daddy Gein
Lauryn Silent Hill
A Tribe Killed Quest
Nas-feratu
“I’ve got 99 problems but a witch ain’t one”

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Emily Haines

October 26, 2017

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You know what’s great?  Emily Haines covering LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream.  I recommend slapping on some headphones before you hit play.  Also, you should use this cover as a reminder to check out Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton’s new album, Choir Of The Mind.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

October 25, 2017

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There are some big shows set for this week – Chris Stapleton at COTA, Ted Leo at the Mohawk, All ATX – but if you’d like to engage in something a littler smaller, then you should head to Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday.  Austin’s own Palo Duro and Shmu will be there celebrating new releases, and other quality locals like Big Bill, Star Parks, Smiile, All Eyes, Dead Recipe and Big Spirits are playing, too.  It’s going to be snazzy.  Plus it’s presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown, which makes it at least 2% more special.

Tix are $5. That’s nothing!

OUTSIDE STAGE:
12:15 – Big Bill
11:15 – Shmu
10:15 – Palo Duro
9:15 – Dead Recipe

INSIDE STAGE:
12:45 – Big Spirits
11:45 – Smiile
10:45- All Eyes
9:45 – Star Parks


BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Jr Jr, Chad Valley at the Mohawk
- Total Unicorn, My Education, Suspirians, Cinders Ensemble at The Electric Church
- Shivery Shakes, Pinact, Tres Oui at Cheer Up Charlies
- Slow Magic at Empire Garage
- Joyce Manor, Wavves, French Vanilla at Emo’s
- Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Barfield at the Continental Club

Thursday:
- Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Money Chicha at the Continental Club
- Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
- Skylar Spence, Jonah Baseball at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Moon Duo, True Widow, Mind Spiders, Dallas Acid, Annabelle Chairlegs, Al Lover, Sailor Poon, Hidden Ritual at Barracuda
- The Octopus Project (improvised ambient set) at The Museum of Human Achievement
- Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Vicky Tafoya & The Big Beat at the Continental Clu
- Chill Russell at Stubb’s

Saturday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, Brief Candles, Glaze, Soda Lillies at Hotel Vegas
- Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Ian Sweet at the Mohawk
- Bleached at Barracuda
- Moving Panoramas, Juanita Stein, A. Sinclair, Bond Twins at Barracuda
- Chicano Batman, Khruangbin at Emo’s
- Reverend Horton Heat, Robert Gordon, Delta Bombers at the Continental Club

Sunday:
- And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at The Little Darlin’
- Reverend Horton Heat, Robert Gordon, Rosie Flores at the Continental Club
- All ATX presents Back to the Armadillo with John Fogerty, Shakey Graves, Jack Ingram, Michael Martin Murphy, Gary P. Nunn, Fastball, Kelly Willis, My Jerusalem, Peterson Brothers, Beto and the Fairlanes, Night Drive, Jane Ellen Bryant, Eric Tessmer at Auditorium Shores

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No Age

October 24, 2017

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Today I’ve got some No Age for you.  The band has a new album, Snares Like A Haircut, that will be out on January 26, and I think the first single is noisy and infectious.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

October 23, 2017

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Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Shivery Shakes – Sidewalk Talk
Palo Duro – Embers
Big Bill – Every City
Chill Russell – Know What I Need
Residual Kid – Scentless Princess
Mind Spiders – Running
Thee Conductor – Face Crinkle
The Octopus Project – Wrong Gong
Shmu – Warrior
(NEW) All Eyes – Anesthesia
(NEW) Birds Of Night – Blacklight
(NEW) Salem Walk – Mystery Design

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

October 23, 2017

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A new album from the late Sharon Jones was recently announced, but I totally whiffed on it due to double ACLs.  Today I’m fixing that.  Below is the first single off of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ Soul Of A Woman, which is due out November 17.  It makes me miss her.  Enjoy.

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Raised Eyebrows: Greatest Ladies II (Randy)

October 19, 2017

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Last month I talked about some legendary female artists, and it was so much fun that I’d like to continue on with the theme. So for October, I’ll be focusing on some important contemporary female artists. Each one of them represent uniqueness and impending importance.

Courtney Barnett

Barnett’s perspective is singular. Rock is safe in her hands.

Julia Holter

Holter is a visionary. There is a willingness for exploration within her songs.

Broadcast

Trish Kennan created music that had unbelievable depth and range. She is missed.

Kara-Lis Coverdale

I am of the belief that Kara-Lis Coverdale should be as revered as some of the top shelf/legendary male ambient artists in the game. Go ahead and make a space between Basinski and Eno for KLC in the ambient legend category.

Georgia Hubley

Yes, Yo La Tengo have been around awhile. It doesn’t change the fact that Georgia is as important to music as Moe Tucker. Her voice and tenderness are beyond measure.

The Weather Station

Tamara Hope has a way. Her delivery is unlike anyone else. Her lyrics and voice are a perfect union of rough and smooth.

Pauline Oliveros

Oliveros passed away last November at the age of 84. She was a pioneer in the realms of electronic and 20th century classical musics. Her work will continue to stand the test of time. An incredible artist.

Matana Roberts

Roberts is a poet, a musician, an improviser, and a storyteller. Her music is beyond whatever genre you can throw at it. She’s creating a sonic quilt where each new record is connected to the last.

Mary Lattimore

A harpist from Philly that creates openings to other worlds with arcane compositions.

Noveller

Sarah Lipstate makes lands of clear colors with offset guitars and endless imagination.

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Movie Breakdown: Only The Brave

October 19, 2017

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) knows how to make a movie that looks great, but he’s yet to make one that actually is great.  Will Only The Brave get him over the hump?  Maybe.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Only The Brave is not what I expected it to be.  I just sort of assumed there would be some male camaraderie and a whole lot of bad-ass firefighting moments loaded with slow-mo and sweeping music, but in reality, the film – and you’ll have to excuse the bad pun here – is a total slow burn.  The first chunk of it features Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) and his crew as they attempt to become certified as Hotshots, which are elite firefighters.  There’s a bit of them actually out in the woods fighting fires, but in general you see them together and/or with their friends and families.  The second half of the film is almost more of the same, but there are a couple of big scenes where you see the team at work in dangerous and difficult situations.  Surprisingly, all of this low key, dialogue-heavy stuff is what makes the movie a winner.  I know it seems like the light action would maybe work against Only The Brave, but its characters are so interesting and their jobs so wild that it’s easy to get lost in how these guys (and their loved ones) operate on a day-to-day basis.

If you know anything about 2013′s Yarnell Hill Fire, then you already know how this film ends.  It was a truly tragic moment.  I recommend that you go see this super solid movie, and then afterwards take a moment to appreciate the Granite Mountain Hotshots (and others like them).

One Last Thought:

WELP, guess who Jeff Bridges is in Only The Brave?  That’s right.  He’s goddamn Cowboy Jeff.  That means he’s played the same character in two different movies this year!  The overall Cowboy Jeff list, as far as I can tell, is now: Only The Brave, Kingsman – The Golden Circle, True Grit, R.I.P.D and Hell Or High Water.  He’s growing stronger.

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Sleater-Kinney

October 19, 2017

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7-inches for Planned Parenthood, which is a curated series of 7-inch records that benefits Planned Parenthood, has set some release dates.  A digital version is coming on October 20, and a physical box set will be out on November 17.  That’s neat.  What I also really like about this news is that it came with a an unreleased track from Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities To Love sessions.  Turn it up!  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

October 18, 2017

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There are so many good shows happening this week!  Normally, this makes things difficult for me when it comes to picking just one to feature, but it’s actually easy this time around because Protomartyr are playing Barracuda on Friday.  I’ve been downright obsessed with their new album, Relatives In Descent, and I just have to hear those songs live.  Be there if you would also to engage in some post-punk fun.

Tix are $15.  Flasher and Street Themes will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Surf Curse, Young Mammals, Blood Pumps at Barracuda

Thursday:
- Omni, Borzoi, Wildfires at Hotel Vegas
- Basketball Shorts, Peaer, Ama, Sinai Vessel, Planet Manhood at Cheer Up Charlies
- Blastfamous USA, Fort Never, The Hermits, Night Court at Ghost Cat Lounge

Friday:
- No Age, Temple of Angels, Total Abuse at Hotel Vegas
- Tricky, In the Valley Below at the Mohawk
- Rattlesnake Milk, Magna Carda, Slomo Drags, Chulita Vinyl Club at Cheer Up Charlies
- Think No Think, Machete Western, Fools, Deals, Karaoke Underground at Ghost Cat Lounge
- Star Parks, Mimicking Birds, Belcurve, Booher, XIX, Mean Jolene, Bond Twins at The Sidewinder
- The Sour Notes, Bitter Birds, Sure at the Hard Luck Lounge
- Wild Child, Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Scoot Inn
- The Deer, Valley Queen at the Cactus Cafe

Saturday:
- LSD and the Search for God, Ringo Deathstarr, Krista Van Liew, Single Lash, She Sir at Cheer Up Charlies
- Lord Buffalo, Brainwave, Patch, George West, Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space, Black DaVinci, Talkies, #Action at Ghost Cat Lounge
- A. Sinclair, Evan Charles & Altamesa at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Thievery Corporation at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Brother Ali, Sa-Roc, Last Word (DJ set), Sol Messiah (DJ set) at Antone’s
- Wild Bill and the Knockouts, Will Courtney at Threadgill’s
- Justin Timberlake at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Sunday:
- BLXPLTN, MeanGirls, Belcurve, Critical Dad, Glassing, The Stacks, Lazy Suzanne, Lexi and the Bleached Roses at Ghost Cat Lounge
- Elvis Costello at the Paramount Theater
- Landlady, Ian Chang at the Mohawk
- Primus at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Stevie Wonder at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

Monday:
- Mom Jeans, Walter Etc. at the Mohawk

Tuesday:
- Screaming Females, Street Eaters, Popper Burns at Barracuda
- Afghan Whigs, Har Mar Superstar at the Mohawk
- Total Unicorn, My Education, Suspirians, Cinders Ensemble at The Electric Church

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