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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 20, 2018

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Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Now let me shower you with music.

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Movie Breakdown: Super Troopers 2

April 19, 2018

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Pre-Screening Stance:

It’s been 17 years since the original Super Troopers came out.  SEVENTEEN.  Does anyone still care?  Here’s where I am – the last long-awaited comedy sequel I saw was Dumb And Dumber To (released 20 years after the first film), and since it wasn’t any good, I can’t say my hopes are high for Super Troopers 2.

Post-Screening Ramble:

I saw Super Troopers 2 completely sober, and I think that to even sort of enjoy it you have to be either drunk or high.  As for how the film stands on its own without any enhancements?  It’s OK.  The plot is rather ludicrous – the USA has realized that a small Canadian town should actually be a small American town, so they rework the border to include it.  While details are being sorted, the government hires the original Super Troopers squad (they all now work construction due to an incident with Fred Savage) to temporarily patrol the highways.  Naturally, things go poorly.  Actually, to be fair, they go all over the damn place.  The film steadily strays way out into left field and then stumbles all over itself as it tries to course correct and stay intelligible.  There’s some pretty funny gags, and there’s plenty of bits that often garnered no reaction at all from the packed theater I was in for the press screening.  In other words, Super Troopers 2 is as hit or miss as it gets.

There’s no particular reason you should go see this semi-forced, occasionally-inspired, but in-the-end unnecessary sequel in a theater.  Catch this one from the comfort of your couch at 1am as you rip bong hits and think too deep about what makes you laugh now as compared to when you were in college.

One Last Thought:

Emmanuelle Chriqui is so tan in this movie that it’s distracting.  Also her character, Genevieve, is not necessary in any way.

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Show Of The Week

April 18, 2018

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As my grandmother used to say, there’s a shit ton of shows happening this week.  Here’s the deal though, there’s only two you absolutely have to attend.

The first SOTW is Side One Track One Presents: Last Ride at the Blackheart on Friday, 4/20!  The Blackheart has long been my favorite spot on Rainey (and a place I used to frequently book shows), and I’m incredibly bummed that it’s closing at the end of the month.  Thankfully, the bar is letting me throw one of its final bashes!  Come on out for Ume, Quiet Company, BLXPLTN, Basketball Shorts, Darkbird and Booher.  The show is FREE!  Must be 21+ to enter.  My goal is to rattle the Blackheart all the way down to its foundation.

The second SOTW is Screaming Females at Barracuda this Saturday!  They’re not only one of my favorite bands, but their new album, All At Once, is one of the best releases of 2018.  If you even slightly like guitars, then you have to be at this show.

Tix are $12 in advance, $14 the day of.  HIRS and Hey Jellie will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Ibeyi at the Mohawk
- Adam Schatz (Landlady), Knife in the Water, Shmu, Lolita Lynne at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Foo Fighters at Austin360 Amphitheater

Thursday:
- Sweet Spirit, Simon Doom, John Wesley Coleman III at The Sidewinder
- Nina Diaz, Wild Moccasins at Stubb’s
- J Roddy Walston & the Business, The Glorious Sons at the Mohawk

Friday:
- PR Newman, Soda Lilies, Batty Jr, Lolita Lynne, The Willy McGee Band at Cheer Up Charlies
- Scenery, Black Books, Kay Odyssey, Ramesh at the Mohawk
- The Soft Moon, Boy Harsher, Troller, SRSQ, Temple of Angels at Barracuda
- Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Big Bill, The Oysters, Magic Rockers of Texas, ama, Duncan Fellows, Hi, Gene, Claire Puckett at the Hole in the Wall

Saturday:
- The Halfways, Why Bonnie, Mother Tongues, Palm Daze, The Millbrook Estates at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Breeders at Emo’s
- Loma, Jess Williamson at The North Door
- Jukebox the Ghost, The Greeting Committee at the Mohawk
- Weird Al Yankovic at the Paramount Theater

Sunday:
- The Riverboat Gamblers at The Little Darlin’

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Jim James

April 17, 2018

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I’ve been swamped today, so you’re only getting one track instead of a few.  Fortunately, it’s a really good selection off of Jim James’ upcoming album, Uniform Distortion (due June 29).  I like its thoroughly retro sound.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 16, 2018

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  I played songs from each of the bands on the bill for Side One Track One Presents: Last Ride At The Blackheart!  That includes Ume, Quiet Company, BLXPLTN, Basketball Shorts, Darkbird, and Booher.  The show is this Friday.  Come out!

I also tossed in some new tunes from Josh T. Pearson, Night Drive, Feverbones and Marmalakes.  Enjoy.

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White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
Quiet Company – We Should Go To Counseling
Basketball Shorts – Romo To Dez
(NEW) Josh T Pearson – Straight To The Top
Shakey Graves – Mansion Door
Ume – Too Big World
BLXPLTN – Blood On The Sand
Sweet Spirit – Pretty Baby
Booher – Autographin’ Bibles
Darkbird – Poison Arrows
(NEW) Night Drive – Anyone’s Ghost (The National Cover)
Loma – Joy
(NEW) Feverbones – Rules
(NEW) Marmalakes – Slow Dance
Cari Q – Kill Me Twice

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Raised Eyebrows: Finally Drag City (Randy)

April 13, 2018

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For the longest time, Chicago’s Drag City label was one of the big holdouts in the great Spotify migration. I’m really happy to report that they are now streaming and the world is a better place for it. The 28 year old indie label (first beginning in 1990), has been home to such greats as Royal Trux, Bill Callahan, Slint, Will Oldham and on and on and on. I’ve put together a few highlights from their prized catalog as well as some of the truly amazing reissues the label has unearthed over the years.

PS – This writer waits patiently for Jim O’Rourke and Neil Michael Hagerty albums to be made available. Thank You Drag City!

Palace Brothers – Ohio River Valley Song

One of the great early singles put out by DC

Scott Walker – Tilt

In the words of Ahmet Ertegun upon hearing Television’s Marquee Moon, “This is not Earth Music.”

Squirrel Bait – Sun God

Pre-Emo Louisville rock that DC kindly reissued.

Smog – Teenage Spaceship

I could have picked a bunch of songs, but I put this one up as his finest offering as Smog.

Papa M – Drunken Spree

This may be one of DC’s most important releases.

David Grubbs – A Cold Apple

I’m a huge fan of Grubbs as an artist and a guitar player.

Purling Hiss – Rat Race

Remember when rock didn’t suck, yeah uh, Purling Hiss does too.

Meg Baird – I Don’t Mind

Incredible British folk leanings found on this LP. F YES!

Cate le Blon – I’m A Dirty Attic

Great stuff here.

Ty Segall – My Lady’s On Fire

TS makes no bones about his T Rex obsession and he pulls off a pitch perfect homage on this track. A great song Marc Bolan would gladly call his own.

A list of killer reissues that also made the playlist that DC released long before this became a cash cow for smaller labels all over the world.

Mickey Newbury – Heaven Help The Child
Mayo Thompson (of The Red Krayola) – Corky’s Debt to his Father
Bill Fay Group – Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Gary Higgins – Red Hash
Chris Darrow – Artist Proof
Sandy Bull – And The Rhythm Ace/Live 1976
Spur – Spur of the Moments
Chris Gantry – At The House of Cash
Bert Jansch – A Rare Conundrum
These Trails – These Trails

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Movie Breakdown: Rampage

April 12, 2018

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Brad Peyton (San Andreas) isn’t a great director and Rampage is an odd video game to adapt into a movie, but I’ve found the trailers for this Rock-led actioner to be oddly entertaining.  Maybe this one will be pleasantly surprising.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Rampage is a dumb movie.  So dumb.  Wildly dumb even.  I’ll explain.  The Rock is Davis Okoye, a primatologist who also happens to be ex-Special Forces.  Because why not, you know?  Okoye’s main quirk is that he doesn’t like people, he only likes apes.  Or at least that’s what you’re repeatedly told by every character even though the guy seems to get along with people just fine.  I’m guessing that Okoye originally read as an asshole in the script, but The Rock just went “Nah, I’m The Rock, I’m nice” and the writers compensated by having his buds project a baffling apes-only persona onto him.  Speaking of Okoye’s buds, his main one is an albino gorilla named George.  When together, Okoye and George talk to each other using sign language, though The Rock mainly just waves his hands around (I swear he signs the same thing over and over) while using a whole lot of words that George can’t possibly know.  They’re tight or whatever though, so it’s tough when George gets walloped by a canister that falls out of the sky after a big rat destroys a space station (seriously).  This canister features some sort of virus that mutates its host’s DNA, and it causes George (and separately, an alligator and a wolf) to get all giant, buff and angry.  Also in the mix here is Energyne, the group that created the bad stuff.  It’s led by main brain Claire Wyden (Malin Akerman doing her best impression of a fucking robot) and her brother Brett (Jake Lacy), a moron who always seems to be standing in front of a Rampage arcade cabinet.  I’m unsure why this movie needed human villains when it features giant monsters, but what do I know.  Anyhow, those two dolts want their special shit back so that they can make more and sell it, so they set off a beacon to draw the beasts to Chicago.  This sends the trio of creatures on a … rampage … that additionally pulls in Dr. Kate Caldwell (a bored Naomie Harris), who claims to have a cure that will save George, and Harvey Russell (an inspired Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a government agent who – for some reason – is also a modern day cowboy.  As I mentioned, it’s all dumb.  It’s also fairly fun.  I laughed throughout the whole movie, sometimes at it, sometimes with it, and one day when I’m drunk at 2am and it’s on HBO, I’ll watch it again and chuckle.

If you’re going to see Rampage this weekend, do it with a big flask in your pocket and your sense of humor dialed to dumb.

One Last Thought:

The final battle in this movie involves an enormous building toppling over in downtown Chicago, and it’s so 9/11-esque that it totally threw me for a loop.  Definitely weird to see such familiar imagery framed with giant mutated monsters running about.

One More Last Thought:

The Rock operates three different helicopters in this movie.

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Show Of The Week

April 11, 2018

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Last Saturday the great White Denim kicked off a month-long residency at their studio space, Radio Milk.  I went.  It was neat.  However, I’m more excited about their two shows this Saturday because – of course – they’re presented by my very own 101X Homegrown.  Here’s the deal though, if you want to go you should jump on tickets for yourself real fast.  The late show is already sold out, and the early show is barreling towards the same status.  Come hang with me!  The band will be doing new tunes (the ones I heard last weekend were awesome), plus plenty of fan favorites.

Tix are $15 in advance of the show, $20 the day of.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Sun June, Summer Swells, Lolita Lynne, Royal Forest at Cheer Up Charlies

Thursday:
- Kevin Morby, Hand Habits at Barracuda
- Matt & Kim, CRUISR, TWINKIDS at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Star Parks, Booher at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Kevin Morby, Hand Habits at Barracuda
- Soccer Mommy, Madeline Kenney at Stubb’s

Saturday:
- Think No Think, Bahamacide, Lauren Burton (of Lola Tried), Randy Reynolds at Hotel Vegas

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Quickdraw: Peach Kelli Pop, Bodega, Remember Sports

April 10, 2018

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Enjoy.

Peach Kelli Pop – Hello Kitty Knife

Peach Kelli Pop are really working it this year.  They’ve already released an EP, Which Witch, and now they’ve got a full length, Gentle Leader, that’s on the way (due May 25).  The first tune off of the LP is as sugary as can be.  The band will be at Cheer Up Charlie’s on June 3.

Bodega – Can’t Knock The Hustle

Here’s the latest track from Bodega.  I’m starting to like this band more and more.  Look for their debut album, Endless Scroll, on June 1.

Remember Sports – Pull Through

I’ve been listening to Remember Sports’ upcoming album, Slow Buzz, since late last week, and I’m here to tell you that it’s good.  Be sure to grab it on May 18.  While you wait, dive into their latest single.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 9, 2018

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Dive into the 101X Homegrown that aired last night!  I premiered a tune from Cari Q, and I rolled out Shakey Graves’ latest single off of his upcoming album, Can’t Wake Up. Also, there’s info on the upcoming double Homegrown Live with White Denim (get tix here), and you can find out where to see Football, etc, My Golden Calf, Booher, Star Parks and Solid State Dream Suit this week.  Enjoy.

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(NEW) Shakey Graves – Mansion Door
Football, etc – Save
White Denim – No Real Reason
Feverbones – Sleepwalking
(NEW) Cari Q – Kill Me Twice
RF Shannon – Black Madonna, So Divine
Wild Moccasins – Boyish Wave
My Golden Calf – Young Pioneers
Booher – Pick Up The Robot Put The Robot Down
Star Parks – The Past Is Like A Foreign County
Slomo Drags – Guns! (Baby)
Solid State Dream Suit – Nervous
The Octopus Project – Fugufat

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

April 6, 2018

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April begins the Springtime run up to Summer tours, and this year there are some bangers that will be coming around. Of course the not-so-final final tour of Slayer, old school Death metal mainstays Morbid angel, personal favorites Fu Manchu and plenty more on the schedule, hopefully in a city near you! Most are bands not working brand new records, but are still on an album cycle, or in some cases just trotting out the old stuff in hopes to sell some more t-shirts and keep things rolling another year. Either way this year’s crop of tours is looking pretty decent, so this month we jam some classics to get you in the mood for the oncoming storm!

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Maps & Atlases

April 5, 2018

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Hey look who’s back, it’s Maps & Atlases!  The band is set to release a new album (their first since 2012) on June 1, and they’ll be in Austin at the Scoot Inn on June 13.  Neat.  Below is the first single off of Lightlessness Is Nothing New.  It’s catchy and buoyant.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

April 4, 2018

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The mighty Titus Andronicus will be at Barracuda this Saturday!  Let’s get together and watch the band play all those songs of theirs that inspire rowdiness.  Plus they’re out in support of their new album, A Productive Cough, and that deserves attention as well.  See you there.

Tix are $15.  Rick Maguire from Pile will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Poly Action, PR Newman, The Oysters, Mean Jolene at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Turnover, Mannequin Pussy, Summer Salt at the Mohawk
- Red Shahan at the Mohawk
- Timber Timbre at Barracuda
- Radioactivity, Pleasure Venom, Teenage Cavegirl, and 2069 at Hotel Vegas
- My Golden Calf at Stubb’s
- Why Bonnie?, Midnight Opera, Emme, Bliss Motel at Cheer Up Charlies
- Tamarron, Paul Cherry, US Weekly, The Nymphs, Loafer at The Electric Church

Friday:
- Luna, Flaural at 3ten ACL Live
- BLXPLTN, Kay Odyssey, Vockah Redu, BoomBaptist, Corduroi, No Kid$ at Cheer Up Charlies

Saturday:
- White Denim at Radio Milk

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Sasami

April 3, 2018

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I had planned on rolling out a number of songs today, but I instead got hung up on a single from Sasami, a former member of Cherry Glazerr who has contributed to releases from Avi Buffalo, Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, Hand Habits and more.  Her sound is in the vein of Jay Som, Japanese Breakfest, etc., and I dig it.  Keep an eye out for her debut album later this year.  Enjoy.

PS – For those of you in Austin, she’s playing Levitation later this month.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 2, 2018

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Hey friends, here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  It’s got the latest and greatest out of the city, plus you can find out where to see BLXPLTN, Summer Salt, Poly Action, PR Newman and more this week.  Enjoy.

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White Denim – At Night In Dreams
BLXPLTN – Blood In The Sand
(NEW) RF Shannon – Black Madonna, So Divine
(NEW) Feverbones – Sleep Walking
(NEW) Slomo Drags – Guns! (Baby)
(NEW) Wild Moccasins – Boyish Wave
The Suffers – Do Whatever
Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News
Summer Salt – Revvin’ My CJ7
Poly Action – Ten Hundred Years
PR Newman – Go To Hell
Why Bonnie? – Made Of Paper
Okkervil River – Pulled Up The Ribbon
Marmalakes – Milwaukee
Aisha Burns – Must Be A Way
Shearwater – Rooks

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