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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 29, 2016

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Losing Prince has made this a tough month, but at least we have his music. I made you this mix! It doesn’t feature Prince. Sorry.

:DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run the Jewels:
:Busta Rhymes – Hello feat. Chance the Rapper:
:10isee Williams – Nat Turner:
:Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Smiling (Quirky Race Doc):
:BJ the Chicago Kid – The New Cupid feat. Kendrick Lamar:
:Def Jef – God Made Me Funky:
:Royce da 5’9″ – Quiet feat. Tiara & Mr. Porter:
:Domo Genesis – Dapper feat. Anderson .Paak:
:Samiyam – Mirror feat. Earl Sweatshirt:
:Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz:
:L’Trimm – We Can Rock the Beat:
:Azatat – Serpentine:
:Atmosphere – This Lonely Rose feat. Blueprint & Aesop Rock:
:Phoniks x Raashan Ahmad – I Fell in Love wih a B-Girl:
:Cross Border Players – Higher feat. Gift of Gab:

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White Lung

April 28, 2016

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Oh my.  Have you guys been paying attention to White Lung?  You may have caught their singles as I’ve been posting them, but have you been listening and noting just how awesome all of them have been?  If you ask me, they’re on the verge of releasing what might be the best rock album of 2016.  Get in on them now, people.  Below is their latest single.  I also included their two previous tunes.  Enjoy.

:White Lung – Below:

Paradise is due out May 6 via Domino.  The band will be at Sidewinder on July 13.

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Show Of The Week

April 27, 2016

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There’s only one thing that really matters this week, and it’s Levitation.  On Thursday there are a variety of kick off shows happening around town (Coathangers will be at Barracuda!), and then the festival itself will be taking place out at Carson Creek Ranch throughout the weekend.  Be there, or else you’ll totally miss the likes of Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Ween, Courtney Barnett, Sleep, The Black Angels, Royal Trux and lots more (see the full lineup here).

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Chvrches, Alvvays at Stubbs
- Ben Ballinger at 3ten

Thursday:
- Chvrches, Alvvays at Stubb’s
- The Front Bottoms, Brick + Mortar, Diet Cig at Emo’s
- Jakubi, My Jerusalem, Hunter Sharpe, Sugar Dirt And Sand at the Scoot Inn

Friday:
- Comforter, Pema, Hunter Jones, Trick Burn, Rain Collectors at Cheer Up Charlies

Saturday:
- Knifight, Momentus at Tellers

Sunday:
Emily Wolfe, Outskirts, The Mystery Acheivement, BEKIND at Spiderhouse

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Seratones

April 26, 2016

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Way back on Saturday I saw the Shreveport, Louisiana-based Seratones open up the sold-out Thao And The Get Down Stay Down show at the Mohawk, and I instantly fell in love with them.  Front-lady AJ Haynes has a great voice and an infectious personality, and the band in general just straight up rocks.  Enjoy.

:Seratones – Chandelier:

Get Gone is due out May 6 via Fat Possum.

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Patience

April 25, 2016

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Veronica Falls have always been a favorite of mine, so it was a real bummer to find out that they’re no longer together.  On the bright side, former frontwoman Roxanne Clifford has a new project titled Patience, and it’s pretty grand.  You can check out a video for her first single, which is one of the better synthpop tracks I’ve heard in a while, down below.  Enjoy.

The Church/My Own Invention 7″ is due out May 6 via Night School.

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Deerhoof

April 21, 2016

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Over the last few days Deerhoof have really gotten things moving for their new album.  They first released a song called Debut (it’s down below in video-form), then announced some tour dates, and now there’s another track, Plastic Thrills, that’s made its way into the world.  The first tune (to me anyways) sounds pretty much how you’d expect Deerhoof to sound, but the second is a raw. energetic number that really jams.  I like it a lot.  Enjoy.

:Deerhoof – Plastic Thrills:

The Magic is due out June 24 via Polyvinyl.  The band will play the Mohawk on August 16.

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Show Of The Week

April 20, 2016

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One of my favorite artists, Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, is in town this week!  I only got to see the act for a brief bit at SXSW, and I need my fix.  All of you should come join me at the Mohawk on Saturday.  By the way, if you do decide to come out, be sure to show up early for Seratones.  They’re out of Louisiana and look as though they put on a fun show.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Growl, Dream Version, Good Talk, Dryspell at the Mohawk

Thursday:
- Foreigner at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Nic Armstrong & The Thieves at Stubb’s
- RF Shannon, Christy Hays, Jesse Woods at Hotel Vegas
- Calliope Musicals at Waterloo Records
- Brass Bed, Moving Panoramas, Tele Novella at the Scoot Inn

Friday:
- Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Crying at the Mohawk
- The Sour Notes, Lou Rebecca, El Campo, Wild Toast at The Sidewinder
- Silver Apples, Alex Maas, Ringo Deathstarr, Al Lover at Space 24 Twenty
- Megafauna, Magic Rockers of Texas, Ben Ballinger, T0MA, Malandros, B.R. Lively at the Scoot Inn
- Keeper at Independence Brewery
- Antwon, Fat Tony, Think No Think at Barracuda
- Duran Duran, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Bag Raiders at Austin360 Amphitheater

Saturday:
- Audacity, Grape St, Borzoi, Loteria, Leather Girls at Barracuda
- Eleanor Friedberger, Icewater, Molly Burch at The Sidewinder

Sunday:
- Chipper Jones, US Weekly, Woozy, Hola Beach, Chris Lopez at Hotel Vegas
- Har Mar Superstar, Butcher Bear and the Blades, Neil Z at The Sidewinder

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DJ Shadow

April 19, 2016

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DJ Shadow is rad.  Run The Jewels are rad.  So, naturally, they made a song together that is double rad.  That’s pretty much all there is to say.  Well, that, and I hope that Shadow’s upcoming LP is a good one.  Enjoy.

:DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak (Featuring Run The Jewels):

The Mountain Will Fall is due out June 24 via Mass Appeal.

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Quickdraw: The Mystery Lights, Mercury Girls, King Khan, Still Parade, Har Mar Superstar

April 18, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  The mighty folks over at Daptone have created a rock imprint, WICK, and The Mystery Lights’ debut will be its first release.  I’m really digging this slinky single.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 24.

:Mercury Girls – ArianaMercury Girls are pretty new (they just got going in 2015), but they already have a sound that’s rather honed.  Hit play immediately if you love indie pop.  The Ariana single is due out May 20 via Slumberland.

:King Khan – Never Hold OnKing Khan recently crafted the soundtrack for a film called The Invaders, and that’s where this soul-enthused slow burner can be found.  I love it.  The Never Hold On single is available now via Bandcamp.

:Still Parade – Chamber:  Here’s a new one from Still Parade (aka Niklas Kramer).  It’s a sparkly effort that’s very warm and inviting, and you should expect it to leave you feeling excited about his upcoming LP.  Concrete Vision is due out June 3 via Heist Or Hit.

:Har Mar Superstar – How Did I Get Through the Day:  Aside from this being a very appropriately titled track for a Monday, it’s also a lo-fi retro gem that features Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) crooning his little heart out.  Best Summer Ever is available now through Cult Records.

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Beats & Eats: Volume 3 (James)

April 15, 2016

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Beats & Eats is a mixtape and a meal. A collection of tunes (sometimes there’s a theme, sometimes it’s just whatever I’m into this month) and a recipe to cook (bake, mix, whatever) while you listen to the songs. Enjoy!

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Earlier this month, music blog Consequence of Sound published a listicle on the Top 20 Deftones songs of all time. The Sacramento, CA quintet just released their eighth album, Gore, to critical and fan acclaim, so a career spanning listicle seems like the right thing to do. And the critics are right. Gore is really good.

I’ve always loved Deftones. The band changed what I thought metal and hardcore music had to sound like. Moody and emotional with pummeling riffs. Drummer Abe Cunningham’s beats are the unheralded backbone of the band and a huge influence on me as a drummer.

There’s nothing wrong with Consequence of Sound’s Top 20, in fact it’s fairly good, but it wouldn’t be my Top 20.  For no particular reason other than my own enjoyment, here is my Top 20(ish) Deftones songs along with a recipe for Spaghetti Squash Tacos. Because nothing is more metal than Spaghetti Squash Tacos.

Bored, Deftones’ ‘side one, track one, album one,’ kicks things off. Sure — nobody likes the guy who was ‘listening to band XYZ before anyone else was listening to band XYZ,’ but I vividly remember my bestie Ivan Torres Torres bringing Deftones Adrenaline to school and letting me borrow it for the weekend (Ivan’s version of the story may or may not involve the CD being returned scratched to shit and the case cracked – oh well).

I’d like to think this mixtape spans the length of Deftones’ career, including newer cuts from Koi No Yokan (Swerve City), Diamond Eyes (You’ve Seen the Butcher) and new release Gore (Doomed User). But in reality, this mix probably errs heavily on the band’s early stuff, Adrenaline and White Pony, especially.

You might have noticed by now that this playlist is 24 songs long. Missing from the COS Top 20 were the Deftones covers. The band has always chosen good songs to cover, and I love a good cover song. Depeche Mode’s To Have and To Hold kicks off this Deftones cover block, tracks 8A – 8D, followed by The Chauffeur (Duran Duran) and the even more unlikely No Ordinary Love (Sade). Jawbox’s Savory closes out the set of covers, with the last two featuring former Far and Onelinedrawing frontman Jonah Matranga.

An assortment of moody (Passenger, Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away), Good Morning Beautiful), aggressive (Rocket Skates, Hexagram, Acid Hologram) and rap metal efforts (Engine No. 9 cause I had to) round out my Deftones Top 20 (yeah, yeah, 24).

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Spaghetti Squash Tacos

INGREDIENTS:

- 3 lbs (1 large or 2 small) spaghetti squash
- tortillas
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained well

SQUASH SEASONING:
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 fresh squeezed lime

GARNISH:
- 4 ounces crumbled queso fresco, feta, or cojita cheese
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- hot sauce (Sontava or Cholula)
- lime wedges

RECIPE:

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray pan with coconut oil cooking spray or coat with 1/2  ounce of olive oil. Cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and roast the halves facedown on baking pan for 35-40 minutes or until flesh is soft.

- Once the squash is cooked, remove and allow to cool 5 minutes, then scrap the flesh with a fork to loosen and separate the strands. Add strands of flesh to bowl and discard skins.

- In a separate bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, and salt, whisk in lime juice and pour over squash strands. Gently toss to mix seasonings throughout, taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.

- To assemble the tacos… oh what the fuck you know how to assemble a taco. Warm em up, put down some beans, put down some spaghetti squash.

- Garnish with cheese, avocado, cilantro, onion,  couple drops of hot sauce  and a squeeze a lime.

- Serve with an ice cold Modelo Especial.

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Nothing

April 14, 2016

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Good news!  We’re now only a month away from the release of Nothing’s new album, Tired of Tomorrow.  Every track put out so far (they’re all down below) has been a spectacular slice of 90s-enthused shoegaze, and I’ll be really surprised if the LP isn’t great.  Jump on the bandwagon, if you haven’t already.  Enjoy.

:Nothing – ACD (Abscessive Compulsive Disorder):

Tired of Tomorrow is due out May 13 via Relapse Records.  You’ll be able to see the band at Sidewinder on June 28.

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Show Of The Week

April 13, 2016

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There are a lot of good shows happening this week (see below for extra recs), but I’m most excited for the Slack Capital release party that’s happening at Barracuda on Friday.  The 20-track effort just came out via Austin Town Hall Records, and it’s one of the better all-Austin comps to come along in a good while.  $8 will get you into the show, which features David Liebe Hart, Big Bill, Annabelle Chairlegs, Basketball Shorts, Que Pasa, Sailor Poon, Pollen RX, Pataphysics, Tough Age and Critical Dad, and you’ll receive a copy of Slack Capital on CD.  Oh, and just so you know, all proceeds are set to go to Anthropos Arts, a local non-profit organization which provides music lessons and musical instruments to at-risk youth.  That’s can’t-miss stuff, friends.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Deerhunter, Bitchin Bajas at the Mohawk
- Shivery Shakes, Roses, She Sir at Cheer Up Charlies
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with Della Mae, The Accidentals and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Friday:
- Kurt Vile and the Violators, Purling Hiss at Stubb’s
- Hiss Golden Messenger at Stubb’s
- Calliope Musicals at Central Presbyterian Church
- Riders Against The Storm, Sphynx, Hikes, Trouble In The Streets, Patch, Zettajoule, Tinnarose, Terror Pigeon, Michael Parallax at Cheer Up Charlies
- Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, The Outskirts, Desilu, Mantra Love at The Swan Dive
- Ben Folds & yMusic, Dotan at Bass Concert Hall
- Brownout featuring Karl Denson, Amplified Heat at the Scoot Inn
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with Dawes, Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll, Deer Tick, The Jeff Austin Band, The Suffers, Della Mae and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Saturday:
- Moving Panoramas, Early Day Miners, Growl, UV at Hotel Vegas
- The Dead Space, Flesh Lights, Xetas at Barracuda
- Slomo Drags, The Eastern Sea, Otis the Destroyer, A Sinclair, Alex Napping, Star Parks at Cheer Up Charlies
- Whitman, Major Grizz, Broken Gold at Stubb’s
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with The Del McCoury Band, David Ramirez, The Jayhawks, Jay Farrar, The Deer and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Sunday:
- Residual Kid, Casual Strangers, Party Van, Hard Dwell at the Hole in the Wall
- 29th Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival with Lonesome River Band, Shinyribs, The Band of Heathens, and more at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

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Quickdraw: Yung, The Julie Ruin, Diarrhea Planet, Weaves, Car Seat Headrest

April 12, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Yung – Uncombed Hair:  In the press release that came along with this sharp indie rocker there’s a part where Yung main brain Mikkel Holm Silkjaer mentions that “this one is dedicated to bad things and good people.”  I like that line.  Youthful Dream is due out June 10 via Fat Possum.

:The Julie Ruin – I Decide:  When Kathleen Hanna popped up in this P.O.S. track, it got me wondering if she and The Julie Ruin were still a thing.  Yep!  In fact, they just joined the Hardly Art roster and announced a new album.  Neat.  This first single is really catchy.  Hit Reset is due out July 8.

:Diarrhea Planet – Let It Out:  Just in case you’re under the impression that Diarrhea Planet only churn out party anthems, here’s a fairly low-key effort from them.  Turn To Gold is due out June 10 via Infinity Cat/Dine Alone.

:Weaves – Candy:  Holy cow.  This is one hell of a song by Weaves.  I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a while now, but I can’t say I knew they could rip it up like this.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 17 via Kanine.

:Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank:  If my love for Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) has been making you feel confused, then give this song a shot.  It’s by far his most accessible effort yet, and it just may convince you to jump on his bandwagon.  Teens Of Denial is due out May 20 via Matador.

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Quickdraw: Summer Cannibals, Hot Hot Heat, Fujiya And Miyagi, Goat, Mutual Benefit

April 11, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Summer Cannibals – Full Of It:  I’m all about the amount of attitude that Summer Cannibals have on display here.  Their upcoming album is looking like it’s going to be a winner.  Full Of It is due out May 27 via Kill Rock Stars.

:Hot Hot Heat – Kid Who Stays In The Picture:  It was weird getting an email titled “Hot Hot Heat Announce Final Album.”  I honestly didn’t even know they were still together.  As for this track, it’s pretty damn good.  Maybe they shouldn’t be calling it quits.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 24 via Kaw-Liga Records.

:Fujiya And Miyagi – Serotonin Rushes:  “Daaammmnnn!”  That’s what I said the first time I heard this new one from Fujiya and Miyagi.  Hope you’re ready to dance.  EP 1 is due out May 27 via Impossible Records.

:Goat – I Sing In Silence:  This free floating little tune from Goat is just about as pleasant as can be.  Crank it up and let it fill the room, especially if your Monday is off to a rough start.  The Snake Of Addis Ababa 7″ is due out May 27 via Sub Pop.

:Mutual Benefit – Lost Dreamers:  Here’s a very pretty new song from Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee).  His voice is just so warm and inviting.  Skip A Sinking Stone is due out May 20 via Mom + Pop.

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Raised Eyebrows: Sound-Alikes (Randy)

April 8, 2016

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As we approach “spring”, I thought we could discuss a more lighthearted subject of musical nerdery. This month we’ll discuss songs that sound-alike. There are some well known instances like Queen and David Bowie’s Under Pressure and Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby, but here we’ll take a closer look at 5 instances that I’ve noticed recently.

Cat Power – The Greatest vs Andy Williams – Moon River

I was a big fan of Chan Marshall’s 2006 LP The Greatest. It still stands as one of her best works. When listening to the title track, it has always reminded me of Moon River. The strings tag before each verse is almost identical to the beginning melody notes of Moon River. Take a listen and tell me I’m wrong.

Holy Modal Rounders – Nova vs Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers – Baltimore Fire

Folk music is a lot more forgiving of folks borrowing progressions and melodies for their own devices. It’s all part of the tradition. Here The Holy Modal Rounders steal directly from the North Carolina Ramblers 1929 recording of Baltimore Fire. The Rounders take the tune originally found in a 1905 songbook by the Ramblers and turns it on his head. Still using the same arrangement and melody, Weber and Stampfel discuss space travel, the CIA, and ocean waste.

Carson McHone – Bouquet vs Sandy Denny – Listen, Listen

Austin singer-songwriter Carson McHone has been making a name for herself both locally and nationally as of late. Her 2015 LP Goodluck Man boasted a simple beauty by way of charming vocals and narratives. After hearing Bouquet, I had to run over to the turntable and grab my copy of _Sandy_. It’s pretty clear when you play the two songs side by side how similar they are. Though it was probably coincidence of their likeness, it is not a coincidence at all to think that these two extraordinary women would find the same lasting melody.

Beck – Paper Tiger vs Serge Gainsbourg – Cargo Culte

From the beginning bass line, Beck’s Paper Tiger is an almost carbon copy of Gainsbourg’s Cargo Culte. Everything about Beck’s track nods to Gainsbourg, from the bass to the drums to the strings that emulate the subliminal guitar found on the OG. Thanks to Justin for the heads up on this one!

Songs: Ohia – Farewell Transmission vs Earth Opera – All Winter Long

Jason Molina’s passing in 2013 is still felt today. His music remains a beacon for those searching but not lost. Perhaps his highest point hit in 2003 with Magnolia Electric Co. It was interesting when I came upon Earth Opera, an SF band that contained both Peter Rowan and David Grisman, and heard their tune All Winter Long. It was almost immediate to hear the similarity to Molina’s Farewell Transmission.

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