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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 24, 2017

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Check out my latest 101X Homegrown! Enjoy.

Wiretree – JF Sebastian
Tres Oui – Prince Of Pop
Abram Shook – The Hours
(NEW) Go Fever – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Mean Jolene – Bump The Rump
Growl – New Sincerity
RF Shannon – Had A Revelation
The Black Angels – Half Believing
Emily Wolfe – Atta Blues
Otis The Destroyer – Cheetah
(NEW) The Ghost Wolves – Whettin’ My Knife
Crooked Bangs – No Future
Bad Sports – Living With Secrets
The Dizzease – Sticky Hand


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The War On Drugs

April 24, 2017

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You guys grab anything rad on Record Store Day?  I got a couple of cool things (like Dolly Parton’s first recordings), but since I didn’t get up at 3am, I didn’t even see the “bigger” releases. This includes the new single that The War On Drugs put out.  Thankfully though, there’s a stream!  The 11-minute track is immaculate, and I highly advise that you slap on some headphones before you hit play.  Enjoy.

PS – If you need this 12″, re-sellers will allow you to overpay for it on eBay.  Boo!

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Raised Eyebrows: Choice Ra Cuts (Randy)

April 21, 2017

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Sun Ra was an artist who was way ahead of the curve. He was so ahead of the curve, that we may never catch up to his music or his views in our lifetime. But it’s fun to try! This month I’ve got some choice cuts from the realm of Ra spanning from 1956-1970.

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“Sunology Pt. 2” from Supersonic Jazz (1956)

This is an all-timer for me. The head on this tune is absolutely timeless. Sun Ra does not get credit for being an absolutely brilliant hard bop composer/improviser.

“Angels and Demons at Play” from Angels and Demons at Play (1960)

This album is where the Arkestra jump ship and begin going into their own territory. Without a doubt, one of Sun Ra’s finest moments on record.

“New Horizons” from We Travel the Spaceways (1961)

A beautiful ballad (recorded in 1956!) that makes a left turn towards funk/fusion.

“And This is My Beloved” from Bad and Beautiful (1961)

One of Sun Ra’s most accessible records. This tune (not a Sun Ra original) achieves a raw and haunting kind of sound. Brilliant playing across the board on this album.

“When Angels Speak of Love” from When Angels Speak of Love (1963)

This album is where Sun Ra and the duo of Marshall Allen and John Gilmore begin to veer farther from bop and more towards freedom jazz than ever before.

“Mu” from Atlantis (1969)

A very playful meditation from Sun Ra and his solar sound organ. A joyful noise.

“The All of Everything” from The Night of the Purple Moon (1970)

A wonderful record featuring the rare small Sun Ra group session. Roksichord and flute abound!

Sun Ra recommended albums:

Angels and Demons at Play

Bad and Beautiful

Interstellar Low Ways

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EMA

April 20, 2017

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When EMA let slip that she had an album so political that Matador didn’t want it, I immediately imagined something way overdone and unlistenable.  I suppose the rest of the LP could still turn out to be this way, but the first single is pretty rad.  Check out the anthemic track below.  Exile In The Outer Ring is due August 25 via City Slang.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

April 19, 2017

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This week is a show I’ve been looking forward to since early March.  It’s Wiretree’s album release party at Lambert’s!  The band’s new LP, Towards The Sky, is very good and currently available, so you can dive into it now in preparation for Friday.  Do it.

Tix are $8.  Good Field will open.  Also, this one is presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown.

PS – 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series is back, and I’m going to be booking it again.  This year it’ll be happening at Ernie’s On The Lake, and the first show is this Sunday. Come on out and see Sphynx, Moving Panoramas and Christina Cavazos.  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Loteria, Altamesa, Night Glitter at Hotel Vegas
- Bayside, Say Anything, Reggie & The Full Effect at Emo’s
- Darkbird at COLLiDE atx

Thursday:
- Bee Caves, Marmalakes, Small Houses at the Mohawk
- American Sharks, Crypt Trip, Hidden Ritual at Oskar Blues Brewery
- Old Settler’s Music Festival with Billy Strings, The Peterson Brothers, Mandolin Orange, Session Americana, American Dreamer at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Friday:
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Laura Gibson at The Sidewinder
- Botany, Corduroi, Limalo, Brainwave, Win 1995 at Barracuda
- The Zoltars, UVH, Grivo, Talkies at the Mohawk
- Booher, Wes Coleman, Apopka at the Hole in the Wall
- MCG at Oskar Blues Brewery
- Old Settler’s Music Festival with Shakey Graves, Leftover Salmon, Anders Osborne, Gregory Alan Isakov, Sam Bush, Reckless Kelly, Gaelic Storm, California Honeydrops, Lil’ Smokies, Session Americana at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Saturday:
- US Weekly, Crooked Bangs, Sailor Poon, Daniel Francis Doyle, Filthy, Sass at Cheer Up Charlies
- Pile, Gnarwahl, Black Boxes at The Sidewinder
- Harvest Thieves, Billy Broome at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Old Settler’s Music Festival with Shinyribs, Los Lobos, Old 97′s, Sarah Jarosz, Nikki Lane, Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan & friends, The Lone Bellow, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Elephant Revival, Wood & Wire, California Honeydrops, The Honeycutters, Vasen, Griffin Carter at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

Sunday:
- Semihelix, Sounds del Mar, Booher, Miranda Brown at Barracuda
- Sallie Ford, Molly Burch at Stubb’s
- Night Drive, Boyfrndz, DJ Space Cadet at the Mohawk
- Old Settler’s Music Festival with Shinyribs, Elephant Revival, The Last Bandoleros, River Whyless, Vasen at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch

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Ratboys

April 18, 2017

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While there’s nothing particularly sweet about the name Ratboys, that is the word I think best describes the first single off of their new album, GN (due June 30 via Topshelf).  On another note, I love that the band’s press release notes that they were influenced by the “down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow.”  No one would have admitted such a thing a few years ago.  90s nostalgia continues to rule all.  Enjoy.


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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 17, 2017

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Here’s this week’s 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Summer Salt – Candy Wrappers
Sweet Spirit – Pretty Baby
Abram Shook – The Hours
(NEW) Wiretree – Didn’t Know Your Name
Good Field – Necessary Feeling
Quin Galavis – Me To Me
Solid State Dream Suit – Nervous
(NEW) Hovvdy – In My Head
(NEW) The Black Angels – Half Believing
American Sharks – White Witch
US Weekly – Creative Class
Crooked Bangs – No Future
Boyfrndz – Going Under
Darkbird – Poison Arrows


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Do Make Say Think

April 17, 2017

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One of the nicer things that 2017 has delivered (so far) is the return of Do Make Say Think. The post-rock act was pretty quiet for a good eight years, and now they have a new album, Stubborn Persistent Illusions, coming on May 19 via Constellation.  I can’t wait to spend lots of time with it.  Below you’ll find the second, sprawling single off of the LP.  Enjoy.


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Land Of Talk

April 13, 2017

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I loved the first Land Of Talk single, then slightly side-eyed the second one, and now I’m adoring the third tune off of the act’s upcoming album, Life After Youth.  I guess this means there’s currently a 66% chance that I’m going to dig the new LP?  Guess we’ll find out how the cookie crumbles when it gets released on May 19 via Saddle Creek.  Enjoy.

PS – Today’s track features (and was co-written by) Sharon Van Etten.  Neat!

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Show Of The Week

April 12, 2017

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There are three great local release parties happening this week (somehow all on Friday) – Slack Capital 2, The Digital Wild, Hovvdy – but I think the spotlight needs to be pointed towards Chairlift.  They’re on their farewell tour!  So, it’s legit your last chance to see the band at the Mohawk this Saturday.  Well, at least until they jump back together in however many years for a reunion tour, but you get the point.  Do me a favor and go extra hard at the show since I have to miss it due to another engagement.

Tix are $17.  Lou Rebecca will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Will Johnson and Greg Vanderpool at Waterloo Records
- Bee Caves, Star Parks, Remsy at the Mohawk
- Sounds Del Mar, Buttercup, Slomo Drags, Cliffs at The Sidewinder
- Amplified Heat, Crypt Trip at Hotel Vegas
- American Sharks, Unknown Relatives, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad at Barracuda
- Cashmere Cat at Empire Control Room

Friday:
- Xetas at Waterloo Records
- Ringo Deathstarr, Krista van Liew, Teenage Cavegirl, Methodrone at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Slack Capital 2 Release Party with Pataphysics, The Diamond Center, Daniel Francis Doyle and The Dreams, Mom Jeans, Croy and the Boys, David Israel, Go Fever, Nike at Barracuda
- Super Thief, Bummer, Pinko, Vampyre, Oozer at The Sidewinder
- Foxygen, Gabriella Cohen at the Mohawk
- Hovvdy, Caroline Says, Hola Beach, AMA at Hotel Vegas
- The Digital Wild, Zeale, Trouble in the Streets, Darkbird at Empire Control Room
- The Sour Notes, Drag Me Over the Rainbow at the Hard Luck Lounge
- Not In The Face, Harvest Thieves, Ricky Espinoza at The Blackheart
- Scott H. Biram, Jesse Dayton, Alien Knife Fight at Antone’s
- The Magic Rockers of Texas, The Shivery Shakes at Oskar Blues Brewery
- Portugal. The Man, HDBeenDope at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Saturday:
- Paws, Tres Oui, Rose Selavy at the Mohawk
- Slothrust at Barracuda
- Lola Tried, The Halfways, Otis the Destroyer, Los Coast at Cheer Up Charlies
- Sounds Del Mar, Henry + The Invisibles, The Bad Invaders at The Blackheart
- Texas Independence Fest with Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada, Oh, Sleeper, Fire From The Gods, Dead to Fall, Sons of Texas, Shattered Sun, Psychostick, Violent Vendetta, DSGNS, Cerebral Desecration, Driven Below, The Night Of, Forever in Disgust at Grizzly Hall

Sunday:
- Ruby Fray, She Sir, Jana Horn at Cheer Up Charlies

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PWR BTTM

April 11, 2017

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While jamming PWR BTTM’s new single, LOL, I realized I hadn’t shared anything from the band’s upcoming sophomore LP, Pageant (due May 12 via Polyvinyl).  How silly of me.  Below you’ll find all three tunes that have been released.  I like them all.  By the way, you should go back and check out Ugly Cherries from 2015.  It’s a good one.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

April 10, 2017

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Here’s this week’s 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) Sweet Spirit – Pretty Baby
(NEW) Wiretree – J.F. Sebastian
(NEW) Good Field – Necessary Feeling
(NEW) Quin Galavis – Me To Me
The Digital Wild – They Say
The Wild Now – Afterglow
(NEW) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred
Dumb – On The Roof
(NEW) – US Weekly – Creative Class
(NEW) Summer Salt – Candy Wrappers
(NEW) Growl – New Sincerity
(NEW) Abram Shook – The Hours
(NEW) Alex Napping – Fault
Walker Lukens – Simple Man


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Djustin

April 10, 2017

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Johan Angergard (Club 8, Legends) and Rose Suau (Invisible Twin, Shoestrings) are Djustin, and they’ve got an album, Voyagers, coming on May 5 via Labrador.  I really dig their latest synth pop gem, New Preset, and I believe you will, too.  Turn it up and let it start your week right.  Enjoy.


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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

April 7, 2017

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I had thought about doing Christian metal this month for Easter, then I thought about war music since we are bombing the Middle East again, but ultimately I have a ton of really excellent new tunes that I haven’t featured so far this year and since I waited till the last minute to put this month’s list together, it comes down to my own laziness and lack of creativity. I know, I should blow smoke up your ass and frame it as something else, but if metal represents (or should represent anything) it’s honesty in what we say and portray, so no bullshitting you about my playlists, Ever!

It has been a relatively quiet year so far, at least for decent metal releases, but rather than quantity, the quality of what has been hitting the shelves lately reaches new heights for the genre. Some stretching the boundaries of what we know as metal, others nestle into the finer aspects of defined genres. This month you get the music of 2017 that represents a little bit of both, enjoy!

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Feist

April 6, 2017

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Dang.  Feist is on a real roll right now.  Today I have the latest single from her new album, Pleasure (due out April 28), and it is just fantastic.  In fact, I think it has bumped her LP to the top of my anticipated releases list.  Give the tune, which features Jarvis Cocker and an abrupt conclusion, a listen now.  Enjoy.

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