It’s so weird to me that there’s a new At The Drive In album coming. Perhaps it’s due to the way the band bowed out just as they were starting to take off, or maybe it’s because most of its members exited the breakup and had successful side projects, but I just figured they wouldn’t do anything but tour for funsies. Shows what I know! Anyhow, the first two singles have been inspired stuff, and I’m looking forward to in • ter a • li • a (due May 5 via Rise). Enjoy.
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February 22, 2017
It took them a solid handful of years to do it, but the good people in Black Books have finally assembled a new album, and this Saturday at the Mohawk they’ll be celebrating its release. I got to hear all of Can’t Even a while back, and it’s a good one. Don’t miss the show!
- The Bandulus, Steady 45, River City All-Stars at Flamingo Cantina
- Zoltars, Quin Galavis, Unknown Relatives, Missing Pages at Beerland
- Jens Lekman, The Dove & the Wolf at the Mohawk
- The Halfways, Roses, Mantra Love, Casual Strangers at the Mohawk
- Go Fever, Big Bill, The Reputations, Deep Time, Glass Grapes at Cheer Up Charlies
- Tameca Jones & Honey Gun at the Continental Club
- Moving Panoramas, Beams (ON), Booher, Paris Falls, Mirrorman at Cheer Up Charlies
- Austin Instrumental Music Fest with El Ten Eleven, Rattletree, Legendary Skies, Verisimilitude, [Q], Fermata Playa, Vinylboss, Dolphin Dilemma, Seven Circles, 16 The Olympus at Empire Control Room
- Reckless Kelly, Harvest Thieves, Mike and the Moonpies at the Mohawk
- Teevee, Grape St., La Migra, Fools at The Swan Dive
- Ghost Wolves, The Heavy Hands at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Adam Torres at the Cactus Cafe
February 21, 2017
Late last week I got an email about a new Parquet Courts track with Bun B, and I feared that maybe the band had jumped the shark. Nope. It’s definitely a weird tune, but I really dig it. Can’t say I want more of the same, though. I hope it remains a random little one-off thing forever. The Captive Of The Sun 12″ is available now. Enjoy.
February 20, 2017
Hey hey! Check out the latest 101X Homegrown. Enjoy.
Alex Napping – Living Room
Tamarron – Let’s Get Out
Black Books – Golden OK
Moving Panoramas – Radar
Lola Tried – San Marcos
Growl – Suhferring
Poly Action – Outta Time
(NEW) Dumb – Heather, You’re So Cool
Grape St. – Wallpaper
Quin Galavis – Glorious Man
Black Angels – Currency
(NEW) Will Johnson – Predator
Harvest Thieves – Escape From Paper City
(NEW) The Octopus Project – Pedro Yang
February 16, 2017
Things aren’t great right now for lots of reasons. I think often of a quote from Sun Ra that says, “The real aim of music is to co-ordinate the minds of the people into an intelligent reach for a better world and an intelligent approach to the living future.” I have little other commentary except than that to me, Jazz is the purest sound of freedom and one of America’s greatest global contributions. Below are some pieces (all from Bandcamp) that may aid in processing, coping, enlightening, accepting, observing, and ultimately resisting all negatives. Jazz continues to give our collective freedom new voicing against all evil.
Jessica Ackerley Trio – Coalesce
Ackerley’s “‘merica” is all form and chaos and may be a telling fortune of our trajectory.
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio – Desire & Freedom
“Freedom Is A Two-Edged Sword” is not only a true statement but also a PURE expression.
Charles Rumback – In The New Year
“In The New Year” is a devotional piece that speaks directly to the hopes and disappointments we have had already or will have in 2017.
Sunwatchers – Tomb Howl
This band is not fucking around. “Herd of Creeps” is the second line at the jazz funeral for the current regime.
Bad Luck – Three
“Ideal City” by Bad Luck is a free drone worthy of every moment you’ve spent trying in vain to find the sliver of light.
William Hooker – Heart of the Sun
“Reflector of Truth” is immediately brilliant. If you need inspiration today, THIS IS IT.
Shabaka and The Ancestors – Wisdom of Elders
One of the best albums of 2016 and “The Observer” is one of its finest spiritual moments.
Henry Threadgill – In For A Penny, In For A Pound
Henry Threadgill won a Pulitzer Prize for this astounding LP in 2016. His works are embodied duality, much like the world we inhabit.
The Claudia Quintet – September
“The Coping Song” by The Claudia Quintet is a reminder of the passing of time and somehow clarifies how we got to now.
Makaya McCraven – In The Moment
“In The Moment” is an improv’d meditation and a good reminder on how to approach life under any climate.
February 15, 2017
On April 7 the great Fujiya & Miyagi will be releasing their sixth full length. Technically, it’s a compilation made up of the two EPs the band put out last year and the EP they’re about to put out this year, but who’s counting. All that matters is that there’s new Fujiya & Miyagi for all of us to jam. Enjoy.
February 14, 2017
This week I’m bringing you the SOTW a day early so that I can make sure you head to Barracuda tomorrow night for P.O.S. I’ve been a big fan of the Minneapolis-based rapper since he put out Audition way back in 2006, so I’m excited to see him perform. Come join. We can not only congratulate him on his new album, Chill, dummy, but we can celebrate his recovery from a kidney transplant.
Tix are $15. Ceschi will open.
By the way, if you’d like to see P.O.S for FREE then shoot an email HERE. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning!
One more thing, I’d also like you to come to Barracuda on Thursday for Letting Up Despite Great Fault’s EP release party. My radio show – 101X Homegrown – is presenting the evening, and it’s going to be a rad time. Moving Panoramas, Migrant Kids and Football, etc are opening. Tix are $7.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
- The Midnight Stroll, Think No Think, Booher at the Mohawk
- Tyvek, Fred Thomas at the Mohawk
- Lola Tried, Planet Manhood, Particle Devotion, AMA, Jess Knight at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Deer, Hikes, Dreamboat at The North Door
- Devendra Banhart at Emo’s
- Joyce Manor, AJJ, Mannequin Pussy at the Mohawk
- Molly Burch at End of an Ear
- Flesh Lights, Nike, Horizontal Hold, Missing Pages at Beerland
- Ringo Deathstarr, Al Lover at Space 24 Twenty
- Soaked, Goldbloom, Crocodile Tears, Ben Cissner at Cheer Up Charlies
- RJD2 at Empire Control Room
- The Griswolds, Dreamers, Modern Medicine at the Mohawk
- Tacocat, Daddy Issues, Tele Novella at Barracuda
- Molly Burch, Cross Record, Julia Lucille at the Mohawk
- Neil Fest: Celebrating the music of Neil Young with Norah Jones, Shakey Graves, Boz Scaggs, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards), Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Charlie Sexton, Alex Maas (of The Black Angels), Nikki Lane, James Petralli (of White Denim), Danny Masterson & Adam Busch, Jonathan Tyler, Eric Pulido (of Midlake), The Midnight Stroll, Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, Jeff Klein (of My Jerusalem), Adriel Denae, Carson McHone, Matthew Logan Vasquez, The Texas Gentlemen, The Candles at the Paramount Theater
- The Black and White Years, Shark Rider, TV Heads at Barracuda
February 13, 2017
Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown! Enjoy.
Okkervil River – You Don’t Love Me Yet (Roky Erikson Cover)
(NEW) Alex Napping – Living Room
Molly Burch – Wrong For You
(NEW) Growl - Suhferring
Bayonne – Fallss
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Pageantry
Football, etc – Sunday
(NEW) The Black Angels – Currency
Think No Think – Start A War
RF Shannon – Had A Revelation
Tele Novella – Heavy Balloon
(NEW) Lola Tried – San Marcos
Flesh Lights – No Longer
(NEW) Poly Action – Outta Time
White Denim – I Start To Run
February 13, 2017
Over the weekend I spent a good amount of time with Xiu Xiu’s latest single/video, Get Up. It’s one of the more interesting-sounding things I’ve come across so far in 2017, and it just kept pulling me back. Look for the band’s new album, Forget, on February 24 via Polyvinyl. Enjoy.
February 10, 2017
Trying to make sense of what Valentine’s Day means to people makes me understand how gullible human beings can be. We are suckers for a theme, a holiday, a reason to decorate or celebrate. It isn’t necessary for you to prove to someone you love that you LOVE them on one particular day or another, some card company somewhere decided that we all needed to be made to feel guilty if we don’t express our selves on Feb 14th, an arbitrary day on the calendar. Look I am a mushy guy, I actually love my wife, my daughter and I don’t need anyone to tell me that I have to get some really expensive flowers to say it, luckily my loves are not part of the BS game, we just like to eat candy. So with the absence of any substance this month, I am obliged to give you a list of metal that will tug at your heartstrings, maybe make you feel like ripping out your own heart and giving it to someone that will spit on it or something. Good luck out there and if you are flying solo for VDay live it up!
February 9, 2017
Because my brain is weird, every time I see Kane Strang I read it as Dankey Kang. What a goddamn ridiculous hiccup, you know? In any case, Strang released his debut last year, and now he’s looking at “putting the finishing touches” on his next album (due out this year via Dead Oceans). The first single plays like a less heady Car Seat Headrest, and I think it’s pretty great. Enjoy.
February 8, 2017
The Coathangers are playing Barracuda on Friday, and that’s my SOTW! They’re so much fun to watch play. Also, their most recent release, Nosebleed Weekend, is awesome and a big favorite of mine. This all means you need to join me for what will surely be a raucous good time.
BONUS Show Recommendations:
- Chad Valley, Computer Magic, Children of Pop at The Sidewinder
- Carry Illinois, Belcurve, Cari Q, Magic Rockers of Texas at Hotel Vegas
- Miniature Tigers, Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats, The Halfways at Barracuda
- David Dondero, Lomelda at the Cactus Cafe
- Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at Waterloo Records
- Mind Spiders, Dead Space, Nameless Frames, Missing Pages at Beerland
- Night Birds, Drakulas, Obedience at the Mohawk
- Marmalakes, Palo Duro, Star Parks at The Sidewinder
- The Wild Now at Stubb’s
- Dashboard Confessional, Vinyl Theater at Emo’s
- Skin Drips, Evil Triplet, We Are The Asteroid, Downtown Dad at Hotel Vegas
- Big Bill, Lochness Mobsters, Mean Jolene, Leather Girls at Hotel Vegas
- A Sinclair, Bantam Foxes, Magic Rockers of TX at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Hard Proof, Dante Shwebel at the Continental Club
- John Wesley Coleman III at Waterloo Records
February 7, 2017
Today I’m rolling out The Courtneys, who are a band that I’ve been meaning to share ever since their new LP, The Courtneys II, was sent to me a couple of weeks ago. I’ve never heard their debut, but I can say that their sophomore effort features some wonderfully jangly garage rock gems. You’re going to like it. Look for the album on February 17 via Flying Nun Records. Enjoy.
February 6, 2017
I made this 101X Homegrown for you. Enjoy.
(NEW) Bayonne – Fallss
Dead Space – Behind The Wall
Fort Never – Don’t Push Me Away
(NEW) Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Pageantry
Migrant Kids – Let It Go
The Octopus Project – Wrong Gong
(NEW) Blushing – Tether
Big Bill – Every City
Drakulas – Neon Town
(NEW) Molly Burch – Wrong For You
Deep Time – Clouds
(NEW) Okkervil River – You Don’t Love Me Yet (Roky Erikson Cover)
(NEW) RF Shannon – Had A Revelation
The Wild Now – Far Away
February 6, 2017
Over the weekend I realized something about Mac DeMarco, and it’s that while I like him, I don’t ever actively listen to him. The singles come along, I dig them, I post them, and then that’s about it. I don’t in turn spend much time with his albums, nor do I make an effort to attend his shows. It’s so weird of me, especially since I would say I’m a fan. Maybe I just prefer Mac in small, sporadic doses, and I didn’t know it until now? Your guess is as good as mine. At any rate, I do think his new single is really good. It’s from the album This Old Dog, which is due out May 5 via Captured Tracks.