:Moving Panoramas – One: It took a nice long while, but Austin’s own Moving Panoramas have put together a debut LP. Singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson has done a lot musically (The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA, Black Forest Fire and more), so I’m expecting it to be good. One is due out October 2 via Modern Outsider. See them at Red 7 this Saturday.
:Small Black – Boys Life: This new one from Small Black is spectacular. I’m not sure they’ve ever sounded as tight/well crafted/put together as they do here. Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar. They’ll also be playing at Red 7 on that date.
:Night Drive – Queen (Perfume Genius): The original version of this song is pretty much perfect, but I dig what Night Drive have done here. Their take has some thump to it and is definitely more accessible. This cover is a one-off, so grab it while you can.
For my latest Laird’s Library mix I decided to go with bands that only have one song in their folder on my hard drive. So, in essence, I liked a track, wrote about it, and then either never looked into the band again or they just went about releasing stuff I didn’t like. They’re all One Blog Wonders! Get it? You get it. Enjoy.
I really love Ought. Frontman Tim Darcy’s rambly but somehow on-point vocal style is one of the more interesting things out there right now, and I just can’t get enough of it. Below you’ll find their new single (and the one from before in video-ish form). Soak them up and then share them with everyone you know. Enjoy.
Gorilla vs Bear 5 (with Jamie XX, Lower Dens, Bop English, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence) looks like an amazing time, but it’s sold out. You can’t go. So, instead I think your goal this week should be joining me at Empire Control Room on Friday for the Red Bull Sound Select showcase with Jeff The Brotherhood, Novosti and Mirror Travel. Yes, I work for RBSS and am probably being totally biased here, but I’m certain it’s going to be a rad show. JTB are always great, Novosti have an interesting sound that I’m excited to check out live, and Mirror Travel will be putting on their first show in Austin in a good long while. Also, I hired a magician as a host. A magician! Not to mention the show is in celebration of Waterloo Records’ 33 1/3 Anniversary. This is all good stuff. Be there.
PS – The show is $3 with an RSVP, but if you’d like to be on the guest list for it, just send me an email. I have some extra spots I can giveaway!
Here’s a few other shows worth looking into this week.
I pretty much missed the boat on the two singles that El Ten Eleven recently put out, so I’m rectifying that today by delivering both of them to you. The duo have long been one of the best post-rock acts out there, and I’m sure their new album will only further solidify that status. Do yourself a favor and grab some headphones before you hit play. Enjoy.
:Night Beds – Corner: Winston Yellen’s vocal work here is so outstanding that I’ve gone from just being aware of Night Beds’ upcoming album to actually being pretty excited to check it out. Neat. Ivywild is due out August 7 via Dead Oceans.
:Ramesh And Emeen – Changing Colors: Voxtrot were great, but I’ve been really liking what Ramesh has been up to on his own. Here he is with a pretty pop tune that he crafted with Emeen. By the way, this song may just be a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.
Something big is coming back to Austin, and it’s something that I care deeply about – it’s Weird City Hip Hop Fest. We’ve only just made the initial artist announcement, but it includes some really amazing acts, a lot of whom I’ve included in the below mix. So, listen close, jam out, and pick up your tickets! Last year’s festival ran the spectrum from awe-inducing showmanship, to heartwarming communion, and you know what I’m talking about if you were there for the Jean Grae show.
It’s such a positive and fun experience, and I hope you can do it with me (like drugs). Also, tell your friends. For a limited time, you can receive a $50 discount code on VIP tickets by signing up for Jukely Unlimited (free 7-day trial) and emailing a screenshot of your Jukely subscription settings page with your full name HERE.
Say what you will about the saturation of festivals in this market, none focuses as much on an under-served Austin genre, and none includes as many local performers. So, hitch your wagon to this star and let’s sail through the universe (do drugs) together.
We live in a world of polish these days. Movies, animated or otherwise, are for the most part just very realistic cartoons with live-actors squished in front of green screens. Our most popular books are summer reads, happy-slappy romances with tidy endings and formulaic quirky characters. And our music, oh jeez our music, has jumped the track of originality into lengthy studio sessions with the end-product seeking slickness over texture. It’s a strange world, and every so often you get a chance to power-wash away the sheen and find something just a little rougher. Enter, Negative Scanner. Trouble In Mind’s newest band (and if you haven’t spent some good quality time digging around in this label’s discography, you’re doing yourself a disservice) drags you out of the smiles and manufactured perfection of the ’10s and into a seedy basement in some guys house in wrong-side-of-the-track suburbs. Gone are synths and fretless basses and autotune and in their place are just four Chicagoans and some nicked up guitars, reminding you that the world is infused with cracks and breaks and a thin coating of grit. Would You Rather? draws up imagery of back-rooms in dive bars, a band caterwauling away, a lead singer throwing herself from side-to-side, sweat bubbling up at the edge of her hairline. It makes you think of a sweaty bodies mashed against each other, the feel of a shirt soaked through with perspiration, a singer’s voice lost in a hail of off-key guitars. It makes you think that some things in life haven’t been buffed down to a hearty shine. It makes you remember that things aren’t always perfect. And that’s just fine.
This morning I was on the hunt for something loud to help shake off my hangover bleariness, and I got in the form of two new songs from Fuzz. In case you forgot, the band features Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart and Chad Ubovich, and they’ve already put out one album together (it was back in 2013 and was pretty solid). If you like riffs upon riffs, then they’re definitely for you. Enjoy.
I went from being excited about Albert Hammond Jr.’s new album (because of the awesome song Born Slippy – see the video below), to letting it completely exit my mind, to now being pumped again due to the arrival of another fantastic single. Life, right? Anyhow, I think Albert’s solo stuff is better than whatever the Strokes have been trying to do lately, so give him the love and attention you’d normally provide them. Enjoy.
:Wavves – Way Too Much: I don’t believe Wavves have ever sounded as accessible as they do here. I like it. Unfortunately, band main-brain Nathan Williams seems to be having issues with Warner Bros, so who knows when a new album will be out.
:Reservations – Planet: Jana Horn, Paul Price (Good Field) and Jason Baczynski (Tacks, The Boy Disaster) are Austin’s own Reservations, and this somber single is off of their new album, Taking Time, which is due out this Friday. I’m excited to check it out.
:Advance Base – Pamela: Here’s the latest melancholic effort from Owen Ashworth (aka Advance Base). I’m pretty certain he could softly sing names off a list and I’d be into it. Nephew In The Wild is due out August 21 via Orindal Records/Tomlab.
:Chvrches – Leave A Trace: If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that this new one from Chvrches was off of their debut LP. But it’s not. It definitely just got released. The band is just barreling forward with what has clearly worked for them, and that’s fine with me. Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.
It’s only been two days since the new Protomartyr single slipped out, but it’s so damn transfixing and repeat-worthy that I’ve already listened to enough times to consider it an old friend. Check it out below. By the way, even if you’ve never been a huge fan of the band, I still recommend giving it a listen. The track really is an entrancing effort, and I think it might bring you around on them. Enjoy.
This week your main concern show-wise should be Good Field on Saturday at the Parish. The band will be celebrating the release of their new album, Future Me, and they’ll be joined by The Eastern Sea and Taft. That’s a particularly stellar trio of local acts, and you should most definitely be in attendance. BY THE WAY, I can help with that. Shoot me an email or leave a comment to enter to win a pair of guest list spots. I actually have a few to giveaway, so tell all your friends! I’ll pick winners on Friday.
If you’re wondering what else out there in Austin might be rad this week, here are a few side recommendations …
I spent a good bit of time yesterday listening to the new track from Trevor Powers (aka Youth Lagoon), and I just couldn’t seem to come around on it. Then it clicked. I’m not entirely sure what made me change mind – though my money is on how fond I am of the way it delightfully picks up right before the two-minute mark – but either way, I’m down to check out the rest of what he’s assembled for his third LP. Tell me if you’re in, too. Enjoy.