It’s weird how festival hangovers tend to hit me two days later, not the morning after. Anyone else get that? At any rate, while hazily browsing around this morning I noticed that the UK-based act Field Music are set to release a new album (their first since 2012′s combo of Plumb and Play). I really like the first single. It has a very fresh, light sound that’s rather easy on the ears. Enjoy.
:EL VY – Paul Is Alive: Here’s the latest gem from EL VY, which is Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls). Hard not to have super high expectations for their upcoming LP. Return To The Moon is due out October 30 via 4AD.
:Nocando – Alaska: I’ve been pretty hung up on this track for the last couple of weeks or so. Nocando tosses out a variety of nice quips in it. By the way, this is a one-off, so grab it while you can.
:Haybaby – Elevator Song: This song from Haybaby is fantastic. It doesn’t have much sound-wise that you haven’t heard before, but its craftily assembled arrangement does manage to make it feel fresh. Sleepy Kids is due out October 23 via Tiny Engines.
:Torres – Special (Garbage Cover): Torres has been out on the road with Garbage (it’s the 20th anniversary of their debut LP), and in celebration of that she put out this cover. I think it might be the best thing she’s ever done.
:Tortoise – Gesceap: 2009 was the year that Tortoise last put out an album. Good to have them back. This new single of theirs deserves the best pair of headphones you can give it. The Catastrophist is due out January 22 via Thrill Jockey.
ACL is one again set to reign supreme this weekend, but if you need something smaller, there’s still plenty of shows going down outside of the fest that will surely be great. I’m all about two album release parties that are happening – Grape St. at Hotel Vegas on Friday, Sweet Talk at the same venue the following night – but mostly I have my eyes on The Sword at the Mohawk on Saturday. I love them to death, but if I’m honest, their new album, High Country, has yet to fully grow on me, and I’m super curious to see if the songs play better live. Hopefully so!
- Sweet Talk, Borzoi, Nameless Frames, False Idol at Hotel Vegas
- Ditch The Fest Fest with Sphynx, Mindz of a Different Kind, Milezo, Velo, Shmu, Cartright, The Deer, Eyelid Kid, Young Tounge, Corduroi, Space Camp Death Squad, Sun Machine, Eujitsu + Crew, Jane Claire, Mylk Weed, Major Major Major, The Halfways, Tapes, Somebody Parts, Batty Jr., Zettajoule, Blk Morals, Toma, Hello Ocho at Empire Control Room
ACL: Volume 1 came and went this past weekend, and one of my favorite parts of it was Run The Jewels’ set. Killer Mike and El-P are operating at the top of their game right now, and they’re just a blast to watch live. In any case, the duo just put out a new, sharp track via Adult Swim. Give it a listen, and be sure to catch RTJ at ACL on Friday. Enjoy.
Local fav Roger Sellers has all kinds of nice things happening right now. He just nabbed Bayonne as his official moniker, Mom + Pop Music (Courtney Barnett, Andrew Bird) will be putting out his next album and he’s playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. Way to go, Mr. Sellers! Below you’ll find his brand new single. Enjoy.
It’s that time where we get to examine the upcoming festivals for all of you who are into that sort of thing. I know that ACL starts today, and I don’t particularly care. They don’t do a thing with metal and probably never will, though they did add a Danzig show in the middle of the week, but I think that was a middle finger to this other fest coming up in November. Fun Fun Fun Fest is without a doubt the only outdoor festival that I can stomach for more than 20 minutes. Not simply because of the bands, but as I have said before, the people who attend FFF can typically be found at a club any given night partaking in live music as part of their regular culture.
This year’s FFF fest lineup has fewer metal bands than they ever have had on the Black Stage and even the FFF Nites leaves little to offer those of us who love the harder side of life, but still there are some worthy acts like Venom in their only US performance, Converge, L7, Mayhem, Rotting Christ and locals Power Trip and American Sharks. So turn this playlist up as you Uber all those douches from ACL fest, they won’t know what hit em …
A few years ago I selected Pickup Lines by Sweet Talk as one of my five favorite albums of 2013. I’ve seen them live many times and it is indisputable that they are fucking great. So, obviously I’m pumped that the band is back with it’s follow up album, Double Perfect (out on 10/16).
The new record was recorded with the help of the Orville Neeley (OBN III’s) and Matthew Melton (Warm Soda, Bare Wires). Much of what I loved about Pickup Lines can be found on Double Perfect. The songs have an urgency and intensity but are also personable and relatable. Sweet Talk’s label describes their sound as “a freak mix of 70s classic rock, early 80s alternative, and unmistakable Texas punk grit”, which is pretty spot on. For me though, the greatness of Sweet Talk lies in their savvy songwriting, catchy choruses, and great guitar work. Check out tracks such as Witness or Someone Else off of the new album and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Listening to Double Perfect you can’t help but crank the volume and start singing along. Austin possesses an impressive number of garage, punk, and rock bands that play smart, intelligent, and memorable music. Sweet Talk are one of the very best of those bands.
The new album is available for pre-order now. Or you can pick it up at the band’s record release/tour kickoff show at Hotel Vegas on October 10.
This morning I crawled out of bed hoping to find something new that might put me (and you, if you’re going) in the right mindset to conquer ACL this weekend, and I found exactly that in form of the Dan Friel’s latest single. As always, the former Parts & Labor frontman has created something that’s energetic and infectious, and I’m going to leave it on repeat as I ride into a weekend of chaos. Enjoy.
ACL takes over Austin this weekend, and I totally get it if that’s where all of your attention is set to go. However, I don’t think it would hurt if you took a moment to look ahead to Fun Fun Fun, and that’s why I’m highly recommending that you attend the fest’s Rock & Bowl Club House at Austin Saengerrunde this Friday. Three SOTO favs are playing – Shannon And The Clams, Cool Ghouls, Tele Novella – and there will be free bowling, vintage arcade games, chill zones, give aways and a lots more. Sounds like a blast to me. $10 to get in. Grab tix here.
Here are some other shows I’d consider attending …
:Pujol – Sleepy Doni: I had this new Pujol single stuck in my head before I even got done listening to it for the first time. It’s a slice more playful than his usual stuff. The Kisses EP is due out November 27 via Bartertown CO-OP.
My sister’s wedding dominated my weekend and now Fantastic Fest is set to consume my Monday, so instead of a Quickdraw today (look for one tomorrow) I’m just tossing out a single track. On the bright side, the song is from one of my favorite local acts, Sweet Spirit, and it’s super catchy. So, since it’ll be lodged in your head for the rest of day anyways, it’s all you really need. Enjoy.
Ever thought to yourself, “Self, man I think I’d like hip-hop if it weren’t for all that rapping?” Well, here’s your chance to enjoy it rap-free with my mix of instrumentals provided below! Happy zoning out to these sweet beats, friends.
As I’ve said before, I love Joanna Newsom. I find her voice and her music entrancing, and anything new from her is always a high priority listen for me. So, naturally, I have her latest single for you. It’s a bit dense, but I think it’s worth all the time you can give it. Enjoy.
The good folks at Do512 have gone and built a crafty app for themselves, and this Saturday they’ll be celebrating the release of it at Empire Control Room & Garage with White Denim, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Gloves Collective and Yelo. You have to be there. Not only is the app good and totally worth supporting, but my favs White Denim are playing! They’ve slowed things down due to members of the band being involved in other music-related gigs (Bop English, Leon Bridges), so it’s essentially a rare performance. Don’t miss out. RSVP for the show by downloading Do512′s new app.
CONTEST: If you prefer a more “guaranteed entry” kind of thing, you can enter to win a pair of fancy guest list spots through SOTO by sending an email HERE. I’ll pick a winner Friday morning.