The Midnight Stroll – Just Hang On
Stiletto Feels – Monster
Walker Lukens – Where Is Thunder Road?
Sweet Spirit – The Power
A Giant Dog – Creep
Basketball Shorts – Kevin McAllister
The Dizzease – Sticky Hand
Spoon – Can I Sit Next To You?
The Wild Now – Run For Your Life
Food Group – Could I Be
Whit – Wait, What?
The Digital Wild – Around
Hard Proof – Stinger
If you’re hoping to start the week with something that’s easy on the ears, then you’re really going to be thrilled with today’s Beach Fossils track. The pleasant pop tune is called This Year, and it’s off of the band’s upcoming album, Somesault (due June 2 via Bayonet). I advise that you leave it on repeat for a bit. Enjoy.
Good news! After a bunch of long years away, Elizabeth Powell has put together a new Land Of Talk LP. It’s called Life After Youth, which may be the most perfect name for a comeback album ever, and it’s due out May 19 via Saddle Creek. The first single is a slow burning gem. Enjoy.
At this point I’ve declared my love for Diet Cig about a million different times, so I think I’ll just skip that part this time around. Below is their new single! Also, here’s a fun fact – I’ve heard their upcoming album, Swear I’m Good At This (due April 7 via Frenchkiss), and I can tell you now that’s real snazzy. Enjoy.
I can’t claim to have ever found myself particularly attached to any of Deafheaven’s album, but I do really like them live and I think you should see them at the Mohawk tomorrow. The band puts out an enormous wall of sound, and it’s rad to watch and just sort of get lost in it. Also, the San Marcos-product This Will Destroy You are set as direct support, and they’re one of my favorite instrumental acts. That makes for two great reasons to be there! Do it.
- Holy Wave, Ringo Deathstarr, Pale Dian at the Mohawk
- Knife in the Water, Dallas Acid, Krista Van Liew at the Mohawk
- Wildfires, Silver Bars at Beerland
- Think No Think, Darkbird at Hotel Vegas
- Ancient River, Lord Buffalo, The Ghost Wolves, The Fibs, Al Lover at Cheer Up Charlies
- Annabelle Chairlegs, Goldbloom, Soaked, The Sour Notes at Hotel Vegas
- Against Me!, Lemuria, Mobina Galore at the Mohawk
- Love Inks, Daniel Francis Doyle, Deep Time, Krista Van Liew at Barracuda
- Magic Rockers of Texas, Booher, MCG, T0MA, Major Major Major, Marmalakes at Cheer Up Charlies
Here’s hoping you’re ready to spend the day air guitaring and strutting around, because that’s exactly what the new track from White Reaper is going to inspire you to do. I’m now feeling rather sure that their upcoming album, The World’s Greatest American Band (due April 7 via Polyvinyl), is going to be a great one. Enjoy.
PS – You should listen to their previous single. It’s also rad.
(NEW) Sweet Spirit – The Power
(NEW) Walker Lukens – Where Is Thunder Road?
(NEW) Spoon – Can I Sit Next To You
(NEW) The Wild Now – Run For Your Life
The Octopus Project – Pedro Yang
(NEW) Knifight – Let The End Begin
The Black Angels – Currency
(NEW) Greg Vanderpool – To Violet
(NEW) Food Group – Could I Be
Alex Napping – Living Room
Growl – Suhferring
(NEW) Go Fever – United States Of My Mind
(NEW) Christina Cavazos – Over Me
Maybe I was in a weird mood or just not paying attention, but I didn’t really catch onto Jay Som the first time a track from her found its way into my inbox. Baybee though, which is her latest single, is captivating as hell and I can’t get enough of it. Groove it with the volume way up, my friends. Also, be sure to grab her album, Everybody Works, on March 10 (via Polyvinyl). Enjoy.
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.
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!
- 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- AFI, Nothing, Souvenirs at Emo’s - The Lemon Twigs, Savoy Motel at Stubb’s
- 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
- 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