It’s taken me a couple of weeks, but I’ve finally manged to get my 2014 Austin Essentials list all perfectly hammered out And by perfectly hammered out, I mean “I’m pretty sure I got 91% of it right.” Anyways, it’s 60 or so bands long and it’s divided into three volumes (part two is tomorrow, part three is on Wednesday). In case you’re wondering, my only real “guideline” for the list was that the artist must have put out something new (no re-releases, man) in 2014. So, get to sampling! I hope you find some new local stuff to love. Enjoy.
PS – For the sake of not making the list even longer, I left out super familiar names like Spoon, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Black Angels, Shakey Graves, Balmorhea, Ume, Quiet Company and I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.
:Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us: Throughout 2014 Major Major Major have been increasingly impressive. Their shows are a blast, and then there’s also the way the duo can’t seem to write anything that isn’t infectious. Look out for their debut full length next year. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise: Tele Novella spent much of the year further establishing themselves (singles, videos, lots of shows), and I think 2015 is now set to be a big one for them. Jump on the bandwagon now. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Magna Carda – Every Weekend (Featuring Olivia Applegate): Magna Carda are no longer just one of the best hip hop acts in Austin, they’re one of the city’s best overall acts. Here soon they’re releasing an album, and I can’t wait to check it out. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Borrisokane – God Doesn’t Want Us (Major Major Major Cover): Borrisokane’s Versus Project (a box set that features them and a variety of guests doing covers and original tunes) is probably the most ambitious thing that popped out of Austin in 2014. Check it out if you haven’t. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped: Neon is the name of Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ latest (and maybe final?) album. You should pick it up just so that you can own a physical copy of this absolutely stellar song. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Summer Salt – Sweet To Me: Phil and Eugene (from the now defunct Yum) are two-thirds of Summer Salt, a retro pop act with a knack for providing rather hooky, breezy tracks. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Phil Ajjarapu – Sing Along Until You Feel Better: SOTO’s own Jennifer made sure I included Phil Ajjarapu on the list, and it’s not hard to see why – the guy has some really good pop songs in his repertoire. Provide Facebook love HERE.
:Growl – Jackie: I don’t remember many local music convos this year where someone didn’t excitedly bring up Growl. This song is from a compilation, but you should also spend some time with the band’s EP, No Years, that was put out back in January. Provide Facebook love HERE.