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Joanna Newsom

October 24, 2016

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It’s now been a year since Joanna Newsom’s excellent Divers was released, and to celebrate the anniversary (and remind you that the LP is still on store shelves everywhere) she’s let loose an outtake from the album.  I believe it’s the prettiest b-side that I’ve ever heard.  Enjoy.

:Joanna Newsom – Make Hay:

Bonus Video:

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Show Of The Week

September 7, 2016

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I’m so very excited to see Joanna Newsom (with the also great Alela Diane) at ACL Live tonight.  She’s responsible for my favorite live performance of all-time (you can read a poorly written, early-days-of-the-blog entry on it here), and I’ll never miss an opportunity to see her play.

With that being said, I know Joanna isn’t for everyone, so here’s my backup plan for those of you who fall into this group – THE MOHAWK.  On Friday they’ll be kicking off a nine-night celebration of being in existence for a decade!  So, take a look at the schedule, pick a show or five and go support one of Austin’s best venues.

– Friday, September 9

OUTSIDE STAGE:
The Get Up Kids + Boyfrndz + Glyde

– Saturday, September 10

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Floating Points + Bayonne + Olga Bell

INSIDE STAGE:
TØMA + Mantra Love + Malandros + Verisimilitude

– Sunday, September 11

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Kyle Kinane & Neil Hamburger + Chris Cubas + JT Kelley

– Monday, September 12

INSIDE STAGE:
Jonathan Fox Band + Miro

– Tuesday, September 13

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Swans + Baby Dee

INSIDE STAGE:
Screamin’ + OMGWTFBBQ

– Wednesday, September 14

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Anthony Green + Mat Kerekes + Secret Space

INSIDE STAGE:
Roaring Sun + Growl + Pollen Rx

– Thursday, September 15

OUTSIDE STAGE:
GZA + Magna Carda + Anya

INSIDE STAGE:
Pujol + Lochness Mobsters + Planet Manhood

– Friday, September 16

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Roky Erickson + Ringo Deathstarr + Moving Panoramas

INSIDE STAGE:
The Inverters + Microscopic Telescope

– Saturday, September 17

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Dan Deacon + The Octopus Project + Cherubs

INSIDE STAGE:
Goblin Cock + Funeralizer

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Flesh Lights, Pleasers, SXSW, Nike at Barracuda
- Joanna Newsom at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Thursday:
- Empty Markets, Borzoi, Nameless Frames, Slow at Hotel Vegas
- The Kills, Kim and the Created at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
- KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series with Harvest Thieves, Booher, Slomo Drags at The Oasis
- Quin Galavis, Roses, Wildfires at Barracuda
- CAPYAC, Holiday Mountain, Mamahawk at Empire Control Room
- The Sour Notes, Darkbird at Stay Gold
- Austin Music Video Festival at Empire Control Room
- The Wild Now, Wiretree at Lamberts

Saturday:
- A. Sinclair, Texas Never Whispers, Ben Ballinger, Carson McHone, Leslie Sisson at Hotel Vegas
- Lowin at The Sidewinder
- The Album Leaf, Sister Crayon at the Parish
- Magnet School, The Decade Show, Excited States at the Hole in the Wall
- Ghost Wolves, The Happen- Ins, The Harms at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Austin Music Video Festival at Empire Control Room
- Cyndi Lauper at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Sunday:
- Porches, Japanese Breakfast, Rivergazer at Barracuda
- Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tribe Society at Skyline Theater

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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 1

December 10, 2015

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Now that I’ve completed my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list, it’s time to rundown my Top 25 Albums of the year.  Entries 15-11 are just down below.  Jump back tomorrow for the final 10 selections.  Enjoy.

PS – As always, this list is made up of stuff that I legit listened to a lot throughout the year.

25) Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION

There are a couple of tracks on Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION that aren’t great, but overall it’s definitely one of the most fun albums that I came across in 2015.  If you’re into lady-led pop jams from the 80s/90s, you need to become one with CRJ’s latest LP.

:Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:

24) Joanna Newsom – Divers

If Joanna Newsom’s Divers had come out earlier in the year, I think it might have ended up higher on my list.  Like her other efforts, this album is beautiful but dense, and it needs to be digested over lots of listens.  In another month or two I’ll be able to decide whether it’s really good or really great.

:Joanna Newsom – Leaving The City:

23) Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect isn’t exactly what I would call an easily accessible rock album.  On the bright side, if you fully commit to it you get back a rather rewarding experience.

:Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake:

22) Desaparecidos – Payola

Payola is exactly what I wanted Desaparecidos to deliver on their sophomore effort – it’s loud, inspired, angry and crazy infectious.  Here’s hoping they don’t stick to the 13-years-between-albums thing that they currently have going on.

:Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:

21) Gal Pals – Velvet Rut

While it still bums me out that Gal Pals jumped from Austin to LA, I do like that the move got them to finally put out a debut full length.  Velvet Rut is 29 minutes of garage pop perfection.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:

20) Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

This is the fourth year in a row that Thee Oh Sees have managed to crack my Top 25 Albums list.  I don’t mind.  They make me want to be a louder person.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:

19)  Sweet Spirit – Cokomo

I’ve jammed Sweet Spirit’s Cokomo a lot since it was released back in October.  It’s an upbeat listen that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

:Sweet Spirit – Baby When I Close My Eyes:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome‘s Peanut Butter is a completely schizo (but really fun) album.  They continue to be one of the best noise pop acts around.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:

17) Sweet Talk – Double Perfect

Sweet Talk are one of the best bands in Austin, and Double Perfect is one of the year’s best straight up rock albums.  You need it.

:Sweet Talk – Witness:

16) White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

These fellas out of Kentucky really delivered the goods on their debut LP, White Reaper Does It Again.  It’s nothing but super catchy garage punk tunes.

:White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die:

15) Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

A 29-track, 93-minute rock opera from the one and only Titus Andronicus?  Yeah, there was never a chance that The Most Lamentable Tragedy wouldn’t be on this list.

:Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:

14) Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up

Colleen Green’s musings throughout I Want To Grow Up are both insightful and relatable.  Also, there isn’t a single track on it that isn’t catchy.

:Colleen Green – TV:

13) Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges pretty much owned 2015.  Coming Home is a warm, inviting effort, and it may just be the year’s most accessible album.

:Leon Bridges – River:

12) Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Admittedly, it took me a little while to fully come around on Foil Deer.  I think I was expecting a simple extension of Major Arcana, but their sophomore LP is way more than that – it’s them really evolving, expanding their sound and becoming an overall better band.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:

11) Ratatat – Magnifique

I think Magnifique is Ratatat’s best album.  From start to finish it’s loaded with really interesting sounds, and all of the songs move incredibly well.  I left it on repeat a lot in 2015.

:Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:

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Joanna Newsom

September 24, 2015

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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.

:Joanna Newsom – Leaving The City:

Divers is due out October 23 via Drag City.

Bonus Video:

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Joanna Newsom

August 11, 2015

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There’s a new Joanna Newsom album on the way!  I know she’s not for everyone (that voice! that harp!), but I love her and will always have her firmly planted on my shortlist of artists that must be paid attention to at all times.  Below you’ll find her lovely new single, which I’ve already listened to about 10 times, and the video for it that was directed by the one and only Paul Thomas Anderson.  Enjoy.

:Joanna Newsom – Sapokanikan:

Divers is due out October 23 via Drag City.

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