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Show Of The Week

June 24, 2015

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Hey!  In place of the recently blog-departed Jennifer Leduc, I’m going to start recommending a show every week.  Sometimes they’ll be local, sometimes they won’t.  Either way, it’ll be something I think you should be attending.  Enjoy.

If you’re going to get out this weekend, my recommendation is to head to the Blackheart on Saturday, as there’s four interesting things going down there.  The Midgemen are celebrating the release of their new album, Hobbytown, The Sour Notes are returning from a summer tour, it’s the live debut of Suburban Slang (Ram Vela, formerly of Whitman), and Lowin will be closing out their month-long residency.  Also, and this part is key, it’s a FREE show.  If you ask me, it’s hard to beat four bands on one bill who each have an occasion to go all out for.  Be there.

Inside Stage:
12:00 – Lowin
10:40 – The Sour Notes
9:20 – Super Thief
8:00 – Les Zombies

Outside Stage:
11:20 – The Midgetmen
10:00 – Que Pasa?
8:40 – Suburban Slang

:The Midgetmen – King Kong:
:The Midgetmen – Titus Mollard:
:The Sour Notes – Do What May:
:The Sour Notes – Two Hands Wait:
:Lowin – Heave Ho:
:Lowin – Best Laid Plans:

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The Midgetmen (Single Premiere)

June 23, 2015

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Anytime The Midgetmen ready a new album or just leave their compound, it’s an event.  So, of course I offered up SOTO when they came a-calling for a place to debut a song off of their new album, Hobbytown.  Below you’ll find it in all of its glory.  Like much of the band’s material, it’s sloppy and raucous and you shouldn’t be surprised if it leaves you wanting to down a case of cheap beer with your best buds.  Enjoy.

By the way, unless you somehow can’t afford FREE, you should go the Blackheart this Saturday for The Midgetmen’s Record Release Show.  Again, it’s FREE, and you’ll also get to see quality acts like The Sour Notes, Lowin and more!

:The Midgetmen – Titus Mollard:

Hobbytown is due out on June 27.  I listened to all of it (despite my doctor advising otherwise) and I think it’s pretty solid.  Pre-order it HERE.

PS – I wrote this post while listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989 on vinyl.  This isn’t a confession or particularly relevant to anything, I just know that it’ll baffle Marc from The Midgetmen.

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11 Reasons To Attend The Midgetmen’s 11th Anniversorry

May 9, 2013

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Every year the Midgetmen are allowed to throw a party in celebration of themselves.  We’re not sure why, but it happens, and we’re stuck in what’s so obviously a vicious cycle until the band breaks up or we snuff out whoever they know in Austin that keeps giving them permission to do this thing.  It’s ridiculous.

Anyway, since it’s, like, happening or whatever, I told the Midgetmen I’d attend if they could provide me 11 barely compelling reasons to do so.  Surprisingly, they did.  So that backfired.  Shit.

11 Reasons To Attend The Midgetmen’s 11th Anniversorry

1. There will be beer.
2. Jessica Alba’s book signing at BookPeople is on Thursday, not Friday.
3. You, like the rest of the planet, missed the previous 11 years of shows.
4. You want to see the bands most likely to play the Austin/Bergstrom International Airport’s bar circuit in 2014.
5. You’re 15 months late too pick up your free Sony Playstation at Red 7.
6. Already saw “fun.” and “Why?” and now need to see “Cunto!” and “Easy, Tiger” to win “Band Name Punctuation Bingo” challenge.
7. Red 7′s bathrooms are nicer than the Cedar Park Center bathrooms according to that homeless guy on Yelp.
8. You’re a condo developer in search of something to tear down.
9. You work at Red 7 and have to be there to serve us beer.
10. You’re an employee of SXSW and want to return the hundreds of dollars in application fees we’ve given you over the past 11 years.
11. You’re all cried out over Lustre Pearl closing and need to find a new hangout ASAP.

Here’s some fancy info for the thing.  I’ll go if you go.

Inside Stage:
930-1000 The Slakes
1015-1045 Easy, Tiger
1100-1140 The Sour Notes
1155-1235 Midgetmen
1250-130 Shivery Shakes

Outside Stage:
10-1030 Blistering Speeds
1045-1115 Chancellor
1130-1205 Big Bill
1220-1255 Mole People
110-145 Cunto!

DJ Richard Henry before/after/between bands. Nash Cook Photoboothin’ compliments of Birds Barbershop! Beverages provided by Treaty Oak Distilling!

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The Midgetmen (Album Premiere)

October 30, 2012

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The Midgetmen are one of those Austin bands that you just have to love.  They work hard, they play loud, and they’re just as quick to mock your existence as they are to support it.  If you ask me, those are all great traits to have for just regular life, but they’re perfect if you plan on covering (and officially recording) all of Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid.  Do people even cover parody albums?  Why again is this happening?

Because why the hell not, that’s why.

That’s long been the Midgetmen’s approach to everything, and their little cover adventure has put the slop-punk act in a damn good spot.  They’ll be kicking off Fun Fun Fun Fest on the Yellow Stage at 11:50am this Friday, and all of Dare To Be Stupid is debuting here at Side One Track One.  One of those actually matters, but who’s counting.

Now, before you move on to checking out the album there’s a few things I need you to do.

1) Turn the volume on your speakers way up.

2) Open a beer.

3) Download the title track and sneak it into every mix from here out.

4) Open another beer.

5) Read Midgetmen bassist/vocalist Marc Perlman’s Dare To Be Stupid ramble.

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The Midgetmen always knew we’d turn into a huge successful festival band, similar to Widespread Panic where tens of thousands of lily white Americans with little rhythmic skills would awkwardly sway and twirl to our tunes. It just happened to take us a full decade, yet we still don’t have a tune with any redeeming rhythmic qualities. We’ve spent the better part of 2012 learning (and The Midgetmen always use the word “learning” in the loosest manner possible) all of Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid, recording it, and then re-learning it for Fun Fun Fun Fest and we’re flattered that anyone would actually be awake early enough on a Friday morning to come watch the spectacle. And playing on the “comedy stage”? A wiser man than us once said that it’s all comedy. And he was correct.

The dozens of people who have paid attention to our modest attempts at this “being in a band” thing over the past decade know that The Midgetmen don’t really like to half ass things even if we’re in it just for free beers and a fun time. We could have spent way more time on the recording of Dare To Be Stupid to get the vocals better, the rhythm tracks like a metronome, and the mic placement perfect but does anyone actually want The Midgetmen’s version of Chinese Democracy? (Don’t answer that, because we’ve got to leave something in the tank for year #20) What we’ve recorded — the entirety of Dare To Be Stupid capped by a self parodying medley of our own songs called Hooked On Beer in a nod to Weird Al’s Hooked On Polka — seems like the perfect way to cap 10 years of free beer and musical stupidity: It’s a thank you to ourselves and our fans.

Yes, we just thanked ourselves. Before we thanked you.

Just wait for year #11, #15, and #20.

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:The Midgetmen – Dare To Be Stupid:

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10 Artists You Need To See At Fun Fun Fun Fest

October 29, 2012

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Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over Auditorium Shores this weekend, and I’m pumped.  Like every year, the festival is packed with a large variety of acts that must been seen.  Refused, Santigold, Explosions In The Sky, Run DMC – these are just a few of the big names that will be delighting the masses.  As I noted, though, the lineup is stacked, and that means there will also be quite a bit of good music going on during the afternoon.  Below you’ll find the 10 bands that I think you should head out early to see.  Enjoy.

PS – Tickets are still available!  Also, the FFF Nites are going to be killer.  Check out the list of acts here.  The shows are free if you have a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband.

Japandroids

Celebration Rock is quite possibly the best rock release of the year, and I know these two guys put on a great show.  Combine those two things with the rowdy attitude (from the artist and the crowd) that tends to come with the Black Stage, and it’s possible that the world will catch on fire.  I can’t wait to see what happens.

:Japandroids – The Nights Of Wine And Roses:

Japandroids play the Black Stage at 4:20pm on Sunday.

Icona Pop

This pop duo put out one of the year’s catchiest tracks, and they’re riding a fairly large wave of buzz.  Time to see if they’re worth all the attention.  I’m hoping they are, as it could make for a really entertaining show.

:Icona Pop – I Love It:

Icona Pop play the Blue Stage at 1:50pm on Friday.

Bleached

I saw this band at SXSW, and I came away fairly impressed.  Their sound is of the simple, straightforward retro pop variety, but they work it and put on an upbeat show that will surely play well amongst the chaos of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

:Bleached – Searching Through The Past:

Bleached play the Orange Stage at 2:10pm on Sunday.

Fidlar

This list isn’t in any particular order, but if it was I’d probably put Fidlar near the top of it.  They’ve released so many good songs in 2012, and I must hear them all live.  Or, if anything, I at least want to hold a drink high in the air as the band plays Cheap Beer.

:Fidlar – Cheap Beer:

Fidlar play the Black Stage at 1:05pm on Friday.

Baauer

To be honest, I don’t know much about this act.  I can only say that Harlem Shake is one hell of a banger, and I have to see how the crowd handles it.  I predict a dance party that will be spoken of for years to come.

:Baauer – Harlem Shake:

Baauer plays the Blue Stage at 1:45pm on Sunday.

Yellow Ostrich

This band has been mentioned so many times around here that I’m sure you already had plans to see them.  RIGHT?  If for some crazy reason you didn’t, be sure to go.  They have a large handful of stellar songs in their repertoire, and I always find their live sets to be very good.

:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:

Yellow Ostrich play the Orange Stage at 12:30pm on Friday.

Fang Island

I’ve been wanting to see these guys play for a long time.  Their recorded stuff is full of energy, and they seem like a band that will own the festival setting and do something fun.

:Fang Island – Asunder:

Fang Island play the Orange Stage at 1:35pm on Sunday.

The Helio Sequence

I imagine that many of you are already very aware of the Helio Sequence, but they’re playing so early in the day that I wanted to make sure to highlight them.  Also, their latest album, Negotiations, is a good one, and I can’t wait to hear the new songs live.

:The Helio Sequence – Hall Of Mirrors:

The Helio Sequence play the Orange Stage at 2:10pm on Saturday.

Astronautalis

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this guy twice, and both times I wanted to find him after his set and give him the best high five possible.  He’s an absolute blast, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out of Fun Fun Fun Fest with a new legion of fans.

:Astronautalis – Dimitri Mendeleev:

Astronautalis plays the Blue Stage at 4:55pm on Friday.

Torche

I’ve grown to like Torche because of their most recent album, Harmonicraft.  They do catchy, anthemic metal tunes that are fun to sing-a-long to, and I expect they’ll make for a nice change of pace on the Black Stage.

:Torche – Letting Go:

Torche play the Black Stage at 2:15pm on Friday.

HONORABLE MENTION – The Midgetmen

Because sometimes the world is just crazy enough that covering Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid will land you a spot at a large festival.  Nailed it!  I’m super excited for these local guys to be playing (and kicking off, actually) Fun Fun Fun Fest.  I’ve seem them do the aforementioned covers before, and they’re actually pretty good.

On a related note, tomorrow I’ll be premiering a downloadable track and a full stream of the Midgetmen’s cover of Dare To Be Stupid!  Be sure to drop by and check it out.

The Midgetmen play the Yellow Stage on Friday at 11:50am.

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