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Quickdraw: Hot Snakes, Hinds, Preoccupations, Ought, Mount Eerie

January 25, 2018

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Playing a bit of catch up today.  Enjoy.

Hot Snakes – Six Wave Hold Down

Hey look, Hot Snakes have announced their first album in 14 years!  It’s called Jericho Sirens and it’ll be out on March 16.  Judging by the track I have today, it would appear they’ve still got it.

Hinds – New For You

I think that Hinds are really going to turn some heads with their sophomore effort, I Don’t Run (due April 6).  Expect to love this effortlessly charming track off of the album.

Preoccupations – Espionage

There’s something bothersome about Preoccupations calling their next album New Material.  I guess it just comes off as lazy?  Either way, I’m still excited for it.  The first single is noisy in the right ways.

Ought – Disgraced In America

I appreciate how Ought can sound very weird and yet still be rather accessible at the same time.  Room Inside The World is due out February 16.

Mount Eerie – Distortion

Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked At Me knocked me over last year.  I’m guessing his next effort, Now Me, will do the same.  It’s due March 16.  Before you hit play on the song, dim the lights, grab your headphones and take a deep breath.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2016

December 12, 2016

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Alright friends, here’s my full album list.  Unlike my Top 50 Songs of 2016, there are Austin acts here. As always, this isn’t some sort of “critical” list, it’s just the albums that I jammed the most this year.  Enjoy.

PS – Here’s a playlist of all the albums on Spotify!

25) Deftones – Gore

While I’ve always liked the Deftones, I haven’t legit loved an album of theirs since 2000′s PonyGore wrapped me up though – it’s really well crafted and features some great songs.  I went back to it often in 2016.

24) Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow

At first I was slightly let down by Nothing’s sophomore effort, but after I spent some quality time with it I became pretty damn attached.  If you’re into shoegaze, then you need to listen to Tired Of Tomorrow.

23) Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

I love me some Explosions In The Sky.  By the way, my instrumental album rankings for 2016 go like this: 1) EITS’ The Wilderness, 2) Russian Circles’ Guidance and then 3) Mono’s Requiem For Hell.

22) Tancred – Out Of The Garden

There isn’t a song on Tancred’s Out Of The Garden that isn’t infectious.  Definitely a must-listen for fans of 90s indie/pop rock.

21) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive

Thao continues to be one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time.  I just connect with everything she churns out.

20) Bleached – Welcome The Worms

Bleached took a step away from surf rock on Welcome The Worms and it turned out to be a great move for them.  This album is so energetic.

19) Yung – A Youthful Dream

This kid – 22-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær – out of Denmark really impressed me with his debut as YungA Youthful Dream is noisy in all of the right ways.

18) A Giant Dog – Pile

Austin’s very own A Giant Dog have long been a favorite of mine, so I love that they totally crushed it on Pile, their debut for Merge Records.

17) Savages – Adore Life

I was obsessed with Savages’ Adore Life for the first few months of the year.  Eventually I was able to wiggle myself out of its intense pull, mostly.

16) Preoccupations – Self Titled

Just in case you forgot, Viet Cong is now Preoccupations.  In regards to their self titled effort, I love that the majority of it sounds like Interpol on artsy steroids.

15) Cross Record – Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a rather ethereal effort from Cross Record, a newer band out of Austin.  The whole thing is really damn good and it totally turned me into a big fan of theirs.

14) The Hotelier – Goodness

For those of you that love anthemic rock (with a dash of emo on top), here’s Goodness from The Hotelier.  I passionately rocked this album a lot in my car.

13) Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

There isn’t a single song on Frankie Cosmos’ Next Thing that isn’t soaked in sincerity.  She has one of those voices that makes everything feel so very genuine.

12) Terry Malts – Lost At The Party

Any time Terry Malts put out an album, you can count on it being high up on my list.  They write super catchy stuff and in general are reliably awesome.

11) Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years

Pretty Years is one hell of an album.  At one point will the masses open up to Cymbals Eat Guitars?  Those guys should be playing huge rooms.

10) White Denim – Stiff

Stiff is another high quality set of jams from White Denim.  They remain a really big favorite of mine.

09) Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is quite possibly the most accessible album that I came across this year.  Seriously, there’s not a single track on Whitney’s debut that isn’t instantly likeable.

08) Basketball Shorts – Hot And Ready

Hot And Ready from Austin’s Basketball Shorts was a big go-to for me in 2016.  It’s 20-ish minutes of pop punk perfection.

07) Angel Olsen – My Woman

My Woman made me go from liking Angel Olsen to loving her.  What a next level effort.

06) Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

For a while there, I only listened to Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book.  It’s an inspired, energetic effort that features a lot of great songwriting.  It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

05) Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo is a manic listen with a lot of layers.  He sure does have a lot going on in his head.

04) The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

The Coathangers really hit a home run with Nosebleed Weekend.  It has a ton of great hooks and just the right amount of snarl.

03) Frank Ocean – Blonde

Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a hypnotic experience.  I’m not even sure how often I’ve listened to the entire thing after only intending to revisit one particular song.

02) Car Seat Headrest – Teens In Denial

They may not sound alike at all, but Car Seat Headrest’s Teens In Denials is like Frank Ocean’s Blonde – they’re both really hypnotic listens.  That Will Toledo is one hell of a songwriter.

01) White Lung – Paradise

Of all the EPs and LPs I listened to 2016, White Lung’s Paradise is the one that I jammed the most.  It’s loud and heavy and the best modern rock album I’ve come across in years. Congrats to the band for nailing it and grabbing the top spot on my list.

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Show Of The Week

October 19, 2016

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To be honest, the show that I’m most excited about this week is Taylor Swift on Saturday during the F1 USGP out at Circuit of the Americas.  I’m going to go sing my head off, folks.  Seriously.  Anyhow, I realize that spectacle isn’t quite a “walk-up” kind of gig, so here’s a more accessible pick – Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) at the Mohawk on Friday.  The band’s 2016 self titled album has a warped-Interpol-sound going for it, and it’s been a favorite of mine over the last few months.  Methyl Ethyl are set to open.  Go indulge.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Click Clack, Chipper Jones, Grosser, Rock Samson, Corduroi at Cheer Up Charlies
- Neon Indian, Orthy at the Mohawk
- Trails and Ways, Growl, MCG at the Mohawk

Thursday:
- Shellshag, Ghost Knife, Bum Out, The Gospel Truth at Barracuda
- Ryley Walker, Circuit De Yeux at the Mohawk
- AraabMuzik, Sip Sip at Empire Control Room

Friday:
- Roses, The Halfways, The Dizzease, Methodrone, Mamalarky at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Otis The Destroyer, The Beans, The Continuums at Lamberts
- Tameca Jones, Dylan Bishop at the Continental Club
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Saturday:
- US Weekly, B Boys, Lung Letters, Quin Galavis at Hotel Vegas
- Balance & Composure, Foxing, Mercury Girls at the Mohawk
- Night Drive, Missio, The Flying Turns at Austin Roller Rink
- My Education, Obscured by Echoes, Speaking Suns, Coattails, Glassing, HI and the Hometeam, More Eaze, Nicolas Azlon at Fine Southern Gentlemen
- Sour Bridges, The Gents, Star Parks at the Parish
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Basketball Shorts, Soaked, Planet Manhood at The Swan Dive
- Decade Show, Gentlemen Rogues, Zest of Yore, The Reploids at the Carousel Lounge
- Vintage Trouble at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Sunday:
- The Well, Mondo Drag, Communion, Crypt Trip at Hotel Vegas
- Danny Brown, Maxo Kream, ZelooperZ at Emo’s
- Usher, The Roots at Austin360 Amphitheater

Show Of The Week Media:

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Preoccupations

July 13, 2016

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Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) just released the second single off of their upcoming album.  I like the first one, Anxiety, quite a bit, but it’s admittedly a fairly dense affair.  This new track is more accessible (in an Interpol-ish sort of way), and it’s hitting the spot this morning.  Enjoy.

:Preoccupations – Degraded:

The band’s self titled album is due out September 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at the Mohawk on October 21.

Bonus Video:

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Preoccupations

June 13, 2016

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In case you missed it, Viet Cong are now known as the Chad VanGaalen-suggested Preoccupations.  This is a good thing, as the world wasn’t exactly accepting of the band’s original name, and now everyone can move on and just focus on the music.  Hooray!  Below you’ll find the first single off of their upcoming sophomore full length.  It’s dense but in a good way.  Enjoy.

:Preoccupations – Anxiety:

The band’s self titled album is due out September 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at the Mohawk on October 21.

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