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20 Austin Essentials

May 9, 2016

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Now that I host both 101X Homegrown and KGSR’s Lone Star State of Mind, I don’t really post quite as many local mp3s.  This is mostly because I spend my Sunday evenings blabbering about all things Austin, so when it comes time to roll out content for SOTO, I often find myself on the hunt for something fresher.  I doubt this will change, so in an attempt to make sure that those of you who avoid me on the radio (but why!?) still get a good dose of Austin, I’m going to occasionally churn out a mix of select local tunes.  The first one is below, and it’s comprised of my top 20 Austin tracks from the first chunk of 2016.  Enjoy.

PS – I left off White Denim and Explosions In The Sky because I figured you guys were more than familiar with them.

PPS – It was surprisingly hard for me to cut this list to 20 songs. Maybe I should have done 30.  I should have done 30.  Next time I’ll do 30.

:Dumb – I Don’t Wanna Die On I-35:  From the Slack Capital compilation. FB
:A Giant Dog – Sex And Drugs:  From Pile. FB
:Basketball Shorts – Kevin McCallister:  From the Slack Capitol compilation. FB
:Otis The Destroyer – Cheetah:  From the Belushi EP. FB
:BOYFRNDZ – Going Under:  From Impulse. FB
:A. Sinclair – Liars in the State of New York:  From Get Out Of The City. FB
:My Jerusalem – Rabbit Rabbit:  From A Little Death. FB
:Emily Wolfe – Atta Blues:  From the Atta Blues single. FB
:Residual Kid – Scentless Princess:  From the Salsa EP. FB
:Mirror Travel – Yesca:  From Cruise Deal. FB
:Jared Leibowich – And You’re Always On:  From Welcome Late Bloomers. FB
:Walker Lukens – Lifted:  From Tell It To The Judge. FB
:Calliope Musicals – Echo Of The Whoos:  From Times Owes You Nothing. FB
:Slomo Drags – Going Out Of Business:  From the band’s self titled EP. FB
:Ramesh – Redemption:  From the Redemption single. FB
:Booher – Pick Up The Robot Put The Robot Down:  From Funny Tears. FB
:Rain Collectors – Lately:  From RCEP. FB
:Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow – Cora Cora:  Off From The Forest Came The Fire. FB
:Blue Healer – Luminescent Eyes:  From the band’s debut album. FB
:Cross Record – Basket:  From Wabi-Sabi. FB

For the hell of it, here are some other Austin artists that I’ve been digging over the last few months: Alex Napping, Broken Gold, BLXPLTN, Pema, Bayonne, Big Bill, Buhu, Chipper Jones/Chris Lopez, Empty Markets, OBN IIIs, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Growl, Harvest Thieves, Holy Wave, Lowin, Megafauna, Migrant Kids, My Golden Calf, P.T. Banks, Star Parks, The Blind Pets, Ultraviolet.

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Rain Collectors (Single Premiere)

January 15, 2016

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Santiago Dietche and Blair Robbins are Rain Collectors, one of my favorite pop acts in Austin.  Last year they released a couple of very charming singles (hear Unless here and Lock The Door here), and today I have a third one.  The duo didn’t just set the song free for fun though, its arrival is meant to let all of you kind folks know that their new EP is going to be released on January 29, and then promptly celebrated that night via a party at Cheer Up Charlies.  You know what to do (hint: buy RCEP, go to the show).  Enjoy.

:Rain Collectors – Lately:

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Rain Collectors (Single Premiere)

August 4, 2015

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Rain Collectors‘ Santiago Dietche made my day yesterday when he shot me a message asking if I had premiere their new single.  I really love the track that he and his partner in crime, Blair Robbins, released back in May (it’s titled Unless and is one of my favorite things to come out of Austin so far this year), and I’ve been steadily wondering when something else would come along.  The new song is Lock The Door, and it further exhibits the duo’s self-proclaimed “cloudy pop” style.  You’re going to like it.  Enjoy.

:Rain Collectors – Lock The Door:

You can Rain Collectors at the Scoot Inn this Friday with Cross Record, Wicker and Harrison Anderson.

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Rain Collectors (Jennifer)

May 27, 2015

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Waxing and Roaring by singer/songwriter (and Growl frontman) Santiago Dietche was one of my favorite local releases from 2013. In regards to that album, I wrote that “he displays a more contemplative, melancholic side to his songwriting while still allowing the catchy, pop hooks to shine through.” Well, now his solo project has evolved into Rain Collectors, where he’s joined by fellow singer/songwriter and collaborator Blair Robbins (who also sings and plays guitar and keys in Milezo). The band describes their sound as “cloudy folk” and have released a single from their upcoming EP (due later this year). It’s gentle, lilting, and sad tones and textures feel like a fitting soundtrack with the recent overcast days and rainy weather. Keep your eyes open for upcoming shows!

:Rain Collectors – Unless:

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Big Bill, Foxing Quarterly (Jennifer)

May 14, 2014

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Looking for something a little weird and off the beaten path to kick off your weekend?  Then I recommend the Big Bill-lead show at Hotel Vegas tomorrow night.

Big Bill describe their sound as “The Drunk History of Punk Bands”and they’ll be performing songs like the soon to be oddball classic Who Put Dave In The Microwave?.  You’ll also get the “freak punk band” Barf Bag (I feel queasy already), and the “anthemic geek punk” of Basketball Shorts

Preview some tunes below and take a look at the nifty video that features a gig poster brought to life.

If this weekend you’d like something acoustic and folky, the Austin-based literary journal Foxing Quarterly will be presenting Hyde Park Hymns this Saturday at the historic Hyde Park Presbyterian Church.  This intimate event showcases the songwriting talents of Rain Collectors (Santiago Dietche from Growl and Blair Robbins from Milezo), Harrison Anderson, and Molly Burch.

Blair Robbins will be departing for Accra, Ghana two days after the show for a month long study abroad program. While there, she and a group of other UT students will work alongside HIV positive women who are developing their own small business cooperative. The UT group is currently raising funds to provide the women with microloans and to put on workshops in self-empowerment, micro-finance, and business management.

Your $10 cover will be going towards a worthy cause and Foxing Quarterly will be donating one-third of each ticket sale from the evening directly to the project. Keep in mind that this is an early show (7:30 pm doors, music starts at 8:00pm) and the church is a no food/drink area. Complimentary water will be provided in the front yard.

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