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Quickdraw: Wavves, Mac DeMarco, Reservations, Advance Base, Chvrches

July 20, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Wavves – Way Too Much:  I don’t believe Wavves have ever sounded as accessible as they do here.  I like it.  Unfortunately, band main-brain Nathan Williams seems to be having issues with Warner Bros, so who knows when a new album will be out.

:Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting For Her:  I haven’t been able to get enough of this Mac DeMarco track.  It’s so very relaxed and charming.  Another One is due out August 7 via Captured Tracks.  See him at Stubb’s on October 20.

:Reservations – Planet:  Jana Horn, Paul Price (Good Field) and Jason Baczynski (Tacks, The Boy Disaster) are Austin’s own Reservations, and this somber single is off of their new album, Taking Time, which is due out this Friday.  I’m excited to check it out.

:Advance Base – Pamela:  Here’s the latest melancholic effort from Owen Ashworth (aka Advance Base).  I’m pretty certain he could softly sing names off a list and I’d be into it.  Nephew In The Wild is due out August 21 via Orindal Records/Tomlab.

:Chvrches – Leave A Trace:  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that this new one from Chvrches was off of their debut LP.  But it’s not.  It definitely just got released.  The band is just barreling forward with what has clearly worked for them, and that’s fine with me.  Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.

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Reservations (Jennifer)

April 9, 2014

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Austin’s Reservations have recently been working on the follow up to their promising 2013 self titled EP. Fronted by singer/songwriter Jana Horn, the band has transitioned from its beginnings as a mostly acoustic folk/pop act to a fuller, richer sound thanks to the outstanding guitar work by Paul Price (Good Field), the intuitive drumming from Jason Baczynski (Tacks, the Boy Disaster), and Jana’s haunting and delicate dreamlike vocals.

There are two upcoming opportunities to check out their understated, yet powerful live performances – this Friday with Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire at Lambert’s BBQ and on April 18 at The Mohawk with Jack Wilson, The Loblolly Boy, and Jack Valen.

There’s no release date available for the album, but in the meantime enjoy a couple of album previews below that the band recorded for the online radio show The Sad Soup.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 3

November 27, 2013

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And now, before Thanksgiving consumes us all, I present to you the last part of my Austin Essentials (here are Volume 1 and 2).  Hopefully you’ve had fun.  If you didn’t, what the hell happened?  At any rate, I love you all.  Enjoy.

PS – Honorable mentions go to the Austin bands who just missed the cut (way too many to list) and to acts like The Couch, Dana Falconberry, and Letting Up Despite Great Faults who put out music last year but still had a great 2013.

:The Black Angels – Evil Things:  While I’m a big fan of The Black Angels’ early albums, I don’t have an issue with them continuing to move away from being heavy and droney.  Probably because I can only stare at my ceiling fan for so long each day.  Find The Black Angels on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Gal Pals – Earthquake:  If you ask me, Gal Pals are just as good as La Sera, Splinters, La Luz, and any of the other lady-lead garage pop acts that are scattered around the globe.  By the way, who can help me convince them to put together an album already?  Find Gal Pals on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sweet Talk – Microphone:  Sweet Talk remind of the pop rock that I loved when I was a teenager.  This track requires a loud volume and you enthusiastically singing-a-long.  Find Sweet Talk on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Bobby Jealousy – Bang Bang:  Because Sabrina Ellis is just that good, here she is with her other band, the always catchy Bobby Jealousy.  They played ACL this year, which is just straight up awesome.  Find Bobby Jealousy on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:  Personally, I think that Fever Forms is The Octopus Project’s best album.  They’ve really honed their experimental ways and the material coming by way of their leap forward is just undeniably good.  Find The Octopus Project on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Magna Carda – Shoes $ Money:  I recently mentioned to SOTO’s resident rap guru Leah Manners that I didn’t get around to much local hip hop in 2013, and she promptly scolded me and then sent this track so that I would know exactly what I had been missing out on.  Lesson fucking learned.  Find Magna Carda on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Black And White Years – Little One:  I don’t really know what to expect from The Black And White Years’ next album, Strange Figurines, but I know that I’m looking forward to it solely because of this inspired electro pop number.  Find The Black And White Years on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mother Falcon – Dirty Summer:  You can argue you about it if you want, but the fact of the matter is that all 419 members of Mother Falcon really know how to make a pretty sounding song.  They released the unsurprisingly well crafted You Knew this summer.  Find Mother Falcon on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Feverbones – Breaking Even:  I need to start talking about Feverbones more, as I really do think they’re crafting some of Austin’s most interesting indie rock.  For proof, see the self titled EP they put out earlier this year.  Find Feverbones on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Roger Sellers – Sincere:  Now matter what style of music he’s playing, Roger Sellers always seems to effortlessly pull it off.  It’s okay if you want to scream “talented bastard” and then shake your fist at the sky.  Find Roger Sellers on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Holy Wave – Star Stamp:  I fully expect Holy Wave to garner a slew of new fans in 2014.  This single is as accessible as they’ve ever been, and I have a feeling that their new album, Relax, will be the first great psych rock release of the year.  Find Holy Wave on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Mole People – Searching The Streets:  The Mole People are a whirlwind of psychedelia, and that’s fine by me.  This song in particular reminds me of the kind of music that Slumberland often puts out.  Find The Mole People on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Preservation – Still Be Your Friend:  The Preservation pretty much nail it by referring to their approach as “cosmic American music from heart.”  By the way, kudos to them for earning spots at KGSR’s Blues on the Green and ACL.  Find The Preservation on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Bill Callahan – Small Plane:  I’ve yet to give Bill Callahan’s Dream River a thorough listen, and that’s just silly of me.  At least I’ve spent a good chunk of time with this beautiful track, though.  Find Bill Callahan’s fan page on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Reservations – That Road We Traveled Down:  Jana Horn’s stellar voice not only leads Reservations, but I also seem to just wander along behind it.  I hope their debut full length arrives in the first part of 2014.  Find Reservations on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Belaire, The Couch, MaryAnn, Reservations, Grace Park And The Deer, Hello Caller (Jennifer)

April 10, 2013

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There are two great triple bills of local talent this week.  Tomorrow night at the new Antone’s location on East Riverside there is a tasty pop/rock sampler of a show featuring the twangy, rootsy tales of MaryAnn,  infectious, melodic rock from The Couch and the dreamy, bossa nova flair of Belaire. This is an eclectic, top notch selection of bands to satisfy all your pop/rock cravings.

The other stellar triple bill is on Saturday at The Mohawk, and it will feature a blend of acoustic sounds – folk, pop, alt-country, indie. Solo artist Jana Horn has rechristened her band as Reservations (including members from Good Field and Tacks The Boy Disaster), and they are celebrating the release of their self titled EP. They will be joined by Grace Park And The Deer, who have a new album, An Argument For Observation, that’s filled with lush, haunting melodies, and by the jangly, folk infused rock revelery of Hello Caller. This is a very solid bill of up and coming local talent on a Saturday night for only a $6 ($8 under 21) cover.  If you can, show your support by purchasing their latest albums.

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