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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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Quickdraw: Sweet Spirit, Major Major Major, Megafauna, Equals, Slomo Drags

April 8, 2014

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Austin-based music!  Enjoy.

:Sweet Spirit – Let Me Be On Top:  Just after I finally managed to see the newly formed Sweet Spirit (lead by A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen) play live, a demo made its way to the public.  Coincidence?  Probably.  At any rate, I dig the song.  It’s a pretty nifty piece of pop.  No word yet on when an official release is coming.  This Saturday the band will perform at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

:Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us:  While I like the way Major Major Major have been steadily releasing catchy garage rock singles (like this one), I’m pumped that they’re in the midst of working on an actual full length.  I eagerly await its arrival.  The God Doesn’t Want Us single is available at MMM’s Bandcamp.  They will play Red 7 on April 26.

:Megafauna – Time To Go:  Admittedly, I don’t pay enough attention to Megafauna.  They’re a quality rock act with some rad, hooky tracks, and I should definitely be celebrating them more.  Their new album, Maximalist, is due out April 15 via Danimal Kingdom.  The band will play the Mohawk on April 19 for 101X Homegrown.

:Equals – Glistener:  I’ve just about worn out the new Tycho album, so I’m looking to Equals to quench my thirst for instrumental music.  Songs like this superbly crafted gem make me think I made the right choice.  Tracts is due out May 6.  See the band play at Empire Control Room this Friday.

:Slomo Drags – Every Actor:  I’m just getting up to speed on Slomo Drags, but I like what I’ve heard so far.  This track in particular is inspired and catchy.  The band’s self titled EP is available now via Bandcamp.  Catch the band play at Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow.

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Slomo Drags, Boy + Kite, The Plastic Habit, Borrisokane, Black Books (Jennifer)

May 15, 2013

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There is so much good new local music happening lately; it’s a bit overwhelming but it’s a good problem to have. Tomorrow at Holy Mountain you can catch the live debut of indie pop/rock quartet Slomo Drags (including members of Cartographers, BOY, and The Couch). On the bill you’ll also find Boy + Kite, who are celebrating the release of their new EP, We Can Go Anywhere We Want (first 30 people to arrive will receive a copy of the new EP), and The Plastic Habit, whose glam/pop/punk sounds are from guitarist and producer Jonas Wilson (of The White White Lights).

After the show there will be a a special DJ set with Laurie Gallardo from KUTX. If you listen to her weeknight program on 98.9 FM, you know you’re in for a solid selection of quality, eclectic tunes.

If you’re not too wiped out from tomorrow’s extravaganza, I highly recommend going to Scottish Rite Theatre on Friday for another show chock full of local Austin music goodness. Borrisokane are celebrating the release of their new EP, Murdering Teeth, which features the outstanding single, A.F.E..  The song is guaranteed to get stuck in your head with its sultry vocals, sparkling and squiggly synths, and a chorus worthy of dancing and singing along. Their set will also include performances from three other up and coming local bands – Growl, Schmillion, and Knifight. The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of their EP.

This show also acts as a UK tour send off for psych/dream pop quintet Black Books, who have just released an album across the pond and will be playing some festival dates and opening for The Flaming Lips in London. Those two bands are reason enough to attend, but make sure to note that the evening also features sets from Letting Up Despite Great Faults and Tiger Waves.  Awesome.

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