Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Austin City Limits 2009 : Lineup Revealed

The lineup for this year's Austin City Limits music festival, taking place on October 2-4, has been released and it looks to be much better than last year. Here's a rundown of the better acts:
  • Pearl Jam
  • Beastie Boys
  • Sonic Youth
  • Mos Def
  • B-52s
  • Andrew Bird
  • Girl Talk
  • Bon Iver
  • Grizzly Bear
  • DeVotchKa
  • The Walkmen
  • Blitzen Trapper
  • Daniel Johnston
  • Dr. Dog
  • The Dodos
And a ton more, but they aren't that interesting...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Review & Photos : 'Friends' Art Opening @ Domy Books

The name of the exhibit, Friends, sums up the entire night and collection of artwork/artists in the perfect way. This past Thursday, Domy Books played host to one of the best collections of art this city has seen (in my humble opinion) in a while. The photographs of Bill Daniel were inspiring to someone who loves 80s hardcore/punk and photography. The exhibit features a good number of Big Boys related photographs from Daniel and to have Tim Kerr talk to me about the photos he is in and what he remembers from them was something else all together. Kerr's work is also very inspiring, featuring historical figures that have fallen through the cracks, but have new life breathed into their stories through Kerr's artwork. Cynthia Connolly has large black and white photos of hotels featured in the showing and Michael Sieben and Rich Jacobs's work are all worth a look as well. The opening also featured Old-Time music from Tim and his other friends who played fiddle, harmonica, upright-bass, and other instruments that sounded superb in the small space that is Domy Books. The opening was a good time and most people who came probably left with a new friend or two, and I know I did. Tim Kerr plays Old-Time music with his pals at Rio Rita cafe y cantina every Tuesday night at 8 p.m., so you know where I will be this Tuesday. The exhibit runs until April 4th, but don't put off seeing it. You will regret it if you miss seeing this much talent compiled together in one small space.

Tim Kerr in front of his artwork
Tim Kerr @ Domy Books

Tim Kerr and Friends 1

Tim Kerr and Friends 2

Tim Kerr and Friends 3

Review & Photos : Jamie Stewart @ The Compound

The most neglected show in Austin this last Tuesday night was more than likely the best one around town. With a number of more well-known acts playing at the same time in the same city, it is no surprise that the numbers in attendance for Jamie Stewart's solo show were low. The endearing thing about those in attendance is that they were not really the casual Xiu Xiu fans, but those who wanted to see the man who started it all play the songs from his ever-expanding songbook, and even some new ones. The older Xiu Xiu songs Stewart chose to play sounded as good as ever in their stripped down form as played on his electric guitar, a stylophone, various whistles, and his voice. Next door, Spoon was playing to a sold-out crowd at the Scoot Inn, and the sound creeping over to The Compound threatened to ruin the evening for everyone attempting to enjoy Stewart's quiet set, but I think everyone was too absorbed in his songs to pay attention to the noise coming in over the fence. The new songs Stewart played sounded just as good, if not better than what he has released in the past years and they will probably be even better recorded. We'll see, because the new album should be coming out sometime this year or the next. Hopefully sooner than later, because we can't wait.

1. Master of the Bump
2. Buzz Saw
3. Fabulous Muscles
4. New Song #1
5. I Luv the Valey, OH!
6. F.T.W.
7. New Song #2
8. Sad Redux-O-Grapher
9. New Song #3 - Dear God, I Hate Myself
10. Dr. Troll
11. New Song #4
12. Ceremony (Joy Division/New Order cover)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lots of Shows Going on Tonight!

There's a lot going on in Austin tonight, and here's a rundown of the one's you might be interested in, just in case you can't make up your mind. The whole thing might end up getting tonight nominated as "Best Tuesday Night" at the end of the year, if you're keeping a list. Here's the best of 'em. 
  • My Bloody Valentine, Josh T. Pearson (Lift to Experience), Kurt Heasley (The Lilys) @ Austin Music Hall
  • Spoon and Black Nasty @ Scoot Inn
  • Jamie Stewart and Orphans @ The Compound (1300 E. 4th Street)
  • Dr. Dog, Golden Boots, and Cave Singers @ The Parish
I bet you can't guess which show we'll be covering tonight...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Explosions in the Sky Announce 10th Anniversary Austin Date w/ Special Guests

(photo by Explosions in the Sky)

Explosions in the Sky has an understandable love for Austin and the city certainly returns the favor. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the band has planned a handful of special shows across the country and one just so happens to be in Austin on the 4th of July. I can certainly tell you that this blog will refrain from using the obvious jokes about... you now what, but we will more than likely be there to cover the action. Today, the band announced that The Octopus Project and The Wooden Birds will be joining the band at Stubb's on July 4th. Sounds like a good time. 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thursday : "Friends" - featuring Tim Kerr, Bill Daniel, Cynthia Connolly, Rich Jacobs, & Michael Sieben

Austin owes at least a couple of awesome things to Big Boys, like Sound on Sound Records and Fun Fun Fun Fest, but their reach stretches much further than those two things, but I don't have to tell you that. This Thursday at Domy Books from 7-9 pm, Big Boy's Tim Kerr has curated an art show full of friends he's met along the way and they are all going to be showing their work, and we have it on good word that there may be some music following/during the show as well so we're really looking forward to this unique experience to catch so much talent in one space at the same time. I personally love the work of Cynthia Connolly, whose book Banned in DC is an amazing collection of her photographs from the punk scene in DC from 1979-1985. Join in the fun on Thursday from 7-9 pm!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tomorrow : 2nd Annual Record Store Day!

Record Store Day has grown leaps and bounds from last year's initial incarnation. Now, it has become the equivalent of going out and shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, minus the cold, the pushy soccer moms, and the trampling deaths (let's hope...). This year, there are a ton of limited, exclusive RSD releases coming out this Saturday for the celebration, and a ton of others that are just being released in celebration of the day. Check out the list below for the things we think you would care about, or just check out the full list at the RSD website for anything we may have missed.
RSD Limited, Exclusive Releases:
  • Andrew Bird/Lonely Dear split 7" (ltd. 1000 copies)
  • Akron/Family - Everyone is Guilty 7" 
  • Bad Religion 7" EP reissue (ltd. 1000 copies)
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow - Born on a Day 7" (ltd. 500 copies)
  • Blitzen Trapper - War is Placebo 7" (ltd. 1000-1500 copies)
  • Elvis Costello - Complicated Shadows 7"
  • Flaming Lips/Black Keys split 7"
  • Jenny Lewis & Elvis Costello - Carpetbaggers 7"
  • Jesus Lizard - Inch 7" Box Set
  • Leonard Cohen - The Future/Suzanne (live) 7"
  • Lykke Li/El Perro del Mar split 7"
  • Misfits - Walk Among Us LP reissue (presses on 140 gram vinyl)
  • My Morning Jacket - Celebracion de la Ciudad Natal 2x10" (ltd.)
  • Neil Young - Sugar Mountain Live at Canterbury House 1968 2LP (200g vinyl!!)
  • New Order - Temptation/Hurt 7"
  • Radiohead - vinyl EP reissues
  • Talking Heads - 77 LP reissue (180g vinyl)
  • The Decemberists - The Rake Song 7" (ltd. 2000)
  • The Smiths - Headmaster Ritual 7" (first time as US 7")
  • Tom Waits - Live from the Glitter & Doom Tour 7"
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz LP
Here in Austin, there are a lot of stores celebrating the day: Antone's Record Shop, Backspin Records, End of an Ear, Snake Eyes Vinyl, Sound on Sound, and Waterloo Records, to name my personal favorites. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Sunset Rubdown : "Idiot Heart"

(photo by David Horvitz)

Sunset Rubdown is back with new material and it sounds just as good as it ever has been on their previous records. The material is a little bit more put together and has more moving parts than most of their previous work, and it works pretty well. The song is called "Idiot Heart" and it will be on their forthcoming album entitled Dragonslayer

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Xiu Xiu (Related) Videos : White Nerd & Jamie Stewart's Solo Tour

There isn't really anyone out there in the blog-world that has quite the affinity for Xiu Xiu that we do, but we're okay with that. The band has a new video, directed by Corey Smith, for the song "White Nerd" from their latest album Women As Lovers. I have my theories as to where this footage came from, but I am not sure, so I won't be that guy. 

"White Nerd":

Also, Jamie Stewart will be in town on his solo tour and we couldn't be more excited about the whole thing. I really wish I had all of this week free of obligation so I could just absorb the feelings. Anyway, here are a few videos from the tour:

"Fabulous Muscles":


"Ceremony" (Joy Division/New Order Cover):

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New Wavves 7" : To The Dregs

We managed to avoid Wavves before SXSW, but really couldn't avoid seeing them and falling into their trap. We ended up catching them about three or four different times (I don't even remember right now...) and grew infatuated with their live performances and then their records. Normally, it works the other way, but this has been a refreshing change of pace. Anyway, the dudes have released a new 7" for one of their better songs, "To The Dregs", on PPM records and it features the normal version of the song on the A-Side and a chilled out version of the song on the B-Side. The 45 is limited to 1000 copies, so pick it up from the PPM store or head out to End of an Ear (the only place in Austin I know for sure has a copy). 

Monday, April 06, 2009

Jay Reatard Video : DOA

I was really skeptical about Jay Reatard at first thanks to all the hype surrounding his releases and really only payed attention, initially, because his 7"s were/still are fetching a good chuck of change on Ebay. After a good period of dismissal, a friend of mine made me listen to a good deal of his material and I became a fan. I really enjoy his whole song-a-day writing style and the energy and sound he produces. If you haven't gotten on the bandwagon just yet, check out his new video for "DOA". As expected, there are a lot of dismal images, but the video really goes well with the song and is worth a watch/listen.