Welcome to the New ATH

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We’re back!  Now with 50% less wood grain. This has been a work-in-progress for around 6 months and we’re pleased with the result.  Here’s a list of just a few of the changes we made.  Consider this your tutorial.

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The Latest Feature

Now when you load up ATH you’ll be greeted with our latest feature (it’s Blondie in the screenshot above).  ATH has some awesome features -like our Friday Top 5s and ATH Interviews– that often got overlooked in the large stream of posts we have on the site.  We’ve now stuck our latest feature at the top of the Frontpage and will stay there until something more important comes along.  It’s gigantic. Just click.

Read on & Share the Love

At the bottom of every post, just before the comments, we added a short list of related posts so you can read more if you want. You’ll also see a list of social networks that you can share posts with. If you’re a fan of ATH, the best thing you could do for us is to retweet or pass a link on to your friends.  Also, leave a comment.

A Better Sidebar

We made a lot of improvements to the sidebar. It’s now packed with links of recent popular and must-read articles you may have missed.  If you’re new to the site, start there. We refreshed the ATH Radio a bit, definitely worth a spin.  There’s also some better advertising space that is just aching for some love from your band or a local Austin-based business (hint hint).

Read on, Mighty Reader!

We won’t bore you with the delicate finesse of the new design and let you get back to your regularly scheduled Monday morning reading.  We’ll still be making changes and minor tweaks in the coming weeks.  Oh.  And if you’re having trouble viewing the site on Internet Explorer 6, you should just download the latest Firefox.

ATH Redesign Coming Monday

v2smallWe are pleased to announce that a brand new Austin Town Hall is coming on Monday, August 24th.  We’ve been hard at work over the past few weeks and months to make some improvements to the site.  Through a long series of discussions at our Corporate Weekend Retreats, Power Luncheons, and Synergy Conferences, we’ve come to a decisive conclusion on a design that we feel will change the face of blogging for years to come.

What does this mean for you?  Well, if you visit the site this weekend ATH will be down for maintenance and you won’t be able to reminisce on posts past.  But come back on Monday to bear witness to the majesty.  What should you do instead?  We suggest that you go fix something.

Turned on by Passion Pit

Today I found out about a band from Boston called Passion Pit.  After countless repeats of the bootleg and the few songs they put up on their myspace, I can confirm that I do indeed like this band and think they are worth a few hundred characters of blog post.

Unfortunately they won’t be coming to Austin anytime soon, so you will have to fly out to LA this weekend to catch them there.

I’d be interested to hear what you think…

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Download: Cuddle Fuddle [MP3]

ATH Radio For Your Ears!

For your listening pleasure, ATH presents our brand spanking new media player: ATH Radio.  Now if you want to hear all the rad tracks on the site all you have to do is cruise down the sidebar and hit PLAY.  You can even pop-out the media player and take the music to go.

Q: How long are tracks on the player?
A: Tracks drop off the playlist after 30 days.

Q: Can I get this for my site?
A: Soon we can all be Stereogum!  We’re working on packaging the player into a free plugin for WordPress.

Q: Why isn’t Chris Cornell on the playlist?
A: No comment.

Enjoy!  We had fun making it. 

Getting a new iPhone?

Are you one of the few, the proud, who are camping out and getting a new iPhone on Friday? Did you buy a 1st Gen version and are suffering from buyer’s remorse? Either way be sure to tap on Safari and head to here (austintownhall.com) on your new (or old) iPhone for the mobile version of our website.  Same site, ultra compact.  The comics look sweet when you tap through and flip the phone. OMFG!