It’s that time of year when bands clamor to build a name for themselves in hopes of being your favorite band in 2010. Recent Woodsist signees, The Art Museums, are on that list, hoping to win you over when they release their album Rough Frame in early 2010. For now though, they’ve got a neat little number to pique your interest, so take a listen and get excited.
Download: The Art Museums – Sculpture Gardens [MP3]
As I thought about this year’s best Austin albums (which comes out next week folks), I came across an ancient video of one of my favorite local bands, The Impossibles. Growing up in Austin, I had the pleasure of singing along with this band at least once a month. Sure, I didn’t know everyone there, but I felt as if they were all my friends. We screamed, we threw up our hands in unison, and yes, we skanked a little bit, or a whole lot, depending upon your dedication and conditioning. The guys in this band went on to play parts in Mineral and LAX (lets not forget Slowreader). It was a time of youth and innocence, and The Impossibles were the perfect blend of both. Let’s travel down memory lane together.
Austin’s Shearwater are preparing for the release of their third album, The Golden Archipelago, in 2010 on Matador Records. We’re sure that it will be something you will all swoon over, at least we know that we will be doing so, as we are avid fans of the group. Maybe this will be the album that makes them a name everyone is talking about…they should be bigger than Grizzly Bear. And check out Matador’s site for some cool pre-order deals!
Download: Shearwater – Castaways [MP3]
A sold out show at La Zona Rosa indicated that Metric has finally reached a point in their careers where you couldn’t argue with their growing popularity. Fresh on the heels of the release of their latest album, Fantasies, the group came to Austin with the intention of showing just why you love them so much. Follow the jump for full review and some fancy photos.
How I love thee Ted Leo. Luckily for me, and all you like-minded fans, Ted Leo will be bringing us a new album on March 9th titled The Brutalist Bricks, his first album for Matador Records. We’ve gotten to hear the new single, and it’s everything you’d expect from a Leo-penned tune. The man’s no stranger to power-pop, nor classic pub-rock, and you’ll find hints of each in the workings of this new tune. Hope you dig it like I do.
Download: Ted Leo – Even Heroes Have to Die [MP3]
Ever since the first time I heard “Jordanna,” I was possessed with the songs of David Wingo. His group, Ola Podrida, has just released their newest album, Belly of the Lion, which is one of the best albums to come out of Austin (well, sort of NYC) this year, and we were lucky enough to catch up with David before he hits the road in 2010. Read more
Long time fans of genre hoppers will definitely be pleased to hear that those clever kids in Violens are dropping a free Winter Mixtape for you on their web site. This little mixtape, and it’s not that little, will probably win over fans, as the guys sing over My Bloody Valentine while playing over the Byrds. Sounds like nothing short of a guaranteed test of musical sanity. Unfortunately, it’s a mixtape, so I can’t throw a sample up for you, but I’ll give you a taste of “Doomed,” which is remixed on this mix.
Download: Violens – Doomed [MP3]
Metric is on their way to Austin, and I had a chance to catch up with our friend Emily Haines over the phone to discuss all things Metric. After briefly discussing my role as a future game show host, we got straight down to business. Thanks to Emily for her time, and to Myles for setting things up.
You want the Pixies reunion tour? At-the Drive In is back together? Nix all that! I want The Get Up Kids back together, and fortunately for me, they temporarily are reunited, and for hundreds of fans in Austin, we got the chance to live in memory lane, at least for one glorious night. Read more
A little while back, a favorite artist of ours Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson made his way to town and we had the chance to ask him a few questions about his music. Not much is known about the up and coming artist so we hope you find this interview to be informative. Or at least a good read… Follow the jump for our full interview.