I got pretty excited this morning when I read that Sera Cahoone recently played some songs live on the NPR “Tiny Desk Sets”. You can watch the 5 song live video on the NPR website. The video confirms that Sera is my favorite new find of 2008.
Will Johnson, lead singer of Centro-matic & South San Gabriel, provided an intimate set for the people of Waterloo Records on Wednesday afternoon. The rainy and dreary weather outside fit right in with the slow & soothing sounds of Mr. Johnson. If you’ve never picked up anything by Dallas band Centro-Matic, chances are you haven’t heard the calming sound that is Will Johnson’s voice. I’d be willing to bet it wouldn’t matter what the guy was singing, be it happy birthday or take me out to the ball game, he’d still put you in a trance. Take a few parts Jim James, maybe a few parts of Neil Young’s rawness, throw in a bit of scratchiness, and you have the sound of Will’s voice. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Read more
Brothers and Sisters of Austin will be hosting a CD release party for their new album Fortunately at Club de Ville on Saturday night 7/12. The event will be starting at 9pm with music kicking off soon after that. Below is a new song from the band called “You’re Gone”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/brothers-and-sisters-youre-gone.mp3]
The Vines are still around you say? Apparently so AND they have a new album coming out July 22nd called Melodia. Even better, you can stream the whole thing on the band’s myspace page. Don’t like dealing with all that myspace mess? We have the single for you called “He’s Rocker”:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/hes-rocker.mp3]
Now that I have the ladies attention with the post title (tee hee)…. Our favorite producer man Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030) is producing and playing on a new album with Russel Simins (John Spencer Blues Explosion). Dan, as always when he collaborate with folks, has come up with another unique name for the project: Men Without Pants. The album is said to have special guests including Sean Lennon, Pelle (lead singer of The Hives) and members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Mooney Suzuki and Cibo Matto, amongst others. A release date for Naturally is set for August 19th. Check out two songs “double life” & “and the girls go” from the highly anticipated new album below. You likey?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/menwithoutpants_doublelife.mp3]
After you’ve done the Blues on the Green thing, why not head on over to the Alamo downtown for Weird Wednesdays? This, as always, is also a free event put on by the cool kids at Alamo with things getting started at midnight. This weeks showing brings us The Female Bunch directed by Al Adamson in 1969. IMDB tags the show with “Women who live by their own rules… They dare to do what other women only dream about! Their law is the whip–their trademark the branding iron!” Read more on the Alamo Drafthouse website.
Austin peeps Loxsly have some new music for you to check out. The song is called “Lamprey Eels” off their Flashlights EP due out August 5th. You can read more about the band on their myspace page. Check back with ATH in the future as I’m sure we will be talking more about this band soon.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/lampreyeels1.mp3]
Our Canadian friends the Pack AD have a new song for you enjoyment. The song is called “Making Gestures” and come from the bands soon to be released Funeral Mixtape due out on August 12th. They sort of sound like a cross between The White Stripes & The Black Keys with a girl singing. Read more about them over on that all to familiar social network.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/the-pack-ad-making-gestures.mp3]
Blues on the Green goes down this evening starting at 7:30pm with Los Lonely Boys headlining the event. If you’ve never done the Blues thing, I’d suggest showing up early with a folding chair, a cooler of your favorite beverage & maybe some treats to snack on during the show. You don’t have to pay anything to get in but you will pay to park at Zilker…. so park somewhere else and walk. You can read more about Blues on the Green on the KGSR website.
Your favorite video store in town, Waterloo Video, is closing its doors sometime in mid-august. Sounds like they will be moving all the non-rental type videos into a newly remodeled Waterloo Record Store. So that means Waterloo is officially out of the rental business. Too bad. Good news is, Video store closings = video store sales. So pay your last respects to Waterloo video sometime in the next month and stock up on the cheap stuff.