All you ACL heads out there get ready. Tickets for the 3 day festival go on sale tomorrow at 10am for the low low price of $160. Don’t forget that the price will go up as the festival date gets closer. Lots of rumors are running around about the lineup with names like Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Dave Mathews Band, and Kings of Leon as possible headliners. We’re gonna party like it’s 1996!
Did everyone know that I love Jay Reatard? Okay, so if you follow ATH, it’s pretty clear that I’m a huge fan, and I had promised not to throw his name around for a bit, but I can’t help it. Jay is re-opening his past, meaning he’s relaunching Shattered Records so that everyone can get their hands on his extensive back catalog. Not to mention, he’s offering a subscription to a Singles Club for $75. And, and, he’s giving away a new tune. Here is that new track![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/jay-reatard-youre-gonna-lose.mp3]
Download: Jay Reatard – You’re Gonna Lose [MP3]
One of our favorite labels, Merge Records, has compiled a great set of covers as part of their subscription series SCORE! Unlike the rest of the series, Merge will be offering up this series of covers to the masses, but only a limited amount will be released. Not to mention, all proceeds will go to the charity of the curators choice! Good tunes and humanitarianism? Count us in. Head over to pre-order the album now. And in the meantime, check out this new Shins cover of Tenement Halls.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/the-shins-plenty-is-never-enough.mp3]
Download: The Shins (Tenement Halls Cover) – Plenty if Never Enough [MP3]
The Black Kids are coming to town on April 28th at La Zona Rosa and they want to play at your house. No kidding, the band wants to play one free house show in every town on their current tour with Mates of State. All you have to do to is submit a video to the contest website explaining why you should be the lucky winner. Sounds easy enough. If anyone who reads our website enters this contest, shoot us a clip of your video and we’ll gladly link to it. Enter the contest here or just get some tickets early.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/blackkids_boyfriend.mp3]
We here at Austin Town Hall just created a fancy Youtube account featuring some live video from The Mohawk show on Thursday night. We’ve got a few rockin’ videos from Whitman (featuring a sweet cover of “Radio Radio”), Great Nostalgic, and Frantic Clam. Head over now and check back frequently as we’re planning on adding content as often as we can. Tyler over at Two Groove also has some nice photos and a write up from the show on Thursday. Thanks for the coverage.
Okay so maybe that headline is a little harsh, but you’ve got to read this Austin 360 article by Michael Corcoran. Michael apparently thinks SXSW is being ruined by all you locals who just want to go to free parties, see some good bands and aren’t part of the “industry”. Thems fightin’ words if you ask me! It’s hard to tell if this is intended as a piece of satire just to mess with your head or if he’s really upset. Regardless, check it out and give him a piece of your “tatooed daycare worker” mind. Thanks to Mike from Sonic Itch for the tip.
Due to my dancing about town in an attempt to catch everything possible, I was unable to catch Dirty Projectors set at the Parish during SXSW, but thanks to NPR, you can now hear the set in its entirety by visiting their web site. If you listen carefully, you might pick up on one of the new songs set to come out on their new album headed our way later this year.
So many artists are beginning to realize that actually selling albums is impossible and are turning to streaming music online to possibly spark album sales. Not sure about the strategy, but this week features a slew of solid releases that you can try before you buy. Spinner is streaming loads of new releases this week like The Decemberists, Obits, the flippin’ Pearl Jam Ten re-issue, Gomez and several more. Peter, Bjorn & John are also streaming their new album Living Thing over on their myspace page. What’s your take on some of these new albums?
As you eagerly await our recap of a few things SXSW (we promise we’ll keep it brief), why not head over to some other super sites with tons more information than we plan on having. Our friends Ultra8201 have some great shots of Kanye along with a ton of other coverage. Sonic Itch has cool video of Dan Aurbach at The Parish. Gorilla Vs. Bear already has some of his fancy polaroids up. Austinist has a nice news and photos section as well. New York Times even tells us how much stuff costs and who the hell pays for it. Check back later for our top bands of the week that was SXSW.
Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction are teaming up to give you a sweet new EP for free. The EP features exclusive new rare tracks from both bands along with tracks from Tom Morello’s new project Street Sweeper. Your free music is being used to get fans excited for the upcoming tour between the three bands. Tickets for the Austin date at the Erwin Center go on sale this Saturday at 10am. Head to the new NINJA site to get the free EP with a valid email address.