It’s finally here. You’ve been waiting all Spring; you’ve even bought your tickets, and now the 2009 ACL lineup is here. I won’t lie, the headliners aren’t really doing anything for me, esepecially because of my extreme hatred for Dave Mathews Band. But, there are some killer bands that will be gracing smaller stages that you’ll definitely want to check out such as Sonic Youth, Phoenix, Grizzly Bear, The Dodos, Passion Pit and the Walkmen. You can still buy tickets for a measly $185 here.
Well not literally but enough to warrant ATH switching to a newer, bigger and more hardcore server. So pardon our dust in the next couple of days while we make the switch. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or fire up ATH radio. We’ll be back in a jiffy. If not, something went terribly wrong and we broke the internet.
Personally, I am a huge fan of John Davis. His drum work in Q and Not U was phenomenal. His pop leanings in Georgie James made me warm inside. Now we have word that he has a new group together called Title Tracks, and they’ve just released their first 7″ off legendary Dischord Records, so you have to support them if you want to keep your street cred. You can head over here for a few samples, or just check the Myspace. Just a heads up on the tunes; it’s got a Ted Leo/Jam feel, which you need to learn to love.
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]
You heard it here first, folks. ATH has learned that Chris Cornell will be teaming up with Nashville legend Kenny Chesney to produce a country album. Yes, we said a country album. Word is that recording will begin late this summer, with a release date for the yet to be named album sometime in late 2009. For all the juicy details, click here.
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.