We were shutdown on Friday for this badass new ATH V2 so we missed the second wave of Fun Fest leaks. Today the third round of leaks has hit the internet so we’ll tell you about the 2nd and 3rd leaks all in one post. Second wave additions are: Harlem, Fucked Up, Alaska in Winter, and Brian Posehn. Leaks today are: Destroyer, Mika Miko, Metallagher, and Shonen Knife. These bands are in addition to the ones we leaked Thursday along with several other artist like King Khan and Shearwater who were confirmed many moons ago. Full lineup will be posted tomorrow.
We 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.
Fun Fest just anounced 4 more bands playing the festival in November. They are:
Apparently more will be up tomorrow. Lookin’ good. Check back manana for the next four.
ACL has just announced their annual Sound and the Jury Festival and our good friends Whitman are currently near the top of the leader board. If you aren’t familiar with the contest, bands from all over the US enter for the chance to win a spot at this years ACL festival in August. Tons of bands are in the running right now, but eventually the top 5 bands will face off in a battle of the bands with the winner taking the early ACL slot. We hope that you can take some time to vote for our friends Whitman who work harder than any band we know. You can vote only once a day so get to it! We’ll keep you posted on the results.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/08-the-drifter.mp3]
Download: Whitman – The Drifter [MP3]
We’re not too sure when this ran, but we were excited to see today that ATH was named one of the top Central Texas blogs by Austin American Statesman. Fellow locals Austin Eavesdropper, Austinist, Austin is Burning, and some others also make the list. We are thankful to be part of the list and feel honored to be compared with other quality sites. Check it out.
So word is now out that Wilco will be returning to the Austin area. We say Austin area because you’ll be surprised to hear that the show isn’t even in Travis county and may require a stiff drive for some of you. The now legendary band just announced that they will be playing a show October 8th at the recently opened Cedar Park Center in Williamson County (get it Wilco plays WilCo?). The brand new arena will primarily be used for AHL ice hockey team the Texas Stars so we’re a bit confused on the venue choice. Wilco is not the only act in the musical plans for the arena with George Strait and Kelly Clarkson both signed up for future shows. Wilco, in a hockey arena? In Cedar Park? Um, okay. Sounds like a plan that could go horribly wrong. Tickets are not on sale at this time with no word on when they will be made available.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/05-you-and-i.mp3]
Download: WIlco – You and I [MP3]
And just like that, we’ve lost one of the biggest reasons to attend ACL Fest this year. Adam “MCA” Yauch has cancer, and they’ve cancelled all upcoming shows. Head over to beastieboys.com to view the video announcement. All of ATH sends out our prayers for a speedy recovery.
The 2009 ACL schedule has just been made available online. Check it out here. Anyone see any major conflicts yet?
We’ve always made a point to see Bill Callahan when he comes to Austin and we always enjoy the performance he puts on. If you’ve yet to catch one of these shows, you can sort of recreate the live experience with Tiny Desk Concert Mr. Callahan just recorded for NPR. It’s a 3 song set and really highlights the unique style this guy is coming with. Check it out now.