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.
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.
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.
Matt Sharp and his band The Rentals finally got back together a couple years ago and are hard at work on a whole slew of new material. The new project from the band is called Songs About Time and is a year long project with films coming out every day, short films every Tuesday and 3 EPs dropping every 3 months. It’s quite the project and no one would expect any less from Mr. Sharp. Two of these EPs Chapter One: The Story of a Thousand Seasons Past and Chapter Two: It’s Time to Come Home are both streaming and available for digital download on The Rentals website. Stay tuned because even more new material will be coming your way soon. Here’s the title track from Chapter 1.
Download: The Rentals – Story of a Thousand Seasons Past [MP3]
The new Jack White supergroup Dead Weather are streaming their new album Horehound over on Facebook. Check it out now before it drops next week and let us know what you think.
As the lull in summer music news gently takes hold of us here at ATH, we hear via our friend Chris at GvsB that our local Transmission Entertainment has begun to slowly unleash the list of bands hitting the stage at the 4th Annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. The bands so far released are reunited Jesus Lizard, Broadcast, Atlas Sound and King Khan and the BBQ Show. We’re already stoked, so lets see if they can pull the Descendents together.
Long time ATH fave, Beirut, just recorded another session for the fine folks at La Blogotheque over the weekend. The set is a more traditional in-studio somewhere in France and is quite lengthy at over 26 minutes. The band plays some of our favorites including another version of “Nantes” which was the highlight of Beirut’s last Blogotheque performance. This one is well worth your time.
Download: Beirut – My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille [MP3]