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.
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.
Just a friendly reminder that ATH will be pretty MIA as far as music news goes for the next couple of days. All of our writers are out at SXSW getting things ready for a full report come Monday. If you aren’t out enjoying the party, don’t forget about our show on Saturday, our SXSW guide and our showcasing artists sampler. Get out there and have fun.
So we’re getting our music and alcohol fix this week with the free shows, but at some point we all have to eat, right? Enter our good friends at Yelp, who are offering half price menu items at a handful of local restaurants including ATH favorites Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and Uchi. The deals start today and run all week through next Sunday the 22nd. For a full list of participating restuaruants or for more info, check out the poster to the left or visit Yelp’s SXSW page on the web.