Meat Puppets @ Waterloo Today!

20070823music_meatpuppets_500In the mid-eighties, Greg Ginn’s SST Records built up an incredible reputation for raucous punk bands by the likes of Husker Du, Minutemen, & Descendents.  Phoenix’s Meat Puppets stood out from the manic pack, combining a unique blend of punk, country, and psychedelic rock.  The Pups still have a loyal fan base in Austin tracing back to the good ol’ days of Liberty Lunch.  To comemorate the release of their new record Sewn Together, Meat Puppets will be playing a free in-store at Waterloo Records.  Be there at 5… Free keg beer!  Here’s latest single “Rotten Shame”.

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Pack AD @ Hole In The Wall (5/22)

thepackad_100As if your Friday night concert going decisions weren’t already tough, here’s another great show that should prove to be your cheapest option for the evening.  Hole in the Wall features a lineup of garage rock Canadians Pack AD, Poppy Austinites The Alice Rose, and local singer-songwriter Mario Matteoli.  Entrance to Hole in the Wall will usually keep you under $10.

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Download: Pack AD – Making Gestures [MP3]

Nurses Sign With Dead Oceans

nurses2_11Nurses is not a band we know a whole lot about other than they’re from Portland and they just signed a deal with ATH fave label Dead Oceans.  We also know that we really like this strange yet catchy new single from Nurses called “Caterpillar Playground”.  We’re going to describe it as experimental pop music.  Sound good to you?  You can get your hands on the bands debut LP Apple’s Acre on August 4th.

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Download: Nurses – Caterpillar Playground [MP3]

New Tunes from Personal and the Pizzas

pizzaIt’s Friday, and as you cruise into the weekend, you definitely need something meaningful to carry you all the way to the end of the day.  Well, let the wonderful sounds of Personal and the Pizzas put you on their backs and carry you into the weekend.  Sure, it’s a bit derivative, but if you don’t like this song you aren’t a United Statesian.

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Download: Personal and the Pizzas – I Don’t Feel So Happy Now [MP3]

From The Closet: At The Drive-In

at-the-drive-inNow I promise not to make this another one of those “man I wish Mars Volta would break-up so At the Drive-In would get back together” type of posts.  I like Mars Volta, I really do.  Well at least I used to a few years ago when they still put out listenable material… I’m giving you “Invalid Litter Dept.” from the incomparable 2000 album Relationship of Command because it’s always been one of my ATDI favorites since I first heard the album.  It also marks the bands last effort together before all shit broke loose and most everyone went their separate ways.  Enjoy it and pick up this album if you’re the last fool on the planet who doesn’t own it.

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New Tunes from Doveman

tombartThomas Bartlett is a New York based keyboardist, currently backing up The National on tour.  But, as most touring musicians do, he’s got his own gig on the side, Doveman.  This new track is really quiet, almost inaudible, but it makes the beauty of the arrangement jump out in the end.  Expect the album to come your way later this year.

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Download: Doveman – Breathing Out [MP3]

Balmorhea @ Stubbs (5/22)

balmorhea13One of our newest and favorite local discoveries of the last year, Balmorhea, are playing another sure to be great show at Stubbs on Friday night.  Pompeii and Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor band will take the stage as well to open things up.  Tickets for this show are $10  from Front Gate and doors open at 9:30.  Friday night is jammed packed full of goodness, so you’ve got some big decisions to make.

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Download: Balmorhea – Harm & Boon [MP3]

New Cassettes Won’t Listen

cwl5002Jason Drake (known to you and I as Cassettes Won’t Listen) has finished his new album and is ready to give us a sneak peak with new single “Into the Hillside”.  The album of same name will be made available June 16h.  Apparently we’re looking at a mostly instrumental album as evidenced by the single.  Thanks to Trip Wire for the tip.

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Download: Cassettes Won’t Listen – Into the Hillside [MP3]

Faux Hoax

01852_01847_fauxhoaxpicPolyvinyl just sent out some information about this new project/band Faux Hoax which is set to release an EP on the label.  The new group is a recording project from Danny Seim (Menomena), John Askew (The Dodos/Tracker), and Dave Allen (Gang of Four).  Vocal and lyrical collaborations were also done with Joe Haege (31 Knots/Tu Fawning) & writer Adam Gnade.  The star studed cast have worked on this project for over 2 years and are now ready to release 3 song EP Your Friends Will Carry You Home which can be bought from Polyvinyl now.  Digital bonus track “Foxworthy” can be had below.  It comes off as very experimental but definitely has that Menomena touch on it.

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Download: Faux Hoax – Foxworthy [MP3]

Yellow Bike Project 12th Anny @ Red 7 (5/21)

ybp_logo_400pxAustin’s most unique non-profit, The Yellow Bike Project, are celebrating 12 great years of existence by putting on a party/show at Red 7 on Thursday night.  The lineup is stacked with talent and includes ATH faves Shearwater headlining along with Theatre Fire, Red Cortez, Buttercup, and the Yellow Bike Project Gospel Choir.  Shearwater don’t have any other Austin dates planned for the summer so you better see them while you can!  Show starts at 8pm.

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 Download: Shearwater – The Snow Leopard [MP3]

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