No countdown is more contested among guitar geeks than the list of the top guitar solos of all time. Heavily dominated by Metal and Classic Rock bands, top 100 lists have spawned all over music media outlets everywhere. Comfortably Numb, Stairway to Heaven, All Along the Watchtower, Freebird. We know the usual suspects. Today we pay homage to some the lesser known solos that, we believe, deserve more attention than they have gotten in the past.
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We are in the throws of the longest days of the year and while it will get a bit hotter, it won’t get much hotter that last Friday. The hotness
Frightened Rabbit have a new song that we found on the old interweb yesterday. The song is called “Last Tango in Brooklyn” and appears on a new fake book compilation called The Lifted Brow. You might be surprised by the different sound from the band, but the tune is still quite tasty.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/frightened-rabbit-last-tango-in-brooklyn.mp3]
Download: Frightened Rabbit – Last Tango in Brooklyn [MP3]
Paul McCartney’s latest project, The Firemen, have a new album out called Electric Arguments and you can stream the whole thing now on the NPR website. The Firemen is an electronic duo started in 1993 by McCartney and Killing Joke founding member, Youth (Martin Glover). This new album is the first time the duo has utilized vocals and apparently has a more “traditional” sound. Is the new project worth our time?
Nada Surf will be bringing their brand of pop-rock to Emo’s on Saturday evening. Buy your tickets now for the low low price of $15. Catch a preview of the show with “See These Bones” from the band’s latest effort Lucky. In other Nada Surf news, the guys have a new limited edition vinyl box set coming out next week. The price may sound high at $100 but you get all 5 Nada Surf LPS, digital downloads of each and a few other random goodies. Sound good? Pre-order your copy now.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/nadasurf_seethesebones.mp3]
Download: Nada Surf – See These Bones [MP3]
How dare you say we never talk about hip-hop on this site! Today the topic is Brooklyn based hip-hop artist Iller Than Theirs. The mad decent hip-hop/rap duo just released a free EP entitled Wash, Rinse, EP… which can be download for free on the Radio Belly website. While there, you can download a few other projects the boys put out seperate from the Iller Than Theirs name. So hip-hop fans, what’s the word?
Austin’s own, Shearwater, recently made an appearance on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. The intimate in house set features 4 songs played with nothing but acoustic instruments and some really random/awesome home made instruments by the band’s drummer Thor Harris. Watch the whole thing now. In other Sheartwater news, the band has a new digital EP entitled Snow Leopard EP that you can download from the Matador Records website. Here‘s title track from the album “Snow Leopard”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/shearwater_the_snow_leopard.mp3]
Download: ShearWater – The Snow Leopard [MP3]
In an attempt to stay true to our favorite 90s front men, today we’re bringing you some news about Scott Weiland’s solo album due out Nov. 25th. If you just can’t wait for that release date, you can stream the new album Happy from Weiland’s myspace page. So faithful readers, is this new venture worth a listen? The former Stone Temple Pilots front man will also be playing a date at La Zona Rosa in Austin on January 16th, but we’ll remind you about that closer to the date.
We here at Austin Town Hall recently had the good fortune of sitting down with Greg Saunier of indie rock/pop outfit Deerhoof. Greg and I cover things ranging from his feelings about Oasis to his band’s hard to pin down sound. Follow the jump to read the entire interview.
Polyvinyl artist, Owen, is bringing his brand of low key, acoustic melodies to Emo’s on Thursday evening. Doors are set to open at 9pm with tickets available now for only $10. Here’s Owen’s last single “Bad News”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/00110_owen-bad_news_192.mp3]
Download: Owen – Bad News [MP3]