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?
Sydney, Australia indie rock band Dappled Cities have some new music ready and waiting for their fans. The new single we have for you is called “The Price” and will appear on upcoming album Zounds. You can get your hands on that one August 15th via Dangerbird Records.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/dappled_cities_the_price.mp3]
Download: Dappled Cities – The Price [MP3]
For today’s Top 5, I figured it was about time I give our readers a little Country Music 101. For starters, not an album on this list was recorded after 1975 and I’m not putting in more than one album per artist. I acknowledge that country music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m writing this to potentially open a few eyes (and ears) towards a genre that not everyone quite understands or appreciates. So pop open that bottle of Jack and allow me to educate you on what country music is really all about.
Just saw over on the Pitchfork that the huge Monsters of Folk collaboration now has a release date and a first single. If you weren’t already aware, the star studded project involves M. Ward, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes, and producer Mike Mogis. The band plans to release their self-titled debut September 15th via Shangri-La Records. For now, here’s the first material from the project “Say Please”. Dig.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/02-say-please.mp3]
Download: Monsters of Folk – Say Please [MP3]
Creators of one of our jams of summer, Foreign Born, are playing at Mohawk on Sunday evening. To make the show more enticing, The Veils and The Other Girls will be opening things up. For only $10 this should be a great way to close down your weekend. Doors are at 8pm.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/earlywarnings.mp3]
Download: Foreign Born – Early Warnings [MP3]
The Crayon Fields have been one of my favorite bands for the last several years; they blend jangly South Pacific pop with pure melody. Since they have a new album coming out this September, we’ve got a new song from the band to offer to you this Friday. It shows signs of great things to come in the very near future.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/crayon-fields-all-the-pleasures-of-the-world.mp3]
Download: The Crayon Fields – All the Pleasures of the World [MP3]
Polaris was a one-off project of Mark Mulcahy and two other members of his New-Haven based band Miracle Legion. Going with the moniker “Polaris” because one band member of Miracle Legion wasn’t available, the Connecticut boys were the house band for the kick-ass (and shamefully short-lived) Nickelodeon TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the early 90’s. Polaris performed the memorable theme song “Hey Sandy” as well as being featured in various episodes throughout the show. Unfortunately for us the project’s output was limited to one lonely LP, the appropriately titled Music From The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Today, I bring you my favorite tune from the album, “Waiting For October.”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/waiting-for-october.mp3]
The Black and White Years have slowly started to make a name for themselves as one of the biggest draws in our town. Chances to see them in smaller venues in Austin may be hard to come by soon so head to the indoor stage at Stubbs Saturday night for a set by the rock n roll outfit. We’re more excited for the show because our good friends Whitman will be providing the opening support for the evening and start around 10pm. Tickets can be had now for $8 or $10 at the door. Here’s that catchy single by B&WY, “Power to Change”.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/the_black_and_white_years-power_to_change.mp3]
Download: The Black and White Years – Power to Change [MP3]
We are big fans of VEGA and we are also big fans of cheap shows at Club Deville on Friday nights. Fellow locals Neiliyo and Joshua Distance will also be on hand to play for the show. Entrance is only $5 if you RSVP at Turn 2 Live or $10 if you don’t. Should be a fun one.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/all-too-vivid-originalmix.mp3]
Download: VEGA – All To Vivid [MP3]