We had the incredible opportunity this week to speak with solo songwriter J. Tillman about his musical endeavors. Mr. Tillman talks about his new solo record Year in the Kingdom and his work with indie powerhouse Fleet Foxes. This interview should serve as a nice preview to the J. Tillman show coming up on Friday at Mohawk. Follow the jump for full interview.
Word is spreading like wildfire today around the local blogging community about the recent anouncment of some 230 showcasing bands for SXSW 2010. We will hold off on listing them all here and just point you to the official SXSW site. Stay tuned after the New Year for some artist spotlights and more info about the upcoming SXSW. See anyone you’re excited about coming to town?
San Fran’s very own Citay are back in action and about to drop their third LP on our waiting ears. The new album will be called Dream Get Together and will see the light of day on Jan. 26th via Dead Oceans. First single from the album “Careful With That Hat” is below. The sick guitar solos and pop melodies are doing wonderful things for our ears.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/01-Careful-With-That-Hat-1.mp3]
Download: Citay – Careful With That Hat [MP3]
As many of you also probably take part in, we here at ATH will be taking a bit of vacation time for the Thanksgiving holiday over the next couple of days. Of course that doesn’t mean we’re going to leave you high and dry on show recommendations so we’ll do this as a send off or Happy Holidays if you will. So if you’re planning on staying in town for the holidays or you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (communists), here’s a few shows to check out.
Really not sure how I missed this sweet new Tindersticks tune “Black Smoke” that hit the interwebs a couple of weeks ago. It’s sort of a 60s throw back sounding tune with vocals that fit in perfectly alongside that sweet sax solo at the end. The new Tindersticks album, Falling Down a Mountain, will hit stores Jan. 25th in the UK (via 4AD) and Feb. 16th in the states (via Constellation). This should be another album to watch for in 2010.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/07_Black_Smoke.mp3]
Download: Tinderstick – Black Smoke [MP3]
Metric is on their way to Austin, and I had a chance to catch up with our friend Emily Haines over the phone to discuss all things Metric. After briefly discussing my role as a future game show host, we got straight down to business. Thanks to Emily for her time, and to Myles for setting things up.
The incredible Neko Case is making a stop in town just in time for Thanksgiving at Antones on Tuesday. The show is also set up to benefit the local Austin Food Bank during these cold and trying times for the less fortunate. Opening support is provided by Oh No Oh My. Tickets are all sold out for this one so try your hand at craigs list or try to scalp the night of the show.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/neko-case-people-got-a-lotta-nerve.mp3]
Download: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve [MP3]
Frantic Clam is an Austin band that won us over in 2009 with their stellar EP Anatomica. Now after many lineup changes and some hardcore Austin live dates, the guys are back with new single “Sasha Grey”. This catchy little number is meant as a preview for Frantic Clam’s upcoming debut LP entitled Lolita due out in spring 2010. Wondering who Sasha Grey is? Try searching her name online. Just be careful if you work with young children or have a jealous wife…[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Frantic-Clam-Sasha-Grey.mp3]
Download: Frantic Clam – Sasha Grey [MP3]
On Thursday night one of our very talented photographers, Mary Rehak, made her way out to the Mohawk to take some fancy photos of dance hit makers Friendly Fires & The XX. We hear that good times were had by all so we hope you enjoy the photo recap of the night. Follow the jump for full picture set.
At a time when we are all witnessing the CD’s imminent demise and the convenience of digital files running rampant, thankfully from an art perspective, a vinyl re-emergence is upon us. While sound quality is obviously seen as the most important reason why we are seeing audiophiles jumping back on the vinyl bandwagon, album artwork is also getting a much deserved close-up. With the vinyl album requiring more elaborate artwork packages, bands are re-thinking the overall aesthetic and producing some great work, which only enhances the overall music experience. 2009 has been a great year not only for the ears, but for the eyes as well and below are my picks for the Top 5 album covers from 2009 (so far). Honorable mentions go to Animal Collective’s cover for making me dizzy from staring at it too long and Neko Case for badass picture of the year. Obviously art is about as subjective as subjectivity can get, so give us some feedback. Who’s your number 1?