Mash-up Clinic @ Beauty Bar (11/15)

If King Khan and Ghostland Observatory aren’t your thing, head out to Beauty Bar on Saturday evening for two masters in the art of the mash-up with Car Stereo (Wars) & The Hood Internet. Not sure what the cover charge will be, but things should get started around 9pm and go on till 2. Click on the fancy poster for more information, and don’t forget you can still download The Hood Internet’s new Volume 3 mixtape from their website.

Anti Records Sampler

Anti Records is doing there part to remind you about some of their better releases of the year by giving away a free end of the year sampler.  The sampler features pretty solid stuff from Islands, Devotchka, Billy Bragg and a bunch of other great artists.  You can read the entire track listing on the Anti Records website or download the whole thing from their blog.  Here’s a standout track from the sampler called “Big Mistake” by Tim Fite.

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Download: Tim Fite – Big Mistake [MP3]

King Khan @ Mohawk (11/15)

So you’re depressed that the Ghostland show is sold out this weekend and are looking for a way to drown your sorrows for not buying tickets earlier?  You should make your way over to Mohawk Saturday evening and enjoy a sure to be intense set by King Khan & The BBQ Show.  You’ll also save about $20 and will probably enjoy a better set than the one going on at Stubbs.  Buy tickets now!  Check out some King Khan tuneage elswhere on our site here & here.

Peter and the Wolf – Mellow Owl

Rating: ★★★★ ·

As the winter weather wanders down the street and into our open windows, we’re all looking for that perfect album to accompany the complete change of the seasons.  We need something subtle, something soothing, yet something that challenges and thrills.  Enter Red Hunter.

Red Hunter is the local Austin legend, also known as Peter and the Wolf, who has just recently released another beautiful listening experience.  He’s known from playing on the edges of the world, where the water drops off into a great abyss of silence; he plays to the small crowds who still believe in mythical beasts.

Pacing is immediately established by the lyrical content and the title of the opening track, “Supermellofied.”  It speaks of a simpleness that most will not be able to describe, yet all yearn for from time to time.  Guitar track atop guitar track creates the effect of gentle rain dripping down from your roof and into the cracks in the sidewalk.

For some reason, the quietude of the album is the one thing that will speak to most listeners.  It’s Red’s simple approach to writing and crafting songs that allow us all to focus on the mundane details of our own world, allowing us all to realize the beauty that exists in every corner that we walk through.  It’s an album of simple folk songs and simple pleasures, such the things that should be in our lives.

Listeners may find it difficult to absorb the vocals of Red Hunter, as they seem to be sung through a can, clearly an echo of some sort resonates. But, the focus in his songs doesn’t revolve merely around his lyrics; it is the entire aesthetic appeal of these songs that sneaks into your soul.

Other hits that many will adore on this album are songs like “Trainhopper” and “Ballad of Redhook.”  Pleasant guitar strumming melds with overlying electric guitar, begging all to focus upon the minutest detail of this record; surely a metaphor for how one should approach their own life.

Several hundred years into his career as Peter and the Wolf, Red Hunter still has what it takes to craft some of the most personal songs many of us will come across this year.  If you miss him now, don’t worry, for he will surely go down in Austin lore.

Buy his album on Peter and the Wolf’s Myspace Page.

Anthony Kiedis TV Show

Word on the street is that long time Red Hot Chilli Peppers front man, Anthony Kiedis, is planning a series for HBO based on his rock ‘n’ roll childhood.  The memoir is tentatively titled “Scar Tissue” and focuses on Kiedis’ move from Michigan to Hollywood and his relationship with a rock star lifestyle dad.  Variety has the whole story.  This follows a recent trend of famous 90s front men taking on completely random new projects.  Have your say and give us some episode ideas in the comment section.

The Acorn On The Laundormatinee

The Laundromatinee, brought to you by MOKB, continue to bring you sweet video of their in studio performances with a set by The Acorn this week.  The Ottawa based band is currently touring with Calexio in support of their 2007 album Glory Hope MountainCheck out video for the 4 live songs or listen to the band’s most recent single “Crooked Legs” right here on our website.

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Download: The Acorn – Crooked Legs

White Denim – Exposion

Rating: ★★ · · ·

Local Austin heroes, White Denim, have been garnering ridiculous amounts of press over the last few years, blasting off into the world of the inter-web with raving reviews and undying fan loyalty. Finally, the band have a full length album, Exposion, for all audiences to grab.

Their live shows are known for their riotous behavior and their vocal interchanges. Packed full of energy every step of the way, White Denim has easily found their way into the hearts of every Austinite, if not every person that considers themselves in the know.

One would figure that with the backing of local production company, Transmission Entertainment, that White Denim would be sure-set for a take off into the most fruitful of places. The question for most is would their daring stage show translate across formats and into speakers across the nation everywhere.

Unfortunately, the answer is no. This will greatly anger folks from the Lone Star State, but rest assured, a poor review is warranted here. They may still own the local stages with a tenacity uncommon to most witnesses, but their first real foray into the world of recorded music is not as fruitful as one would hope for these developing artists.

First, note the translucence in the vocals. They just don’t have the passion that they do when the band is standing in front of you, and most, even those who have never seen the band live, will feel as if the vocals are lacking in something. You could call it sincerity, or even passion, but they seem hollow, as if the band is stretching to maintain the effects felt by listeners in a live setting.

Upon further listening you will also find that the band seems more comfortable residing in the soundscapes of sloppy folk rock set in the sixties. The recording provides some similarities to the live audience meandering of the band, but without the visual, or the live experience the music fails to translate. Every ounce of fun is seemingly stripped from the songs; in fact, this just doesn’t seem like the same band winning hearts across America. It’s hard to find a song that makes you move your feet outside of “Shake Shake Shake,” which is always going to be a favorite.

The question, or perhaps the wall, in dealing with this album revolves around the fairness of treating an album the same way you would treat a live show. Is it acceptable to place judgement on a band because they fail to transcribe the raw power of the live show? More than likely, it’s not that fair, but that is what one has to deal with in this case. You have a phenomenal live band, one that everyone needs to see at least twice in their life, but one that just can’t give that magic out through the powers of modern technology. But, die-hard fans will surely be pleased to hear some of their favorites played through their bedroom speakers.

You can judge for yourself by picking up Exposion on the White Denim website.

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