Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction are teaming up to give you a sweet new EP for free. The EP features exclusive new rare tracks from both bands along with tracks from Tom Morello’s new project Street Sweeper. Your free music is being used to get fans excited for the upcoming tour between the three bands. Tickets for the Austin date at the Erwin Center go on sale this Saturday at 10am. Head to the new NINJA site to get the free EP with a valid email address.
We know this is a few days late, but seeing as we were busy enjoying SXSW, we didn’t have time to throw this up right away, which is a shame because we love our fellow Austinite, Bill Callahan. This track is off his forthcoming record Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, which hits stores April 14th on Drag City.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/bill-callahan-eid-ma-clack-shaw.mp3]
Download: Bill Callahan – Eid Ma Clack Shaw [MP3]
Jeremy Jay seems to be relentless when it comes to releasing material, as this is his second album in two years, on top of various 12″s and 7″s. Slow Dance, once again released by K Records, is not a huge departure from last year’s effort, but there are some subtle differences that demonstrate Jeremy’s move into brand new territory.
“We Were There” enters the game with some noticeable keyboard work to comfortably coat the song in a dense fog of 80s synth melodies. At the core, it’s still the same old Jeremy pushing forward driving rhythms to accompany his spoken word delivery, but the new element displays a decision to pursue different ground.
“In This Lonely Town” picks up the same style from last years A Place Where We Could Go, with its swaying rhythm moving back and forth across the speakers. At this point it seems as if the man can construct these songs with such ease that it’s hard to see him not releasing an album a year. “Gallop” plants its roots in the same soil as the preceding song, but that bass line just begs you to bop along the way.
“Canter Canter” and “Slow Dance” pull back the reins just a little bit, as they drop the steady groove that has given the album its pacing up until this point. Not only do the vocals seem to take a step back, but the overall movement of the tracks demonstrates Jeremy’s newfound appreciation for a track that will build and build upon itself. Still, the vocal lay of the land is the most noticeable change here, as if our narrator is slow dancing his way through a field of poppies.
Then comes “Winter Wonder” into the scene. Another slow number, but the remnants of this song don’t seem rooted in either classic rock n’ roll nostalgia nor 80s throwback. In fact, it’s one of the most modern songs Jeremy Jay has constructed to date, which definitely wins him some points, as he seems to finally control the slower tendencies of this album. But he immediately jumps back into the classic R&B sound on “Will You Dance With Me.” The barely audible piano meshed with the bass work propels the song along, though still noticeably slower than pervious numbers.
The closing number here is probably one of the better songs he’s written to date. It’s as if he is channeling a more traditional approach to independent music, with gentle guitar work smeared with flowery vocals. This would fit perfectly in the lexicon of classic 90s indie pop songs, and it’s the perfect close to another admirable piece of work from Jeremy Jay.
As it all draws to a close, the one thing that will remain with listeners is that Jeremy Jay has gone a bit slow on us. While the first half of the album benefits from the pacing of old, the second half demonstrates the songwriters capabilities to compose slower melodic moments. Not a huge change overall, but another solid piece of work.
Just a friendly reminder that ATH will be pretty MIA as far as music news goes for the next couple of days. All of our writers are out at SXSW getting things ready for a full report come Monday. If you aren’t out enjoying the party, don’t forget about our show on Saturday, our SXSW guide and our showcasing artists sampler. Get out there and have fun.
Denton’s own songwriter Robert Gomez has some new music he’s ready to throw our way. The new song is called “On This Day” and will appear on the upcoming album Pine Sticks Phosphorus out on April 14th via Nova Posta Vinyl. It features a slew of Denton/Texas musicians and is even produced by Centro-matic drummer Matt Pence.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/robertgomez_onthisday1.mp3]
Download: Robert Gomez – On This Day [MP3]
The Hours are a band making their first trip to the US from across the pond in the UK. Antony Genn and Mark Slattery are founding members of the band and began recruiting additional musicians since forming in 2004. Mixing and blending pop driven rock similar to other hot UK bands, yet creating their own sound, The Hours are a band you won’t want to miss during SXSW. Follow the jump for a short interview with Antony Genn of The Hours, see some SXSW dates and grab a song.
From his storied turn towards Christianity to his involvement in legendary emo band Sunny Day Real Estate, Jeremy Enigk has lived a well-documented life, though unfortunately, it often is more tabloid fodder than about the music. However, this new tune shows that the backbone of piano combined with his voice still gives Jeremy that winning nod from fans.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeremy-enigk-mind-idea.mp3]
Download: Jeremy Enigk – Mind Idea [MP3]
Annuals is a band that is no stranger to coverage on our little website. We saw them during Fun Fest, have covered some of their other live work, and even had the chance to catch them in town a month ago. The band will be returning to town during SXSW and they are not an act you would want to miss out on. Follow the jump to read a short interview with Adam from Annuals, see some SXSW dates and grab a song.
We were fortunate enough to catch up with The Thermals just before they head off to Austin to play a ridiculous amount of shows at SXSW. We discussed what the band was looking forward to on their venture South, as well as thoughts on moving to a new label in preparation for their release of Now We Can See on Kill Rock Stars in April.
Andrew Whiteman is just one of the many heads that is Broken Social Scene, but, like all the rest, he has a solo outfit with Apostle of Hustle. The groups new album Eats Darkness is coming out via Arts and Crafts Records May 19th, and we offer you the first single, “Perfect Fit” for your enjoyment.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/apostle-of-hustle-perfect-fit.mp3]
Download: Apostle of Hustle – Perfect Fit [MP3]