Austin band Whitman would like to wish you & yours a Merry Christmas! As a token of their appreciation, here’s a demo of a little ditty they’ve been working on called “Hangover Holiday”. The track is sure to spice up any holiday party or cure that too much eggnog hangover. Not just for Christmas, it promises to be the gift that keeps on giving the whole year round. You can also catch the band and their new holiday hit on January 3rd during free week at Mohawk. They’ll be playing along with Riverboat Gamblers, Harlem, and some other yet to be named bands. We’ll give you more details about free week in Austin soon. Have a safe and happy holiday.
Download: Whitman – Hangover Holiday [MP3]
If you keep up with French dance music duo Justice, you know that the band recently created a documentary entitled Across the Universe. If you’re not wanting to poney up the money for the DVD, local blog The Famousish are teaming up with Austin bar Black & Tan to bring you a free screening of the film. The fun gets started at 11:30pm Saturday night with DJ sets to follow at 12:30. Check out a trailer for the DVD to make your decision that much easier.
A promising new Austin band, The Great Nostalgic, are gettin’ down at The Beauty Bar on Saturday evening and it might just be worth your time. Being so new to the Austin scene, you might not know that the band’s debut LP, currently in the works, was recorded by Erik Wofford(Black Angels/Octopus Project) and features guest vocals by Pink Nasty. They’ll be playing Saturday evening in support of DJ Go Go Garcia. The Beauty Bar website says things will get going around 9pm and go on till 2am so make a night of it!
Download: The Great Nostalgic – County Line [MP3]
Southern California rockers, The Golden Animals, have been busy recently making appearances in the Woxy studios as well as the Minnesota Public Radio studios. Both sessions feature 3 songs from the band’s debut LP Free Your Mind and Win a Pony. The Woxy session has a little added bonus with previously unreleased track “Call my name”. Check out the MPR session on The Current blog & The Woxy session over on The Futurist. Here’s that new tune for ya live in the Woxy studios.
Download: Golden Animals – Call My Name(live on woxy) [MP3]
I’m sure many of you aren’t aware that our local chapter of The Loyal Order of Moose recently underwent a huge renovation at their lodge on the east side. Why is this important you ask? Well music fans, The Lodge is starting to put together some pretty interesting shows/parties full of great local acts you might want to check out. Tonight (12/18) the Moose Lodge brings you Hollywood Gossip, The Gary Newcombe Trio, & MIss Jackson. Friday night (12/19) things get even better with The Golden Boys, Harlem, Welfare Mother, and Alright Tonight putting on a show. If those two nights don’t work for you, wait till Sunday (12/21) and make it out for Plutonium Farmers. Doors for all shows will open at 8pm. Directions to the venue can be found here.
So when we thought making an albums of the year post was hard, this one proved to be even harder. How do you take literally thousands of songs and narrow it down to the best 40 of the year? Not too sure how to answer that question, but we tried. Each of these songs scream 2008 in our ears. As evident by this list, the year in music was quite a good one and we had some tough choices to make. We’ve got some of the songs streaming for you or links to the song on youtube. Follow the jump to see if your favorite tune of the year made the list.
Not too long ago, we gave you a new demo by The Applessed Cast entitled “Road West”. Today we found another new song by the band over on Stereogum going by the name of “Raise the Sails”. Both of these songs are set to appear on the band’s latest album Sagarmatha which is due out on 2/17 via The Militia Group. The Lawrence boys are also embarking on their first tour in quite some time with a planned stop at Austin’s own Mohawk. Check the dates on their myspace page. ATH couldn’t be happier that you guys didn’t call it quits.
Download: The Appleseed Cast – Raise the Sails [MP3]
At the end of the year, everyone seems to go crazy with the free music samplers! Getting in on the fun today are the folks at Bladen County Records. This compilation features 11 songs from the artists represented by the company and can be downloaded now for free.
Nothing says I run a highly successful and professional business like an award from the Austin Chronicle. Or perhaps it says I had 50 bucks to throw at the Chronicle editor in exchange for an award, I forget which one.
Uk record label, 4AD, are yet another record label getting in on the year end digital sampler fun. The label is full of great acts like Mountain Goats, Department of Eagles, TV on the Radio and a whole lot more, so you’re sure to enjoy this one. Head to the 4AD website to download the 12 song sampler now. Here’s one of our favorites from Department of Eagles called “No One Does it Like You”.
Download: Department of Eagles – No One Does it Like You [MP3]