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    The story of Pop Filter as a band is quite long, although Banksia is their debut LP. But, that story is easy to find for those who wish, so instead,

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FT5: Music DVDs

We’ve been running ATH for awhile now, and honestly, getting ideas going for my scheduled Top 5 this week has been a little tougher than usual.  I guess that’s just another reason to be excited for the future since we’ve brought on some new talented writers recently who can stir up the pot and help me break through my creative block.  So as I started brainstorming for this week’s list, I was shocked to see that we’ve never created a list of Music DVDs.  Sure it’s a massive topic, but I’m narrowing it down with things that hit home with me and may not necessarily be “the best” by traditional standards.  For inclusion in this swanky list, I’ll stick with DVDs I actually own or borrowed for an extended period of time.  I’m also a stickler for sound quality and personal touches, so you’ll be seeing those in each spot.  Creativity and forward thinking in presentation also can’t hurt.  Follow the jump for full list.
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Adult Swim Block Party @ Emo’s (4/11)

Date 4/11/10
Location Emos
Doors 5pm
Tickets FREE!

Adult Swim’s Block Party tour is stopping through town on Sunday at Emo’s. The lineup for the show features sets by The Fiery Furnaces and locals Bright Light Social Hour.  You’ll also get games, giveaways, free stuff, and word of a possible clown appearance.  More info can be found on that crazy lookin’ flyer.

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Download: The Fiery Furnaces – The End Is Near [MP3]

New Music From Deer Tick

Easily one of my most overlooked releases from last year would have to be Deer Tick’s indie-country album Born on Flag Day.  Well now the boys are back with new album The Black Dirt Sessions set for release on June 8th via Partisan Records.  Slow burner single from the upcoming record “20 Miles” can be found below.  It’s indicating to me that this band is ready to deliver a much more polished and focused sound.  They all growed up!

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Download: Deer Tick – 20 Miles [MP3]

FTC: Bill Withers

Not really my closet, more like your cool uncle’s closet.  Or that guy down the street who works at the vintage clothing shop and wears orange turtle necks and big collared leather jackets.  This week’s FTC features Bill Withers, a soulful singer/songwriter/genius from the 1970s whose concentrated but powerful R&B and Soul songs left an indelible mark on modern music.  Though he hasn’t released any new music in awhile, you can’t escape his songs.  His track “Lean On Me” is a standard, like “You Are My Sunshine” that was written 35 years earlier, it is hard to identify this song with any particular artist.  It is timeless, and belongs to all of us.  Of course “Aint No Sunshine” is a perfect song.  The heartfelt delivery and soulful vocal tell such a compelling story on their own that you hardly notice the a capella 3rd verse that just repeats “I know” twenty six times.  Alicia Keys owes her career to this song.  Notice the vocal intro, the minor key progression… Bill Withers should get royalties for every time “Fallin” was played in 2001…  And the hook to “No Diggity”…  There are more to speak of, but the track we’re going with today is “Use Me”.  Another funky, simple, but powerful track built around Bill’s strong vocal and a locked-in backing band.  Come back Bill.


Yeasayer @ La Zona Rosa (4/10 & 4/11)

Date 4/10/10 & 4/11/10
Location La Zona Rosa
Doors 8pm
Tickets $15 for Sat or Sun

Unless you’re currently brain dead, you better be making a point to go see Yeasayer at one of their much anticipated shows this weekend.  Since I am currently gainfully employed with an early wake up time, I’ll be heading out on Saturday.  Now I know some of you people may be gettin’ all hot for that Vampire Weekend show, but let’s be straight here, Yeasayer is a killer live act you can’t pass up.  Be smart.  Opening support on both nights will be provided by buzz band Javelin.  If I haven’t sold you yet, check out their latest single “Ambling Alp” and tell me that doesn’t do it for ya.

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Download: Yeasayer – Ambling Alp [MP3]

New Tunes from Klaus & Kinski

You’ve probably never heard of Klaus & Kinski, and that’s okay, as I don’t really think too many people have.  I’ve been tracking the Spanish group since their last album, and now that they’ve got new tunes coming out on their new record, Tierra, Tragalos , I really wanted to share them with you.  If it weren’t for the fact that the band sings in Spanish, you’d probably find them right alongside a group like The Postmarks.  This song is all about not wanting to college, and you should trust us, as RayRay teaches Spanish.


Download: Klaus & Kinski – Mamá, No Quiero Ir Al Colegio [MP3]

Amy Cook @ Hotel San Jose (4/8)

Date 4/8/10
Location Hotel San Jose
Music @ 6pm
Tickets FREE!

Austin’s own Amy Cook is celebrating the release of her new LP Let the Light In with a free CD release show at Hotel San Jose later today.  The show is planned to begin shortly after 6pm and will feature Amy playing her tunes accompanied by Tosca String Quartet.  Should be an intimate way to begin your evening before you head off to one of the many late shows tonight.

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Download: Amy Cook – Hotel Lights [MP3]

Lucero @ Emo’s (4/8)

Date 4/8/10
Location Emos
Doors 8:30pm
Tickets $18 from Ticketweb

Thursday night in Austin is full of some tough decisions for you music fans, and Lucero playing at Emo’s should definitely be in your list of options.  Opening support will be provided by Shooter Jennings.  You gotta know that Lucero will bring it just like they always do when they come through town.

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Download: Lucero – Hey Darling Do You Gamble [MP3]

New Tunes from In Tall Buildings

Erik Hall has had his share in the music biz, playing with NOMO and Saturday Looks Good to Me.  Now, he’s set to release his own album under the name In Tall Buildings, which comes out this week on Whistler Records.  This track sort of has the old feel of Rogue Wave, but you can tell that Hall spends his time dabbling with every instrument possible.  It’s full of layers, but in the sort of way that doesn’t weigh you down. Listen up.


Download: In Tall Buildings – Monsters Lair [MP3]

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