In 2008 we saw all kinds of releases across the board. Noise-pop seemed to be a pretty big deal, as did lo-fi production. But when preparing for our year-end lists, we came across the conundrum of deciding the biggest disappointments in 2008. Today’s Friday Top 5 is full of albums that our staff really looked forward to listening to when they were released, but instead fled in fear as to what our ears had just heard. List is after the jump
UK’s prolific underground blues artist, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, is playing a show on the inside stage at Emo’s on Saturday. Tickets for the event are available now for $10 and music should get started around 10pm with opening act Delaney Davidson. Here’s a song to preview the show called “Black Heart”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/09-black-heart.mp3]
Download: Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs [MP3]
If you aren’t making it out to the Whitman show on Friday, Built by Snow are also playing next door at Club Deville. Built by Snow are a band looking to make it big in 2009 with their new album MEGA due out in January. Other local acts Hollwood Gossip, Dead Black Hearts, and DJ Gmau will be joining in on the fun. Club Deville website says the thing is free so you could always stop by in between sets at the Mohawk. Even if you aren’t making it to the show, you can still enjoy a new track from Built by Snow entitled “All the Weird Kids Know”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/03-all-the-weird-kids-know.mp3]
Download: Built by Snow – All the Weird Kids Know [MP3]
Sebastian Grainger recently performed live in The Current studios. For those of you not in the know, The Current is a blog run by Minnesota Public Radio. They’ve featured some great live stuff during this past year and this Grainger set is no exception. Listen to the 3 song set now.
Even more holiday music to make your vacation time that much more enjoyable! With 44 songs to download, the Suburban Sprawl record label may win the prize for most expansive holiday sampler. You can listen to each track on their site or download the whole thing as one big zip file. Here’s just one of the 44 unique holiday oriented songs called “Meet Me On Christmas Eve” by Sea of Japan.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/04-sea-of-japan-meet-me-on-christmas-eve.mp3]
Download: Sea of Japan – Meet Me On Christmas Eve [MP3]
Local Austin record label, Chicken Ranch Records, are offering up a 2 song Christmas EP to celebrate the holiday season. In support of the time of giving, the label is asking that you donate a little something with all proceeds being donated to the Austin Food Bank. You can download the 2 songs for free, but why not give a little bit to those in need?
With the holiday season bearing down on us, we anticipate this holiday themed sampler to be just one of many coming out this month. This time around, the people at XO Publicity are bringing us a 13 song sampler full of Christmasy tunes from artists represented by the company. You can choose to download all tracks or stream them directly from the site. Here’s “Ragtime Manifesto” from The Winter Sounds which may be the only new wave Christmas song I’ve ever heard.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/04-ragtime-manifesto.mp]
Download: The Winter Sounds – Ragtime Manifesto [MP3]
Austin’s favorite son, Black Joe Lewis, is playing at The Continental Club on Thursday evening. Black Joe is well known around town for bringing intensity and fire to his live performances that other local acts can’t compete with. Mr. Lewis is set to go on at midnight with tickets only $10 at the door. Gunpowder![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/gunpowder_black_joe.mp3]
Local Austin boys, Balmorhea, are playing at The Parish on this cold Thursday evening. The band is joined by Silent Land Time Machine and The Indian Queen Medley, also out of Austin. Tickets can be bought for $8 with showtime set for around 9:00pm. Here’s a song from Silent Land Time Machine called “Everything Goes to Shit” that has really sparked our interest in the band.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/01-everything-goes-to-shit.mp3]
Download: Silent Land Time Machine – Everything Goes to Shit [MP3]