• Levitation 2019: A Reflection

    Team ATH has been covering Austin Psych Fest/Levitation since its early inception, probably in the second year at Radio Room (sorry we missed the first year!), so we’ve seen the

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  • ACL WE2 in a Nutshell

    Another Austin City Limits is behind us boys and girls and it’s always a good time to reflect on the music and experiences from the weekend. I considered myself very

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  • SXSW 2019 – A Recap

    Yet another SXSW is in the books and it’s time for the ATH crew to reminisce a little and offer some highlight from the week behind us. I think we’ve

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  • SXSW: 6 Bands To Watch

    Well SXSW music is officially here, and as I sit and ponder my existence while at work, I thought it would be fun to share some advice on bands to

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  • RayRay’s Top Songs – 2018

    When it comes to ATH and our areas of expertise, I like to think I’m the go to guy for song lists and bad ass playlists. If you’re doubting me,

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Minus The Bear On MPR

Minnesota Public Radio continues to give us great in studio sets with a recent performance by Minus the BearListen to the entire show and download the MP3s now.  While were on the subject, here’s the band’s most recent single “Guns & Ammo” off their recent EP Acoustics.  Have a listen and enjoy.

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Download: Minus the Bear – Guns and Ammo [MP3]

10/17 The Wedding Present @ Mohawk

Many in Austin seemed to have forgotten about the decades of hard work that David Gedge has put forth for our ears. Since 1984 he has consistently provided us with a plethora of guitar-driven pop music set to ideas of loss and love. Perhaps we consider it cliche now, but Gedge has been at the helm for a long time, and he brought his group The Wedding Present to the Mohawk Friday, October 17th. Follow the jump to read about the show.

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Summer Mix Series

Yes we know that summer has been dead and gone for a while now, but summer mixes can be enjoyed all year long!  The Yewknee Blog has compiled a massize website with every summer mix tape they could find on the internet.  Trying to count all the free mixes and free mp3s on the Summer Mix Series website would just give you a headache so don’t even try.  Head over to the site and download all the free music of summer you can fit on your hard drive.

Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping

Rating: ★★★★ ·

Of Montreal have been purveyors of cool for quite some time now, and they are a group, or a man, continuing to push the boundaries of pop music. Here, Kevin Barnes, does his best to deconstruct pop structure in order to make Skeletal Lamping one of the more interesting listens of the year.

Let’s rid ourselves of the main flaw that is present on this album, and in fact, I’m quite disappointed with the lyrical output. Much has been made of Barnes’ alter-ego, a super-sexed black transsexual, but the presence of that person destroys a lot of the album’s credibility. Lyrically, this album pushes the limits of acceptance beyond it’s barrier, and although I’m sure various people’s will claim that “we can do it softcore, if you want,” but that doesn’t make the sexual innuendo worthy of our attention. Typically, Of Montreal albums maintain credible lyrics, in some manner, and sure, they exist here and there, but most will be turned off by the ridiculousness present.

Now, the band has continuously been moving towards an electronic sound since Satanic Panic in the Attic, and this album is what one can assume is the last step. For the most part, it’s difficult to find where full-band participation might come into play, as the majority of the skeletal instrumentation is electronic. However, the group, as per usual, splices their elements carefully throughout the backbone of electronic sounds. One of the highlights might be the horns on “An Eluardian Instance,” where they blast in with perfect accompaniment.

One of the most spectacular aspects of this album, based merely on Barnes’ attempt to tear down the walls of modern pop, is that listening to the entire thing is like going on a scavenger hunt for perfect pop gems. Harmonies abound, hopping in and out of the core of each song, hiding around the corners of our hearts. You must carefully follow through each song in order to get the most out of this album. It’s a daunting task.

Therein lies the problem most listeners will encounter. Can you stomach the hours of careful listening to find one of the most gratifying listening experiences around? It’s a hard choice for most, and one that most people will not be able to make until several listens of the album, and by that point it’s too late, you’ve already put it aside for the rest of the year. But, if you hold on for a couple more listens, you will be making some of the stranger mix tapes among your groups of friends, based solely on the fact that you used clips from the 47th second on when you decided to include “Death is Not a Parallel Move” on your year end mix.

It’s not an easy listen by any means, but weeks into your listening experience you will find that there are more and more elements you missed, ultimately asking you to return again and again to one of the more interesting listens of the year.

Other Lives

It’s Friday afternoon, you’re painfully waiting for 5 o’clock and Austin Town Hall wants to throw a new band your way. Maybe your brain isn’t working anymore from the stressful week almost behind you, but why not take some new music to your pre-pre-halloween party this weekend? Today we bring you, Other Lives, who hail from Stillwater, OK. The band, formerly know as Kunek, will be dropping their debut self-titled EP on the 21st of October. Here’s the single from that EP “Paper Cities”.

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Download: Other Lives – Paper Cities [MP3]

Girl Talk @ Emo’s (10/20)

Girl Talk, the master of all things mash-up/dj releated, will be bringing the noise at Emo’s on Monday night. Unfortunately, tickets for the show have been sold out for a while now, so try searching craigslist, buying one from a “street vendor”, or entering the Austin Sound Check contest.  Music should get started around 10pm with opening acts Hearts of Darknesses and Grand Buffet. Don’t forget you can still pay what you want for Girl Talk’s latest effort Feed the Animals.

Ham1

I read a little blurb about this band, Ham1, on MOKB and thought we’d give them a little love as well.  The band hails from Athens, GA and plans to release their third LP, The Underground Stream, sometime this fall.  If you aren’t feeeling to spendy, you can downloaded a free copy of this album on the band’s website! While there, why not pick up the entire Ham1 catalog?  It’s also free.  Find out what this band is all about with opening track to their new album “Will You Ever See Me Again?” below.

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Download: Ham1 – Will You Ever See Me Again? [MP3]

Portugal. The Man @ Emo’s (10/18)

One of the few bands to come out of Alaska, Portugal. The Man, are making the huge trek to Austin on Saturday night.  The Emo’s show will only cost ya $12 and gets started around 9pm.  Get your tickets now and be in attendance for a band that everyone will know about real soon.  Latest single from the band “Lay me Back Down” can be heard below.

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Download: Portugal. The Man – Lay me Back Down [MP3]

Maker Faire This Weekend

The premiere event for grassroots American innovation, Maker Faire, will be going down for the second year this weekend in Austin.  Maker Faire takes place this Saturday and Sunday with tickets running $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children.  The weekend’s events include crazy things like rockets, robotics, a life-sized mouse trap, Mentos fountains, fire acts, catapults, arts and crafts, a ton of bands, and loads more madness sure to delight.  El Tule, Foot Patrol, The Dialtones, and The Hero Cycle are just a few of the numerous bands playing over the weekend.  Full Schedule of events can be read on the Maiker Faire website.

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