Over the last year or so, I’ve had several conversations with people in town about the community aspect of the Austin music landscape. I realize, of course, this isn’t always the most important question to ask, but it’s still a great conversation to have, especially when one considers the varying opinions. I caught up with the hard-working Andrew Stevens while he was out on tour with Jess Williamson (just one of his many projects, as you’ll see below). Read on for Andrew’s insightful comments about the way he sees things working in Austin. Read More
As if you haven’t read enough of our interviews at this point, here comes another one from L.A. based group LA Font. They are one of many great bands on the local Fleeting Youth Records label that will be coming to town during SXSW. If you haven’t taken heed to the band’s music, you should check them out now on bandcamp. Follow the jump for full interview.
Collective groups are always interesting. Sometimes you get to witness the powerful combination of songwriters, and other times, you get to watch things fall apart. Landlady, the project of Adam Schatz of Man Man and his friends is picking up steam out of Brooklyn. They’ve released a new single as they finish up work on their new album, which is slated for a summer release on Hometapes. This tune begins with a little piano tinkering before working in some jittery vocals that are reminiscent of Schatz’s main project. The group heads on into Austin for SXSW, and while they’re name might not be out there just yet, it’s definitely one you should keep on your radar…even if you’re not going to be here for the festival.
If you haven’t listened to the latest album by Montreal’s Solids, then you’re definitely missing out. Anyone looking for a little rock n’ roll in their life should spend a little time with Blame Confusion…it’s only been out for a few weeks. We wanted to reach out to the band before they made their way into town for SXSW, and here’s what they had to say.
Kieran Hebden is a collector. A hunter-gather of sorts. With fine antiquities or rare stamps, the value of a collection is often determined by the finicky demand of the market. Hebden’s assemblage is a more specialized and unquantifiable archive; at least to the lay-person. Known lovingly as Four-Tet, the London-based producer collects music, or more specifically, samples. Little snippets of carefully curated melody or rythym. Like any artist, the real magic happens in the process and with an ever-growing presence in the electronic world, Four-Tet has managed to become a house-hold name with his ability to build stunning tracks from basically nothing but his snippits.
On Saturday night, he returned to the Capitol city with a new set of offerings on display. The market was indeed ripe.
There comes a time when some tracks just hit you, and today, as the cold weather returns, this tune from Queensland’s Real//Talks is perfectly fitting for my daily playlist. The track doesn’t push forward too quickly, offering a fragile perspective that’s draped across a minimal piece of piano and guitar strumming. Eventually, the song takes on a life of its own, blossoming into this swelling sound that captures the beauty of pop music. They’ll be releasing a self-titled EP this May, and let’s hope it’s as honest as the tune below.
I have a list of winners and so many photos. Orthy sounded great, buoyed by Ian and Jeramy’s win for best DJs as Learning Secrets. Shivery Shakes ripped after their win for “Sidewalk Talk”. Jess was charming and haunting as ever, congrats. A Giant Dog stole the show with their set, while Mirror Travel may have given some voters buyer’s remorse. Magna Carda is hip-hop in Austin; go see them.
Today’s SXSW Interview comes to you via Brazilian band, Boogarins. While the country is often known for its tropicalia and dance stylings, you’ll get something a little bit different from these lads; they’ve got a composition that compiles varying elements of loops and sounds into a tightly-knit piece of psych-pop for their album As Plantas Que Curam..a must listen in my book. We’re definitely excited to catch these guys, and maybe even talk a little bit of football (South American style); here’s the responses from Benke. Read More
It’s always good to head into the weekend with fun jams to keep you bouncing on your toes. No one wants to be all bummed out while they’re making their way home, so maybe you play this jam from revered Australian act, Panama. Listening to this track you just get the feeling of a smooth little dance floor groove. Turn it up loud, move your feet, let loose. It’s the perfect soundtrack to getting ready for a night out on the town. But, you’ll also be able to grab the band’s Always EP next week via 300 Entertainment. They’ll also be rocking a couple of dates during SXSW, so be sure to check them out!
Have you had enough interviews yet!? I will assume the answer to that question is no and offer up yet another interview to preview the upcoming SXSW festival just a few short weeks away. Today we’ll be hearing from up and comers in the Nashville scene Gunther Doug. To be honest, I didn’t know a whole lot about the group prior to this interview, so it will be nice to learn a bit about them. Follow the jump to get your learn on. Read More