ATH + PPI + No Play Music = SXSW @ the New Movement

newmovement_webWe’re really happy to be teaming up with yet a bunch of other rad Austinites to help promote a great little day show over at the New Movement Theater on 7th and Lavaca…its close to all cool happenings.  Bryan over at Pop Press International is the big organizer, and he’s gotten some great bands together, including traveling acts and local acts (we’ve got rep our town bro!). There will be adult beverages from Adelberts and Lone Star, free tacos til they’re gone and more…so show up and have fun. Click on for more info on the show! Read more

ATH Council Meeting @ The North Door (12/16)

Date 12/16/11
Location The North Door
Doors 7:30
Tickets FREE!

We had so much fun at our council meeting last month, we decided to do it all over again on Friday night at The North Door!  It’s pretty much the same story as last time kids: great music, cheap drinks, and plenty of good people to hang with on Friday night.  Being that it’s the holiday season, we’ll also try to incorporate some sweet holiday jams and give away some awesome holiday themed ATH prizes.  Don’t forget that you can also partake of the great food provided at the North Door bar by the incredible Tamale Molly.  Entrance to the North Door is in the alley directly behind The ND venue.  According to the by-laws of Austin Town Hall, all readers of this site are required to attend.

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Download: Handsome Furs – Repatriated [MP3]

Albums Of 2011

We’ve already brought you our songs of the year and Texas albums of the year, so now it’s time for the much anticipated albums of the year list.  I’m sure many of you will notice some big names off the list and you will be ready to plead your case about why we are wrong.  We’ll hear ya out… Feel free to drop us a comment with your own list or just to debate with us.  Follow the jump for list.
50) The New Tigers – s/t

49) Secret Cities – Strange Hearts

48) AM & Shawn Lee – Celestial Electric

47) Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing

46) Blue Skies for Black Hearts – Embracing the Modern Age

45) Geoffrey O’ Connor – Vanity is Forever

44) Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams

43) Destroyer – Kaputt

42) Obits – Moody, Standard and Poor

41) The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low

40) Tim Cohen – Magic Trick

39) Bad Sports – Kings of the Weekend

38) Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis

37) Chad Van Gaalen – Diaper Island

36) Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts

35) Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion

34) Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years

33) Devon Williams – Euphoria

32) Okkervil River – I Am Very Far

31) Sonny and the Sunsets – Hit After Hit

30) Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

29) Wax Idols – No Future

28) Grooms – Prom

27) Cut Off Your Hands – Hollow

26) The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient

25) Ducktails – Ducktails III

24) Papercuts – Fading Parade

23) Atlas Sound – Parallax

22) Mind Spiders – s/t

21) Craft Spells – Idle Labor

20) Yuck – s/t

19) The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar

18) Comet Gain – Howl of the Lonely Crowd

17) The Drums – Portamento

16) Snowmine – Laminate Pet Animal

15) King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

14) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

13) Girls Names – Dead to Me

12) Light for Fire – s/t

11) Other Lives – Tamer Animals

10) Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

9) Iceage – New Brigade

8 The Antlers – Burst Apart

7) Seapony – Go With Me

6) Pure X – Pleasure

5) Cloud Nothings – s/t

4) Real Estate – Days

3) Gold Leaves – The Ornament

2) The Twerps – s/t

1) Wye Oak – Civilian

So that’s it ladies and gents, we are officially putting an end to 2011.  What do you like and what do you not like?  Let’s hear it.

Top Songs Of The Year (100-51)

As we try to wrap our ears around 2011, we’ve come up with our favorite tracks of 2011.  We’re going to break our Top 100 songs into two segements, you know, so as to leave a little tiny bit of suspense.  I’m sure these won’t include all your favorite hits, and it definitely won’t be including any rap (sorry, we’re racist), but there’s definitely a whole bunch of songs on here that we know you loved, or at least we hope you loved them.  Take a look see, and maybe you’ll be able to pick out our Top 50 on your own!  Follow the jump for full list and links to (most) songs.

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Show Preview: ATH Council Meeting @ North Door (10/19)

Date 10/21/11
Location North Door
Doors 7pm
Tickets FREE!

That’s right ladies and gents, we’re back this Friday evening with another ATH council meeting at The North Door.  What is a council meeting you ask?  Well, it’s a meeting of the most upstanding gentlemen on the ATH staff and their high class friends.  We all gather ’round the bar while DJ Nate-L and RayRay spin the hottest hits this side of the Mississppi.  Rumor has it that the last council meeting consisted of cheap drinks, tasty tunes from all decades, loose women, and tons of booty shakin’.  Seriously, everyone had way more fun than you did pissing your savings away on West 6th.  Don’t forget that admission is free and your ATH Djs usually kick things off around 8pm.  Come say hi.

Head to the North Door website for a map of it’s location (it’s behind theND).

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Download: Cold Cave – Life Magazine [MP3]

Austin Town Hall Summer Sampler

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen, time again for another summer sampler from your favorite music website Austin Town Hall.  Included in your sampler, you’ll find 24 new summertime songs from local and national artists who’ve received the ATH stamp of approval.  You’ll recognize longtime favorites like Appleseed Cast, Crystal Antlers, and Handsome Furs along with recent finds like Little Lo, Saint Motel, and Seapony.  As always, you can choose to download the sampler in a handy zip file or just simply stream the whole thing right from the sampler website.  You’ll also recognize some fancy artwork created by our very own creative mind raygun.  We hope you enjoy the sweet tunes while you chill by the pool with one our favorite summer beers.  Thanks to all involved artists.

Stream and download the summer sampler right here.

ATH = SXSW

So we’re gearing up to head out for some festival going on this week and we thought we’d take the time to remind you that posts will be scarce for the next few days.  For a more current update of our goings on and new music finds, I suggest checking Twitter or our new Facebook page.  We’ll try to give you some posts, but we promise nothing.  Also don’t forget the following:

– Our handy dandy SXSW guide that looks uber cool on iphones.

– Some music to check out via our SXSW sampler.

– Attend our night show on Thursday the 17th from 8pm-2am.  More deets on Do512, facebook, or our own post.

We swear we’ll tell you all about the new bands we’ve seen next week.  I swear.

ATH SXSW Guide & Sampler

It’s that time of year again for us to share with you two of our favorite things in the world: free music and show recommendations.  First up is a sampler consisting of 27 songs from some of the best up and coming bands performing at SXSW this year.  We tried to drop in some of the bigger names you already know with some of the small time guys you may not know much about.  Check out the sampler as a zip file or stream the whole thing on the sampler site.  The guys at Paravel really outdid themselves this year on the design.

Next up is our fancy SXSW guide that started last year and continues on in full power again this year.  The guide features a day by day list of 3-4 of the absolute best shows to attend.  Our goal is to try and slim down that massive list of unofficial shows you have and give you something that’s easy to read, print, or bring up on your slick iphone.  Each day should give you a few free day show options and at least one show to check out at night.  We also kept around our handy dandy food guide created last year by our friend Bonnie.  This guide is of course intended as an “ATH Recommends SXSW” guide and by no means a complete list of unofficial SXSW shows.  For that, we recommend Do512, showlistaustin, ultra8201, donewaiting, or the many many facebook groups.

Sampler Page

ATH Unofficial SXSW Guide

SXSW only comes once a year, don’t blow it.

The ATH Summer Mixtape

So as summer begins to dwindle down and the kids head back to school, we here at ATH thought a Summer mixtape would be in order to boost everyone’s spirits.  Let’s be honest, this summer hasn’t really delivered a truly great album as of yet so why not just make your own?  Right?  For our Summertime mixtape, we handpicked the best new music from up and coming Austin bands that we think you should know about.  You’ll see brand new and never before heard music from Great Nostalgic, The Authors, and Sunset along with some you’ve maybe seen on the site from Golden Bear, She Sir, Paperthreat and tons more.  All told, we’ve got 20 songs for you to take with you and enjoy.  Our Austin Town Hall Summer Mixtape website features a handy zip file download as well as streams of each song and a link to each band’s website if you dig what you hear.  So head to the mixtape site, download some tunes, tell all your friends, and enjoy what little summer we have left.  No really, tell your friends…. now.

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