It’s been a really great year for Austin music, recording-wise, so it should come as no surprise that there’s another solid release coming out of the town to wrap up the year. Milezo just tossed out their new album, Heads on Holiday. Like most things done with the band, the entire listen is a journey. You’ll hear songs of the psych sort pushed in the direction of wistful pop songs then off to lush gazing tracks. It’s never in one place long, offering a lot of discovery for listeners. Take a trip with these guys by streaming it in its entirety below; you won’t regret it.
We’re trying to grow our ATH Records label appropriately, and at the moment being selective so as not to spread ourselves out too thin. But, the latest act we’re working with is Summer Salt, who you should hopefully recognize from their Driving to Hawaii EP, which you can stream below. We’ll be working on the band’s next release coming in 2016, but I also wanted to point you in the direction of their Daytrotter Session, which just went up yesterday over HERE. We’ll keep you in the know on the happenings, but if you’re in Austin, you’re super lucky, as the band will be playing Every Friday in November over at the Blackheart for the local residency…so head that way each and every Friday this month.
Honestly, I’ve long been a fan of Hether Fortune. I got caught on her first record, then watched her progression as a songwriter on the 2nd Wax Idols LP, Discipline & Desire. Still, she’s continued to change and grow, and I think her musical triumph (at least to this point) is American Tragic, her most recent album…I’d also buy it for the art work alone (if you’re into that sort of thing). She’s bringing her band and incredible stage presence to the Mohawk tomorrow night. She’ll be joined by Them Are Us Too and Single Lash, with doors opening at 9 PM. I assure you, this is one of those shows you’ll be bummed if you miss, so come hang with us.
I feel like I know a lot of people about town, but even despite all his various works, I was pretty unaware of Jonas Wilson until the other day. That changed when his new single, “The Bleeder,” leaked out to the Internet world, catching my ear. I think there’s a really smooth touch to the production, providing a soft touch to a song that really seeks to slowly pull at the listener. I’m a huge fan of all the little notes and musical touches that are placed in the background, adding some density to the song. As of now, it’s a one off single, but worth your time today.
We’ve already heard the title track of Martin Crane‘s new LP Physical Therapy which got us all excited to hear even more new music. Today he’s appeasing our desires with this sweet new song entitled “Gunk of Stars”. This one is even more upbeat and poppy when compared to the first single (which was hella catchy in it’s own way). I’d dare say we have a true pop gem on our hands here folks. Look at Crane, being all accessible and shit.
Once again, don’t forget to pick up Physical Therapy on November 20th via INSCAPE.
Not to be redundant, but Friday night looks like a hot night in town for show-goers. One of the things on our list is to hit up the SHMU album release at Cheer Ups. But, as equality is of great import, you should also know that Total Unicorn will be there too, celebrating the release of their Relaxation Tape. Listening to this tape, you’re likely to be surprised by the broad range of influences the group is using in their work. There’s musical nods to EDM, electronica, hip-hop and even touches of operatic indie rock; you’ve got to take your hats off to the group’s ability to incorporate so much into their music, yet still make it accessible to pop fans. It’s, dare I say, the “total” package, musically speaking. Be sure to check the group out tomorrow night, and don’t forget to grab yourself a tape.
I’m getting overwhelmed with opportunities for great shows this week, and Thursday night’s no different. Still amazes me that people are still harping on “Austin music is dying” when there’s a million shows to hit up on any given night…but alas. Pay close attention as a lot of the gigs below are cover acts in honor of Halloween…like the show at Mohawk with our boys Rose Selavy; it also has prizes!
Here’s where you can find yourself this evening:
Goblin a Go-Go w/ Rose Selavy and Loafer @ Mohawk – 8 PM
Basketball Shorts, New China, Oozer, Mean Jolene @ Trailer Space – 7 PM (FREE)
Sweet Spirit, Crushed Out, Major Major Major @ Hotel Vegas – 10 PM
Otis the Destroyer, MCG, Ghostbunny, The Bravo @ Sidewinder – 9 PM
Peacers, Elisa Ambrogio, Quin Galavis, Shawn McMillen, Jared Leibowich @ Cheer Up Charlies – 8 PM
I’m gearing up to go to as many great shows as I can this week, and it all starts this evening. Austinites have the chance to see tons of stuff, but tonight, here’s where you should be: Beerland or Hotel Vegas. Beerland will host the Video album release for the group’s new record…kicking off at 9 PM. Vegas has Nick Allison kicking off his tour with our friends Lochness Mobsters, as well as Lung Letters. Seems like Wednesday is destined for rock n’ roll. Stream tracks below and see what suits your fancy…regardless, you’ll be happy at either of these spots.
Isaiah the Mosaic has been making waves in the Austin music community for the last few years, but interestingly enough, they don’t have too much recorded material to offer the masses, aside from their Systems EP. Perhaps some change is on the horizon as the group have just released a brand new single for your ears. It’s got trickling samples working in the front of the song, waiting for the entrance of the warm washing vocals. The pace is relaxed, offering more a steadying hand to the group’s electronic dream world; I will say the live setting is always far from relaxed, so it’s nice to hear a studio version. Hopefully we hear more from the group in the near future.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Isaiah-The-Mosaic-HEROIN-ISLAND.mp3]
We’ve already rocked a few singles for you, but now that Sweet Talk‘s new LP is finally on the streets, it’s time for you to see what a great listen it is. Not that my voice matters too much, but I’d have to say that this is one of the city’s top LPs in 2015. Double Perfect is fueled by high energy rifts, and it holds some interesting musical turns in the album’s continuity, like “Wrong”” moving into “Tightrope” for a change of pace. It’ll also become pretty clear to you that while you can lump the band in with the ATX punk scene, there’s a whole lot of talent behind the guitar work…making the record more than just your average fare. You’d be smart to pick it up immediately via 12XU.