I’ve got several Elephant Stone albums hanging around in my iTunes, so when a new track comes across my desk, I’m destined to post it. For my two cents, I think the band have expanded their sound here, adding a synthesized touch to their classic psych rock sound. This track gets a further boost for us Austin folks as it features Alex Maas from Black Angels, and again, it adds another layer to the band’s well-crafted sound. As of right now, this is just a one-off single, but as the band embarks on a short WestCoast tour, we can be assured that more is soon on the way…or so I hope.
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Final day. Your feet, lungs and liver have taken a beating, but the pain feels good now.
I had a busy slate of things I wanted to check out on Sunday. I started bright and early to catch favorite locals on the upswing and kept after through the headliner. Final installment of shots from FFF7 will bring you Flesh Lights, Ume, Balmorhea, Cult of Youth, Bleached, A Place to Bury Strangers, Class Actress, Trust, Deerhoof, The Promise Ring, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Black Angles, De La Soul and Edward Sharpe.
Tons of eye candy after the break.
The week of free music here in Austin is winding down, and for those of you who haven’t had a great chance just yet to catch a whole lot of the acts, don’t fret; there’s tons of excellent bands playing all over this weekend, so be sure to get out and enjoy the great tunes our town has to offer! Here’s some prime choices:
OBN IIIs @ Beerland — Like a cockier Rolling Stones soaked in sweat and Lone Star
Not in the Face @ Red 7 — Austin’s favorite little two piece rock act — and stick around for Flesh Lights!
Christian Bland and the Revelators @ 29th Street Ballroom — Bringing you only the best in Psych Rock from Black Angels members.
Download: Not in the Face – Downtown Girl [MP3]
As many of you well know, this weekend is the ever growing new festival known as Psych Fest put on by some great local companies and bands. This year’s event has expanded into a weekend long expedenture with an impressive lineup of local and national touring acts. Bands that stand out to me that I know are great live include Beach Fossils, Atlas Sound, No Joy, This Will Destroy You, Fresh and Onlys, Bass Drum of Death, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Angels, and Rocky Erickson to name a few… The huge list of all bands playing during the weekend can be seen on the Psych Fest website. A few tickets appear to still be available for the weekend so saddle up for a great weekend of music at Seaholm! Also stay tuned this week for some previews of bands you can check out during the festival.
Download: The Black Angels – Young Men Dead [MP3]
One of Austin’s best bands The Black Angels recently appeared on the HearYa sessions website. The band plays four songs in studio, all of which are available for free download along with video of two songs. They of course play one of the best songs of the year “Telephone” which can be found in live form below.
Download: The Black Angels – Telephone(live) [MP3]
It’s time again to turn the music down and put on your art-critic monocles and top hats. Yes, today is the day we judge 2010 releases strictly on their visual packaging aesthetics as opposed to their auditory aptitude. It’s also a way to highlight the ‘other’ artists who have created the artwork and often don’t get the credit besides a sub-par blurb in the liner notes. 2010 was filed with beautiful artwork and it has been a struggle to dwindle them down to 5, but alas, my favorites are to be found below. Just like last year, I’m looking at the entire package; composition, balance, tone, meaning and originality. Use of text is not necessary as we saw last year, but when it is used, it must compliment the piece as a whole. I don’t claim to be an expert, but when looking back through this year’s album artwork, here are the ones that caught my eye.
It’s time again friends for another contest that some of you may or may not actually enter. This time we’re going to make things super easy for all you lazy kids out there. To begin with, Austin’s very own The Black Angels are playing this Friday at La Zona Rosa to celebrate the semi-recent release of their new album Phosphene Dream. Making these passes even more enticing, the Austinites will be joined on stage by Canadian rockers Black Mountain. So here’s the deal:
– Up for grabs: ONE lucky winner will win a pass with +1 to the show on Friday. (that’s two in all for you math wizzes)
– To enter: Simply leave a comment with why you should win and we’ll pick a winner at random.
– Contest closes: Noon on Thursday (11/17)
Below you’ll also find recent single from The Angels “Telephone”.
Download: The Black Angels – Telephone [MP3]
Austin friends The Black Angels just premiered this sweet new track “Bad Vibrations” earlier today on The Gum. You’ll of course hear that droning sound we’ve grown accustomed to from the band along with a frantic finish at the end. This new single will appear on the Austin groups upcoming LP Phosphene Dream due out September 14th via Blue Horizon.
Download: Black Angels – Bad Vibrations [MP3]
What’s that you say? You still haven’t seen locals The Black Angels yet? Where have you been? Do yourself a favor and head down to Mohawk on Friday night to take in a show from one of the best Austin bands around. The lineup also includes talented acts Kurt Vile and Shapes Have Fangs. You won’t want to miss out on this one.
Download: The Black Angels – Young Men Dead [MP3]
As we are well into the year 2009, it’s time we take a good look at what makes the Austin music scene work so well. We’d like to say that it’s us, but we know that a whole lot more goes into the scene than the many writers and fans in the city limits. Instead, we turn your eyes to those Icons, those heralded heroes of our town; the ones that make it all run so smoothly. Be it a musician or producer, these are our favorite Austin Icons. We also excluded those who made Austin music famous, and then left the town for not-so-better waters. Yea, I am looking at you Britt Daniel! Why did you leave us? Just for that, you aren’t an Austin Icon; these next five characters are! Not only that, but these aren’t your grandparents Austin Icons. This isn’t Stevie Ray playing guitar, nor is this the Janis playing at Threadgills; these are your new Icons, paving the way for the new artists and the new scene! Follow the jump for our top 5 new Austin music icons.