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 had enough time now to take a few deep breaths, collect our thoughts, and delve through tons of notes and photos. As we’ve done in the past, we’ll offer up awards to bands, venues and events worthy of such praise. It will be glorious. Hit the jump for a full recap with photos.
Supergroup alert! And not just any supergroup, a band featuring one of our longtime faves David Bazan. He’s joined in this new group called Lo Tom by Jason Martin (Starflyer 59), Trey Many (Velour 100/Starflyer 59), and TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion/The Soft Drugs). So apparently these guys made some music together awhile back, sat on the songs for sometime, and have decided to release them now. Below you’ll find their first single entitled “Overboard”. It’s sure to make some of you old school Pedro fans incredibly excited. Pees pants a little….
A debut album is coming sometime this year on Barsuk.
Yep, another day, another hit for Undertow Records. I don’t know what it is, but they have their finger on my record collection at the moment, offering up a new tune from David Bazan. He’s continuing his output with an electronic backbone, using a simplistic loop to create space for his introspective pondering. I like how the tones of the musical notes seem to match the deeper bits of Bazan’s voice, and of course, it’s always great to hear how David looks at the world…especially his world. Care, the title of the new LP, will be released on March 7th, and you better believe I’ll have it in a matter of hours!
While meandering around the internet yesterday, I went into a Pedro the Lion/David Bazan wormhole and came out with information about a new LP from Bazan coming out this Friday. I have no idea what pile of rocks I’ve been under to miss out on this news, but Bazan is so important to my musical history that I’ll be sharing his music regardless of timeliness. The new album I previously mentioned is really more of a collection of songs which saw release on 7″ vinyl last spring via Bazan’s monthly series in 2 volumes. The songs have been reworked, fleshed out, and some have even been redone completely. As a preview, I found this new song “Kept Secrets” on soundcloud yesterday. As always, prepare to be amazed, entranced, and possibly broken down emotionally.
Blanco will hit stores this Friday, May 13th. Pre-order now via Undertow.
There’s something brewing in this new single from What Moon Things. Starting off, it brings this bedroom electronic vibe,which in and of itself is pretty chilled out. But, what caught me is the the vocals; there’s something oddly familiar in their sound…almost like David Bazan. This track appears on the band’s Space Jams EP (not featuring Michael Jordan), but they are also back working hard on what should be a relaxed new album come 2016. It’s something relaxing to enjoy while the weather outside is chilly; warm sounds and smooth vocals…kick it.
Tons of shows going on this weekend. So much so, that I decided to break it up into Friday vs Sat./Sun. Always keep in mind, these are just my personal tastes, and a little healthy suggestion, but if you’re a music nerd, go find something to watch…tons of other places with tons of great music. Click on to find some highlights for Friday evening. Read more
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Indie supergroup Overseas are stopping into town on Saturday at the Parish and we highly recommend you go and check it out. For those not in the know, the band is comprised of ATH favorites David Bazan of Pedro the Lion, Will Johnson of Centro-matic, and Matt and Bubba Kadane of Bedhead. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like something magical. Joining the super group on stage you’ll get great locals Monahans and Chase Weinacht of Marmalakes. See ya there?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/01-Ghost-To-Be.mp3]
Download: Overseas – Ghost To Be [MP3]
I know Ryan will agree with this, as Overseas are pretty much our favorite super group. As Texas kids of the 90s, we grew into our own listening to the music of Centro-matic, Pedro the Lion and Bedhead, all who have components that are playing key roles here. That’s right, you’ve got the Kadane’s, Will Johnson and Mr. Bazan. I don’t think that anyone who was around that the very thought of that combination alone gets chills going. I don’t need to say much, but I’ll share a few jams with you, just so you can revel in our joy. They’ll release their self-titled LP on June 11th.
If only I was in town Saturday night, I’d surely be at the Parish on Saturday night for a nostalgic show featuring David Bazan playing the Pedro the Lion classic Control. Now I don’t see any word of an opener on the website, so attendees are all in for a special treat to take us back to our younger days. My apologies for those of you without tickets, because the show is sold out. This show post made me go back and listen to that classic album from 2002, and you should really be there to relive the glory.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Penetration.mp3]
Download: Pedro the Lion – Penetration [MP3]
Kenton Loewen is a Vancouver musician who works with the name The Crackling, but he might do well just to go with Dave Bazan Jr. I meanest this in the sincerest form of flattery, and also with the intent of letting you know how much we love both Bazan and our newly annointed Bazan Jr. Loewen, with help from various collaborators is set to release the Ashen EP on May 22nd, and you should expect to find some similarities to early Pedro work, from the heavy soft heavy guitar strumming to the introspective lyrics. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard so far, so I wanted to share it with you all, my Inter web friends![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/01-Keep-Me-Drunk.mp3]
Download:The Crackling – Keep Me Drunk [MP3]