While we cover music from all over, we definitely like to give Austin acts a special focus. But, in covering the scene, you come across a lot of the same genres, same sounds; it’s this way in every city, so I’m always looking for that voice to rise above the rest. For me, the last few months it’s been consumed by this Benjamin Cissner LP, Birds in the Night. Lucky for you, you’ll have two chances to catch him tomorrow night to celebrate the release with him. He’ll be playing for free at 6 PM at End of an Ear, then later in the night he’ll be playing with Rattlesnake Milk and Kill County at the Barracuda. Like I said, this is the one artist around, at the moment, that I feel like is unparalleled in the local scene…he’ll be touring with Scott Yoder in May too, so the rest of you folks should keep an eye out!
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There’s been great coverage this week for Austin’s Big Bill…local blog Ovrld and national mag, The Big Takeover added to the band’s recent press run. It’s deserved on so many levels, not only just musically, but in its representation of what truly makes Austin “weird.” Our label is releasing the 7″ today, and it will come with a special prize for those of you that order it HERE (it’s like a musical Cracker Jacks!), but you should also come out to End of an Ear on Sunday evening before the Oscars to enjoy a great set celebrating the band’s release. They’ll go on at 5 PM, and we’ll have the 7″ on hand for you to grab. Trust me, this is going to be a great year for all things Bill…so get a head start with this 7″.
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I’m really digging the few short listens I’ve had to the forthcoming LP from Austin’s Nameless Frames; it’s a good blend of punk fueled by energetic tunes and anthemic vocals. The single below has this grit to it that initially covers up some of the pop sensibility lurking beneath, but as the track evolves, that element rises to the top, asking you to tap your toes as you play the song over and over again. The band is releasing their self-titled album this week via Super Secret Records, with a release celebration at End of an Ear on Sunday (2.20) at 6 PM. Enjoy.
Last week the ATH Records label was fortunate enough to get a lot of love for our newest release from Big Billover at Impose (you can read the article HERE). There was a discussion on taking on modern gender roles, as well as the band’s penchant for making art/music on their own terms, no matter the cost. Still, it’s important to give the song more love, especially considering it’s a fine piece of punk rock, bred on the history of our fair city and it’s changing landscape. The guitar shuffles perfectly as the cymbals crash in your ear, and Eric Bill delivers his vocals in his distinctive style. We’ll be celebrating the release of the 7″ at End of an Ear on February 28th.
You can also order it HERE if you’re not fortunate enough to live within traveling distance to the local record shop!
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We’re putting this Going Native EP out with the wonderful lads of Summer Salt. I don’t want to say too much on it because I honestly think the music, and the band’s live set speak for themselves. I promise you…in the next few months, if not the next few years, people will be talking about these dudes as one of the best in town. They celebrate with a release show at End of an Ear on Friday at 6 PM…or they also have a house show the following night that you can read about HERE.
If you want a copy, and I promise you that you do. Grab it HERE or HERE. It comes on rad green vinyl, and the image here is on the A Side…the B Side is a surprise!
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What !?! You haven’t caught wind of the phenomenal Leatherbag yet? Well dear Austinites, it’s time to pull your head out from beneath those rocks and get on it. The band will be hitting up Skinny’s Ballroom this Thursday night in honor of the release of their latest album, Yellow Television. This has to be the place to be on Thursday, not to mention the fact that you need to get out and help us support the local bands in town. And, if you’re a super Leatherbag fan, as you should be, then you need to get out and hit up there earlier gig that day over at End of an Ear. See you guys there!
Download: Leatherbag – Imitation Generation [MP3]
Normally we would reserve this space for a show post, but we wanted to give more details about the free show that will take place this Saturday, August 14th, at End of an Ear, at six o’ clock. You see, The Whiskey Priest is Austin songwriter Seth Woods, and his new collection of songs is really spectacular. Wave and Cloud will be released on August 23rd, and it’s a down-trodden affair, of the most enjoyable type, of course. You’ll enjoy the way the songs flow from Woods’ voice, and the gentle strumming allows for optimal emotion to be pulled from every chord. You’ll have a new favorite Austin band after listening to this.
Download: The Whiskey Priest – If A Train Was A Doctor Was A Song
On of our favorite record stores in south Austin End of an Ear are celebrating 5 years in the music business this week with in-store events starting on Wednesday and going through Sunday. Each day is of course free and features some great talent from the Austin area. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening every day:
Wednesday 6/23 – Ralph White @ 5pm & Jonathan/Thor of Shearwater @ 6pm
Thursday 6/24 – The Viet Minh @ 6pm
Friday 6/25 – ST 37 @ 5pm & Octopus Project DJ set @ 5:30pm
Saturday 6/26 – TBA
Sunday 6/27 – Ola Podrida @ 5pm
You can of course find more info and updates on the End of the Ear website. Thanks for keeping it real guys.
A unique and interesting show opportunity comes to Central Presbyterian Church on Friday with a set by Western Vinyl locals Balmorhea. To make the show even more interesting, Damien Jurado will be opening things up at 9pm. Tickets for this one are limited and only available at Waterloo Records or End of an Ear. Some tickets can be bought at the door if a sell out doesn’t happen prior to Friday night. Here’s the band’s most recent single “Bowsprit” which appears on the band’s recent album hitting stores now, Constellations.
Download: Balmorhea – Bowsprit [MP3]
We’re happy to announce today a little party we’re helping put on next weekend at the up and coming music venue Ghost Room. This little shindig is hosted by Above the Radar PR and Do512 along with support from yours truly and End of an Ear Records. The lineup features 3 solid local bands going by the names of Monahans, Sad Accordions and Frank Smith. To make the event even that much more special, we will all be there to celebrate the birth year of our dear friend Michael over at Sonic Itch. Word on the street has it that he is old as dirt so expect him to turn to dust at the stroke of midnight. Should be good times had by all. We’ll make sure to plug this party again a few days before the January 16th date next week. Show time? 9pm ladies.
Download: Sad Accordions – Sacrificial Chumpsucker Diatribe [MP3]