With a new LP on the horizon, it would make sense that we’d be sharing one of those new tunes from Moving Panoramas. But, this world often makes little sense, so today you’re lucky to listen to “Texas Blues,” a brand new track the Austin outfit recorded for Walker Lukens Election Confessional and sponsored by Modern Outsider and the Texas Democratic Party; the project brings songwriters and politicians together, raising funds and awareness in the process; all tracks are being mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon. The group composed the song in a short hour after talking with Julie Nitsch (Board of Trustees Place 9) for an hour, then recording it all in an hour (3 hours tops!). Copies of the LP can be procured HERE, but let’s talk about the song. Of late, the band have filled the spaces with textured artistic flourishes, but on this number, the band allow for the track to mellow in its own vast expanse; it serves as a breeding ground for the vocal harmonies shared between Leslie Sisson and Cara Tillman. Lyrically, you get the sense that Leslie, and Julie, truly understand the plight of being a voter in Texas…apathy, anger and yet looking for that ray of hope on the distant horizon. Here’s to that, here’s to Tuesday and here’s to helping ‘us cure these Texas Blues.’
Next week you’ll be able to get your hands on the delightful new EP from Walker Lukens, and before it comes out, you may as well give a listen to his brand new track . If you’ve been listening to Walker for a bit, as we all have, you’ll surely notice the broadening sound he’s adapted…not to mention studio time with Jim Eno. There’s just such a huge bit of energy to what he’s doing it at the moment, and I can’t see myself turning this song off today. He’s releasing the EP via our friends at Modern Outsider next Friday, with a rad show at ACL Ten to celebrate. Turn it up loud and enjoy yourself!
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So we here at ATH love us some Will Johnson and always pay attention to the guy when he drops some new music our way. This new number “Tangle for the Less” appears on a brand new EP entitled Little Raider that is currently available now while he is on tour or from the Undertow Music store. The new joint was recorded over a two day period right here in Austin with our favorite producer Jim Eno. You can also catch Will on tour with his long time band Centro-matic this summer with a stop in Austin at The Ghost Room in July.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/05-Tangle-For-The-Less.mp3]
Download: Will Johnson – Tangle For The Less [MP3]
Shortly after our time at ACL, we realized that we failed to interview any of our favorite local acts playing over the weekend. To make up for our miscue, we caught up with up and coming Austin artist Black Joe Lewis via email. Black Joe has been hard working hard and touring the country with his band The Honeybears after releasing his debut LP earlier this year. Follow the jump to read full interview.
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.
Voxtrot are a band beloved in the Austin music scene and everyone around town has been anxiously awaiting some new music from the band. That new music is finally here and has been hitting the internet in the past couple of days. The new song is called “Trepanation Party” and was recorded and mixed with fellow giant in the Austin scene, Jim Eno (Spoon). You can also catch Voxtrot a couple of times during this weeks SXSW Fest.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/trepanationparty.mp3]
Download: Voxtrot – Trepanation Party [MP3]