Slack Capital 2 is a compilation of music by 27 of the greatest bands in Austin. All proceeds from the comp go to SafePlace, which provides support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. We’re unveiling one song per day until the the release party on April 14.
Song of the day: John Wesley Coleman III — “Rodeo Clown”
The enigmatic John Wesley Coleman III sounds like Suicide meets Sea Change-era Beck on this unreleased contribution to Slack Capital 2. “She’s a rodeo clown/ upside down” he murmurs, as if to himself while tripping down a back alley at four in the morning. Shambling, lo-fi, slathered in reverb, and never changing from a simple chord progression, “Rodeo Clown” proves to be surprisingly addictive, and even kind of sweet. That contrast between the twinkling xylophone and creepy whisper background vocals is everything you need to slide into a spiritual K-hole of a weekend. And just like a weekend, “Rodeo Clown” is over before you know it, but lingers foggily in your memory as if it happened a long time ago.
Have a good one y’all, and see you next Friday April 14 at Barracuda for the Slack Capital 2 release party!
You’re a mere four days away from the release of Microwave Dreams, the newest release from John Wesley Coleman. Having been fortunate enough to listen to the record a few times before it hits the streets, I can honestly say that it holds some of the best songs JWC has written to date (and that’s a whole lotta songs!). The song has a pretty simple message, seemingly a coming of age tune with the acceptance of adulthood. It’s a message further emphasized by the accompanying video, which has Mr. Coleman out on a family adventure here in Austin; the video is endearing, which hints at some of the themes running through the new LP. You can grab that LP from Super Secret Recordsthis Friday!
As we push forward towards 2017, we’re all thinking of highly anticipated releases. One on my personal list, and that of most in-the-know Austinites, is John Wesley Coleman‘s Microwave Dreams. As he’s written more and more, he’s elevated his sound and songwriting far above what was possibly unfairly deemed as “trashcan troubadour.” He’s the songwriter you can take to your square friends, and thrill your hip friends at the same time. Read more
Another year, and it looks like we’ll get another LP from John Wesley Coleman. I think that means we’ve got at least one great thing coming out of next year, and this song exemplifies just why JWC is so beloved here in Austin. I think, if I’m to go out on a limb, this might be the best I’ve heard from Wes; he sounds refined, yet still has that devil-may-care attitude that’s kept him so endearing. His new album, Microwave Dreams, hits on January 27th via Super Secret Records. Damn this song is good.
Seems like a no brainer to me. It’s Wednesday, you’ve been locked in the house hiding from rising water, but the skies look to give us a break tonight, which means, you should grab your friends and go out. So why not enjoy the show over at Hotel Vegas that includes perennial Austin powerhouse, John Wesley Coleman. He’s the songwriter everyone loves, and he’s the one you deserve. Plus, our own Plantation Band will be opening the set, offering up their dark take on country vibes. And, to top it off, you get a nice little bit of non-local music via Vancouver’s Ballantynes. Go out tonight, go to this show.
It’s the weekend, with many of us looking at three days off, so let’s try and fill it with some great tunes. Let’s take a look at what Austin has planned for you, with just our personal highlights on where you should end up.
It’s one of those weekends that reminds you that Austin music scene isn’t dead, and there’s plenty going on for all you music lovers. There’s some great traveling acts, as well as some really stellar all local act line-ups.
Now, I know there are some good options as for show’s this Thursday night all around town, but if you’ve yet to see the crazy live energy that the boys of Twin Peaks from Chicago bring to the stage, then it’s time to head over to Red 7 for a night of dancing and jamming. If you’ve already seen ’em before, then you know what kind of a fun time you’re in for. Opening up for them are John Wesley Coleman and Modern Vices, the first of which will break things down with a little americana rock and the latter prepping you perfectly for Twin Peaks with a bit of lo-fi garage rock. Should be a great night.
Austin-based filmmaker Karen Skloss has a new project, The Honor Farm, which is a thriller set on prom night. To celebrate this new film and kick off it’s fundraising in style, head over to Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight in your best getup to go to the mock prom you wish your prom was, with spiked punch as well as some sweet bands. Playing tonight for you to get down to are: Wil Cope, Panoramas, John Wesley Coleman, and DJs RT and Ray. Get on your dancing shoes and prom best and go have some fun while supporting your local film scene.
If you haven’t caught a John Wesley Coleman gig living in Austin, then perhaps you’re doing it all wrong. Or, maybe you just caught The Golden Boys instead. Either way, he’s one of my favorite local songwriters, unfortunately dubbed by many as a trashcan-troubadour. On his new single there’s a really striking fragility to his vocal performance, which I haven’t heard from him before…though I quite like it. The rest of the track is filled with his trademark guitar stylings and blasts from his companion horn section. You’ll be able to grab this new song on a 7″ from Urinal Cake Records soon, and catch him at Trailer Space on Thursday or Hotel Vegas on Saturday night where he’ll also have a new record for you too! Yeah Wes.