If you’ve been around the Austin music scene in the past few years, you’ve likely seen Josh Halpern behind the drum kit in many of your favorite bands; he drums in Marmalakes, whose debut we put out on ATH Records. Now, he’s stepping out on his own, under the name J Halp. It’s a subdued little number, kind of hopping along on the back of a piano line as it entrances you with its subtlety. The twist comes in just after the 1 minute mark where Josh kind of gives you glimpses of the direction he’s going, combing chilled loops with a little R&B inflection. The Ahlen EP will be out on July 24th, so congrats to Josh on his new endeavor!
A few years ago now we released the most excellent Please Don’t Stop by Marmalakes. Why does that matter here? Well, Chase Weinacht (he’s also in the Hermits!) leads the band’s songwriting, but he’s stepping out on his own to work on some solo stuff for our good friends over at Keeled Scales. Today, he shares that first single, and it’s every bit as special as what he’s done in Marmalakes; he has this way of storytelling that makes you feel as if his narration is your own. It’s hard to distance yourself from someone you care about, but man, his voice is one of my favorite ATX sounds…hear it for yourself.
One of the many records we’ve been fortunate to release was the debut LP from Marmalakes; they’ve been fairly quiet since then, mostly working on their various other projects…that is until this past week. They very quietly released this new gem, which is a pretty stripped down affair, using minimal percussion and keys to support the strum of Chase’s guitar and his voice. There’s a delicate nature to the tune, as if it would crumble through your fingers if you picked it up, losing its magic to the world. One thing this bunch know is great tunes written by greater people.
Austin label Keeled Scales are clearly some of our favorite people; they’ve pretty much exploded into one of the best labels in the US, so we’re glad they had a few moments to list out their 10 Most Listened to LPs of 2019!
Be sure to visit their SITE and check out all the great releases; I’d start with this year’s Jordan Moser record, then maybe hop back to that Julia Lucille LP (if you were asking me!). They’ve also made us a great playlist of their favorite tunes from this year, as well as some hits from their artists, all after the jump!
This Teddy Glass jam ran just the other day, and I’ve been busy, so I’m just now getting it up for your ears. The duo is the new project of Peter from Hello Wheels and Josh from our very own Marmalakes…so of course we’re going to let you jam it out. Of course Josh is going to lay down some moody rhythm section work, pumped up in the opening moments by some fuzzy guitar. That’s all before Peter settles in with a lighter guitar approach and his soulful bellow, eventually breaking into an almost animalistic growl, accented by a sweet backing vocal chorus. The two have completed their new album, Nights and Weekends, which they’ll drop on August 24th.
It’s a really busy time of year, just before it gets ungodly hot. Well, it’s already ungodly hot, but so be it. There’s tons of great acts to catch, so we’ll give you our suggestions below.
Cutlture Wars, Marmalakes @ Stubbs – 9 PM
Carry Illinois EP Release w/Andy, Middlespoon and DJ Girlfriend @ Cheer Ups – 10 PM
Okkervil River, Benjamin Lazar Davis @ Mohawk – 8 PM
Name Sayers Album Release w/ Feverbones, Brickwaller, DJ Ramesh – 10 PM
Total Abuse, Missing Pages, Crooked Bangs, Lace @ Beerland – 8 PM
Caleb de Casper Video Release w/ Goth Dad @ The Electric Church – 9 PM
Here at ATH, we like to follow the trends. Music sites like GFP and GvsB have their own labels, so we figured we’d do it too! Today we get to celebrate with you the very excellent Please Don’t Stop LP from Austin band Marmalakes. They’re currently out on the road, working hard, winning over the Americas. Here in Austin, they’re the KUTX Artist of the Month, which says a lot about how much everyone loves this LP. It’s early in the day, so sit back in your desk and rock this LP all day long! Oh, and if you’re so inclined, grab it HERE.
Either you missed the big Austin Town Hall vs. Side One Track One party, or perhaps you were there and want to relive it. Check out the gallery after the break that features faces, bands, instruments, lights, beverages, scenes and moods from the day and night at Hotel Vegas. Highlights for me were Glaze, Nite, El Lago, BLXPLTN, Tres Oui, Daphne Tunes and Marmalakes. Find these bands during SxSW. You’ll be happy if you do.
Yesterday, Marmalakes dropped a live version of the below track, recorded at the home of drummer Josh; you can check that out HERE. This is one of my favorite tracks on their new LP, Please Don’t Stop, which we’re fortunate enough to be releasing on ATH Records on May 11th. It’s such a great tune, and hopefully it convinces you just how great the entirety of the new LP is, so you’ll wanna go grab it. Regardless, listen to the song a whole lot!
Today’s the day you’ve all been waiting for, the announcement of our annual AustinTownHall vs Side One Track One SXSW party. We’re throwing down at Hotel Vegas/Volstead again, and we’ve booked a pretty solid lineup of acts. We’ve got some bands with huge buzz like Caroline Says or Why Bonnie, a handful of ATH Records artists…and we even got in a few out of town acts like Nite and El Lago. Best news of all? It’s absolutely free, so all you have to do is come on over and just enjoy yourselves…there’s something for everybody. Show kicks off at 2 PM and lasts all day and night. Plus, we love you, so you don’t even have to RSVP! Check out the event page, and plan ahead, you’ll be here all day!