Photo Ed Notes: I would like to welcome Nick Radcliffe to the family. He is damn good photog and knows how to use a keyboard, too (click that link to his site, the landscapes might be my faves). Nick was college roomies with Mike, the other half of the adventure that is Austin Town Hall Records. We’ve talked plenty about getting him shooting for us as the new day job has me quite occupied. The Coathangers rule, we keep our eyes on Residual Kid, Plague Vendor is new to us in the live setting and Refused are a thing. So on to Nick’s first pics post and review. -bgray
The Mohawk is easily one of the best music venues in Austin, so it’s only fitting that one of the best concert line-ups of late converts the venue in to a temple dedicated to the shape of punk to come.
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ATH was invited to attend X Games and we agreed based on the strength of he local lineup that graced the big stage during the day leading up to the headliners and then on to the Super Stage mega headliners. The cool part was that my access allowed me to moonlight as a sports photographer. We all have a history of skateboarding or riding a bike or something rad like that, don’t we? I worked in a bike shop to buy my Haro freestyle bike and still have my Lance Mountain special edition in the office. To get to see some guys like Dennis McCoy and Tony Hawk still riding and skating at a high level and catch the innovation coming from so many guys from Austin along with rally car and truck racing and maniacs on dirt bikes, it was an exciting change up to my usual subject matter. I got a little twitchy not shooting f2.8 or bigger and ISO 200? What is that? I don’t leave the house for less than ISO 2500. #concertphotographerjokes
So join me as we take a trip down memory lane and talk X Games…
What’s better than a show with a great lineup of locals? A show with a great lineup of locals all playing for a good cause. That’s what’s going down on Tuesday at the Palm Door on 6th and we wanted to get the word out as best we can. The show is free, but 20% of the bar will be donated to HAAM so get your drink on! You can also donate directly to HAAM onsite or by doing so online here. Let’s not forget this stacked local lineup featuring The Sour Notes, Otis the Destroyer, Possessed by Paul James, and Residual Kid. Doors @ 7, music @ 8. Let’s get it on!
More event information can be found on the SXSWfm site.
Download: The Sour Notes – Mannequin (Wire Cover) [MP3]
Everyone in Austin should be really excited about the incredible release show lined up for Austin’s Young Tongue. They were known previously as The Baker Family, but they opted for a name change as they felt the new name better suited the music they’ve been creating in the last few years. They’re celebrating the release of their incredible new single “Cat Calls,” which comes with three other incredible new songs; pick it up HERE. But, in case you’re not familiar with the act, the show also features The Del-Vipers, Hikes and Residual Kid, so it’s a pretty solid line-up all around. The show is only going to cost you $6, which is a steal for all the incredible talent that’ll be gracing the stage. Be sure to show up early and catch all the groups, and clap really loud when you hear this awesome new single.
Download: Young Tongue – Cat Calls [MP3]
Defunct Austin band Cruiserweight broke up back in 2010 so it’s odd to see their name headlining a show at Mohawk on Friday night. After a bit of research, I don’t see much information about the show so I assume it’s just a one and done type of thing. The lineup is of course loaded with other local talent and Cruiserweight spin offs including Residual Kid, The Baker Family, Other Lovers, and Adam and the Bullshark. I was somewhat of a closet fan of Cruiserweight back in the day and I think I’ll fork over the measly door price to reminisce. For so many bands on the bill, including an old Austin vet, I recommend you do the same.
Download: Cruiserweight – Balboa [Mp3]
Got another big batch of pics for you, this time from the show we helped out with over at Holy Mountain.
Pretty random lineup, Grape St. shimmied their way in first and put down another solid set of jams with some schtick and banter. Residual Kid played above their age group again; I think these kids should consider quitting their day jobs. Finally, The Calm Blue Sea gently took things by the scruff of the neck only to slap us around a little with their wall of sound.
I’ll talk briefly and share pics after the break.
Well ladies and gents, ATH is very happy to announce a little show we sort of helped put together with our amigo over at Above The Radar PR (he did most the work). So what we have in store is a great lineup up of some of our favorite local bands playing at one of the best new venues in town Holy Mountain. Check out who is on the lineup below and follow some links to check out their music.
Featherface – Our Houston band playing opener. Check out their music video for song “I Saw you Dancing” over on their website.
Grape St. – One of our favorite local bands and soon to be the next ATH Records artist. Here’s a link a song by the band on our site. Free downloads rule!
Residual Kid – Austin’s youngest and most promising rock band. These kids are going to be rocking Austin for a long time. They’ve got a sweet video for “Friend” over on youtube.
Calm Blue Sea – We’ve been supporting this band since our website started over 5 years ago. They rule the local scene and you need to see them live. We’re streaming one of their older songs “We Happy Few” below.
To make this more enticing, the show is only $6 so it’s perfect for you cheap asses.
Download: The Calm Blue Sea – We Happy Few [MP3]
Ugh, after Friday, I’m having a hard time getting motivated, but Austin’s Free Week must go on! The weekend’s got some good happenings going down, so I won’t take up too much of your time, I’ll just encourage you to participate in rock n’ roll throughout the town…in some fashion or another. Cheers to the New Year, Austinites. Read more
Ahhh. Home, sweet home. Back on the pit to bring you nine kinds of performance shots.
Saturday’s shots include Residual Kid, The Young, Gold Fields, Brendan Benson, Daughn Gibson, The Helio Sequence, Braid, The Spits, Surfer Blood, Tanlines, Paul Banks, Real Estate, Wavves and PiL. More from around the fest, of course. Fun was had by all, just bummed that I missed shooting Refused from the pit. It was “too busy”.
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Seeing as our site’s based here in Austin, we’ve gotta help spread the word on the bands coming out of our town. I’m happy to toss out this new track from local upstarts Residual Kid. Keep in mind, these dudes are all super young (I mean super), so we should all be impressed out the sounds they’re creating, especially after a bit of a line-up change. They’ve got a new EP coming out titled Friend, and this is one of the featured tunes from the release…which hits the streets on October 9th. Check out this catchy fuzzed out rocker from these young guns.
Download:Residual Kid – Friend [MP3]