What? You still listen to THAT album? That record is so 2004! Well, that’s okay, because we really like that one too, which is why we decided to come up with a list of our favorite albums of the last decade (2000-2009). Sure, these might not be YOUR favorite records, or the most critically acclaimed, but we sat down and really thought out every record from the past ten years that we keep coming back to in our collections. You’re likely to disagree with some of these, and we won’t tell you we’re absolutely right we just know that these happen to be OUR favorites. If you think we totally blew it here, feel free to tell us so, but be nice, as our egos are kind of fragile. Follow the jump for more.
We started out our evening rather early, rushing over to End of an Ear to catch a brief in-store with Here We Go Magic before we grabbed coffee with Luke Temple to discuss his band. After grabbing a bite we bounded down the road to the Parish where we wanted to see if Grizzly Bear could prove that their album really is the best album of the year. Follow the jump for full review and show pics.
The great thing about Austin is that we get the benefit of having our local promoters put together amazing weeks of shows, and this week, Chaos in Tejas proves just that point. Sure, the bands might be a little bit on the harder/faster/heavier side of things, but there are some great bands; just check out these names: Ted Leo, The Thermals, Harvey Milk, Propaghandi, Strange Boys, Times New Viking, The Business and The Shaky Hands. All bands that deserve your time and attention…not to mention the other great bands that will grace the stage along the whole Red River district. A detailed list of shows and venues can be found here.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/03-under-the-hedge.mp3]
Download: Ted Leo – Under the Hedge [MP3]
Southern California label Lookout Records is offering up a free sampler of MP3s over on Amazon called Be on the Lookout! The sampler features several tracks from artists like The Donnas, Ted Leo, Small Brown Bike, and a few more solid acts. Check it out here. Here’s one of those tracks from The Donnas called “Are You Gonna Move it for Me”.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/01-are-you-gonna-move-it-for-me_.mp3]
Download: The Donnas – Are You Gonna Move it for Me [MP3]
Personally, I am a huge fan of John Davis. His drum work in Q and Not U was phenomenal. His pop leanings in Georgie James made me warm inside. Now we have word that he has a new group together called Title Tracks, and they’ve just released their first 7″ off legendary Dischord Records, so you have to support them if you want to keep your street cred. You can head over here for a few samples, or just check the Myspace. Just a heads up on the tunes; it’s got a Ted Leo/Jam feel, which you need to learn to love.