The Perfect Bedroom Pop of Sarah La Puerta Lands on Slack Capital 2

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. To keep things exciting, we’re unveiling one song per day.

Song of the day: Sarah La Puerta — “Don’t Make Me Do It”

You may know her as the secret weapon in baroque indie pop band Tele Novella, or as the secret weapon in the transcendental chamber-folk jams of Thor & Friends, but rising star Sarah La Puerta makes music of her own, too. Today we are excited to present “Don’t Make Me Do It,” a striking and heartfelt pop gem. Never raising her voice above speaking volume, La Puerta puts just enough character into each line to convey more than is said– particularly on the titular plea of the chorus (which incidentally, unlike the rest of the song, is not bathed in synthesizers). Yes, there it is, that Sarah La Puerta keyboard sound– playful, hopeful, but always just a little bit concerned. The song’s lyrics follow a similar path. “I’d like to know/ that your love/ is a love I can be sure of” is intoned dreamily, as if to herself. We see shadows slowly moving across a garden at night; we are slowly dancing down a cobbled Parisian alleyway, stepping gingerly on the rocks; we smell cigarette smoke, and there are lights colored orange, pink, and blue. The song ends with a deep sigh of relief. We feel OK. — Eric Braden

Pre-Order Slack Capital 2 HERE.
April 14th Release Show Info HERE.

Show Preview: Tele Novella Release New Album @ Barracuda Tonight

teleIt’s Halloween, or so it has been for the last few days, but it all culminates tonight. What better way to celebrate than by donning your favorite costume and catching Tele Novella as they release their latest album into the world; it’s a stunning piece of pop, btw. Plus, the band has worked hard to decorate Barracuda and create a haunting atmosphere. Still, you have to show up early as some of the best bands in town will help kick the evening off: Deep Time, Big Bill and Pollen Rx. This is one of those shows where you get to have fun with your friends, dress up in costume and enjoy some of the best rock n’ roll the city has to offer. Hope to see you there!

ATX Spotlight: Fresh Tune from Tele Novella

telenovellaIn case you’re not living in Austin, there is a huge buzz about the town for the forthcoming Tele Novella LP, House of Souls. The last few years they’ve elevated their sound, occupying this darkened spot in the minds of pop founds. I think thetouch of organs and change of pace builds on the haunting, though Natalie’s voice maintains its wholly captivating quality. It kind of takes on the score of B-movie…it’s the best pop music Rob Zombie hasn’t heard yet. Check the group out on tour throughout the States for the next month…but be sure to grab the LP this Friday from Yellow Year Records.

ATX Spotlight: Tele Novella Release Heavy Balloon Video

In what has been a banner year for Austin music (despite the scene dying) on the nation-wide scene, it looks like Tele Novella will continue that trend with their forthcoming House of Souls. While we’ve all loved their newest tune, we’re now getting treated to a spectacular new video for the song itself. It’s quirky, just as one would expect, and every time I hear this song, I just marvel at the gifts of Natalie in the track. Enjoy the song one more time, only now with more visual stimulation! Album hits via Yellow Year on September 23rd.

ATX Spotlight: Tele Novella Announce Album

telenovellaIf you’ve been living under a rock in Austin, you’d be excused for not being aware of Tele Novella (otherwise there’s no excuse!). Recently, the band signed on to work with Yellow Year Records, and now we’ve got the first single to hear. I think the recording here is spot on; Natalie Ribbons’ voice is perfect, polished and mature. For me, I appreciate the bits of keyboard twinkling lurking behind the guitars, as well as the soft backing vocals, adding an extra touch to an already great song. Look for their debut album, House of Souls, on September 23rd.

SxSW 2015: Converse Rubber Tracks

Rubber TracksBrand. Branding. Brand awareness.

Forget all of that. SxSW has been a bastion of branding experiments. From giant Doritos to McDonald’s trying to be cool, we are inundated by branding and usually, it has been quite unsuccessful. Twitter campaigns hijacked in the name of comedy, new product as a punch line for your snarly friend’s quips. #flatizza

But one brand has been kind of quietly been doing something very cool for musicians. Converse set up Rubber Tracks four years ago giving Texas bands, mostly Austin locals, the chance to get some studio time on the brand’s dime. I was invited to take a tour of the studio compound taken over during SxSW and turned into Converse Rubber Tracks home base, Big Orange and Shine Studio.

A few thoughts, pics of Tele Novella and Hard Proof Afrobeat, and a little Q&A action with the bands after the jump…

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ATX Show Spotlight: Pick a Show, Any Show

Austin-skyline-_9359-copyThursday’s pretty packed with local gigs to get you out of your doldrums and partake in some music.  As it stands, I see three rad shows you could attend…so why waste time.

Hotel Vegas has our favorites Grape St, slanging catchy garage rock, joined by their friends Booher and Idle de’Classe as the opening acts. This show is built for rock n’ roll fans.

Cheer Up Charlies has the Taft album release. There’s some heavy-hitters opening, with Sweet Spirit, Lomelda and Isaiah the Mosaic opening the night’s festivities.  If you go, pick up Taft’s new album.

Holy Mountain has a show hosted by our archenemies and friends from Side One Track One. John always puts together a good line-up (which is why I hate him); he’s got Ton Tons, Wild Moccasins and Tele Novella, so you get your creative pop mix here.

Sample some songs from Grape St, Taft and Tele Novella.

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Show Preview: True Sincerity Issue 1 Party – TONIGHT

truesincerityWe like to promote the greater Austin community, despite being told there isn’t one.  So today we’re encouraging you to hit up Cheer Up Charlies to party down for the release of True Sincerity #1, a quarterly journal by our friend Bryan over at Pop Press International.  Not only is he working on putting out a great little local zine, but he’s also organizing a great show to celebrate.  The line-up is full of bands we all love: it features: Borrisokane, Feverbones, Alex Napping, Tele Novella and Major x 3.   It’s a night to enjoy local revelry and celebrate the creativity of like-minded individuals in town.  Plus, it’s a chill spot to hang. Here’s a hit from Major Major Major to get you amped.  The show is free, with a suggested donation.

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Download: Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us [MP3]

Austin Weekend Show Suggestions

austinThings are heating up here in Austin, with several really big shows coming up in the month of April.  But, before we get into the full swing of things, let’s take a look at what’s going on this weekend.  There’s definitely shows we expect you to attend, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.  Below you’ll find our suggestions for the musical weekend of April 4th-6th, including some great free gigs  See you out on the town, and don’t forget to support the bands buy buying something while you’re out. Read on for details… Read more

Austin Spotlight: Tele Novella Release New 7″

teleIf you’ve been watching these pages you’ve surely noticed our coverage for Tele Novella before, and we’re right back at it to celebrate their newest 7″.  The band offers up a more sultry vocal here, with a bit of a gentle vocal caress backing the main part.  It’s like a polished cut off your favorite B-movie, once again illustrating the group’s ability to wrap their own personal tastes within a pop-centric gem.  The band returns to Austin on April 5th to Cheer Up Charlies in order to celebrate the release of Trouble in Paradise.  We’ll see you there.

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