For a kid born and raised in Austin, there are a handful of bands that hold a great deal of meaning to my life, at least in regards to growing up. Voxtrot is one of those bands, so it has been an absolute pleasure for me to work with Ramesh, one of the main songwriters in the group. He quietly released The King digitally earlier this year, and we here at Austin Town Hall Records are releasing the album TODAY on vinyl. It’ll be at all your local shops, but you can also grab it from us online HERE. And, if you’re lucky enough to live here in Austin, Ramesh is playing his album release show at the Belmont on Thursday night with She Sir and Mahogany. It’s going to be a great night in honor of this great release. I hope to see you there, or ship you a record.
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Listen up Faint fans, we have a special giveaway for you kids to see their show on Friday at The Belmont. Up for grabs is a pair of tickets for you and a friend to enjoy this stellar show. To enter, simply leave a comment below with your favorite song by the band and we’ll pick a winner based on our own opinions. Contest ends tomorrow around 2pm so get those entries in now! Winners and those attending the show, don’t forget to show up early for your openers Reptar & BloodyKnives. Go!
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Download: The Faint – Agenda Suicide [MP3]
||Tuesday, November 19th
||$15 from Ticketfly
Next week we will be gifted the pleasure of a new album from Dan Bejar, the man behind Destroyer. Well, it’s Five Spanish Songs, so you won’t likely get an entire album’s worth of new material, but five songs alone is enough. He’ll likely be bringing those tunes to Austin on Tuesday night, which makes sense considering four of the tracks are sung entirely in Spanish, our honorary secondary language. You won’t want to miss the show, regardless, as Dan’s such a talented performer that it makes it difficult to take your eyes off him. He’ll be joined by the always entertaining John Wesley Coleman, so you can grab a bit of local flavor while you’re at it. See you there? Sounds good to me.
Download: Destroyer – Chinatown [MP3]
There are bands I want to go see just to see them. After Adam Ant‘s last trip into town spawned glowing reviews from a good friend, I decided to brave the heat and head to The Belmont to check out all the fuss.
Usually this is where I tell you to go past the break for pretty pics and show notes, but instead I am going feature a rant about copyright, releases and ownership. You see, Adam made a rather odd set of requests to be allowed to shoot his concert. I don’t trust releases that relinquish ownership, ever, not even for just one photo.
Anyway, I do have some sweet phone pics because my new phone is amazing. And yes, I do have a few comments about the performance…
Those looking to have their faces melted this weekend should head on over to The Belmont on Saturday night for a rare performance by Austin’s own …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. What’s even more interesting about this show is that we’ll be treated to a full performance of the bands stellar 2002 album Source Tags & Codes. I’d be willing to bet a few other gems will be thrown in for encore. If that doesn’t do it for ya, this is also a record release show for ATH favorite and fellow Austin riser Ola Podrida. American Sharks will provide opening support for all. At $12, this is a no brainer.
Download: … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead – Another Morning Stoner [MP3]
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Flaming Lips.
…and Guards, Surfer Blood, Atlas Genius, Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable, and Alt-J.
I told you all last year that I pick at least one night per SxSW to camp at a bigger venue. Last year, it was The Belmont for Jesus and Mary Chain. This year, same venue for The Flaming Lips. Other than a weird unannounced show, when would I get any where near this close to Wayne and the boys? …save for holding up the plastic ball thing as Wayne walks out over an audience. Add to that several bands on the rise or with a prize, some I have seen before, some new to me, and one that I was massively apathetic towards. What did I discover? Read.
Oh and a massive shit ton of photos to go with everything…