Alexalone Announce Debut for Polyvinyl Records, Alexaloneworld

Alex Petereson has been a fixture in the Austin music scene for some time, whether playing in Lomedla or helming their own band. Now, that band, Alexalone, has made the big-time, signing on with Polyvinyl Records to release their new LP Alexaloneworld. The lead single for the announcement comes with an incredible video designed by Simon Cassar and Karolina Asadova; it’s got the old school video game vibe on lock. Musically, the song’s a slow burn, carefully textured with light percussion and soft vocals as the track builds layer upon layer, letting guitars twist and turn, all of it culminating in this sensational guitar breakdown in the song’s late moments. That final eruption serves as a reminder that we’re in for some special treats when Alexaloneworld drops on August 13th.

Also, we must cop to releasing a tape by one of the drummer’s project the Hermits. All hail Sam!

Sunscreen Shares Call Off Your Goons

Sunscreen is the solo project of our friend Miles who is 33.3% of the Hermits (we dropped their self-titled LP via cassette a few years back!). He just shared his new tune, build around a very careful sample and his distinctive voice. Knowing what a great musician he is, I really enjoyed the way he pulled back the pace and let the guitar line in this song sort of coast, like pedaling fast down a steep hill then just letting it ride as the rest of the song moves and turns behind it. Get lost in the warped pop mind below!

The Hermits Share No Replacement Video

Almost exactly a year ago we were fortunate to put out the excellent self-titled LP by the Hermits. And, the great thing about great songs is that they never die, so the band wanted to share their video for standout track, “No Replacement.” This is one of my favorite tunes from the record (and their phenomenal live sets); I love the way the guitar seems to skitter back and forth, unleashing this crashing wave of psychedelic noise right in your face. For me, the band has always seemed to be just this creative blanket of weird draped over a really heavy pop band, and I couldn’t be happier to have had even the slightest hand in getting this song (and the rest) into the world. We’ve got a handful of copies of the tape left over HERE, but be sure to just stream the LP as much as possible! Plus, keep an eye out for shows…as the live band now features a new Hermit; there are four Hermits!

Chase Weinacht Releases Leap Day

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.

Collection of Best of Austin for 2019

Clearly, based on the name of our site, we’re always down to represent Austin, and while I feel like releases were down in the city this year, there was tons of great stuff to be devoured. Rather than rank and file our friends; we’re just here to uplift the scene, and maybe remind you of some Texas music that might have (it shouldn’t!) slipped under your radar. Black Pumas got the deserved love, but there’s tons bubbling beneath the surface. I mostly broke it into labels, as they’re the heart and soul of this city. Comes with a fancy playlist.

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Stream The Hermits Self-Titled Album

We love putting out really amazing albums, really amazing ones. Just this week we’ve got the Hermits self-titled album dropping on a beautiful green cassette! It’s filled with these scuzzy pop songs that are bound to get stuck in your head from the minute you press play. You don’t believe me? Listen to “Ruby Red Summer,” a song so good it will ruin the rest of your day…as you’ll likely listen to nothing else. The band celebrate the release of the new LP this Thursday over at Cheer Up Charlies with The Oysters, Nevil and Being Dead. But, if you’re not in Austin, then by all means, stream the LP below…and head HERE to grab it from ATH Records. If you miss the album release, they’ll also be part of our ATH vs SOTO party on Sunday, March 10th at Hotel Vegas.

Here Come the Hermits on ATH Records

Hey, end of the year time and we’re looking forward towards our label side of things in 2019. We’ve got several releases planned, and we’ve already announced a cassette with Tel Aviv’s Bones Garage…and so we should also share will be doing a tape with The Hermits! You’ll be able to pre-order it HERE, but I figured we’d share one of the song’s from the record; “Ruby Red Summer” originally appeared on Tour Tape EP. It’s a rad jam, rocking and teasing the listener until the huge hook in the end is released through your speakers. You like it? You want it? Go HERE. Keep your eyes peeled for a new single later this week!

 

Go See Tres Oui, Talkies and more Tonight @ Cheer Ups

Looking around at various spots, and it looks like this show this evening over at Cheer Ups is the best place to maximize your good times/good music. For starters, Talkies are celebrating their Tape Release tonight, so you should go on over and support a local band. But, if you’re not one to support local music, at least cheer on all the bands, as Nothing Song has gotten together a pretty solid bill; you’ve got Tres Oui, Talkies (of course), Springtime and the Changes, and the Hermits. All of these are reason alone to venture out, but I’ll throw in a hit or two below to further entice you. Doors are at 9!

Show Preview: Alexalone/The Hermits @ Cheer Up Charlies (8/4)

Date Friday, August 4th
Location Cheer up Charlies
Doors 8:00 PM
Tickets $3-$5 Suggest Donation

It’s hot here in Texas, but things are cooling down so I think it’s just about time you get your ass back out and go to a show. What show you say? Friday night is a great place to start with an all local lineup featuring many of our best and most promising bands. Alexalone and The Hermits will be headlining the the evening right before they head off on tour together. In the middle of the lineup is an old school ATH fave Zoltars who are sure to keep you rocking. Kicking things off you’ll be treated to Why Bonnie and More Eaze. Friday night, get there or be… a big loser.