2009 Top 50 Albums


Creating a Top 50 Albums list is never easy.  You have to battle with what you think the world believes, and what you truly believe in your heart, to be solid jams.  We have even more trouble because we have to three writers, all who have different ideas, and we have to make those ideas fit into a neat box.  Well, we got it done, and honestly, our criteria was based on two things: how great we thought the album was, artistically speaking, and how long we listened to it without getting bored.  That’s it. It’s fool proof; you might not like it, but it’s our list, so here it is… Read more

See Ya In 2010

kissmasWe hope everyone out there is enjoying their holiday season spending time with family and friends.  I’m sure most of you have noticed the leave of absence and we hope you aren’t too upset about it.  Not to fret, we’ll continue to bring you the best in music news, interviews, reviews, etc. after the holidays have died down a bit.  If you’re looking for a way to spend your Waterloo gift cards, check out our albums of the year post, our top songs post, our Austin album’s post, or even our top album art work post.  Also check out some great sites like Do512 or Peen Scene if you’re trying to make NYE plans.  See ya in 2010!

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Download: Pink Mountaintops – Holiday [MP3]

New Music From Album Leaf

the-album-leaf-siffWhaaaa?  The Album Leaf are actually still around?  Apparently so and we couldn’t be more excited!  After a long hiatus from releasing new material (2006), the Jimmy Lavalle lead band are returning in 2010 with a new album.  The new LP goes by the name A Chorus of Storytellers and sees the light of day on Feb. 2nd via Sub Pop.  Until then, check out first single “Falling from the Sun” and get yourself jacked up for the new release.

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Download: The Album Leaf – Falling From The Sun [MP3]

New Music From Broken Bells

broken-bellsA new song called “High Road” from the new Danger Mouse & James Mercer (Shins) project has been spreading over the internet today.  The duo recently announced that they were teaming up as Broken Bells and plan to release their debut self-titled LP on March 9th via Columbia Records.  Pre-order options are available on the new Broken Bells website.  This new jam sounds a lot like…. well a lot like what you would expect to hear if Danger Mouse#mce_temp_url# produced a Shins album.  Duh.

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Download: Broken Bells – The High Road [MP3]

New Roman Times @ Stubbs 12/23


Date 12/23/09
Location Stubbs
Doors 900pm
Tickets $8 from Frontgate

Highly underrated local band New Roman Times are playing at Stubbs on Wednesday night.  Fellow Austin bands The Always Already and Distance Runner will be providing your opening support.  At $8, this should be a great way to start your holidays off right.

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Download: New Roman Times – Smoke In Your Disguise [MP3]

Contest: ATH Holiday Gift Bag

group_christmas_vmmcIt’s the giving time of year and we here at ATH would like to spread some sweet love to our readers with an end of the year/holiday contest.  Two, count em two, lucky winners will receive a hand packaged and sealed gift bag from us filled with all kinds of musical goodness.  Expect to receive promo CDs(yes good ones), 7″ & 12″ records from national and local artists(at least one album from our year end list), stickers, koozies, buttons, chapstick, hugs, and anything else we can scrounge up from around the office.  I’d probably value each one at around $5,000.  To enter, leave us a comment or hit us up on twitter with your favorite holiday song.  Winners will be anounced come Monday.  Don’t forget to leave a valid email address so we can get in touch with you.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

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Download: Gentleman Auction House – Home for the Holidays [MP3]

Octopus Project @ Mohawk (12/21)


Date 12/21/09
Location Mohawk
Doors 7pm
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

Mohawk has a great show going down on Monday night with some of the best musical talent Austin has to offer.  The stacked lineup includes Octopus Project, All My Friends, Sunset, Neiliyo, and Paradise Titty.  Sounds like a sweet night for local music!

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Download: The Octopus Project – Wet Gold [MP3]

New Music From Retribution Gospel Choir

retribution_gospel_choir-somebodys_someoneAlan Sparhawk(Low) and his side/solo project Retribution Gospel Choir plan to release a new sophomore album in 2010 called simply 2.  Prior to that LP, check out this sweet new jam “Hide it Away” and decide if you’ll be picking this one up next year.  We probably will be.  2 is available January 26th on Sub Pop Records.

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Download: Retribution Gospel Choir – Hide it Away [MP3]

Bill Callahan @ St. David’s Church (12/20)


Date 12/20/09
Location St. David’s Church
Doors 4pm
Tickets $12 from Frontgate

Here’s another chance for you to catch the always incredible Bill Callahan in Austin.  This time he’s playing at the very intimate St. David’s Church downtown.  Callahan will be joined by opener Lights.

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Download: Bill Callahan – Eid Ma Clack Shaw [MP3]

Free Sampler From 4AD

4adThe huge UK record label 4AD are back in action again at the end of the year with another free sampler that highlights their releases from 2010.  You’ll see ATH favorites Camera Obscura, Big Pink, M. Ward, and a slew of others.  You’ll also find this gem from The National called “So Far Around the Bend” which appeared on the Dark Was the Night compilation.  The sampler is free to download for the price of an email address.  While you’re at it, check out the sampler released by 4AD around this time last year.

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Download: The National – So Far Around The Bend [MP3]

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