ATX 2016: The Christmas Gift Guide

austinchristmasAs year-end lists get more and more arbitrary, I decided I didn’t really want to play that game with our local Austin scene. Instead, I wanted to celebrate the excellent year Austin had, musically speaking, and encourage you to go grab copies of the things that suit your fancy. As it gets harder and harder for our musicians and labels to survive, lip service, sadly, just doesn’t cut it. So why not pick up something for all those you love…or just wish had better tastes!

I tried to break it down by genre, but realized that’s as stupid as who had the best record; I loved them all. If you want your release added in here, then just reach out and let me know. There are links to the bands and to the labels to help you become more involved. And, you’ll find a lengthy playlist at the bottom to hear what you might have been missing.


Slack Capital CompilationATH Records

Flavorsound Class of 2016Flavorsound Productions

Dillo Milk 2Dillo Milk

Lo Country (formerly Plantation Band) – s/tATH Records

Wild Bill and the Lost KnobsScumbags of the RodeoSelf Released

El CampoSkinny Kids EPSelf Released

TrollerGraphicHolodeck Records

Casual StrangersPink PantherSelf Released

BotanyDeepak VerberaWestern Vinyl

SurviveRR7349Relapse Records

East Cameron FolkcoreBetter OffSelf Released

Pale DianNarrow BirthManifesto

RF ShannonOther TrailsKeeled Scales

Adam TorresPearls to SwineFat Possum Records

Holy WaveFreaks of NurtureReverberation Appreciation Society

Dana Falconberry and Medicine BowFrom the Forest Came the FireModern Outsider

Cross RecordWabi SabiBa Da Bing

Jess WilliamsonHeart SongBrutal Honest

Summer Salt – Going Native EP – ATH Records

MCGOutside EPSelf Released

SmileLike a Diamond in the Rough, You ShineSelf Released

Molly BurchDownhearted 7″Captured Tracks

Tele NovellaHeart of SoulsYellow Year Records

DreamboatLoose ToothSelf Released

Calliope MusicalsTime Owes You NothingSelf Released

A Giant DogPileMerge Records

Star ParksDon’t DwellPaper Trail Records

Major Grizzs/t EPSelf Released

UVHLast Fruit EPGTZ Records

Hundred VisionsBrutal PuebloBurger Records

Explosions in the SkyThe WildernessTemporary Residence

Planet ManhoodMistake HouseSelf Released

Genuine LeatherBrunchSelf Released

SlugbugStupid Rock EPSelf Released

Mean JoleneSaltyATH Records

DrakulasRaw WaveDirtnap Records

Cotton MatherDeath of the CoolStar Apple Kingdom

San Saba CountyFifthSelf Released

Major Major MajorPG 13Punctum Records

SlowPocketknifeSelf Released

Spray PaintFeel the ClampsGoner Records

My JerusalemA Little DeathWashington Square

James Arthur’s ManhuntDigital Clubbing12XU Records

Basketball ShortsHot and ReadyATH Records

Nick AllisonAint Tryna Go Downtown EPSuper Secret Records

A. SinclairGet Out of This CityDangerbird Records

Western Homess/t EPSuper Secret Records

BreaklightsInstructed to Fail – Self Released

Big BillEvery City/Food Chain 7″ATH Records

Walker Lukens Never Understood EPModern Outsider

Big BillMainly Manly/Weird Walk 7″ATH Records

Quin GalavisMy Life in Steel and ConcreteSuper Secret Records

Meet Your Deaths/t12XU Records

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoess/tSuper Secret Records

Empty MarketsStainless Steel12XURecords

Nameless Frames – s/t – Super Secret Records

Gospel TruthThe Jealous Fires12XURecords

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