As the lull in summer music news gently takes hold of us here at ATH, we hear via our friend Chris at GvsB that our local Transmission Entertainment has begun to slowly unleash the list of bands hitting the stage at the 4th Annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. The bands so far released are reunited Jesus Lizard, Broadcast, Atlas Sound and King Khan and the BBQ Show. We’re already stoked, so lets see if they can pull the Descendents together.
Long time ATH fave, Beirut, just recorded another session for the fine folks at La Blogotheque over the weekend. The set is a more traditional in-studio somewhere in France and is quite lengthy at over 26 minutes. The band plays some of our favorites including another version of “Nantes” which was the highlight of Beirut’s last Blogotheque performance. This one is well worth your time.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/01-my-night-with-the-prostitute-from-marseille.mp3]
Download: Beirut – My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille [MP3]
Sad news in the music world today. Michael Jackson, the true king of pop music, has passed away today from an apparent heart attack. We won’t try to put into words what this means to the music world, but we will say that everyone here at ATH is deeply saddened by this news. We will miss you. Full story comes from CNN.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/michael-jackson-billie-jean.mp3]
A sad day in the world of indie music news as one of our favorite bands of 2008 Oxford Collapse have decided to call it quits after over 8 years in existence. We’ve enjoyed this band ever since we caught their show at Mohawk several months back and had the chance to interview them before their set. You can read an official statement about the break up over on the Sub Pop blog. Take some time today to check out the last single from Oxford Collapse called “Birthday Wars” or read our positive review of the band’s last album Bits. Let’s hope the guys keep making music outside of this project.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/birthdaywars.mp3]
Download: Oxford Collapse – Birthday Wars [MP3]
During SXSW we took it upon ourselves to investigate the hype generated by San Francisco’s Girls. Lucky for us, they completely lived up to the hype, if not rising above and beyond. Now we finally have a release date for their debut, Album, which will be released on True Panther Records via Matador Records. The album comes out on September 22nd, and the following song “Lust for Life” is slated as the opening track. Look out album of the year, here come Girls.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/01-lust-for-life.mp3]
Download: Girls – Lust for Life [MP3]
Swiss transplant Jason Albertini is now living in the Northwest, and his music with Helvetia is easily influenced by the sounds of the area, not to mention his recordings, since he’s been joined by Scott Plouf of Built to Spill. His new album, Helvetia’s Junk Shop, will be released this September on Static Cult. This recording sounds a bit muddy, but it the vocals definitely meander through the song as you would expect from a band in this region. Here’s “Leading Towards an End.”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/45es-helvetia-leading-towards-an-end.mp3]
Download: Helvetia – Leading Towards an End [MP3]
We love the project over at Daytrotter, especially when they do work with local Austin bands. Corto Maltese is one of the younger bands around town who are making a name for themselves. Their Daytrotter session is full of four unreleased songs recorded during SXSW. Unfortunately, the band have no current shows lined up, but at least we have these new songs.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/corto-maltese-sxsw-session-providence.mp3]
Download: Corto Maltese – Providence (Daytrotter Session) [MP3]
The nice folks at NPR are streaming the brand new Sunset Rubdown record Dragonslayer in its entirey. We’ve been pretty pumped about this release so let’s hope it doesn’t dissapoint. Head over to NPR to check it out now. Anyone want to offer some first opinions?
It’s no surprise that Sub Pop has been able to stay atop the game as one of the leading independent record labels since its inception. To this day they continue to release albums that always matter; let’s just say that the label is known for its good taste. They’re here to offer you a brand new sampler full of songs that you can get later this year, such as a track from Grand Archives, or songs you should already own this year. Grab yourself a copy of this fresh new sampler here.
As you can see ATH is taking Memorial Day off, but we wanted to share some sad news with everyone before signing off. Jay Bennett, formerly of Wilco, has passed away today at the young age of 45. No cause of death has as of yet been reported. The Chicago Sun Times has more information as it develops. To say the least, this is the worst news we’ve ever reported on. Jay was someone that we all admired here at ATH and loved most anything he worked on with or without Wilco. Jay will be best remembered as one of the creative minds behind historic Wilco albums Being There, Summer Teeth, and the big one Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Words won’t do you justice Mr. Bennett, so we’ll just say that you will sorely be missed by all. Your music was far ahead of its time.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/11-my-darling.mp3]