Comet Gain – Books of California

Comet Gain has been one of my favorite bands for several years now, yet they never really seem to pop into the consciousness for most people. This new track comes off a 7” that also features the song “Love Without Lies.” Each song will appear on the band’s newest album Broken Record Players, set to hit our shores this coming Tuesday, November 18th.

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Download: Comet Gains – Books Of California [MP3]

Dutchess & The Duke On Daytrotter

Another album of the year contender, Dutchess & The Duke, were recently featured on the Daytrotter website.  The Portland duo play two songs from their 2008 debut LP and two other previously unreleased songs.  Download/listen to the songs and find out why we love these two so much.  Here’s one of the tunes from the session you can jam out to this weekend called “Out of Time”.

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Download: The Dutchess & The Duke – Out of Time(Daytrotter Sessions) [Mp3]

Mash-up Clinic @ Beauty Bar (11/15)

If King Khan and Ghostland Observatory aren’t your thing, head out to Beauty Bar on Saturday evening for two masters in the art of the mash-up with Car Stereo (Wars) & The Hood Internet. Not sure what the cover charge will be, but things should get started around 9pm and go on till 2. Click on the fancy poster for more information, and don’t forget you can still download The Hood Internet’s new Volume 3 mixtape from their website.

Anti Records Sampler

Anti Records is doing there part to remind you about some of their better releases of the year by giving away a free end of the year sampler.  The sampler features pretty solid stuff from Islands, Devotchka, Billy Bragg and a bunch of other great artists.  You can read the entire track listing on the Anti Records website or download the whole thing from their blog.  Here’s a standout track from the sampler called “Big Mistake” by Tim Fite.

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Download: Tim Fite – Big Mistake [MP3]

King Khan @ Mohawk (11/15)

So you’re depressed that the Ghostland show is sold out this weekend and are looking for a way to drown your sorrows for not buying tickets earlier?  You should make your way over to Mohawk Saturday evening and enjoy a sure to be intense set by King Khan & The BBQ Show.  You’ll also save about $20 and will probably enjoy a better set than the one going on at Stubbs.  Buy tickets now!  Check out some King Khan tuneage elswhere on our site here & here.

Peter and the Wolf – Mellow Owl

Rating: ★★★★ ·

As the winter weather wanders down the street and into our open windows, we’re all looking for that perfect album to accompany the complete change of the seasons.  We need something subtle, something soothing, yet something that challenges and thrills.  Enter Red Hunter.

Red Hunter is the local Austin legend, also known as Peter and the Wolf, who has just recently released another beautiful listening experience.  He’s known from playing on the edges of the world, where the water drops off into a great abyss of silence; he plays to the small crowds who still believe in mythical beasts.

Pacing is immediately established by the lyrical content and the title of the opening track, “Supermellofied.”  It speaks of a simpleness that most will not be able to describe, yet all yearn for from time to time.  Guitar track atop guitar track creates the effect of gentle rain dripping down from your roof and into the cracks in the sidewalk.

For some reason, the quietude of the album is the one thing that will speak to most listeners.  It’s Red’s simple approach to writing and crafting songs that allow us all to focus on the mundane details of our own world, allowing us all to realize the beauty that exists in every corner that we walk through.  It’s an album of simple folk songs and simple pleasures, such the things that should be in our lives.

Listeners may find it difficult to absorb the vocals of Red Hunter, as they seem to be sung through a can, clearly an echo of some sort resonates. But, the focus in his songs doesn’t revolve merely around his lyrics; it is the entire aesthetic appeal of these songs that sneaks into your soul.

Other hits that many will adore on this album are songs like “Trainhopper” and “Ballad of Redhook.”  Pleasant guitar strumming melds with overlying electric guitar, begging all to focus upon the minutest detail of this record; surely a metaphor for how one should approach their own life.

Several hundred years into his career as Peter and the Wolf, Red Hunter still has what it takes to craft some of the most personal songs many of us will come across this year.  If you miss him now, don’t worry, for he will surely go down in Austin lore.

Buy his album on Peter and the Wolf’s Myspace Page.

Anthony Kiedis TV Show

Word on the street is that long time Red Hot Chilli Peppers front man, Anthony Kiedis, is planning a series for HBO based on his rock ‘n’ roll childhood.  The memoir is tentatively titled “Scar Tissue” and focuses on Kiedis’ move from Michigan to Hollywood and his relationship with a rock star lifestyle dad.  Variety has the whole story.  This follows a recent trend of famous 90s front men taking on completely random new projects.  Have your say and give us some episode ideas in the comment section.

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