• Top Songs of 2019

    Phew, the end of the year really snuck up on me this time and it’s crazy to think we are moving on from the 2010s. Before we do so, Nathan

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  • Top 25 Albums of 2019

    This is the list you’ve all been waiting for, well, sort of. This is my Top 20 LPs of the year. Admittedly, there’s none of the high profile hitmakers on

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  • Levitation 2019: A Reflection

    Team ATH has been covering Austin Psych Fest/Levitation since its early inception, probably in the second year at Radio Room (sorry we missed the first year!), so we’ve seen the

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  • ACL WE2 in a Nutshell

    Another Austin City Limits is behind us boys and girls and it’s always a good time to reflect on the music and experiences from the weekend. I considered myself very

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  • SXSW 2019 – A Recap

    Yet another SXSW is in the books and it’s time for the ATH crew to reminisce a little and offer some highlight from the week behind us. I think we’ve

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New Music From They Might Be Giants

tmbg2They Might be Giants have always been a fun band who write solid pop songs that always make a home inside your head.  This new tune “I’m a Paleontologist” is no different eventhough it is written mostly for the kiddies.  You can check out more new child oriented songs on the band’s upcoming 14th studio album and 4th kid’s album Here Comes Sciene.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/IAmaPaleontologist.mp3]

Download: They Might be Giants – I’m a Paleontologist [MP3]

Thunderheist @ Emo’s (8/27)

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Date 8/27/09
Location Emos
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 with RSVP

Get your dancin’ pants on for a fun filled Thursday night at Emo’s with DJ duo Thunderheist.  Fellow dance crazy bands L.A.X. and Vicious will also be on hand to help you get your party pants on.  Make sure you RSVP with Turn 2 Live to ensure you get in for the $5 charge.

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Download: Thunderheist – Jerk It [MP3]

From The Closet: The Rise

theriseShutdown this assembly line quality!  Oh how we love and miss old Austin band The Rise. During the fall of The Refused, we needed something to come destroy the Austin music scene as a whole.  The Rise were the band that did it, infusing their electronic beats with a touch of hardcore and rioting live shows.  While on the scene, they quickly built a solid following here in town, and gaining fans all over the world. Unfortunately, real life got in the way, and the group disbanded, with bassist Danny being the only one going on to make musical waves as a member of Trail of Dead. Also, if it was you that stole their equipment long ago, please return it. We miss you The Rise, and would gladly be willing to put together your reunion show.

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Download: The Rise – The Fallacy Of Retrospective Determinism [MP3]

Chuck Ragan On Daytrotter

20030883-3738189This isn’t your usual Daytrotter post!  I swear!  So not only was Chuck Ragan on Daytrotter yesterday but he also played several new songs from his upcoming solo LP.  This track, “Cut Em Down” is one of the highlights and will appear on Gold Country which is due out September 1st on Side One Dummy RecordsCheck ’em all out now and let us know what you think of the new material.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/chuck-ragan-cut-em-down.mp3]

Download: Chuck Ragan – Cut Em Down (live) [MP3]

New Tunes from The Dutchess and the Duke

dutchYou may recall that The Dutchess and the Duke recorded our favorite album of last year, and now they are set to win us over again.  Their new album, Sunset/Sunrise comes out on Hardly Art this October.  Here’s a listen to the new track “Hands.”  Dare I say, we love it already?

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Download: Dutchess and the Duke – Hands [MP3]

Moth! Fight! @ The Independent (8/26)

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Date 8/26/09
Location The Independent
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 @ Door

We’ve been getting more and more into local band Moth! Fight! recently and we’re thinking you might enjoy catching one of their awesome live sets at The Independent on Wednesday.  Opening support for this one is provided by Noise Revival Orchestra and Follow that Bird.  Should be a fun night of local music!

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/mothfight_hopscotch.mp3]

Download: Moth! Fight! – Hopscotch [MP3]

New Tunes from Islands

nicdiEarlier this summer we brought you “No You Don’t,” one of the new tunes from the upcoming Islands record.  Now we’re pleased to let you get a listen to “Vapours.”  It’s a lot more stripped down, at least in comparison to the Arm’s Way, which allows Nic’s genius to shine on through. Give it a whirl before the album comes out in September.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Islands-Vapours.mp3]

Download: Islands – Vapours [MP3]

Mew – No More Stories are Told…

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Rating: ★★★½ ·

Mew will officially receive the award for the most long-winded title of 2009 later this year (so long I refuse to include it here), but the album deserves more attention for the musical ground it walks rather than the ridiculousness of the title alone.

While they might be labeled as off a prog sort of grouping, let’s focus more on the fact that they tend to present themselves more as a deconstructionist band.  “New Terrain,” the album’s opening track, has various segments recorded backwards, which lends itself to the mounting tension in the song.  You can feel the song pushing forward as the album pushes ahead. Following this up is the disjointed guitar work of “Introducing Palace Players,” which uses a semi-staccato guitar line with odd musical accompaniment to construct the entire song.

The unique voice of singer Bjerre is something that recalls that far-off echo meets harmony voice, sort of like Ben Gibbard. While early on in the album, the vocals don’t necessarily mix perfectly with the musical approach of the group, you find that listening carefully will bring the world of the instrumentals and the vocals together. By the time that you reach the mellow songs such as “Silas the Magic Car” or “Cartoons and Macreme Wounds” you can see that everything has eventually become glued together.

While the lyrics seem to paint a bleak story, based on the title of the album alone, the music doesn’t necessarily comply with the overall emotional aesthetic No More Stories are Told… would leave one to believe. “Hawaii” is an energetic number that recalls a multitude of bands that have hit the scene lately such as Efterklang. Steady percussion and serpentine guitar collide with gang vocals before Bjerre comes in alone.  It’s a perfect Hawaiin themed song, aside from the abstract approach to songwriting that the band exudes. Wait for it to blast off near the end of the song, and you’ll completely understand the sentiment behind these words.

Still, you can’t ignore the lyrics throughout the record, painting a solemn outlook on the world as a whole.  “Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy” comes off as a joyous number, but as Bjerre sings “feels like someone put a hex on you” he seems to be agreeing that everyone eventually comes up against forces that work against us.  It’s not as if it will all end here though, as his agreement that life is not easy is just an affirmation that despite hardships, there is light on the other side.  Such goes the story of the record, as every dark moment meets a brighter future.  Although the album suggest otherwise, a great story is being told throughout, and everyone will find the musical accompaniment equally as gratifying on the latest Mew effort.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/01-New-Terrain.mp3]

Download: Mew – New Terrain [MP3]

Loxsly @ Mohawk (8/26)

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Date 8/26/09
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $5 @ Door

Local shows are solid this week and Mohawk on Wednesday night is a great option to check out some of that local talent.  The lineup includes pop hit makers Loxsly, Birdlips and fairly new locals Ideal Soul Mart.  The show is also in celebration of Ideal Soul Mart’s debut LP which can be streamed in it’s entirety over on the band’s new bandcamp page.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/loxsly_battalions.mp3]

Download: Loxsly – Battalions [MP3]

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