As long time supporters of Abram Shook, we’re overly excited about the release of his new album, and you should be too! Sun Marquee has already shown its promised with a few incredible singles (which you can stream below), but we’ve got a steal for you! For the price of a simple comment, you can get your hands on a vinyl copy of the record, courtesy of Western Vinyl (and us). I figure since it’s an Austin artist, we should make you leave a comment about the best place in Austin to get a taco. What’s your favorite place? Comment, and it could win you a free LP!
But, if you’re not able to win, and you live in the Austin area, you’ll have a chance to get your hands on a copy during his release show on January 24th at the Mohawk. Tickets are $6, and opening acts Royal Forest and Good Field aren’t too shabby either. Stream the tracks and leave a comment. Contest ends Monday at 11:59 PM.
Just a few weeks ago we brought you the first single from Abram Shook, and now he’s gone and outdone himself with another track for your ears. I love the sound of his voice on this recording, plus the light-hearted emotion that’s created in the tune itself. There’s lots of layers, but the construction of the track is such that it keeps things airy and joyous. Listening to this track, you can see why we named Abram as one of our Emerging Artists for 2014. His album Sun Marquee is going to be a must-have when it’s released by Westerny Vinyl in early 2014.
Download: Abram Shook – Distance [Mp3]
Those in Austin have surely taken note that the Austin music scene seems to have been on a high as of late, and 2014 is starting to look just as good for our local community. We wanted to take a little time out of your day to harp on some new acts, or acts that we expect huge things from in the upcoming year. They’re numbered in no particular order, just the five artists to look into. Feel free to disagree, and add on to this list so we know who else to keep an eye on. I completely expect a few of these artists to emerge beyond Austin and make some pretty heavy national waves as well.
We’ve long been huge supporters of Abram Shook, one of the nicest musicians around Austin. We adored his work with Great Nostalgic, but now he’s opted to go it his own, which might be for the best if you take a listen to this track. I hear a bit of Bolan in his vocal delivery, but I like how that works against the twanging guitar that calmly sits in the background. Sounds like he’s got things moving in the right direction, which we’ll all get a chance to hear when he releases his Sun Marquee, his new album for local label Western Vinyl.
Download: Abram Shook – Coastal [MP3]
Not long ago, our amigo Abram of The Great Nostalgic came to us with this crazy idea of gathering some of Austin’s finest musicians and asking them to write, records, and mix a song in one day. Despite thinking the guy may have lost his mind, we loved the idea and were excited to see if he could actually pull it off. Well now welcome Single Cuts, the project created by Mr. Shook along with some of the finest talents this town has to offer. Already the collaboration project has posted a new song entitled “Jackie” which features members of The Lemurs, Royal Forrest, One Hundred Flowers, vocals from Dana Falconberry, of course Abram from TGC, and engineering from Erik Wofford. For a song written, recorded, and mixed in less than 24 hours, it actually turned out pretty swell. Stay tuned to the Single Cuts website, twitter, and facebook for updates on another upcoming project.
Download: Single Cuts – Jackie [MP3]
Make no mistake about it, The Great Nostalgic are easily one of our favorite up and coming local bands. What with an appearance on our album’s of the year list in 2009, labeled as Austin album of the year, and major exposure here, it’s easy to see we dig their music. In our quest to let the world know more about TGN, we recently sat down with leading man and primary songwriter Abram Shook to discuss the current state of his band. You’ll be happy to hear that they are still going strong and getting ready to release their sophomore LP on the world. Follow the jump for more.