Jana Horn quietly unleashed this track the other week. I say it came out quietly, as that seems to be Jana’s style, though musically, there’s far more power in the work she’s done. It seems like she’s hung up the Reservations project for now, and going it on her own. It’s a bold move, but one that fits her growth as both a songwriter and a performer. Listening to this quiet track, you can hear the power in her voice, and we’re expecting that…and more…from her forthcoming LP. She seems emboldened by her venture as asolo artist, though she still grips to that magnificent fragility in her voice. For now, she’s let this song serve as a warning of greater things to come. We look forward to hearing the magic…and we’ll keep you up to date as more news of that record comes our way.
Long have we loved Tiger Waves, through moves and line-up changes, and even a brief hiatus, I’ve always had their back…so I wanted you all to know that they’re giving away a brand new album of great songs. I asked for a single, and they suggested “Spectacle of You,” but after spending the better part of this morning with the release, it’s too good not to share the whole damn thing. You can grab it for NYOP, but please please please, have a soul. Give the band some cash, a dollar even…it goes a long way towards future recordings and life sustainability. Regardless, stream Tippy Beach below. The album also features local singer Jana Horn of Reservations.
It’s that time of year when we all throw arbitrary numbers at you, trying to convince you that our tastes are the best. But, I’m going to try taking a slightly different approach this year, giving you just a list of great Austin records that came out this year, but with no numbers or anything. These are just the LPs that connected with me in some way or another throughout 2015. There’s no particular order, just a bunch of records you should probably own. Also, I added some helpful BUY links for you to take you right to where you can get the goods. Just take my word for it and go buy those things.
Sweet Talk – Double Perfect
Stephen Svacina takes on our mundane world, turns it into catchy pop punk, and leaves it memorable. Recommended for those who like high energy tunes that you’ll remember for the rest of your times. BUY
Reservations – Taking Time
‘To be honest.’ some records hit all the right notes, and hit home. The full length debut by Jana Horn and Reservations is just that. Well-crafted, sincere. A joy of orchestrated indie folk. BUY
Lochness Mobsters – War Tuna
Immediate disclaimer. I helped put this record out. These boys take on the modern Austin cliche of garage-psych and turn it into a sweaty party that’s been proven to rile up audiences, then flip the world upside down by breaking into Beastie Boys. Too good. BUY
Video – The Entertainers
Snarling rock n’ roll, no holds barred. I mean come on, you can’t discard the fact that Third Man Records had a hand in getting these tracks out. People are taking notice. BUY
The Zoltars – s/t
Jared is another of Austin’s artists that probably doesn’t get nearly the amount of credit that he deserves, crafting some of the best guitar pop. Pop songs like the one’s on this album aren’t written every day, and when they are, they last in your memory forever. BUY
Stiletto Feels – The Big Fist
Geoff Earle makes good on his promise to get everyone grooving, while still supplying enough grit to make it important. One of the most diverse in sound to come out of the city; you’re bouncing to electronic elements before guitars jump in to guarantee that this is more than just a programmed, laptop affair. BUY
Grape St. – Wallpaper
Another batch of hooks. Another batch of songs from Curtis O’Mara. If you know me, you know I’ll never get tired of listening to his work. Some guys just get you. BUY
Spray Paint – Dopers
I have to apologize to Spray Paint, as this is the only record of theirs that’s going to make it onto my list this year. Maybe people are tired of these guys, but how can you look away when they’re just continuing to release solid album after solid album. It should say a lot that even when they’re so prolific, they never seem to leave you with a track that you can throwaway. BUY
Single Lash – s/t
Lurking beneath the belly of Austin’s rock n’ roll scene is a slowly blossoming shoegaze/indiepop scene. There’s this dense coat of atmosphere coating the album, making it perfect for those who seek darkness reinforced by standard pop structures. BUY
BOAN – Mentiras
If I were still into making mixed CDs for people, “Babylon” would be one of the opening moments; it’s perfect in both it’s simplicity and its construction. One of the few electronic Austin acts that really matter. BUY
Xetas – The Redeemer
How do you take the tenacity and fuel of a great live band, then capture it on tape? Well, Xetas did it, and you’ll be remiss for skipping over the record. BUY
Institute – Catharsis
A few years ago everyone was raging about The Men. That was fair, but if you’re looking for solid rock n’ roll, I hate to tell you that Institute does it better. Catharsis is one of those albums that seems timeless from the moment you press play; it sounds familiar, yet the songs brim with attitude and execution that you’re not going to find in many scenes. BUY
Good Field – Future Me
Indie rock is only sustainable when it’s executed perfectly. These guys nailed it on this go round, giving us the “Business.” Smells like Spoon, sounds like awesome. BUY
Abram Shook – Landscape Dream
Guys. Abram Shook. How many times do we have to tell you. ABRAM SHOOK! Another perfect collection of songs. BUY
October is the show season in Austin, with tons of bands filing into town. I’ve had this show with Widowspeak on my calendar since its announcement a few months back, and after spending a lot of time with the group’s new effort, All Yours. It’s probably their best work, depending upon who you ask; it shows a great deal of maturity in the songwriting. The intimate setting of Lamberts offers up a perfect place for fans to catch the band live. But, more important is that you show up early to catch Reservations take the stage. Their one of the best Austin acts playing write now, and their debut effort, just recently released is one of Austin’s best records this year. Give a listen to the two below, and we’ll see you Friday.
Doors are at 9:30. Tickets are $12 from C3.
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What great news! Two of our favorite artists working together! I’ve fawned over Tiger Waves, well, since pretty much ever. And, the last few years we’ve praised Jana Horn and her work with Reservations; we’ve even recorded a take-away show with her that will never come to light as long as she continues to pay the ransom. But, today the unleash a new song upon the world, and it is the perfect blend of their separate talents. It plays on the craftsmanship of Tiger Waves songwriting, which lives somewhere in the world between and hazy modern tropes. Then it brings Horn’s perfect voice into the fold, leaving listeners with what’s a near perfect track. Personally, I love the little heartbeat guitar line lurking in the background. You should go donate some funds to the band, as this single is currently NYOP…meaning give them money so they can keep recording such magic.
It’s that time again…the best part of the week: its end! As always, we’ve got the head’s up for y’all as to where you should spend you evenings (and afternoons) this weekend. I’ve broken it up by day, and our ATH approved choice is in bold, although any option on the list should surely be a good time. You can also check out some songs from our recommendations at the bottom of this post. Have a good weekend and get out and support your local clubs and bands.
Find all the details after the jump.
After seeing Reservations live a few months ago, I’ll admit they’d slipped my mind a bit, but when I saw that these locals were getting ready to release their debut full length album and had their lead single up for release I was brought back to the reality that this three piece outfit is something to shout about. The music video below is for the song “Planet” and it features stop action creatures who appear to have been enslaved. Regardless, the song that accompanies the music video is the main attraction in my eyes. Lead singer Jana Horn commands the track with her delicate yet utterly transfixing vocals while crunchy keyboards, subtle electric guitar and bombastic drums create the perfect electro-folk track. Once you hear this song you’ll be excited for Taking Time, which is out July 24th.
*If music videos aren’t your thing, the song is also here on soundcloud.
Paul Price is one busy guy, though most Austin musician’s are nowadays. He’s been working on two projects and their releases, Reservations and Good Field, his baby…we’ll focus, for now, on the latter. I’ve played this tune several times, and honestly, I’m really impressed with the growth of the band. They’ve long been tossed in the realm of dream pop/indiepop here in Austin, but this takes on almost a Vile/Leithauser/Springsteen feel, though spun through the unique ears of Mr. Price. If this song’s any indication, their new record, Future Me, is going to be on a lot of local year end lists…and hopefully beyond; look for it on July 28th.
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I always encourage you to go hit up the town on the weekends. I know we’re all busy, but you can grab a fancy dinner, some drinks, and still have time to enjoy some of the great music this town has to offer. There’s tons going on this weekend, so I’m going to spend a little time today looking at Friday night, that way you have time to plan your evening. I even added some overly basic genres behind the shows to give you an idea at what you could be in for. Read more
|Location||The Mohawk (inside)|
|Tickets||@ the door: 6$/8$ Under 21|
So it’s cold and rainy… the perfect excuse for you to stay home tonight and watch a movie like a loser, right? WRONG. Tonight at The Mohawk inside, locals Reservations are going to bring their delicate folk tunes to your ears, and you don’t want to miss them. Jana Horn’s beautiful vocals accompanied by soft acoustic guitar and those swelling drums are sure to make for the perfect warming ambiance. Tickets are cheap and this full night of music includes Ama and a split EP release of Dwight Smith and Nathan Wilkins (Hikes). If you weren’t already persuaded, listen to the track below and it will help you make up your mind.