We’re just a few weeks away from the release of Drastic Measures, the latest LP from Bayonne. He’s been an important part of Austin’s music scene, so it’s great to see his work evolve through time. This tune’s fairly simple and relaxed, though you can still hear the textured thoughtfulness Roger Sellers has always incorporated into his sound. For my two cents, I like that there’s no huge emotional release…that seems a little cliche, and too easy, and that’s never been Sellers’ style. Just sit back, let the vibes wash over you, and look for the new LP via Mom + Pop Records on February 22nd.
Oh Roger Sellers, you’ve got a habit of making great pop music. It’s been a minute since Bayonne (Roger’s stage name) officially released Primitives, but now we have a slight glimmer of what’s to come from the multi-instrumentalist. What I love about this new song is that it doesn’t feel like a typical composition; it almost feels like the product of a full band working in the studio, rather than the genius of just one man. Pop fans will surely appreciate the construction, especially when it comes to those vocal melodies that seem to rise from the mix. Who knows when we’ll get more from Bayonne, but for now, this great tune will suffice.
Here comes a little bonus show coverage before the week’s new jams…
Roger Sellers played a set at The Mohawk last weekend. I was there with plus one to hang out after a nice dinner at Perla’s. It was part of Raw Paw’s Alien Summer Series of shows showcasing many great local bands. There were many great acts, but Roger was fresh back from a little touring action. Wanted to see how things are evolving.
Projectors are fun. Notes and pics after the break y’all.
I’ve been fortunate with this site, and such fortunes continue with some friends reaching out to have me curate an hour of music featuring SXSWOfficial Austin acts that I wanted to rest of the world to know about. It also features my horrendous voice, though only for like 30 seconds total. I kind of went all over the map, trying to be as diverse as possible within the realm of my own tastes. The little show will run three times today on SXSWFM (9 AM, 3 PM, 9 PM), which is a great place to get to know some of the artists, not just the Austin ones. Here’s the artists I chose to include: Flesh Lights, Sour Notes, Jess Williamson, Roger Sellers, Mirror Travel, Shivery Shakes, Grape St, Ramesh, A Sinclair, Love Inks, Hundred Visions, Abram Shook, Ssleeperhold, The Zoltars, Warm Soda and The Eastern Sea. Just doing what I can to give a little love to our friends. Special thanks to Brett and Rory for this rad opportunity.
It’s that time of year when we all toss up our arbitrary lists of what we think is best, and seeing as we’re based here in Austin, we opted to go with our Top 15 Austin Albums first. Why 15? Well, there were a lot of great releases all over the place, covering different styles, and appealing to our different writers. Sure, the list isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t reflect singles and EPs, as that could get entirely too crazy. I included links to the labels so you can buy these albums from the hard-working folks in our town. Also…there are two releases on our label, but I have no qualms about that; I didn’t set out to put out a bad LP, so obviously, they’re going to be in here. And without further meaningless words…here’s the best records from Austin that you should already own!
Brave fans braved potentially threatening weather; it smooth poured with tons of lightning out at my house in the hours before I left to head downtown, but The Hawk was spared such drama. Load in, soundcheck, my moles on the inside let me know all was well. Rain dotted the evening, never really coming down in quantity, just a smattering to humidify things to “moist” levels.
Roger Sellers brought along Matt Hines of ATH faves The Eastern Sea to go acoustic, Alec Ounsworth took advantage of a little extra time in the schedule to play some songs solo not often heard live and then piloted the whole band known as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah through a set of folk music disguised as indie dance party classics and new stuff that I actually enjoyed A LOT.
Begin a busy show week tonight, and yes, it will be hot, but suck it up. Satan says dance in the 100F courtyard of The Mohawk with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Roger Sellers is opening with an acoustic set, that should be interesting. Alec is in the middle slot with some solo work. We’ll see what that is all about, double duty on a hawt day.
Take a listen to a slice of the new epic stuff with this.
Austin Psych Fest is becoming a pretty big deal, bringing in some incredible bands from all over the globe, not to mention some encouraging the reunion of acts long forgotten by fans. But, let’s not get carried away and forget that the festival is a homegrown fest, born from the ideas of members of The Black Angels and their friends. And, like many an Austinite, they’re a proud bunch, so they’ve made sure the bill always has great locals that will represent our fair city. Below you’ll find the Top 5 Austin Bands playing at this year’s festival, at least in my opinion….and they’re in no particular order Read more
Charli XCX ripped off Gold Panda. There, I said it. Her song in heavy rotation on SiriusXM is a straight replay with some meh lyrical overlay. But you aren’t like that, are you? Go get the real deal with Gold Panda putting down the hypnotic beats and layers at Red7 tomorrow night. Do it. Ghostly is on a roll right now, the latest out of Gold Panda is proof. Let’s ignore the over-exposed sampled track and go straight to the great new stuff from Half of Where You Live due June 10 to stream below.
First up, Will Johnson blows the dust off of Centro-Matic playing the outside stage. Hoping to get some new tracks out of this deal. Doors are 8pm, show at 9pm with Frank Smith and Moonlight Towers opening. I really enjoy Moonlight Towers for some just plain rock, got to hang with James at EAR studios during SxSW a few years back, super good people. Should be a lovely evening ($13 doors/$15 will call). A lil Centro-Matic action to put you in the mood.
Things double back and head indoors for ONUINU on the inside stage. Portland based Dorian Duvall brings his show to town so you can dance. Love Inks and Roger Sellers open up ($8 door/$10 will call). Here is some ONUINU to get you in the mood, or if you fill AV, go here to see and hear the latest..