It’s still a bit early on Thursday morning here, and if you’re having a bit of a rough week like me, might I suggest checking out this new track from our old ATX friends Explosions in the Sky. At this point in their career, EITS are legends in the local music scene as well as incredibly popular outside of Austin. If they hung it up now, they’d already have an incredible body of work to call their own. But of course the guys will ever press forward and continue to expand their sound with new music via soundtrack or full length album. The latest from Explosions is a beautiful soundtrack to accompany the even more beautiful and breathtaking PBS documentary Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas. The documentary in itself is a lovely piece of film which captures the natural beauty of our greatest state park. Add in the sounds of EITS and you’ll find yourself captivated and drawn in to the sights of nature along with the ever trance inducing musical sounds. Here is one of the singles from the soundtrack for your zen moment this morning, “Flying”.
My first encounter with Rob Crow came in college when someone loaned me a Heavy Vegetable CD; it paved the way for what would be my huge fandom of Rob and Pinback. His voice has forever been an important one in my life, and ever distinctive for listeners. He’s bringing his new project, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, to Austin tonight at Sidewinder. I’ve always appreciated his live shows, having seen him at least a dozen times before; he’s entertaining, but the live performance is always executed as well as any band I’ve seen. it’s an early show too, so you can get in, enjoy yourself and then grab some rest. Doors are at 6:30, tickets are HERE, and Ini is opening the evening. Oh…the new album, You’re Doomed. Be Nice. is out this Friday via Temporary Residence.
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Every music fan has that one band, or several bands, that always take you back to a certain time in your life, a happy place if you will. For me, Pinback was one of those acts; they opened up the door to many more acts, not to mention their own near-perfect sound. So, I’m glad that despite his claim to have left it all behind, Rob Crow is back with Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place. The bass line alone was enough to hook me, that’s until I heard Crow’s voice working cleverly in and out between the guitar lines. In my ears, he’s still got it. Look forward to seeing what his new act has in store when You’re Doomed. Be Nice is released via Temporary Residence in March.
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It would seem like Three Mile Pilot is the band the world forgot, but luckily the band is returning with their first effort since The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten. It’s great to see that while the group’s pushing forward with their Maps EP, they still sound remarkably like the band I always adored. On this track, the vocals build atop each other, emphasizing the power in the song’s construction, then they pull back to effortlessly let the song unfold in a manner that obviously gave birth to bands like Pinback. You can pick up your copy of the new five-song EP over at Temporary Residence, so get to it fool.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/three-mile-pilot-long-way-up.mp3]
Download:Three Mile Pilot – Long Way Up [MP3]
I’ve long been a fan of post-emo band Pinback, and the subdued yet powerful vocals of leading man Rob Crow. Fans like me can find a new tune below called “Sophistructure” from Mr. Crow recorded outside of his membership in Pinback. The song is just a taste of a new solo album entitled He Thinks He’s People due out October 18th on Temporary Residence. As is the case with most front men, the song comes across as one taken from his long time band’s catalog (which I’m in support of BTW). We’re currently only offering this as a stream, but will let ya know when an MP3 is cool for download.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/RobCrow-Sophistructure-2.mp3]
Our writer JWag turned me onto this great track, and I’ve been playing this track all morning long. Daniel James is the man behind the project Canon Blue, and he’s worked in the past with Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear (who seems to work with everyone). This time round, he’s been hanging with Efterklang, prepping the completion of his new record, Rumspringa. It’s going to come out on August 16th on Temporary Residence, and you’re going to love the craftsmanship of the songs on this collection, both orchestrated carefully and maintaining a clever pop lineage. Trust me, you’ll love this track.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Canon-Blue-Indian-Summer-Des-Moines.mp3]
Download: Canon Blue – Indian Summer (DesMoines) [MP3]