Austin on Blast
This is a long post, but there are a lot of happenings in Austin's flourishing music scene, so here we go:
Having just wrapped up a successful, and by some accounts, mind-blowing, tour of both coasts, SOUND team recently finished mastering their new album, and it's slated for a June release. And we finally have a title: Movie Monster. The artwork will consist of stills from bassist Bill Baird's short film, "Surfing".
Rumor has it Mr. Baird will also be playing a short solo acoustic set at The Cavern on March 10 to open the gorilla vs. bear showcase, but I will neither confirm nor deny at this time. I've had the privilege of hearing some of Bill's solo material, and I can assure you, it's in your best interest to show up early...see you at say, 8:30?
I continue to receive requests for older SOUND team tracks, so here are two gorgeously understated instrumental songs, recorded at the band's own Big Orange studio:
SOUND team Electric Stallion m4a
SOUND team Vermont m4a
In semi-related events, Austin indie-supergroup The Silver Age has a new track on their myspace page. The song, entitled "Fata Morgana", features Red Hunter, Bill from SOUND team, Jared from Voxtrot, Nathan from Tacks, and Dave from The Black. Highly recommended.
Another track featuring Red, Bill, and an assorted cast of Austin's finest has surfaced on Whiskey and Apples' myspace page. The song, "Strange Machines", can be heard here.
Bonus Austin greatness:
The Black Wasn't it a Good Year mp3
Finally, Information Leafblower favorite Nethers (of Washingon D.C.) will play in Austin on Friday, Feb. 24 at Red Hunter's loft, and will return to Texas in mid-March for SXSW, where they'll play at Buffalo Billiards on Thursday night with gorilla vs. bear favorites SOUND team, Earlimart, and Mazarin.
Nethers Hung Herself in a Birdcage mp3
Kevin introduced me to (Sm)all Ages, an absolutely wonderful new mp3 blog featuring music for kids (big and small). Excellent stuff, including kid-friendly songs by Bjork, The White Stripes, The Beach Boys, Wilco, and many more.