I wish I had more time to update this blog. I enjoyed doing this hours on end. But the man keeps me busy. For anyone still paying attention, hello.
Here's something cool to watch. It's the latest thing from Bill Baird. Be sure to read the article and interview at Impose. It is really interesting.
He's also released a couple of new cassettes, one of originals ("Diamond Eyepatch") and one of cover tunes by people named Will ("Bill Sings Will").
Further reading: Bill Baird's Brief History of Major Label Blah
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Check out Holy Wave's "Wet and Wild" video from their new record, Relax. The new LP is out on The Reverberation Appreciation Society on Jan 28th. It's up for pre-sale today at austinpsychfest.com. The band has an upcoming European tour after a couple of dates at Hotel Vegas at the end of the month. See those on Facebook.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 12:03 PM
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Our good friend Conrad Heinz with bandLENS produced this video. It features clips from some of our recent events including the annual "Strange Brew" party at Hotel Vegas & The Volstead during SXSW, our Halloween party "Eyes Wide Crunk", and our annual summer party the Red White & Blue Ball. The soundtrack is "Only Blood" from Austin's own Shapes Have Fangs.
We have been excited and grateful to work with a variety of incredible artists throughout these events including Whiskey Shivers, Shakey Graves, Smoke and Feathers, Fat Tony, Hard Proof Afrobeat, Allah-Las, Delicate Steve, T Bird and the Breaks, Wheeler Brothers, Hello Wheels, French Horn Rebellion, Lord Buffalo, All My Friends, Phranchyze, Bavu Blakes, Henry + The Invisibles, PHOX, The Couch, Al Lover, Taddy Porter, Not In The Face, BattleMe, Star & Micey, Roger Sellers, Brushy One String, The Gents, My Goodness and many more.
We've got more fun stuff coming up soon, and hope you will join us!
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Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 12:27 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Oxblood Masquerade is back!! Like a zombie risen from the dead, this grand Halloween party has returned to excite and amaze all creatures of the night! It will thrill you with moonlit live music, shock you with ghastly art, and haunt you with hair-raising costumes. This magical masquerade will be held on Saturday, October 26 at The Ball Farm. >The venue is located near Circuit Of The Americas, featuring a large outdoor stage and shaded campground that is situated on 62 acres of private land. The party is BYOB, and offers free overnight camping.
The music lineup for Oxblood Masquerade features a wide variety of local acts including the comedic honky-tonk band The Possum Posse, one-man funk band Henry + The Invisibles, blues rock duo The Ghost Wolves, the booty-shaking party band SIP SIP, boot-stomping country blues band Mother Merey and the Black Dirt, funky bluegrass duo Fog & Bone and more. See what's in store:
The Possum PosseThe Possum Posse is the world's premier sardonic honky-tonk bluegrass band. Based in Austin, TX, they win over audiences by playing memorable originals as well as mashed-up versions of urban cult-classics and girlie-pop favorites. They are perhaps best known for their wildly popular viral video series, “Guy On A Buffalo,” which has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Forbes.com, G4's Attack of the Show, and other national media. The Possum Posse has also made a name for themselves as one of the most entertaining, engaging, and unique acts around.
Henry + The Invisibles
The Ghost Wolves
Tickets for the Oxblood Masquerade are just $20. For more info check out Badass Farm Party.com. You can also visit Do512.com/Oxblood for a chance to win a pair of tickets!
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 3:29 PM
Thursday, September 12, 2013
FUZZ is Ty Segall (drums/vocals), Charles Moothart (guitar/vocals), and Roland Cosio (bass), three California-bred rockers who've been refining their riffs together since high school. Way back in the early '00s, all three played in the Epsilons. FUZZ was formed in/around 2011 as a collaboration between Segall and Moothart (who also plays in the Ty Segall Band), but it's only within the last year that the pair had sufficient time to guide the band out of side-project limbo and into a recording studio.
The band's self-titled debut LP, which was recorded by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence), draws inspiration from heavy metal pre-history with nods to Sabbath and Hendrix. The album is out October 1st on In The Red and available for pre-order beginning this Sunday night, September 15th at www.intheredrecords.com.
While on their North American tour, FUZZ will play Austin on Friday, October 4 at Red 7.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 1:27 PM
Monday, September 09, 2013
Covert Curiosity is excited to be hosting a music video debut and watch party for our friends The Gents at The North Door on Thursday, September 12. There will be free beer for the first 100 people, a 25-foot view of The Gents' unreleased "Farm Sessions" music video, along with performances from special guests Holiday Mountain and Big Wonder. Cover is just $5. Purchase your tickets in advance right here. For more info check Do512, and Facebook.
The Gents: Farm Sessions Video Debut
And have you seen Holiday Mountain?! Holy bejeebus they're fun. Do you like monstrous dub grooves, psychedelic space journeying, pounding surf-reggae, electro western disco, 1960s island grooves, tight jungle breaks, flourishes of electronics, and hip hop backbeats? If you haven't seen Holiday Mountain you might not yet know that you do in fact love all of those things. Raw Paw said "they've come from a distant plane to make us dance like we're insane." Performer Magazine said "Unconventional in all the right ways...Holiday Mountain are ready for the big time."
Big Wonder is a new band from Austin, Texas consisting of members Chase Hill (vocals, guitar) Grant Shirley (lead guitar) Chris Applegate (Bass, Vocals) Matt Bradshaw (keyboard, vocals, trumpet) and Drew Brunetti (Drums). Big Wonder is an extension of Hill's music from his previous project, My Milky Way Arms. This new project maintains the whimsical pop sensibility of MMWA while introducing a new breed of sound through the band's instrumentation, being more electromechanical analog and less digital. Hypnotic harmonies, catchy melodies and cleverly arranged rhythmic structures are what you will find at a Big Wonder show. That, and a group of friends having a blast playing music they love, together.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 11:39 AM
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Here's a catchy new song from Wild Child called "Crazy Bird". This comes from Wild Child's upcoming album The Runaround, which will be released on October 8th via Ben Kweller's new label, Noise Company. Kweller contacted the band upon first hearing Pillow Talk, and soon had the new singles picked. The infectious hooks and fully-realized sound have earned the group national exposure, including a feature segment on Last Call with Carson Daly and multiple honors at the annual Austin Music Awards.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 11:50 AM
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
UTOPiAfest returns on September 19 - 21 to serve up 3 days of incredible music. The festival is held at the beautiful Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia, Texas, under a big ass full moon in the Texas hill country. String Cheese String Incident side project EOTO will headline the official UTOPiAfest pre-party on Thursday, September 19th, and headliners Aaron Freeman (former lead singer of Ween), Galactic and !!! (Chk Chk Chk) will celebrate the festival's 5th anniversary. Here's a few more highlights:
HE’S MY BROTHER SHE’S MY SISTER - GRUPO FANTASMA - BLACKALICIOUS - MAX FROST - WHEELER BROTHERS - LUCIUS - UME - BERNIE WORRELL WITH BROWNOUT - ROBERT ELLIS - THE BELLMEN - HOORAY FOR EARTH - WHISKEY SHIVERS - NADIS WARRIORS - STAR & MICEY - ORGONE - ROSTER MCCABE - GHOSTS ALONG THE BRAZOS - HOLIDAY MOUNTAIN - BUBBLE PUPPY - RESIDUAL KID - MAGNA CARDA - SID FLY - SILENT DISCO
Whether you're a fan of hip-hop fan, dance punk, rock, folk or any genre in between, there's something for you in Utopia, Texas. Did we mention that this festival is BYOB? Because that's awesome. Full weekend and day passes are on sale at utopiafest.com. AND be sure to check out the Ultimate UTOPiAfest Giveaway!
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 11:57 AM
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Holiday Mountain is a three-piece psych-dub-pop workout operating out of Austin, TX. Formed in Boston in 2010 as a compliment to the songs of Laura Patiño, Holiday Mountain has been through several incarnations before settling into it’s current configuration. In early 2012 they released their debut LP Become Who You Are with guitarist Mike Simonelli. The ten track album showcases the band’s musical range and creative ambitions through its monstrous dub grooves, psychedelic space journeying, pounding surf-reggae, electro western disco, 1960s island grooves, tight jungle breaks, flourishes of electronics and hip hop backbeats.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 1:10 AM
Monday, August 26, 2013
Ty Segall's new album, Sleeper, was recorded and mixed in his San Francisco apartment. Mostly acoustic, the album was inspired by the recent loss of his father, his move from San Francisco to L.A. to be closer to his sister, and the strained relationship he has with his mother. It's not your typical Ty Segall romper. To get more into the story, check out the lengthy interview with NPR.
Ty Segall will be performing Sleeper in its entirety tomorrow night at the Mohawk. Our friends Holy Wave will open, along with Hidden Ritual. Get your tickets here. I've also got a pair of tickets to give away to the first lucky person who sends me an email. Go.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 5:33 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Kurt Vile is quietly becoming one of the great American songwriters of our time. He's a star in his Philadelphia hometown, with a mayoral decree that August 28 will officially be Kurt Vile Day. His latest release, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is a timeless record that will still sound great 30 years from now. Steve Powers, a renowned street artist, painted the cover mural on an abandoned building in Philly. The beautiful, 9-minute opener "Wakin On A Pretty Day" sets the tone for this impressive, 69-minute double album.
Kurt Vile & The Violators will bring their caravan to Austin tomorrow night for a rock 'n roll show at The Mohawk. San Francisco's Sonny & the Sunsets will open with some beach-pop doo wop. It's gonna be a good one. Doors at 6:30. Tickets are on sale right here.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 12:34 PM