Thursday, April 26, 2012
It's a a small, small world. A good friend of mine recently moved into the house that one of the guys from The Golden Dawn grew up in. A few days ago he (Billy Hallmark) just happened to be in the neighborhood, and stopped by the house for a little nostalgia. Hallmark, whose father was a member of The Blue Bonnet Boys had a lot of interesting stories to share about Austin in the 60s, and all of the people who stayed at/played in this house back in Austin's psychedelic heyday.
The Golden Dawn formed in Austin in 1966, and shared the same label as The 13th Floor Elevators. A few months after the release of the 13th Floor Elevators' "Psychedelic Sounds" debut, the Dawn had finished their debut album "Power Plant", but it didn't see the light of day until the following year in favor of the Elevators' second album "Easter Everywhere." The band - George Kinney (voc, guitar), Tom Ramsey (lead guitar), Jimmy Bird (rhythm guitar), Bill Hallmark (bass), and Bobby Rector (drums) - broke up soon after the album's release in 1968.
The title of the album Power Plant, which the Golden Dawn recorded when they where just teenagers, is obviously a double entendre. The band members were all piled into a bus, cruising around Austin, when they passed by the Austin Power Plant. They were smoking good, and it all clicked right at that moment. If you are so inclined, you can download the album here.
Golden Dawn will be perform "Power Plant" at Austin Psych Fest this Sunday, April 29.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 5:50 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A Giant Dog released their debut full-length album earlier this year via Tic Tac Totally. It is the shit. One of my favorite records of 2012. It plays like the soundtrack to a fist fight. At a party. While there's a whole lot of shakin' going on.
Formed in 2008, the band consists of lead singer Sabrina Ellis (who also fronts the band Bobby Jealousy), drummer Orville Neeley (OBN IIIs, Bad Sports, James Arthur's Manhunt), bassist Graham Low and vocalist/guitarist Andrew Cashen, who also play in OBN IIIs, and second guitar player Andy Bauer.
A Giant Dog's live show is a sweaty riot. They just opened a few shows for Spoon. You'll also hear one of their songs in the upcoming motion picture Bad Kids Go To Hell. Get on this train.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 12:59 AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Sleepy Sun album I told you about is out now. And it jams.
The band is playing in Austin tonight at 9 PM at the Mohawk. Join me.
...Recorded under the big skies of the California high desert with Queens of Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal alumnus Dave Catching, the jams on Spine Hits are alternatingly precision whittled and moodily muscular. Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss’ guitars adroitly move from steamroller heavy to beachside airy and bouncing to interstellar—tinkering with texture and dynamics like never before. Vocalist Bret Constantino sings with a road-toughened, husky soul yowl and hush that occasionally betrays a society-weary frustration but more often hints at a way out. The rhythm section of drummer Brian Tice and Jack Allen is a super-cohesive, tricky, and tough-as-hell unit that keeps the Sleepy train on track as it teeters, creeps and runs wild across the land. - http://www.sleepysun.net/
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 4:09 PM
Monday, April 23, 2012
In the music video for "Black Crayon", from the Pig Boat Blues album by Christian Bland and the Revelators, the Black Angels guitarist is seen hanging around Hotel Vegas, receiving bad service at the bar from Chris Catalena, then being chased down and served a registration form for the UFO Club. Bland and the band will play the Austin Psych Fest pre-party on Thursday 4/26 at RED 7.
Here's the schedule:
12:15am - 01:15am - SPECIAL GUESTS
11:00pm - 11:45pm - THE WOLF
09:45pm - 10:30pm - CERISE
08:30pm - 09:15pm - TENNIS SYSTEM
07:30pm - 08:00pm - RISHI DHIR
01:00am - 02:00am - INDIAN JEWELRY
11:45pm - 12:30pm - CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS
10:30pm - 11:15pm - SLOW MOTION RIDER
09:15pm - 10:00pm - HIGH WOLF
08:00pm - 08:45pm - ALL IN THE GOLDEN AFTERNOON
DOORS at 7:00pm
Free with your weekend pass or $15 at the door.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 4:20 PM
The OBN III's recently debuted their first music video, for the song "No Enemies" off their debut LP 'The One And Only'. Written by Orville Neeley and Andrew Cashen. Directed by Ryan Darbonne. Shot and edited by Zac Sprague on location at Wiggy's Liquor and Trailer Space Records.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 3:09 PM
Friday, April 20, 2012
Live on Radio K: The Black Angels - "Watch Out Boy" from Radio K
Song from their new 7″ “Watch Out Boy”/”I’d Rather Be Lonely” out on Record Store Day.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 9:03 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Here's a little video of White Dress (Arum Rae) playing some new music during SXSW 2012. You can download a few songs from White Dress for free right here, and catch the band on tour next month at the following locations:
- May 16 The Red Palace Washington, DC
- May 18 The Blockley Philadelphia, PA
- May 20 The Rock Shop Brooklyn, NY
- May 22 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 11:58 PM
Friday, April 13, 2012
Record Store Day 2012 - Saturday, April 21st
Some of the releases that I might pick up:
- The Black Angels "Lonely," "Watch Out Boy," Blue Horizon 7" orange vinyl
- Beach House Lazuli B/W Equal Mind Sub Pop 7" blue vinyl 1200
- Gary Clark Jr. Presents HWUL Raw Cuts Vol. 1 Warner Bros. 12" 3000
- Janis Joplin Highlights from The Pearl Sessions Columbia 2 x 10" 4800
- JEFF The Brotherhood Upstairs at United, Vol. 3 453 Music 12" vinyl 2000
- St. Vincent KROKODIL 4ad 7" red vinyl 2500
- The White Stripes "Hand Springs"/"Red Death at 6:14" Third Man Records 7" black and red swirled vinyl
- Adrian Younge vs. Adrian Quesada Ubiquity Records LP 400
- Futurebirds SENEY-STOVALL SFP Records 12" vinyl 750
- Gorillaz (featuring James Murphy and Andre 3000) Do Ya Thing Capitol 10" vinyl 500
- Neon Indian Hex Girlfriend Mom + Pop 10" tranlucent blue vinyl 500
- Portugal. The Man Got It All Atlantic 7' 500
- Trouble in Mind 2012 4-Way Covers Split Trouble in Mind 7" white vinyl in hand numbered sleeves 250
See the full list of releases here
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 7:08 PM
5th Annual Austin Psych Fest / APRIL 27-29 2012 / Emo's East & Beauty Ballroom
The full 2012 lineup:
Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, The Black Lips, Meat Puppets, Olivia Tremor Control, Thee Oh Sees, Dead Meadow, Bombino, The Telescopes, Wooden Shjips, Pink Mountaintops, Woods, Golden Dawn, Psychic Ills, Disappears, Peaking Lights, Entrance Band, Night Beats, Spindrift, Sun Araw, Pure X, Dead Confederate, Amen Dunes, Quilt, Prince Rama, Ringo Deathstarr, Sleep Over, Lotus Plaza, Moon Duo, Mind Spiders, The UFO Club, Headdress, Asteroid #4, Acid Baby Jesus, Blue Angel Lounge, Singapore Sling, Allah-Las, Federale, Quest for Fire, Feathers, High Wolf, Cosmonauts, MMOSS, The Meek, Wall of Death, Vacant Lots, Smoke and Feathers, New Fumes, Strangers Family Band, The Cush, The Band In Heaven, Feeding People, Brooklyn Raga Association, Paperhead, Stepkids, Al Lover, The Ripe, Holy Wave
A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase.
Posted by Mr. Curiosity at 2:27 PM