Lola Tried: “Steam”

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Lola Tried: “Steam”

Posted by on May 22, 2018

Photo by Andrea Garcia

Lauren Burton is a force of womanhood. In person, she is an unapologetic, razor-tongued feminist and a stalwart champion of social justice and Austin’s music scene. Her powerful aura and agenda translate seamlessly to Lola Tried, an excellent rock-and-roll outfit that sometimes waxes a little pop-punk and other times a bit more power pop. Regardless of the song’s subject matter, Burton has an uncanny ability to tell an interesting story and pen music to it that’s contagiously catchy without being at all pedestrian. Sometimes that story is about depression, sometimes it’s about being angry and exhausted (heard that), and other times it’s just a cool story. Picking one song to showcase from their debut full-length is difficult; each track has that “no wait, this is my favorite song…” je ne sais quoi, exemplifying the incredible talent bubbling from Austin’s underground music scene. Speaking in metaphors and exploding with momentum, “Steam” sits squarely in the power-pop category. Check your pulse; it’s about to spike.

“Steam” appears on Lola Tried, out now. Check out Lola Tried’s recent Studio 1A here.

You can catch Lola Tried today at 5PM at Waterloo Records, and at their album release show tonight at Hotel Vegas sharing a bill with Blushing, Duncan Fellows, and Ringo Deathstar.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Amber Mark: “Love Me Right”

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Amber Mark: “Love Me Right”

Posted by on May 17, 2018

Each song Amber Mark creates is weighted. Her first EP 3:33AM  detailed Mark’s emotional state in the aftermath of her mother’s passing with each track tackling a different facet of the black diamond of grief. Her new EP Conexão is a cogent four-song effort that chronicles something almost every of us can relate to: the fire of a relationship from ignition to last fading ember. A short, but powerful glimpse into Mark’s own story of a love that went from explosive passion to burning out to ending the chapter altogether. To punctuate the emotion of the work, Mark even includes a cover of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.”

“Love Me Right” is the second track in the four-chapter story, and already we’ve hit a rock, or a wall as Mark puts it. Where once there was passion, mutual satisfaction, and emotional understanding, now there’s dissonance. Mark puts her heart on the line and communicates her needs, but is continuously left feeling unheard and unfulfilled. Clinging to the good she sees is still prevalent in the relationship, she starts to blame herself for the problems, causing a mild identity crisis. Set to a minimalist bed of downtempo keys and machine-engineered beats, the overlaying of Mark’s purple-velvety voice carries not only the emotional weight of the lyrics, but the majority of the song’s musicality as well. For anyone who’s shared this experience, prepare to get hit right in the feelings.

“Love Me Right” appears on her Conexão EP, out now via PMR/Interscope.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Niña Dioz: “Tambalea”

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Niña Dioz: “Tambalea”

Posted by on May 16, 2018

Carla Reyna, known better as Niña Dioz, has spent over a decade navigating the turbulence that comes with being a queer female emcee in an overwhelmingly male-and-hetero-dominated industry. Boasting a discography full of songs fueled by political injustice and razor-tongued feminist anthems, Dioz’s newest single epitomizes her unapologetic message and specifically notes her iron-willed resilience against communities bent on crushing her spirit and her career. (TRANSLATED: I am the drop that spilled the glass/A failure didn’t knock me down…You go and question me, point a finger/I move lightly, I do not give a damn/I do what I want, exceeding in style) Joining forces with Colombian artist Lido Pimienta and labelmate singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida, these women have created a bonafide canticle of female empowerment. The catchy cadence of the lyrics of “Tambalea” are laid over minimalist production engineered chiefly by drums both steel and machine. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, the flow alone will be stuck in your head through the weekend.

“Tambalea” appears on Reyna, out now via Nacional Records.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Jake Bugg: “Lightning Bolt” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Jake Bugg: “Lightning Bolt” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on May 10, 2018

Nottingham’s Jake Bugg exploded onto the UK music scene in 2011 after an invitation to perform on Glastonbury’s “BBC Introducing Stage” swiftly led to a contract with the illustrious Mercury Records (Elton John, the Killers, Bon Jovi). Since then, Bugg’s released four albums, toured the world, and worked with some of music’s most notable influencers including Mike D, Rick Ruben, and most recently, Dan Auerbach who Bugg had gotten to know when he opened for the Black Keys on a handful of shows during their 2014 tour. Auerbach produced Bugg’s latest album Hearts That Strain, which Bugg is currently supporting with an acoustic tour. He brought his stripped-down Britpop sound to our Studio 1A during his Austin stop, and in addition to a new tune, he treated our audience to a couple of Bugg staples. Cheers!

Check out the rest of the Studio 1A here.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Tracyanne & Danny: “Alabama”

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Tracyanne & Danny: “Alabama”

Posted by on May 9, 2018

Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell and Crybaby’s Danny Coughlan have been friends and mutual fans for years and have talked about collaborating for over half a decade, but it was the untimely passing of Camera Obscura’s keyboardist Carey Lander in 2015 that both put off and put into motion the duo’s new project, aptly named Tracyanne & Danny. Taking a break from music after Lander’s death, Campbell and Coughlan finally came together to record their self-titled debut, a ten-song effort that sounds like a well-blended indie smoothie of the two musician’s individual sounds.

“Alabama” appears on Tracyanne & Danny, out May 25th via Merge.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8-11P & Saturdays 2-6P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli