Magic Rockers of Texas: “Cure My Eyes”

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Magic Rockers of Texas: “Cure My Eyes”

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

Describing themselves as a “goulash of members” from other and preexisting projects, Magic Rockers of Texas hail from right here in Austin. Frontman and chief songwriter Jim Campo had a handful of songs itching to be recorded, but was involved with his former group Berkshire Hounds. When the Hounds dissolved, Magic Rockers of Texas rose from the ashes, and with it, a whole lotta noise.

Their debut EP Rugged Braids is only five songs deep, but brilliantly showcases the spectrum of Campo’s influences and his band’s ability to actualize them, possessing a Beck-like dexterity of going from fuzz to twang without losing their essence. “Cure My Eyes” is the EP’s earworm, lodging itself in your brain with dime-flip changes in momentum and a chorus that can only be described as “catchy as all get out.”

“Cure My Eyes” appears on Rugged Braids, out now via their Bandcamp. Magic Rockers of Texas play Friday, April 14 at Oskar Blues Brewery.

-Taylor Wallace // host, Thursday 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Music News 3.28.17

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Music News 3.28.17

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017

Burning Questions Answered: What’s Michael Stipe Up To?

Michael Stipe has been in the news recently discussing his upcoming projects. In addition producing and co-writing the next Fischerspooner album, he and long-time collaborator Jonathan Berger have two big projects on the horizon. One is an audio project for New York City’s High Line park, composing pieces of music the will play from a bell tower to be constructed on the park’s northern end. The duo’s second project involves a series of autobiographical photo books on Stipe’s life, the first of which will cover Stipe’s time with R.E.M., due out later this year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Michael Stipe (R) and Mike Mills attend the 25th anniversary of REM's album 'Out Of Time' album at Borderline on November 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

 

Remembering Clem Curtis

Clem Curtis, the original lead singer of the U.K. soul outfit the Foundations, passed away yesterday. Born in Trinidad in 1940, Curtis moved England at the age of fifteen, finding jobs as an interior decorator and boxer. With singing experience limited to his household, Curtis took a tip from his uncle that the Ramong Sound was seeking back-up singers. The group lost their original singer, took on Arthur Brown temporarily, and reemerged in January 1967 as the Foundations with Clem Curtis as their lead. After the group scored two hits and released two albums with Curtis as their lead, he felt the morale of the Foundations’ shift towards resting on their laurels, leading him to break-off from the group in 1968 to pursue a solo career in the United States. While the Foundations bore on with new singer Colin Young, finding continued chart success with hits like “Build Me Up Buttercup,” Clem Curtis was unable to find reliable work in the states, compelling him to return to the U.K. in the early 1970s, and eventually founding a reformed version of the Foundations, not unlike several incarnations from other former members. Clem Curtis continued to perform until his double cancer diagnosis earlier this year, choosing to spend his remaining time amongst friends and family. Clem Curtis was 76.

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-Taylor Wallace

Music News 3.23.17

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Music News 3.23.17

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

The Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up Has a Couple of Bonus Terrapins This Year

Well fellow Dead Heads, it’s almost that time of year again: the annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies. For it’s 7th year, Fathom Events are going back to the beginning, choosing to screen the 1977 concert film The Grateful Dead Movie to commemorate the film’s 40th anniversary. This year, though, Fathom Events has a couple of bonuses up their sleeve. Moviegoers will get to experience a never-before-seen mini-documentary centered around the Dead’s legendary Cornell University concert on May 8th, 1977. Also screening during the Meet-Up is an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming six-part film Long Strange Trip, due out this May on Amazon. There are three Austin-area theaters participating in the Meet-Up on April 20th: the Cinemark in Southpark Meadows, the Metropolitan off Little Texas Lane and I-35, and Arbor @ Great Hill 8 off of 183 and N Capital of Texas Highway. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

 

Discogs to Turn Audio Gear Database Into Marketplace

Discogs, the website behind one of the most relied-upon crowdsourced databases for information regarding audio recordings is expanding into the production gear market with the launch of its new marketplace Gearogs. Gearogs is already an up-and-running database, but the option to buy and sell production gear will be available starting next month. Discogs CEO Kevin Lewandowski says his vision for the marketplace is to be “the largest database of audio equipment on the planet.” Lewandoski says this is just the first step in his vision for what he calls Discogs’s “meta-projects.” Next: marketplaces for films, books, and comics.

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OJR: “Sad Pony” (Live At The Four Seasons)

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OJR: “Sad Pony” (Live At The Four Seasons)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

Photo: Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX

Oliver John-Rodgers, known under his moniker OJR, is a Virginia native who currently calls Nashville home. Growing up surrounded by country, bluegrass, and folk music admidst the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rodgers, born in 1992, also fostered an early love for the decade’s grunge/alt-rock scene, garnering early influences from groups like Nirvana and Cracker. Breaking from the more straight-ahead folk singer-songwriter sound from his first two releases, his dichotomy of influences lean heavily on the fuzzy, alt-rock side on his latest record Nashville Demos, but still mutate into different pools of sound that are wholly OJR. He brought that spectrum of inspiration to KUTX’s broadcast at the Four Seasons; this recording of “Sad Pony” is a blues-rock jam with a folk tongue, full of blood-pumping solos and dressed with lyrics tailored specifically to our audience.

-Taylor Wallace // host, Thursday 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Music News 3.22.17

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Music News 3.22.17

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

Record Store Day Announces Full List of Releases

Record Store Day is around the corner, April 22nd in fact, and the full list of releases has been announced. Highlights this year include a Smiths 7” featuring two previously unreleased recordings of old songs, singles and collections from Prince and David Bowie, a live EP from Animal Collective, a live full album from The Flaming Lips, reissues of the Cure’s greatest hits (and its acoustic twin) both featuring double-LP picture discs, and alternate version of Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage, Drive-By Truckers Electric Lady Sessions, a reissue of the Space Jam soundtrack, George Carlin’s famous Grammy-winning comedy album Jammin’ in New York, and new singles from the War on Drugs and The The. You can put all of your Record Store Day purchases in the exclusive Run the Jewels RSD tote bag made specifically for your vinyl haul. Check out the full list here.

 

Laura Mvula Dropped From Her Label Via Email

After five years with the Sony subsidiary RCA Victor, Laura Mvula has been dropped from the label, a bit of news that the artist had to read about in an email. To add to the disrespect, Mvula’s former manager was told her contract would not be renewed in a face-to-face meeting with the label back in January. Mvula was not privy to the information. Already onto the next project, Laura Mvula has spent the last year or so marrying soul and Shakespeare, composing the score to a new production of Antony and Cleopatra, staged by the Royal Shakespeare company, a feat, Mvula says, is a dream come true. As for her journey finding a new label, she says, “Let what I do be in better hands. Let me better understood and taken care of.”