JD McPherson 12.12.18

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JD McPherson 12.12.18

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez


JD McPherson’s anticipated debut Christmas album, SOCKS, is out today on New West Records. The record features ten original songs plus the first ever physical release of the track, “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights).” The album was recorded during the warm spring months of 2018 at Alex The Great in Nashville, TN and produced by McPherson (vocals, guitar) and his band — comprised of Ray Jacildo (keys), Jimmy Sutton (upright bass), Jason Smay (drums) and Doug Corcoran (saxophone, guitar, keys). Also featured on the record are special guests Lucie Silvas, as a duet vocalist on “Claus Vs. Claus,” and The Giardinaires on “Socks,” “Holly, Carol, Candy & Joy,” and “Santa’s Got A Mean Machine.”

Of the recording, McPherson shares, “Over the past few months, I’ve told a few friends and interested parties that we’re releasing an album soon, and that it’s a Christmas album. You can immediately see the disappointment or bemusement on their faces. Then I have to explain to them how incredibly proud I am of it, and how I rate it as an actual album, as opposed to some kind of stop-gap or cash-grab. It’s eleven original songs. I think it’s some of my very best lyrical work. The band played beautifully. It was the most fun we’ve ever had in a studio together. After hearing the final mix, we marveled, and none of us can stop listening to it. First and foremost, it’s a rock and roll record (fans of our first record are going to flip out) and one that I believe at least a few people will listen to in the summertime, when they get a jones for feeling good. Scout’s honor.”

In support of the release, the band will embark on “SOCKS: A Rock ’n Roll Christmas Tour” including a show in Austin at Scoot Inn tonight!

 

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Broadcast Credits:
Host: Jay Trachtenberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Broadcast Engineer: Cliff Hargrove, Jake Perlman

Glorietta 12.12.18

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Glorietta 12.12.18

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez


Glorietta was founded on friendship, tequila… and Craigslist. After Grammy-nominated artist Adrian Quesada (Brown Out, Black Pumas) scored a 1975 Fender Super Reverb amp that Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit, Middle Brother) posted online for $700, the two decided to meet up, as Vasquez tells it, for a “grown-ass man hang” at Antone’s to catch a set by Texas raconteur David Ramirez. After the show, the three of them had such a good time that Vasquez promised himself not to let the best drunken idea of the night — recording a stream-of-conscious record with buddies — to disappear with his tequila buzz. To round out the crew, Vasquez recruited Seattle solo-artist Noah Gundersen, Austin artists Kelsey Wilson (Wild Child), songwriter Jason Robert Blum and Vasquez’s long-time pal Nathaniel Rateliff, who agreed to pop in along with backing musicians Patrick Meese and Luke Mossman.

The collection of strangers and acquaintances didn’t know what to expect, and frankly a few of them almost didn’t show up. Ramirez nearly balked under the weight of “possibly the worst hangover of my life.” Gundersen was in the middle of a break-up induced “meltdown.” Wilson, worried she might not fit in with the guitar-playing boys, needed a nudge, too. But once the kindred strangers unpacked the gear and poured the tequila, hangovers, heartaches and insecurities faded. Vasquez — their connection to each other — served as maestro of the vibe. And in their make shift studio in a remote mountain town in New Mexico, their Tequila soaked jam sessions birthed Glorietta’s self titled album full of rocking, heartbreaking and introspective songs.

Glorietta are touring to promote their album and you can catch them tonight at Waterloo Records store at 6:30. They’ll also be playing December 14th at Scoot Inn with The Texas Gentlemen so be sure to go out and experience their drunken magic! (Tequila not included)

 

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Broadcast Credits:
Host: Laurie Gallardo
Producer: Deidre Gott
Broadcast Engineer: Cliff Hargrove

Ventana Ballet Presents: The Watchmaker’s Song

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Ventana Ballet Presents: The Watchmaker’s Song

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018

The Watchmaker’s Song is an interactive re-imagination of the story of The Nutcracker. Guests are offered cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they are subsequently immersed in this holiday tale. Attendees will enter the 19th century shaded acre property of the Neill-Cochran House Museum, accompanied by a live jazz rendition of the original Tchaikovsky music. This version of the story engages the audience in traditional components of the Nutcracker Ballet while also incorporating elements of the original story written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Guests will enjoy a party and performances on the lawn first, and then they are invited inside the house to enjoy the magical components of the story, watching several live installations of cultural music and dance.

Choose from four showings: Thursday December 13th at 6:30pm & 8pm, and Friday December 14th at 6:30pm & 8pm. Grab tix HERE!

Host: John Aielli

Producer: Jack Anderson

Engineer: Cliff Hargrove

 

 

The Lovely Sparrows 12.10.18

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The Lovely Sparrows 12.10.18

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018

photo by: Julia Reihs

The Lovely Sparrows have always been a transmigratory band. What started in the 00’s as a ragged combination of Sonic Youth fuzz and Guided By Voices verbosity has blossomed over the years into a homespun, obtuse project for Austin-based songwriter Shawn Jones.

The Lovely Sparrows second LP Shake the Shadow arrived this November after a seven-year hibernation. A delay largely in part to Jones’ exodus from Austin to the woods just outside of Lockhart, TX- to rebuild an old house, and regain his bearings. During this time, Jones quit teaching, returned to grad school to pursue Music Composition- and immersed himself in the works of Bartok, Eno, Ives, and Reich while simultaneously co-developing a magical realist video game. The songs, in turn, became looser, more of a sound collage than before, as a reflection of these blurring influences and tastes.

***UPCOMING SHOWS***

12/13 @ Barracuda (Album Release Party)


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Host: Laurie Gallardo

Engineer: Cliff Hargrove

Producer: Deidre Gott

Cameras: Julia Reihs, Salvador Castro

Edit: Julia Reihs

Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5 12.5.18

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Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5 12.5.18

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018

photo by Gabriel C. Perez

It’s an understatement to say that the years since Mr. Lewis and The Funeral 5’s last album, Delirium Tremendous have been tough for all involved. In 2017 Greg Lewis’ estranged girlfriend committed suicide. Just months later, James Sheeran’s longtime partner, fellow musician Kerri Luker lost her battle with cancer. The year capped off with a divorce looming for guitarist Rob Metcalfe.
On the music front, amicable, yet disruptive, personnel changes occurred. Keyboardist Phil Howard and sax player Nick Rauh relocated from the band’s homebase of Austin. Longtime members Danny Dervish and James Bonura also exited the band due to family obligations. Happily, the band has managed to land on their feet with the addition of Jared Wiley on keyboards, Gabriel Von Asher on bass, and Dez Desormeaux on saxophone. Wiley arrived in Austin after playing viola in the Bozeman, Montana symphony. Von Asher and Desormeaux are esteemed Austin musicians who have performed in everything from punk to tejano bands.
The band, along with producer Danny Reisch closed ranks and created a devastating masterpiece of grief and regret, tempered with Greg Lewis’ clever, morbid, and dryly humorous lyrics. The songs on Before The World Beat You Down, take the listener on a journey through a loungey hellride that appears to be headed toward some sort of closure, only to leave them suspended in mid-air.

***UPCOMING SHOWS***

12/8 @ The Townsend


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Host: Laurie Gallardo

Producer: Deidre Gott

Engineer: Cliff Hargrove

Camera: Gabriel C. Pérez, Jenan Taha

Edit: Gabriel C. Pérez