David Longoria is no stranger to the local scene, and he’s an outstanding presence outside of Austin, in terms of music. Your Austin Music Minute host got to know Longoria’s work through his band The Black, and through his playing with And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and with songwriter and longtime AMM favorite Bill Baird. So, to say that Longoria’s solo work has been long-anticipated is something of an understatement.
Longoria presents his debut under the moniker Longriver with Of Seasons, released through Hullabaloo Records. Longoria has referred to it as the album of his dreams. Indeed, it’s a strong connection to an intimate, soul-searching, cosmic-American style, examining society’s ineptitude in dealing with pain within the human experience. Beautiful writing encapsulated by beautiful folk-rooted performances.
-Photo courtesy of Tiger Bomb.
Just a heads up: There’s a BBC documentary in the works about Squeeze. Oh, the stories… And, as if that wasn’t enough for fans, founding members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are at work on another album.
Another album. Hell yes, another album. Bring it.
Dive into that prolific catalogue of theirs, from the beginning essentials like Cool For Cats or Argybargy, or even Difford and Tilbrook’s admittedly least favorite recording Domino, and you should get an idea why the band left such a tremendous mark upon music, even beyond New Wave. It’s a 45-year history with an incredible discography, and a longtime creative partnership that still stands out, decades later, as something quite original.
-As of this writing, this show is sold out.
-Photography by Rob O’Connor.
It’s like the Daddy Long Legs guys said to your Austin Music Minute host in Studio 1A this afternoon: Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t dead. You just gotta dig deeper, sometimes. You’ll see that fire’s alive and burning.
If you don’t know them by now, you need to. All the way from New York, Daddy Long Legs elevates rock to a whole other level with their legendary live performances. You get served heavy doses of lo-fi rock, blues and…something absolutely jarring from the dark recesses of the soul. Rejuvenate yourself by spinning their latest release, Lowdown Ways, and see what the hype’s all about.
Fair warning: It’s gonna get explosive with Daddy Long Legs tonight at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. And it’s one hell of a bill with fellow legendary band, Austin cowpunk outfit Hickoids, and mighty rock/soul/glam band The Reputations. Doors open at 7 p.m. You cannot miss a single one of these bands. Got it?
This one comes so recommended, it hurts.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Why yes, this does happen to be something magical. Your Austin Music Minute host’s eyes are already aglow with thoughts of the awesome line-up for Levitation 2019, November 7-10. Counting down the days ’til Chrome blows minds at Elysium; A Place To Bury Strangers takes over Barracuda; and OH, by the way, did you know Chelsea Wolfe has a second show added?!
Before the geekery gets out of control (too late), there’s a bit extra happening tonight that Levitation and Barracuda put together for you. Don’t miss out on Brazilian psych rockers Boogarins (featured on today’s AMM); Tuareg songwriter and musician Mdou Moctar (the artist behind the brilliant reimagining of Prince’s Purple Rain); and Austin-based desert psych outfit Lord Buffalo.
I mean, seriously. 611 E. 7th St. Doors at 9 p.m. Ridiculously great. Recommended.
-Photo of Boogarins by Pedro Margherito.
The entire show has a misty gloss to it… It’s a winning bill, and perfect for Blushing‘s album release party.
The band hasn’t even had a moment to pause, with all the buzz around the release of their new self-titled LP on psych/shoegaze/garage label Wallflower Records, and an incredible experience at the 13th annual Kalamashoegazer Festival in Michigan late last month, where fest attendees were singing Blushing’s praises – and hopefully snagging their own copies of the now sold-out gorgeous blue vinyl edition of the new album.
A show and a half. Doors at 8 p.m.
-Photography by Michael Soto.