Friday, September 20, 2013

Caveman and Ra Ra Riot this Friday

It's a rainy Friday night in Austin, Texas. It's going to be sweaty out there. The roads are going to be moist. That's right, I said moist what's up now? You could throw on some band-aid-sized shorts, put on a pair of boots, grab that vintage purse with the ridiculously long leather tassel and see what's happening down on 6th. You could throw on some Juicy Couture and Uggs and make it a Red Box night. You could do a Suburban Pub Crawl: Cheddar Bay biscuits and drinks with umbrellas at Red Lobster, breadsticks/cheesecake and Wine at Olive Garden, Blooming Onions and beers at Outback then finish things off at Club Applebees obviously. Those are pretty much the only things a person in Austin could possibly do tonight. You decide.

Oh wait, you guys, I just thought of a couple more things you could do.

Caveman - In The City video via YouTube

Bloggy Favs, Caveman return to Austin in support of their brilliant, self-titled, sophmore LP. That news in and of itself is enough to inspire the purchase of tickets (at the door) for this show at Emo's. But there's more to it than that.

You see, the reason Caveman are back in Austin tonight is to support Ra Ra Riot! I'm not saying it's their fault BUT I feel like the last time Ra Ra Riot played Austin, it also rained. This show is inside, there is on-site parking and it's NOT DOWNTOWN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. Just throwing that out there.

Ra Ra Riot - Dance With Me video via YouTube

If you're a musical loca-vore then you need to be at Red 7 to bid Markov adieu. Yes, you read that correctly tonight's appearance on Red 7's inside stage is the band's last scheduled appearance as Markov. Find out what makes Markov Austin's best post-rock band. I can use present tense until their set is over tonight! Oh, and did I mention that Markov's final show is FREE?!?! Because it is.

There's probably some other stuff you could do tonight but I don't want to hear about it.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chet Faker at Red 7

I remember when I was a kid and I thought that at some point in my life I would know all there is to know about music then when I was in Junior High a Borders opened up about 30 miles from my house and my world was turned upside-down. Borders stocked import singles. Not only that, their selection was massive compared to Ames, which is where I did the majority of my music shopping previous to Borders' opening. In that moment in my life I was really into Oasis. The internet was just a baby and I was reading about other Brit-Pop bands on Oasis Message Boards. I was using a 14.4 modem so basically all I could really do was read about these bands until Borders opened and suddenly I could touch a Blur CD and ogle non-album track CD singles from Oasis.

What does this have to do with Chet Faker's Thursday night appearance on Red 7's inside stage? Very little but if you buy yourself a ticket to the show we can discuss the incoherence of this post before or after Faker's set. During the set, we're going to stare in rapt attention and document the experience using only our five senses without the hinderance of technology.

Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions video via YouTube

Ok, now that the business is out of the way I can get back to my story about the magic of Borders. Once upon a time kids, people paid for music. The end.

Seriously though, when I realized that Oasis was releasing songs that were only available to people in England or via import I was a bit crushed. I realized that even if I knew everything there was to know about American music, there would be an entire world of music that wasn't even available in this country. Then I fell in love with Blur and discovered that Blur was so popular in Japan that they released things that you could only get in Japan or through VERY expensive importing. It seemed like my quest to know all there is to know about music was futile and it was. Now I'm in my early 30's and I realize that I know only a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of what there is to know about music and I can't even remember things as well as I used to so, that fraction is fracturing more and more each day.

This brings me back to Chet Faker. He's from Australia and he's fucking awesome. I first discovered him while making my SXSW 2012 Spotify Playlist. There was only one track with Chet Faker on U.S. Spotify and it was actually a track from Ta-Ku that featured Chet Faker. I prefer to post an artist's most recent solo work when making Spotify playlists for SXSW but it was the only track available so I added it and it quickly became one of my favorites. Subsequentally I discovered Electric Wire Hustle, Flume, Hiatus Kaiyote and a host of other Down-Under artists fusing, Jazz, R&B, and Soul music with electronic textures. Chet Faker is connected with all or most of the artists I listed here and seeing him perform in a venue the size of Red 7 Inside is certainly worth a $10 ticket and your time.

Remember internet 1.0? Hello my future girlfriend. This is what I sound like. I am 11 years old, in the 6th grade in New Mexico. Please PM me if I'm on Yahoo! chat. Bye. Thanks for stopping by!

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