Austin’s Finest: Screenwriter

Please checkout and support Screenwriter. Awesome guy and the music ain’t bad, in fact it’s fucking great.

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The title, “live music capital of the world’ has proved to be a double-edged sword for Austin, Texas. On one hand, it’s an effective honorific that attracts young artists to the city and fosters a musical community. But on the other hand, the phrase creates a particular anxiety that can be summarized best by Spiderman’s Uncle Ben: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Austin has a lot of weight on its shoulders.

For a young artist, moving to such a musically renown city like Austin is as wonderful and awe-inspiring as it is terrifying. I recently spoke with Austin-based producer, Screenwriter about migrating from Dallas to Austin and how the city can be a daunting factor in music production.

Screenwriter is a University of Texas film student turned DJ that builds ethereal electronic music out of literary frameworks. During his senior year of high school, the producer fostered an appreciation for ambient electronica. Beginning with essential artists…

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Surfing Saxophone Presents: Songs to Smoke Cigarettes to

Download this shizz and get sloppy #SurfThatSax #RocknRoll

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These songs go well with cigarettes.

1. Banned From The Block – Liquor Store
2. Down the Lane – Royal Headache
3. Shame Walkin’ – Natural Child
4. Graveyard – Dead Moon
5. You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down -James + Bobby Purify
6. Cats & Dogs – The Tough Shits
7. Social Atoms – Dune Rats
8. Cruisers – Fluffy Lumbers
9. Oogum Boogum – Brenton Wood
10. Sweet Operator(Talkin’ on the Telephone) – Wyatt Blair
11. Drugs Drugs Drugs (Version 2) – Tonetta
12. Drugs – Black Lips
13. You Belong With Me – Adam Lampel & the Heartbeats
14. Rocks Off – The Rolling Stones
15. Please Don’t Say My Name – Travis Bretzer
16. Love & Alcohol – Pangea
17. Seen Your Video – The Replacements
18. Ain’t Gonna Bump No More – Joe Tex

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At Night – Bonglestar Galactabong

Just a taste of what we’ve got going over at Surfing Saxophone

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Hailing from Spaceship Earth, U.S.A., Bonglestar Galactabong creates hallucinogenic textures that seep into your skin like bath oils. “At Night” is an ambient dose of seaside meditation filled with ocean wave samples, vocoder loops, and friendly synth bells. It’s an inviting track that lulls and tranquilizes. “At Night” is best served at the end of a high-anxiety work day or an analytical paper completion. Climb in bed with your warm milk, whiskey, bong, or whatever makes you sleep at night, press play, and drift off into a world of floating comfort.

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Dreamin’ Wild in Austin, Texas

It’s funny how whenever I endorse this blog to others I always emphasize that it’s an ‘Austin blog’. While it’s true I do write these posts in Austin TX, I think it’s absolutely absurd that I’ve never given any attention to the artists that make Austin the true “Live Music Capital of the World” (I’m not the biggest fan of that phrase, but whatever, it’s got a nice ring to it). I’ve lived here my whole life and witnessed the vast migration of kids and adults to the Central Texas oasis, and while I fully support the “Don’t Dallas My Austin” punch-line, I’m starting to realize we have no choice but to accept the change. Despite this growth and change, Austin will always be a city of dreams, a place where one can escape, fantasize, and start over if needed. Below are some great local artists, all of which work their asses off to keep that Austin TX dream alive. I chose not to write anything about the artists or their music because I want their music to speak for itself, and you to interpret it in anyway you please.

Tiger Waves

Cartright

Jesse Woods

Shivery Shakes

Dana Falconberry

Unknown Relatives

Sleep Good

Church Shoes

Love Inks

Bill Baird

Roger Sellers

If you enjoyed these artists I urge you to support them in any way possible. Go to their Bandcamps, go to shows, buy the vinyl/CD, share them with your buddies. Keep the dream alive!

Long Live Diarrhea Planet

A few years back my obsession with New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus led me to a discovery of what I consider to be the best live band out on the road right now. I’m talking about Nashville rockers Diarrhea Planet. My first run-in with them was this past spring at SXSW (SXSW 2013: The Adventures of The Endless Bummer). They were the white light among the colorless corporate bullshit that engulfed Austin for that two weeks.

I was able to make it out to their show at The Parish on 6th last night, and it was nothing short of amazing. Austin punk legends The Midgetmen opened with a great set, as expected, and got the blood flowing in the crowd. After, the Nashville dudes quickly took the stage and 40 minutes of pure power-pop-punk bliss commenced. My buddies and I were front and center having a blast, while others kept their distance from the small, reckless pit. The new songs from their new album I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams sounded great, but 2011 release Loose Jewels dominated the set for me. I can’t hear shit today, but it was totally worth it.

Long story short: Do everything in your power to go to their shows, support them in anyway possible, because there’s a really good chance they will be your new favorite rock n’ roll group in a matter of months. Purchase Loose Jewels for starters.

We have three newly released songs below from the upcoming record, followed by the classic “Fauser” performed live at Shea Stadium in NY, and how could we forget their epic Boss cover “Born To Run” featuring the man, myth, legend, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus.

Hip Hop drought?

In my opinion, 2013 hasn’t been a great year for hip hop music. I never once had hope for Indicud, Yeezus definitely was not a 9.5 out of 10, and delayed material from rappers like Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q has left me bored and somewhat uninterested in their future projects. But fear not, there’s lots of essential releases from this year below.


Let’s start with a Chicago dude every college kid should be listening to…. yes I’m talking about Chance The Rapper

I had to do this, go ahead and play this gem from El P and Killer Mike (Run The Jewels) synced up to the Jadeveon Clowney hit.

Mickalas Cage aka Mick Jenkins, another Chicago stud

We all need some bangin’ trap rap in our lives. Feel free to skip through French Montana and Trinidad James, everyone else is on point. Schoolboy kills it.

Earl has been impressive in 2013, no doubt

Big K.R.I.T. released his most unimpressive mixtape to date, but he’s still got the quality and class to be the king of southern soul infused hip hop

Joey Bada$$ and PRO ERA’s Summer Knights mixtape is solid

We all know what to do to this one, Flatbush Zombies deliver on this stone cold chiller

Action Bronson and Mac Miller have won me over with their recent releases

This snippet of ‘Man of The Year’ from Schoolboy Q’s upcoming release Oxymoron has me pretty excited. It needs to come out like now though.