Category Archives: Audio-Visuals

Anything focused on Audio-Visual elements… YouTube, etc.

Tough Talk :: Blackillac Keeps It Coming With ‘Hitman’

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As Blackillac continues their ascension, we’ve been blessed with a constant stream of solid music and video output from the duo of Zeale and Phranchyze.  Their latest hit (no pun intended) is the dark and mysterious Hitman, a banger produced by NA the Producer with plenty of moodiness and heaviness to back up the braggadocio coming live and direct from the talented MC pairing.  As a bit of a bonus, the two linked up with Dan2theL for a straight-forward, no-BS, well-shot music video :

As someone who has been there to watch both of these cats rise out of the Austin battle-rap scene into solo stardom, and eventually morph into financially and culturally viable artists, I am extremely proud of Zeale and Phranchyze for taking full advantage of a chance to live the dream.  I’m definitely staying tuned, as Blackillac is positioning themselves for a breakout year in 2020.

-chief

Headline News :: The Vapor Caves Stop By Austin360

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If I were hard-pressed to name an artist of the year for Austin in 2019, I’d have to go ahead and bestow that honor to The Vapor Caves.  Through a combination of solid musical output and consistently entertaining promotional campaigns, the duo of Yadira Brown and BoomBaptist hit the ground running, with no intention of slowing down.  Austin360 recognized this recently, and as a result, The Vapor Caves were given the honor of Artist of the Month for December.  Here are live performances of Hurry Up and Wait and Be The Light from their debut album Feel Yourself, which you should definitely find on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront so that you can support at that ground-floor level.

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Shaky Foundations :: Mirage The GR8 Reflects On ‘4-5 Still Alive’

Mirage the GR8 has always been one of the MCs in the Austin area that I looked up to, as he was already releasing tapes when I was wondering if it was possible to cross over from fan to artist.  It’s only fitting that at age 45, Mirage would take a moment to think back on where he came from, assess where he is, and re-calibrate himself for the journey ahead, and all of this is accomplished in the brief but thought-provoking 4-5 Still Alive.  The incredibly smooth track from Trill Gates gives Mirage plenty of room to talk about style evolution and political landscapes, both of which have a synergistic relationship with hip-hop culture, in his trademark laid-back delivery.  It’s been an honor working with Mirage the last couple of years on the music video front, and it makes me happy to know that he has no plans on stopping any time soon.  Check out the song, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same.

-chief

Making Memories :: Orthy Drops Lyric Video For ‘Which Is Better’

As Orthy prepares for the release of Fable Living, his latest full-length release, his promotional game has been top notch.  After a handful of single releases, Orthy has gone nostalgic on us with his lyric video for Which Is Better.  On top of showcasing the clever wordplay in the chorus and the heartfelt verses, the video also provides a peek into his personal life, with footage of family, friends, work time and downtime all cut to the infectious tune.  Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so that Orthy can blow up and win our childhood bet about who will be famous first.

-chief

Status Check :: Kydd Jones Drops ‘Icon’ Track And Video

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Kydd Jones is back at it again, and this time we’re getting a double dose of work in the form of a single release and a music video for his latest song, Icon.  Kydd has really found his pocket these days, with his calm yet assured style sitting perfectly inside the TyOnDaTrack-produced beat.  I’ve always been a fan of Kydd and the LNS crew, and work like this just furthers those feelings.  Check out the song and the video, spread it around for others to dig, and keep supporting your local creatives!

-chief

Boom Talk :: Urban Heat Island Effect Drops Captivating Video For ‘Guns’

One thing I love about the Austin music scene is how collaborative it can be.  Talented musicians form bands, play with other bands, and new bands form out of these meetings.  Urban Heat Island Effect is a perfect example of this phenomenon, as it contains a roster full of hugely talented musicians from other successful projects : Jonathan Horstmann is a veteran of several projects, including BLXPLTN and VC30Kevin Naquin is a founding member of the standout duo NGHT HCKLRS, who joined forces with Blackillac to form Blastfamous USAJessica Alexander did time with Bike Problems before joining this crew; and Paxel Foley rocked with Betaplayer previously.  As a collective, the crew is coming out the gate hard with Guns, a throwback-style post-punk, no-wave-esque track with a very, very timely message about misplaced machismo.  2019 is proving to be a killer year in terms of quality work, and Guns is just another notch in Austin‘s belt.  Check out the video, like and comment on it, and spread it around for others to enjoy as well!

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Fair Times :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Drops Visual For ‘Bee Drowns In The Honey’

What do you do when you’re schedule to play the silent disco at Hill Country Fair VI, but you don’t want to wait until midnight to go out to the festival?  If you’re Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice, you drag some camera equipment out with you and go impromptu style on collecting moments.  Then you montage those moments over Bee Drowns In The Honey, your favorite song off of your latest release, Day For Night.  Then you share it with the world.  Enjoy!

-chief