The artistic irony of good songwriting is hard to ignore. Take, for example, my recent experience with the discovery of the latest New Druids single, LA’s On Fire (Again). The song, released as a preview of their upcoming album Making Love To Make Music To Make Love To, popped up on to my radar about a day before the news of the most recent California wildfires being caused by a gender reveal party went public. The juxtaposition of this reality in tandem with the nuanced songwriting displayed by the New Druids, which perfectly props up individualistic lives driven by image and impressions set against Los Angeles being on fire (yet again), presents one of those classic ‘art imitating life imitating art’ situations without even trying. If this song catches your attention, drop a pre-order for the mid-October release, or simply share it around, and always support your local creatives.
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Until around my junior year of high school, I had this idea in my mind that musicians and actors were a completely different level of person than the average individual. I’d been to a few arena-level concerts and seen major motion pictures, but nothing at the club or indie level up to that point, and definitely nothing that featured anybody local. That all changed right around the time I discovered Alien Records, once a mainstay of the Austin music scene… the location introduced me to local shows where underground acts that I was just becoming familiar with toured and played, and the shows were rich with local support. This is how a number of Texas hip-hop acts, chief among them being Tee Double, made it to my radar. He was already prolific at the time, and one of the first local LPs I ever purchased was his Lost Scriptures project, distributed by the California-based GoodVibe Recordings. It was a trip owning a record by somebody I personally knew, and it’s still a trip 20 years later, even more so now that time has entered the equation. Take a moment and check out this classic, add it to your collection if you don’t already own it, and spread it around so others can do the same!
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Tagged alien records, austin, california, chief, goodvibes recordings, hip hop, lost scriptures, tee double, texas, the doomsday device