‘While cities across the nation mourn the myriad uncertainties of 2020, more than 45 native and resident musicians from Austin, Texas have joined forces to produce Walk with Me Austin, a powerful anthem created to inspire and unite the City of Austin during a pivotal time in the U.S. Available for download and streaming, Walk with Me Austin brings hope to the community while addressing matters of social and racial injustice, civil unrest, equality and the global coronavirus pandemic.’
The who’s who lsit on this project is too vast to name, but many artists that appear in this video have been featured on the blog before. All proceeds to the purchase of this song will go towards HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), so if you’re digging it, follow the links in the description, and share it around while encouraging others to do the same.
Time moves on, and as many people have said, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Whether planned or not, the day after many were let down by the American justice system once again in the wake of the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision to try 1 of the 3 cops connected to her killing for ‘wanton endangerment’ of the neighboring apartments, Blackillac and Caught A Ghost released REVOLUTION, a moving single and video montage honing directly in on the civil unrest and lack of justice that many minorities and disenfranchised communities face on a near daily basis. Zeale and Phranchyze set aside their normal braggadocio and verbal complexity to tell strong truths over the sparse but stout backing track provided by Caught A Ghost. Check this one out, leave a like and a comment if you support the message, and spread it around to help those who need to wake up do so.
The homie Bjorn Vader has always had a natural knack for sample flipping, but sometimes it seems that he delves into the world of remixing just for fun. As the summer rolls to a close, we find three new additions to his ever expanding catalog : the Steely Dan flip Essential Work, the Grateful Dead ode Smogged Out Street, and the Eagles remix Giant Eagle Unit. Don’t sleep on these tracks, or the rest of Bjorn Vader‘s rapidly growing collection of songs, and always support your local creatives!
“Corduroi integrates elements of electro, jungle, house, IDM & techno in his latest 7 track release titled Mazie [GiD-020].
Using a wide array of analog & modular gear, Corduroi showcases his expertise in sound design. With a decorated resume he has already worked with Adult Swim, created a soundtrack for the University of Texas Fashion Show in 2018 & most recently collaborated with the prestigious arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf.
Corduroi channels the energy of growing up on a ranch in Bandera, Texas, the ‘cowboy capital of the world’. ‘No big fancy house, just a barn, a pond, and what felt like a land of infinite possibilities.’
He has dedicated this album to his grandma Mazie who was the driving force of love, empathy, and care in his family.”
Support Curduroi if you can by purchasing a digital copy or a physical cassette tape. Even if you can’t support financially, always remember to share good tunes like these around so everyone can enjoy.
The Houston-based combination of the live band Free Radicals and MC extraordinaire Nosaprise is not a new one, by any means. The collective have played shows together in the Texas area for years, and have even ventured as far out as New York, as well as putting their energy behind good causes like Nosaprise‘s fundraising event We Give A Jam. With such a rich history of collaboration, it’s surprising that the single and video Cash Out marks their first time making a proper recording together. One look at the video, and one listen to the topic matter, however, and the sense of urgency to make their meaningful art is put into full perspective. Take a moment to check out this video, leave a like and a comment if you’re moved by it, and share it around to run the numbers up!
If you’re looking for a visual blueprint on how to achieve with integrity in the music business, look no further than the recently released All In single and video. The track, a ShaunSolo banger with help on the hook from current Austin standout J Soulja, is a textbook statement on how one makes moves to better themselves with little to no worry about what others are doing. In my opinion, there is really no other method or approach to making real moves, so it’s good to know that other artists feel the same way. Definitely check out the video, leave it a like and a comment if you’re feeling it, and share it around for others to do the same!
While working on Ryan Darbonne‘s upcoming short film I AM TX, I had the opportunity to meet a number of fellow Austin-based creatives who were all willing to lend a hand and help Ryan achieve his dream. It has been a bonus, therefore, to see people connected to I AM TX continue on with personal success, and the latest of these successes was bestowed upon Chinwe Okorie, whose short film LOVESTREAMS, after a frustrating attempt at film festival placements, has found a home at the Issa Rae Presents YouTube channel. Check out the trailer above, then click the image to see the full short… leave a like and a comment so Issa Rae and company know that they made the right choice, and share it around so that as many people as possible can see the film.
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.
Recently, Austin-based artistic mainstay Kydd Jones had the honor of being invited by KUTX to perform for the NPR Live Sessions : Social Distancing Pop-Up Series. With historic Rosewood Park as the backdrop, and guitarist Bomani Ray Barton by his side, Kydd blazed through a brief but powerful three song set : recent singles Rubber Bullets and Goblin, as well as the unreleased song James Baldwin. Click on the image above to check out the performance, and as always, support your local creatives!
Austin-based record label Cream Dream Records, the collective brainchild of standout artists Bird Peterson and BoomBaptist, has been making a push for the ages in 2020. After using the label as a foundation for a solid run of Bird Peterson releases, the new year finds the roster expanding, and one of the promising additions is King Khary. His debut single, the hypnotic Stuck Off The Realness, uses a familiar sample from Prodigy of Mobb Deep as the main vocal element, but the lush and inspirational instrumental he surrounds the sample with re-contextualizes said ‘realness’ into a thing of beauty rather than a celebration of grittiness. Based on this small sample size, I can only imagine the sonic landscapes that King Khary has in store for us.