One of the many pleasures that comes with setting up my hideout in the San Marcos, Texas area is the wealth of talented singer/songwriters that also have chosen to take up residence. Over the years, I’ve run across a number of them that have truly blown me away with their talent, and one of the more recent personalities to step out of the pack is Cecil James. I knew he was a solid guitarist (this coming from a completely inept guitarist) and a singer with a richness to his voice similar to that of M. Ward, but with a bit more playful storyteller, but up until recently, I had no idea what he would sound like in the framing of a recorded project. These curiosities were laid to rest with the recent release of Las Canciones del Borracho, a 3-song EP that plays out like a movie story arc that lies somewhere between David Lynch and the Cohen Brothers. He’s always sounded great acoustically, but hearing him with a strong backing band and focused production not only brings out the sonic griot in his lyrics, but it subtextually comments on his ruminations about being an isolated soul in search of close company full of kindred spirits. In my humble opinion, that should be relatively easy to find around San Marcos, especially with a calling card like Las Canciones del Borracho in your back pocket.
After testing the waters a month or so ago with the release of the stranger single, Jack Henry is back at it with a wonderfully strange music video. Directed by Izzy Gazette, the video is a fun romp through visual silliness, a stark contrast against the very solid sound Henry has created for his era-shifting single. That being said, the video itself is a fun one, and certainly worth checking out, so give it a view, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around so that Jack Henry can become a household name.
Like most music scenes, or scenes thriving with creative spirits, band lineups tend to shift on a near daily basis, and many bands step to the plate to see who can survive the game. Recently, a group of talented San Martians found themselves combining forces in the downturn that 2020 has been, and despite the bleakness of the era they found one another, the noise that they are creating is joyful and inspiring. Old Lane recently released Sanctuary, an apt name for their lead single considering the times, and the song is a rollercoaster ride of introspection and observation wrapped up nice and neatly in bluegrass packaging. The song bookends on a high, energetic note, while the midsection halves the time signature and propels listeners into a brief, dreamlike state. If this song is an indication of the musical quality to come, then strap in, because Old Lane seems hell-bent on taking us far and wide. Dig the song, share it around, and throw the band a buck if you can afford to.
San Marcos-based rock band Heroes Die Young are looking to make an impact in the vibrant central Texas music scene the old-fashioned way : strong songwriting, old school promotion and (hopefully one day soon) live performances for new and old fans. Their latest (and seventh) single, Painful Truth, is a new take on the ballad, eschewing the call for the best parts of a significant other and instead opting for any and all truths. The high energy soundtrack matches the urgency and nervous nature the lyrics lay out perfectly. Don’t be surprised if a song like this one gets the music video treatment at some point. In the meantime, like the song, leave a comment if you dig it, and share it around for all to enjoy!
For those of us that have been in shelter-in-place for what is pushing 9 months now, there are two (in my opinion) proper ways to approach it : circle and assess your creative wagons, or take the time for deep introspection. It seems that Levi Deadman is on a similar page based on his latest single and video, Patient Zero (Najar Media). Levi Deadman‘s new banger focuses on the impact his simple statement of being alive and aware can cause, and in the way that leaders do, the single serves as an example for others to follow. Add a bit of down south, psychedelic, indie-level imagery to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a winner on all fronts. Dig the video, leave a like and a comment if you enjoy it, and share it around for others to do the same.
My man Bjorn Vader, as I’ve mentioned many times before, puts out tracks faster than I can keep up with. So, as I do every once in a while, here is a mass share of his latest batch of content to hold you over for a while.
As always, support monetarily if you can, and even if you can’t, jam the songs a few times and share them around for others to enjoy.
For the 2 – 7 people out there in the world curious about the Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice process of short film-making, I have released audio commentary tracks for REPOSSESSION and The Perpendicular. Myself, along with guests Troy Baham Jr., Tony Berg and Steve Jones discuss several aspects of the production of both films.
Hopefully, I will have the audio commentary ready and available for HELP ME in the near future, and I plan to make this a part of my production process from here on out. If you like the videos, leave likes and comments, and share them around for all to enjoy!
As painful as it is to sit back and watch the ills and injustices that are currently taking place (and have taken place for longer than I’ve been on this Earth), you find yourself in between the rock of silent, sad acceptance and the hard place of trying to clarify emotionally intense reactions in order to share them as sound, logical points. Luckily, I find myself able to work though most issues with my pen, and it didn’t take much convincing when The SCROTUS reached out to me for inclusion on Shithole, one of the lead singles off of TrumpCard‘s upcoming second release, Cult 45. Rather than put on a performance, The SCROTUS decided that reality spoke more than enough for the sentiments shared in this song, hence a video comprised of news and protest footage juxtaposed against images of American ‘values’. This video is not an easy watch, but it is an important one, especially if we are looking to change this reality in any way, shape or form. Please watch, please share, and please do not be silent against what you feel is unjust or an injustice.
From the digital desk of Growth in Decay Records :
‘San Marcos-based electronic producer Kinder intertwines elements of jazz, funk, new age & house on his new album entitled MG. Applying his background as a bassist and his ear for lovely chord progressions, Kinder creates a lane of his own in the GiD catalogue.
Utilizing live instrumentation & a little programming, he gives his sound a unique and organic feel. The album title MG is derived from his heavy implementation of the classic Moog synthesizer that is found all over the release. After using the Moog for years, Kinder wanted to take a deeper dive into the iconic piece of gear. The goal was to apply it in a different manner than he has in the past.’
There’s no stopping poolboi blu when it comes to output… matter of fact, it seems like poolboi blu is outpacing the technology, which is struggling to keep up with the output of ideas. Despite the short amount of time since the release of Mason, Rain of the Squids stands firm as its own project, and not an echo of the trilogy that Mason was part of. The beats are a bit lusher, but they still manage to keep that signature aesthetic and vibe the has become poolboi blu‘s signature. The writing really stands out, with many different styles and deliveries presented that cover a wide range of topics in a short run, including references to Watchmen, Black Mirror, and a many more (some obvious, some layered). Definitely don’t sleep on this one, share it around, and donate if you can.