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!
Kenny Casanova and Jeffrey Garcia are certainly not strangers when it comes to collaboration. Garcia is responsible for a large handful of the first wave of PNTHN music videos, and breakout member Kenny Casanova has always been on a different wavelength than most rappers, Texas-based or otherwise. Their latest collaboration, the beautifully insane Who Is Uuu, is a celebration of all things the duo has established as earmarks to their styles : a funky track, off-kilter and chameleon-like rhymes, a bright color palatte, and a wildly structured narrative full of homage to entertainment from years past. There’s not much to dislike about this video, if anything at all, so go ahead and check it out, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around so it can go properly viral.
After a dual run of change (a change in location and a change in band name), the power couple and dynamic duo of Texas trip hop that is yawny yelly glowy floaty is throwing their hat back in the creative ring. Their latest release, the single It’s A Good World, is an esoteric journey into the joy that is being alive and being connected to what you love, whether that is something, someone, or a combination of the two. Check out the song if you’re needing a reaffirmation that things will be ok, despite reality trying its best to prove otherwise.
“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 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.
Back in his long-haired heyday, Michael Bolton proclaimed that “love is such a wonderful thing”. That man has never lied. The wordplay rings true to this day. Anyway, do yourself a solid. Look in the mirror and repeat: “somebody loves you”. Let’s do this.
“On S.L.Y., Sivion, Bavu Blakes, The ARE and NickNack check in on their strong friends (each other). The result of their digital palavers is this syrupy and snappy jam that will lay the smackdown on lockdown. The ARE‘s production is fresher and funkier than fish wrapped in foil. The way that synths and percussion pops and drops will make you clap to this. Toe taps and finger snaps are included. Sivion and Bavu Blakes know it’s all about the love as they drop healthy servings of home-cooked happiness and reflection. On the first verse, Sivion confesses that he’s “guilty of a lot of things I had to unlearn”. Cancel culture be damned! Self-accountability is a superpower, and Sivion is Black Superman. On the closing verse, Bavu Blakes whips up some wicked wordplay with lines like “life moves in cycles, are you backpedalling?:. Questions deserve answers, and we all need to know. You, most importantly.
Whatever your love language is, there is a lot to love about music when the loving is this good.”
Definitely don’t sleep on this goodness. Share it around, and cop it while it’s ‘name your price’… maybe even donate a buck or two!
If there were an underground MC whose musings I wouldn’t mind listening to in a collective, non-album intended format, I’d imagine it’d be Virgil Wolfe, based simply on their penchant for deep analytical thought and the skill of wording the unique way they views the world. With B-Sides, a project released on Bandcamp‘s September-edition of their revenue sharing special, we get the closest thing to a free roam through Virgil Wolfe‘s mind that I imagine we are able to get… musical sketches, abstract and experimental sequences and a handful of proper songs make up the project, all with a surprisingly strong ability to hold together despite their different reasons for and times of creation. If you’re looking for a chance to support a true original, definitely drop a few bucks for Virgil Wolfe, and if nothing else, share this one around for others to take part in.
As a child of the 1980s and 1990s, I have a fond memory of music videos and the important role they played in both television programming and artist promotion/development. MTv was a cultural landmark of massive proportions, and from my earliest memories of the channel (prior to its shift towards reality television programming), I must admit that the onslaught of music videos inspired and shaped me. Decades later, the game may have changed in regards to what cable offers, but websites like YouTube have not only stepped in to fill the void, but it gives many artists a platform that they otherwise would not have gotten due to the big business gatekeepers. I’ve been planning on getting my second YouTube channel going for quite a while, and now that DOOMtube is officially operational, I am proud to present the first of what will (hopefully) be a number of programs on the channel : DOOMpeerREVIEW. If you like music videos, supporting local artists, and a slight touch of the way things used to be, don’t delay… subscribe now to be notified about new uploads, and share the channel with others so they can do the same.
‘Been a minute since I felt like plopping this one. I was all prepped to do this in 2018 but had some emo issues of my own flare up. In the heat of the 2020 Texas Summer, and Coronavirus election year shenanigans I bring you this…something to make it simultaneously worse and better (haha). A continuation of the first volume, maybe trading some tender love for some of the other themes, a mixtape nonetheless. There is still Summer left. Ride with me.’
From the digital desk of Urban Heat‘s Jonathan K. Horstmann:
In the spring of 2020 I started working on a collection of songs with the intention of going into the studio with Jonas Wilson (Mr. Pink Records), as was our practice with previous releases. COVID-19 had other plans, and my family found itself needing to leave Texas to quarantine in North Carolina with my wife’s family. Jonas and I decided I would finish the songs remotely and send them to him for mixing. This meant driving to the East Coast in a car packed with my wife, daughter, dog, outboard studio gear and a ton of synths. Nearly 2 months later we returned to Texas with finished songs, one of those being Running Out of Time.
I think we’ve all been changed by the experience. Quarantining with your family teaches you a lot about yourself, your limits, and how to be patient. Recording on your own provides insight on your choices, how you make decisions, and how to forgive yourself.
When it came time for a video we got the band together for a socially distanced shoot. Everyone’s parts were filmed individually in a home studio and cut together. I filmed Kevin and Pax, and my wife Hannah stepped in when it came time to film my parts.