“Some friends were kind enough to help me record this two-song, proof of concept video. This was recorded live on 10/13/21. I wanted to get a recording that would show some of the new things I’ve added into my live show, like song interludes, trippy lights, cryptic ramblings, and of course, homemade stage sweatsuits. I can’t wait to hit the road and start doing this in person!”
If you’re throwing any house shows in the Central Texas area, or you’re into creatives unashamedly afraid of being themselves, then get hip to Jupiter Mountain asap.
Apparently, I completely missed the boat on an album that the homie Scuare released about six months ago. Here’s the skinny on the project, straight from Exociety :
“Scuare is a Brazilian-American bedroom rapper/beat maker based in Austin Texas. His intricate flows and melodic tendencies have earned him a small but dedicated following as a member of the duo …&more… and internet rap collective Exociety. In the years since Alphabet Soup, his first solo release, Scuare has steadily evolved a style that is unique to himself.
Phenomonal, almost entirely self-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered, is Scuare’s first solo LP since 2013. Loosely playing off themes of the phenomenal and noumenal world, he illustrates the shift in his thought process; from obsessing over internal analysis towards considerations beyond his own frame of reference, to the world of motivations and perspectives that exists outside his own limited understanding, with the hopes of leading a more empathetic and positive lifestyle. Joined by frequent collaborators no1mportant and Rav, as well as instrumental additions from FLOOG, BlkPwRngr, and Sow, this project marks a new chapter in Scuare’s discography.”
The work is definitely dope, so do the main things : stream the album, download the album and share it around. Because the beautiful people at Exociety care about us as consumers, the album is a name your price download, so if you’ve got a few bucks to spare, make it happen!
A bit of information on Usedtobe, courtesy of our friends at (iN)Sect Records:
Chris McDowell; aka Solar Shield (Austin Boogie Crew) aka Very Rich (Growth In Decay); is now also known as Usedtobe,
Usedtobe came from long nights in art school in Georgia. I had finally gotten the Mirage to actually read the floppy discs it came with, sitting on an endless pile of sampled drums from the internet, with the DX7 and Mopho and no plans outside the house. I was digging deep into the question of ‘what counts’, with file names like isThisFunk? and maybeEnough.
His debut long-player consisting of Boom Bap 90s beats, modern funk sketches and soul flips clocking in at 36 songs and 50 minutes. At 32, he’s been making music for over half his life under different monikers. He also owns a synthesizer company called supersynthesis.com, a musical instrument design and manufacturing firm based in Austin, TX, where he was born and raised. He plays drums, bass, guitar and is absolutely blessed on the keys.
For this record, the equipment he you used: Yamaha DX7, DSI Mopho, Ensoniq Mirage, Ableton Live, the web at large.
This one is money. Check it out, support if you can, and share regardless!
“In a distant land & time before COVID, Tito Strange, Beatnik Chemist & SniperShot drove from Dallas, TX down through Mexico for an epic 22 day adventure in a van. Its was WILD! We hit an 18 wheeler on a mountain road, got attacked by ants in the night, extorted for money, lost a drone in a canyon, almost got arrested shooting a music video on the pyramids and encountered plenty of turquoise water! It was too much epic-ness to list, but through it all we created a cool, laid back, 5 song EP recorded in a van in Mexico. The Turquoise Waterfalls EP is the first release from SniperShot‘s collab project: Fibonacci All Stars. The Turquoise Waterfalls EP and Vlog Series is out now! Appreciate your support!”
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“(iN)Sect Records out of Austin, TX, are currently celebrating their 13th year of putting out experimental/hip-hop/punk rock/noise music in the form of vinyl, Flexi-disc, frisbee, chip clips, shirts and cassettes. House Shoes is a Detroit-born producer and DJ, who now lives in Los Angeles and runs the acclaimed record label, Street Corner Music. He has been a friend and supporter of the label for the last decade. We asked House Shoes if he would be down to mix some songs from the first 10 years of our releases (2008-2018). He turned in an absolute beast of mix to mark a chapter in our history. This mix of over 30 songs from our catalog includes songs by: J-1 tHE DEER, Ras G, House Shoes, aLive, Sir Froderick, Chanes, SelfSays, Guilty Simpson, Butcher Bear, Kinder, Muamin Collective and more. Check the tracklist and head over to insectrecords.org/podcast to listen and DL the mix for free.”
FetSounds has very quickly established itself as a full-service recording, performing and documentation space in the few months it’s been in San Marcos. Many bands have utilized the space for album release parties and special events, including local favorites Rusty Dusty. In collaboration with Possum Trot Studios, the band decided to use the performance space to document the first official live performance of their recent release Cleanse. With a handful of cameras, some dramatic lights and their deeply diverse and moving sounds, Rusty Dusty charged through their new project much to the delight of those in attendance. If you’ve not had a chance to sit down and listen to Cleanse yet, this might be a great way to get familiar with the project. Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, share it around, and find Cleanse on your favorite streaming site or store front to support!
Austin-based MC Chucky Blk has never been one to shy away from introspection and self-reflection, especially with his background as a poet. His latest release, Late Summer, is a mellow celebration of realizing your potential and living in that moment for as long as possible. Be it academically, creatively, socially, or any other -ly that you can manifest, Chucky Blk has it covered lyrically. With the help of a handful of friends and director WeSeeWaves, Chucky Blk has partnered the song with a video that manages to celebrate the moment and nostalgia at the same time. The switches between color and black and white are a nice touch, and more than anything, the very real moments captured resonate wholly in combination with the song. Definitely put this one on your watch list, leave a comment and a like, and spread the love by sharing it around.
The College of Hip-Hop Knowledge (CHHK) has a monster roster that stays high quality and high quantity with the output. The most recent example of these tenants, as well as the diversity of the crew, is found via SOTU (Sound of the Underground), the collective form of solo MCs The Culprit and Mic Trey. The single, In A Zone, not only has an incredibly catchy track that the two lyricists do all kinds of verbal gymnastics for, but a video with some serious visual effects of space-age tech that makes the duo look like science-fiction film characters in a strange world. Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to enjoy!
(iN)Sect Records has always been known for their top tier collection of producers, beatmakers and electronic composers, but that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that many talented musicians can be found in the label’s ranks. Black Mercy, an Austin-based supergroup of sorts, are one of the bands on the roster, and they’re setting off 2020 with a bang in the form of For The Man Who Has Everything, a recent 45 they’ve dropped, and the DIY-charm and aesthetic of the crew is captured in PTSD, the first single and video. Rather than go for a traditional showcase or glamour video, Black Mercy opted to do a twist on the old school punk video by switching out skate footage for fingerboard footage, to a great impact. Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same!