In conjunction with the recent music-industry shift of most official record-release dates from Tuesdays to Fridays, we’re moving our weekly Austin360 On The Record roundup of new local releases to Fridays. Also check out our 360 Mixtape, with Deborah Sengupta Stith and Eric Webb looking at the week’s non-local releases.
This week’s big news is today’s long-awaited arrival of Gary Clark Jr.’s “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim,” his second studio album on the Warner Bros. label. Our extended review from Thursday’s American-Statesman is online at mystatesman.com. An excerpt:
“Musically, the album, recorded at Austin’s Arlyn Studios, finds Clark firmly in the driver’s seat: He leads with his signature guitar playing and a vocal style that alternates between gritty blues and sweet falsetto, but he also lays down most of the bass, drums and keyboard tracks himself. (On the alluring ‘Wings,’ for instance, everything but local singer Tameca Jones’ backing vocal comes from Clark.) He even takes up harmonica on ‘Church,’ a simple but striking acoustic number in which Clark pauses to remind himself that ‘I was taught to be patient, and I was taught to be kind.’ Its stripped-down folk arrangement reminds that Clark pays little attention to boundaries of style or genre: He bounces from the old-school soul of ‘BYOB’ to the dirty blues of ‘Shake’ to the sonic adventurousness of ‘Star’ as if they’re all part of his own personal musical genre.”
Clark plays Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Ghostbunny, “Silver Tongue.” The first full-length album from the new-wave-influenced rock quintet follows last year’s self-titled EP. Release show Sept. 12 at the Parish. Here’s a video for the track “Static Love”:
Joe King Carrasco y Los Side FX, “Chiliando” (Anaconda). With song titles like, “Adios Terlingua,” “Tengo Muchachita” and “Who Put the P in Pendejo,” Joe King Carrasco leaves no doubt that he’s still the same Tex-Mex rock ’n’ roll party maestro who burst on the scene 30-odd years ago and became Austin’s unlikely early-MTV hero. The title track and the fun-loving anthem “Tequila Revolution” (“con salsa y limon”) groove to swaying Latin rhythms and Spanish-language lyrics that no doubt are perfect fits for Nacho Daddy, the restaurant in Carrasco’s part-time home of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, where he and his band play regularly. But he also makes a not to his Texas hometown of Dumas in the opening track “My Ding Dong Daddy (Don’t Daddy No Mo),” a sly reference to the swing-jazz classic “Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas.” Backing him as Los Side FX are guitarist Albert Besteiro, bassist Chuggy Hernandez and drummer Vince Mejia. Carrasco is the special guest of Ernie Durawa for the Tex-Mex drummer’s weekly gig at Strange Brew on Sept. 29. Here’s the track “Arrested in My Hammock”:
SEPT. 15: Autumn, self-titled, release show Sept. 13 at North Door.
SEPT. 18: Charlie Belle, “I Don’t Want to Be Alone” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Stubb’s Jr.
SEPT. 18: Ali Holder, “From My Veins Will Fall” EP, release show Sept. 19 at Cactus Cafe.
SEPT. 19: Joe Ely, “Panhandle Rambler,” playing Oct. 24 at Strange Brew.
SEPT. 19: Karen Chisholm, “Love’s Road,” release show Sept. 19 at One-2-One Bar.
SEPT. 25: Patty Griffin, “Servant of Love” (via Thirty Tigers), playing Sept. 23 at Paramount Theatre.
SEPT. 25: Shawn Colvin, “Uncovered” (Fantasy).
SEPT. 25: Will Johnson, “Swan City Vampires” (Undertow), in-store Sept. 25 at Waterloo Records.
OCT. 2: Wild Child, “Fools” (Dualtone), playing Nov. 28 at Stubb’s.
OCt. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Mockingbird” (Smith), release show Oct. 15 at White Horse, in-store Oct. 18 at Waterloo Records.
OCT. 2: Dawn & Hawkes, “Yours and Mine,” release show Oct. 2 at One World Theatre.
OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, “One” (Modern Outsider), release show Sept. 26 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
OCT. 2: Kinky Friedman, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met” (Avenue A/Thirty Tigers).
OCT. 9: Israel Nash, “Silver Season” (Loose/Thirty Tigers), playing Nov. 12 at Stubb’s Jr.
OCT. 9: Mother Falcon, “Good Luck Have Fun” (Universal Music Classics), playing Aug. 21 at North Door.
OCT. 16: Sweet Spirit, “Cokomo” (Nine Mile).
OCT. 16: Oh Hellos, “Dear Wormwood,” playing Nov. 21 at Stubb’s Jr.
OCT. 23: “Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins,” tribute album featuring tracks from many Austin artists including James McMurtry, Shinyribs, Sunny Sweeney, Jon Dee Graham and Gurf Morlix. Release show Oct. 19 at Waterloo Records.
LATE OCTOBER: Big Cat, self-titled (Mark One), new local supergroup featuring Malford Milligan, Roscoe Beck, Dave Sebree, Les Fisher and Stefano Intelisano.
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