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TONIGHT: Black and White Years debut their AMAZING new LP, Patterns.

So, this is probably the most self-serving item I have ever posted on Austin Eavesdropper.

Why?  Well, it’s written by GARY!, and this is the story of how GARY! and I met. So in that way, it’s also one of the most sentimental items I’ve ever posted on Austin Eavesdropper.  

Grin.

Anyway. Basically, what you need to know is, The Black and White Years, Austin’s electro-dance-music-with-smart-lyrics-band, is releasing their new LP Patterns tonight at The ND.  It is incredibly catchy, the Internet is freaking out about it, and I have been listening to the whole album on repeat this past week. Sample one of the singles, “Up!” here.

Here’s GARY! to tell you the rest. Remember — I’m warning you — the first part is straight-up flattery, and I’m a bit of an ego maniac just for posting it.

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from gary!:

About two years ago, I was at The Mohawk for the YELLE show, when a friend of mine ran up to me and said, “I just met the cutest girl, and the two of you just HAVE to meet! You are going to LOVE her!”

If it sounds like he was gushing, it’s because he was, not to mention that’s just how gay folk talk when they get excited. I must have looked a little puzzled because he went on to explain, “She writes for this new blog in town called “That Austin Girl.” Now at this point in time I had never heard of a blog called “That Austin Girl,” nor had I ever met the pocket-sized blond girl behind it.

We did actually end up meeting that night in October, if only in passing, but my friend was right.  I was immediately taken by this HUGE personality trapped inside such a compact frame. We ran into each other a few other times after that, and we finally decided that if we were both going to inadvertently stalk each other’s social calendars, that we should probably exchange number.  God forbid, we both showed up at an event wearing the same thing.

Fast forward to the middle of November 2008.  I had heard about a show taking place at The Compound called “The Black and White Years: The East Side Remix.”  Tolly and I had previously bonded over the fact that we thought The Black and White Years were one of the most exciting things happening in the Austin music scene.  I mean, it’s not every day a local up and coming band is approached at SXSW by Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison, and are asked if they’d like help in producing a debut album, right?  So, I rang Tolly.

It was an awesome night, and the start of a great friendship. Did I mention it was something like 35 degrees that night?  I think that officially makes us hardcore fans.

So!  It turns out that history will kind of be repeating itself tonight. The Black and White Years have a show tonight at The ND at 501 Studios.  This is their official album release party for Patterns, and their first single “Up!” has been garnering some heavy play on both 101x and KUT, as well as another favorite track of mine called “Everything’s Eventual.”

The first three times I heard the new songs on the radio I whipped out my phone and tried to SoundHound/Shazam it, only to end up feeling a little defeated when nothing pulled up. I actually found myself sitting in my car, praying the DJ would tell me who was behind the awesomeness (Praise Jesus for Andy Langer and Matt Riley!).  Since then, I’ve wised up and learned that they are actually streaming all of Patterns from their MySpace page, and I’m happy to report that this band has no idea what a sophomore slump is. The album is chocked full of danceable beats and catchy choruses, and I think our friend Happy put it best when he said, “Holy ish. This album is fun. Like REALLY fun.”

Here is a little taste of what you can expect tonight. From Patterns: The song “Animal Behaviors.”

And from Sip Sip — opening for The Black and White Years — “Continental Breakfast.”


What I am trying to say is: You should seriously come out tonight and get your dance on.  (And to help two Austin Eavesdroppers celebrate their 2nd Friendaversary).

details:
101X Homegrown Live Presents: The Black and White Years CD Release Party with Sip Sip and MoTel Aviv
When: Doors – 9pm, MoTel Aviv – 10 pm, Sip Sip – 11 pm, B&WY’s – 12am

Where: THE ND @ 501 STUDIOS // 512.485.3001
Tickets: $8 at the door, Get there early for $3 Shiner’s and free pizza from Mr Gatti’s (while it lasts)
Love,
GARY!
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GUEST POST: Intern Jeronimo reviews Fox Royal!

Happy Wednesday, all!

So, a few weeks ago, you might remember me mentioning that Austin Eavesdropper now has an intern. That was totally true. And if you are a publicist and have been following instructions (pitching austineavesdropper [a] gmail.com instead of the old Hotmail address) then you have probably even heard from Jeronimo!

Basically, Jeronimo is awesome. He is utilizing this as a writing internship, so, I invited him to do a couple of guest posts for AE.

Today, Jeronimo is reviewing the new EP, Us Against Us Again, from Austin band, Fox Royal. They have an upcoming show on Tuesday, November 9 at Mohawk.

Thank you to Jeronimo for this post, and please tell us what you think of this review in the comment section! (Constructive criticism only, please).

from jeronimo:

Fox Royal has just released their debut EP, and I’m here to say a few words about it. But before we get into that, let me give y’all a little background on this new group.

The band was started in Lubbock in 2008, when brothers Benjamin Bloom (bass/vocals) and Doug Bloom (guitar/vocals) met Justin Olejnik (drums/ vocals). The band played shows around Lubbock for about a year and a half, until they moved to Austin, where they would meet their fourth member, Lance Logan (guitar/percussion/vocals). A year later the band began recording their first EP Us Against Us Again, and released it in September of 2010.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the music.


For the sake of ending with the good, let’s start with the not so great.

After listening to Us Against Us Again from Fox Royal, I had (and still have) mixed feelings. The instrumentation on this project is actually pretty well done, and is probably the album’s biggest saving grace, but there’s still something left to be desired. The singing style on most of the songs falls pretty flat. I don’t want to call it whiny, because that’s not really the right description, but it just doesn’t feel like there’s any real passion. This makes most tracks feel routine, bordering on mundane. It’s not as if they can’t sing, quite the opposite in fact, but it just seems like they’re still searching for a voice to complement their other talents. That said, there are still some tracks that are worthwhile.

One song in particular really seems to showcase both the instrumental abilities and vocal potential of these young artists: “Across the Room.” This track brings together both talents in a way that, I think, shows a lot of future potential. The main problem with the vocals in other tracks is that it sounds like they’re just trying too hard, instead of letting the lyrics flow in a way that would be as melodically pleasing as the instruments. However, on “Across the Room,” the lyrics flow right along with the beat and bass line, giving this song a near-perfect feel.

All in all, the group’s debut actually shows quite a lot of talent and potential. The main thing to consider is that artists are always growing, developing and getting better at their art. With that in mind, I think we can look forward to seeing better and better things from Fox Royal.

If you would like to listen to Fox Royal’s new EP, Us Against Us Again you can visit their page at ReverbNation.

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A post from GARY! TONIGHT: Maluca — The Forbidden Dance.

Happy Thursday afternoon, everybody!

So, question for you friends. It’s early summer…you college students are up to no good…let me guess. You’re craving a dance party tonight! 
That’s good news, because GARY! – Austin Eavesdropper’s music editor – dropped this treat into my inbox just now, and I wanted to share it with you. Take it away, GARY!:

So if you took part in any of the free SXSW events over the past few years, then you should be no stranger to the guys over at Mad Decent. They throw some ridiculous parties when they swing through Austin, and release even crazier music. What you may or may not know is that Mad Decent is actually the baby of Diplo, a DJ curator of sorts, and also home to people like Crookers, Major Lazer, Rusko, and Blaqstarr.

But the latest Mad Decent addition? MALUCA. And she plays in town tonight, y’all.

When I asked my friend Jill to describe her to me, she did so in the simplest way imaginable: “Think Latin MIA.” Now if that doesn’t insert a compact little visual into your skull, then the only thing to do is see Maluca for yourself. Here’s a short video for the Diplo-produced track, “El Tigeraso,” Maluca’s debut single – an infectious, electric track that draws on the woman’s Dominican merengue roots.


Born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan by Dominican parents, Maluca is that increasingly rare bird – a downtown girl, who brings together the classic cool, glamour, grit and passion of New York City in an instant. She and Diplo met at a karaoke bar, immediately began working together, and the rest, as they say, is history.

If this is perhaps your cup of tea, then you should definitely come down to The ND tonight and catch her show. Make sure to RSVP before the list closes tonight for reduced cover.

(BONUS: Listen to Maluca’s track with Oliver Twizt here.)

See you killers on the dance floor,
g.

Details:
Wet Hot American Party with Maluca
With DJ Orion and Dubbel Dutch, hosted by Misa Soliz.

18 AND UP WELCOME, DOORS AT 8PM

June 17 at The ND (501 Studios)

Sponsored by the Travis County Democratic Party and Ultra8201.com

$7 PRE-SALE AND DOOR TICKETS WHEN YOU RSVP HERE.

$10 OTHERWISE.

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TONIGHT: Game Night and Beautiful Revolver

I am a little late getting this up, but hopefully you know about both of these fun parties tonight anyway!

My friend Erin at Recovering Lazyholic, who did a little interview on Austin Eavesdropper not too long ago, designed this poster for Artifact Workshop and Neiliyo.  She has a great write-up of the CD release for “Game Night,” happening tonight at Club DeVille.  And, get this – instead of selling CD’s, the tracks are going to be made available on a time-sensitive link printed on SLAP BRACELETS! How cool is that?

Immediately following, some of our favorite party-throwers, Knuckle Rumbler, are hosting:

BEAUTIFUL REVOLVER: The Beatles vs. Madonna is at The Scoot Inn tonight, with doors at 9:00pm. RSVP on Do512.

Fun!

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Next Wednesday: Me, Mortified.

                                                                                                      Me, Age 8

WOW.

Yes, that would be me, as a child, in the beautiful Olan Mills portrait you see above. Do you like my sleeves?

Here is another picture from the same “shoot:”

Please note how excited I look to be there. Like, “oh my God! Here I am, posing with these striped column things! Wearing a cumberbund! I’VE MADE IT.”

Anyway friends, the reason I show you these delightful photographs is because a handful of Austinites and I are going to be in Mortified next week, and I want you to come. You’ll probably see these pictures. Or if you’re lucky, Glamour Shots.

But what is Mortified, you ask?

Mortified stars everyday people reading aloud their most embarrassing, pathetic and private teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes – all in front of total strangers.

Part comedy, part theater, and all therapy, Mortified is a comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. From surviving the sixth grade to accounts of nerd molestation to stories of pet neglect, Mortified Austin is bringing you an all new show filled with angsty tales of adolescent woe.”

Mortified is kind of a cultural phenomenon, with the first show beginning in LA several years ago, then spreading to cities all over the country. And our esteemed Austin is one of them! It is also a book, and both book and show have been hailed in Newsweek, Esquire, Glamour, Time Out NY, Bust Magazine, on “This American Life,” and more. And on Austin Eavesdropper, of course!   

Several weeks ago GARY! encouraged me to audition for the Austin one, so I did. I’ll be honest with you: I am both excited and terrified about the show (especially since it involves me reading some of my old, teenage, really really REALLY BAD love letters in front of many people). But, mostly excited.

There are two performances, and both are happening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

wednesday, march 3 at 7:00pm: tickets here

The second show is March 10, and it will go on sale in the next week or so.

I hope you can come!

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