Archive for October, 2008

Halloween Mischief Opportunities

Friday, October 31st, 2008

If you’re in the mood for treats tonight, downtown Austin is serving up a heaping portion of fun, holiday insanity, and of course, great music. First and formost, Sound Tribe Sector 9 will be blasting your ears off and driving you to get your groove on at Stubbs. These guys are known for their awesome live shows, and if you feel like dancing they are a sure thing. Or if you’re in the mood for something a bit quieter, Club DeVille’s lineup is stellar: touring group the Redwalls bring late 60’s-tinged indie garage rock with effortless vocal harmonies, and locals Frank Smith and Bankrupt and the Borrowers are supporting bands that would be worth seeing even without the lure of a great main act.

If you’re more into venturing away from the hysteria of downtown; you still have some great options. There is the 5th Annual White Ghost Shivers Ball in south Austin, and the Lemurs with the Laughing and Low Line Caller at Victory Grill on the east side (only $5 if you come in costume!).

Think you’ll be recovered enough tomorrow to go out? The Texas Book Fair is going on both Saturday and Sunday in the Capitol. You can listen to some great authors and panel discussions, and do some sight-seeing at the capitol at the same time. That evening, local electro-rockers the Black and White Years are playing a fundraiser at Club DeVille. Or if you’re more in the mood for some cumbia, Rock y Roll Dia is going on at the Mohawk, with some awesome Latin beats. Also competing for your cover: the Mountain Goats and Kaki King at Antone’s, T-Bird and the Breaks at Emo’s with Fiction and Wine and Revolution, and the Invincible Czars at Room 710.

Tonight is Important

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

If you care about live music in Austin, be at City Hall tonight by 7:30. No ifs, ands, or buts; if you’re not there then you can’t complain about the downtown scene dying. If you want the chance to speak your mind to the City Council personally, get there at 7pm and claim 3 minutes of opinionated talk, unfiltered, in front of them.

If you care about the noise ordinances, parking, and development issues, along with many other problems concerning the live music scene, show up and show the Council that it is important to you.

Here is a report of the proposals the Council-appointed Live Music Task Force are recommending to the city, so get yourself up-to-speed on the issues at stake, and then SHOW UP tonight. Parking is free in the City Hall garage, and you’re not going to have trouble finding spots, so you’ve got no excuse. We’ve had Troy Dillinger in studio before talking about his campaign to Save Austin Music; this directly relates.

Massive Attack & the D-O-G-G?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008


We couldn’t make that up. Robert 3D Del Naja and Grant Marshall of Massive Attack have collaborated with rapper Snoop Dogg under the name of 100 Suns for a song featured in the film In Prison My Whole Life that was released in the UK last weekend. The film is a documentary about the controversy over the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a man who has been on death row since 1981 after being convicted of shooting a policeman. In the song “Calling Mumia”, Massive Attack demonstrates their political activism (not suprisingly), while the legendary rapper takes a brand new opportunity to %@$k the po-lice in rhyme (not suprisingly). The result of their efforts is as hard-hitting as the song I Against I, MA’s collaboration with Mos Def, recently played on Chillville. Both Snoop Dogg and Mos Def also appear in the movie. Other artists featured in the music-heavy film span from Billie Holiday to Rage Against the Machine and The Roots.

MA have been featured in many films, including The Matrix, Go and Snatch. The band also created the entire soundtrack for Danny The Dog, a 2005 film starring Jet Li which was called “Unleashed” in its U.S. release.

Until In Prison My Whole Life comes to the States, grab some gin and juice, and plug into this.

October 26th Catch of the Day – Jon Asher

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

If you look at Jon Asher’s MySpace page, you might first think that maybe you saw this kid hanging out at the food court in your local shopping mall. He may look young, but the guy can really belt out some great tunes. Hailing from Arizona, Jon has taken complete control of his music by writing, composing, and producing all of his tracks. The first time I heard him, I was thinking that this must be some new Gavin Rossdale project; however, the ethereal electronics make it clear that it is not. Come to find out, he has in fact been compared to Gavin along with the likes of Depeche Mode, and the earlier works of Dirty Vegas. The good thing is that MTV is giving him a lot of support by playing his music during several shows on the network. Today’s catch is “The Noise Inside My Head”, which I absolutely love. Enjoy!

Chillville October 26, 2008

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Be sure to check out our MySpace Page to see the “Chillville Concert Calender” along with other audio/vidual goodies. We will have tickets to Conor Oberst, and TV on the Radio, so tune in for your chance to win. Also, you can now listen to the streaming broadcast of Chillville and other 101X shows at

  • Fingerpistol – Rescue
  • Depeche Mode – Precious
  • Feist – Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix)
  • Royksopp – Remind Me
  • Primal Scream – Higher than the Sun
  • Flaming Lips – Waiting for Superman
  • (9:30) Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer
  • Boards of Canada – Julie and Candy
  • Saint Etienne – Nothing Can Stop Us Now
  • Air – Playground Love
  • Samantha James – Deep Surprise
  • (10:00) Radiohead – Knives Out
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – Like a Star
  • Grandaddy – Where I’m Anymore
  • Thievery Corporation – Beautiful Drug
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School – Class System (Ft. Pharell and Julee Cruise)
  • Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
  • (10:30) Coldplay – God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (Def Inc. Remic)
  • Fujiya & Miyagi – Pickpocket
  • Portishead – Mysterons
  • The Dandy Warhols – You Were the Last High
  • Massive Attack – What Your Soul Sings
  • (11:00) Lemongrass – Habla Mi Corazon (Dreamy Version)
  • Nine Inch Nails – The Great Destroyer (Modwheelmood Remix)
  • Moby – Porcelin
  • MC 900 Ft. Jesus – While the City Sleeps
  • (11:30) Morcheeba – Sao Paulo
  • Jon Asher – The Noise Inside My Head (Catch of the Day)
  • Band of Horses – Detlef Schrempf
  • Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch (Hot Chip Remix)
  • Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby

Chill’d Sounds & Sights

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Have you experienced the work of San Francisco artist Andrew “Android” Jones? If you have Bassnectar’s Underground Communication album, then you’ve seen some of this guy’s amazing digital work. But don’t stop there! His art is definitely something to explore…

Bassnectar art

A leader in the digital fine art community, Android’s work is featured on the box cover of the newly released Corel Painter X, impressively reflecting the limitless possibilities of the medium from someone who has obviously mastered its application. He created the album art for Soulfly’s recent release as well. Yet, all of his work seems to capture light and energy in a beautifully original way, no matter the subject. A great deal of his art is musically-themed or inspired, featuring MCs, turntablists, cell phones, iPods and other aspects of technology that color his world and ours. Android Jones has recently been touring with underground DJs and bands, performing live on-stage as a digital painter as well. This is something we’re definitely looking out for.

Adam & Eve - Android Jones

Find more on Jones on MySpace.

Android Jones

Another artist to check out is Scott Hansen A.K.A. Tycho on sounds or ISO50 for his visual work. Also from San-Francisco, this multi-talented artist played an amazing show at the Mohawk in March, and we can’t wait for him to return! Fans of Boards of Canada will also like Tycho’s textural and beautifully-layered soundscapes. His 2006 release Past is Prologue is great for a dreamlike listen.

ISO50 art

Fans of Sigur Rós might also enjoy the similar themes of innocence and wonder that dance around in Tycho’s world. Tycho music creates a beautful atmosphere for anything you may be doing. Try it with a rainy drive or anytime you need a positive chill. In fact, check it out Sunday morning here on Chillville. You may have seen Hansen’s art featured on the recent tribute album to Björk’s Post.

Bjork by ISO50

ISO50 graphic designs are a compliment to Tycho’s music as well, adding inspired visual representations of his sound to any release. If you like his style, there are ISO50 prints and t-shirts available for purchase here. Yoink!

ISO50 art

Art and music does the soul good.

If you know any chill’d artists of note, please share with us!

Tonight at the Parish

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Silent Land Time Machine, a one-man project seemingly dedicated to beautiful noise, strikes you first with its strong sense of momentum. The music isn’t purposeful, exactly, but you get the feeling nevertheless that its creator, known simply as Jon, has a specific destination in mind. If so, it is one he doesn’t mind achieving through a circuitous route: meandering past country road and seaside alike towards completion, maybe even bringing you back to where you first began. Looping his solo sound, he layers violin and viola, guitar, percussion, accordion, piano, found audio, some live vocals, and seemingly whatever strikes his fancy into the mix, and the resulting sound is complex, organic, and above all, beautiful.

Tonight is his album release show at the Parish, supported by Silver Pines and Andrew Tinker, along with a special performance from the Indian Queen Medley.