Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

St. Vincent Video

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The video is out for Actor Out of Work, and catches the quirkiness of the song perfectly. Check it out:

Via Gorilla vs Bear.

SX for Less

Friday, March 13th, 2009

You don’t have to to spend a bajillion dollars on a badge to have a crazy good time during SXSW. If you got one, you’re awesome. But if you’re as broke as a lot of folks in these crazy times now (me), you don’t even have to wrangle up a wristband to get in on the fun. And broke or not, who can pass up a sale? Here are a few freebies and cheapies that guarantee good times. Save your money for beer!

Kick it off Friday, March 13th at The Mohawk. Just $9 gets you in without a badge for AMODA’s Digital Showcase featuring live electronic music and digital art. 16 electronic DJs will compete in a a series of elimination rounds, battling it out on their laptops. Austin’s Phranchyze and Zeale will emmcee at the event, and a panel of judges will decide the winners of each round. Digital artists from across the U.S. and the U.K. will showcase their talents, and this is a great way to support the non-profit AMODA in a SXSW event that showcases digital art at it finest.
Digital Showcase

Thursday, March 19th there’s good news if you like Punk, Pop and Hip Hop – (even on a budget.) Daddy Fat Sacks, A.K.A. Big Boi of Outkast, is headlining a show at Austin Music Hall featuring K’Naan in this Afropunk showcase. Anyone can attend for $15, with or without a badge (or fat sacks). Also, you can follow the link above for a chance to win one of ten free pairs of tickets from Do512. Hey Ya!
Big Boi

Wednesday, March 18th – Saturday, March 21st – Get to the booty bar! Every day and night there’s something going on at the inside stage and in the backyard that’s totally free. Just RSVP. I’m looking forward to catching DJ Craze at 1:00AM, FREE on Friday the 20th – all cash on beer! And if that’s not enough booty for ya, check The Beauty Bar’s MySpace page for even MORE FREE SHOWS, like this one presented by Art Disaster. These free parties are happening day and night during SX.

Thursday, March 19th – Saturday, March 21st – Three nights of awesome FREE concerts at Auditorium Shores. No RSVP required! Gates open at 5:00PM Thursday and Friday, and the fun starts at noon on Saturday. Catch free performances by M. Ward, The Cold War Kids, Erykah Badu and more. Also enjoy festival food, local vendor booths and arts and crafts from some of Austin’s finest artisans. Our own Explosions in the Sky will finish things off with a bang Saturday night at 8:00PM. Though the event is free, no outside food or drinks are allowed. So go sell some plasma, and enjoy these free outdoor shows with some cold beer! (No pets allowed this year.)Explosions

Saturday, March 21st – As if there weren’t enough to do on Saturday, how ’bout The Knuckle Rumbler with Taking place at Peckerhead’s on 6th, this event features early sets by Austin’s Scorpion Child and Zeale. Later, Lady Sovereign and “cyber-girl from outerspace” Janelle Monáe are among other performers to take stage. Big Boi fans will recognize this fellow ATL native whose unique fashion sense and musical stylings are freakishly similar to that of Outkast’s other half, Andre 3000. (Listen to her hit song “Violet Stars Happy Hunting” for a good time.) Did I mention this entire lineup is FREE? Plus there’s lots of free alcohol, drinks, food and goodies being offered at this shindig.
Sometimes life takes badges or wristbands… but for everyone else, there’s free stuff.

Official SXSW 2009 Gigantor Lineup

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Posted on the SXSW site is the official (preliminary) lineup of over 1,100 bands.

ETA In our blog, you’ve already read (or will be seeing something soon) about YellowFever, St. Vincent, Pompeii, Peter Bjorn & John, Mirah, Kraak & Smaak, JC & Co., Horse Feathers, Grizzly Bear, Explosions in the Sky, the Crystal Method, Trey Brown, and Balmorhea. These are just some of the artists we are excited about seeing, and there are many more still to be announced.

Wild For 2009

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

2008 was a great year in entertainment: New Portishead, Santogold, Thievery Corporation… Not to mention The Dark Knight, The Fall and other awesome films that stormed our DVD collections. Now looking ahead, there are a few releases set for 2009 that I’m genuinely and proudly geekin’ out for in anticipation. On the top of the list is Spike Jonze’s film adaption of Maurice Sendak’s classic kid’s story:

Where The Wild Things Are

This was hands down one of my favorite lil’ twisted stories from my littleness. And though there’s nothing worse than having Hollywood corrupt, exploit or plain ruin such a magical childhood treasure, I have faith that Jonze is going to do this one justice. The director is sharing ideas with the book’s author in taking the tale to screen, and there are some great actors on board, including Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood).

With a number of stellar music videos under his belt for acts like Bjork, The Beastie Boys, Weezer and Daft Punk, you can count on this film sounding as incredible as it looks. Jonze has enlisted the talent of former girlfriend, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to write nearly the entire soundtrack for the film. Umm… awesome?!

Karen O

According to, the movie will hit theaters October 16, 2009. I’ll be there. Maybe even in a monster suit, covered in bells. Here are a few stills from the film, and some “leaked test footage” here on YouTube. (Does anyone else hear Beck in that clip?)

Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are

While you’re at it, check out Karen O’s sweet run with Adidas and Spike Jonze here. Also, Yeah Yeah Yeahs fans can count on a new YYY album this year, per the group’s blog.

Next in excitement… new Massive Attack in ‘09! The group’s highly-anticipated fifth studio album is rumored to see its release in the spring. According to, the album once thought to be called Weather Underground will be a double-album. “LP5″ is now the working title of the record. Whatever the name, the album will be a follow-up to 2003’s 100th Window, and Collected, MA’s Best Of record, which was released in 2006. Various sources on the net mention collaborations with TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe, Stephanie Dosen, Dot Allison, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn, Horace Andy, Mike Patton and Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Whatever the formula of collaborators, Massive Attack always delivers magic. Fingers crossed that it’s sooner than later. “Let the wild rumpus start!”

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!