My band Bad Breaks (like us on Facebook!) is playing a show with Austin’s TV Torso, Hundred Visions, and Austin Leonard Jones this weekend at the Ten Eleven, and above is the Halloween-inspired poster for the gig. TV Torso is led by Matt Oliver, formerly of seminal ATX indie group Sound Team. I saw Sound Team open for Spoon at La Zona Rosa in 2007, which was their second-to-last show with that lineup and name. Four years later, I saw Oliver’s new project TV Torso open for the Walkmen at Stubb’s and was blown away by the songwriting and sound. The next day I downloaded their Status Quo Vadis EP and loved it, especially tracks “Slanderer’s Stew” (below) and “Two Glass Eyes” (which also inspired the poster above). TVT just released a new three-song EP, Clear Lake Strangler, which is unsurprisingly excellent. Really stoked to play this show.
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“Feel it in My Bones” is a brand-new Bad Breaks song I’ve been kicking around for a bit, and we recently gave it a live debut at my new favorite San Antonio venue, 502 Bar. This is actually only the second time we played it as a full band (the first time was during soundcheck a few minutes before). Scott Andreu, head of local label Texas is Funny Records, was on hand to film the show and he produced this video under his other imprint, Bands I Know. Check it out, and check out Scott’s other videos on his YouTube page.
This week’s Current is devoted to local music — and SA band Pop Pistol graces the cover this year for being voted Best Indie Rock Band. For this shoot, I thought it would be fun for them to interact with the cover type, so I cut out the words by hand and photog Josh Huskin took care of the rest. I think it’s a lot of fun, and while the winners list always draws mixed emotions (sample comment: “This city sucks balls. That’s why most of the bands on this list are shitty”), I think anything that provokes any kind of reaction from our sometimes-too-apathetic city is better than no reaction at all. I personally like enjoy the music of several bands that did well on the list, and it also showed me a few that I’d never heard before but am now eager to check out. So congratulations to the winners of our little popularity contest … we’ll see you ’round the clubs.
Our friends from Pennsylvania, Toy Soldiers, are here in Texas for SXSW and playing a quick SA show with my band We Leave at Midnight (now on Spotify!) and another band I play with, Black Magic and the Full Exposé. BMATFE is led by Alex Wash, who lends his considerable piano talents to my primary band, Bad Breaks. I’m really pleased with how the poster came out — I wanted to work in the state of Pennsylvania somehow, and the flag solution is almost subliminal. Looking forward to this show, should be a good one. Here’s a video of Toy Soldiers:
My band Bad Breaks has been hard at work on our first LP, so we haven’t been playing any gigs lately (in fact, our last performance was at my art show at LoneStar Studio last August). Last weekend we returned to the stage at Boneshakers and performed a brand-new song, (currently titled) “The Way Things Are.” Ricardo Martinez, an old schoolmate of mine who is now a professional musician and producer, sat in on alto sax and did a fantastic job. While Bad Breaks has always favored sax/woodwinds in other songs, I think this one helped me work out my obsession with the smooth sounds of Destroyer’s Kaputt, my favorite record of 2011.
My solo band, Bad Breaks, is a little less than halfway done recording our first LP (currently titled “LP1″ for brevity’s sake). I’ve been trying to document the recording process on my iPhone 4S. the above video features snippets of pianist Alex Wash (also of Black Magic & the Full Exposé) tracking my song “Get it Right.” Below is a video of me tracking the drums for a newer song, “Good For Me.” Enjoy.
Last weekend, the San Antonio Current celebrated its 25th anniversary with a free 1980s party at La Villita in the heart of downtown. My band, Bad Breaks, performed a short, one-time-only ’80s set (featuring Genesis, Tears for Fears, The Romantics, New Order, and an semi-unironic cover of WHAM!’s “Careless Whisper”), decked out in our retro ’80s finest. (If footage from our set surfaces, I’ll post it here.) Everybody had a blast, and Stephen Castro of Miranda Studios was filming all night to produce the Current‘s official video recap. Check it out, plus some party photos below.
Last month my musical friends and I did a full live album cover of Radiohead’s Kid A, continuing a series of live album covers that has included Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and OK Computer. But we are not a cover or tribute band: Each show was put together in roughly four weeks, and every performance was 100% free of charge. And, with the exception of OK Computer, we’ve never performed any album twice.
Which is why we are so thrilled to have the night documented. Our comrades at Magic Spoon Productions and Miranda Studios collaborated to produce the definitive film experience of the performance. Everyone did an amazing job that night; I’m glad to have such talented friends. Check out more videos by Magic Spoon and Miranda Studios, including videos from some of our previous live album covers (linked above).