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.
Some posters I designed for shows at 502 Bar, a new venue in San Antonio that has quickly become my favorite place to play live music. The first poster is for Daniel Hart, an incredibly talented Dallas-based violinst/guitarist who has collaborated with a who’s who of indie-rock musicians including St. Vincent, Beck, Andrew Bird, Jim Eno of Spoon, Broken Social Scene, the Polyphonic Spree, and more. I had the privilege of opening for him that night playing drums for Chris Maddin. Hart’s newest album, The Orientalist, is superb, rich, and one of my favorite releases of the past year. Below is a video of Hart performing “Happy Forever” at 502, one of my top two favorites of that record.
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.