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Hard Pans Album Release at Sam’s Town Point 4/19

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The Hard Pans are a new musical endeavor featuring Jimmy Smith and Claude Bernard of dormant Austin roots-rock outfit The Gourds. The band’s lineup is rounded out by the addition of Mark Creaney (The Gourds ‘ longtime sound engineer) on vocals and guitar.

Their new album, Budget Cuts, is rich with the alt-country twang the Gourds became legendary for. This album feels distinctly more vintage, however – approaching surf, rockabilly, New Orleans jazz, and garage with equal aplomb. Creaney lends a welcome touch of grit to the vocals and a 70s-inspired sound to the songwriting.

The band recently enjoyed a serendipitous cameo on Jimmy Kimmel live during SXSW, looking amazing, as evidenced below.

Budget Cuts is available now on Amazon and iTunes, complete with amazing album cover shot at Tamale House on Airport. You can see the band in action at their album release – this Saturday April 19th at Sam’s Town Point (the best little bar you’ll ever find hidden in the woods across from the HEB at Manchaca & Slaughter.) Or learn more about the band at TheHardPans.com.

10 Places for an Awesome Easter Brunch in Austin

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Put on your Sunday best and gather with a few friends and family for a big, beautiful Easter Brunch. Or roll out of bed and use this opportunity to kick off some day drinking. Whatever you’re into, here is a list of 10 Places To Have An Awesome Easter Brunch in Austin.

  • Yellow Jacket Social Club: Party at the Yellow Jacket for Easter Sunday. Champagne and brunch specials, peep art and Easter Bunny photo ops. Live music at 2pm and TWO petting zoos!
  • Gibson: Their Easter Brunch features $1 Mimosas, $2 Jell-O Shots, $5 Build Your Own Bloody Bar, All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet, Rabbit Omelettes, Deviled Eggs and more.
  • Swift’s Attic: The brunch at Swift’s is routinely great. House made pork sausage and house cured bacon, Chicken Fried Lockhart quail tenders, Foie gras PB&J pancakes, Stuffed French toast and more.
  • The Hightower: This up-and-comer on East 7th offers a brunch menu featuring Grit Waffles with pure cane blackberry syrup and blackberry whipped cream, Boudin Hash, Carnitas and more.
  • La V: Another East 76th newcomer, they’re offering a special Easter Brunch with mouth-watering options such as fennel cured salmon, oysters, wood roasted leg of lamb, farm egg frittata, duck confit hash and more.
  • No Va: This Rainey St. hot spot has a brunch spread that offers Sweet Potato Hash with hot sauce hollandaise, eggs and brussels sprouts, a Broken Yolk Sandwich with house focaccia and farm eggs, Bread Pudding French Toast and more.
  • Max’s Wine Dive: The Easter Brunch Buffet features an array of delectable treats such as French Toast, the MAX ‘n Cheese, the popular Omelet and Breakfast Taco station, Deviled Easter Eggs and more.
  • Chavez: Serving a special brunch on Easter Sunday with more than 70 sweet and savory offerings. Includes made-to-order omelets; homemade waffles and pancakes, empanadas, sopas, and more.
  • Stubb’s Gospel Brunch: Live Gospel music and a buffet featuring southern-style grits, migas, fried catfish and a “make your own” Bloody Mary bar.
  • Russian House of Austin: Offering an unlimited buffet, drink specials, live music, and most importantly, an Easter egg hunt!

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RVRB Records Grand Opening Tomorrow

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Continuing to build upon their psychedelic empire, the Black Angels and their Reverberation Appreciation Society have opened RBVB Records, a storefront on East 7th that offers Austin Psych Fest merchandise, RVRB Label releases, rare and new records and posters.

The shop also features guitars and other accessories curated by The Black Angels’ Christian Bland and Alex Maas, vintage clothing, an outdoor patio stage and the Saigon Le Vendeur food truck. 

The store will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow for Record Store Day, featuring in-store performances by Christian Bland & The Revelators, Alex Maas of The Black Angels, and Chris Catalena & The Native Americans. They will perform stripped down acoustic sets from 4-8pm on the RVRB patio stage. 

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We reached out to Christian Bland about the opening, and he was nice enough to share a list of recommendations for Record Store Day, as well as a list of cool stuff you can find at RVRB Records.

Top 5 RSD releases:

1. The Zombies – I love you
2. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
3. Tame Impala – Live Versions
4. The Yardbirds – Little Games
5. The Zombies – Odyssey & Oracle

Top 5 items in the shop:

1. The Black Angels RSD releases – ‘Clear Lake Forest’ & ‘Phosgene Nightmare’
2. PureSalem Electric Guitars
3. Acid Fuzz Boutique Stompboxes
4. Rima Hyena Jewelry
5. Original Garbage Pail Kids Series 3-6

During the grand opening event tomorrow they will also be taking donations all day for the SXSW Cares fund. You can find more details on Do512 and the RVRB Records Facebook Page.
 

Chrome Sparks with Bagheera at the Parish 4/23

Once upon a time we were worried that every band after Bubba Sparxxx couldn’t possibly be good if they had “sparks” in their name. Rest assured, though, there is one artist coming into town that has nothing to do with Bubba Sparxxx. Trust us: you need to see Chrome Sparks and Bagheera at the Parish.

Chrome Sparks, AKA Jeremy Malvin, is a drummer by nature and a DJ by heart. Well, he’s really damn good at both, so we’ll just leave it at that. He’s played in bands like Miniature Tigers and Rich Aucoin, but he takes his solo DJ sets to an entirely different level.

In his biography, Malvin stated that he told all of his friends he was a great DJ even though he never DJ’ed in his life. After months and months of playing house parties and small shows, he eventually started playing festivals, including Lollapalooza. Take a look at “Marijuana.”

Opening for Chrome Sparks at the Parish is Bagheera. The Texans have opened for groups like M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit and Matthew Dear, recently recorded with Twin Shadow, and are starting to shape the future of electronic music. They’ll play Lolla this year, but don’t miss this more intimate show.

See Chrome Sparks with Bagheera at the Parish on Wednesday, April 23, and check Do512 for more info/a chance to win a pair of tickets.

Laura Mvula w/ Elizabeth McQueen at the Parish 4/22

Many artists that come out of nowhere seem a little, pushed. Let’s face it, MTV isn’t playing modern bands similar to TV on the Radio, Nirvana & Pavement (or any music, for that matter). The bands and musicians that are put at a high level lack individuality and just seem like advertising material. Sometimes, it just isn’t our cup of tea.

The majority of the trendy artists tend to fade out and be replaced by new ones, but every now and then a major label will restore our faith in the music industry (and humanity). We’re excited that one of the most talented finds, Laura Mvula, is playing with Elizabeth McQueen at the Parish on Tuesday, April 22.

There is something about Laura Mvula that we just can’t put our finger on, and it is probably because the diversity in her songs make it hard to classify her music. Some of Mvula’s songs make you want to cry like a little girl. On the same point, other up-beat tracks are reminiscent of a more mainstream tUnE-yArDs, which is a strange comparison to make in general. See what we mean with “Green Garden.”

Her opening act is Elizabeth Queen, a name that’s definitely familiar in Austin. Queen exhausts most of her time performing with Asleep at the Wheel, but all of her other time is spent raising her child and working on solo projects. We’re sure she has hobbies and other things going on, but we have no idea how she keeps up with it all. Check out “You’re to Blame” below.

Keep your faith in music. Check out Laura Mvula & Elizabeth McQueen at the Parish on 4/22. And, because we think you’re cool and that you deserve it, enter to win a free pair of tickets on Do512!

Eisley at Emo’s Tonight: SXSW Cares Benefit

Tyler, Texas. A quiet, unassuming little town in the woods of East Texas. Try telling that to the DuPree kids. Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, Weston and their cousin, Garron, make up indie mainstays Eisley.

The group blossomed in Dallas’ Deep Ellum scene around 2001. Not only had Eisley played well over 100 shows all around Texas, but they were somewhat pioneers of building an online audience to push their music outside their immediate confines. This lead to a record deal with the big boys over at Warner Brothers in 2003.

Last year’s release, Currents, marked the bands 4th LP. The album was recored by Garron, who is also the current bassist of Say Anything. Side-note, Max Bemis of Say Anything is married to Sherri. Try and keep up. All relationships aside, we’re hoping to hear some new tunes this year after their tour wraps up on the 19th of April.

Joining them on this fine adventure is Merriment, a relatively new project consisting of, wait for it, two more DuPree children! The youngest of the bunch, Christie and Collin felt an obligation to carry on the family tradition of making kick ass music with your siblings. The band’s debut album, Sway, just dropped on the 8th and was also recorded by Garron. Be looking out for Merriment in the months to come; we see big things in their future.

Win a pair of tickets for the Emo’s show here! And donate to SXSW Cares! A portion of the proceeds go to the Austin Community Foundation to aid victims of tragedy that occurred on March 13th.

What’s Happening in Austin for Record Store Day

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How To Do Record Store Day in Austin:

  1. Look at the list of RSD releases, figure out what you want to buy.
  2. Wake up early, hit up an Austin Record Store and get in line.
  3. Buy some cool stuff. If they’re sold out, try another store.
  4. Hang out and catch an in-store performance. Maybe drink a beer.

If you’re new, Record Store Day means there’s a bunch of cool, limited-edition releases you can find at hundreds of independently owned record stores across the nation. On the third Saturday of April each year, record stores host in-store performances and stock their shelves with special RSD releases.

Austin has 10 record stores participating, including End of an EarRVRB RecordsWaterloo RecordsEncore RecordsTrailer Space RecordsBreakaway Records and more.

“Record Store Day is a way to celebrate the culture of record stores– the customers who shop there, for the fans to get something special from the artists that they like and for the artists who want to put out a record on the day,” End of an Ear owner Dan Plunkett says. “It’s a way to show people that we are still here, still thriving and let people know we are around.”

Notable: 

  • Waterloo Records will host the Black Angels for an in-store appearance and signing at 5pm. Details here.
  • Alex MaasChristian Bland & the Revelators, and Chris Catalena & the Native Americans will also play acoustic sets at the grand opening of RBVB Records, the official storefront for The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Austin Psych FestDetails here.
  • Breakaway Records is hosting a Record Store Day party with beer, pizza, and DJ sets from Shorty Stump (of Cold Lampin Crew / Sock Hop DJs), Ben Tipton (Burger City), the Breakaway Records Crew and more. Details here.
  • Trailer Space Records will host a performance by John Wesley Coleman and friends at 3pm. Details here.

Here’s a few RSD releases we’re looking forward to:

Ross Bennett’s Top 5:

  • Devo & The Flaming Lips – Side By Side Series

Limited to 7,500 copies. Includes Devo’s “Gates of Steel” from the original DEV-O Live EP and a previously unreleased cover by The Flaming Lips all on gorgeous silver vinyl!

  • Foals – Live at Royal Albert Hall

Eight tracks recorded from Foals’ sold out performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.

  • Man Man – The Man in Turban With Blue Face

Man Man’s 1st full length release. Has never been available on vinyl.

  • of Montreal – Satanic Panic 10th anniversary

of Montreal’s breakthrough album. Remastered, 180-gram vinyl with Disc 1 on Yellow vinyl and Disc 2 on Light Blue vinyl.

  • Notorious BIG – Life After Death Reissue

Reissue of the 1997 second and final studio album from Notorious B.I.G. on triple, clear vinyl

Courtney Goforth’s Top 5:

  • Jake Bugg – Live at Silver Platters

Recorded live January 20, 2014 at Silver Platters in Seattle, WA.

  • Circa Survive & Sunny Day Real Estate – Split 7″

Exclusive Split 7” with a new Sunny Day Real Estate song and a never-before-heard song from Circa Survive. Limited to 2500 copies on burgundy vinyl.

  • Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want to Die

Original plans for the single in 1994 were cancelled due to Kurt Cobain’s death

  • Paramore – Ain’t it Fun

Two tracks on a custom-shaped broken record.

  • Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

10″ glow in the dark single. Who you gonna call?

Lawrence Boone’s Top 5:

  • Outkast - SOUTHERNPLAYALISTICADILLACMUZIK

180g reissue of original album. Numbered.

  • Tame Impala - Live Versions

Eight tracks recorded in Chicago during the band’s 2013 US tour. The live arrangements of these tracks are distinctly different than the recorded arrangements, and chosen for this RSD release for that reason.

  • The Velvet Underground - Loaded

Reissue on pink, black and white splatter vinyl of the 1970 Cotillion Records release. It was the final studio album by the band featuring Lou Reed, who had left the group shortly before its release.

  • The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest

A 10″ Vinyl w/ 7 brand-new tracks.

Ben from Austin Bloggy Limits Top 5:

  • REM – Unplugged Box Set

It’s ridiculous, it’s expensive, it has REM with Natalie Merchant singing the Candy that Everyone Wants. SOLD!

  • Sky Ferreirra – Picture Disc

I actually already have this LP on Green Vinyl but HELLO, it’s a picture disc. Do!

  • Dana Falconberry – Public Hi-Fi Sessions

Dana recorded with Jim Eno and I want it!

  • Surfer Blood – Pythons Demo

Surfer Blood scrapped an entire record between their debut and the release of Python, this release should give us some insight into that time period.

  • Paranorman Soundtrack

Everything Mondo does is gorgeous, even if you don’t care about this Jon Brion score the packaging is going to make this a very desirable piece.

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For more on Record Store Day, visit Do512.com/RecordStoreDay

Do512′s Restaurant of the Week: Taco Baby

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Let’s taco about Taco Baby. Let’s taco bout you and me. Let’s talk about how this labor of love features breakfast tacos served up all day and all night, incredibly tasty vegetarian options, only the freshest ingredients, and absolutely no trace of MSG in these little bundles of joy. Fun fact: every taco comes with melted cheese on its blanket of tortillas. Taco Baby is a two woman operation that is all about “feeding the peeps” and spreading the love. With the slogan “Taco Baby loves you!,” it’s no surprise that hearts and air kisses abound in the South Austin food park where Taco Baby is typically parked.

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Luckily for us, Taco Baby is just a stone’s throw from the Do512 office, so we can and do get our taco fix often. On our most recent visit, we experienced a wide assortment of the tacos on the menu. First up were the creative breakfast concoctions–the French toast taco made with bacon, egg, cheese, and maple syrup, and the new vegetarian option, a sweet potato taco marinated in brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup, grilled, and topped with a fried egg.

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Next, we sampled a more recent top seller, the Mad Martigan– a meat lover’s steak, bacon, and pork carnitas taco topped with a fried egg (and cheese, of course). It’s a whole lotta meat, and a whole lotta love. We also tried the Mahi Mahi fish taco, which is grilled and has just the right amount of spice and oomph in its spicy coleslaw, onions, cilantro, avocado, and tomato family.CIMG4757

Perfectly juxtaposed with one another were the barbecue pulled pork and vegetarian breakfast tacos. Ain’t nothin’ normcore about these tacos, but it’s a fact that dad’s love em’ too. The barbecue pulled pork taco comes with a spicy slaw, and the vegetarian breakfast taco is made with grilled veggies, black beans, avocado, and a fried egg (word on the street is you can totes opt to have your egg scrambled too if you’d prefer).

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Lastly, we were reminded that Taco Baby is so much more than tacos when we were presented with a mouthwatering pork quesadilla. Two flour tortillas stuffed with grilled cheese, plus onions, cilantro, spinach, and tomatoes. Pretty convincing theory that the customer in front of us who ordered 11 of them was not taking them back to the office to share. The quesadilla (and any of the tacos, we might add) are only improved by adding the popular green salsa made with roasted jalapenos, serano peppers, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and salt.  CIMG4771

Taco babies go down nicely with a pomegranate or cherry flavored lemonade, and a nap in the park. Taco Baby is a love story…why not welcome a precious little baby taco into your family today? The truck is open every day out on the corner of South Lamar and Bluebonnet, and on Sundays you can grab a taco and mosey around the Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market. Taco Baby is always coming up with new flavor combinations and offers a new signature taco weekly, so be sure to keep up with those bbz on Facebook and Twitter.

And don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a $25 gift card on Do512!  

 http://www.tacobabyaustin.com/

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The Plastic Mermaid’s Trashy Prom at The Ranch 4/24

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You read the poster correctly, you’re invited to The Plastic Mermaid’s Trashy Prom. While it may sound like a made up, randomly stuck-together series of words, we can assure you that it is indeed a real event. We can also assure you that it is indeed awesome. So what exactly is it?

It’s a cosmic disco dance party in which people wear the trashiest outfit possible and are subsequently judged by REAL MERMAIDS! Okay, there won’t be real mermaids, but there will be women dressed like mermaids which is really as close as you can get to that particular mythological creature. The two winners of this prestigious trash-themed contest will be proclaimed King and Queen.

In addition, there’ll be free junk food provided by the Unconventional Oven and Wheatsville Food Co-op, a dance party with the cosmic disco sensation Whiite Walls, $3 Trash Can Punch drink specials, and a silent auction. Electronic Dance Music will be provided by Shreddward as the 8ft tall DJ Jellyfish. All proceeds benefit the pilot episode of The Plastic Mermaid Adventure Show! Essentially, it’s going to get wild. Hear a little Whiite Walls:

In celebration of Earth Day, it’s all going down at The Corral at The Ranch on Thursday, April 24. For tickets to The Plastic Mermaid’s Trashy Prom, click here. You can also click “Enter to Win” for a chance at free tickets.
 

Austin’s 1st Indie Chefs Table at Foreign & Domestic

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Calling all foodies! Take your palette on a new adventure with us at Austin’s 1st Indie Chefs Table on Monday, April 21! Located and hosted by Foreign & Domestic on 306 E 53rd St, the Indie Chefs Table will feature a Q&A discussion and 7-course meal from Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2013, Executive Chef Jason Vincent of Chicago’s Nightwood.

A CIA alum, Jason has worked in well-respected kitchens in Spain, Portland ME, and Chicago. Besides being named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2013, Chef Vincent has won Cochon 555 and the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic.​

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Nightwood’s menus are hand written every night and centered around the produce local farmers have available. ​Chef Vincent has led Nightwood to be the recipient of Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand Award, Bon Appetit magazine’s 10 Best Dishes of 2010, as well as being named the Best Neighborhood Restaurant by the Chicago Tribune.

​​Luckily for Austinites, Chef Vincent is taking a brief stop into Austin on Monday the 21st, and treating guests to a discussion/Q&A with him, as well as a 7-course meal in collaboration with F&D. Tickets are limited–so reserve your spot at the Indie Chefs Table now!

  • Monday, April 21
  • Discussion starts at 6:30PM • Dinner at 7:30PM
  • Counter seats are $125 per person (including tip)
  • Table seats are $100 per person (including tip)
  • Price includes a glass of bubbly during the discussion.
  • Wine and beer will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

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Find more info and purchase tickets here.