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‘Broadcasts’ CDs Boast The Best of Austin

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by 30daysout

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One of the better radio stations in the country is Austin’s KGSR-FM, and one of the reasons that they’re so good is that they fully support local music.  By “local” I mean Austin and Texas music – every week KGSR features at least one live, in-studio performance by a local artist and Austin and Texas musicians make up the majority of the station’s playlist.

And like other radio stations across the country, KGSR annually packages their exclusive live performances on a CD (proceeds benefit a musicians’ medical care program).  KGSR always has so much to offer, each year they fill up two discs!  This year’s Broadcasts Vol. 16 is one of the best packages they’ve ever offered.  Featuring performances by the likes of Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Daniel Lanois, James McMurtry and many others, Broadcasts usually leans toward the mellow and acoustic side of country rock, but it’s a great snapshot of the Austin music scene. 

Some of the performers are not really Austin, but they’re world-class: R.E.M. shows up with “Supernatural Superserious” and Aimee Mann, Ingrid Michaelson, Shelby Lynne and Feist all turn in strong songs to show this was a year for the women.  Alejandro Escovedo also provides a highlight with his “Sister Lost Soul” live from the Continental Club.  This a great party soundtrack, two CDs full of great performances – don’t miss this one!

Listen to samples from Broadcasts Vol. 16

Order Broadcasts Vol. 16 from Waterloo Records

All In The Family

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2008 by 30daysout

If you’ve been on vacation recently, you probably noticed how much your family gets on your nerves.  C’mon admit it – you love ’em but sometimes …  We know.  To help restore your interest in your family, today we present some current music from artists who have familiar familial connections.  Oh, brother – and sister.

Aimee Mann is the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter married to Michael Penn, himself no slouch in the singing and songwriting department.  And Michael is the brother of Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn … nevertheless, Aimee’s new album is @#%&*! Smilers, from which comes the toe-tapping “Freeway.”

Teddy Thompson made a name for himself by playing with his father, British guitarist extraordinaire Richard Thompson and his mother, singer Linda Thompson.  He also played in the band of Rosanne Cash, daughter of you-know-who.  But back to Teddy – he frequently plays with his close friends Rufus and Martha Wainwright who … this is out of control, let’s just say Teddy’s new album is A Piece Of What You Need.

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