Texas®

There’s really not much to say or add to what you see below. If you’re not famililar with the site Daytrotter.Com, then you’ve been missing out n some serious (and free) music by some of the biggest names (Death Cab for Cutie, Social D, Bon Iver) and brightest up and comers (Yuck, Portugal the Man, Dawes) that the musical universe has to offer. Big time. But, there’s good news: It doesn’t really matter if you havent clicked onto the site ever before, as there is gold beyond measure awaiting you from years of not visiting it before.

What’s even better is that many Texas-based acts have visited the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Ill and laid down tracks to be listened to and downloaded from the site. There’s always a great write-up and whimsical artwork to go along with the 4-5 songs as well.

Well, let’s get to it. Below are but a sampling of Texans that have Daytrotted before. You’d be crazy to not dig deeper, OK??

Matt the Electrician | Fresh Millions | Dale Watson | Dignan | Doug Burr | Old 97′s | Ben Kweller | Black Angels | Centro-matic | Jesse Dayton | Meat Puppets | Asleep at the Wheel | Monahans | Seryn | Robert Ellis

Man, oh, man! What a show. Unfortunately, I’ve only had to hear about what a great night of music last week’s Drive By Truckers / Centro-matic show was, as I was out of town. Thankfully, our man-on-the-scene David Heidle was not only in-town, but all over the Granada Theater in Dallas.

Opening the show was Texas favorites Centro-matic, who have been friends with DBT for years. That friendship showed, as Centro leader (and wonderfully wooley-bearded) Will Johnson played guitar for the Truckers during their set, due to lead Trucker Patterson hood’s playing hand being stitched up after a nasty cut.

You don’t have to just assume that this was a show worth catching, Noah from the Dallas Observer thought it was pretty special, too. Heidle was able to make his way through the sold-out crowd to snap up some mighty fine pics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For years now, Centro-matic, a band that began in Denton well over a decade ago, has been known as a prolific group that has risen to a rather lofty status in the world of American Indie-rock. Led by Will Johnson, now an Austinite, the band hasn’t yet put out a record that one would consider anything less than stellar.

The band members themselves are highly sought after when it comes to contributing their individual talents to other’s projects, even. Johnson was the touring drummer for the massive Monsters of Folk project, and he also played guitar on Patterson Hood’s (Drive by Truckers) last solo album. Of course, that’s aside from his many producing projects. Drummer and sound engineer extraordinaire Matt Pence has toured with Jason Isbell while multi-instrumentalist Scott Danbom has played with Slobberbone and Sarah Jaffe. See? In-demand!

Their new album, Candidate Waltz, has reawakened many to the greatness of this band and has already began earning more than its fair share of rave reviews and predictions of the album finding its way onto a solid amount of year-end-best-of lists (Hint: There’s no way it’ll avoid landing on this blog’s list of 2011′s Best Texas Albums. Not a chance).

Enough of me blabbing. Since it’s always nice to see fellow Lone Star dwellers win praise from outside of our own borders, I’ll just let you see for yourself, OK?

 

 

 

 

So, there. Centro-matic might be a band from our state, but it’s clear that their appeal lies beyond the Red River. Still not sure? Check out the tour schedule for the guys. There aren’t many corners of the great 48 they wont be hitting soon, if not later…

This is very exciting, and as usual with our other Video Gold postings, this one doesn’t require much explanantion. After Centro-matic’s last offering, the doubly ambitious Dual Hawks (a double album of Centro-matic songs combined with tunes from the bands ambient-country alter-ego, South San Gabriel), the band took a lengthy break, or so it seemed to those of us who have eagerly awaited a new album, at least. Now, the band who is split between Denton and Austin are back with a new album in June. “Only in My Double Mind” (see video above) is the lead single off of the upcoming disc, entitled Candidate Waltz, and we can’t wait! Make sure to catch the guys when they hit a few different Texas stops, including Denton, Houston and Austin, later this summer.

Perhaps you’re not as familiar with this stellar band as you would like to be (or should be)? On their site, they are giving away a free and legal 24 song sampler consisting of selections from their previous albums. DO IT!!!!