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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

OK, here it is! We’ve been telling you about some of our favorite new Texas-bred music for a while, now, but here we are, ready to let you hear it, all in one nice, tidy podcast!

The first Best of Texas Music Podcast (Catchy name, huh?) featires six groovy tunes by some of our favorite artists that have recently been featured here on The Squawker. No need to make it too terribly complicated. Click on the player below and get to listenting.

Below that is the line-up of this inaugural episode, along with the minute markers each tune begins at…

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Best of Texas Music Podcast – Episode 001

  • Bumbling Intro from Kelly: ……….0:01
  • Monahans - “Seabirds”: …………..1:50
  • Descender - “Armor”: ……………..5:15
  • Calhoun – “Hey Mystery”:…………..9:38 (Blog post on them coming soon!)
  • Kelly’s Needless Comments:………12:31
  • Javi Garcia & The Cold Cold Ground - “VooDoo Queen”:……….14:42
  • Bonnie Whitmore - “You Gonna Miss Me”:……….19:08
  • Here Holy Spain - ”New Bones to Break”:………….23:26
  • More Needless Comments to Close Podcast:……26:06 

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By the time the next episode rolls around, you’ll be able to download it for free from iTunes and all that good stuff. For now, just click on it above and enjoy, please.

If you’re in a band and want your tunes featured here, or you want to suggest a band for me to get onto the podcast, email me at kelly.dearmore@bestoftexas.com.

Oh, man! I love it when I stumble into a veritable gold-mine of sweet, clean video. As with the previous week’s editions of Video Gold, there isn’t much to say, which is kind of the point, I guess. Thanks to Refueled Magazine’s Automatic Buzz Sessions, you’re computer-time is about to get a whole lot more interesting, my friend. You may all remember the Monahans (above video) from a recent post about their fantastically cool project from last year. As for the videos from Austin’s Amy Cook, Tyler’s Eisley and Denton’s Doug Burr, well, those are just flippin’ swell. Enjoy!

Last week, we detailed the difference between hype and buzz. Another band from the North Texas region that has received a considerable amount of both is Seryn, out of Denton. Quickly after forming in 2009, it seemed as though the folksy chamber pop group signed with area-music power, Spune Productions. Sure, that helped in the hype department, but the bands dramatic, sweeping and even emotional live performances are responsible for creating the buzz that, just like The O’s from Dallas, is well-deserved, as the buzz is the sound that emanates from the folks enjoying themselves as they take it all in.

Thankfully, an album wasnt rushed into the marketplace, and as of last week, This Is Where We Are (Spune/Velvet Blue), the five-pieces debut LP now stands as the opening statement from a band that clearly set out to provide a forceful, soaring opening statement and not just something that would merely grace the merch table for the future gigs that the band will soon play as they tour various parts of the country over the spring. From serene to anthemic while flowing sonorously from one extreme to the other, this record has certainly been worth the wait.

Ukulele, added percussion and multi-layered harmonies give each song beauty and distinction over the course of the album’s ten songs. Don’t only take my word for it. Andy Odom from the Dallas Observer wrote an excellent piece last week about the group and Paste Magazine clearly loves the group as well.

As I said, the band will be out and about for a while. Please make a point to check them out. For a few excellent shows over the next week or so, they’ll be paired with Monahans, the band I wrote about a few weeks ago that was giving away their music to any who cared to have it. Again, go and just try to keep yourself from buzzing.

Kelly Dearmore is a freelance writer, mean pot of chili maker and opinionated music lover. To read more about what Kelly is listening to, visit him here on The Squawker weekly or daily on his personal music blog, The Gobblers Knob