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Champion Sad Accordions + New Poll

 Sad Accordions

Some local accordions are, we presume, slightly less Sad this month, as they are now reigning up top as our current Artist of the Month. They fought off some ferocious challenges from SuperLiteBike and New Roman Times, and have emerged shiny and victorious. So big, capital C Congrats to Sad Accordions!

...and may I now direct your attention to the current poll, already in progress, featuring: Darling New Neighbors, Quiet Company, The Laughing, The Summer Wardrobe, and The Tiny Tin Hearts. Get yer vote in!

   

Pocketful of Daniel Johnston

 

Is and Always Was arrives today, and along with it we thought we’d bring you some links to things of Daniel origin, such as (in addition to the above LP cover): Worried Shoes, off of the new Where the Wild Things Are film soundtrack (Karen O and the Kids), the Dr. Fun Fun Hi How Are You iPhone game, and the entire WFMU 1990 radio show during which Daniel Johnston performed “Speeding Motorcycle” with Yo La Tengo, among many, many other things.

 

   

Final Five Q's: Golden Bear

Catching up with one of our recent Artist of the Month poll winners, Golden Bear, in what will be the final installment of this particular model of the five questions. For our upcoming questions with White Rhino, we’ll put together something entirely new…right now I’m thinking feats of strength, although that may be difficult to translate to the magical internets. But that’s for another time. For now, five questions with Golden Bear:

1. What food item best describes your music?
Greasy cheese enchiladas.

2. What instrument have you wanted to include but have yet to find a way to fit into
your sound?
Live childbirth.

3. Embarrassing childhood memory?
Sea World ‘89 — Shamu splashed the hell out of me

4. What musical artist would you like to grab a beer with?
Paul Shaffer.

5. Time travel or space travel?
Space…

Golden Bear will play a benefit for CASA this December 5th; more details on that as it approaches…

   

Local Music is Sexy: Looking Ahead

So, there’s some sort of a music festival in town this weekend, the name escapes me. But just to be contrary, we’re choosing today to look ahead toLocal Music Is Sexy, happening in about a month…and featuring: TV Torso,The Low Lows, International Waters, Watch Out for Rockets, Beautiful Supermachines, Air Traffic Controllers, Distant Seconds, Silent Land Time Machine, Black Before Red, Manikin, The Authors, My Milky Way Arms, and, according to the organizing force Austinist, “the Minor Mishap Marching Band will be performing between the Mohawk’s indoor and outdoor stage and Club Deville.” This goes down in conjunction with the Fun Fun Fun Fest, November 6th, 8pm to midnight, in the bermuda triangle of Mohawk indoor, Mohawk outdoor, and Club De Ville. We’ll remind you.

You might catch some decent local bands this weekend, too, otherwise it’s just no names like, you know, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mos Def, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Thievery Corp…

 

   

Poll Draws to a Close...

Our current Artist of the Month poll will be wrapping up soon (midnight tonight), and this one has been a scorcher! Sad Accordions, New Roman Times, and SuperLiteBike have brought out the fans by the truckload; it’s good to see Austin showing love for these hardworkin’ locals. You’ve got about 12 hours remaining to get your vote in…

…and here, for your edification, is a quick summary of our nominees’ whereabouts for the immediate future: Low Line Caller will be on the Fun Fun Fun Fest Yellow Stage on November 7th; New Roman Times (pictured above) are in the Ghost Room (where you once found the Ginger Man) October 17th;Sad Accordions will hit the Mohawk along with Peoplefood on October 21st;SuperLiteBike will be at Momo’s on October 9th; and The Black and White Years - whose album Nursery Myths dropped 9/15 - are sitting in your apartment RIGHT NOW. No, not really: but they’ll be at the Mohawk 10/28.