Courtesy of Third Man Records
In his weekly music column Zack Teibloom gives his suggestions on concerts, albums, and happenings around Austin.
There will be weeks where I'll recommend you go to so many shows, your arm will be covered in more wristbands than it has been since SXSW. This is not one of those weeks. Some weeks your money is better spent on vinyl and music DVD's. If you haven't noticed, it's getting to be plan-altering hot outside. Weather becomes a real factor when deciding if it's worth packing in to Stubbs in 95 degree heat for a show. This week, it isn't. Not for me anyway. I must admit I didn't stick to my own advice last week. I told you to venture to Two Door Cinema Club, and then I made zero effort to get a ticket. This week I'm even less enthused by the choices, especially at Stubb’s, but there's some great stuff to buy and enjoy indoors. Oh, and if you were wondering, I talked to my ab class instructor about that Skrillex show a couple weeks ago. His review: "Oh, man. Whoa. Yeah. Amazing. I met some really chill dudes." So, there's that.
Beck 7" vinyl of "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" for $6:
It's been a quiet few years for Beck, with no new album since 2008 and just a handful of guest appearances, but he's got a new single on Jack White's Third Man Record's Blue Series, and I can't stop spinning it. Beck is his usual genre-defying odd self, and with Jack White on drums and "punk vocals," and Karen Elson on "jazzy vocals," it's a wild tapestry of a song that feels like three songs cobbled together in a wildly satisfying way. Pick this one up immediately and hope a full-length album is on the way with Jack White playing all over it.
The Beatles' delightful animated film "Yellow Submarine" was just released on Blu-Ray for the first time on Tuesday, and it's packed to the gills with extras. Despite The Beatles not doing their own voices in the film, it's a must have for any collection. There's also a remastered album of it, but I wouldn't splurge on that if you already have a clean copy, and there's no new vinyl. I love buying local, but the Yellow Submarine is almost $15 cheaper on Amazon than at Waterloo. You should buy a new mono copy of Paul McCartney's brilliant album, Ram, at Waterloo, however. They're sold out of them on Paul's website.
Head & the Heart (Free show) at Waterloo Records on Sunday June 11th at 5 PM & Temper Trap (Free show) at Waterloo Records on Monday June 12th at 2 PM:
Here's a perfect opportunity to pick up Ram. Head & The Heart & Temper Trap are both fine bands who are OK live, but nothing to write home about. Actually, that's being too kind in Temper Trap's case. They are not good live at all. But if you're going to be doing a little shopping at Waterloo Sunday or Monday afternoon, this is a good chance to see a few songs from each band. But don't stay too long on Sunday. Bonnaroo will be streaming.
Stream Bonnaroo Friday June 8th to Sunday June 10th:
If you're reading this, you're not going to Bonnaroo this year. That's OK. You can see a ton of the performances online. I'm not going to pretend it's anything like going to the fest itself, but it's still over 50 bands streaming and one of them is Radiohead, so, yeah. What else do you need to know? Grab a sixer of some tasty local brew and make yourself comfortable in your air-conditioned apartment. It’s couch tour time! Check the Bonnaroo MusicFest YouTube page for the schedule and keep it on in the background all weekend.
Head & The Heart & Temper Trap at Stubb’s Sunday and Monday night:
Personally, I'd rather stream Ben Folds Five, Bon Iver, The Shins, Young the Giant, and Phish on Sunday night than do pretty much anything. If you caught half an hour of Temper Trap at Waterloo while picking up Ram, and caught the rest of the stream, I'd say you were having a nice little Sunday. I don't care what these shows cost, you can see them for free the same day at Waterloo.
Snoop Dogg (Concert) at Stubbs Thursday, June 8th for $30-$35 (Sold Out):
Snoop was great with Dre & Eminem & 50 Cent & Wiz Khalifa & 2 Pac's Hologram at Coachella. He's far less fun on his own. I've seen a handful of his shows at festivals and the novelty quickly wears off. He makes you say "west side" way too often, he's always late, and even though I do love me some Snoop, it gets old fast. But don't let me hold you back from what makes you happy. Just because I'd sell my sold-out Snoop ticket and buy the Beck vinyl and Beatles Blu-Ray doesn't mean you have to.
Let’s leave it at that. Cheers!