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Tune Into The Telewire

The Telewire - Stephen Thurman

A number of years ago, there was an Industrial project around called Self Contained Unit which was full of all the heavy beats, distorted vocals and loud, fast noise one would expect. This Industrial endeavor went on for about a year or two until it was time to morph into yet another sound. If you look hard enough, you may still find a cassette that was put out. Self Contained Unit was a one man powerhouse by the Austin native, Stephen Thurman.

As time progressed and interests changed, Stephen realized that his heart just wasn’t into such hyped up hard edged music anymore. There just wasn’t enough anger deep with inside of him and he found himself playing music that was softer instrumental and more Electronic based. Keeping the same name, Self Contained Unit, Stephen started playing a few live shows and released a couple CD-Rs.

Progressing along, one day Stephen decided to pick up that guitar he kept off on the side and discovered that he had a dearth of new music flowing from within. These songs were slower and spacier and seemed to take on a life of their own. The Telewire all started with the birth of a song called “Quiet Satellite”. Yet another side took hold to take Stephen into new musical dimensions of sound.

As with his previous projects, The Telewire is a one man, full bodied, band of sorts completely performed by Stephen Thurman. All parts, from guitar to drums to vocals and bass, are performed by Stephen.

Unfortunately, due to the one man does it all approach, we are unlikely to ever see The Telewire play live. Then again, maybe, just maybe, one day Stephen will figure out an acceptable way of using DATs to enhance his singing and guitar playing as a one man live act. Or, possibly, find another musician or so to help fill out his live sound. It can happen though no plans of such at the moment.

With all the talk of The Telewire being a solo project, you would never know it to listen to the album. It sounds quite full as though there was a roomful of musicians pumping out the sounds.

Stephen is a graphic artist by trade so expect more visual pairings down the line. There are plans to produce some music videos for The Telewire and Stephen has already printed up a few t-shirts for the band. Expect they will be available on the forthcoming website which is in the works.

Oh, while the wires are hot, so to speak, Stephen is already writing new music for the next release by The Telewire. The newer music, again, will be a solo project, and may be even more Electronic. Stephen aptly describes The Telewire’s current music as being Indie, Space Rock and Shoegaze; all of which I can agree with. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Telewire because there’s a lot of good stuff for you to enjoy.

The Telewire - The Telewire

You can grab The Telewire debut album for free at the following link:
The Telewire – The Telewire

Of course, you can also hear various cuts from The Telewire on Air Atlantic Underground Radio.

The Telewire

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Bloody Knives 2011 Touring Info

This just in!

Updated tour dates for Austin’s Bloody Knives. Includes some great bands whom they will be sharing the stage with.

Be sure to get out to see Bloody Knives if at all possible!

March 30th-TBA
April 1st-TBA
April 2nd-Auburn, Alabama at The Independent
April 3rd-Baton Rouge, LA at HTGT Thrift

w/Love Culture
April 28th Houston*****
April 29th Austin
April 30th Dallas or San Antonio

w/Sunshine Factory
June 1st San Antonio
June 2nd Houston
June 3rd Dallas at Good Records
June 3rd Dallas (Night Show)
June 4th Austin Tx Killredrocketrecords Summer Pool Party!!!! at the Metropolis Apartments.

w/Boys Beware
July 13 TBD (Norman OK)
July 14 TBD (Springfield MO)
July 15 TBD (Lawrence, KS)
July 16 Wichita KS at ICT Fest

Bloody Knives
KillRedRockets Records

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Bloody Knives

A few years ago, back in Austin, Texas, two men under the guise of The Joy Bus were creating their own brand of electronic post-rock music of sorts. Then something happened and that Joy Bus turned the corner and became Bloody Knives. As unfortunate of an accident that may sound like, that idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

Preston Maddox and Jake McCown describe Bloody Knives as being Industrial Shoegaze or Psychedelic Punk. Take your pick since, when it comes down to it, it depends on which track you are listening to at the time. Each description fits and melds together to form a cohesive mix of musical concepts. One minute you may find yourself drifting off into a serene Ambient sleep only to be yanked out of your blissful dream state the next to jump up and cut a rug with a much harder edgier sound with Bloody Knives.

Starting off as a two man outfit with Preston Maddox on bass, voice, keyboards, samples and programming duties and Jake McCown handling drums, noise, programming and art, the band later brought Jim Moon into the fold as the band’s sound manipulator.

Bloody Knives: An Introduction

In October of 2009, Bloody Knives released their debut self-titled EP. The band then followed the EP up in July of 2010 with a full release called Burn It All Down which was produced by Josh Pursur and Bloody Knives and mastered by Kramer. No fooling around here! This is serious stuff. January of 2011 then brought us a split single between Bloody Knives and Me You Us Them.

Wanting more hands on action, Bloody Knives also run their own record label called KillRedRocket Records. Unlike most record labels, KillRedRocket Records is much more about celebrating and sharing good music than making a profit, though they would be more than happy to sell you plenty of music, t-shirts and posters to keep your music loving heart’s content via the website’s online store. As a means of promotion, there is also a whole bucket full of great music that you can download for free in compilation form which includes other great bands from around the world such as Stellarium, Between The Cities Are Stars, The Rosen Association and PinkShinyUltraBlast. Plan to have your ears loaded with all kinds of new sounds to warm your noise loving hearts.

Bloody Knives – “There Was”

Spring and summer are coming around the corner and so are Bloody Knives if you are in the Texas and Gulf states area. Check the calendar to see Bloody Knives in your neck of the woods.

Bloody Knives tour promo

Spring & Summer tour dates for 2011:

Mar 19 – Limelight – San Antonio, Texas – 7:00 PM
Mar 25 – Beerland – Austin, Texas – 7:00 PM
Apr 2 – The Independent – Auburn, Alabama – 9:00 PM
Apr 3 – HTGT Thrift Store with Pig Lizzard – Baton Rouge, LA – 7:00 PM
Apr 8 – Scoot Inn – AUSTIN, Texas – 10:00 PM
May 7 – Hole in the Wall Austin, Texas – 9:00 PM
Jul 16 – ICT Fest – Wichita, KS – 7:00 PM

*Keep checking with the band for additional live dates.

Depending on the particular show, for this tour, Bloody Knives will be sharing the stage with the following bands: The Sunshine Factory, Boys Beware, Black Racers, Pig Lizzard and Love Culture.

Regardless of whether or not you can make it to any of their live shows, do be sure to download their music for free, or even buy a real CD, from the band’s Bandcamp pages or the KillRedRocket Records website.

Bloody Knives on Bandcamp
Bloody Knives on MySpace
Bloody Knives on Last.FM
Bloody Knives on Facebook
KillRedRocket Records

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The 4th annual Austin Psych Fest has announced the additions to its lineup today.

The following bands have been added:

Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez
A Place To Bury Strangers
Cold Sun
Beach Fossils
Dirty Beaches
No Joy
Blue Angel Lounge
Radio Moscow
ZaZa
Jason Simon
Weird Owl
Daughters Of The Sun
ST37
Wall Of Death
Ghost Box Orchestra
Hellfire Social

It is also important to be aware that the festival has moved its location yet again! It will be held in The Seaholm Powerplant in Austin, Texas between Friday April 29th through Sunday May 1st. Day tickets available now for $40(USD)/per day via the festival’s website. See the Austin Psych Fest website for more ticket information and other details.

Keep checking the Air Atlantic Underground for updates as they come in.

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Last year's Austin Psych Fest Poster

The line-up has been announced for the 2011 4th annual Austin Psych Fest with more bands eventually be added closer to the event. For all of you Psych heads out there, this promises to be the event of the year! Regular listeners of Air Atlantic Underground Radio will find plenty of the bands often heard on the station appearing live for the 4th annual installment of this homage to Psychedelia. The headliner will be none other than the legendary Roky Erickson. An Austin native himself, Roky was the leading tripped out wildman of one of the original ’60s/’70s Psychedelic sensations, the 13th Floor Elevators. Roky, as one of the Godfathers of Psychedelia, will be tripping the light fantastic with the new children of this genre sweeping all the hipster haunts by storm.

Due to the festival’s growing size and popularity, this year’s Austin Psych Fest will be held at the Mexitas Event Center in Austin, Texas between Friday April 29th – Sunday May 1st. Details regarding tickets, where to stay, how to get there and anything else you may want to know can be found on the festival’s website.

Here’s a list of the line-up to date:

Roky Erickson (Austin TX)
Spectrum (Rugby, UK)
The Black Angels (Austin, TX)
Black Moth Super Rainbow (Chicago, IL)
Atlas Sound (Atlanta, GA)
Dead Meadow (Los Angeles, CA)
Prefuse 73 (Atlanta, GA)
Crystal Stilts (Brooklyn, NY)
Sleepy Sun (San Francisco, CA)
Indian Jewelry (Houston TX)
The Black Ryder (Sydney, Australia)
Crocodiles (San Diego, CA)
The Fresh and Onlys (San Francisco, CA)
The Growlers (Costa Mesa, CA)
Tobacco (Chicago, IL)
White Hills (New York, NY)
Pontiak (Holtzclaw, Virginia)
Black Hollies (New Jersey, NJ)
Beaches (Melbourne, AU)
Young Prisms (San Francisco, CA)
The Night Beats (Seattle, WA)
Lumerians (San Francisco, CA)
The Soft Moon (San Francisco, CA)
Woodsman (Denver, CO)
Quest For Fire (Toronto, ON)
Lower Heaven (Silverlake, CA)
The Meek (Los Angeles, CA)
The Cult of Dom Keller (Nottingham, UK)
The Quarter After (San Francisco, CA)
Cloudland Canyon (Memphis, TN)
The Vacant Lots (Burlington, VT)
The Diamond Center (Richmond, VA)
The Sky Drops (Wilmington, DE)
Tjutjuna (Denver, CO)
Holy Wave (Austin, TX)

Austin Psych Fest website
Austin Psych Fest Facebook Page
Austin Psych Fest MySpace profile

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+ Addendum: Official full additions to the lineup will be announced on March 8th.

Should Are Back!

Should are a dreamy Shoegaze band that formed about a decade ago in Austin, Texas. They originally started out in 1995 under the name shiFt and had 2 releases. ShiFt released the original CD-EP of A Folding Sieve in 1995, followed up in 1997 by a 7″ vinyl release called Own Two Feet.

After a decided name change, Should released their debut CD in 1998 called Feed Like Fishes. Late, in 2002, they released a follow-up called A Folding Sieve. To this day, both are well respected amongst the old Slowcore and newer Shoegaze aficianados.

As often happens, life goes on and gets in the way causing bands to break up and move on to other pursuits such as careers and other of life’s holdings. Life brought Marc Ostermeier to Baltimore, Maryland where he is currently a professor at the distinguished Johns Hopkins University. Eric Ostermeier, Marc’s brother, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is a political blogger as well as a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Not to be out done, Tanya Maus also spends much of her time within the halls of higher learning and is a professor in Ohio at Wittenberg University. Quite a brainy bunch! And here ya’ll thought they just made beautiful music together. With the geographical distances between them, it’s not the most conducive for an impromptu band rehearsal. Somehow, they’ve managed to close the gap and come up with a real beauty of a new, long awaited album called Like A Fire Without Sound. The album has been completed and the official release is set for April of 2011.

Though distance kept Should from continuing on their joint musical production for some time, that didn’t cause Marc Ostermeier to bury his ax. Marc has 2 solo Ambient/Experimental releases under his belt which allowed him to explore new musical territory from the more Dream induced Shoegaze as what we are familiar with from Should. Chance Reconstruction and Lakefront can be found on iTunes and at the Should Shop on the Minneapolis based Words On Music Records label website, along with Should’s other fine releases.

All one has to do is listen to Should’s new tracks, “Glass House” and “Turned Tables” to hear that nothing was lost over time. Should sound as dreamy as ever and, in fact, display a maturation in sound that will put any self-respecting Shoegazer into the most dream induced of states.

For the time being, Should have been kind enough to allow us to share and download 2 very promising tracks from their new release, Like A Fire Without Sound, due out in April of 2011 on the Words On Music label.

Should web page
Should on Bandcamp
Should on MySpace

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