Stereogum is in Texas for SXSW right now, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, we played host to an unofficial day party showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin. We know how to throw a party, and we got both established names and exciting up-and-comers, many of them pulled from our own Band … More »
Stereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »
Rumor spreadin’ ‘round…in that Texas town…
The rumor is true: Marfa Myths is back in 2019 with a line-up that makes other weekenders look like a turn spent fixing the lawnmower followed by a jaunt to Baja Fresh with your boss and his step-son. Established in 2014 by non-profit organization and cultural arts space Ballroom Marfa and Brooklyn-based indie label Mexican Summer, Marfa Myths is a multi-disciplinary festival, curated with care and now entering its sixth installment.
If you need a reason to visit this lovely far west Texas town (three hours south-east of El Paso), here’s SEVERAL: Marfa Myths 2019 will take place from April 25-28, 2019 and includes performances by Khruangbin, Deerhunter, Annette Peacock, Cass McCombs, Vivien Goldman, Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble, Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Photay, Jess Williamson, and more. Additional acts are expected to be announced in the new year.
One of Marfa Myths’ more inspired features is its musicians in residence program that pairs two amenable acts to play and record. 2019’s MiR will present none other than skilled psych-boffins Drugdealer and Tim Presley (White Fence). Along for the festivities are visual artist in residence Natalie Anne Howard, and respective painter and woodworker in residence (and fabulous musicians in their own right) Connan Mockasin and Cate Le Bon. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will be going to support the very worthwhile local nonprofit organization Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA).
Early bird tickets are sold out, but full-price single day tickets and festival passes are available here. A quickie trailer and the line-up so far are shown below. All the info you need for Marfa Myths 2019 can be found here.
Have mercy…a haw, haw, haw, haw…
Marfa Myths 2019 Lineup:
Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble
Nadah El Shazly
OG Ron C & The Chopstars
Träd, Gräs och Stenar
Kate Berlant & John Early
Superstar & Star
The Space Lady
Emily A. Sprague
Musicians in Residence: Drugdealer and Tim Presley
Visual Artist in Residence: Natalie Anne Howard
Painter in Residence: Connan Mockasin
Wood Worker in Residence: Cate Le Bon
The record industry, like any industry, is a tough business. In ten short years, Mexican Summer has become a veritable tour de force, specializing in world-beating new act signings, issuing ace archival relics and publishing killer books (Anthology Recordings), and curating one of the most eclectic festivals on either side of the Pecos (Marfa Myths); all while navigating the murky waters of, and changes to the music biz over the past decade. Not content to celebrate its tenth anniversary with trinkets of tin, Mexican Summer will continue to play generous gift giver rather than appreciative kudos recipient when it releases a special curio compilation in October and hosts a day-long birthday bash exactly one month later.
A Decade Deeper features label stars Ariel Pink, Dungen, Pill, Drugdealer, Connan Mockasin (Jassbusters), and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma among others. The comp is out October 17 and details the label’s historical significance and current vitality in grand style: every track is previously unreleased. Pre-order A Decade Deeper here.
Then, on November 17 comes “Mexican Summer Presents a Celebration in Support of Pioneer Works” in Red Hook, NYC. Many of the compilation acts will appear live, in addition to cosmic winker Jess Williamson and far-from-forgotten folkie F.J. McMahon with Boston psych-pop quartet Quilt (first ever NY performance) and DJ sets by electro-chameleon Photay and the true Welsh wonder Cate Le Bon. There is also mention of a very special (Swedish) guest to be playing that day (Dungen? Träd, Gräs och Stenar? ABBA in holograms?). Tickets for the November 17 extravaganza can be purchased here.
Feels kinda like heaven, doesn’t it? Well then, here’s “Feels Like Heaven” by everyone’s favorite choirboy Ariel Pink.
A Decade Deepercompilation:
01. Arp – II Sogno Di Monica
02. Part Time – Saturday Night
03. Ariel Pink – Nonsequiter Seques
04. Drugdealer – Be Thou by My Side
05. Robert Lester Folsom – Strolling Along
06. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Crescent
07. Dungen – Puerto Vantör
08. Pill – Naked Muse
09. Allah-Las – Marionberry Jam
10. PAINT – Land Man
11. Jassbusters – B’nD (NY)
12. Gregg Kowalsky – Limon Limon
13. Tonstartssbandht – Livin’ In Hope
Mexican Summer Presents A Celebration in Support of Pioneer Works, November 17 at Pioneer Works, Red Hook, NYC:
F.J. McMahon w/ Quilt (1st ever NY performance)
Part Time (performing music from What Would You Say? and PDA)
+ Very special guest!
Cate Le Bon
Jess Williamson first announced her third album Cosmic Wink two months ago, with the memorable video for stunning lead single “I See The White.” That was followed by “Mama Proud,” and now Williamson is back with one more song ahead of the new collection’s release this week. More »
Last month, the Texas musician Jess Williamson announced a new album, Cosmic Wink, with the wonderful “I See The White,” and today she’s released another song from it, an intimate epic called “Mama Proud.” The first half is all twinkling build-up and scene-setting, Williamson picking over the scars of a broken heart and wondering … More »
Texan singer-songwriter Jess Williamson’s sophomore album Heart Song is not even a year and a half old yet, but Williamson is about to return with a new collection, her first for Mexican Summer. Named Cosmic Wink, it finds Williamson once more exploring a new chapter of her life in new surroundings while, appropriately enough, further … More »