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March 2012 has been our most ambitious month to date with a crazy schedule during SX music week that saw us hosting shows in San Antonio and Austin by almost 40 acts from near and far-fetched locations including Berlin, San Francisco, Spain, Ecuador and Australia--
But we're not done yet! Following hot on the heels of all that we'll have an incredible 4 new releases out by month's end...well, make that 5 if you include our 2012 promotional compilation CD "Sample This" that includes 2 tracks each by El Pathos, Glambilly, Piñata Protest, Snowbyrd, Churchwood, Chief Fuzzer, The Copper Gamins, Los # 3 Dinners, T. Tex Edwards and The Gay Sportscasters (check out their new video for "Derby Crush" at left). It won't be available in stores but is FREE with ANY Saustex order while supplies last and will be up on digital music services beginning April 3rd at the bargain price of only $7.99.
And make sure to read on to the bottom for a special late-breaking tour announcement!!
T. Tex Edwards gets "Intexicated!", El Pathos share the "Hate & Love"
The T. Tex Edwards retrospective has arrived...
T. Tex Edwards "remains a pioneering, under-appreciated, and often neglected chronicler of the offbeat and eccentric traditions of country rock'n'roll," notes All Music Guide. "Intexicated!" remedies any neglect of this wild and wooly Texas musical treasure with 19 collected odds, sods, unreleased recordings, demos, outtakes and offbeat gems from throughout his distinctively different musical career spent kicking up some seriously cool and twisted dust from the roots rocking underground. Featuring work under his own name as well as such T. Tex outfits as The Loafin' Hyenas, Tex & The SaddleTramps and The Swingin' Cornflake Killers are such top T. Tex moments as renditions of "Psycho" and "Lee Harvey was A Friend of Mine," his classic "Move It" (also recorded by The LeRoi Brothers), takes on Dave Davies' Kinks hit "Death of a Clown" and "Baby's Got A Gun" by The Only Ones, and to wrap it all up, a demo of a commercial Tex cut for the Chili's restaurant chain. It's an intexicating collection from an artist of uncommonly cool off-kilter brilliance.
Available on CD and digital download.CD newsletter special only $12.00 PPD (U.S., Canada & Mexico only).
El Pathos debut with "Hate & Love"
With their powerhouse debut album, Hate & Love, El Pathos "may have nailed their very own Exile on Main St. on the first try," hails Rank N Review. Strong words indeed, and proven true by a listen to what plays like a definitive 2012 rock disc that stands on the shoulders of giants to cast its own long shadow. With a line-up that includes original members of The Dicks, Offenders, SubPop moto-rockers Catbutt and other notable underground bands of recent decades, it's tempting to call Austin-based El Pathos a supergroup of Texas Punk royalty. But what's truly at work here is six veterans uniting to create a group whose whole is far greater than the sum of its parts and their collective history. The result is music that is as hard edged and soulful as any rock'n'roll classic. It's no frills stuff with gripping moments both down'n'dirty and grand'n'glorious, just as the best rock music always has and should. Expect to see this on discerning year's best lists and endure well into the future as a timeless shot of rocking energy and passion.
Available on CD and digital download. CD newsletter special only $11.00 PPD (U.S., Canada & Mexico only).
New 7" vinyl slabs from Churchwood & Chief Fuzzer
Churchwood stays creepy with "Just The Two Of Us"
"Dangerous, foreboding, in-your-face," is how Lone Star Music describes Churchwood, whose 2011 debut album won raves for how this Austin-based band "take the essence of primitive blues and mutate it into something new," as the Santa Fe New Mexican observes. This prolific, powerful, creative and highly original group now quickly return with a sizzling 7" inch single (with a download card of the full four-song EP included) that further expands the sound of what Punk Globe calls "the crazy, thinking man's blues band." Drawing from deep delta roots, rock'n'roll energy and the progressive musical adventurism forged by the late Captain Beefheart, Churchwood update the blues for the 21st Century and beyond. The stunning lyrical worldplay of singer and published poet Joe Doerr is surrounded by the dazzling swirl of inventive guitar playing by Bill Anderson and Billysteve Korpi and then hammered home by a piledriver rhythm section. It's music that's "rude, literate, bilingual, unpredictable, and addictive," raves the Austin Chronicle. And Just The Two Of Us continues to deliver that in spades.
Available on 7" vinyl with download card and digital download.
Opaque white vinyl in a limited edition of 100 exclusively from Saustex only $7.00 PPD (US, Canada & Mexico only.)
Chief Fuzzer drops "TRB"
From behind the green light Chief Fuzzer has arrived to shake and thump 2012 and the years to come. This swampy, pedal pushing trio from San Marcos, Texas simultaneously channel ZZ Top, Blue Cheer, the rootsier side of Queens Of The Stone Age and your favorite stoner metal band. Drizzle it with psychedelic psauce, inject a dose of Disraeli Gears-era English Blues, turn up the guitar and unleash the bass and drums and you've got their debut EP, Transcendental Road Blues, issued as a 7-inch vinyl single with a download card of the full five-song EP included. It's a bracing first blast that previews a full album coming later this year. Deftly balanced on the fulcrum of classic and right on time for today, Chief Fuzzer meld rock from a garage large enough to house a big rig with a potency that plays like it belongs on an arena stage, and have been rapidly gaining a following throughout Central Texas.
Available on 7" vinyl with download card and digital download.
Opaque green vinyl in a limited edition of 100 exclusively from Saustex only $7.00 PPD (US, Canada & Mexico only.)
SUPER NEWSLETTER SPECIAL! GET ALL FOUR NEW RELEASES and the SAMPLE THIS compilation for only $28.00 Postpaid!
(US, Canada & Mexico only)
PLEASE NOTE: ALL ORDERS CONTAINING A VINYL COMPONENT WILL SHIP MONDAY APRIL 2ND DUE TO AN UNAVOIDABLE DELAY FROM THE MANUFACTURER.
PIÑATA PROTEST TO HOOK UP WITH GIRL IN A COMA FOR TOUR OF WEST COAST, PAC NW & ROCKIES!
After slaying diverse audiences at SXSW for almost an entire week Piñata Protest is pleased to announce that they'll be joining Girl In A Coma for an upcoming tour of the Western half of the United States. More dates TBA --advance ticket links at left.
Sunday April 22nd - Tucson,AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Wednesday April 25th - San Diego,CA The Casbah
Friday April 27th - Los Angeles,CA The Echoplex
Saturday April 28th - Long Beach,CA Alex's Bar
Monday April 30th - Sacramento,CA Harlow's Nightclub
Tuesday May 1st - San Francisco, CA The Independent