Curating the Weekly Staff Picks is probably my favorite thing to do with On Vinyl Music because it forces me to continue to dig deeper into the vast mechanisms of Austin’s cesspool music scene. This week, I decided to culminate songs from artists who not only warm the soul but also songs you can bring home for the holidays, pop on the stereo, and play for your family.
During a brisk Thursday night, typically one reserved for pseudo-alcoholic college students, I made plans to sprint across downtown Austin to three venues in an effort to see five different local Austin bands turn downtown ATX into a musical playground. Finals week clearly did not deter me from experiencing such an eventful night. I was on a mission to explore as much local Austin music as I could.
The Elephant Room is a basement jazz club that defines itself literally as the underground sound oasis of Austin. Founded in 1991, the club has evolved with our ever changing city with robust nightly lineups every week, allowing local and touring artists to perform what they love.
This week’s playlist is a varied bunch, starting with a modern take on the old-school punk sound with “I Don’t Give a Shit” by the late Ape-Shits‘s (may they rest in peace) Shawn Carpetbagger. It sounds nasty, it sounds rough, it sounds good.
I showed up to the Historic Scoot Inn pretty early. The doors opened up an hour before the show started, and when I first walked in there were probably seven people besides myself, barkeep not included. The lack of patrons, combined with the total of two very small tables, made the place seem pretty bleak to start with, but I was sure it would fill soon.
It was a Texas type of cold night on the premiere of December in the nestled back showroom of Mohawk Austin that sheltered the melodies of Hunter Sharpe. The streets of downtown ATX seemed abandoned on a frisky Tuesday, but the sound that resonated from the speakers heated up the venue.