Austin360 On the Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.


RECENTLY RELEASED


Charley Crockett, "The Valley" (Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers). Born in the Rio Grande Valley town of San Benito and raised mostly in Dallas, Crockett subsequently spent a decade traveling the country as a street busker before returning to Dallas and then eventually settling in Austin a few years ago. "The Valley," his fourth record in two years, is arguably his best yet, an admirably hard-to-pin-down cross section of American music forms delivered with a distinctive old-timey flair across 15 tracks. Much like former Austinite Wayne Hancock, who brought new life to a throwback traditionalist style, Crockett delivers 21st-century originals that feel well grounded in the past, from the "honky-tonking "Excuse Me" to the loping rambler’s anthem "The Way I’m Livin’ (Santa Rosa)" to the quick-hitting folk-blues mission statement "5 More Miles." Playing Oct. 26-27 at Continental Club as part of Reverend Horton Heat’s Continental Hayride. Here’s the official video for the opening track, "Borrowed Time":


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Splendid Obsolescence, "The Absolutely Completely Incomplete Retrospective Of Splendid Obsolescence So Far Volume Two (Raucous Edition)." The latest from this local act whose music is accurately self-described as "sometimes cinematic, sometimes ambient, sometimes punk, sometimes new wave, sometimes industrial, sometimes weird" follows up a previous release that was titled, naturally, "The Absolutely Completely Incomplete Retrospect of Splendid Obsolescence So Far Volume One (Cinematic Edition)." Here’s the leadoff track, "Why Should I Have to Explain Asparagus (Variant 1)":


The Absolutely Completely Incomplete Retrospective Of Splendid Obsolescence So Far Volume Two (Raucous Edition) by Splendid Obsolescence

OUT THIS WEEK


Zack Walther Band, "The Westerner." The latest from the New Braunfels-based American roots singer-songwriter skews toward Walther’s blues inclinations, which suit his high-octane voice well. Six new originals accompany three previously released songs, including a new full-band arrangement of "Bailey’s Light" that’s starkly different from the a cappella version on a 2014 album. Joining Walther and multi-instrumentalists Matthew Briggs and Mike Atkins on the sessions were guest contributors including David Grissom, Jeff Plankenhorn, Susan Gibson and the Shinyribs horn section of Tiger Anaya and Mark Wilson, who add a bright and brassy punch to Walther’s soulful rendition of the Sam & Dave hit "Hold On, I’m Comin’." Release show Oct. 25 at Brauntex Theatre in New Braunfels. Here’s the track "DFW" (which stands not for Dallas-Fort Worth, but "Down for Whatever"):


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COMING SOON


OCT. 29: White Denim, "In Person" (live album).


OCT. 31: Not in the Face, "Phase."


OCT. 31: Zoltars, "Telling Stories," release show Oct. 31 at Hotel Vegas.


NOV. 1: Deer, "Do No Harm" (Keeled Scales), release show Oct. 18 at Antone’s.


NOV. 1: Christine Smith, "Meet Me on the Far Side of a Star" (Foxy Loxy).


NOV. 8: Shelley King, "Kick Up Your Heels," release show Nov. 2 at Continental Club.


NOV. 8: JM Stevens, "Invisible Lines," release show Nov. 8 at Continental Club.


NOV. 8: Ben Ballinger, "Something to Show for It," release show Nov. 8 at Hole in the Wall.


NOV. 29: Various artists, "The Next Waltz, Vol. 2."


DEC. 13: Cowboy Diplomacy, "Burn Down the Road."


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