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


ARCHIVAL RELEASE


Uncle Walt’s Band, "An American In Texas" (Omnivore). The long-overdue revival of a classic Austin ensemble continues on this third archival set in two years from the group that featured the late Walter Hyatt and Champ Hood plus eventual country star David Ball. "An American in Texas" was the band’s second album, recorded after the South Carolina-formed trio had regrouped in Austin in the late 1970s following an initial foray here earlier in the decade. The 12 songs on the original album include some of the trio’s most enduring swing-jazz tunes, including "As the Crow Flies" and "Last One to Know." Equally valuable is the inclusion of all eight songs from "6-26-79," initially released only as a cassette. Five previously unreleased cuts finish out the disc, including a live version of the exquisite Hyatt/Hood composition "Situé." Ball will join Hood’s son Warren Hood and nephew Marshall Hood for a show billed as David Ball & That Carolina Sound Nov. 15 at the 04 Center. Here’s a short Omnivore Recordings trailer with samples of several songs:


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OUT THIS WEEK


Lend Me Your Ear, "Forbidden." The second full-length release from the local hip-hop ensemble finds saxophonist Nate Earthsong and pianist Sam Cabot joining forces with founding members Klein Klimp and Stank XM. Lend Me Your Ear stands out for the significant soul/jazz/R&B elements they overlay on traditional hip-hop structures. Tight rhythms and rapid-fire wordplay are central to their songs, but there’s a level of melodic sophistication here that makes their music resonate beyond any genre limitations. Several guest artists contribute, including Casey Dion on "Luv Exp," Moda Magic on "Perfume," Remidi on "Gushy," Backbone on "Stay Educated," and Masta Ace Katie Jae on "Rainy Day." String-accented intro/outro/interlude tracks titled "The Goddess" provide a frame for the album as a whole. Release show Nov. 14 at Empire. Here’s the video for the title track:


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Colin Gilmore & Nicolette Good, "Brown Eyes" EP. Longtime Austinite Gilmore and recent San Antonio transplant Good team up on this easygoing and thoroughly enjoyable four-song set that includes Good’s "Reverie," the title track of a solo EP she released earlier this year. They co-wrote the title track and Gilmore steps out front on "Sunset" before they close with a lovely rendition of the late Ronnie Lane’s classic "Ooh La La." Release show Nov. 17 at Cosmic Coffee & Beer. Here’s a live acoustic version of the track "Sunset":


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Jean Caffeine, "Love. What Is It?" EP. Following up her 2017 full-length "Sadie Saturday Nite," the singer-songwriter with roots in punk, dance and country music serves up three originals and one cover (the Who’s "The Kids Are Alright") that are more pop-oriented. The standout is the title track, an instantly memorable three-minute meditation on the meaning of love. Release show Nov. 16 at Barrel of Fun, in-store Nov. 17 at Antone’s Record Shop. Here’s the track "Love. What Is It?":


Love. What is it? by Jean Caffeine

COMING SOON


NOV. 22: Graham Reynolds, "Marfa: A Country & Western Big Band Suite."


NOV. 22: Jomo & the Possum Posse, "Take a Number, Satan," in-store Nov. 22 at Waterloo Records, release show Nov. 23 at ABGB.


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


DEC. 6: Ulla, release show Dec. 6 at Saxon Pub.


DEC. 8: Don Leady, "Dos Rios," in-store Dec. 15 at Antone’s Record Shop.


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


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