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On The Record: Spoon, Fauntleroys, Lucinda Williams, Robyn Ludwick

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 16, 2014

IN THE NEWS

Spoon’s “Vinyl Gratification” : To spark pre-orders for next month’s “They Want My Soul” on the Loma Vista label, Austin indie rock band Spoon provided select record stores around the country with a limited batch of 10-inch vinyl records containing three new songs. Those who pre-ordered the new album at those stores starting July 15 received the vinyl bonus immediately, along with the new album when it comes out on Aug. 5.

Locally, Waterloo Records and End of an Ear took part, and supplies went fast. End of an Ear reported having sold out of their 15 copies on Tuesday. Waterloo got a larger allotment, but as of midafternoon Wednesday, they had just two left and expected those to be gone quickly.

Escovedo supergroup: Much as the 1990s band Buick MacKane gave Austin’s Alejandro Escovedo an outlet that was more focused on heavier rock ’n’ roll than his widely varied solo projects, his new band the Fauntleroys pairs him with former Richard Hell & the Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, powerhouse Miracle 3/Baseball Project drummer Linda Pitmon and his longtime Chicago pal Nicholas Tremulis. Their six-song debut “Below the Pink Pony” will be out Sept. 16 on Plowboy Records, a Nashville label co-owned by founding Dead Boys member Cheetah Chrome.

Lucinda double album: It’s been a couple decades since Lucinda Williams last lived in Austin, but the renowned Americana singer-songwriter still has strong ties to some of the city’s musicians – including keyboardist Ian McLagan, who turns up on “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” a double-album set for release Sept. 30 on Williams’ own Highway 20 Records via Nashville affiliate Thirty Tigers. Other contributors include guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White, Elvis Costello rhythm section Pete Thomas on drums and Davey Faragher on bass, and Wallflowers leader Jakob Dylan with a duet vocal on one track.

IN REVIEW

Robyn Ludwick, “Little Rain” (July 15): Raised in Bandera with her brothers Bruce and Charlie Robison, and now living in Wimberley with her husband John “Lunchmeat” Ludwick, who plays bass with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis among others, Ludwick is deeply rooted in Central Texas country music. Like her brothers, she travels toward the rough shoulders more than the center stripe on this Gurf Morlix-produced disc. “Little Rain” is her fourth album and showcases the rich expressiveness of her singing on cuts such as the ballads “Heartache” and “Over Me,” while she dips into Buddy Holly-esque tuneful pop on “Something Good.” Bruce and Kelly covered one of her songs on their latest record, and there’s a lot more evidence here that Ludwick is coming into her own as one of the region’s most distinctive country songwriters.

Also out this week: Buenos Diaz, “The Love Balloon” EP: Catch their July residency at Hole in the Wall every Saturday at 6 p.m.

IN THE FUTURE: LOCAL RELEASES

JULY 22: Black Angels, “Clear Lake Forest” (Blue Horizon), CD issue of seven-song clear-vinyl Record Store Day exclusive; Casual Strangers, “We Used to Be Friends,” release show July 18 at the Mohawk; Kelley Mickwee, “You Used To Live Here” (RED), release shows July 19 at Strange Brew and July 21 at Waterloo Records.

JULY 29: Micky & the Motorcars, “Hearts From Above,” release show Aug. 1 at Saxon Pub; Noel McKay, “Is That So Much To Ask,”performing at Viva Big Bend Festival in Alpine July 24-27.

AUG. 5: Spoon, “They Want My Soul” (Loma Vista); Christopher Denny, “If The Roses Don’t Kill Us” (Partisan); Thanks Light, “& the Hallucinations”; Manifest Electric, “Eat Your Heart Out,” release show July 31 at Cactus Café.

AUG. 11: HT Young, “More Than We Was”

AUG. 16: Leticia Rodriguez Garza, “Saguita Al Bate” EP, release show Aug. 16 at Sahara Lounge.

AUG. 19: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day” (Blue Corn).

AUG. 26: Tinnarose, self-titled (Nine Mile); Globe Factory No. 23, “Original Sins for Copycats” (Fiesta Red).

SEPT. 2: Brian Pounds, “Strikes and Gutters” EP.

SEPT. 9: Belle Sounds, “Black Stone” EP, release show Sept. 13 at Lamberts; Nightowls, “Good As Gold B-Sides” EP, playing Oct. 11 at ACL Fest.

SEPT. 16: Fauntleroys, “Below the Pink Pony EP (Plowboy); Band of Heathens, “Sunday Morning Record.”

OCT. 7: Shakey Graves, “And the War Came” (Dulatone).