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Spoon best-of set, Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey and more local releases

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com
Britt Daniel and Spoon celebrate the release of "Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon" on Friday with a 1 p.m. signing event at Waterloo Records and an evening concert at the Austin360 Ampitheater opening for Beck and Cage the Elephant. [Tom McCarthy Jr. for STATESMAN]

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ARCHIVAL RELEASE

Spoon, “Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon” (Matador). Do greatest-hits collections still have a function in the age of streaming and playlists? It’s a debatable point, but as Spoon leader Britt Daniel told NPR recently, such anthologies were a gateway to the music of many favorite bands from his youth. Thus "The Best of Spoon" is meant to have a similar entry-point function, aimed largely at those who might be new to the group’s music. “Everything Hits at Once” was the opening track on Spoon’s 2001 album “Girls Can Tell,” and its title gives a fitting nametag to the set. But this couldn’t really be termed a “Greatest Hits” package anyway, as the band never had Billboard Hot 100-charting smash singles. Their career has always been more about the long game, and as such, it’s no surprise Daniel told American-Statesman writer Deborah Sengupta Stith that a key criteria for inclusion here was “if a song has lasted. If it’s several albums old and we’re still playing it in our set, that probably means it’s one of the ones that is one of those immediate tracks. So songs like ‘Inside Out,’ like ‘Got Nuffin’,’ like ‘The Way We Get By,’ the songs that we just keep playing no matter how old they are, those are the obvious choices for this compilation.” The icing was one new track, “No Bullets Spent,” an immediately appealing guitar-driven tune that earns its inclusion with Spoon’s best. Signing-only event 1 p.m. July 26 at Waterloo Records, playing July 26 at Austin360 Amphitheater. Here’s the lyric video for “No Bullets Spent”:

NEW RELEASES

Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey, “Conspirators” (Small & Nimble). Longtime Austin roots-music fixture Forsyth (Asylum Street Spankers, Hot Nut Riveters, Guy Forsyth Blues Band) married soulful singer Bailey in 2018, leading to this acoustic duo project that mixes originals with an intriguing range of covers. Together they wrote “Daddy’s Listening,” a deeply bluesy number that addresses Bailey discovering conversations with her daughter had been recorded. The cover choices include Mary Gauthier’s gentle politics-is-personal anthem “Mercy Now,” the early-’90s Daniel Lanois mini-masterpiece “The Messenger,” and an album-closing meld of traditional tunes “Amazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun.” Release show July 30 at Saxon Pub. Here’s their cover of Brandi Carlile’s “Wherever Is Your Heart”:

Mike McCoy’s Trompe-loeil,“Eyein’ Lies” (Flak). The former Cher UK frontman’s new outfit has impressive credentials, with musicians including Son Volt/Meat Puppets bassist Andrew Duplantis, Marah/Savage Poor keyboardist Christine Smith and veteran drummer Travis Garaffa. McCoy traffics in old-school sounds that feel equally inspired by 1960s British Invasion rock & roll and 1970-80s American heartland fare, coalescing into music that’s both tuneful and power-packed. Keep an ear out for track two, “Believe in the Trees and Bees,” in an upcoming episode of the newly revived “Veronica Mars” TV show on Hulu. Release show July 26 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the opening track, “Overreactions”:

Chuck Hawthorne, “Fire Out of Stone” (3 Notches). Hawthorne says his guiding principle on this follow-up to his impressive 2015 debut “Silver Line” was the late Richard Dobson’s powerful tune “I Will Fight No More Forever,” which Hawthorne recorded in tribute as the closing track here. Searching his own songbook for more “songs about survival, transition, and moving on,” he found an album’s worth well-suited for what became “Fire Out of Stone,” recorded at Austin’s Jumping Dog Studio with co-producers Walt Wilkins and Ron Flynt. Playing Aug. 4 at the Grove Downtown. Here’s the video for the track “Amarillo Wind”:

James Steinle, “Live at Hole in the Wall.” As a precursor of sorts to a Bruce Robison-produced studio album due out next year, singer-songwriter Steinle serves up this 14-song set recorded at the historic Guadalupe Street venue. Playing Aug. 3 at White Horse. Here’s a video for a studio version of the track “Town’s Coming to Me,” which he also plays on the live album:

Duncan Fellows, “Eyelids Shut” EP (Level). Four new tracks from the indie-pop band follow up their acclaimed 2017 full-length debut “Both Sides of the Ceiling.” Playing Oct. 30 at Barracuda. Here’s the track “Cursive Tattoo”:

COMING SOON

AUG. 9: Jesse Dayton, “Mixtape, Vol. 1” (Blue Elan).

AUG. 9: Chris & Adam Carroll, “Good Farmer,” playing Aug. 21 for Texas Radio Live at Guero’s.

AUG. 12: Church On Monday, “For Being There,” release show Aug. 12 at Continental Gallery.

AUG. 16: Hickoids, “All The World’s A Dressing Room: Live in L.A. 08.24.2018” (Saustex).

AUG. 16: Hanna Barakat, “Siren,” release show Aug. 30 at Come & Take It Live.

AUG. 23: Midland, "Let It Roll" (Big Machine).

AUG. 23: Croy & the Boys, “Howdy High-Rise” (Spaceflight), release show Aug. 24 at Sam’s Town Point.

AUG. 30: Matthew Squires, “Visions of America,” release show Aug. 30 at Independence Brewing.

SEPT. 6: Golden Dawn Arkestra, “Darkness Falls on the Edge of Time” (11A).

SEPT. 13: Shawn Colvin, “Steady On” 30th anniversary edition, new solo-acoustic take on her debut album.

SEPT. 13: Hot Club of Cowtown, “Wild Kingdom” (Gold Strike).

SEPT. 14: Andrew Nolte, “My Avatar” EP.

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