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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 032 The Band of Heathens

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

This week, we caught up with Gordy Quist and Ed Jurdi of The Band of Heathens. The Austin staples released their fifth studio album, Duende, this past January. The 10 songs of Duende find the quintet in a place of deep comfort and confidence. There’s a beacon of light–circling harmony vocals, aged organ & keys, and the right amount of guitar fuzz–that warms the face like sun rays in the midst of an Indian summer. This past Friday, we thankfully squeezed in a short conversation with Quist and Jurdi between their soundcheck and performance at Lubbock’s Cactus Theater.

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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 031 John Baumann

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

On Episode 31, we catch up with Texas singer-songwriter John Baumann. He recently announced that his next album, an 11-song full-length, will be released this Spring. Last Saturday, we sat out on the back patio of The Blue Light to talk about what’s in store for Baumann this coming year, highlights and lowlights of the NBA season, how and why Championship games in sports this year have been all comebacks, The Super Bowl Halftime show, Willie Nelson, and Garth Brooks.

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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 030 Mike Harmeier of Mike & The Moonpies

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

Mike Harmeier–lead vocalist for Austin’s leading honky-tonk country storytellers Mike & The Moonpies–returns to the New Slang Podcast this week. After a hearty soundcheck, the country crooning Harmeier stepped back into the makeshift pool room studio at The Blue Light for a lengthy conversation that included pit stops on side-of-the-road attractions in Texas, the highs and lows of Far West Texas (including crime, the underwhelming Marfa Lights, why national touring acts stop in the region, etc), why booking a railroad tour would be awesome, the differences in Terry Allen and Robert Earl Keen’s versions of “Amarillo Highway,” the pop sensibilities of Prince and Michael Jackson, why HGTV’s Fixer Upper works while Flip or Flop doesn’t, reality television, and our favorite hour-long TV dramas of the last 15 years.

Mike & The Moonpies are hot off releasing Live at WinStar World Casino & Resport, a double-disc live affair where the six-piece runs through a vintage Moonpies set, circa 2016. At 23 songs long, they have plenty of room to stretch out and visit the highlights of their three studio albums and debut EP–along with honky-tonk classics like “Amos Moses,” “Pick Up the Tempo,” and “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance.”

Find Mike & The Moonpies’ latest live album, Live at WinStar World Casino & Resort here. Like Mike & The Moonpies on Facebook here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 029 Jacob Furr

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

On Episode 029, we catch up with Ft. Worth-based singer-songwriter Jacob Furr. Furr’s steady and calculated approach to songwriting has delivered a catalog of weighty storytellers balanced with an even keel demeanor and delivery. It’s help set him apart from the pack in a town full of rising singer-songwriters and storytelling poets. Often, calling a songwriter a “songwriter’s songwriter” comes across as a backhanded compliment at best. With Furr though, it happens to be songwriters–or, just those who pay attention to the fine detail in the craft–who are often the ones who notice the nuances and delicacy within his catalog. With the release of Sierra Madre, his latest full-length, Furr traded in folky rolling hills for towering mountains and jagged cliffs. He often comes down from the mountain after setting them ablaze with roaring, sharp guitars.

We caught up with Furr last week when he made the trek for Ft. Worth to Lubbock. Being a Texas Tech alum (and playing keys with Red Shahan), Furr’s more than familiar with the Lubbock music scene. On this episode, we dive into Lubbock music history of the last decade, thoughts on Top 10 Albums we listened to in high school and college–Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, The Shins, The Mountain Goats, etc heavy–, why criticism isn’t always being a “hater,” the political climate in the Social Media age, and opinions on the Josh Weathers backlash (and backlash to the backlash) after he performed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration a few weeks ago.

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The New Slang Podcast: Episode 028 Bill Corbin & Kevin McClain of American Aquarium

For the first podcast of 2017, we welcome in Bill Corbin and Kevin McClain, the rhythm section of Americana country-rockers American Aquarium. The trials and tribulations have been well documented for the hard-working outfit. The six-piece is as sincere and earnest as the songs they’ve crafted over the years. A few weeks back, it was announced that long-time guitarists Ryan Johnson and Colin Dimeo would be leaving the band. And after 300+ days on the road for the better part of a decade, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based rockers decided that taking a break would be best. As Corbin and McClain explain, the band is taking off the rest of the year come the end of March. With only a handful of dates left on the calendar–their two-night stand Roadtrip to Raleigh, a Cayamo Cruise, and a string of European tour dates, the band is getting a well deserved rest. On this episode, we talk with Corbin and McClain about their interests–weightlifting and cycling–that keep them sane on the road, how they’ve matured as a band–as individuals and musically as a band–over the years, working with Jason Isbell on their breakout album Burn. Flicker. Die., and where they go from here.

The New Slang Podcast: Episode 027 K. Phillips

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

Episode 027 of The New Slang Podcast finds singer-songwriter K. Phillips returning. Recorded about a month back, this 45-minute conversation has Phillips and company with about 10 dates left on his cross-country venture with Counting Crows and Rob Thomas. On the episode, we discuss the ins and outs of being out on tour versus playing weekend shows across Texas during his early years, running into ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Elaina Kay (who rented out Phillips’ Nashville room these past few months), the iconic songs of Counting Crows & Matchbox Twenty, Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” Phillips’ iconic “Came 2 Fuck,” and writing songs with Lubbock’s William Clark Green & Ross Cooper. K. Phillips’ upcoming album, Dirty Wonder, is officially due out this Fall.

The New Slang Podcast: Episode 026 Mike Harmeier of Mike & The Moonpies

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

On Episode 26, we catch up with Mike Harmeier, lead vocalist and chief songwriter in Austin’s honky-tonk revivalists Mike & The Moonpies. With stellar albums like The Real Country, The Hard Way, and their latest, Mockingbird, the six-piece country band has been one of the leading forces in preserving honky-tonk and classic country within Austin and Texas at large. We caught up with Harmeier while in Lubbock a few Fridays back–specifically between playing a spur of the moment tailgate party at Texas Tech University and Blue Light that night. On this episode, we talk about the core of Austin honky-tonk bands, the closing of large dancehalls in Texas, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, floating Texas rivers, an upcoming live album recorded at WinStar World Casino, and writing for The Moonpies upcoming studio album.

The New Slang Podcast: Episode 025 John Baumann

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

Episode 025 finds us speaking with singer-songwriter John Baumann after a weekend run with stops in Alpine, San Angelo, and Lubbock. After the release of last year’s Vices and collaborations and co-writes with the likes of Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow, and Pat Green in the works, Baumann is steadily becoming one of Texas’ finest and most sought out songwriters of the day. Baumann’s Texan drawl and storyteller mentality often finds himself compared to the likes of Texas mainstays like Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and Jack Ingram. With a new album with a late Winter/early Spring release date in the works, the up and comer seems poised to break out of the pack. On this episode, we discuss the current political climate and its’ impact on social media, baseball, Spurs vs. Mavericks, the NBA at large, the problems with football in the modern age, our mutual love for the southern gothic and West Texas epic No Country for Old Men–and Cormac McCarthy in general–as well as music from Jack Ingram, Billy Joel, and Wilco.

The New Slang Podcast: Episode 024 Ryan Bingham

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

On this week’s episode, we sit down with American singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham. Bingham has easily been one of this past decade’s driving forces in Americana and country music. Beginning with Mescalito, his proper debut, he’s always set out to discover new territory in both his writing and in the musical landscape in which those lyrics live in. Time and again, he’s explored various interests–the honky-tonk meets Rolling Stones roadhouse of Roadhouse Sun, the Depression-era storyteller and balladeer of Junky Star, the garage rock and social commentator of Tomorrowland, or most recently, the maturation of an evolving artist who’s still holding on to his deep roots on Fear & Saturday Night–Bingham’s never settled for mediocrity. We caught up with Bingham this past Thursday afternoon down in Midland, Texas before a show to discuss his early roots in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas, his relationship and admiration for the likes of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, & Terry Allen, being on extended cross-country tours, and working with producers like T-Bone Burnett, Mark Ford, Jim Stanley, and Jim Scott.

The New Slang Podcast: Episode 023 Bonus Fall 2016 Singer-Songwriter Week I

by: Thomas D. Mooney
Editor-in-Chief

This past Monday (Sept 12) was the first preliminary round in Fall 2016 Singer-Songwriter Competition at The Blue Light. With a total of 60 songwriters signed up overall, this is easily the largest group of songwriters to participate in the competition. With 12 performing each week (each Monday at Blue Light), three will move on to The Finals (Monday, Oct. 17). As an extra bonus series on The New Slang Podcast, we’ll be recording each night and streaming the songs performed by those who moved on. On this episode, Drew Cypert (Abernathy, Texas), Ben Mckenzie (Stillwater, Okla.), and Mike Stanley (Ft. Worth, Texas) perform the six songs that moved them onto The Finals.

Tracklist:
01) “Roses” Mike Stanley (5:40)
02) “Came Here to Drown” Mike Stanley (10:05)
03) “Sold Off the Harvest” Drew Cypert (14:40)
04) “The Creature” Drew Cypert (17:55)
05) “Dishwasher’s Waltz” Ben Mckenzie (21:40)
06) “The Bust” Ben Mckenzie (25:50)

Special Thanks and Notes: Sound Engineer Michael Vann, Host Jerry Serrano, Judges Jon Taylor and Rode Morrow of Hogg Maulies, and everyone at The Blue Light.