“Great albums are more than a radio hit, they are a coherent collection of songs that share a vision or forward a story. It is a single work of art created from many pieces. The art of the album is lost on many of today’s recording artists, especially within the pop genre but that isn’t to say that is something new, just perhaps more prevalent. For as long as recorded music had a long play format, there have been albums with untouched B sides and others that compelled the listener to listen to the complete work, both sides.
These albums stand out as the very best of what all of us here at MojoLists heard this year, the albums that made us stop and pay attention, the albums that we will still be listening too for years to come. It was no easy decision either, 2014 has been one of the best years for music releases in a long time.”
Singer-songwriter to step in for sick Malia Grace tonight for 11 p.m. show
Certain Circles crooner delivers eclectic set full of engaging lyrics
WHAT: A bout with illness has forced Malia Grace to remove herself from what would have been the first of her December engagement’s at Austin’s One-2-One Bar tonight – to sing songs from up upcoming untitled debut EP, but live music fans need not worry. Local singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway has stepped in to fill the gap and will be entertaining patrons with songs from his growing library of music, which includes the EP Certain Circles. Released in 2014 The Austin Chronicle asked if Gassaway could be the next Bob Schneider in its review of the album, which it gave three stars (out of four) extolling its, “message of hope and inspiration,” and calling it’s mix of upbeat mix of roots-rock, folk and piano delightfully infectious. Grace will return to the One-2-One stage Dec. 29.
WHO: A lifelong Texan, Gassaway is trained in classical guitar and voice, and plays a variety of instruments from banjolele to reed organ. His training, and the onstage lessons he’s learned as a solo performer and member of groups such as Canaries in the Coal Mine and formally the Matchmaker Band, has resulted in multi-textured pop songs that recall the Head & the Heart and Ben Folds. In a Chase Gassaway song, it’s not unusual to hear strings, horns, woodwinds and piano accompanying Gassaway’s engaging lyrics and slightly husky vocals.
Central Texas soul titans Soul Track Mind urge fans to bring nonperishable donations to pre-Thanksgiving show Wednesday at Sam’s Burger Joint to restock SAFB coffers
Long a staple of the Texas music scene, Soul Track Mind recently cemented its popularity in the home of the blues, by winning the 2014 Louisiana Music Prize. To celebrate that victory, and the continuing success of their latest album Unbreakable, the band is getting in the Thanksgiving Spirit by urging its fans to bring nonperishable donations to Its Nov. 26, show at San Antonio’s seminal music venue – Sam’s Burger Joint.
The band has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to receive the goods, in an effort both groups hope will replenish the stores of SAFB for the holiday season. The food bank will have distributed most of its food for Thanksgiving by the show and officials for the organization said ramped-up donations are crucial to restock the cupboards during the holiday season.