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The Saustex Variations Volume Three
It's been too long since we've sent out a newsletter but it's also been way too long since we've put out a label compilation.
Today is the day!
Following on the heels of previous compilations 'The Saustex Variations Volume Three' is a low-priced, compact disc sampler featuring 18 tracks from recent Saustex Records album releases including: Churchwood 'Hex City', Grandpa Death Experience 'The Unforgiving Shoe Of The Future', Various Artists "Mutants Of The Monster: A Tribute To Black Oak Arkansas' (tracks by Jello Biafra and Jimbo Mathus), Javier Escovedo 'Kicked Out Of Eden', Western Star 'Fireball', The Grannies/The Upper Crust 'Lords & Ladies', Hickoids 'The Out Of Towners', The Beaumonts 'Hey Y'all It's The Beaumonts' and Blowfly '77 Rusty Trombones', as well as a couple of previously unreleased tracks. Saustex remains one of the USA's most staunchly independent labels releasing adventurous punk flavored, roots-based rock music in a variety of styles from conjunto, folk, psychedelia, punk and garage to R&B by artists from Texas as well as around the US and Western Europe.
And the good news for you is that it comes FREE with ANY order from this newsletter or from saustex.com while supplies last.
1. One Big White Nightmare - Churchwood
2. You Let The Dead In - Churchwood
3. Double Kross - Grandpa Death Experience
4. Sweet Lenore - Grandpa Death Experience
5. Jim Dandy - Jello Biafra and Ruyter Suys with Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre
6. Downtown - Javier Escovedo
7. This Side Of Nowhere - Javier Escovedo
8. Ghostchaser (Radio Edit) - Western Star
9. Aeroangel - Western Star
10. Stone Fruit - The Grannies
11. White Glove Service (Ben Addison Remix) - The Grannies with Ben Addison* 12. Bleed Me - The Upper Crust
13. Uncle Lijiah - Jimbo Mathus and Robby Turner with Joecephus & The George Jonestwon Massacre
14. Texas Ranger Man - Hickoids*
15. San Antonio - The Beaumonts
16. If You Take Drugs (You're Gonna' Die) - The Beaumonts
17. If You Don't Blow Me By Now - Blowfly
18. She's Got A Weiner - Blowfly
* Previously unreleased track.
And, there is no better way to support your favorite Texas record label and to show folks that you have impeccable musical taste than by ordering one of our fancy new t-shirts.
Also new - the limited edition cassette version (150 copies) only of Javier Escovedo's latest album 'Kicked Out Of Eden" issued by our friends at Burger Records.
Saustex at South By South West 2017
We're also pleased to announce that we'll be presenting two official showcases at this year's SXSW Music Fest.
The first night features Saustex artists and friends from all over the United States and the Grandpa Death Experience direct from Amsterdam plus a "Mutants of The Monster Jam" tribute to Black Oak Arkansas at the end of the night - it's gonna' be a humdinger!
Kicking off the evening at 8pm we have the Grandpa Death Experience (Amsterdam, NL). Headed by legendary producer Ron Goudie the GDX delivers everything that his extensive resumé would have you expect.
8:45pm brings the dark and poppy flavored psychedelia of Everyone is DIrty (Oakland, CA).
Churchwood will take the stage at 9:45pm - expect the world's greatest avant-garde blues band to play tunes from their latest Saustex release 'Hex City'.
From Baltimore come Western Star at 10:45pm. These boys combine rootsy licks and rock'n'roll riffs to make a sound that is a very fresh take on classic rock.
Javier Escovedo (San Diego/Austin) hits it at 11:45pm - Javier's 2016 Saustex release 'Kicked Out Of Eden' racked up rave reveiws and made several year end best of lists. Glam, punk and 60's rock'n'roll perfectly distilled.
At 12:45am Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre (Memphis, TN) make their SXSW debut. The hard-working Joecephus can often be heard on the SIrius Outlaw Country channel with his hard-edged brand of country fried rock.
At 1:25am we'll have a "Mutants of the Monster Jam" tribute to Black Oak Arkansas headed by Joecephus (aka Joey Killingsworth). Joecephus produced the recent Saustex release "Mutants of The Monster: A Tribute to Black Oak Arkansas" - a double album that revisits the 70's arena rock band's classic material with guest stars that include Jimbo Mathus, Shooter Jennings and Jello Biafra.
The second night (Friday March 17th) we'll be presenting "San Antonio Night" in coordination with South By South West. We have a great lineup that mixes up new and old faces.
The evening kicks off at 8pm with a tribute to San Antonio-born singer and songwriter Rich Minus. Eric Hisaw along with Neal Walker will be leading the band as a number of guest vocalists including Mitch Webb, "Brother" Dave Rodriguez, Gerge Ensle, Shelli Coe, Stevie Tombstone, Ricky Broussard, Kevin Swafford, Asenath Avinash and others interpret his tunes.
At 9:30pm Harvey McLaughlin and his band take the stage with something of a new look for the band. Harvey is an old man trapped in a young man's body and brings rock'n'roll's roots into the present day.
At 10:25pm Rudy Tee Gonzales and King Pelican hit the stage. Rudy Tee's roots as performer date back to the turn of the 1960's. He's still got it - singing and dancing at a pace that can put men a third his age to shame. He is ably backed by King Pelican, one of Texas' top surf rock acts.
Garrett T. Capps will hit it at 11:25pm - Garrett does a countrified modern take on South Texas roots with well-written original tunes.
The evening's headliners Rio Jordan go at 12:30am. Esteban III and brother Richard are the sons of legendary accordionist Steve "El Parche" Jordan, the renowned innovator in both style and technique of the accordion. With both sons having been trained by their father the act carries on his legacy while building one of their own. Not to be missed.
Both shows take place at The Saxon Pub 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. in Austin, Texas. The Saxon has the best production of just about any of the multitude of official SXSW venues as well as being the most adult friendly with parking, comfortable seating, reasonably priced drinks and a nice patio to take a break from the action. Start you bar tab Thursday and leave it open until 2am Saturday morning!
VINYL! VINYL! VINYL!
Through some astute wheeling and dealing we've been able to acquire some fairly limited quantities of records that will be of interest to you...Don't forget domestic orders pay only a flat $4.50 shipping and handling charge, not matter the size of your order. To order please send an email to: jeff.smith(at)saustex.com with desired titles and we'll send you an invoice.
Various "Bloodstains Across Texas - 18 Essential Punk Rock Blasts"
w/ Legionaire's Disease, The Next, Plastic Idols, Inserts, AK-47, The Skunks, The Stains, Bobby Soxx, The Huns, The Offenders, Inanimate Objects, Telefones, Body Snatchers, Nervebreakers, Vomit Pigs, Really Red and The Ejectors. A true time tunnel of Texas Punk LP - $13.
Legionaire's DIsease "Catch The Disease"
8 tracks from these Houston misfits. 10" Mini-LP on colored vinyl $11
Hand Of Glory "Far From Kith & Kin"
11 track LP from Bill Anderson and Joe Doerr's (Churchwood) late 80's project produced by Spot. 150 gram LP - $12
The Nervebreakers "Hijack The Radio!"
Late 70's and singles reissues from the classic Dallas band. 180 gram vinyl LP $12
The Nervebreakers "We Want Everything"
12 track LP 1980 LP from Dallas proto-punk heroes featuring T. Tex Edwards and Barry Kooda. The real stuff. 180 gram LP - $12
The Sons of Hercules "Get Lost"
1999 LP from Texas' perennial greatest garage band. 13 tracks on 150 gram LP $12
The Sons of Hercules "Hits For Misses"
1996 LP featuring the classic lineup and produced by Mike Mariconda. LP $12
Really Red "Teaching You the Fear"
Alternative Tentacles reissue of one of THE greatest hardcore albums of all-time from this Houston band. LP $12
Bu**hole Surfers "Live PCPPEP"
Recorded live in San Antonio way back in 1984 this one is still smokin'! Ltd edition 500 copies on clear vinyl LP $14
D*cks "These People"
Second full-length from punk hero Gary Floyd with the San Francisco version of the band. LP $12
Various "Taco City Rockers"
Very limited, very strange LP in odd packaging featuring 23 bands weighted heavily to the early 80's. San Antonio had one of the strangest "punk" scenes in the world - this record is proof. Green vinyl LP $25
USA! USA! USA!
Various "Viva La Vinyl Volume #4"
Trash, trash and more trash from Dead Beat Records, one of our favorite US imprints.
Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, Nikki Sudden, The Dialtones, The Vultures, The Gee Strings and 9 more with insert magazine. LP $13
The Weaklings "Rock-n-Roll Owes Me"
High-octane garage punk from Portland featuring Bradley of P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. LP $12
Dr. Boogie "Gotta' Get Back To New York City"
Awesome LP by these LA adherents of the Flamin' Groovies, New York Dolls and Mott The Hoople. LP $12
Smut Peddlers "Ten Inch"
Orange County beach punk ala Stitches and US Bombs. 10" LP $11
New Bomb Turks "Blind Run"
4 track Dutch import on colored vinyl from the Columbus drunk rock superheroes.
10" color vinyl $10
Le Face "Isolation"
Deconstructed punk ala The Urinals and Electric Eels. Extreme. LP $12
Gestapo Khazi "Gestapo Khazi"
Self-titled debut from So Cal band that echo The Gun Glub and The Wipers. LP $12
Shark Toys "Shark Toys"
LA band that recall the ramshackle early pop-inspired punk of TV Personalities, Modern Lovers and more. LP $12
Swamps "Kitano Homare"
Hyper-trashy Japanese trio ala Oblivians and Gories. LP $12
The Routes "Left My Mind'
Yardbirds and Pretty Things inspired Japanese garage. LP $12
The Dying Shames "The Dying Shames"
London act that distills the sounds of The Faces and mid-sixties Rolling Stones. LP $12
Debut from this Italian trash-metal band. For fans of of Motorhead and Nashville Pu**y. LP $12
The Havenots "Rock'n'Roll Weekend"
Hard charging Japanese power pop ala Buzzcocks and LA bands like The Nerves. LP$12
Heavy, scuzzy Finnish band for fans of the Stooges and the Pagans. LP $12
Thee Might Fevers "Fu**'in Great RnR"
Trashy Japanese punk rock from members of Teengenerate and Guitar Wolf. LP $12
Tomy & The Cougars "Ambush"
Buzzcocks inspired power-pop from this French band. LP $12
Next time around we'll have plenty of touring news and SXSW related stuff.
Saustex Records & Entertainment, LLC