New Austin Cassettes
Come Home (www.noothhing.org)
Breatherholes = Lew Houston, once of Wild America from Matador's 2010 Casual Victim Pile Austin comp. Come Home spins a more competent version of outsider folk hero Jandek: 10 tunes recorded in an RV, utilizing a wounded voice, acoustic guitar, toy piano, found percussion, and seemingly anything found lying around. "Out of My Skull" and the excellent "I Once Walked" display a damaged psyche in a highly attractive-yet-corrosive sonic universe.
The Sour Notes
In the Meanwhile (www.noplaymusic.bandcamp.com)
The Sour Notes enclosed a tiny toy hamburger with this tape containing both sides of their new single and four previously released recordings. Side one stars a title track drenched in ethereal Cocteau Twins juice, a poppy cover of early Wire classic "Mannequin," and "Two Hands Wait," a track in love with the Saints' Prehistoric Sounds era.
Live at Beerland No. 1 (email@example.com)
The tape that, alongside Danny Barnes' initial email, inspired this week's Chronicle cassette loop, Live at Beerland comes in live, loud, and clear as a killer survey of Austin garage punk at the best place in town to hear it. Whether it's the straight-up '77 bash-n-crash of Ghetto Ghouls, the Flesh Lights' white lightning strikes, Jungle Bodies' New Wave glories, or the more strummy joys of Quinn Galavis and Daniel Francis Doyle, Foreign Mother Kana Harris' labor of love is tops. Essential.