Built by Snow guitarist salutes 2 songs
Welcome to our music picks, where once a week we talk to Austin musicians and find out what’s been burning up their CD player, turntable or iPod lately.
Looking for a good musical recommendation? Take some advice from someone in the local music trenches who knows their stuff. Recommendations can be local, national or international, new or old.
They only need to fit two criteria: 1) the musician in question needs to have just discovered them, and 2) they have to be fantastic.
This week: We gab via email with Matt Murray, guitarist for the 8-bit-descended keyboard power pop of Built by Snow, who open for Whitman tonight at the Mohawk. Guns of Navarone and On After Dark also play. Doors open at 10 p.m.; show is $6, $8 for minors.
Listen to Built by Snow’s “A-Beta” and check out the video for “Invaders” — a delightful nostalgia trip with cameos by Space Invaders and Donkey Kong, among others — in our music blog @austin360.com/musicsource.
Matt Murray recommends: “I Heart California”/“Ghost of Syllables,” a double single from Admiral Radley, the new soaring pop collaboration featuring Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle and Aaron Burch and Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray.
Matt Murray says: “I just got the new double single from Admiral Radley, and it rules! They’re a new band made up from members of Earlimart and Grandaddy. I’ve been a huge Grandaddy fan for years, and am really excited to see what happens with Admiral Radley. I got to catch one of their shows during SXSW, and they were of course amazing.
“Also I hear they will be releasing a full-length soon, so I can’t wait for that! Speaking of Earlimart … I’ve been listening to them a lot lately, too. Their first release was back in 2003, but I didn’t discover them until just recently … and they are fantastic!”
Check out a video of Admiral Radley performing “Ghost of Syllables” for NPR Music during South by Southwest 2010 in our blog, too.
Matt Murray, left, Ben Bauer, J.P. Pfertner and Brandown Stein are the band Built by Snow. They open tonight for Whitman at the Mohawk.