Built by Snow gui­tarist salutes 2 songs

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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.

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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.

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