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The Header Photo is the two piece band Surf Curse laughing.


Surf Curse Interview

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist Syd Smith, KTSW music journalist, interviews Surf Curse about their Heaven Surrounds You tour, new album and more. “Forrest Gump has got his box of chocolates, Forrest Gump has got his box of chocolates” says guitarist Jacob Rubeck as he checks the sound with his friend Nick Rattigan on drums standing on the indoor stage at Barracuda, Austin Texas. The two buds are currently on their […]

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The Header Photo is a 3 by 3 tile of the album cover for the Euphoria soundtrack, all in different hues and saturations except for the middle one that is black and white.


A24’s Euphoria Soundtrack by Labrinth

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist Artist: LabrinthAlbum: Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series)Release Date: October 4, 2019 Welcome to the mind of Labrinth, a man of many genres who left me lost asking if this soundtrack is another one off new genre experiment. Born Timothy Lee McKenzie, the artist continues his emergence from the shadows, producing alongside pop heavyweights like Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd to Sia, Diplo and […]

todayOctober 20, 2019 141

The header photo is David Hasselhoff’s Night Rocker album, him standing on the hood of a car at night playing an electric guitar with the title in different colors “meme music” at his feet.


Meme Music

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist Meme /mēm/ nounan element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation. Is to meme to art? To love maybe? To embrace a cliché? To be woke? A religious experience? I’m still not sure what a meme is, or if it’s really something to be defined or worth defining. However, […]

todayOctober 17, 2019 80

The picture is the album cover to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack with Uma Thurman laying on a bed with a cigarette, except her face is obviously photoshopped and replaced with Quentin Tarantino’s.


Tarantino Mix Tape

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist I've always thought my soundtracks do pretty good, because they're basically professional equivalents of a mix tape I'd make for you at home.Quentin Tarantino Today let’s cherry-pick a track from each of Tarantino’s nine movies that he’s written and directed, and see what type of funky mix we end up with. We aren’t going to be skimming the fat off his soundtracks that overlay his typical […]

todaySeptember 17, 2019 64

The album cover is a cartoon of Quasimoto (A.L.F. looking creature) holding his red brick sitting on a zebra both smoking cigarettes looking over and behind the Hollywood sign at L.A. on fire with a broken pinata at their feet and Quasimoto’s ‘50’s pink car is in a ditch.


Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Bandana Album Review

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist Artist: Freddie Gibbs and MadlibAlbum: BandanaRelease Date: June 28, 2019 Batman and Robin. Bert and Ernie. Peanut butter and jelly. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. That’s right, the dynamic duo is back with Bandana, a release that was promised three years ago in 2016, two years after their now infamous album, Piñata, dropped with Freddie Gibbs sitting on the zebra-print cover in his black and white Adidas […]

todayJuly 28, 2019 82

The header photo is musician Max Turnbull in black and white from his A Hound At The Hem album cover.


An Interview with Max Turnbull

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist I had the pleasure of catching a phone call with Max Turnbull, formerly known as Slim Twig, who just put out a debut album with his band mates under the name Badge Epoque Ensemble that guest features Evan Cartwright and James Baley on the 11-minute track called “Dressed in Solitude.” Along with talking about the new jazz funk release that came out this summer, we got […]

todayJuly 8, 2019 82

The header photo is the text “Night Swimmers” on top of different blue hues of reflected water.


Night Swimming Mix

By Syd SmithMusic Journalist Your friend’s above ground pool, your weird uncle’s hot tub, Sewell Park, Barton Springs, Blue Hole, Padre Island, Big Bend hot springs, Frio River, Lake Travis, just fill in the blank with whatever body of water your summer takes you to but picture it in the moonlight, swimming in the dark on another warm, silent Texas summer night. “Nightswimming” by R.E.M. Slow and melodic with nostalgic […]

todayJune 28, 2019 271

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