Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Idiot

The new track from TV on the Radio is here and it's called "Happy Idiot." The lead single from Seeds, this crunchy, garage-y new track reminds me of turn of the century Yeah Yeah Yeahs. You know, back when NYC art-punk felt singularly vital and instant. Really enjoying this after the overwrought Nine Types of Light. Check it out below.


First post from Chicago. Yes, it sucks compared to Austin. However, unlike the Midwest, the new album, Goddess, by Banks is truly stellar. Definitely the most chest-aching, sonically adventurous R&B I've heard all year. Check out the video below, which features the whole record (up while it lasts). Highly recommended! Hope I can update more often this week/month/year.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The City Wants My Soul

This blog post has certainly been a long time coming. I've not been the most prodigious writer as of late. And when I say as of late, I mean as of the last three years. Law school ate up that time--just check out the giant gap between 2010 and 2013. Part of that can be attributed to my moving the site, briefly, to my own webspace. But now I'm back to Blogger and enjoying it more than ever.
Posting to this space recalls memories of struggling in Austin post-film school. It was rough going for a while, working all night, filming all day, and blogging at every opportunity. I'd do it all again, mistakes and all. But then I decided to go to law school, which I liked for the most part. Now I'm ready to start my full-time career.

In Chicago.
That's right, the city that breathed such life into me is going to be in the rear-view mirror. Nothing's permanent, as they say, but this job is the next step. Because, originally, I was of a mind to go to law school because it would afford me more time for things like writing. That sort of logic made sense to me when I was working from 11p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. Little did I know that law school doesn't really have nine to five gigs. Except for the one I got. Yes, that's right, I landed a sweet government gig that'll hopefully allow me ample time to update the blog and write to my heart's content.

But of course, my soul will always be here in Austin. Chicago seems like a great city, but over the last decade Austin has cemented itself as my spiritual home. In keeping with this, Cannibal Cheerleader's header will remain the same, if slightly inaccurate. From the SXSW Blood Bath, to the bands I filmed, to discovering the Joy Formidable before everyone else (that's right, you know it's true), everything about this blog brings back happy memories. And I'm going to continue that and continue to make the blog that I would want to read.

Sappy stuff aside, I picked up the new Spoon record through the Vinyl Gratification program at Austin's own Waterloo Records. It's incredible to think it'll be the last record I buy from Waterloo for a while. And dammit, if They Want My Soul isn't a truly incredible record. People have compared it to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but that's not doing it justice, to just consider it a sequel to another fantastic record. It stands alone as a cornucopia of bizarre and life-affirming sounds. Gimme Fiction reminds me of my time in Nacogdoches, where I grew up. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga reminds me of my post-collegiate scene struggles. Transference felt like a segue record, as did my time in law school. And now, They Want My Soul is about moving forward, growing older, capturing what was once lost, and holding on to what's true and good.

Anyway, four star record, easily our favorite of the year thus far. And check out the mercy above--it even looks Cannibal Cheerleader approved! We'll try to get the posts started up next week once we've moved to Chicago. See you there!

"Cause you know you're the one, and that that hasn't changed, since you were nineteen and still in school waiting on a light on the corner by Sound Exchange." Adios, Austin.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Javelin Unlanding

Here's a new video for the excellent Bill Callahan song "Javelin Unlanding," directed by none other than Chris Rusch, who was a friend of mine during my time at UT film school. It's a wild and imaginative video that really showcases his talent. Can't wait to see more from Chris. And well, Bill Callahan is obviously awesome too.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Finally, a new TV on the Radio record! In retrospect, at least here in CC parts, Nine Types of Light was severely underrated. Can't wait to check out this new one, Seeds, out this fall. Here's the trailer for the record the band posted on its website. Its an explosion of sparkling synths that's arresting and cool. Can't wait to hear more.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has released her first video from her new solo record, Crush Songs. It's very reminiscient of the tunes on her leaked solo tape, K.O. At Home, which you'll remember was found in an old apartment of hers and subsequently uploaded to the Internet. Given the hyper-produced sound of Mosquito, I find "Rapt," below, to be pretty refreshing in its simplicity. "Love's a fucking bitch" is also a pretty sweet line for any song. Check it out and below that give a listen to K.O. At Home in its entirety as well. It gives a good background to the tunes.


K.O. At Home

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Do You

I'll write a longer post later today (or this week, knowing me) explaining my long absence from the blog, but in the meantime, here's a totally edible pop confection from CC faves and Austin home-boys Spoon. It's called "Do You" and I most certainly do.