Faster Than Sound: Kendra Sells, Unlimited: The BluMoon Singer’s Solo Debut, A Panel Of Music Supervisors, And More Music News – Music

When the Austin musician Kendra sells shared his new solo work with a friend, they suggested the description “club punk”. It is a suitable encapsulation of Everything in your head, an exploratory dance of distorted guitars, anarchic structures and magnetic rhythms anchored in Sells’ vocal expertise. Released with Richmond’s Quiet Year Records, the singer calls the seven-track EP “a complete date of everything on my mind”.

“I’ve never been good at placing genres, especially with the EP which is all over the place,” she says. “I had just started learning Ableton. I never owned a cool pedal or a good amp, so it was really exciting to play with so much tones. It was all very fun. I just tried things out and I was having fun. “

Everything in your head Presents Sells First Outing Outside The San Marcos Neo-Jazz Band BluMoon, formed in 2017 during her studies at State of texas. A Moldy peaches-Inspired youth, she recruited three music majors to the team and began to develop her prominent presence on stages across the region. Pandemic layoffs and a return to his hometown of Austin inspired Sells to self-produce his own album.

“You don’t have to limit yourself, and I felt more limited with BluMoon,” she explains. “I kept saying to myself, ‘This is the kind of band you are, you are an R&B singer. “I love R&B, but that’s not the music I was looking to create. The moment you have a black woman on anything, it’s like, ‘Oh, that touching R&B, blah blah blah I know this genre has lost some opportunities for us. “

The singer also remembers stifling experiences like being placed in rap showcases in her folk debut and suggestions she contributes to the college radio hip-hop show. Rather, sell like Ween, whose albums jumped into the genre spectrum. True to the punk part of his album, the sludgy “Wondering // Bad Doctorzz” denounces racism in healthcare.

“It’s traumatic after a number of times – being lit by doctors, having all these bills,” Sells adds. “I think of the doctors in this song as cops, because they’re supposed to protect us, but we’re not going to get the help we need.”

Synth-pop sunspot, “Call Me When Ur Dead” stars bassist Kinseli Baricuatro and percussion by the album co-producer Jared marxuach (Glass healer). An ode to jazz heroes such as Sarah Vaughan, the delicious “Crawlspace” offers an unadorned look at Sells’ superb vocals. “Wonderwall kid” vocal training videos, which made the guitar, reconnected the performer to his central instrument over the past year.

“It’s my body,” Sells says. “With the guitar you play with your hands, but you don’t play with your diaphragm and your lungs and all that. I got a new perspective on how singing is really about unveiling your soul. A lot of people don’t. Don’t sit down with this truth. “

AMF “Pitching to Music Supervisors” panel

Courtesy of Austin Music Foundation

Based in Austin Kristen higuera read about Russian folklore and transcribe a Beethoven Side B for the next season of Hulu’s Great. She pulled out of TikTok for HBO’s Gen Z drama Generation, and is particularly proud of the opening of an episode with the song “Popping Bitch” by The Texas native is a music coordinator at Deep Cut Music
(, a music supervision company founded by Maggie Phillips.

Higuera joins Livy Rodriguez-Behar (Dreamboat music) and Sami posner (Creative control entertainment) free Austin Music Foundation panel “IN SYNC: Pitching to Music Supervisors.” Co-presentation SoundSync Music founder Nat Phan, one of the the ChronicleThe “20 of 2020” of 2020 begins with a workshop on licensing for artists. Join via Zoom next Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m., and discover Higuera’s expertise below.

On the placement of Texans on television

“Maggie is very passionate about her hometown music. Most of our shows are based in Los Angeles, but the CW Walker was our first hit in Austin. On Walker we have placed Chill russell, Tomar and the CF, Inflated, and Mamahawk by Nat’s [SoundSync Music]. Locally, Sadie and the Ladies and Loteria and others are also in episodes. “

On playlists

“Trying to access Spotify playlists is totally beneficial, even local ones. KUTX and something like “Austin indie”. I’ll go through the playlists of random people. If the name catches my eye, like “Crying on the Subway”, I’ll keep it for future reference. “

On gender marking

“If anyone is tagging #Austinfolk on social media, now I can search that if we ever have a spot. Throw all the darts; put all the subgenres. Even if you’re like, ‘Is this experimental folk ? “someone else can decide, because music is so subjective. Genres are helpful in finding something really specific, like an artist who looks like Carpenters. If someone on Reddit writes, “My music sounds like the Carpenters,” that’s great. “

About submissions

“We always check everything that is sent to us, even if it is not requested. That’s how I met Nat. She sent out a playlist, introduced herself, and we ended up using her catalog on a few shows. For cold emails, it’s good when people give an introductory paragraph to their music. “


Kent benjamin, 67, programmer for the capital’s response to MTV in the 90s, the Austin Music Network, and a long-time contributor to both the Chronicle and Pop culture press, died last Friday in Hot Springs, Ark., after prolonged health problems. The next day, May 8, drummer Scott Laningham, 61, timekeeper for jazz combo Church on Monday and the greats of Lone Star, including Christopher cross, Alejandro Escovedo, and Kat Edmonson, died of heart problems. Wrote the first in these pages on a favorite subject: “The problem with every who biography – everyone closely involved in the group drank heavily, sometimes took drugs, and most importantly, never failed to let the truth interfere with a great story. The percussionist said on his website: “With so many losses in 2020, I try to celebrate the richness where we come from through music, memories and more. “

Austin Keeled Scales announced on Tuesday a partnership with a leading independent label. Purchase of a stake in the local label, Illinois imprint Polyvinyl will take care of the execution directly to the consumer, while Keeled scales maintains control over creative decisions. House for Buck Meek, Katy kirby, and Sun June, the local brand also ensures distribution through the Indiana imprint Secretly Canadian. Keeled Scales Co-Founder / Label Manager Staff Tony presley, Polyvinyl project manager Natalie Dávila, and polyvinyl art director Janelle Abad, a local office will follow, adding to the latter’s existing independent outposts in New York and San Francisco.

Levitation returns to Halloween weekend, from October 28 to 31, for the 12th year of the festival. Programming and tickets promised at the start of the summer, the event will continue at all venues, including Stubb’s, Mohawk, Empire, Vegas Hotel, and Central Presbyterian Church.

The Go-Go join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come October. Native Austinite and band bassist Kathy valentine, recipient of the “Best of Austin” Award for Nonfiction Writer via memoir All i ever wanted, recently said The Los Angeles Times: “We had the material. We had the charisma. We had the timing. We had everything you need. Everything has been eclipsed or rejected or written off for many, many years.”

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