Come into Cactus Music and get a sneak peek into the new album “Tip of The Spere” from Cass McCombs! You’ll be able to purchase the album during the listening party!
Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a ca- reer that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. McCombs has never made two albums that sound the same. His new one, Tip of the Sphere, is particularly unique. Tip of the Sphere is McCombs’ 9th studio album and while many of his records have been comprised of songs recorded in different studios and pieced togeth- er over time, this one was recorded quickly in one lo- cation with a strong sense of purpose, resulting in his most consistent record to date. This approach brings a raw immediacy to his songs, which are some of his best yet as he finds the perfect balance of compassion and experimentation. The rock songs rock harder, the ballads are more beautiful, the experiments more confident; with the sounds of jazz and latin music creeping in through the back window. This is an artist trying to make sense of it all through a relentless, ever searching creative process.
Beginning Friday, 2/8/19, you can come into Cactus Music and purchase Robert Ellis’ new album “Texas Piano Man” on CD ($10.98) or LP ($19.98) and you’ll receive a wristband for his ONLY Houston performance. You MUST come to the store to get your wristband and CD and/or LP. One wristband per CD/LP.
“Dressed head to heels in a white tuxedo, Robert Ellis has now fully embraced his role as Texas troubadour, putting a little Gram Parsons-style honky-tonk into the bedazzled piano-pop of Elton John” NPR Music
“Only the truly exceptional artists, with the right mix of confidence and wit – Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Waits—dare to scrap the template that first won them acclaim and basically start over, with a new, often sideways approach to their craft. That’s exactly what Texas native Robert Ellis has done with his latest album, Texas Piano Man.” Men’s Journal
“In an arrangement filled with oohs and ahhs that cross both Abbey and Yellow Brick roads, Ellis posits our hearts’ toil in the everyday insanity of the world, so that maybe the only sane approach to life is recklessly falling in love.” NPR Music
“…on his forthcoming album, Texas Piano Man, he dives deeply into a new persona: a white-suited, blue bonnet Elton John determined to challenge expectations of what it means to be a musician residing in the Lone Star State.” Rolling Stone Country
“Ellis can do shit kicking honky-tonk just as well as he can inhabit an ivory-tickling Lone Star State of Mind.” Rolling Stone Country
“Texas Piano Man…is pure raucous fun, eleven tunes that demand to be played at full volume while dancing around the shuffleboard table at your favorite dive.” Texas Monthly
“On Texas Piano Man, Ellis displays his mastery by blending the barrelhouse stylings of pioneering Texas musician Moon Mullican with the staccato rhythms of Elton John. The resulting sound feels like it would be at home in both a West Texas saloon and a Long Island piano bar.” Texas Monthly
Pre-buy The Suffers “Everything Here” from Cactus Music on CD or LP and receive a wristband for their CActus Music performance on Saturday, 7/14/18 @ 1:00pm. One wristband per CD or LP purchase. CD is $15.98 and LP is $23.98. The vinyl version comes with a download card.
*BONUS* Every person that pre-buys the album will be automatically entered to win an autographed LP test press.
In early 2017 the Astros were beginning a remarkable run. Polish Pete and the Polka I Hardly Know Her Band were set on watching every game from spring training on. Knowing the strengths of The ASTROS’ fearless, fun-loving leader JOSE ALTUVE, this was to be the Astros’ year! As the season progressed, the excitement level in Houston rose to an all-time high. Polish Pete crafted THE ALTUVE POLKA while watching his favorite Astro play baseball with such joy and enthusiasm. The band went directly into the studio to record and video the now infamous hit single THE ALTUVE POLKA. It was released via YouTube during the Astros historic playoff run and quickly spread across the internet and local Houston media amassing over a quarter of a million views through the various websites. The single was certified a hit when, after seeing the video again on the MLB Network, JOSE ALTUVE exclaimed on national TV, “I LOVE IT!”
The Astros organization was so thrilled by the power and positivity of THE ALTUVE POLKA they invited Polish Pete to sit behind home plate for the now legendary World Series game 5, where he sat next to Larry King. Larry revealed that although he was a Dodger fan, he loved THE ALTUVE POLKA.
Polish Pete got word through the organization that some of the Astros were feeling a little left out by not having a song about them. Polish Pete loves the Astros so much, he wrote another song entitled, I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS. This follow-up smash names all the members of the Houston Astros World Series Championship team and was released in the middle of the World Series to give the rest of the team that lift they needed to complete the victory and brings the World Series Championship Trophy home to Houston.
When the Astros caught the final out of game seven to win the World Series, the call was made to Polish Pete and the Polka, I Hardly Know Her Band to lead the World Series Championship Parade through the streets of downtown Houston. A float was built for Polish Pete, complete with a gigantic Astros baseball and booming PA system, to spread cheer throughout the city with the two hit songs, THE ALTUVE POLKA and I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS. Nolan Ryan, Reid Ryan, Jeff Luhnow, and Jim Crane, along with their families, all joined Polish Pete on the Polka Float to ride through the streets of downtown Houston. One million Astros loving polka fans lined the streets to sing along with THE ALTUVE POLKA and I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS, as Polish Pete and The Houston Astros rolled by.
A limited pressing of these two legendary songs is now available on Collectors Orange 45rpm, with THE ALTUVE POLKA on side A and I LOVE THOSE HOUSTON ASTROS on side B. The release date for the single is MLB Astros Opening Day Thursday, March 29th 2:05 PM to coincide with the first ASTROS pitch of the 2018 season. Polish Pete and the Polka, I Hardly Know Her Band, right alongside the returning Astros Championship Team are together again, set to make another magical run towards back to back World Series Championships for Houston! Go STROS ! Go POLKA!
Come into Cactus to on Thursday, 3/1, and Pre-Buy your copy of “American Utopia” on CD or LP and receive a special edition 12″ x 12″ lithograph. While Supplies Last.
American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne’s vision for his series “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation-something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us.
While David Byrne has collaborated on joint releases with Eno, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent over the past decade, American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo album since, 2004’s Grown Backwards, also on Nonesuch. American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with longtime collaborator Eno, and eventually growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages) alongside a diverse cast of creative contributors including Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. The album was recorded in New York City at David’s home studio, Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio and in London at Livingston Studio 1.
The artist will be signing copies of the brand new “Don’t Mess with Texas” 2-LP re-issue on limited edition colored vinyl.
You’ll be able to pick up the Flower Graves’ new 7″ single here during the in-store. 7″ Artwork By Valeria Pinchuk Valeria is 🔥!!
Help us celebrate the release of Beck’s newest album “Colors” out 10/13/17! Join us for a listen and enter to win for some awesome swag.
Pick up the indie exclusive vinyl and get a free limited edition slip mat.
Hailed in advance by Rolling Stone as a “euphoric blast of experimental pop”, Beck’s 13th album Colors has been confirmed for an October 13 release on Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck’s storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a summery smash for the fall season.
Colors is Beck’s first full-length offering of new material since 2014’s Gold-certified Morning Phase took Album of the Year top honours at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) category. In addition to the newly unveiled “Dear Life”, Colors includes both Beck singles that preceded it: a new mix of the psych-dance summer jam “Dreams” that NPR hailed as “urgently contemporary and irresistibly vintage”, and the retro-futuristic earworm “Wow” that had Stereogum praising its “big, sweet incandescent hook” and plainly stating “It’s a great song!” while Esquire rejoiced “All hail the return of Party Beck”.
Colors was produced by Greg Kurstin and Beck, with the exception of “Wow” produced by Beck and Cole M.G.N., and “Fix Me” produced by Beck. The album was mixed by Serban Ghenea, except “Dreams” and “Up All Night,” which were mixed by Greg Kurstin and Beck.
Waterparks will be performing a very short set and will be signing after their performance. Wanna be here for the pre-kickoff party before their performance with All -Time Low later that evening?
STARTING MONDAY, 6/26, AFTER 5:00PM –
Pre-buy the “Double Dare” vinyl or purchase the “Double Dare” CD From Cactus Music and receive a WRISTBAND to this event.
NO HOLDS and NO PHONE ORDERS.