Crosstalk: Recap of Hot Sauce Fest, Stereolab, HAAM Day and Topshelf Records’ standoff with Austin-based Merch Warehouse: Austin Music News Headlines of the Week – Music

Luna Luna performs at the Hot Sauce Festival (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Austin Chronicle hot sauce partySound selections chosen by the music team relieved the crowd of spicy tasters at the sold-out Sunday gathering. The 32nd annual event took place at the Far Out Lounge for the second consecutive year, to the soundtrack of DJ McPullish (appropriately the co-owner of Goodburn Sauce Co.). KindKeith’s six-piece team, passionate about music, opened the yellow stage. Introducing “Depression Jazz”, bandleader Keith Galloway Jr. warned, “If there are any young people in the audience who are thinking of going to jazz school, don’t.” Mama Duke has won over photo-demanding kiddie fans with her undeniable crowd work and trusty DJ/producer Spred. The host celebrated her last show before the upcoming debut of the ACL Fest – sharing plans for the first weekend with fellow Luna Luna programming. All in blue, TC Superstar’s two flowing dancers and three chipper players battled through favorites like “Waste My Time,” bringing iPhones into the movement. About a year after moving from Dallas, Luna Luna fans flocked after dark to hear dreamy versions of Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ and a touch of ‘Gasolina’ – with one fan employed by Far Out holding up a sign that reads: “Clocked out for this.” –Rachel Rascoe

StereolabLætitia Sadier of ‘s summed up the French-English band’s cool demeanor (as well as their recently remastered 1992 song) at the start of Friday’s set at ACL Live: “Do you remember ‘Low Fi’?” The cross-generational crowd might identify with my experience with the band: Introduced years ago by my boyfriend, who was schooled in Stereolab lore by stage elder Dean Studeny as he worked in a grocery store. Unlike the hit condensed selections for Groop’s 2019 Mohawk show — part of their first tour in over a decade — the B-sides and new releases from last weekend. The quintet calmly occupied the front half of the main stage with thumping guitars, buttonholes and print paper set lists strewn at the feet of guitarist Tim Gane. After the finale found “French Disko,” a chaotic instrumental medley closed the rare gig to land both the Resound and Levitation co-presentation. – RR

HAAM day came back strong last Tuesday, marking the health care nonprofit’s first in-person shebang since 2019. Mayor Steve Adler and Lesly Reynaga admirably took to the scene in Waterloo Park at 6 a.m., kicking off a series of one-day shows at classic venues, like Cheer Up Charlies and Antone’s, and offbeat pop-ups, like sponsorship of PNC Bank and HE-B locations. In their biggest fundraiser of the year, HAAM aimed to raise approximately $850,000 to continue providing free or low-cost health care to thousands of Austin musicians — especially important with the arrival of the registrations open in the fall. Donate anytime at– RR

High-end folders scrambles to obtain and move 17 years of inventory out of an Austin distribution warehouse after mail-order fulfillment company Awesome Merch (part of the Awesome Distro organization which is partly based in Leeds , UK) went bankrupt in August. In a blog post by Kevin Duquette, the founder of Topshelf Records writes that the independent label is denied access to its entire physical catalog because the contents of the warehouse are considered the property of its owner. Unable to ship orders, Topshelf made the decision to temporarily close its Bandcamp website and stores. To fund the large-scale orchestration of transporting a plethora of cargo 1,400 miles, Duquette launched a Kickstarter campaign that has already surpassed its goal of $24,000. Awesome Merch, which regularly advertised in thethe Chronicle, significantly expanded its warehouse footprint in the year before the shutdown. –Kriss Conklin

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