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Austin artist David Ramirez gains support of businesses for newest EP release

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Austin businesses are joining together to celebrate the release of local singer-songwriter David Ramirez’s ninth collection of songs by going back to the basics with sound, songs and collaborative sips.

Ramirez’s new six-song EP, “Rules and Regulations,” is set to be released on Feb. 25 with a little help from Austin Signal Recording Studio, who produced the record, and Try Hard Coffee Roasters, 1115 E. 11th St., which is releasing a coffee blend to commemorate it.

After two creatively-stifling years of the pandemic, Austin Signal owner Jon Neiss offered Ramirez a renewed outlet since his latest record, 2020’s “My Love Is A Hurricane.” Neiss and Ramirez produced the record in two days, with one stipulation: the album had to be recorded live to test Neiss’s new surround sound Dolby Atmos system.

“There's just a magic that comes across in that setting that you don't really get when you're constantly nitpicking and reevaluating,” Ramirez said. “There's something cool about just counting off the song and going for it. What happens (live) can be pretty magical.”

Austin Signal used vintage equipment for a raw, classic sound and Neiss said Ramirez was the first musician that came to mind to contact.

“I wanted to create a showcase for this where we'd actually record someone live in a very traditional way of doing it with no overdubs and no editing and just capturing the musicians playing live,” Neiss said. “The first component of that really is having someone that can bring some really good songs, like David, arguably one of the very best songwriters, certainly in Texas.”

Ramirez said his favorite track is “Can You Hear the Silence,” which was written at the start of the pandemic when his airport-adjacent home was made quieter as flights shut down.

“I distinctly remember sitting on my back patio one afternoon and not hearing anything, no planes at all,” Ramirez said. “I just love it so much and I've never really been able to write in that way, lyrically before.”

Like his record, his coffee blend is simple and straight to the point. Named after the musician, Try Hard blended and roasted the beans and will sell bags first-come-first-serve, or you can pick up a box set with a bag of coffee, slipmat and vinyl copy of the album commemorating the launch.

The blended northern Peruvian and Brazilian coffee roasted at a true medium is meant to be enjoyed black, the way Ramirez likes it.

“I'm pretty standard. Just give me a classic cup of coffee,” Ramirez said. “Going back to the recording process, because it's so classic and raw and vintage, it made sense to have a coffee be classic. Nothing too modern or too experimental.”

You’ll be able to grab Ramirez’s album on streaming services and coffee at Try Hard starting Feb. 25, plus, Ramirez will be live at the Far Out Lounge on March 5.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

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Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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