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.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.