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

(Barbara FG)

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.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway