If you’re no stranger to los grillos, then you’re no stranger to the fact that around these parts we love Trailer Space Records, a place that, with its multiple-per-week in-store performances, smokin-in-the-boys-room and drinkin-in-the-alleyway atmosphere, and bring-beer attitude is much more than a record store–it’s a celebration, preservation, and continuation of Austin’s rock ‘n’ roll community.
Of course, it’s also a record store, so what better way to celebrate the place than with a good ol’ fashioned slab of vinyl that includes some of Austin’s finest bands pounding out a tune or two, and who better to release said vinyl than Gerard Cosloy, co-owner of Matador Records and owner of the 12XU record label, which is releasing the compilation Bring Beer. Apart from the very frame-able cover, which features a picture of the Trailer Space hours sign, Bring Beer delivers new recordings from Cruddy, The Golden Boys, Chris Brokaw, James Arthur’s Manhunt, The Flesh Lights, Naw Dude, Carolee, Marriage, Philip Sambol, Followed By Static, Nazi Gold, G.Green, Rhett And Dean, and Air Traffic Controllers–what Cosloy refers to as, “a clumsy hybrid of a 12XU label sampler and a chance for some Trailer Space fixtures (though admittedly only a few of them) to say thanks (though there’s clearly some crossover between those two camps).” All proceeds from sales of Bring Beer, such as they might be, go to Trailer Space, so buy a copy for yourself and maybe a couple more for a friend or two.
Bring Beer is available on Record Store Day, April 21, at Austin’s Trailer Space Records as well as at Austin’s Waterloo Records, Austin’s End of an Ear Records, and a host of other fine record stores around the country.
Here’s a track from the compilation by Carolee followed by a track by a band featured on the compilation, The Golden Boys, taken from that band’s recent 12XU release Dirty Fingernails (also available at Trailer Space)…