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An Episode

Animation by Luca Tóth and Stephen McNally

Released Thursday, January 8, 2015

Animators Luca Tóth and Stephen McNally depict a city of spirit cats, warm and psychedelic. Keep an eye out for some clever film references!

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Weird Weather

Made by Visualists

Released Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Minimalist animators Visualists sustain an unbroken mood of wonder for “Weird Weather.”

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Pareidolia

Made by Phillip Niemeyer & Vincent Venturella

Released Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The world’s most epic game of hide-and-seek spans several cities and alternate dimensions. It starts with Brandon Durham counting to one million. Directed by Phillip Niemeyer with photography by Vincent Venturella, a Northern-Southern joint.

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The Afterlives

Made by Richard Rankin

Released Friday, October 27, 2014

The first of four videos for the upcoming album Wilderness. Richard Rankin, a longtime visual collaborator with the band The Body, created this video for “The Afterlives” using found footage and a keen editing eye.

Like a snapshot taken at twilight, their music is a photograph of a landscape caught at perpetual dusk.

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The cover of The Long Wind Down, an album by Palaxy Tracks.

The Long Wind Down

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Released in 2001

While we technically recorded two full-lengths before The Long Wind Down (Fun for the Whole Family and Caught by a New Invention), this is considered the first official Palaxy Tracks record. It was deemed “Best Texas album of 2000” by The Austin Chronicle.

The cover of Cedarland, an album by Palaxy Tracks.

Cedarland

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Released in 2003

Cedarland is an accidental concept album about my hometown of Cedar Park, TX.

The cover of Twelve Rooms, an album by Palaxy Tracks.

Twelve Rooms

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Released in 2005

Like a snapshot taken at twilight, their music is a photograph of a landscape caught at perpetual dusk.

The cover of Twelve Rooms Special Edition, an album by Palaxy Tracks.

Twelve Rooms (Special Edition)

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Released in 2006

All songs from Twelve Rooms, plus 9 extras. Including a remix by The Octopus Project (“Grey Snake”), a cover by Daniel Knox (“Me & You & Him”), demos from Twelve Rooms, and an early live version of the song “Non-Fiction” from Wilderness.

The cover of Wilderness, an album by Palaxy Tracks.

Wilderness

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Coming January 2015

Download includes two formats: MP3 and WAV (both at 320kbps), and full artwork with lyrics as PDF.

The cover of Wilderness, an album by Palaxy Tracks.

Wilderness

180-gram White Vinyl

Coming January 2015

Gatefold jacket with three different cover designs (selected at random for each individual order), all screen printed by hand. Pressed on high-quality, white 180-gram vinyl.

About

Palaxy Tracks was originally formed in 1995 as a home recording project between me (Brandon Durham) and my best friend Greg Wallace. Dubbing ourselves “The Seven-Hundred Club,” Greg and I hosted several parties in his infamous Hyde Park living room (otherwise known as “The Austin School of Rock”) and performed experimental versions of old pop and country songs by the likes of Skeeter Davis, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, Julie London, and many more.

Using a rented 8-track cassette recorder and equipment we found in Greg’s attic (left behind by an old roommate that ran off to Clown College), we recorded our first album, a collection of the covers we’d become so familiar with. Within a couple of weeks copies of the cassette made the rounds in Austin and we were contacted by Craig Stewart of Trance Syndicate.

Craig: “These songs sound great. Do you have any original material?”

Greg: “We do!” (Lie)

Over the next couple of weeks Greg and I dodged phone calls from Rock-and-Roll Rentals and went about writing and recording our first full-length, a collection of 22 originals we quickly titled Fun For the Whole Family. Craig Stewart was not impressed.

Caught by a New Invention

By this point we had our first “official” line-up of Greg Wallace (vocals), me (guitar), Jay Benson (guitar), Keith Grap (Bass), and Nathan Roberts (drums). Over the next year many shows were played in old Austin haunts like Emo’s, Bate’s Motel, The Ritz, Stubb’s, Hole in the Wall, The Electric Lounge, and The Spider House (where the outdoor stage was usually adorned by “SHUT THE FUCK UP” banners systematically applied by an angry neighbor while we played). During this time we wrote and recorded the material for their next demo, Caught by a New Invention, the first release to don the new name Palaxy Tracks ('pa-lək-sē 'traks).

Distributed on cassette chiefly at shows and by word-of-mouth, Caught by a New Invention has since gone out of print. If you look hard enough you can still find digital-transfers in the deep, dark corners of some bit-torrent sites.

The Long Wind Down

In the months following the completion of Caught by a New Invention the band suffered a shake-up when both Jay Benson and founding member Greg Wallace decided to leave the band. The process of writing music for the next record had already begun, so I decided to take on vocal duties while good friend and local hero/musician/producer Ted Cho (Poi Dog Pondering) stepped in on second guitar.

During the recording process Palaxy Tracks was invited to select two songs for a 7-inch single that would act as the maiden release for new local record label Grey Flat Records. We selected two of the first songs completed for the new record: “The Family Tree” b/w “If I Were a Julie London”. The single performed well, and we were asked to release the full-length with Grey Flat as well.

The Long Wind Down was completed and released to critical acclaim in the Summer of 2000, and we were invited to participate in our first SxSW showcase.

Shortly after SxSW we were asked to take on a residency at The Ritz, an old movie-theater-come-music-venue. Palaxy Tracks were given one Saturday night per month for 12 months to do with as we saw fit. Over the course of the next year we played some of our most exciting shows with friends like Spain Colored Orange, Experimental Aircraft, DJ Mel, Fivehead, Silver Scooter, Olive Group, Shearwater, and Okkervil River. This was a golden year for the band, but things were about to change.

More to come.

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