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"101X Homegrown Live Presents The Black and White Years CD Release Party w/ Sip Sip and MoTel Aviv"

101X Homegrown Live Presents the CD release party for the Black and White Years' sophomore Lp, 'Patterns.' After three years of sporadic studio time working on the followup to their 2008 eponymous self-titled debut, the band scrapped most of the material (remnants of this recording can be found on 2009's Nursery Myths EP) and moved into singer Scott Butler's garage and bedroom.

With Patterns, The Black and White Years return with their signature oddball-keyboard sounds, driving drum rhythms and quirky lyrics that they've become known for. One considerable change is their shift away from driving guitar and bass lines. “It's a little rough around the edges,” said songwriter Scott Butler. “We take more chances with the arrangements and style with Patterns than we did with the debut album.”

Outside of a few key moments, Patterns manages to be a much more hopeful record than their previous efforts. In particular, "Perfect" sounds almost saccharin, featuring a nearly unrecognizable sample of Burt Bacharach's "Blue on Blue" and telling listeners, "You make the world better - not perfect. No, dear-heart, but it's a start.."

Patterns concludes with the John Hughs-esque love ballad “Promises,” which shrugs off the rest of the world in pursuit of one’s own heart, adding a level of identity, yet uncertainty to the listener. Patterns is a record about a writer struggling with swinging back and fourth from passion to apathy, being unable to climb out of his rut.

“Unlike previous albums, I’ve tried to steer clear of paranoia filled lyrics about the destructive habits of humans,” said Butler. "Ultimately, this is a feel good record. I want people to listen to it and have a good time without feeling like I'm trying to get some important point across. I'm not."a

Sip Sip and MoTel Aviv will open the show. Lighting and color tubes provided by Houndstooth.

Click HERE for the single, "Up!" on iTunes.

The Black and White Years
Street Date: Nov. 16, 2010

1. Up!
2. Thick as Thieves
3. Patterns
4. Animal Behaviors
5. Perfect
6. Luck and Timing
7. The Quintessential Twenty Something
8. Cold
9. Silence is Our Medicine
10. Unwritten
11. Helen
12. Everything's Eventual
13. Promises

"The band has recently won our band of the month poll."

The band has recently won our band of the month poll..... - Austin. TheDeliMagazine

"Live Review: Legs Against Arms, The Act Rights, Sip Sip, The Downbeats (8-05-2010)"

Reverberating second act Sip Sip’s 14-man-band resembled Danielson in energy and costuming. Dynamic and entertaining, Sip Sip juggled back and forth between song and rap, accompanied by a whirlpooling horns section and a synthesizer, on top of standard rock instrumentation. At moments, they drew up an irrefutable comparison to a double-headed giant of Jay-Z and Michael McDonald with the brassy hips of Chromeo. Sip Sip, fronted by members of Austin's lushly orchestrated Mother Falcon, was very much the lungs of the evening. - Austin. The deli Magazine

"SiP SiP mixes musical cocktail - Music Monday"

By Francisco Marin, Daily Texan Columnist
Published: Monday, May 3, 2010
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Bobby Longoria | Daily Texan Staff

SiP SiP’s high-energy performances, coupled with an eclectic mix of funk, hip-hop and electronica musical styles, has attracted numerous fans.

They’ve been working their way up the ranks, and in the short period of time they’ve been in existence, they’ve already made a mark on the Austin music scene.

From playing co-op shows in West Campus to playing at Stubb’s Bar-B-Que with The Black and White Years, local outfit SiP SiP is finally finding its footing in a city teeming with like-minded artists.

SiP SiP makes the sort of neo-soul, retro-inspired beats that would fit well on a CD rack between D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar and Cody ChesnuTT’s The Headphone Masterpiece. Still, SiP SiP can change its sound at the drop of a hat; whether it’s using cool and sexy synthesizers or rapping about Mr. Clean, the absurd theater of its music is what makes SiP SiP a huge draw at local shows. There are 13 members in the band, each with diverse musical projects and interests, so the conglomeration of trumpets, saxophones, guitars, synthesizers, hip-hop vocals and samples make for remarkably refreshing music.

The Daily Texan spoke with drummer AJ Audain, guitarist/vocalist Walter Long and horn section leader Isaac Winburne about “sex music,” dream collaborations with Slim Thug and being too cold to play.

The Daily Texan: I heard SiP SiP sort of started off as a joke — want to tell me a little more about that?

AJ Audain: It started at the end of winter break, about four months ago. I mean, yeah, it kind of started as a joke. Nick [Gregg of Mother Falcon] and I were talking about playing music together, and we thought about how we’d be the backing band for a rapper, so we’d write really badass instrumental music. The thing is, we started off wearing, like, huge gowns with fake flowers and hats with googly eyes on them, [laughs] and that never went down well.

Walter Long: Yeah, we were going to do a joke rap band, but we actually had this plan. We were in a band called Sex Music, and we were going to play with different people, and then we shifted into the Summertime Band with AJ, Tamir [Kalifa], Isaac and Nick ... I think it really became SiP SiP when Cody [Wilson] joined the band.

DT: When did you know SiP SiP was getting serious, then?

AA: Once we started adding more people and writing better songs before putting it all together.

Isaac Winburne: [Being serious is] exactly what we’re trying not to do.

WL: That’s the problem, there’s different levels of seriousness in the band. I think for some people in SiP SiP, it’s a fun thing to let off steam or to groove. I don’t know, to actually go somewhere — that could be selling out, but who knows?

DT: I’ve been listening to the rough demo version of the tracks you have out so far, and I’m impressed. When can we expect to see a finalized release?

WL: I think there was talk about releasing a single or something. I think we wanted to do “Continental Breakfast,” sort of an EP, but it might not be a serious thing — but we might release something with Jacob Hamrick’s band.

DT: Are you talking about Hill Ma?

WL: Yeah, I think so. Possibly.

AA: We’re definitely going to release something; we just need to do some overdubs, but we want to release an EP with four songs pretty soon.

DT: What album have you listened to the most in the last week?

AA: I’ve been listening to a lot of old Phoenix, like United and It’s Never Been Like That, the new Caribou and Toro y Moi.

DT: If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would it be?

AA: Slim Thug, so we could do “The Chicks and the Drugs” for real. [laughs]

DT: Yeah, that sample SiP SiP took from “3 Kings” is really well-done, man.

WL: Damon Albarn, it’s the guy from the Gorillaz.

IW: That’d be the best, yeah.

DT: What was the best show you’ve ever played?

AA: Probably the craziest show was at the 21st Street Co-op in February during West By West Campus, but the best-sounding show was at Stubb’s.

IW: Maybe our first co-op show. Last night was definitely not a good show.

WL: I think if you have fun, it’s a good show, though.

DT: What was the worst show you’ve ever played?

AA: I don’t know — at Action Jack’s party, it was way too cold and the sound was bad. We were also really sketched out about how loud we could play.

WL: Yeah, it was too cold.

IW: We were off.

DT: What is your favorite song to play live?

AA: Probably “Continental Breakfast.” Right at the beginning when the kick drum comes in and the electronic kick comes in, it starts a dance party.

WL: It has to be [Leonard Cohen’s] “Memories.” I actually wanted to cover that a long time ago.

Isaac: I like “Memories” and I like “You’re So White,” which was kind of the original song...

Walter: ...with our five-member lineup.

DT: When you were forming the band, were there any alternate band names you didn’t pick?

AA: Nick came up with [the name SiP SiP], but before that, he called us the Summertime Band.

Walter: And Sex Music, to an extent.

- The Daily Texan


SiP SiP's debute album is in the making..... Demo's have been recorded.



Many bands combined have been sipping together since early this year getting together to have fun. We've grown, rewritten, and
reconstructed better every time... Now over a dozen members strong, something great with a lot of support, fun, and BASSS has kept us all together so we can write and perform our new rockin disco dance tunes...We all SiP SiP, do you SiP SiP?