Spanish Gold is comprised of My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada and guitarist/vocalist Dante Schwebel of Hacienda. Their debut, South of Nowhere is out May 27th. AS for what it sounds like, Rolling Stone so aptly pointed out that the track below sounded something like Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me. Don’t let that scare you off. The track is fantastic.

Schwebel had this to say in the same article, “We grew up with MTV when it was still a music channel. The way that the programming crossed genres from R&B to hip-hop, rock, soul and pop music is how we approach records. It’s an album of all those styles — like watching a random hour of MTV programming circa 1986-1996.”

Sounds pretty damn interesting to me. They’ll be all over Austin during SXSW. I plan on catching a set. I suggest you do the same.

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Hacienda – Shakedown [Album Review]

by Woody on June 19, 2012

I’ve had Hacienda’s new LP for a couple of months now and to be honest, I wasn’t feeling it on the first few spins. I recently revisited it as I was scrolling though my iPod, mostly because I like the guys so much. I felt like I owed it to them. Thankfully their good nature won out because now I’m in love with it.

Shakedown finds the San Antonio quartet working with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for the third time. And just as Auerbach has been picking up some new ideas and sounds from past collaborations with Danger Mouse, Hacienda has broadened their sound as well. That’s what threw me off on the first few spins. There were areas that I found a little too polished, but once I starting paying attention, I realized I was missing the cool nuances and tones that Auerbach had instilled in this album.

After digging into Shakedown, there were a couple of things that really stuck out to me. The tones that Auerbach pulls out of the rhythm section are sublime. They vary from funky to distorted to soulful. After producing their first two albums and backing his solo tour, Hacienda are obviously quite comfortable taking some sage advice from Auerbach. The other thing that really tickled my fancy were the backing vocals. They really bring something to tracks like Let Me Go, Natural Life and Veronica.

So after three great albums with Dan Auerbach, where does Hacienda go from here? I love that each album shows Hacienda trying out new tricks while staying true to their roots. Obviously Auerbach has been instrumental in this, but I really would like to see the boys step out on their own, even for one album. Maybe see things from a different point of view. Either way, I’m sure whatever lies ahead will be awesome.

Hacienda – Shakedown by hacienda_tx

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Barbacoa, a slow cooked meat that has its origins in Mexico and has found its way in to many of my burritos over the years. It’s use in the title of Hacienda’s second album is fitting because the album is a collection of meaty hooks that rumble along for 37 minutes, rocking you to your core.

Hacienda have described their excellent debut, Loud Is The Night, as more of a pop album. The harmonies that sucked you in on the first one are ever-present on Big Red and Barbacoa, but it seems that the year on the road backing Dan Auerbach has taught the boys a trick or two. Big Red rocks harder and more consistently than its predecessor.

“Prisoner” has a thick walk-about hook that, combined with the backing harmonies, gives it a timeless feel. At about the 1:45 mark, they break it down real nice and then that hook reemerges again. It’s so understated and so good. The song fits perfectly in the middle of the album, followed by a sweet Booker T inspired instrumental right after. Other standouts on this phenomenal album include the opener, “Who’s Heart Are You Breaking,” “Apples” and “Mama’s Cookin.” They also work in a cover of The Everly Brothers’ “You’re My Girl.”

But as good as this album is, to truly appreciate Hacienda is to see them live. Much like their boy from Akron (yes, Dan Auerbach), their tunes go to another level in a live setting. So dig into a big helping of Big Red and Barbacoa and go out see these boys when they pass through your town. Feel free introduce yourself. They are just about the nicest group of musicians we’ve met since starting HearYa.

Hacienda – I Keep Waiting

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San Antonio band and HearYa Live Session alumni, Hacienda, are set to release their sophomore album entitled Big Red and Barbacoa via Alive Records. The album was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and is scheduled for an April 6th release date. You can hear their first single “I Keep Waiting” here, now. If you like sunny harmonies (like The Beach Boys), this should suit you just fine.

Hacienda – I Keep Waiting

Here are the tracks and a video from our live session with Hacienda:

Exclusive: Hacienda – Sun

Exclusive: Hacienda – Shake Ya

Exclusive: Hacienda – Officer

Exclusive: Hacienda – Little Girl

Exclusive: Hacienda – Hear Me Crying

Download: The Hacienda Live Session as a zip file.

Video: Hacienda – Little Girl

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Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair [New Video]

May 27, 2009

Dan Auerbach, backed by our friends Hacienda, just released a new video for “Heartbroken, In Disrepair” off of his amazing solo album Keep It Hid. Reader, Oddbodkins, commented on our last post about the lack of beards. I think this video just got us back to quota. Thanks to Dodge at MOKB for the tip. […]

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HearYa Live Session 43: Hacienda

March 31, 2009

Hacienda, the foursome from San Antonio, recently rolled into the studio sporting some serious Auerbachs. For those wondering, an Auerbach is a long bushy beard similar to the one worn by Black Keys lead singer, Dan Auerbach (patent pending). Hacienda’s 2008 release, Loud Is The Night (produced by Auerbach) has been a staple in my […]

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Top 50 Albums of 2008 [Picks 21-30]

December 17, 2008

We’re knee deep into the top 25 albums of 2008 and this batch features two bands from Alive Records – Left Lane Cruiser and Hacienda. The Rural Alberta Advantage was arguably our biggest surprise of the year, building buzz with nothing more than their music – no label, no publicist.‚ ‚  The Morning Benders and Sam […]

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Introducing Those Darlins, touring w/ Dan Auerbach

December 6, 2008

As if finding out that Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys will be touring next year with Hacienda as his backup band wasn’t good enough, apparently their opening act is also pretty kick ass as well. I’d never heard of Those Darlins until seeing the announcement that they would be touring with Auerbach in support […]

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New Video: Hacienda – She’s Got a Hold On Me

October 20, 2008

You may remember our review of Hacienda’s debut album Loud Is The Night during Dan Auerbach week.‚  Well, I was greeted by an email today from Alive Records letting us know that they just released their first video for “She’s Got a Hold On Me.” There’s a diverse collection of facial hair. Hacienda – She’s […]

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New mp3: Hacienda – She’s Got A Hold On Me

August 30, 2008

Alive Records will release the forthcoming album debut from San Antonio, Texas’ rockers Hacienda titled Loud is the Night on September 16. The band’s first full-length was produced and recorded by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) at his Akron Analog studio over the course of two weekends and features a little help from special guest […]

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