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Austin360 On The Record: Paul Leary, Los Sundowns, Beth Lee, more

Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists. Paul Leary, “Born Stupid” (Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise). Best-known for his tenure as singer-guitarist with the Butthole Surfers but also an accomplished producer with credits ranging from Sublime to Daniel Johnston to Reverend Horton Heat, Leary hadn’t put out a solo record in 30 years before he decided to make "Born Stupid" from a batch of songs he'd written over the years. A press release accompanying the album describes its contents as a “soundscape filled with carnival sideshow calliopes, spaghetti western guitar motifs, and off-kilter German beer hall waltzes,” and that gives a pretty good overview of this broad-ranging set that reaches well beyond the Surfers’ harder edges. The title track opens the album in a psychedelically twisted country vein, signaling that Leary is blowing the doors wide open here. Other cuts may be familiar: “Shah Revisited” and “Gary Floyd” are both inventive reworkings of Surfers tracks, and “The Adventures of Pee Pee the Sailor” is a Leary original that first appeared on a 1992 album he produced for alt-bluegrassers the Bad Livers. Renowned drummer Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) joined Leary for the album, which appears on outsider artist Kramer’s recently revived Shimmy-Disc imprint. Here’s the track “Born Stupid”:
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Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary tells us about his new solo album (stream “What Are You Gonna Do?”)

Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary is set to release Born Stupid, his first solo album in 30 years, on February 12 via Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise (pre-order). He's just released a second track from it, "What Are You Gonna Do?" which is the kind of wigged-out genre-blender you'd expect from Leary, with elements of metal, industrial, psych-rock, and synthpop meeting at what sounds like the mouth of hell. "What are you gonna do when the sky burns and the ocean boils," Paul bellows. The video is equally trippy and premieres in this post. You can watch that below.

Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary preps ‘Born Stupid’ (listen to the title track)

Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary will release Born Stupid, his second solo album, on February 12 via Shimmy-Disc / Joyful Noise. It's been 30 years since Leary's first solo album, 1991's The History of Dogs, and this marks the first release for Shimmy-Disc since Kramer reactivated the label last year. “I’ve known Kramer since the early 1980’s when he was playing for Shockabilly,” Leary shared. “I was a big fan and we met when Shockabilly played in Austin, Texas. Then later on the Butthole Surfers were without a bass player, and Kramer offered to play bass for us on a European tour. We’ve been friends ever since.”