Empire Control Room
"...I was uncertain. I was on the fence right up to the time I voted and when I walked out..."
"...We skulk around on foot, struggling with the addresses some are scrawled in black marker right on the aluminum, some use all different fonts like a ransom note when my cell rings. Mom says Sam just called..."
"..."We're so deep in this financially and emotionally, frankly, we can't afford to have anyone else work there," says Randall. "The guy who's our main carpenter right now, he's gonna be the doorman."..."
"...I had this bright idea of reviewing Shaggy's together with another restaurant, Cafe Josie. They are both fairly new, and I was under the impression that they are both Caribbean restaurants..."
"...While Sahm was grooving in Mendocino, Parsons rounded up the Flying Burrito Brothers with Chris Hillman. Armed with a purer vision of country than the folk inflections of the Byrds, the group's 1969 debut, The Gilded Palace of Sin, was laden with soul standards such as "Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman," but no one was prepared for the originals that the Parsons-Hillman pairing delivered...."
"...So we all have another month of Austin-weird mudslinging to entertain us – where the mud slung is occasionally real mud, or at least polluted groundwater mixed with mutual accusations of being seen in public with (or without) people of the wrong (or right) professional persuasion – e.g., "developers," "political consultants," "insiders," "outsiders," "environmentalists," "the special interests," "neighborhood activists," etc., etc. I've put all those terms in dubious scare quotes, because Austin's political language is a lot like that of Humpty Dumpty, who famously declared, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less."..."
"...In the meantime, Kozelek got to work on a slate of projects that struck longtime fans of the Painters' folksy gloom-pop as nothing less than downright bizarre: the John Denver tribute CD Take Me Home and an album consisting entirely of AC/DC covers titled What's Next to the Moon. Yeah, that's right -- AC/DC...."
"...A trip into Downtown Austin on a weekend normally conjures crowded sidewalks, frenzied club atmospheres, and overbearing aural stimuli. But last Friday night, I exacted my idea of a perfect date – a relaxing picnic in the park followed by remarkable drinks in a cozy, clandestine cocktail lounge – surprisingly, right in the heart of this energetic city...."
"...'Red Left, Blue Right'grayDUCK Gallery, 608-C W. Monroe St., 512/826-5334 www.grayduckgallery.com Through June 16..."
"...It’s no Galaxy Quest, and it sometimes lapses into early Adam Sandler territory (not necessarily a bad thing), but it more accurately recalls Weird Science, Small Soldiers, and Explorers – minus Joe Dante’s polish. What carries the film through to its effects-laden, football-field conclusion is the ensemble cast of relative unknowns, among them Gavin Free as Woody, a mullet-sporting doofus who triples his IQ (and gains a British accent) after donning the suit’s helmet; Burnie Burns as the put-upon local sheriff’s deputy, who masters the suit’s force-field-generating left arm; Michael Jones’ Zach, a hothead footballer and the new possessor of an intergalactic energy cannon for his right arm; and Colton Dunn, as a washed-up, alcoholic ex-footballer, who gets the suit’s boots, giving him the power of superspeed..."
"...The car was in the right-hand lane, driving without any lights toward the intersection at the southbound access road of I-35. As Traylor approached, driving in the left-hand lane, the Civic made an illegal left turn from the right-hand lane, crossing directly in front of Traylor, who had to avoid a collision...."
"...That's all fine and good, but does Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter kick some righteous undead ass or what? Absolutely, it does. Benjamin Walker, as Lincoln, may not have the gangly gravitas of Raymond Massey's Abe Lincoln in Illinois – he looks like a young Liam Neeson doing a younger Bruce Campbell, frankly – but he does have a sly, self-effacing sense of humor that feels ever so Lincoln-esque..."
"...During a speech about the military, the lights turn red and blue. During President Bill Clinton's speech yesterday evening, the lights would go bright during applause then slowly dissolve back to a dim..."
"...A comparison to Kanye West is something that Oum, whose humility instinctively leads him to deflect compliments on the content of RWBY to his team of collaborators, would probably avoid. But at RTX, it's hard to argue with that comparison for a few reasons – not the least of which is that the animator is dressed in a platinum wig, a black vest with rubber flowers molded onto its lapel, a white tunic, and stark black cargo pants, with a feathery white earring dangling from his right ear..."
"..."As soon as I get – to get my shirt off right here, I walk around the corner and I see Cinda on the ground," he testified. He saw the comal on her face and "[threw] it out of the way." Barz – who was still alive but badly beaten – reached for him, grabbing his neck and scratching it...."
"...Around this time, my big brother gave me my first shot of opiates, a quarter of a #4 Dilaudid. I passed out, scaring the shit out of him, but came right to, thinking, "This is it! This is the feeling!" It was like coming home, the best feeling I ever imagined..."
"...Only the most simplistic thinking sees the City Council race as left versus right or pro-environment versus pro-business. We have evolved past this..."
"..."Much of what's happened in Austin, musically, couldn't have happened without Derek," stresses Freeman. "He's Susan Antone's right-hand man now, and was Clifford's for many years..."
"...She is wearing lipstick. She is fond of bright, red lipstick..."
"...Like their ancestors, they've worked hard and hard and hard. They've played by the rules, believed the right things, worshipped the proper God, lived as they deeply felt life should be lived, and they're losing everything that matters to them..."
"...After a House committee on Friday quietly approved three bills that would further demolish a woman’s right to an abortion, the Texas Legislature convened Sunday with the emphasis on Senate Bill 5 (which ultimately passed Monday morning, with the House addition of a “fetal pain” amendment)...."
"...When the Millennium March on Washington hit a serious snag just six months before the national event was scheduled to take place, organizers of the gay and lesbian march picked up the phone and summoned Dianne Hardy-Garcia to Washington, D.C. They knew that if anybody could save the day it was Hardy-Garcia, the executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas..."
"...Cosloy was also a DJ for Boston's WZBC, promoted some shows in the area, and covered the scene for the Village Voice and Boston Rock, for which he once asked Black Flag why they didn't stop the violence at their shows. Robo's response was, "Do we have a right to act as leaders, to tell people how to act?"..."
"...Even Wes Anderson's most ardent fans – and I count myself one of them – might scratch their heads at his latest picture, wondering just how to process this fantastical tale of the Jacques Cousteau-like oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) and his quest to hunt down the mythic jaguar shark that swallowed his best friend whole. But I think Anderson and his co-writer Noah Baumbach have left little signposts for the audience; for me it was right around the time Zissou's ship, The Belafonte, was attacked by pirates (yes, pirates!) that the truly sublime silliness of the thing really registered, and I realized what we're dealing with here is Anderson's purest comedy to date..."
"...It's chase/shoot/die for the next 90 minutes as Jovovich and her fellow mysterians get picked off by various and sundry critters, though the film is noticeably lacking the grue. People get sliced and diced left and right, but there's nary a drop of the spurtin' red in view..."
"...Now with the clock at nine days and ticking before my first prom, I was at a distinct disadvantage. Where does one find a prom dress anyway? How does one accomplish those tall hairdos? As a person whose wardrobe is frighteningly dictated by the clothes lying on the floor, this is not something to which I'm accustomed..."
"...A girl in a skirted uniform walked towards him. Her sweater was brightly striped in the school colors – red and blue..."
"...Khan, you might remember (or not), was the old nemesis of Capt. Kirk, who vowed to chase his quarry "round perdition’s flames" before "grappling to the last with thee" – and Uma Thurman’s character here, the Bride, she’s called, is pure, feminized Khan, right down to her warrior soul and dead offspring..."
"...Color 3-D movies became possible when the Thirties brought a new process using Polaroid lenses. Polarized lenses also filtered images separately into the left and right eyes like anaglyphs, but Polaroids had a distinct advantage over the red-and-blue lenses..."
"...Identified today as a kind of alt.country singer-songwriter -- Americana, in a pinch -- Griffin has sung on albums by Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eliza Gilkyson, Emmylou Harris, Jon Dee Graham, and Julie Miller; she fits right in with the legends. She's also developed a fascinating live collaboration with Michael Fracasso, one of the few artists who can match her vocal prowess..."
"...Howard pulls out all the stops on this one, pumping up the audience's emotions with help from James Horner's well-placed, not-quite-as-over-the-top-as-you'd-think score and the astronauts' red-white-and-blue courage in the face of danger. It's almost a valentine to NASA, but without the celestial mythologizing of films like The Right Stuff..."
"..."The mouth of a 21-month-old can hold a lot of food. However, right at the back of the mouth, it narrows abruptly to a rather small opening," she said..."
"...As a contender for the Cosmopolitan StarLaunch contest and the winner of two online competitions, including FameCast; a featured artist on two compilations who tours nonstop playing private parties and concerts; and a CMJ showcaser with loads of critical praise for her CD and invitations left and right to collaborate, not to mention one of the hottest videos on YouTube, Choffel arguably has the hottest name out of Austin at the moment. It's more than enough to serve notice that she's, quite literally, moving from the small stage to the big one. YouTube Sensation..."
"...It kept throwing gutter balls, and sometimes those balls even leapt into the next lane with a dull thud. But every once in a while the ball miraculously veered right or left and knocked down some pins, and it felt like maybe this year wouldn’t be eclipsed by the skin-numbing feel-goodness of that fucking Feist song..."
"...When you've made it around once without holding on, congratulate yourself. All that's left to learn now is how to turn left, turn right, how to speed up and slow down, how to start, and how to stop..."
"...Six valves, three bells, a glissiando slide, and a MIDI hookup makes it unique, but Neill's trippy songwriting makes it cool. Think Branford Marsalis on funky shrooms, toss in some drum and bass, a little big beat, and you're on the right path..."
"...AC: In your artist talk [at Big Medium on May 3], you mentioned that you didn't feel right objectifying another woman for your art by painting anyone other than yourself in these compromised poses, but you also mentioned that these works were stand ins for everywoman. Do you then feel that these works are objectifying every woman? What is your stance on objectification?..."
"...Moral values and the religious right? The Christian Science Monitor (Nov. 15) reported that 16% of Americans want to ban all abortions, and yet 22% of them voted for Kerry..."
"...Since she is a journalist who cares about this issue, I can't believe Muna Hamzeh doesn't know about any of them. But it wouldn't be the first time news media and politicos of both left and right prefer polarizing stereotypes to the less glamorous work of patiently building a workable peace...."
"...Mounted on one side are a series of large tile panels that - strung together - make up the prototype for the world's first billboard-sized, true-color hologram. Standing thirty-odd paces back from it, the face, logo, and other elements ooze three-dimensionality as you move from left to right, changing perspective..."
"...After seven years of SXSW Music, the event was established and successful enough that we decided to add a film component. Louis Meyers left right before that year, so it was just the three of us..."
"...• Iron Works BBQ (100 Red River), located in the actual iron works where much of our city's iron fencing was cast, predates the Convention Center by decades, and by the grace of fortune was left standing right next door, serving exactly what most out-of-towners want to eat: Texas barbecue. Options include ribs, brisket, sausage, pork loin, chicken, ham, and turkey, available by the plate, sandwich, or pound...."
"...As the Police's manager, as well as older brother of the group's drummer Stewart Copeland, Miles not only gave the spikey blond-haired trio start-up capital, he sold A&M Records a song called "Roxanne." Two decades later, Copeland now runs the Ark 21 label, which has already released two volumes of reggae tribute to the Police (Regatta Mondatta, Vols 1 &2), as well as early material from the group, Stronium 90: Police Academy. Now comes a third tribute, Outlandos D'Americas:A Rock en Español Tribute to the Police, and while Copeland made reggae interpretations of the band's songs look like no-brainers -- Sting, Stewart, and guitarist Andy Summers were, after all, merely white punks playing ragga (Regatta de Blanc) -- enlisting "Rock en Español" bands to skank their way through the catalog is downright brilliant; there exist few more seminal bands in all of Latin America than the Police..."
"...For the time being, this is enough because I am on my way to visit the artist again, to see how the canvas she was working on last week has changed. I remember a thinly painted grid and now I see thicker brushstrokes, an undulating surface, a new, mysterious fleet of scruffy brown ovals cruising from left to right across the canvas..."
"...Austin prides itself on its wide array of movie viewing options and fabulous swimming holes. But who in his or her right mind would bring these two seemingly unlikely elements together?..."
"...Music clubs come and go, right? For every Electric Lounge that burns out, there's a new venue plugged in -- or at least that's the theory. The question remains, however, whether each replacement is a little farther off from the manufacturer's specifications..."
"...3: Chibi Lives! The current run of the RWBY comedy spin-off show will continue right through to the week before Volume IV debuts...."
"...The place is hopping during those hours; folks happily wait in line for good food at rock-bottom prices. After about 7pm, the waits are far less egregious, and the combination of good food, a lake location, a well-equipped bar, and righteous prices make this one of the best choices in the Lakeway area..."
"...Though Bleach03's jagged guitar assaults and high-pitched squeals couldn't be more geographically and stylistically removed from Cat Scientist's Soweto-driven techno-punk, a bright-red streak of rabid eclecticism characterizes all of ACG's output. "We're all musicians, so we're attracted to bands that are trying to do something a little different," says Wallace...."