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Bad Livers
Music Story  February 14, 1997
"...It's been three long years since Horses in the Mines, the Bad Livers' last album, and a lot has changed, but even more has stayed the same. Ralph White is out as fiddle player, replaced by Bob Grant, a mandolin player from New York City (!), yet both appear on Hogs on the Highway..."

Phantom Power & Spiritual Benefits
The Return of the Bad Livers
Music Story  February 14, 1997
"...L-R: Mark Rubin, Ralph White, Danny Barnes, and Bob Grantphotograph by George Brainard Check the date: It's Valentine's Day. It's almost too tempting not to take this opportunity to picture the experiences of the lucky (albeit fictitious) winner of this august journal's "Win a Date with the Bad Livers" contest...."

Against the Grain
A profile of Bad Livers bassist Mark Rubin
Music Story  November 5, 1999, by Andy Langer
"...More than anything else, however, Mark Rubin is a Bad Liver. Think Bad Livers, picture Mark Rubin..."

Complete Freedom
A profile of Bad Livers banjo player Danny Barnes
Music Story  November 5, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Danny Barnes? The Bad Livers? Oh, right. Austin old-timey trio known for its punk covers -- like their very first release, 1991's "Lust for Life" single, produced by Butthole Surfer Paul Leary..."

How the West Was Sung
The Newton Boys Soundtrack: An Oral History
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...Danny Barnes: Bad Livers, The Newton Boys score composer..."

Hill Country Breakdown
Music Story  June 3, 1999, by Christopher Hess
"...The CTBA's annual festival in Zilker Park, for instance, has remained mostly bluegrass, although seminal Austin band the Bad Livers headlined last year -- a band that is not, despite many claims to the contrary, a bluegrass band. There are also bluegrass festivals in Spring Town, Texarkana, Canton, and many more towns throughout Central Texas during the summer months (check the CTBA Web site at"

Bad Livers Dust on the Bible (Quarterstick)Barnes, Hokkanen & RubinAka the Mad Cat Trio (Lumpydisc)
Music Review  October 29, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Bad Livers Dust on the Bible (Quarterstick)Barnes, Hokkanen & RubinAka the Mad Cat Trio (Lumpydisc) As Sugar Hill prepares for a new Bad Livers' full-length next spring, Blood and Mood, two recent releases from the Austin-generated duo of Mark Rubin and Danny Barnes serve as handsome bookends to the decade-long lifespan of a band whose catalog, according to the band, take a sharp left turn with their next album. Recorded in late '91 "on a 4-track in Danny's spare room," Dust on the Bible was warm-up for Barnes, who was gearing up for the then-trio's proper debut, Delusions of Banjer..."

Year of the Squirrel
Ralph White, 21st century naturalist, 18th century musicologist
Music Story  December 8, 2006, by Audra Schroeder
"...He fiddles with traditional Cajun band the Gulf Coast Playboys. He did time with Austin's premier bluegrass punks the Bad Livers..."

Dancing About Architecture
Running Out of Steam
Music Column  August 12, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...Last week marked the appearance of a CD by the Mad Cat Trio, aka Danny Barnes, Mark Rubin, and Erik Hokkanen. Since Hokkanen worked with the other two on a number of projects, including the Newton Boys soundtrack, Rubin calls the trio an "honest side project" of the Bad Livers, and as often is the story with that eclectic combo, there's an interesting tale as to how the disc came to be..."

Bad Livers The Ridgetop Sessions (Lumpydisc)
Texas Platters
Music Review  June 30, 2000, by Christopher Hess
"...Bad LiversThe Ridgetop Sessions (Lumpydisc) If the Bad Livers have effectively called it quits, as Mark Rubin recently claimed is the case, then The Ridgetop Sessions is a quiet, sagacious way to go out -- particularly coming on the heels of their previous release, the loud, electric Blood and Mood. Recorded almost entirely over the course of a single morning through a single microphone in the front room of Rubin's North Austin home, this session finds the Livers -- Rubin and Danny Barnes -- at their loosest and most comfortable..."

Klezmatic Convergence
Rubinchik's Orkestyr
Music Story  August 21, 1998, by Christopher Hess
"...photograph by Todd V. Wolfson As a founding member of Austin's seminal bluegrass outfit the Bad Livers, bassist Mark Rubin has seen his share of notoriety..."

Bad Livers Blood and Mood (Sugar Hill)Danny Barnes...And His Oft Mended Raiment (Minner Bucket)
SXSW Records
Music Review  March 3, 2000, by Christopher Hess
"...Bad LiversBlood and Mood (Sugar Hill)Danny Barnes...And His Oft Mended Raiment (Minner Bucket) Electric punk rock, sample-based tunes with drum tracks, and a shocking scarcity of juiced-up banjo playing are the surprises that await Bad Livers fans on the band's new release, Blood and Mood. "Looky Here," the album's fourth track, is the deconstruction of everything that Danny Barnes and Mark Rubin have done before..."

Song for My Father
An epic and personal reminiscence of Don Walser and what he meant to Austin
Music Story  September 29, 2006, by Mark Rubin
"...Paul Leary, guitarist for the Butthole Surfers, first told me about Don. I met Leary when he produced a single for my band the Bad Livers in 1990 and then took us out on tour as the Surfers' opening act..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  October 9, 1998
"...BAD LIVERS..."

The Newton Boys
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...Highlighted by music done for some of Walter Hill's best and most gritty films, The Border, Crossroads, Southern Comfort, and The Long Riders, this amazingly cohesive compilation, Music by Ry Cooder, is a five-star confirmation that Cooder found his niche in film scores. One spin of the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys, the local filmmaker's Young Guns version of The Long Riders, and it's not hard imagining a similar collection rounded up from future soundtrack work by Austin's Bad Livers..."

Dancing About Architecture
A Crumb and a Spank
Music Column  June 5, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...The Spankers aren't the only ones who are becoming comfortable with that old demon electricity. The Bad Livers are going electric with what computer-savvy Mark Rubin calls "Bad Livers version 2.1" on June 13, the second of two nights at Stubb's..."

Top Tens of 1997 Local Top Ten
Raoul Hernandez
Music Story  January 9, 1998
"...Wayne Hancock, That's What Daddy Wants (Ark 21) 6. Bad Livers, Hogs on the Highway (Sugar Hill) 7..."

1999 SXSW Music Festival
Music Story  March 18, 1999
"...DAMIEN JURADO: Damien Jurado is a big burly guy who plays quiet folk songs acoustically. Under that surface, this Seattle-based ex(?)-punk delivers lyrics that are poignantly simple and frighteningly honest in a sweet, disarming voice..."

Off the Record
Putting on the gloves for round three of Fun Fun Fun Fest, Dangerous Toys go platinum, and Okkervil River stands for a fire demon
Music Column  November 7, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...Mark Rubin of the Bad Livers cordially invites you to visit his secret society. The Americana trailblazer is curating a monthly, donation-driven open house at the Odd Fellows Hall (6809 Guadalupe), beginning Tuesday with the Two High String Band featuring Alan Munde and artists from Rocket Skull Art Studio..."

Top 10 Decade/Local
Music Story  January 7, 2000
"...3. Bad Livers, Industry and Thrift (Sugar Hill)..."

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