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Goodnight, Austin, Texas -- Wherever You Are
The 2000-01 Austin Music Awards
Music Story  March 16, 2001, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Case in point was local drummer Brannen Temple, who received one of the first awards of the evening. Lots of skinbeaters here in River City, but few are as versatile as Temple, able to bash it out with everyone from Eric Johnson to Stephen Bruton, then lay it down smooth and subtle with what's arguably the best jazz combo in Austin right now, Blaze..."

What Was Different About The Austin Chronicle's 2000-2001 Music Poll?
Music Story  March 16, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...It has a younger curve to it, with Slaid Cleaves, Vallejo, and Kissinger all stepping forward into top spots. Newcomers include the Riddlin' Kids, Blaze, Los Aztex, Human, La Tribu, Schrödinger's Cat, Correo Aereo, and the Tosca Strings..."

Dancing About Architecture
SXSW begins
Music Column  March 16, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...KROX-FM (aka101X, 101.5), meanwhile, is running Langer's Hometown Heroes segments throughout the conference, playing a bio sketch and song from a different local artist each day, including previews of both the upcoming Riddlin' Kids and Davíd Garza albums, plus featured acts Bob Schneider, Spoon, Dewato, Silver Scooter, Subset, and more. 101X's Ben Blaze will also be providing SXSW updates all through the week...."

Operator Generator
Acts Playing South by Southwest
Music Review  March 16, 2001, by David Lynch
"...With titles like "Quaintance of Natherack" and "Soil of Lavermore" these lads will be faves with those who relish Rush's Caress of Steel phase, or those who take their Tolkien with a sixer of Mickey's tallboys. All told, a better debut than most, but Operator Generator still needs to blaze its own path..."

Super XX Man & Eric Metronome
Acts Playing South by Southwest
Music Review  March 16, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"...Metronome has a more overtly emotive delivery, at times reminiscent of a less bipolar version of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, and it serves as a suitable garnish when harmonizing with Garred. The affair comes to a priceless conclusion with Garred's gentle take on "Clay Pigeons" by Austin's oft-covered underground hero Blaze Foley..."

Mandy Mercier
Music Review  February 16, 2001, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...If any of her tunes should be compared to those of Lucinda, it's the stunning title track, as much for its haunting, evocative, and vivid imagery as for its bittersweet reminiscence of faded love. Mercier also taps into timely spiritual and social concerns on "Judge Not (Columbine)" and "Homeless." Add to this traditional blues, a Blaze Foley chestnut, and her particularly poignant female perspective on Lowell George's trucker anthem "Willin'," and it's easy to see why Mercier's fans will be delighted with her return to the fore...."

Gasoline Dreams
Rounding up 2000 LPs.
Music Story  January 5, 2001, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Save for a couple notable mugs, Ian McLagan (Best of British) and Ronnie Lane (Live in Austin), these were the many faces of Austin Rock 2000. Da blues survived in Barbara Lynn (Hot Night Tonight), Steve James (Boom Chang), Guy Forsyth (Steak), and Eric Johnson's Alien Love Child (Live and Beyond), while local jazz held on with Brannen Temple's Blue Note-worthy Blaze, and Tina Marsh's Out of Time vocal prowess..."

Standing Next to a Mountain
Examining the 3-CD Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble box set.
Music Story  December 15, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...I don't think he'd be real happy with that part of it. Some people think he left this earth in a blaze of glory -- going on to a higher purpose..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 24, 2000
"...10]. The inaccuracy and the difference in meaning between these two phrases are further enhanced by your not reporting that "If I Could Only Fly" is a Blaze Foley composition..."

The Future's Still Bright
Barbara K, the woman who turned down $900,000
Music Story  November 24, 2000, by Andy Langer
"...Along with the climate, Timbuk 3 chose Austin because a preliminary trip to town had already yielded friends, gigs, and radio play. In 1983, local songwriting-legend-to-be Blaze Foley found MacDonald and K playing an open mike at Soap Creek and brought 15 of his friends to see them the next night at the Austin Outhouse..."

Rhythm Rats Ratrospect (Rats)
Music Review  November 24, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...And the Rats, definitely the least-likely Austin blues-rock act to ever get labeled "too serious," have a number of years' worth of material to choose from. The obvious ones are here, like their novelty "hit" "(I Wanna Spend the Night With) Vanna White," along with a Blaze Foley cover ("WW3"), and two Daniel Johnston numbers ("Broken Dreams" and the oft-covered "Speeding Motorcycle")..."

The Great Escape
Chain gangs! Cast aways! Kung Fu! Chocolate! … It's Time for the Holiday Film Previews
Screens Story  November 24, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...It's no coincidence that the holiday season -- with its stubborn insistence on family time -- remains the best season of the year for film. In between the months' hectic blaze of shopping, eating, and, well, arguing, we all need some quality time in a dark, quiet theatre..."

Naked City
A pipeline explosion in North Austin raises questions about Longhorn Pipeline's plan to run gas through a 50-year-old pipeline across the Edwards Aquifer.
News Story  October 27, 2000, by Dan Oko
"...Not everybody is feeling quite so blasé about the blaze, which drew crews from Jollyville, Cedar Park, and Austin. Jollyville Assistant Fire Chief John Kirachofe says the workers at the site and the TXU crew that first responded to the call for assistance are lucky to be alive..."

Point and Shoot
Without looking Matt knows the deer is dead.
Features Story  September 29, 2000, by Bonnie West
"...Matt lowers his rifle, then turns around to Ray's son Kevin. The blaze orange vest is tight against Kevin's chest; 10 years old and already bigger than Matt was at 12..."

Cabaret: Blinding Furnace
The revamped revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret, in its national tour, may not reproduce the intimacy of the original production's environmental design, but its strong performances and overt theatricality still grip the audience.
Arts Review  September 22, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...The most problematic: The intimacy in the original production's environmental design cannot be matched in the hulking, acoustically challenging Bass. But even though it is dwarfed by the hall that houses it, this Cabaret, as conceived by director Sam Mendes and choreographer Rob Marshall, still reaches beyond the stage to grip the audience, ultimately dragging all into the white hot blaze of lost innocence...."

I Am Hiphop
One of the hiphop elders delivers a sermon.
Music Story  September 8, 2000, by Andy Langer
"...As an influence, the social and political commentary of tracks like "Why Is That," "You Must Learn" and "Sound of Da Police," plus his decade-old Stop the Violence movement, are credited as primary catalysts for the creation and rise of conscious rap. Meanwhile, he's been voted the best live MC of all time by readers of The Source, Ego Trip, and Blaze...."

Naked City
In the ongoing trial in Waco, the Branch Davidians’ attorney is arguing that the FBI was too quick to resort to massive weaponry during its siege on the Davidians’ compound, endangering the lives of women and children inside.
News Story  June 30, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...On Friday, Caddell spent more than an hour focusing on the videotaped testimony of Attorney General Janet Reno, former FBI director Williams Sessions, and other high-level FBI officials. Caddell asked each of them why they hadn't obtained armored fire-fighting equipment or remote-controlled fire equipment that might have extinguished the blaze..."

Public Notice
Public Notice straps on the skates, picks some flowers for mom, and finds out if it is eligible to donate to the Mother's Milk Bank….
Columns  April 28, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...Remember a few of your own? Why not take a creep back into those salacious salad days, or just come out to support this cool benefit event that'll keep the kids entertained at the same time: Community Options presents Wheels for Wheels, this Sat, Apr 29, at the Tony Burger Center. For $10 you can skate, skateboard, or blaze away the day in your wheelchair in the Open Roll/Skate, dig the tricked out wonders of local celeb mascots (?!) and skaters -- including Fritz Blaw, the Tony Hawk of the postering set, or learn a lot from the Safety Clinics and Wheelchair Dancing Demo..."

Dancing About Architecture
The usual suspects return: Miles Zuniga, Daniel Johnston, Sandra Bullock, Bob Schneider, and the Asylum Street Spankers; also, Patti Smith returns to Austin for SXSW, as do a bunch of other people.
Music Column  March 10, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...I thought if that isn't the best album I've heard in 10 years, then I don't know what is. It's one of my favourites of all time." Also on the racks, look for locals Flo Mob in the March issue of hip-hop mag Blaze, which looks into the Austin hip-hop/rap scene in a section titled "The World Is Yours." Further, the band did an interview with that same mag that's scheduled to appear in a section on up-and-coming artists in the April issue...."

Sleigh Ride
Robin Bradford takes a trip back to examine love, trust, and safety.
Features Story  December 24, 1999, by Robin Bradford
"...Their curiosity about what makes things move has some bounds. But I was sure if we extinguished the blaze, while the cold crept in through the walls, we would find among the ashes her small black bones still connected in the shape of a cat..."

Celebrated for the Least of Reasons
Chronicle reviewer Tom Doyal has took to writin' just like Larry L. King, the playwright behind The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (and much more, Doyal reveals, in his review of King's new book of letters).
Books Story  October 15, 1999, by Tom Doyal
"...The selection of letters for this book was done by King and by the editor of this volume, the very capable Dick Holland, former curator of the collection (and Chronicle contributor). Holland's contribution to the book is noteworthy for his ability to place the gemstone in a setting that makes every facet blaze and pulse with life..."

Waters' Edge
Screens Story  August 26, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Austin Chronicle: You were one of the first to blaze a trail known as independent filmmaking...."

Public Notice
We've Been Having Fun All Summer Long
Columns  July 29, 1999, by Kate X Messer
"...Yup. Some folks just can't handle the luscious summer heat (so, move back to Portland, whydoncha?) and the pitter patter of clunky pre-junior-high feet raiding the Sunny-D stock and leaving the fridge wide open to thaw in the blaze..."

Second Coming
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Definitive Director's Cut (1977)
Screens Story  July 29, 1999
"...These otherworldly adventures -- which include Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., and Poltergeist -- were, at their childlike heart, simple human dramas played out on an intergalactic scale. In Close Encounters, flashing spaceships blaze through Indiana, captivating ordinary working joe Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) and leading him on a desperate mission for the Truth..."

A Very Select (and Edited) List of Bands Who Played Liberty Lunch
Music Story  July 22, 1999
"...of the USA, Hootie & the Blowfish (twice), Dan Del Santo, Johnny Clegg, Bad Religion, Ed Hall, Retarted Elf, Bad Mutha Goose, Two Nice Girls, Bad Brains, Billy Bragg, David Lindley, Ben Harper, Green Day, Cramps, Todd Rundgren, Fishbone, No Doubt, Sandra Bernhard, Spirit, Iggy Pop, Filter, Sponge, NOFX, Rancid, Megadeth, Morphine, Terence Trent D'Arby, Geraldine Fibbers, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Circle Jerks, Pato Banton, Spearhead, Elastica, Bush, Sebadoh, Robyn Hitchcock, John Cale, The Heads, Guided by Voices, My Bloody Valentine, Andrew Tosh, Dennis Brown, Rocket From the Crypt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soul Coughing, Poison 13, Watchtower, King's X, Lucinda Williams, Mazzy Star, Eek-a-Mouse, the Itals, Yo La Tengo, Weezer, Juliana Hatfield, Cibo Matto, the Wailers, Jon Spencer, J.J. Cale, El Vez, Mercury Rev, Eric Burdon, the Skatalites, Stereolab, Donovan, Doug Sahm, Ebenezer Obey, Yellowman, Blaze Foley, Eric Johnson, Count Basie Orchestra, Mose Allison..."

Short Cuts
Screens Column  June 3, 1999
"...I ought to know; I grew up doing just that. My happiest hours in the Fifties and most of the Sixties were spent in its darkened enclaves, watching the great films of that period blaze forth from a screen that was truly larger than life..."

1999 SXSW Music Festival
Music Story  March 18, 1999
"...THE BLAZERS: Hotter than a soaking wet Salma Hayek, L.A.'s low-ridin' Blazers never leave an audience anything short of gasping for more. This four-piece melds traditional Latino songcraft and rock & roll as masterfully as Los Lobos and our own Texas Tornados, and their trio of Rounder releases are just warmup for their booty-shaking live workout..."

Warrior Witches in Hell
Columns  February 4, 1999, by Michael Ventura
"...A scantily clad butch who's still femme enough to please the boys, Xena's eyes blaze with rages, fears, and paradoxes that belie the scripts. The strain of her fierceness seems to be wearing on her..."

Mr. South Austin
Music Story  December 4, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...After touring with the Clash, those may seem like modest things to get excited about, but Bone is comfortable with where he's at. He's working on a new album, and recently laid down a track for the upcoming Blaze Foley tribute..."

Arts Review  October 16, 1998
"...He's a great one for conveying fury -- lashing out in a deep, almost bestial bellow -- and anger rooted in the bottom chamber of the heart. He glares at us here, and his eyes blaze deep in the shadow of his brow like torches burning under the eaves of a house..."

Public Notice
Get Out, Get Proud, Get Down
Columns  June 5, 1998, by Kate X Messer
"...Well, this year the Red Cross still needs you. They are assisting with the aftermath of the horrible blaze near Spicewood Springs which displaced many families from their homes..."

Sculpture By Elisabet Ney:intimacy and Vitality
Arts Review  April 24, 1998
"...Martin Burke's Louis transforms into a tornado of twisted impulses, his fretfulness and guilt whirling about him in great gusts of feeling and language. As Harper comes face-to-face with the truth about her husband, Meredith Robertson stokes the furnace in her until her eyes blaze with the fury of betrayal...."

Turn Me Off, Dead Man
Screens Column  April 24, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...At first, both would blaze in their gray, luminous glory at the same time, me pecking away on my Powerbook with Beverly Hills 90210 (4/29, 7pm; FOX) on in the background. But....."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...THE DELTA 72: Bringing it back to the people, ladies and gentlemen, Touch & Go recording artists, the Delta 72 (applause). Philly's punk R&B messengers grind riffs like tablets of holy scripture, setting blaze to the bush with a biting organ drone and flooding the staid world of modern rock with rhythms so raw they'll make you shout in reverential enlightenment..."

Geisha and Other Books of 1997
Dusting off the Bookshelf
Books Story  January 16, 1998
"...His condemnations here are by no means limited to war, and in fact include shots at the military, academia, and religion. Lumped together as targets, these topics amount to mere logs on a much larger Fussell blaze, fueled by years of lively testiness toward a wide variety of societal frauds...."

Live Shots
Music Story  November 28, 1997
"..."Take Me Down," a new song about wanting to be a trashman, spun a tale with plenty of charm, and it wasn't long before it became apparent that this is what Rhodes does best: spin tales. There was the tale of Waylon Jennings recording one of her songs, the story behind "When We See Our Father's Face" (about the day that Blaze Foley died), and Butch Hancock's dream wherein Townes Van Zandt gets to heaven and wanders into St..."

Boom Boom... Out Go the Lights
Charles Whitman in the UT Tower
Books Story  September 5, 1997, by Tom Aiken
"..."Every action is a positive action, even if it has a negative result," the video guy in Slacker declaims as he points a rifle at the camera. "What could be better than a short, uncomplicated life that goes out in a blaze of glory?"..."

Dancing about Architecture
Goodbye, AM15?
Music Column  August 15, 1997, by Ken Lieck
"...I wouldn't be surprised to see James Taylor at Stubbs' soon. After all, they've seen fire and they've seen rain, the latter in the form of recent flooding and the former in the form of a blaze that brought several fire trucks to their grease pit last Thursday..."

A Vision Shared
Sonya Cohen and Dick Connette Last Forever
Music Story  August 15, 1997, by Raoul Hernandez
"...On the road less traveled, fate and chance walk hand in hand. The path of least resistance bustles, crowded, leading nowhere, but if you follow that voice inside, the one telling you to be a pilot instead of a lawyer, a geologist instead of a housewife, then the trail you blaze might just lead to the doorstep of your true calling..."

Arts Column  December 13, 1996
"...A formal presentation of the medal will take place Saturday, October 19, during a luncheon at the Huntington. Gallery Kick-Offs The Medore von Koffler Studio and Gallery will open in a blaze of light and color this Friday..."

Piercing Unreality
A UT Radical Paper Both Fails and Succeeds
News Column  December 6, 1996, by Chris Walters
"...Let the dead bury the dead, and mourn them. Our kind will be the first to blaze a trail into a new life." Those lines by Karl Marx flitted across my mind as I read the latest -- and apparently last -- issue of (sub)TEX, a radical newspaper sporadically published by a collective of the same name..."

Artists Displaced
Arts Column  November 1, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...More than 500 tickets have been donated by 50 area arts organizations, and AusTix will hand them out starting at noon, Saturday, at the Austin Museum of Art, Congress & Ninth. For more Arts Week activities, call 322-5688. Gallery Kick-Offs The Medore von Koffler Studio and Gallery will open in a blaze of light and color this Friday..."

AISD Notebook
News Story  November 1, 1996, by Roseana Auten
"...An overnight fire at Casis Elementary in West Austin on October 21 damaged two classrooms before burning itself out. If the blaze, caused by an overhead projector, hadn't managed itself, God only knows how long it would have been before someone noticed the joint was on fire, for Casis is one of about 25 AISD schools without a fire alarm...."

Six Days on the Road
Rig Rock Deluxe Trucks Down Country Byways
Music Story  September 20, 1996, by Jim Caligiuri
"...The previous two, Rig Rock Jukebox (1992) and Rig Rock Truckstop (1993) are excellent collections, spotlighting the underground country scenes both in New York City and around the United States. Featuring the likes of Five Chinese Brothers, Mojo Nixon, the Blue Chieftains, Gwil Owen, Killbilly, Jean Caffeine, Go to Blazes, Courtney & Western, and Tepper's own World Famous Blue Jays, Rig Rock Jukebox and Rig Rock Truckstop collected songs that Diesel Only had originally released in the jukebox-friendly 45rpm single format only...."

Off the Desk:
News Story  August 9, 1996
"...A fire of undetermined origin last month caused about $500,000 worth of damage to the plant and placed nearby residents in fear of their modest wooden homes going up in smoke. The blaze underscored what neighbors have complained about for years -- that an industrial-sized recycling center doesn't belong in a residential neighborhood..."

Food Column  August 2, 1996
"...According to Z'Tejas Grill manager Matt Dodson, among the first people to contact him with consolation and offers of assistance after their recent kitchen fire were the managers at Pearl's Oyster Bar. "We know a little something about fires," says Pearl's manager Laurie Elbeo, recalling the devastating blaze that destroyed the longtime north Austin restaurant and music venue in January of 1995..."

Texas Records
Music Review  November 24, 1995
"...Fusion in general, and fusion guitar in particular, have always been knocked for having no heart. The men who play it can blaze, but it feels like they're doing it by rote -- like they learned it in a class, memorized it, and then spit it back out just the way it was in the book..."

Hard to Be Fragile
The Essence of Abra Moore
Music Story  November 10, 1995
"...She gently rocks it to and fro like a sleeping baby. Her lips purse and her eyes blaze as she searches across the room for her next words..."

At Close Range
The Men Behind the Texas Militia Myth
News Story  October 27, 1995
"...Aftermath A week after the meeting, I visit the site of the former Branch Davidian compound in Waco. Everything's gone now -- all the structures left standing after the blaze have been bulldozed, the underground tunnels buried..."

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