Come & Take It Live
"...Kana Harris' earliest memories are of taking apart her mom's CDs to memorize the liner notes. In high school, the media junkie toted a DJ's vinyl carrying bag to go buy records during lunch..."
"..."I honestly thought that the hard work we put into it would pay off," he recalls. "It's hard to know because the records before that did pretty good."..."
"..."The day Les Amis closed, that's when reality hit," sighs Frank Hilbolt, co-owner of Technophilia, Austin's first store to sell used compact discs. Long before the era of the CD, though, before the epoch of the strip mall and the era of corporate conformity, there was the Bluebonnet Plaza -- a ramshackle but cozy clutch of shops and restaurants nestled at 24th and San Antonio Streets directly behind the Drag's Tower Records..."
"...Fresh off Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell's excellent solo album, last year's Well After Awhile, these cantankerous sour-mashers recently signed to Vanguard Records and are set to record their new album, to be produced by Bob Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell, at Levon Helm's barn studio in Woodstock, N.Y. Co-leader Jimmy Smith says it will be the band's most live record to date..."
"...These five ladies from the Boston area balance stunning bluegrass chops with singer-songwriter tenderness. Their Rounder Records debut comes out May 28. DirtfootFri., 6pm, Bluebonnet stage..."
"...The doc bulges with testimonials from Congress House devotees, including Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson, Tom Russell, Johnny Goudie, and Sara Hickman, all of whom make it clear what an inspiration owner/producer Mark Hallman has been on their lives and music. A multi-instrumentalist who produced/backed Carole King and led Capitol Records' Navarro humbly deflects praise to the magic of the building, calling it "one big, giant instrument."..."
"...Nope, we don't organize a seance. When we're looking for information about great-great-great granddaddy's Confederate Army pension, trying to find which ship brought our ancestors to American shores, or just need help loading a roll of microfilm into the viewer so we can spend hours looking at old census records, the friendly and helpful staff at this remarkable resource library are always ready and willing to help...."
"...The music begins at 12:30pm and continues through a songwriters' campfire. Tickets available at Waterloo Records..."
"...This weekend, however, Inner Sanctum Records, which from 1970 through the early Eighties was a critical institution in the Austin music community, is holding a 40th anniversary celebration/reunion. It is more a reunion than anything else; it's been almost three decades since so many of us (including myself) hung out there..."
"...Widely believed to have been born on May 8, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Miss., various records from Johnson's school, marriage licenses, and death certificate mark his birth at various points between 1907 and 1912. More exactly documented is his death date: August 16, 1938, following three days of bleeding out of the mouth, and – according to friends – "crawling along the ground on all fours, barking and snapping like a mad beast" in a boarding house near Greenwood..."
"...Signed to Atlantic Records, the Detroit native made her pilgrimage there to cut what was to be her breakthrough LP, Child of the Seventies. On the eve of a promotional tour to support it, LaVette got a call from the label: Send back the plane tickets..."
"...2) Impalers, Cellar Dweller (540 Records)..."
"...Dániel Perlaky, owner and sole operator of Indierect Records (see sidebar), wound up with one of 800 copies the band distributed for free, resulting in his attendance of a private party at the Opry House. "Once I saw them perform live there, I knew they had the goods," he remembers..."
"...Splice Records River Revival Sept. 23-25, New Braunfels, www.splicerecordstx.com..."
"...Passing the predictably long line at the corn dog stand, I arrived at a tent called Charlie’s Dub Corner and posted up to watch local producer McPullish cut live mixes of hard dub originals. The proprietor of his own label, Charlie’s Records, McPullish played recordings from his newly released Shepherd Riddim, while guest vocalists like lion-voiced Judge and the captivating Jamaican/British reggae songstress Island Rose toasted on the mix...."
"...With only a handful of demos to its name, Austin's Electric Touch has managed to score a deal with Justice Records and a slot at the coveted Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April. "There's no one from Willie Nelson's extended family in our band, if that's what you're wondering," says bassist and vocalist Shane Lawlor in regard to their label's roster, which reads a lot like the Nelson family tree..."
"...Rather than choosing the lesser of evils that is too often the hallmark of American democracy, voters in this year's Place 6 race can take comfort that, no matter who they choose, it would be hard to go wrong. All three candidates are thoughtful, committed leaders with long and successful track records of community service and smart ideas for leading Austin into the future..."
"...Dear Editor, Not long ago my son Jon, who is now 35 and in the Air Force, checked the Travis County Appraisal District and told me that the home where he lived in the late 60's with his little brother and my son, Craig Stewart (of SXSW and Emperor Jones Records), was worth quite a bit more than he had expected. I remember the home as quite small and it seemed a steep price to me at $185,000 for 1,100 square feet..."
"...Bush, comes the drip of more revelations of Dubya's "irresponsible" years. It was reported last week that records of Bush's service in the guard have gone missing again, and during the GOP convention, Salon reported the disillusioned reminiscences of Linda Allison, widow of Jimmy Allison, onetime Midland newspaperman and Friend-of-Bush who rode herd on Georgie when although still officially in the Guard he was dispatched to Alabama in 1972 to "work" on the (failed) Senate election campaign of Winton "Red" Blount..."
"...State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, is taking aim at 70 Texas law enforcement agencies that have failed to comply with his recent open-records request, seeking two years worth of racial-profiling data..."