Sam's Town Point
"..."There won't be 180 people waiting outside when we open like on [April's] Record Store Day," says End of an Ear co-owner Dan Plunkett. "But it's usually a really good day for us."..."
"...It's no surprise the music gem of South Austin has sweeped the award for Best Small Record/CD Store every year since 2008, making this cozy record store a part of the Best of Austin Hall of Fame...."
"...Back 5 years ago when mixed-use New Urbanist style development in Austin was a new and relatively untested concept locally, the COA was willing to help finance the extra infrastructure costs to help make this happen. (As such it could be much better, but it was a start.) It's important for context to remember that Domain I (the only part contested) is the "seed" development for a much huger "New Urbanist" redevelopment of the whole area to occur over 10 years..."
"...The whole phone thing, the thing about him always being on the phone: This is true. In fact, I am under the impression that the bluetooth conspicuously implanted in his ear is actually dedicated to a separate line than his handheld blackberry...."
"...He was the last of the barrelhouse piano players, a first- generation Texas bluesman. And as Tary Owens pointed out to the crowd at the Continental Club on the occasion of Ghost's last appearance there, "You'll never hear this kind of music again."..."
"...In 1958, RCA Victor introduced the earliest cassette: A 5-by-7-inch stereo, one-quarter-inch reversible reel-to-reel tape in cartridge form. It never quite took off..."
"...Tix thru ticketweb.com, waterloo records, sound on sound records and end of an ear records..."
"...Dear Editor, Thanks for the article “'The Last Supper'” [Screens, Feb. 26] regarding the new book Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas..."
"...After years of Pride hosting a reputably dull entertainment lineup, Nathan Garcia took over booking duties two years ago and began filling the bill with cutting edge artists like bounce diva Katey Red, electroclash shocker Peaches, and twin punk rappers Elephant...."
"...Butcher Bear should be Red River's official mascot. He looks like an outcast from Gorillaz's Plastic Beach, a six-foot floppy red bear – occasionally baby blue and sporting a bloody apron – with a permanent, sharp-toothed roar and sideways glance...."
"...Noel Koran: I find a lot of similarities between Shakespeare and Mozart. In Shakespeare, everything happens on the text -- as opposed to, say, Chekhov, where a lot of things are going on between the lines -- and I find that in Mozart..."
"...Then they heard nothing but the sound of sweet concerted music, which gladdened the heart of Sancho, for he took it to be a good omen, and he said to the duchess, from whom he did not stir a step, My lady, where there's music, there can't be mischief. - Don Quixote..."
"...Don't Ask, Don't Tell may see repeal by the end of the year, thanks to Prezident Obamz. Looks like there is plan in place after all..."
"...In 2015, keep an ear open for new music from James McMurtry, Robert Earl Keen, JD McPherson, Steve Earle, Gurf Morlix, Asleep at the Wheel, Allison Moorer, and Jorma Kaukonen. As always, thanks for reading..."
"...We’d been friends for about three years at that point, having met in 1979 at the Armadillo when he brought the Talking Heads and B-52s there for the first time. We were introduced that night and hit it off in that scratch-each-other’s-back way..."
"...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..."
"...The local threepiece moonlights as one of our favorite gritty blues bands Chili Cold Blood (see "Chili Cold Blood Loves You!" Dec. 23, 2005), but as the Moonhangers, Doug Strahan, Ethan Shaw, and Matt Puryear swap dirt and growl for astounding musicianship, classic songwriting, and lots of history..."
"...If not for Stratus Properties, the 10th anniversary of the Save Our Springs Ordinance might have come and gone with barely a ripple. We can thank this controversial development deal for a reactivated, informed public, and thus a renewed interest in the citizen-driven law that turned the town on its ear a decade ago with its stunning victory at the polls..."
"...Pye Studios, Glen Cove, New York, November, 1996: Cheap Trick have almost broken a sweat as they attempt to claw their way from beneath 15 years of bad business decisions, errant managerial advice, and being backed into some uncomfortable corners by label executives. Judging by what's emerging from the studio monitors, they're succeeding: It's the same raw, crushing mix of Townshend/Yardbirds power rock and Lennon/McCartney melodicism that made the group its name in the late Seventies, cut on vintage 48-track analog machines being tamed by Steve Albini's notorious technical expertise..."
"...Perhaps our capital city lacks obvious connections to the Grateful Dead, who played here just eight times in 30 years of near-constant touring: 1970, 1971, and 1972 at Austin's Municipal Auditorium, a long-demolished structure where the Palmer now stands; and 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1985 at horse-racing track Manor Downs...."
"...There lies the cotton patch -- spread out across the fields near Kyle -- abundant with rich soil, and steeped in the legacy of Otto Jurgen Hofmann, 1918-2001. Aware of the fragrance of the freshly mown prairie grass in this small, country cemetery, I recall my late friend's words about his childhood stomping grounds: "So I became the father of the organ school in America..."
"...In popular culture, a spate of Latino-centered boxing movies -- Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, Carlos Ávila's Price of Glory, documentaries like Split Decision or the Academy Award-nominated On the Ropes, and the Showtime series Resurrection Blvd., which features a Mexican-American family with boxing as its backdrop -- indicate that it may be the new era of the Latino boxer. Chavez's story is yet another rendition of the search for the American Dream.Sweat and Blood It's easy to be turned off, if not downright revolted, by boxing..."
"...Santa may be able to keep tabs on just how naughty or nice everyone is all year, but even he can't keep track of everything produced by Austin's creatives. The stream of art, dance, theatre, comedy, music, poetry, and prose turned out on a daily basis in the 512 is so prodigious as to be beyond the powers of any one mortal – or jolly old elf – to stay abreast of..."
"..."Hello, baby, hello/Open up your heart and let your feelings flow" – Elton John's "Harmony"..."
"...It was Gangstarr’s Guru who, on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues, rapped, “The Nineties will be something of a jazz thing.” The New York City duo did more to publicize the inherent similarities between jazz and hip-hop than anyone had done prior. Q-Tip followed a year later, with A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory: “Back in the days when I was a teenager, before I had status and before I had a pager, you could find the abstract listening to hip-hop..."
"...He hadn’t said a word until the recent, 3-CD Song of America opened with Earl Bullhead’s “Lakota Dream Song,” traditional. Leading off 50 numbers “from notable events that have shaped our nation’s history,” the American Indian chant instantly reminded me of the opening to piano great Don Pullen’s Blue Note swan song, Sacred Common Ground from 1995, the year the avant-gardist died..."
"...What do I think? I look around his close-quartered living/studio space: bed, a good five feet off the ground positioned under a glass bubble of a window; a wall of stringed instruments, some of them intricately and mercilessly carved into the discomfitingly organic curves of the human ear; lots of computer equipment; an ancient-looking Hammond organ; a sci-fi-ish theremin; stacks and shelves of books, tapes, records; and finally the sizable bank of recording machinery being subjected to Halverson's constant manipulations. Why sir, I think you are mad!..."
"...It is this visionary insistence on the unity of music and all other arts that makes Mann's cinematic portrait of Taylor and some of his 1981 free-jazz contemporaries a particularly apt screening choice for the Austin Eye+Ear benefit at the Texas Union Theatre on May 5. Established in 1999 as a sidebar to Austin's annual Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, with co-sponsorship by avant-garde music boosters Epistrophy Arts, Austin Eye+Ear is committed to exploring the intersection of avant-garde music and avant-garde film..."
"...Ed Lowry: "The process at hand is the construction of an ideal America in the West, a metaphor for the birth of the United States out of Europe and a reinforcement and justification of the American culture. In its confrontation of values (possible alternatives for America), Stagecoach rejects certain attitudes in favor of others: It upholds the traditional family, but rejects inherited status; it encourages individualism, but disavows big business; it forwards a code of personal ethics, but denigrates the restrictions of narrowly enforced laws and public 'morality.' Thus, it conveys a positive image of the values dearest to America, not as it actually is, but as it ought to be." Think about Austin in this context..."
"...Ask Michael Madsen about the toughest part of filming Reservoir Dogs, and it wasn’t the low budget – he’s used to that. Not the famous ear-slicing scene, improvised in four takes..."
"...Thompson in a life full of brazenness and incisiveness turned out to be about himself. After all, Thompson was his own greatest subject and muse, the refracting lens through which Las Vegas and the 1972 presidential campaign and the Kentucky Derby gained their meaning, and the means by which he turned American journalism on its ear..."
"...From its early significance as a voice of the voiceless, to its increasingly diverse modern profile, hip-hop continues to evidence MLK's legacy. Austin's hip-hop community toasts the slain civil rights leader with two major events on the eve of King's national holiday, observed on Monday...."
"...The CopyZone manager pats his shirt pocket and finds the torn paper from the opened end of a Rolaids pack. He tears the paper further away, removes an antacid, and slowly places it in his mouth...."
"...There's fear and loathing in Crawford, Texas. You can see it in the brake lights of James McMurtry's Ford truck..."
"...The sign in the case reads "Donations for Lucinda". photograph courtesy Austin City Limits Archives Lucinda stands in the morning light drinking coffee and looking a little rumpled, her eyes still lined with makeup from last night's dinner and smudged in a way that looks endearing on the 45-year-old musician..."
"...Curiously, though, there are two areas where the haziness gives way to sharp resolution: part of her face and her hands, held gingerly across her midsection. In the former are clearly defined the playful curve of the tip of her nose, strands of hair swooping down her forehead, and the thick lashes of her right eye, which is trained squarely on us..."
"...Medicine-y smell. Patrick Earvolino 8 A special brew of plastic and match heads..."
"...But equally important today, is the fact that his father, Jesse Borrego, Sr., a conjunto accordion player himself, is being recognized and lauded as a colleague and peer by none other than Leonardo "Flaco" Jimenez. "Jesse Borrego is a few years younger than I am, but he's part of a generation that started what I call the `progressions' on the accordion," says Jimenez with admiration...."
"...On a good night, and they don’t have many bad ones, Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 are the best band in America. That’s demonstrated once again with Northern Aggression (Yep Roc), their first album together in more than five years...."
"...You've heard it before: "There's something that was really cool, and you should have seen it, it was the best thing in the world, but it's gone and it's not here anymore and you missed it."..."
"...Recently I taught a unit in my English class at St. Edward’s University called “What Is Art For?” In this section we ask the subjective questions of when something is art, when something is not art, and, my personal favorite, when is it art and when is it porn? Hint: If they are wearing shoes, it is porn..."
"...Everyone in the room but me has heard the tape many times. I've heard it only once before..."
"...Frankly, it just wasn't enough. John Cale's four-song Sterling Morrison tribute during this year's Austin Music Awards, a heartfelt South by Southwest panel dedicated to the same, an attendant SXSW 2000 showcase, and two booksignings of his new autobiography, What's Welsh For Zen, just wasn't enough..."
"...At the grand old age of 78 years, most folks are enjoying their retirement, sitting back in a comfortable chair watching TV, maybe taking the occasional holiday cruise or trip to see the grandkids. Satirist Stan Freberg is not most folks..."
"...That takes a more knowledgeable observer. One such person is journalist Ken Martin, who has been covering city politics for nearly two decades, formerly as editor of the Austin Business Journal and since 1995 with his advertising-free newsletter In Fact, now In Fact Daily (http://www.infactnews.com)...."
"...With transportation concerns dominating conversation from City Hall to office water coolers, and Uber and Lyft opting out of Austin proper after voters upheld the city's regulations in the May special election, the ridesharing scene has turned on its head. Numerous players are currently attempting to fill a curious vacuum left by the disappearing megalith apps...."
"..."He was a musician but more than a musician," writes Joe Nick Patoski near the end of his excellent new biography of Willie Nelson. The portrait that Patoski paints of Nelson on the threshold of the musical icon's 75th year is one of a tenacious maverick who constantly bucked trends and authority by remaining true to his roots, family, music, and, most of all, friends..."
"...Michael Ramos bears not a single distinguishing characteristic of the revolutionary. He's a quiet, unassuming, trim, and well-dressed man who has spent almost his entire career in subordinate roles in a variety of groups..."
"...He had resolved to drop 20 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, while most Americans would be gaining 8, according to the Newsweek Magazine in his urologist's office. The last few years had softened his middle and he didn't want her to see him like this...."
"...This is not the kind of campaign rhetoric Austinites are used to hearing, after years of councils that pride themselves on 7-0 votes and look askance at those who habitually break from the pack. Exhibit A: Beverly Griffith, who stayed intractably true to the principles she rode in on in 1996 -- and got booted out because of in 2002...."