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The Mammals
Music Review  March 17, 2006, by Greg Beets


Slanted & Enchanted
Matador Records magnate Gerard Cosloy turns the 'live music capital' into a Casual Victim Pile
Music Story  January 22, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Puddles have formed in the trenches left by the tractors used to haul out the debris. Scraps of countless vinyl records – irreplaceable rock & roll relics – are littered like shrapnel, the warped grooves fossilizing in the dirt...."

Point Austin: Color Me Exempt
Homestead exemption comes at a price
News Column  November 20, 2014, by Michael King
"...Reviewing appraisal district records, Tynan calculated the total amount of the exemption at $36.6 million (for the current fiscal year), then analyzed the number and total value of homestead properties in each district. Unsurprisingly, considering the location of the most expensive neighborhoods, the financial value increases from East to West..."

Double Bind
Double Bind is a compilation of four short films that all share themes of ambivalence between mothers and daughters. All four films are directed by women who hail from England,...
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Film Review  February 28, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Director Jane Campion's sister Anna filmed their mother's audition for a small role in Jane's recent movie, An Angel At My Table. The mother was once an actress and this film records family tensions and stumbling blocks but maintains an aloof distance that cloaks more than it reveals..."

Genius of Love
Music Story  March 18, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...More popularity followed and more recording. Johnston joined the Butthole Surfers on their compilation, A Texas Trip, and afterwards Homestead Records started putting out several of his cassettes on vinyl (and later, on CD)..."

Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 (Matador)
Music Story  January 22, 2010, by Audra Schroeder
"...Austin 2010: Sounds both apocalyptic and Olympic, doesn't it? Our city's in an awkward place, on the long walk between skyward progress and preserving the past. Perhaps sensing a quake before it happens, Matador Records co-owner and local dweller Gerard Cosloy knows there's no better time than the present..."

Sound on Sound Review: Japandroids
Anthem after anthem after anthem
DAILY Music  November 12, 2017, by Michael Toland
"...Before lighter-waving fantasies were fulfilled, Cleveland quartet Cloud Nothings opened with alternative rock that stepped off a 1990 college rock playlist. Echoes of Dinosaur Jr., Hüsker Dü, and the Homestead Records catalog flavored leader Dylan Baldi’s sturdy melodies on “Fall In” and “Wasted Days.”..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  June 14, 2002
"...I have always admired the laid-back rapper's unforgettable drawl, but I now feel less inclined to add another one of his records to my collection...."

How to Build Neighborhoods
Erin McGann is the sole newcomer in a race dominated by incumbents
News Story  September 4, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...The policy differences between the two (Riley quickly defined himself at his campaign kickoff as a candidate who's not a "bomb-thrower or nay-sayer") may explain in part Riley's larger haul in the most recent campaign finance reporting period. According to records filed in July with the City Clerk's office, he raised nearly $97,000, collecting a significant share of individual $350 contributions – the highest dollar amount a donor can make in a city election – from development interests..."

The Mayor's Story
Three contenders try to write a personal tale that will convince the voters
News Story  October 9, 2014, by Michael King
"...By contrast, Cole and Martinez retain both the advantages and disadvantages of actual records on the dais. Martinez has campaigned strongly on his specific record of reshaping the city's economic incentive policies, on focusing on labor and safety standards both for incentive programs and in city contracts, and on the successful turnaround under his chairmanship of Capital Metro from near bankruptcy..."

This Old House
Sam Houston and the historic jigsaw puzzle of Boggy Creek Farm
Food Story  December 23, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Through careful reading of the letter's footnotes, Estes discovered that the marriage was that of Alfred Smith and Nancy Mills, and the bridegroom's father was James Smith, the original owner of what would become Boggy Creek Farm. She then researched Travis County records to confirm that a marriage license was issued to Alfred Smith and Nancy Mills in December 1841 and shared the news about the Houston letter with Sayle, generating great excitement..."

Travis Co. Delegation: Progress Report
Local legislators fill us in on their work this session
News Story  May 15, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...It prioritized college-ready kids for the grants; what made it to the Senate instructs the Texas Higher Educa­tion Coordinating Board to study the issue in the interim instead. The problem, she said, was long-running concern that "by having any additional criteria it would become about eligibility rather than prioritization." But she's landed a couple of body blows on the anti-science wing of the State Board of Education (see "SBOE: Grabbing McLeroy's Chair," May 8), and the former nurse is working to push through HB 3270 and HB 1218, working toward easier electronic sharing of medical records and prescription records between medical professionals – "fairly small bills in a sense, but they allow the big system to work." She's also optimistic about HB 770, continuing homestead exemptions in the event of a disaster..."

Walk the Line
Joaquin Phoenix is terrific as the musician Johnny Cash, whose rise, fall, and resurrection we watch as he does the Benzedrine 12-step in order to earn the love of country-and-gospel sasspot June Carter.
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Film Review  November 18, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...for the horrific accidental death by bandsaw of his beloved older brother (and preacher-to-be), Cash’s only friends were the radio, gospel music, and his mother (singer Lynne). At 18 he saw his chance and left behind the cotton flatlands for a stint in the Air Force before returning to marry first wife Vivian (Goodwin), sire three daughters, and, by the skin of his teeth and the grace of Sun Records, cut a record and get it on the radio..."

Dancing About Architecture
The Jr. Files
Music Column  August 28, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...The August 22 issue of Billboard magazine was another Austincentric issue, with articles on Los Super Seven and Willie Nelson (see below), but the big surprise was the revelation in Chet Flippo's Nashville Scene column that, "[Junior Brown] says he's been invited to appear on an upcoming episode of the X-Files"! You'd probably expect him to play a villian whose blue jeans secrete a deadly poison or some such, but in fact, Brown's management says the Austin country guit-icon simply plays a farmer that Mulder & Scully have some serious questions for on an episode scheduled to air in mid-November. Further details are sketchy, as LuAnn Thompson at Brown Central is an admitted non-fan of the show, and as such could only report that the episode's plot is "something about a government conspiracy." (Now, there's a surprise!) Brown's new Curb Records album, Long Walk Back, is due in stores September 1, and features an extended jam ("Stupid Blues") with Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell, which is not that surprising considering that the Hendrix-happy Brown has also performed with Buddy Miles and Noel Redding..."

20 Questions With Darden Smith
The return -- again -- of Austin singer-songwriter Darden Smith
Music Story  April 19, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...He's worked on every record of mine since Little Victories. We were talking one day about how fun it is to make records..."

District 10: Taxes and Turnout
News Story  December 4, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...Both Mandy Dealey and Sheri Gallo have long-established records in what is now City Council District 10. Dealey has compiled an impressive résumé of service on various city boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission and the Waterfront Overlay Task Force..."

Then There's This: No Praise for Appraisal Process
Disparities in property values could prompt protest from county
News Column  June 5, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Rodgers' report based its findings on public documents and other information obtained through open records, which bore out his claims that: 1) the Texas property tax code is screwy, and 2) commercial property owners don't pay their fair share...."

The Common Law
High Property Taxes
Columns  June 5, 2009, by Luke Ellis
"...Don't give up just yet even if you missed the deadline. If you file a notice of protest before the Appraisal Review Board approves the appraisal records, you may still be able to get a protest hearing if the board decides that you had good reason for failing to meet the deadline..."

Who Is Mandy?
The author hopes that history – so cruel to African-American women in the kitchen – can help breathe real life into a 19th-century portrait
Food Story  February 24, 2006, by Toni Tipton-Martin
"...It took several days, but there, tucked insignificantly amid property deeds, household ledgers and address books, society column clippings, birth and death announcements, probate records, military discharge papers, and an entire file of recipes, was a family genealogy that detailed the arrival of John Caldwell, his young family, and five slaves, including a female named Melinda Pryor, in Texas in 1833...."

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
Music Story  September 13, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...The trumpeter hadn't yet banished saxophonist John Coltrane and all-time drummer Philly Joe Jones from his short-lived "first great quintet" despite both addicts having become liabilities. Davis' critical confirmation from the four-album Prestige Records run with the quintet and his indomitable Columbia Records debut, 'Round About Midnight, remained imminent...."

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