South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...The CAMPO vote could produce some surprises, but the current predicted vote tally – actually a vote on the region's three-year Transportation Improvement Plan – stands at 14-5 in favor. Those most expected to vote no are Travis Co..."
"...The arcade bar conversion also comes after a contentious New Year's Eve concert at the venue, after which many artists waited weeks to receive payment. Booker Jim Campo says the Chronicle cover story limited the venue's outlets for show promotion and likely stifled ticket sales..."
"...Commissioner Jeff Barton, one of the group's 15 members. Assembled by CAMPO board chair and state Sen..."
"...Berkshire Hounds are breaking up. Considered by at least two Chronicle writers to be the best undiscovered band in Austin, the lively rock & roll gang, led by alarmingly talented guitarist and vocalist Jim Campo, plays its final show Friday at Lamberts with the similarly excellent alt.country-ists Harvest Thieves..."
"...Rev up Spencer Garland's organ and it's on, though. 2012 Greatest Hits' opener "No More Neighbors" boogies into fellow bandleader Jim Campo's gritty "Brighter Days Idle Ways," before Garland grabs his Telecaster and the two teleport into last October's Are Not Amused via an electrified take on dejected country rocker "All the Cigarettes I've Lit." Garland's a maestro on the keyboard, but more of a background on guitar, an instrument owned by Campo throughout the night..."
"...Whereas 2012's Greatest Hits drove bastardized rock through rust-worn speakers, this second album from local derelicts Berkshire Hounds sequences more like Sublime's Robbin' the Hood, with quick skits, hip-hop, and a little Tom Waits weaving between the city's gutsiest young songwriting ("Yellow Red, and Then Blue"). Credit pack leaders Jim Campo and Spencer Garland for making the swift 20 tracks on Are Not Amused fit..."
"...Berkshire Hounds 10pm, Lucky Lounge Austin's Berkshire Hounds turns ramshackle into an art form. The young outfit's sound, led by Jim Campo and Spencer Garland, slops through horn-laden pop and rock with a seeming ambivalence to style or coherence that belies the actual quality of their songwriting and talent..."
"...Yours truly and Riverboat Gamblers/Drakulas frontman Mike Wiebe served as the night's attention whores – I mean "co-hosts." The house band, led by Magic Rockers of Texas singer/guitarist Jim Campo and PR Newman frontman Spencer Garland, again stole the show in the AMIAs' fourth year of spinning off the business side of the Austin Music Awards, which occurred on Wednesday after this issue went to press (see review online and here in print next week). They greeted each guest with personalized walk-up music, like altering Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" into "I Want Andy" for media brand Andy Langer, who claimed the group was the "only reason" he attended...."
"...Best Guitar: Jim Campo (Magic Rockers of Texas)..."
"...Succinct counterpart to 2013's interlude-ridden Are Not Amused, this focused five-song disc finds the group at peak power, funneling classic rock tactics into the jaded millennial mindspace. In coruscating opener "I Don't Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," guitarist Jim Campo informs us he'd rather "Watch you from a distance like a three-car pileup." In another gesture of twisted love, pianist Spencer Garland gets soulful atop a Memphis-style horn section, inquiring "Can't I be both you and me? Or should I be nobody at all?"..."
"...Jim Campo and Spencer Garland still rock gigs with black X's on their hands, but the underage East Cameron duo writes songs like they've run themselves through the ringer on more than one occasion. Berkshire Hounds' Bandcamp-only Greatest Hits finds the Dallas natives rumbling with a slacker's defiance as bold as the LP title itself..."
"...None of Goodman's colleagues are nearly as focused as she is on the specifics, even though all of them -- particularly at election time -- talk about how grave Austin's transportation situation is becoming. Wynn, the former president of the Downtown Austin Alliance (more "progressive" than RECA on transportation issues), weighs in on CBD issues and as a CAMPO member and chair of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council has learned how to talk the regional planning talk..."
"...Their action awoke the slumbering residents of Wimberley, who also objected to several of the proposed roads and protested in droves at a public meeting to discuss the plan. Faced with an onslaught on all sides, the Commissioners Court formed a blue ribbon Committee to make recommendations for the plan, which eventually would be submitted to the Capital Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) as official input on what roads should be funded in the future..."
"...CAMPO Embraces Air Quality..."
"... Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, chair of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Policy Board, told participants of a work session on Monday that all members of CAMPO's joint powers agreement have signed off on proposed changes to the CAMPO board..."
"...Alex Jones' Infowar listeners ran amok Monday night, making Sen. Kirk Watson's first meeting as chair of CAMPO's Transportation Policy Board one big ode to conspiracy theories and clearly the oddest CAMPO meeting since toll roads were introduced more than two years ago..."
"...Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, bid farewell to his 20-year tenure as chair of CAMPO's Transportation Policy Board on Monday night..."
"...Unhappy With CAMPO..."
"...Questions about the soundness of toll revenue bonds, and about deficit financing of highways in general, likewise need to be asked at the Capitol and across the street at TxDOT, as well as on Wall Street. And fears that the current toll roads are only the first leg of a much broader road plan supposedly already hatched within the RMA that would turbo-charge the march of sprawl and line the pockets of well-connected road warriors would have to be grappled with by CAMPO, which is currently working on the latest version of its 25-year transportation plan...."
"...I need to correct Bill Martin's letter from last week on the last CAMPO meeting. There was no 13-12 vote..."