The Blanton Museum of Art
"...11pm, Momo's From the ashes of the Ramones comes ... a bluegrass band..."
"...Red Hot Chili Peppers, armed. First kill: “Havana Affair,” the opening and most inspired rearrangement off 2003’s We’re a Happy Family – A Tribute to the Ramones, and like the Greatest Hits-only “Fortune Faded,” pulled from Smith’s ballcap at Lollapalooza last summer, a stone-cold ambush..."
"...Yokohama's the Emeralds take the power-trio approach on a quirk-laden, geek-punk tangent that threatens to resurrect the pogo, while Tokyo all-girl garage quartet Gitogito Hustler infuses nascent, K Records-style skronk with solid tribal thunder. Songs like "Thank You for Ramones" leave no doubt as to what you'll get from Osaka's the 50Kaitenz, but their zany, zippy delivery is highly endearing...."
"...If it's punk you want, you got it: The Saints are to Australia as the Ramones are to America as the Sex Pistols are to the UK. Sorry for going all SAT on you...."
"...As a musician-turned-neuroscientist, McGill University professor Daniel Levitin is in a unique position to tackle questions about what constitutes music, what role music plays in various aspects of the human condition, and why it cannot be dismissed as just a happy evolutionary accident. While most of us will have to digest the research findings described in This Is Your Brain on Music very slowly, Levitin transcends peer-reviewed turgidity with concise summations and a ready wit (i.e., explaining that having no cerebellum does not constitute a lobotomy, as the Ramones would have you believe)..."
"...This Nashville-bred teenage wrecking crew plays Ramones-style punk with reckless abandon, smashing shit left and right just to ease the boredom. They ride bicycles, make fun of "Stairway to Heaven," and though Pearl may have caught Karen O's Fever to Tell, she's too damn restless to answer any questions beyond "yeah," "it's pretty cool," and "whatever."..."
"...Tickets available at Cheapo Discs and www.unlockaustin.com. See Music Listings for all the Halloween activities your black hearts and blacker livers desire; TCB respectfully suggests the Ron Titter Band and Dung Beatles' haunted Hole in the Wall show or the Suffragettes doing Ziggy Stardust front to back at Club de Ville alongside genius Ramones/ABBA Frankenstein Gabba Abba Hey..."
"...The counter crew cashiers, baggers, backpack hat check controlled the stereo. Ministry, Pixies, Sinead O'Connor, Kate Bush, Ramones, and Nine Inch Nails all cannoned through the university drag's Grand Central Station..."
"...Metal heads and prog rock fans have never had anyone willing to stand up to the nerds at the Chronicle, who would love to rewrite history with the Ramones or the Clash as the Beatles!..."
"...What is really funny is that critics from other parts of the country have a better and fairer handle on the local music scene than the people who write for Austin papers. The Washington Post or The New York Times have more balanced coverage than the Chron ever has. The problem I have with the Chronicle started with the demise of the Back Room and the lack of coverage of the metal scene in general. Metal heads and prog rock fans have never had anyone willing to stand up to the nerds at the Chronicle, who would love to rewrite history with the Ramones or the Clash as the Beatles! I just want to know what the Chronicle plans to do about it? There is a large group of readers that are being left out because the Chron chooses to slam and or ignore certain music styles..."
"...But in the playing out of that story, authors/company members Amanda Butterfield, Tim Doyle, Jonathon Morgan, Breanna Stogner, and Juliane Taylor take the opportunity to celebrate (and denigrate) assorted cultural excesses of the Greed Decade, piling on commentary about Eighties fashion, Eighties adolescent angst (as depicted in movies and TV shows of the day), Eighties politics, and, of course, Eighties music. (The score by Doyle, Seth Truett, Eric Vormelker, Hollis Webb, and Nick Welp references just about every guitar thrash between the Ramones and Pearl Jam.) And it hurls it all at us with the speed of a DeLorean in overdrive..."
"...Let's imagine the Yeah Yeah Yeahs never existed, because Be Your Own Pet's two-minute blasts of post-pubescence are true testament to the loud, fast rules of punk. Produced by Redd Kross' Steven McDonald, the Nashville quartet's debut LP has a hard-nosed combustibility, from appropriately titled opener "Thresher's Flail" to "Bunk Trunk Skunk," which guns guitarist Jonas Stein's Ramones-on-Sparks guitar and singer Jemina Pearl's hiccuped "I'm an independent motherfucker! And I'm here to take your money!" On "Bicycle Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" the whole band yells "No gears, no breaks, we'll break your face!" You can practically see them trashing a teen center, like the kids in Over the Edge..."
"...They didn't. Instead, they became a machine of CDs and tours, congressional hearings and Ramones tributes..."
"...Speaking of electronic experimentation, along with La Monte Young, Rhys Chatham was a member of New York's 1970s experimental music scene. After experiencing the Ramones at CBGB's, Chatham started using electronic guitars, ultimately penning "An Angel Moves Too Fast to See," a symphony with 100 electric guitars..."
"...Yet Carney and assistant Travis Woodard took it all in stride from the front of the stage, coaxing the kids back into spotlight as the fog machine coughed out bitchin' versions of "Hey You" and "Run Like Hell." For a production as acid-fabled as this one, the kids did a great job. Can't wait for their Ramones tribute this spring...."
"...The bonus disc contains even more interview footage. The Pistols, Ramones, and Buzzcocks perform alongside lesser-knowns like London's Slits, L.A.'s Screamers, and NYC's James Chance & the Contortions..."
"...However much the albums did or didn't sell, only Stein's splendid ears ever governed Sire's sizable roster. Several acts didn't even make Rhino's 3-CD/1-DVD set, but these did: Ice-T, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Seal, Wilco, Replacements, Pretenders, Ramones..."
"...L.A.'s Los Abandoned opened with a half-hour of Pat Benatar fire and ice as lead singer Lady P. wiggled her body and pink shoes to their insistent upbeat, finishing with a Ramones-like rendition of Selena's "Como La Flor." Molotov stepped onstage precisely at 9pm, knowing they owned the place..."
"...The camera finds our intrepid reporter at the wheel mulling his mission a pilgrimage to the promised land of Larry McMurtry, the author's hometown and the setting/source for a 1950s-set tale of the death of small-town Texas with its stew of high school football, drunken road trips to Mexico, oil wells, gossiped-about sexscapades, and tumbleweeds. On the satellite radio the Ramones are singing "I Wanna Be Sedated." Black-and-white Holstein cows dot the horizon..."
"..."I went to see the Ramones," remembers Turner, "and the Police at the Armadillo World Headquarters, the Runaways with Joan Jett, and a lot of early influential bands that were of that genre of music that was beginning to gel into punk rock and New Wave. You could really tell that something was going on, things were changing..."
"...Dressed in red long johns, a black fringe vest, and a straw cowboy hat, Biscuit promised, "We're going to give you a piece of glitter with shit on it." That's about right. For their debut show, the quartet delivered spirited covers of the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat," the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant," and the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man," as well as a few from their trad-punk lineage..."
"...The genial tunes written by frontman Kevin Geil, including the Tex-Mex shading of the title track, smooth and bluesy "Baby You Got Me," and the harbor lights of "Havana Moon" are a big plus. Two Tons' cover choices are more than a little shaky, however; you'll cringe at their attempt at the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," while rockabilly standard "Red Hot" comes across rote..."
"...27: The Cooties A cutesy trio more Shaggs than Ramones, the Cooties used to be the Butchers. Simplicity is bliss...."
"... The Baldwin-scripted and co-produced Vice Girls stars Lana Clarkson, best known these days as the woman Beatles and Ramones producer Phil Spector allegedly murdered. Says Baldwin, "She was a piece of work but she didn't deserve that!"..."
"...The Ramones died for the crimes of Frances the Mute. In breaking from the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath conventions of their still-best debut, 2002's Tremulant EP, the Mars Volta jumps the outer wall of follow-up LP De-Loused in the Comatorium and runs screaming into the electric razor-wire fence surrounding El Paso's asylum for the criminally insane..."
"...Definitely not open to the public (I'm not really sure how they decide who gets in and who doesn't), they've been decking out a large number of bands. Aside from the racks of clothes, I loved the décor famous album covers and rock art featuring Levi's (think Springsteen's Born in the USA, the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, and the eponymous Ramones)..."
"...Perhaps they should change their name to the Hold on Already. A block down, Austin's Nervous Exits showed their classic punk roots, not as simple as the Ramones, but not as complicated as the Stones..."
"...Next Stop Nowhere: Meanwhile, back at the Alamo's 409 Colorado downtown location, programmer Kier-La Janisse is bringing in Seattle-based film writer/curator Zack Carlson for I Was a Teenage Quincy Punk night, 9:45pm, Monday, March 7, which promises to be the wiggiest nostalgia trip since their Ramones-mania screening of Rock 'n' Roll High School. Die-hard punks (read: old) will recall with a mix of fondness and horror the infamous 1982 episode of Jack Klugman's medical-examiner show, Quincy, which posited death by punk rock and reveled in the sort of faux-hawk cheesery that made clueless Eighties television all but tolerable (remember GBH on MTV? ....."
"...From their humble 1981 beginnings in Osaka, the Ramones-crazy former office clerks in Shonen Knife became Nineties alt-nation darlings, touring with Nirvana and playing Lollapalooza. Oglio re-released their first four albums in the U.S..."
"...Four pink stars for the Platforms! Adrian & the Sickness is the self-titled second album from the dreadlocked leader of the all-girl AC/DC cover band Hell's Belles. That's credential enough for a listen, but Adrian's guitar chops cut a merciless swathe through not only classic metal ("Won't Be Me"), but also into countrified rock ("Roommate") and Ramones-like punk ("Trashed")..."
"...Evidently low paydays aren't a problem for latest skinsman Paul Ortiz, but since his weekend job as a postman precludes him from going on the road, the stool is still open for Superfly's first tour since 1998 next spring. For the new Crazy, Carney says they've abandoned earlier hard rock/metal leanings in favor of "in-your-face, straightforward punk rock & roll," and that producer Spot "willed away the fat." The disc includes covers of the Ramones' "She's the One" and Roy Head's Texas soul staple "Treat Her Right," plus a modified version of the Saints' "Erotic Neurotic." ("Their solos are twice as long," notes Carney.) Beginning with next Thursday's show at Beerland's Creepout, Carney expects Superfly to be around for a while..."
"...That's punk rock, all right. The Ramones make their legacy felt mostly postmortem and the clock ticks down another notch.Beerland7111/2 Red River; 479-ROCK; www.beerlandtexas.com (1:30am) Since last here (seven hours ago), eight more regulars have shown up..."
"...They all belong to the same dysfunctional family. Sure, prog can be overblown. When has rock not been overblown? How overblown is a kid from the suburbs with pink hair and a studded wristband? If a two-minute sonic blast about nothing is deserving of praise (numerous Ramones songs), then a three-hour work on the dawn of man (Tales From Topographic Oceans) is equally as deserving at the other end of the spectrum..."
"...The trucker's ode "Home to Houston" finds him grinding gears in Basra, which is only funny until you think about it. "F the CC" channels the late, lamented Ramones, reminding us that "Dirty Lenny" died so we could all be free, while the reggae-inflected "Condi, Condi" pokes fun at our nation's national security advisor, though Earle veers dangerously close to racial and sexual stereotyping..."
"...Guit-steel any feminist fans, especially not "Little Rivi-Airhead" and "Where Has All the Money Gone?" Dale Watson, the Supersuckers, and even Deadbolt play it straight on Cash compilation Dear Johnny ... (Hairball 8), but lead-footed freak-outs from Kings of Nuthin', 12 Step Rebels, and Los Creepers elevate the Man in Black to the same punk plateau as the Ramones..."
"...Hamell on TrialMidnight, Hole in the Wall Acoustic guitar-wielding one-man punk band. An in-your-face attitude, scathing wit, and razor-sharp cultural insights play out in his Lenny Bruce-meets-the-Ramones persona, amply demonstrated on last fall's Righteous Babe release, Tough Love..."
"...Rather than relentless express-train thrash, they write in some peaks and valleys, with short, pugnacious lead singer Marco bellowing about "Scapegoat Revolution" and other vaguely political topics. True to their roots, there's a song dedicated to the Ramones (complete with "gabba gabba heys") and a number that translates roughly as "Drop Dead," which could pass for a Minor Threat song..."
"...Their 2002 self-titled debut is worth seeking out. The Winks are four saucy punk vixens who pen gritty, Ramones-style ditties about getting what they want from boys..."
"...The form is simplistic the standard ABA over which the Ramones, Homer's Odyssey, The Love Boat, and seventh-grade book reports commune. At heart, it's a buffet of effects, some unearthly and enchanting (Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" melody bowed on the wrong end of the strings) and some cheap (a gong loses authority onstage the moment it is struck)...."
"...Sirius has turned me on to Jet, a hard-banging band from Australia; Krishna Das' grooving chant "Kashi Vishwanath Gange" on the Horizons world beat channel; cool dance remixes of Nina Simone; and Iggy Pop redux now that he's in heavy rotation with Sum 41 on several channels. I've heard more Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, Ramones, Sex Pistols, and Clash in the past month than I have in the last decade..."
"...L.A. strutters Junkyard lit the fuse with the Ramones, AC/DC, and ZZ Top covers, before Austin's own Dangerous Toys came barnstorming through with a fierce set of favorites including "Share the Kill" and "Teas'n, Pleas'n." The sold-out crowd -- which included KLBJ's Loris Lowe, Johnny Walker, and Kelly Kaos; 101X's Trina Quinn; Edge magazine's Sharon Jones and Greg Matson; Rank and Revue's Tammy Moore; and at least half of HeKill Three -- went home most pleased indeed...."
"...There's a reason Room on Fire burns to the ground in 33 minutes. And it's not because it's the Ramones' Leave Home...."
"...Hamell on TrialTough Love (Righteous Babe) It's been a decade since Ed Hamell's one-man wrecking crew amassed a devoted following here in Austin during his lengthy residency at the sadly departed Electric Lounge. Here was a keen cultural observer with a big heart, a humanist punk hero armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and attitude to burn -- Lenny Bruce meets the Ramones..."
"...Tom Waits' somewhat self-conscious bullfrog blues bridge early-Seventies material like Bunny, Bob, and Peter's "Stir It Up" to the birth of punk and New Wave (Talking Heads, Police, Damned), XTC's spikey-haired head butt of Rita Coolidge's "Statue of Liberty" being a smashing highlight. Same goes for Deborah Harry's platinum glow and Iggy Pop's Jaggeresque preen on "I'm Bored." A one-two-three finale from the Ramones, U2, and R.E.M., whose "Pretty Persuasion" is as scary good as Michael Stipe's shoulder-length ringlets and Bill Berry's bow-tied surf beat, kills..."
"...Meanwhile, guitarist Li Yang Fan complemented the group's high-pitched harmonies with tweaked-out riffs that evoked the Lower East Side proto-New Wave of Richard Hell and the Voidoids. The group's songs were in English, which produced intriguing titles like the Ramones-style "Now I Wanna Say Apology to You." The crowd responded enthusiastically to jerk-worthy tunes such as "No Sexy" and "Di Di Di," as well as an almost-unrecognizable version of "Summertime" as performed by Janis Joplin..."
"...PETTY BOOKA: This novel Tokyo-based ukulele duo blends country, bluegrass, exotica, and punk together in a pure, enthralling manner. Petty Booka's Hawaiian-style version of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" confirms the song's intrinsic pop goodness..."
"...PEELANDER-Z: Residing in NYC, this Japanese trio is CBGB rock: Ramones' tempos scuzzed à la Johnny Thunders. Apt to be wearing plastic hair, wrestling masks, and any other sort of rock & roll kabuki accouterments, PZ is cartoon punk for a SXSW Saturday night..."
"...Wiebe is joined by bassist Pat Lillard, guitarists Fadi el-Assad and Colin Jones, and drummer Jesse Hamilton or, in Gambler parlance, "Teko," "Spider," "Freddy," "ColinAmbulance," and "Jesse 3X." The band issued its self-titled debut, a 27-minute Lone Star swagger, in 2001 on Vile Beat/Beatville Records. All 12 numbers are Riverboat Gambler originals save for a cover of lost Ramones gem "Slug." Texas punk rocker emeritus Tim Kerr produced the disc, and it was his interest in the Gamblers that helped spread word about the band...."
"...Larks? His choice of smokes is as individual as his lifestyle and career. Here's a guy that was a college dropout, a CIA culinary grad, a guy that led the consummate junkie's life in New York City (when he wasn't behind the line at numerous NYC restaurants), and partied with Lou Reed and the Ramones at CBGB's..."