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"...As the so-called “Designated Mourner,” film director and stage actor Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Silkwood, and The Birdcage) is spectacular in his first-ever acting performance onscreen. The movie is the film version of a play written by the multi-talented Wallace Shawn (My Dinner With André, Radio Days, Toy Story, Clueless) and mounted with great success last year in London with this same group of principals..."
"...Joining Jones that night were folks from a few of the more adventurous record labels, such as EarthWorks and Triple Earth. The like-minded group met to discuss ways of getting their product more widely distributed, via radio play and record store promotions..."
"...You can divide the world between those who listen to radio (not only in the car) and those who get their media fixes elsewhere. It's been decades since radio waves – along with newspapers – were the primary connection from the larger world into American homes, and broadcasting has gone through enormous changes since its early days..."
"...On a different front, Negativland's many challenges to the status quo have been hot enough to embroil them in lawsuits. The Bay Area-based collective is best known for being sued by Island Records (and later their own label, SST) in part for splicing a snippet of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a foul-mouthed outtake from "Casey Kasem's Top 40" radio show to create the 1991 12-inch "U2 Negativland." While the ensuing controversy furthered their position on the absurdity of the U.S..."
"...Author Susan Hill has surely garnered tons of royalties from her novel, The Woman in Black, which was published in 1982. The story has been reworked as a TV movie, a radio series, a play, and now a feature film..."
"..."Yeah, this is a story of a famous dog." In 1982, P-Funk's R&B chart-topper almost got run down in the street, the author's industry revolt colliding with radio programmers and the oncoming youth tidal wave. Later sampled into a standard, its "nasty dogs," old-school lyricism (possibly crack-induced, according to Clinton), and a monster bassline create a "futuristic bow-wow." – Kahron Spearman "Black Dog," Blue Mountain..."
"...RM: Segregation didn’t affect you because it was Chicago and there were lots of black people, and there was the blues on the radio. My God, Chicago..."
"...CinemaTexas: A graduate student-run film society at UT's RTF department, where Marge Baumgarten, Nick Barbaro, Louis Black, and Ed Lowry met. CinemaTexas showed movies in conjunction with classes in the Radio-Television-Film department (where they were all graduate students) four nights a week..."
"...They had been invited in studio for KVRX's Local Live, performing under the unbecoming moniker of Breaker Morant, and it was there they cut "Remember Me as a Time of Day," an early-morning tracer of uncomplicated beauty that remains one of their best works. The composition also marked Explosions' recorded debut, appearing on volume 4 of the college radio frequency's compilation series..."
"...DR: I tell you what it was, my dad gave me a crystal radio when I was in grade school. It didn’t need batteries; I’d put headphones on and fall asleep every night listening to the radio..."
"...Rachel: Honestly, I had good parents (if overly protective), decent schools, food on the table, clothes on my back - what angst was there, really? River Oaks Elementary was very progressive for its time! We had a Mac IIc in 5th grade! 4th grade we had a Radio Shack TRS80. That's why I'm a member of the ROAA! Nothing wrong with elementary school...."
"...Now, the major suburban ritual was that when at least one friend gets a driver's license, usually in 11th or 12th grade, you could graduate from hanging out at one another's homes and switch to endlessly, pointlessly driving around. As Jonathan Richman noted, driving beat the hell out of hanging at someone's home because you would have the "radio on!" We'd drive listening to all the great New York City radio stations..."
"...Pride grew up an only child in Anchorage, far removed from the pop cultural traffic of the Lower 48. He followed the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of Alaska's summer college baseball league and listened to classic rock on the radio..."
"...You can do anything you want with music in the public domain but most songs will be protected by copyright laws. As with taping songs from the radio or making tapes for friends, use a little common sense and listen to your conscience..."
"...We were told at the outset that each item would be used only once, so it was easy to follow the path laid out by the clues as they branched and rejoined each other. Although the puzzles were wide-ranging and challenging, our team made steady progress, and with the help of a few pointers given to us over the radio, we uncovered step after step of the Soviet agent's plot..."
"...Allin hour or anything. But this was a time when even college and community radio stations played it safe (at least in Florida), keeping the daytime and prime time programming within the rather staid confines of more established rebel music like the blues, or zydeco, or roots-rockabilly..."
"...We were talking about the fact that a lot of the best stuff at SXSW last year was documentaries, and thought it might be neat to have a series throughout the entire year, bringing filmmakers in from Texas and outside, once a month, to show their work. Everybody thought it was a pretty good idea, so we decided to do it." Created under the combined auspices of South by Southwest Film, the Austin Film Society, The Austin Chronicle, and the University of Texas Department of Radio-Television-Film, the project is the brainchild of Stekler, who is the department's new production area head..."
"...Scannell's take on U.S. techno was full of valid points, many of which had to do with the States' preference for good old-fashioned stage shows to go with their radio diet..."
"...Musicians all want pretty much the same thing: to make a living at their art - to not have to support themselves doing horrible, low-paying work like selling blood or substitute teaching. They want radio play, a solid fan base, good reviews, and regular gigs at clubs that pay..."
"...• Local alternative-rock group Sounds Under Radio, previously heard on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack, inked a deal with Epic Records. The quartet's major label debut, Cinematica, lands on Best Buy shelves Feb..."
"...And yet increasingly, bands from all over Latin America's wide expanse are creating new hybrids of music by marrying their traditional rhythms to rock rebellion and the rolled eyes of American pop culture. Muddy Waters summed up rock music by saying, "Jazz and blues had a baby and they called it rock & roll." Well, muy macho American rock & roll had a fling with a sultry Latin sounds, and the result was "Rock en Español." A loose umbrella term for bands that sing in Spanish while mixing rock, rap, R&B, thrash -- you name it -- Rock en Español may be the most exciting movement in rock music currently, despite radio stations ignoring it for the most part (what else is new?), and record labels across the United States only recently developing departments to promote this emerging genre..."
"...When bureaucrats in Washington changed the laws that govern radio some 70-odd years ago, a goateed doctor from Kansas named John R. Brinkley headed down to the Texas/Mexico border and built the world's most powerful radio station..."
"...A quaint town with an approximate population of 60,000, Victoria's biggest claim to fame might be as the birthplace of Popeye (yep, the comic strip started there), or as the hometown of big leaguers Ron Gant and Doug Drabek. But Victoria is also the place where the future of radio can be heard..."
"...CHRIS COMBETTE (Martinique, French Guyana): Without even checking it out in any back files, it's probably safe to say that Chris Combette is the first French Guyanan to play SXSW. And aren't you curious about what they're playing on the radio down in Martinique? Answer: reggae, kompa, and zouk..."
"...Fields, Will Rogers, the Marx Brothers, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, and Edgar Bergen -- got their start in vaudeville. With the sudden and drastic economic downturn of the United States -- came the ascendance of a relatively new, and better yet, free, form of entertainment -- radio -- which then absorbed many vaudevillians of the era..."
"...Austin's celebrated FM outlet, 107.1 on the dial, at which Denberg is program director, had added incentive to carouse that night: It was the KGSR 10th Anniversary. No easy feat for a radio station these days, much less one that isn't trafficking in Shania and Garth or dishing out the same steady diet of "Roundabout" with a helping of "More Than a Feeling."..."
"...Marketing an album to get even those small sales figures, however, is where the indie labels fight the battle. Indies are at a huge disadvantage in that they simply don't have the financial coffers that a major label has to throw money at an album -- to work it at radio, in the press, and in retail -- in order to generate the hype and the notoriety, which generally translates into sales...."
"...When the station's Saturday night slot opened up early last year, he hired the two homegrown hip-hop fanatics. Reilly says hip-hop specialty shows are rare in the public radio field, but it makes sense for KUTX...."
"...3, 1959, as well as Ritchie Valens. Five weeks earlier, he'd added hand claps to "You're the One," written and sung by Holly on the spot – on a dare – live for KLLL radio in Lubbock, bleating here on disc four of Not Fade Away..."
"...The biggest little indie band in town, Sounds Under Radio, landed its single "Sing" on American Idol's new commercials. That's thanks in part to the group's new partnership with the MuseBox, the New York-based promotion company/label whose previous clients include MGMT and the Killers..."
"...• Austin's Sounds Under Radio will self-release their debut LP, Cinematica, on Oct. 14, after prematurely ending their major label deal with Epic Records earlier this week..."
"...Three years on, a cluster of enterprising, tenacious Austin musicians have laid the foundation for what used to be called, in simpler times, a "scene." These days, you can call it whatever you want to.Verse 1: Shane Shane Bartell's favorite pop songs are the ones that make him think of "putting down the top of the VW Cabriolet in 75-degree weather and driving out to Mount Bonnell." Hard to believe he once sat in his room transcribing Morrissey's lyrics. Even stranger, he's one Radiohead fan who hasn't a bad word to say about Britney, Backstreet, or anyone else teaching the snack-food industry the meaning of mass consumption...."
"...But despite the obvious hook, line, and sinker references, the Weird Lovemakers played full-on, balls-out punk rock, like Lollapalooza never happened and never should have. So, will folks who receive signals like these via complete shit radio dookie like Green Day and who think that punk had its day and then its second day, comprehend what's special about a little punk band that could, but doesn't go for gimmicks, funny outfits, or smearing/spitting anything on either themselves or the audience? Hmmmmm..."
"...If anything, 1996 will probably be remembered as the year that crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside groups such as Gravity Kills, Stabbing Westward, and Manchester hardbeat warlords the Prodigy beat the living crap out of Eddie Vedder's mewling, vacuous whine fest. They took their own sweet time, but radio listeners across the country finally dug down deep and bought a clue: The emperor has no clothes..."
"...I've always been told that you expand in a down economy. We'll see if that's true." Elsewhere on Sixth Street, Nashville venue the Stage on Broadway, known for hosting mainstream country acts like Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith as well as a Texas Music Night, is setting up a new shop, the Stage on Sixth, in what was once Radio Room and Bourbon Rocks (508 E..."
"...Luckily, just a month or so after the album's release, the Derailers became one of South by Southwest '95's biggest buzz acts, just as Americana radio and No Depression magazine began gearing up...."
"...Eighties music that I find truly brilliant like `U Can't Touch This' we didn't even heah until 1992." Matik's memory may be stretching that timeline a bit, but more than once I remember wearing out import singles of the latest U.K. hits just in time to have American radio pick up on them after I'd played them to death..."
"..."You're spit into the center of your hometown," sings Sheff at the start of "Down Down the Deep River," which pairs with "Pink-Slips" to form Gymnasium's spiritual core. "Deep River" swells like radio-friendly Springsteen, but there's something ominous going on..."
"...22, with an impromptu acoustic set in front of his iconic (and recently tagged) frog mural on Guadalupe, performing chilling renditions of "Mean Girls Give Pleasure" and "Last Song" for a few dozen supporters. The occasion also marked the launch of a new streaming Web radio station, www.radio.hihowareyou.com..."
"...Funny, that hesitancy, now that Frost – dressed today in Nike high-tops, stylish Nantucket red pants, and a turquoise 1988 Aqua Fest T-shirt he found in his mother's attic – so fully embraces the genre. Since meeting Jones, this self-proclaimed bluesman has developed one of the most earnest radio-ready sounds in local music, an unabashed blend of pop, rock, and hip-hop..."
"...Local singer/guitarist Max Frost led a band of mostly Blues Mafia bandmates through a solid set that drew big reactions for his radio-ready tunes “Nice and Slow” and “White Lies,” though a noticeable volume issue kept him from dominating on his guitar solos...."
"...In that heady atmosphere, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez offered the group monetary relief in the form of Citgo gas cards, and Common Ground sent a delegation, including Darby, to Caracas. On pirate radio, Crow described Common Ground as "a paramilitary organization" – a statement for which he was criticized within the group..."
"...• SoundWave, a nonprofit organization founded and funded by local alt-rock act the Ars Supernova, has partnered with A Glimmer of Hope Foundation and H20 Africa Foundation to finance the construction of a water well in rural Ethiopia. Help support the cause by simply attending the band's show at Stubb's on Friday with Sounds Under Radio...."
"...Tisonic Inc. makes a radio cassette player for automobiles, and the package proudly bears a rendering of our U.S..."
"...Dalmasso's clients don't seem to mind all the shop talk or the messy shop itself, though; they're coming in to get their music ready for vinyl, after all, not to lounge around and play pool. And by all appearances, these are clients that believe in vinyl's functionality, unlike a corporation like Sony or artists like Pearl Jam or U2, who may press the occasional record solely for its novelty or as a promotional item they think will impress journalists or radio programmers..."
"...This is my time for quiet reflection, a realization that I have an infinite amount of learning still ahead of me so I might as well enjoy the ride. A long, long night of driving lies ahead and the country music on the radio is the perfect accompaniment...."
"...The big hit for Salvage Vanguard was, in its own way, a revival piece. The Intergalactic Nemesis was shrewdly designed to capitalize on the popularity of The X-Files, the coffeehouse fad, and the quaint charm of radio drama..."
"...Second, it says "Cactus Cafe program." Does that mean the space or does that just mean having musicians play somewhere under a banner that says "Cactus Cafe"? 3. A partnership with KUT Radio in which KUT will share Cactus Cafe programming responsibilities with student organizations..."
"...I was sort of afraid of Connie, not just because she talked to herself, but because whenever she was in the store, it seemed like things got too quiet and moved too slowly. I would turn up the radio, polish the glass case, straighten the racks..."
"...• KVRX is now streaming "None of the hits, all of the time" on iTunes under the college-radio category. The student-operated station hosts a Cupcake Social at the Carousel Lounge on Saturday with Fizzy Dino Pop, Lady Pterodactyl, and Rae Davis..."