3ten Austin City Limits Live
"...Meet John Kunz, Austin's preeminent recorded-music merchant. He owns Waterloo Records, an emporium of cultural paraphernalia that's both the oldest and largest music retailer in town..."
"...11, which happens to have the most spacious dugouts at the Kreig complex (just a side note), it was our game to win. Waterloo Records had the home-team advantage but their captain, Chris Anderson, was out, and the Chronicle was sporting a solid lineup...."
"...[video-1] After a four-game losing streak, the BookPeople Filthy Animals are back in the win column, rejuvenated by the return of shortstop Jamie Reaves, who suffered an ankle injury earlier in the season, and first basewoman Jennifer Morris, who had been working abroad. BookPeople (3-6) authoritatively put down the South Division's Waterloo Records (6-3), 20-9, and we were there for post-game commentary with an all-star BookPeople cast: captain Mandy Brooks and third baseman Bryan Sansone...."
"...Here is a short video from Ben Kweller's in-store performance at Waterloo Records on Feb 4. He had just relocated back to Austin and was touring to support his new album Changing Horses...."
"...Bill Jeffery is a buyer at Waterloo Records, where he's worked for the last 18 years. That’s a lot of used records, a lot of New Release Tuesdays, and a lot of in-stores..."
"...As important to the clubkids scene as the clubs they frequent are the deejays, and the records they spin, fold, and manipulate. And while many among the populace might argue that Austin needs another music store about as much as it needs more road construction, the availability of club-oriented dance music has been a sorely neglected area for as long as can be remembered..."
"...The second game of the week was Emo's vs. Waterloo Records..."
"...Ricky Stein seeks that same brand of rawhide authenticity in his new book Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s. What began as a casual conversation with a colleague during his internship at KLRU turned into a deep immersion in the roots of Austin's recording history in the Sixties – the eventual topic of his American studies thesis at UT..."
"...Dear Editor, Classical music guru Russell McCulloh is back again, and Waterloo Records finally got him. I feel comfortable again about purchasing classical music CDs, knowing that I won't get stuck with an inferior recording..."
"...There’s no easier way to sample the sounds of South by Southwest than a stop at Waterloo Records. The store has another stellar batch of local and national artists stopping by this year..."
"...Waterloo Records Pounds Out 27-26 Win Against Emo’s Lounge..."
"...Okay, to anyone remotely familiar with what goes on in Austin musically, it wasn't that difficult of a question to begin with. But yeah, it's been 20 years for Waterloo Records..."
"...In fact, many big chains are already in (Camelot Music) or teetering on (Musicland) bankruptcy, while small, independent stores are falling by the wayside with fantastic frequency. So why is Kunz, the owner of Waterloo Records, the picture of calmness and security made flesh?..."
"...Following Doug Freeman’s article “A Market of Multitudes,” which discusses in great detail the new indieconomics of the Long Tail, Off the Record pulled together a few of Austin’s more established music retailers to address the changes that have been brought on by the Digital Age. Off the Record: What is a record store's role in the new digital economy? John Kunz, owner of Waterloo Records: A record store's role in the new digital economy is the same as it's been in the brick and mortar economy: To help people find what they're looking for; to help direct people to what they don't yet know that they will be looking for; to be a filter for the best music out there; and to be an exciting bridge between musicians and their fans. Dan Plunkett, co-owner of End of an Ear: I think there will always be a good-sized customer base that wants to have the actual product – vinyl, CDs, 7-inches..."
"...Waterloo Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years along, my relationship with Waterloo, John Kunz, and staff goes back to the very beginning..."
"...I was inclined to think that Phil got it wrong, despite the flawlessness the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle bestows upon the hog. Weather records show Phil correctly divines the 50% chance there will be an early spring about 39% of the time..."
"...To quote Jimmy Buffett, “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” As the old school ire behind last week’s cover story on the high cost of vinyl – “Why do new records cost $35?!” – I forgot about my beloved Antone’s Records on Guadalupe...."
"...Live Music Find some shade and relax while you enjoy live music from Floramay Holliday from 11am-noon, Kevin Fowler from 12:30-2:30, and The Cornell Hurd Band from 3-5 pm. Waterloo Records will be on hand with some hot deals on great music to suit all tastes.Food Vendors Sample the fare from some of Austin's favorite restaurants, including:..."
"...His new album Swan City Vampires is a masterpiece of folk, Americana, and punk rock. Its CD release happens today at Waterloo Records, 5pm...."
"...Talk to the owners of any of Austin’s participating records stores and you’ll hear a chorus: “Record Store Day is our biggest day of the year.”..."
"...Writing books, Rodney Crowell will agree, is different. This Friday, June 29, 5pm, he reads from his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks at Waterloo Records in advance of his Paramount Theatre appearance Saturday...."
"...“You caught me when I’m home, which is a nice place to catch me,” chuckles Danny Barnes, pausing a recording session to field a call in advance of his return to Austin this week and next. Catch him performing in-store at Waterloo Records on Sunday, 5pm, and then at the Cactus Cafe on Wednesday for a proper concert...."
"...After penning 1991’s Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors, acid jazz drummer John Densmore returns to the bookshelves with The Doors: Unhinged, a 296-page summation of the band’s longstanding back-and-forths in court. Densmore’s “Spanish Caravan” parks at Waterloo Records tonight for a book signing, 7pm...."
"...If you read Wednesday Rewind recently, you would have seen the staff of Waterloo Records scratch their heads over black metal band logos in the Record Store Olympics. But how do actual purveyors of super-heavy music do when faced with the same challenge?..."
"...Closed, of course, and no Sunday hours before my flight home. One particular CD rested against the windowsill of Antone’s Records' East coast cousin, a smaller, more tourist-minded “souvenir shop.”..."
"...The Cutting Edge aired only once a month and late on Sunday nights, at that, buried in a slot that made no sense to anyone steeped in the indie rock and zine culture that "thrived" below the mainstream radar at the time. The TV show wasn't radical or anything, after all; it was produced by IRS Records -- the early home of the Police and REM, for godsakes..."
"...A familiar face and kind soul among Austin's musician ranks, Chris Catalena has played sideman in Christian Bland & the Revelators and Strange Boys offshoot Living Grateful. He steps forth with his solo debut, Here Comes the Time, this week, via American Sharks drummer Nick Cornetti’s Pau Wau Records...."
"...The title of Bill Carter’s new album, Unknown, might double as the answer to, “Guess who’s playing in the Blame tonight?” At Waterloo Records – 5pm today – Carter’s backing band the Blame will consist of all-stars Denny Freeman, Andy Salmon, and Donny Wynn...."
"...Need a gorgeous voice to match this April weather? How about Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards? The local quartet's new CD, Arrow, flies Byrds-meets-Tom Petty on the lost highway of love. Wennerstrom leads her sulfurous Bastards in-store at Waterloo Records on Wednesday, 5pm...."
"...They call Nashville home, but the Greencards still have a warm spot in their hearts for Austin. Now a quartet, the band originally came together here early in the last decade, and is celebrating the release of The Brick Album with an in-store at Waterloo Records today, 5pm, and a show at Threadgill’s World HQ Thursday evening...."
"...The Chronicle polled a few of them about True Love Cast Out All Evil, his long-awaited comeback record with Okkervil River. Erickson will be signing copies at Waterloo Records on Saturday at noon...."
"...The big news, though, is they’ll be releasing a disc of career highlights next week. The Best of the Hot Club of Cowtown is the first title to come out of the acquisition of Hightone Records by Shout! Factory...."
"...On its final day, Sunday, June 13, Tower Records is full of customers. It's a day when all of Tower's shopping baskets are in use and brimming with goods, as if consumers are carrying buckets of water back to the fire..."
"...It was a day so big, the music industry gave it a name: "Super Tuesday." Well, actually, they stole the name from the quadrennial political sweepstakes, but Tuesday, November 17 was no less important to Tommy Matola, president of Sony Music, and Ahmet Ertegun, president of Atlantic Records, than the next presidential primary version will be to Al Gore and George Bush Jr. That day, new releases from industry giants Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Jewel all hit stores..."
"...The five-year saga of Austin's most controversial retail project took another sharp turn Wednesday as Borders Books and Music announced it was abandoning plans to build a location in the proposed Sixth + Lamar development -- across the street from local indie-biz icons BookPeople and Waterloo Records...."
"...Until recently, they owned Jupiter Records, a new/used store in Hancock Center that closed Christmas Eve. Since they began with two stores (the South Austin store closed in 2001), you might think heartache accompanied the closings..."
"...This one starts early -- literally - with Westlake high schooler Arson Optics grabbing the mike, as Nova Scotia's Buck 65, Project Blowed's Erule, Strong Island's IGT, and the raw stylings of Denver's Ngoma try to show the youngster how it's done. Then Loud Records takes over and presents for your psycho pleasure Queens' lewd Beatnuts, bound to let loose a few from their new LP Take It or Squeeze It, before NYC's jaw-dropping 4-DJ tandem the X-ecutioners and some potentially inebriated "special guests" take you on and on 'til the break of dawn..."
"...We Wheatsvillans only needed to win one of our last four games to get into the playoffs. Why did it have to be against BookPeople, my former team with whom I had savored victory snatched from the jaws of defeat? The game felt a lot like BookPeople’s 17-15 win over Waterloo Records last year in the playoffs..."
"...Amid the chatter and good cheer of Waterloo Records' annual Christmas party at Donn's Depot, Sumner prepares Roky's gear for a set with the Explosives, his 10th performance of 2005. Guitarist Cam King and drummer Fred Krc settle into their places while Chris Johnson tunes his bass..."
"...Danny Barnes, revered punk rock banjo player for Nineties locals the Bad Livers, loves cassettes. From his now longtime home in Seattle, he gets downright evangelical about his Minner Bucket Records putting out "handmade experimental music" on cassette..."
"...The only portion of Watermelon's history that remains almost entirely uncontested is what has become affectionately known as the early years, 1989-1995. In 1989, Waterloo Records owner Kunz, and Geissler, a German immigrant who exported rock & roll books back to Europe as the Flying Book Service, started Watermelon with singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen..."
"...Austin boasts an impressive selection of recorded music emporiums brimming with vinyl and the curious characters who buy and sell them. The three most prominent, can’t-miss shops are Waterloo Records, End of an Ear, and Antone’s Records – each touting a vast selection of new and used “rekkids.” Meanwhile, a slate of boutique stores satisfy all the music nerd niches with their specialties including Breakaway Records (soul), Exploded Records (electronic beat music), Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts (blues), Art & Vinyl (hip-hop), Encore (metal), and Groovers' Paradise (vintage country, rock, and soul). But don’t stop there: Austin is teeming with discotecas, too, including the dominant Discoteca Sanchez. Waterloo Records..."
"..."It's the musical town square, a meeting place where us music geeks go connect with others like us," says John T. Kunz, owner of Waterloo Records..."