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Texas Friendly?

A couple of months ago when a locally notorious skinhead leader got released from prison, a buzz started going around that trouble might soon be afoot, but then I was informed that said skinhead had relocated to San Antonio and indeed things remained quiet. One notable exception came September 1 at the Back Room, when a group of skinheads (not including the one alluded to above) pulled members of Auschwitz 46 offstage while the band was playing a Muscular Dystrophy Association benefit and proceeded to pound on them. Mike Titsworth ended up with "a broken nose, multiple hematomas and a contusion," according to a fax sent out by Auschwitz's label, Pinche Gringo Records. Titsworth returned to the stage and finished the set, but says he has "bowed from any further involvement with the band." The fax goes on to note that "Prior to Auschwitz 46's set, the security staff of the Back Room was asked to remove those who would later assault Titsworth. The security staff did not act upon the request." The Back Room's Mark Olivarez says that the MDA, not the club, was in charge of all aspects of the show that night, including security, but as far as throwing out the skins previous to their causing trouble, he adds that "I have no intention of keeping people out just because their heads are shaved." Not unnoticed from this vantage point is the irony of neo-Nazis attacking a band named after a concentration camp...

Of course, I don't want to accuse the skinheads of having any monopoly on violence. Babes' rockside manager Saun Edwards doesn't have a mouthful of bolts and his jaw wired shut because of any Hitler jungen. Nope, he just made the mistake of bumping into a drunken moron while trying to pass a construction dumpster on the sidewalk outside his club. The bumpee and two friends confronted Edwards, and when he endeavored to explain that the three were drunk and were "gonna get in trouble" if they continued to hassle people on Sixth Street, he received a punch in the face. While he was down, the assailant apparently decided he wasn't satisfied with the damage and kicked him repeatedly in the head, breaking his jaw. Police apprehended the alleged attacker, who promptly passed out in the paddy wagon. Edwards currently faces at least another three to six weeks in his iron mask. Babes' Jim Hawk notes, however, that he doesn't think that the overall rate of violence on Sixth is going up, other than the fact that with UT back in session there are "more people on the street and [therefore] more people trying to prove something.

Rise-ing to the Occasion

Saturday's sure to be a busy day at Sound Exchange, with a listening party for the new Into Another album from 2-3pm (the band plays with Seaweed that night at Emo's - see "Recommended"). Then there's a Rise Records showcase with the Furry Things (who have a new 7-inch out) and Miss Universe (who have a new CD). Big Drag may also play. The latest update on the Miss Universe saga is that due to a sea of legalese gobbledygook sent to them from the famous anachronistic pageant, the band may use the name for another four months, and then when they change it, they have another six months in which they can refer to themselves as "formerly Miss Universe. And get this - I hear that all this mayhem started because some dumb yahoo in some shitty little town in the middle of Ohio or somewhere actually believed that the famous anachronistic pageant was actually being held in a dismal local punk club in his locality, causing him to call the creators of the pageant and demand an explanation.

Mixed Notes

Warning: though your Pearl Jam ticket says that the band hits the stage at 7:30pm, the fact that the Ramones are going on at 4pm indicates that PJ will likely come on closer to 5 or 6pm. That is, unless the Ramones have recently added a batch of Rush covers to their set list... In the fine Austin tradition, the CDs won't be ready for the "Free for All" at the Hole in the Wall release party, which just happens to be going on all weekend. It's still the one year anniversary of the event, hosted by Great Big Ego frontman/XL ent. ghostwriter Paul Minor, so go anyway. Oh, when the CD does come out (should be pretty soon now), note the label. Lone Wolf Records, run by ZZ Top manager Bill Ham, decided to pick up the project and will be marketing it worldwide... Say goodbye to the Inhalants and unless something goes awry you can look for Lisa Rickenberg next as the bassist for the Fall-Outs next time they tour through town. Oh, there may be an Inhalants show or two when the album comes out in November, but you'll just have to wait and see if that happens or not... Sorry, Fuck Emos fans, but there's no free T-shirts to be had when you call the "hotline" - that would be the Trance Records office number you're dialing. Says one Trance employee, "When the first guy called, it was funny." His response to the next 20 of so was not as enthusiastic... Did I say there was a new Hand of Glory ready to play? Well, now they've decided to keep the lineup but lose the name. Skintalk is the new moniker... No, the Foo Fighters didn't do any Nirvana numbers at their Liberty Lunch show last week, but opening act Spearhead sampled "Teen Spirit"... Kelly Willis (who was amused by my Buck Owens joke, thank you very much) was spotted with songsmith Matthew Sweet at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. Word is that he's gonna write her some songs... Got to admit I don't know anything about the Dirty Three, who are playing Emo's tonight, but according to Flynn Mauthe, they're David Yow's current favorite band. Apparently, the Jesus Lizard frontman was sitting in Mauthe's lap when he told him this, as evidenced by a recent photo in the San Francisco Bay Guardian... This Sunday at the Doris Miller Auditorium there'll be a tribute to Dr. Hepcat, Grey Ghost, and the late Erbie Bowser and Ural Dewitty, complete with proclamations from the city. That starts at 7pm and features a host of blues players ranging from teenagers to old-timers... Retarted Elf are doing a free CD release show at Liberty Lunch this Saturday. Happy Face will also be playing. They're not to be confused with Happy Valley, who are having a cassette release party at Aussie's that same night with Sambaxé opening. In-store-wise, besides the Rise stuff I mentioned above, Eric Taylor will be performing a set at Waterloo Records at 4pm Saturday... The Texas Music Office is looking for an administrative assistant. For information call 463-6666... The South Austin Blues Celebration and Jam at Hank's next Monday will be videotaped, for posterity, public access, and elsewhere. And if you don't think Austin blues is a force to be reckoned with, pick up a Billboard magazine and check the names on their recently-added blues chart... Forgot to set the VCR timer last night for Don Walser on ABC Prime Time? Don't sweat it. The segment was postponed and all I can tell you at press time is that it may run next Wednesday... Gutbucket, from Davenport, Indiana, have moved their band, along with their charmingly titled Taint CD, to our fair city... Along with its appearance (CD, video and attractive booklet in a 6"x10" wooden box) the Norwegian Wood: A Contemporary Collection of Roots and Rock is also notable for the fact that only one of the artists represented on the collection is named Erik! Oh, the singer/songwriter in question is Erik Moll, the "other" guy in Erik & Erik... Monte Warden is off on a U.S./Canada tour, with Jimmie Dale Gilmore's son-in-law Dan Yates replacing Dave Murray, who'd "Rather" be spending time with his girlfriend... Look for a Hallowe'en single soon from the Naughty Ones. Hell, for that matter, keep an eye out for quarterly compilation albums from the Continental Club, now that they've got all that nice recording equipment set up there... FABU are currently negotiating with the Detroit rap group of the same name regarding who gets to keep it... Waterloo Brewing is having a parking lot party with music by 8 1/2 Souvenirs, Toni Price, Walter Traggert, and Storyville this Saturday. Starts at 4pm... Christine Albert, George Jones, Barry White, and Tim Stegall all share the same birthday?!? Aw, come up with your own joke...

Wish You Were There

This week's lovely top o' the column photo comes to you courtesy of the Keebler company. I'll let their accompanying caption tell the story: "Wheatables Snack Cracker from Keebler Company `ropes' the country market with a $6.5 million fully integrated sponsorship program featuring the talents of country music singer/songwriter Clint Black (pictured with Ernie the Keebler Elf)." Funny, I always thought Clint was taller than that... n

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