Dancing About Architecture

by Ken Lieck

Whither radio? Or should that be "withered" radio? In a town with an overall level of good local programming that's head and shoulders over most of the rest of the country (even if sometimes it all still seems like it sucks), a surprising number of stations are making or considering the move to automatic and syndicated programming. One simple reason is that such programming tends to be cheaper, and whether or not the new rock station 101X is a deadly threat to other similarly programmed stations, it's at least another bite out of a shrinking pie. Z-102 and K-NACK have recently introduced syndicated programming to various extents, such as the latter's addition of the popular Love Phones program on Monday through Thursdays at 10pm-midnight. The latest stunner comes from non-commercial KUT where, according to a source at the station, a decision is in the works to replace the low-rated, overnight (midnight-5am), locally originated shows, which are largely free-form programs taking calls and playing lots of local music, with a less expensive feed from the BBC. Automation equipment has already been purchased but the actual decision to can the overnight folks has yet to be made. Some sources at KUT who object to the change say that the savings wouldn't be that significant, and urge fans of the overnight shows to voice their feelings during the station's pledge drive, which starts this weekend.

(Hemp and Otherwise)

Both of those comps featuring Ian Moore (Hempilation and the National Lampoon's Senior Trip soundtrack) are out now. The former features all your favorite spliff-smoking faves interpreted by today's top talents (hey, I should try for a job with K-Tel), and the latter includes Moore's take on the Who's "Magic Bus." The Gearhead magazine compilation album 500 Miles to Glory features a track from Austin's lo-fi Lord High Fixers as well as other bands you like including Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver and the Supersuckers. As far as full-length albums go, a pair of new discs have hit the office this week from DejaDisc. Deja offers up trad from Wayne Hancock and mad from the Wannabes (a lyric sheet for Wayne and not for the 'bes, Deja? I can understand Wayne...), with the latter group doing a Waterloo Records in-store at 5pm Friday and an Electric Lounge gig Saturday with the visiting Magnolias (who know a thing or two about the City-Wide Garage Sale, believe me). Freedom Records' latest is from Schwaggert, a supergroup comprised of three Toadliquors (those guys really get around), Chris Miller and Steve Watson. Freedom also warns that Rick Broussard's next album, Shadow Man, is should appear in mid-November.

Driving in the Dark

If you were looking to meet Bruce Springsteen at Joe Ely's ultra-private post-video shoot Continental Club show last Tuesday, you were out of luck. Not only was there no Boss in sight, the shoot ran hopelessly late due to a spate of injurious and expensive accidents, though Joe himself managed to make it through unscathed (for a change). Thing is, Brooose was in town, he just didn't know where "All Just to Get to You" was being shot for French MTV. After his attempts to determine the top-secret location (the Austin Music Hall) were scuttled, Springsteen headed out to Willie Nelson's Pedernales studio. Willie Nelson - now there's someone who should have been on Hempilation...

Mixed Notes

The latest batch of music-related links has been added to the Chronicle Web page / (E-mail more to me at: dancing@auschron.com)... Drum whiz Terry Bozzio's first year here in Austin has been a "whirlwind," according to his wife Ev. She just got back from L.A., and the Missing Person himself will be arriving soon as well, as the skinbeater for Jeff Beck, who'll be at the Erwin Center this Friday with Santana. The team has been touring since the beginning of August, with busy Bozzio also performing solo gigs when time has permitted. After the tour ends in mid-October, drumming students may want to start looking for the former Frank Zappa bandmate around the UT area, where he's looking into some guest appearances as a Dean of Drumsticks... The big Lone Star Women's Music Festival is next weekend, with loads of acts from Velvet Hammer to Meg Hentges to Odetta. Call BookWoman for information - they won't tell me where it's at... More Norway news came in this week: Top Norwegian singer Steinar Albrigtsen is coming to Austin with another big Norse draw, Linni Treekrem, to rehearse an Austin-based band for a big festival in North Dakota. Picked for the band are Erik Moll, Mitch Watkins, Wally Doggett, and Steve Carter. Carter's band Stop the Truck just got a Scandinavian record contract, and you just might meet Steinar at that band's show Tuesday at Babes... Another record store in town? Yep. Thirty Three Degrees, a joint venture between ND magazine and Over and Out Records, is having a grand opening this Friday, 28th and San Jacinto, with an acoustic in-store by Houston's Voice of Eye, the Motards playing on the roof, and more. That all starts at 8pm. Yet another new/used/import record store just opened: Stashus Mule Records at 3701 Guadalupe... You know the Blue Flamingo is closing, and owner Laura is promising a "show to end all shows" on the final day, starting at 4pm Saturday and featuring a who's who of Austin's loudest and ugliest bands, from the Motards to the Fuck Emos and Gomez. You can get the full lineup by looking in our club listings - well, almost the full lineup. More bands are expected to be added by showtime. And of course, the same goes for the final Austin Outhouse show that same night. There you'll get Herman the German and Aunt Beanie's First Prize Beets among others... On happier club notes, the new La Zona Rosa opens next Hump Day, and this weekend is the Flamingo Cantina's fourth anniversary. Again, see the listings for more info... The week's celebrity spottings: Brad Pitt at Hang Town Grill? Hey, that's even classier than David Bowie's last visit to the Showplace Lanes. You can start peeling your eyes for Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington on the streets soon, too. They'll be shooting a movie here beginning in mid-October... Elvin Bishop and B.B. King's drummer showed up at Antone's for the Monday Night jam... Noodle has broken up, giving the reason that "we all hate each other now." The band has committed to playing the Emo's reunion show in 10 years, however... Soulhat may be gone, but not forgotten. Their song "Good to Be Gone" was heard on Road Rules, MTV's new cross between Real World and Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World... Final Word: The authors of Apathy Drugs and Driving (Back to School issue out now) will be pleased to know that I have shaved and gotten a (slight) haircut...n

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