Dancing About Architecture

Not Really From L.A.

If you see some unpacking going on around town while Kelly Willis is packing, the fella you spotted moving his stuff into Austin just may be David Rice, who's relocating from California. Don't worry, though, he's actually a Texan. Hailing from Houston, the young singer put out a couple of albums on that city's Justice Records. He's no stranger to this town either, and even had a weekly residency going for awhile at Antone's a couple of years back, but this will be his first time as an actual Austin resident. This will also be his first time as a major label recording artist. After his relationship with Justice dissolved, Rice got in good with Columbia Records, and as I write this he is at the tail end of negotiations before signing a contract with them. Rice was "kinda frazzled" from packing boxes when I spoke to him by phone, but says he expects the deal to be done in the next few days, which means by the time you read this, the ink will most likely be dry.

Okay, So I Lied...

I said last week I wasn't going to tell you this again, but here it is: tonight (Thursday) you bands and solo acts need to get down to Ruby's Barbecue between 6pm and midnight if you want to submit an application to showcase at SXSW '96. The music conference and festival will be held March 13-17 next year, and as soon as acts get confirmed and the names of hot bands on the bill start trickling in, I'll start passing them along to you. As far as the multimedia geniuses that I told you last week I was pushing SXSW to invite, it looks like you don't need to wait. The brain-battering audio-visual attack of the Emergency Broadcast System (EBN) will be coming to Ohms on November 27. I'll have more to say about them, either here or in "Recommended," next week.

Dick in the Dirt

Damn! Just a few weeks ago, I saw Country Dick Montana onstage for the first time. It was also the last. I and a lovely intern from Sector 2 Records had been lounging around my living room all evening, bristling with lethargy. We managed to cast it off, however, and we completed the grueling half-block walk to Antone's just as Country Dick was emerging from behind the Beat Farmers' drum set to begin his frenetic set-within-a-set of drinking songs, audience kazoo choruses, and beer-puddle belly-flops. It was an incredible, electric performance, from an authentic wild man. Then, a mere two weeks after launching the big tour to support the San Diego-based band's second album for Sector 2, the 40-year-old Country Dick (aka Daniel McLain) suffered an apparent heart attack midsong and died onstage at the Longhorn Saloon in British Columbia. (Since the band was on an Austin label, I'm assigning partial blame to the Austin Curse, especially with his death following so closely on the heels of the tragedy on the Blind Melon/Dah-Veed tour.) The great thunder of the man wasn't completely silenced, though. He had recorded a solo album which will be posthumously released. And of course, if you ever saw him perform, it's not something you'll soon forget.

Mixed Notes

Congrats to the Bad Livers: that threesome reportedly just played their 1,500th show in five years. Look for show 1,501 at Emo's next Friday... Well, of late, besides the usual compilation albums of bands from Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, there have been new punk/alternative collections out from both El Paso (Past Due -- A Compilation of 14 Alternative Bands on Krank Records) and Corpus Christi (Alalva! Corpus Christi on Total Fucking Chaos Records). What's next? Get Me Outta Here!: The Waco Collection?... I haven't been able to piece the whole thing together yet, but the plans I recently mentioned for Texan (and great songwriter) Michael Nesmith to tour with the Monkees next year seem to have hit a big snag. From what I've pieced together on the Internet, the problem seems to stem from a lawsuit he's embroiled in... The latest Austin-based performer to appear on the Larry Sanders Show is Shawn Colvin, who performed "Polaroid" on last week's episode of the Gary Shandling pay-cable vehicle, and then went out to dinner with his character at the end of the show... Toni Price has been moonlighting as "official jingle singer" for local station K-EYE (apparently she doesn't mind not being heard in stereo) and recently performed at a birthday party for CBS News anchor Dan Rather. Price is seen here with Rather and family, wisely keeping Rather's daughter Robin between him and her to avoid any possibility of scandal... In-store performances and appearances this week include rappers Aggravated at Music Mania on Friday at 5pm (just signing autographs, not performing), and Ponty Bone playing a set there Saturday at 3pm. Charlie Robison will be doing an in-store show at Tower Records on Saturday at 4pm, so if you're quick, you can catch 'em both... The Coffee Plantation (Sixth and Brazos) is another new venue for live music seven days a week (examples: Michele Solberg this Friday and Laurie Freelove Saturday). And if you're in the campus area and want to sample their wares, they'll be providing refreshments at the Tower in-store I mentioned above... Alessandro Maggiori at Club de Musique Records in Italy e-mailed me to note that following that label's release of the Walter Tragert album I recently referred to, Club de Musique is also planning to distribute albums by Billy Eli, Sleestacks, R.C. Banks, and others throughout Europe. He also answered my question about the label's name: Club de Musique is based in Courmayeur, on the French/Italian border where both languages are spoken... Quiz Without an Answer Department: What longtime, loud Austin rocker, known for his work with two famous drug casualties, once got a call from someone looking to score some pot for Garrison Keillor?... Citizen Lane's last shows before spending December in California are tonight at Babes and Monday at Steamboat... Prescott Curlywolf have completed work on their album for Mercury. Well, not quite, actually. They're heading back into the studio to remix a few tunes... Bottle of Smoke have recently completed radio remixes of three songs from their debut EP Never Been Down. Next up for the band is a trip to the studio to begin their first full-length effort... The Speed Queens should have a new tape out in the next week... KVRX is celebrating the first anniversary of being on the FM airwaves with a benefit at Liberty Lunch this Saturday. Stretford, K. McCarty, Pocket FishRmen, Furry Things, and Gut equals an entertaining evening... Applications for listings in the 1996 edition of the Texas Music Industry Directory are now being accepted. The TMID is a comprehensive sourcebook listing all Texas music businesses, events, and talent. To receive an application, call the Texas Music Office: 512/463-6666; fax the TMO: 463-4114; e-mail the TMO: music@governor.texas.gov, or write: Texas Music Office, PO Box 13246, Austin, TX 78711. The deadline for submitting applications is November 30... Rootsy Rounder roundup: Out in January (on the 16th, to be precise) will be two new Austin albums from Rounder Records, the Tailgators' It's a Hog Groove and Teisco Del Rey's Plays Music for Lovers. The latter, described in the press release as "A 13-page love letter from the cheeze wizard of the electric guitar, sure to get that special someone very hot and extremely bothered," was produced by Dan Forte...

Corrections, etc.

I should have guessed. I made a joke last week that I'd finally found a photo of an Austin band in a national publication that wasn't taken by someone who worked at the Chronicle. Well, the SPIN pic of Sixteen Deluxe I referred to last week actually was taken by someone who has done work for the Chronicle, one Will Van Overbeek, who did a cover for us back in 1992. From now on, I'll assume that everyone in the music journalism/photography biz has done something for us. Also, since I was taking the green pills instead of the blue ones last week, a few brain-slips managed to get in: The correct address for the new Split Rail will be 705 Red River. Of course, since I said it would be in the location of the old Cave Club, Kilimanjaro, etc., you knew what I meant, anyway. Steve Bernal and Brian Walsh are, needless to say, bassists and not drummers (I don't know how that glitch got in there, but I'm so embarassed I won't even make a bass player or drummer joke) and Mr. Whitley of the Cherubs' first name is of course Kevin, not Keith... Tim Stegall would like to point out that it was the Chron's editing error and not his which resulted in Carlene Carter being married to Benmont Tench and not Howie Epstein in his Carter record review... Finally, in this week's Mixed Notes, the last line should've read "[Teisco Del Rey Plays Music for Lovers] was produced by sometime-Chronicle writer Dan Forte." Thank you.

-- Contributions by Raoul Hernandez, Chris Gray, and Andy Langer.

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