So, Where Were the Vampires in Before Sunrise?

I guess you're supposed to figure that any film with the word "Dawn" in the title (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead: Dead By Dawn) has got to have either vampires or zombies in it, since the first half of Robert Rodriguez' From Dawn Till Dusk certainly doesn't give you any clues. Once the bloodsuckers show up, though, Rodriguez doesn't give you a chance to draw a breath for the rest of the film. The real vampires at the premiere party for Dawn, however, were the hordes of poster-waving Tarantinoites (sounds like something from a Clive Barker book) who mobbed Quentin Tarantino in a distinctly un-Austin way, forcing him to leave early for the relative quiet of Lala's Little Nugget. The other villain of the night was the deejay at the Hang 'em High Saloon, who filled the night air with bad Eighties music. Visiting former KGSR morning guy Kevin Connor, upon hearing the first strains of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," screamed and barrelled up the stairs into the deejay booth.

QT was lucky to be on the streets at all after being caught by the APD Saturday night relieving himself in an alley off Sixth Street. Among the officers was one who identified herself only as "Moses," (and would've been handy in parting the sea of fans on Monday); the cops apparently became suspicious after seeing Rick Linklater at the alley's entrance acting as lookout. Tarantino was not arrested, and reportedly pointed out that "Since I'm gonna get the ticket anyway, I might as well finish pissing." Tarantino was hardly a recluse during his stay, and was reportedly spotted everywhere from Guero's to a Junior Brown show at the Continental Club to Casino el Camino, where Johnny Medina took the photograph above. (Let's all say it together: Casino el Camino Tarantino Medina photo.)

And where was director Rodriguez during the festivities? Out shooting a ZZ Top video for the movie's soundtrack, which also includes Stevie Ray Vaughan classics and a new Jimmie Vaughan tune.

Music Awards Mania

Bands will want to show up at this year's Chronicle Music Awards Show (March 13, and as always starting at 7:55pm sharp) with their demo tapes in hand. The confirmation of Sixteen Deluxe on the bill means that every music journalist from Rolling Stone on down will be in attendance. Music Awards coordinator Margaret Moser is also proud to announce an unprecedented occurrence: because of the size of the venue and the numbingly high shmooze level of the attendees at the Auditorium, the Asylum Street Spankers will be performing with hidden microphones and amplification! Also keep an eye open for guest presenter Dominic Griffin aka Dominic-from-The-Real-World aka Dominic-from-Film-Threat.

A $ale of Two Cities

How about last week's XL ent. cover story, "25 Albums That Killed Rock & Roll," summarizing the aforementioned albums (and listing the "evil spawned" by them)? You can't really go wrong by teaming the cool professionalism of Don McLeese and the dry wit of Michael Corcoran, Austin's two biggest music critics. I mean, just ask the Dallas Observer, who, several weeks before had to settle for just "Fifteen Nails in the Coffin" from Corcoran alone, summarizing 15 albums that killed rock & roll (and the "evil spawned" by them). Still, the Observer has no call for complaint. They got Corcoran's big year-end wrap-up on the same day as the Statesman, and though the two were nearly the same word-for-word (with a "here's how this relates to Austin" finale added to the Statesman edit), the Observer got the version with the word "fellatio."

To be fair, Corcoran points out that the Statesman is aware of his work for the Observer, and he admits that his living in Dallas (for family reasons) while being touted as an integral part of the Statesman's music staff is "not an ideal situation." He says that the arrangement is hopefully temporary, and that a reassessment of the situation is coming up in April. As far as the "Albums that Killed Rock & Roll," he says it's okay, since he "kinda like stole that idea" from an old piece by McLeese in the first place (with Don's permission). Anyway, he adds, the articles in question are in addition to his quota of work for Austin's daily; they are, he says, "my gift to the readers of the Austin American-Statesman."

What's In a Name?

Recent Hollywood Records signees Magneto USA are looking for a new name, after finally growing tired of confusion with the big south of the border bubblegum act who had that title first (minus the USA part, of course). If you're thinking this is old news, think again; their recent announcement of the new name Starchy was met with universal jeers and disapproving messages on Miles Zuniga's answering machine. Hey, Miles, since Rhythm Child broke up recently, maybe you could take their name. No, wait, there's already a new band called Lonely Child, but you can still work with the word "rhythm." That hasn't been overused, now has it?

Last minute news flash: The band has now decided to go with the name Fastball. Tune in next week to see if the public approves.

And the Dish Ran Away From the Spoon...

The big three steps for an Austin band seem to be 1) Form band, 2) Get Signed, 3) Lose key members. Actually, Spoon's lineup has changed before, but the latest is the departure of bassist Andie Maguire, due to what front man Britt Daniel will only describe as the old "personal differences." Spoon's debut on Matador records will not be delayed; look for a single of "All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed" on March 12, with the album following in April. For the time being, producer John Croslin will take over the bass chores while the band looks for a permanent replacement.

Gomez Go or No Go?

In the middle of touring and on the verge of signing a deal with Scooch Pooch Records in Seattle, Gomez drummer Keith Palumbo and guitarist Paul Newman decided they wanted out of the band (front man Chepo Peña cites -- you guessed it -- personal reasons). The remaining Gomezes have adopted Miss Universe's Josh Powers on drums and plan to go on as three-piece -- although Peña adds there is still a chance Newman may return to the fold. The "new" Gomez may begin playing as soon as the end of the month, and negotiations with Scooch Pooch will apparently resume.

Mixed Notes

The use of homeless people by scalpers in pursuit of Bruce Springsteen tickets for the AMH show made it all the way to CNN, and gets bonus irony points considering the Boss' focus on the homeless in his new Ghost of Tom Joad album (see "Record Reviews"). You people with homes (and consciences) can forget about seeing Bruce if you don't have a ticket, though. The show (only one, though two confirmed dates were reported elsewhere) is sold out... The "new volunteer call" for SXSW Film, Media, and Music festival helpers goes out at Liberty Lunch, this Sunday at noon... Austin City Limits may be in trouble come 1997. That's when a policy change at PBS will force individual stations to pay for rights to air the show. For now, though, it's business as usual for the long-running series, which opened its 21st season last Saturday. Upcoming shows include John Prine and Todd Snider on January 20 and Asleep at the Wheel's 25th anniversary the following Saturday... Hightone Records, whose catalog includes albums by current and former Texans ranging from Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore to Rosie Flores, Ted Roddy, and Dale Watson have inked a distribution deal with Rhino Records. Rhino will be distributing the entire Hightone catalog as well as new releases. Look for Hightone's "Roadhouse Revival" tour, featuring Dale Watson, Dave Alvin, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, Buddy Miller, and Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, to kick off in Austin at the Continental Club on February 15 and 16... Polio have a CD release Saturday at Emo's and if you want a copy of their new disc, you'd better show up. The CD is on Berlin-based Zensor Musikproduktion and won't otherwise be available in the US... New albums from Elliott Murphy and Michael Hall are out this week on DejaDisc... Omar & the Howlers have an in-store at Waterloo records Friday at 5pm and a release party show for World Wide Open at Antone's on Saturday... Terry Allen's Human Remains is out on Sugar Hill and features guest appearances by David Byrne and more Austin luminaries than you can count. Well, okay, I counted 23 of 'em... Tish Hinojosa is among the guests on Joan Baez' new Ring Them Bells album... Natalie Zoe and Malford Milligan's "Fountain of Tears" CD-single release party is tonight (Thursday) at Antones at 9pm. The disc is a benefit project for the children of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing... Stretford, Death Valley, Teen Titans, and many more of the bands on the new Peekaboo Records compilation of songs about bicycles will play the record release at the Electric Lounge this Saturday. See "Recommended" for more info or take a glance at the club's ad, which also lists a benefit for Chicago House with Guy Forsyth, Beaver Nelson on Thursday... Willie Nelson popped up onstage unannounced at Blue Monday at Antone's this week and performed a handful of songs to an near-empty house... It's been a few days since I visited the hospital, so I'll rely on Tallboy's regular internet update (check the Usenet under for the latest information on the state of Julie Weaver and Shelley Lucksinger of Hurtbox, who were hit head-on by a drunk driver over New Year's. As of this writing, Lucksinger has finally been moved out of the Intensive Care unit, and Weaver should be moved home in a few days. Weaver was able recently to be wheeled over to see her fiancé Lucksinger for the first time since the accident. Benefits are in the works, including one featuring the long-awaited Swine King reunion...

-- Contributors: Raoul Hernandez, Andy Langer, Margaret Moser

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