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Hot Butts!

Well, I for one was not prepared for the debacle that was the Butthole Surfers' big U.S. tour kickoff last Thursday at the Austin Music Hall. I knew that Paul Leary's mother was very ill and that he was not in the cheeriest of moods, but talking to new bassist Owen McMahon the previous night after the band's Capitol Records-sponsored schmoozefest at Stubbs', I had gotten quite a rosy picture painted from his stories of recent European shows. Gibby Haynes had been wonderful to work with, he said, despite what anyone might think. What he didn't take into account was the effect you'd get if you put Haynes and a couple thousand or so fans under a magnifying glass in the sun. (Honestly, most missionaries probably don't have to deal with the sauna-like heat the Austin Music Hall generates in the summer. If they do, they should look down; they're probably already in a cannibal's pot.)

The heat under Haynes' collar was clearly on display during his swearing, mike-smashing antics on the Music Hall stage, however, when his voice processor began malfunctioning -- which then led to Leary muttering "thanks, goodnight" as Haynes stomped off stage with the rest of the band in tow. (They all came back a few minutes later when the technical problem was fixed.) Haynes had also been reportedly raising quite a fuss over "Paprika," a more savage than funny parody of the Surfers' radio hit "Pepper," that's been getting airplay at 101X, the station where he once functioned as a deejay. The station admits that the parody's creator, the deejay known as Whipping Boy, failed to get proper clearance to use the song's tune and expects to receive a cease-and-desist order soon. This however didn't stop Haynes from having a screaming match backstage with a station rep that night, nor does it lack irony since just a few weeks ago 101X jock Rachel Marisay threw a hissy over unauthorized sampling of her voice on Sweetpea's new album, released by Surfer King Coffey's Trance label.

The Surfers' tour appears to be going on as planned, with at least one change: Sincola will be taking the place of the Supersuckers on the July 4-6 dates.

Shock the Monkey

All this talk about Lone Wolf picking up after the late Sector 2 label has finally borne fruit. The Bill Ham-owned label has signed not El Flaco, whose name has oft been linked with Lone Wolf, but Pushmonkey, and has further announced that the band will be opening for Kiss on their upcoming Texas shows. First up from the new alliance will be a five-song, self-titled EP featuring their song "Caught My Mind" (currently #1 at KLOL in Houston), two new songs, one tune from their 1994 debut Maize, and their cut from this year's KLBJ Local Licks Live CD.

Shut Up and Bitch!

All right, time to put your money where your mouth is. The Street Closure Task Force Committee is asking the public to come forward at a public hearing and voice their opinions on the closing of streets for paid and non-paid events (you know, festivals and like that). The hearing is next Tuesday at 7pm at Town Lake Center, located at 808 Barton Springs Road, next to the Filling Station.

Tornado in a Tin Cup

I believe I may have noted previously that the Texas Tornados have a song in the upcoming Tin Cup movie, but did I mention that it's the lead track in the film? The band reportedly took extra special care on the track, "A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada," which also happens to open their new Four Aces album and will probably do so on the film's soundtrack album as well. Reprise Records honcho and Tornado fan Bill Bentley says the movie is being touted as "Bull Durham for golfers." He also confirms your guess that the Tornados will remain the on-again, off-again project they have tended to be. "It's good that they get away from each other once in awhile," says Bentley of the four strong personalities. He also notes that Rhino Records is hard at work on a double disc retrospective of early Roky Erickson work, going back to his time in the Spades, but that it's slow work. "Rhino wants to do it so [Roky] will really benefit," says Bentley, and finding out who has the rights to what is slow work. The company is shooting for a release next March -- but they already missed their previous deadline of last March, so don't hold your breath. Meanwhile, look for Roky to make a rare live appearance next Tuesday at Antone's, where there's a benefit for his brother Mikel Erickson.

Stu Stu Studio

Producer/engineer Stuart Sullivan says that 81/2 Souvenirs' recording sessions have been going well, with around nine songs done and plans that call for finishing the project by the end of the summer. Miss Lavelle White's album, meanwhile is done except for horns and mixing. The band on the album includes the likes of George Rains and James Polk, the latter of whom has finished work recently on a new album of his own. The Toadies recording that Sullivan has been working on with Paul Leary is far from over, though both the Toadies and Leary are currently off on tour. Sullivan says that he expects at any time they may call and "fly me out to wherever they are" to work on a tune or two. He adds that work with the band has been sporadic, as was originally planned, and that the songs they've worked on so far are destined for soundtracks, compilations and the like.

Jazz By the Numbers

The Clarksville Jazz Poll results were announced this week, with the Chronicle's own Jay Trachtenberg taking Best Music Critic. Trachtenberg also shared Best Jazz DJ with Paul Ray in a KUT sweep that also included Best Jazz Radio Station, Best Blues/R&B Station and Best World Music Station. Among other notable winners are Jazz Artist of the Year Pam Hart, Songwriter of the Year Lourdes Perez, Composer of the Year Rich Harney, and Best Vocal Group Bells of Joy.

Mixed Notes

Pushmonkey aren't the only ones who know how to get good opening gigs. Ned Henry opened for the Cowboy Junkies here and will continue to do so for two more weeks of gigs. Of course, he does have the advantage of having a twin brother who plays with the Junkies. That's always a good way to get your demo tape heard by the band... Junior Brown may be physically in absentia, but while he's off touring with the Mavericks until August, his presence is still felt in Austin. KVET-FM added his "Venom Wearing Denim" to their playlist three weeks ago and the more current country-oriented KASE followed suit last week. Brown has made a video for the song now; maybe they can play it on that big screen TV over at the Continental Club (hidden behind Elvis) while they await his return... Speaking of radio, mere weeks after returning to KNNC, Ray Seggern is taking off for a Marketing and Promotions job at two Tulsa stations, including a K-NACK type and a classical(!) one. Says Raydog, "Now I'll be dealing with both kinds of blue hairs"... Kris McKay's new Things That Show album has hit the racks. She'll be doing an in-store for the record at Waterloo Records at 5pm this Friday, with a Hole in the Wall gig that night and a Waterloo Ice House performance on Saturday. And have you checked McKay, Clarksville Jazz Poll Best Female R&B Blues Singer Christina Marrs, and the gang out in their gospel persona as the Jubilettes during Friday happy hours at Stubbs' yet?... Jimmie Dale Gilmore has an in-store at Waterloo next Wednesday at 5pm. His Braver Newer World will hit stores the day before that. You can still post questions to Gilmore through Friday on Texas Monthly's web site at http://www.texasmonthly.com... Beth Black has a CD release tonight (Thursday) starting at 7:30 at Pulpo Loco for her new eponymous disc... Javelin Boot have finished recording their fourth full-length CD and have found that they have a "fervent" fan base in Japan (one of the Cotton Mathers must've accidentally left a Boot disc there while on their "Denny's Across Tokyo" tour). In the words of young Naoko, "Yours are full of pop tune -- some feel very powerful, some feel very sweet. I feel like listening to a soundtrack album -- because there're various good songs!!!"... Remember to take a Super-Soaker with you next time you go see Sangre de Toro if you want to be the big winner in the squirt gun wars... Maryann Price has got not one but two albums in the can and ready to go. One is a "folked-up swing" effort with various "murder ballads," the other is comprised of mostly Cole Porter tunes recorded at a 1992 Cactus Cafe gig... Blaine Hurlbut has got a tribute to his late Woodshock partner Phillip "Stepchild" Sellstrum on Tuesday at Stubbs. The Bart Brian Band, Salaman, Ponty Bone, Big Pow Wow, and the Gay Sportscasters will be performing... We got a fax here at the Chronicle this week that states "UT psychology professor needs subjects to DRINK FOR SCIENCE & GET PAID. For information: 471-8993." If this doesn't end up being the most-called phone number in Austin history, my name's not Henauder Titzhoff! Maybe they'll bring back the Texas Tavern if it goes over well... Monkey Boy Records are starting what promises to be a monthly event with this Sunday's barbecue social at the Chicken Ranch on Congress south of William Cannon. The occasion is a release party for Myra Manes' "Baby Back Ribs" single, but Pocket FishRmen, Pretty Mouth, Phantom Creeps, Fuckemos, El Flaco, and others will be playing as well... Local label Dejadisc has just signed Steeplejack, whose music they say comes "from a perspective where humor and terror are inexorably bound together." No, they're not from Westlake Hills, they're from Minneapolis. On the other hand, the same label has lost Richard Buckner, whose next album will be coming out on MCA instead of Dejadisc. Buckner, who was in town at the Electric Lounge on Monday, is heading out to Tuscon to record with J.D. Foster and the Giant Sand rhythm section before returning to Austin later this summer to do overdubs with Gurf Morlix....

-- Contributors: Christopher Gray, Raoul Hernandez, Andy Langer, Joe Mitchell,
Margaret Moser

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