Meanwhile, Rubin's got his hands full -- literally -- with a Don Walser project. The former "Little Donnie" Walser handed Rubin an armload of reel-to-reels from the Sixties, consisting of radio shows featuring him and his then-current band. Says Rubin, "If this isn't a double CD, I don't know what is." Watermelon confirms that while nothing's official yet, they are planning to release material from the tapes. That won't be until later next year at the soonest, however, as they don't want to conflict with Walser's new album, due this spring. Work on the earlier material is concentrated on preserving the tapes, though, given the current state of Watermelon and indie record companies in general, I'd say they should put as much effort as possible in the preservation of the label.
On a final Walser note, he got to give Crook & Chase a yodelling lesson on their TNN show last week, and those of you who watch the channel may have caught the busy Don on Prime Time Country and TNN Country News as well. (Sorry I couldn't tell you about this in advance, but no one really knew when the shows were going to air until the last minute.)
Moore's not the only musician exploring other media on the side. Anyone who's heard the Individuals will be delighted to know they've turned to prose writing. The singers/guitarists/authoresses, Gina Marisa and India Taylor, have titled their "children's story for adults" Torpedo Cat and the Raven of Zing, and this "modern myth about two kids who get lost in a world of a dangerous cat with a jet-propelled tail, a talking melon on an ego-trip, a giant worm in a tuxedo, and love-beads and other vivid characters" sounds like an ideal stocking stuffer to me.
Movie soundtracks are bigger than ever these days, and Rick Linklater's got a powerhouse of one set for Suburbia, as I noted here before. What I didn't mention were a couple of Austin bands that won't be on the soundtrack. Both Sincola and Ed Hall will be represented audibly during Suburbia, with Sincola's music "very prominent," according to Linklater. He "kinda feels bad" about the locals not making it onto the album, but he's busy enough keeping 100% control of a feature film without having to deal with the soundtrack. Someone's taking care with those albums, though; Dazed and Confused went platinum and spawned a sequel, but Linklater didn't get a piece of either.
Speaking of the Toadies, they make an appearance, along with most of Dallas'
currently hot bands, on a new CD called Sandy Does Dallas. Since all the
songs are from the movie Grease, I'm assuming that the "Sandy" in
question is Olivia Newton-John's character in the film. Personally, all I know
about Grease is that it has some kinda nice animation during the opening
credits; I've never been able to get through more than about a minute more
before leaving the room. There's two good things I can say about this album,
which also features Dooms UK, Caulk, Course of Empire, UFOFU, Ugly Mus-tard,
Baboon, and others. The first is that,
mercifully, John Farrar wrote a lot fewer songs on this than I had thought (only two). Second, though I know at least one of you out there must've thought of doing this at some point, for once, Austin held back long enough to make some other poor sucker of a city take the blame for a load of lame pop-culture
With Doyle Bramhall II firmly in with the Wendy & Lisa crowd, there's been talk that his stint with local manager Mark Proct may be at an end. While Proct doesn't actually say that such changes are in the works, he allows that "there are obvious things [to give that idea] -- he is in California." If there is a split, Proct assures us that it will be amicable, and that "I'm not ready to pick up out of Austin and move to Los Angeles"...
Ooh, pretty! I've just been handed the new Planet of Forbidden Delights compilation CD, featuring Dizzyluna, Olive, 23 Aliens, and the Girl Robots. Obviously, I haven't got to listen to it yet (I told you it was just handed to me), but the mostly hand-crafted packaging is mighty nifty, and there's a total of 17 tracks distributed almost evenly among the four self-described "psychotronic pop" bands (Dizzyluna gets the extra one). There's a release party for the disc next Wednesday at the Flamingo Cantina...
I'm told that the Eels covered Daniel Johnston's "Living Life" on a recent Morning Becomes Eclectic show on Los Angeles radio station KCRW. Since they liked Kathy McCarty's version of the song from her Dead Dog's Eyeball, the band admitted that "we're kind of doing a cover of her cover"...
Count Jack O' Fire among those acts working on the "big in Japan" label. Their record company plans to fly them out to the Land of the Rising Sun for a week in January...
Ani DiFranco's new More Joy, Less Shame remix CD includes a version of "Both Hands" recorded live in Austin...
Sunshine have advance copies ready for their soon-to-be released debut CD, and I see that on the prototype insert, somebody misspelled drummer Shandon Sahm's name as "Shandon Sham." Wow, so all this time he's actually been Domingo Samudio's kid....
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