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If It Gets Any Closer, It'll Be Behind You

This is it -- the last week of the Chronicle music poll and the Musicians Register form. Fill out the poll to see your favorite local acts recognized, and the register form to get your band noticed (and to land that free chicken-fried steak at Threadgills).

The Austin Music Awards and SXSW are on their way, too, and more info is starting to trickle in on both fronts. SXSW has revealed a couple of national acts that have verbally confirmed showcases for the conference; Cake and Peter Wolf were among the first to say "sure, why not?" Local bands from the Horsies to Jesus Christ Superfly to the apparently still existent Pork have been heard muttering about preparing for their showcases, while the SXSW higher-ups remind everyone that there are still more invitations waiting to go out, so don't panic if you haven't gotten one. 81/2 Souvenirs, The Sexton Sextet, and the Texas Tornados, have confirmed appearances at the Music Awards, with the former likely to be performing with Kris McKay up front, and the latter bringing in Roy Head to replace the unavailable Freddy Fender. No, last time it was a joke. This time we're serious.

You Thought There Was A Difference?

At least it's not a format change: Starting Saturday, what the radio biz calls the Legal ID is now "101X is 101.5 KROX-FM Giddings/Austin and 107.7 KNNC Georgetown." Yes, K-NACK is now 101X, and vice-versa, making the "original alternative rocker" and the "new alternative rocker" the same thing. In a limited partnership agreement forged this week, and expected to run a minimum of six months, 101X will begin additionally broadcasting on K-NACK's signal, giving 101X exposure into Georgetown and keeping something on the air at K-NACK. More info next week on displaced deejays and the effects of double-exposed Bush...

5am Discount

Both the Flamingo Cantina and Emo's suffered losses over the last week when uninvited, after-hours visitors entered the open-roofed areas of the clubs and removed various items of equipment. The Cantina had their soundboard, some effects, and a VCR ripped off, among other things. In the case of Emo's, after losing a power amp and all their mike cables on Thursday night/Friday morning, club personnel secured other valuable items before leaving that night. They were astonished to find that the thieves returned before the morning and made off with a ladder, water jugs, cleaning equipment, and other items of what one employee described as "ridiculous shit." Hmmmm. I know this is just a coincidence, but all this stuff sounds like exactly the things the owners of the Mercury club right up the street have been needing. Just kidding. They're still not open.

Our Ears Are Burning

Texas is riding another wave of national press, it seems. Billboard continues to cite Austin independent labels and their woes as harbingers of further trouble for the industry. The magazine's "Declaration of Independents" column this week focused on the Dejadisc label, quoting owner Steve Wilkison in Nashville as saying that the label is still "on hold." The piece goes on to say that "Wilkison's predicament -- that of a guy who got everything right, and still ended up getting buried -- might be one that grows more familiar this year, as the returns crisis that wracked distributors in '96 finally comes home to roost with the labels, many of which may be getting all too accustomed to getting paid in returned product." On other print fronts, Don Walser made a showing last week in USA Today with a photo in a big feature on insurgent country that also extolled the joys of Robert Earl Keen, Junior Brown and others. Rolling Stone has another Austin-packed issue with a review of the soundtrack to Rick Linklater's upcoming subUrbia and Andy Langer's less-than-impressed review of a performance by li'l LeAnn Rimes, and if you look closely at the illustration of the Offspring in the record reviews section you'll see that one of the lads is wearing an Emo's T-shirt (to which Eric "Emo" Hartman's wife was said to have inquired, "Can we get any money for that?"). Finally, Saturday's New York Times even got into the act, with the Loose Diamonds placing in their "Ten Albums You Missed" list for the year. What's next -- will Hustler start up a record review section just so they can cover Candye Kane?

Bye Bye Blues

The closing of Catfish Station takes with it the sound of old-fashioned blues on Sixth Street. Apparently, the owner was already losing money, and when faced with a rent increase, threw in the towel. The same situation occurred with the liquor store across from the Catfish, and the two are scheduled to become a dance club and shot bar in short order. Once again, a ass pocket of whiskey and blues loses out to retro nights and Sex on the Beach. Meanwhile, if you want any blues in this town at all, head over to Antone's this Sunday, where the club is having a fundraiser to pay some bills and make up for income lost during the club's brief closing last month. Susan Antone is promising "classic Antone's acts," like Lou Ann Barton, Storyville, Bill Carter, and the Sextons.

Don't Forget Your Roots

Southwestern University in Georgetown ('bout half an hour north on I-35, then take a right) has chosen "Drawing and Crossing Boundaries: The Roots of Texas Music" as the focus of their annual Brown Symposium this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with 512/863-1902 the number to call for information. Performances include Carol Fran & Clarence Holliman, Marcia Ball, and a fiddle fête featuring Johnny Gimble and others, while a number of forums and lectures on the subject will be held throughout the weekend. The Brown Symposiums are a highly respected, long-running annual series, and are generally considered the best reason to not bulldoze the University. Yours truly was not asked to speak, but I assume that has something to do with that, "If we ever see you on this campus again, we'll have you arrested!" thing.

Mixed Notes

Gomez, those noted refugees from Tattooine, will be anticipating the re-release of the Star Wars trilogy tonight (Thursday) at Emo's, playing in costume -- including Chepo Peña, of course, as the Lord of the Sith. The Golden Arm Trio, performing "Han & Leia's Theme," "The Imperial March," and of course that infectious cantina band song, and Play-Doh Squad will also be on the bill. What? No Wookie? The revelers will no doubt show up to the films' opening matinee the following day sporting light sabers and hangovers...

Sunshine have expanded to a foursome, with Johnny Goudie joining up on guitar. The band has a number of dates coming up including tonight at the Hole in the Wall and Saturday at the Pop Fest at Liberty Lunch with Dexter Freebish, Cling, Javelin Boot, and the Wannabes...

here's a S.I.M.S. foundation fundraiser this Friday at Liberty Lunch. Joe Ely, Don Walser, Charlie Robinson, ARC Welders, and the Walt Lewis Band will lend their talents to the show...

KGSR has been airing the new single from 81/2 Souvenirs' upcoming Off-White album from Continental Records. That's due in April, y'know...

Austex Records is putting out a new honky-tonk album by Janet Lynn, who'll have a release party at the Saxon Pub this Saturday at 6:30pm (with homemade tamales!)...

Pop Culture Press has another in-store coming up for their latest issue and CD compilation. That's this Friday at Waterloo Records, 5pm, with Million Sellers and 7% Solution. Million Sellers, by the way, have recorded nine songs at Music Lane recently, with eight of them slated for an upcoming double 7-inch release. The ninth will appear on the Music to Be Alone By compilation from Fluffer Records. That comp of love-gone-bad songs also features the 1-4-5's, Drake Tungsten, Poopiehead, Shindigs, Stretford, and the Teen Titans...

I'm told that the Estrus Records warehouse fire I mentioned last week was not as bad as I thought regarding the loss of their stock; most of their current releases will continue to be available. The release from Death Valley on the label, however, was just about a total loss, and once the band and local stores run out, they (the records, not the band) are gone for good...

The Paranoids have a new 4-song EP coming from Rise Records in time for SXSW. Meanwhile, they're playing their first show since August this Friday at the Hole in the Wall...

Papa Mali & the Instigators (apparently now sans Bill Cassis) have a cool gig coming up this Saturday. They'll be opening for the Neville Brothers at the Mardi Gras celebrations in Galveston...

The Draught Horse has free music in their new beer garden. In fact, a certain Texas Meat Purveyor on the Horse staff reports that she was upset that she had to miss the Friends of Dean Martinez show because of work, but was rewarded later that night when the band showed up at the Horse with all their gear and played an impromptu set...

Townes Van Zandt's Rear View Mirror album is the latest to be re-released by Sugar Hill Records. Meanwhile, seemingly just to prove that you can pronounce your name "Van Zant" and still live a long, healthy life, Lynyrd Skynyrd (featuring Johnny Van Zant) have just announced that they have a new album on the way from CMC International Records this spring. Coming up from Sugar Hill on February 18 is the Bad Livers' Hogs on the Highway, and in mid-March, they'll be releasing Guy Clark's live album Keepers and Van Zandt's Highway Kind. They've also just announced the signing of James McMurtry...

Some things never change: George Michael has announced that he's re-forming Wham! just in time to make the upcoming Bill Hicks CD reissues topical again. (Hicks, of course, used Michael as the classic example of a "sucker of Satan's cock.") Now, if only Will Sexton has an international hit within the next month, the world will be able to get that joke about him on Hicks' Rant in E Minor album...

Oh, and Rolling Stone scribe Anthony DeCurtis called to confirm that he hasn't called Austin City Limits anytime lately...

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

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