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The Warden of the Asylum

"I spent so many years hopin', prayin', and wonderin' how to get on a major label," reflects Monte Warden, "that now that I'm there I don't know what to do with myself." Warden is referring to his signing with Asylum Records, which recently underwent a major corporate shakeup, resulting in the appointment of a new president, who promptly inked a two-record deal with Warden. Warden lost his manager as a result of the signing, which might sound outrageous - until you take into account that said manager Evelyn Shriver had to quit her job managing Warden to take her new post as president of Asylum. "Being good and ready is one thing," Warden says of the turn of events, "being lucky is another!"

Warden already has his first album in hand, as he had recorded material that was to have been released on the River North label. The masters of that material have been handed over to Asylum and although Warden plans to record a pair of new songs in Nashville for the disc, the album has been scheduled for a fall release, with a single set to precede it in late summer. Warden has also been told that the photo session for his album cover is in three weeks, prompting the singer to sigh, "So much for me beefing up for my album shoot."

Bye, Bye, American Pop

Not one but two longtime Austin rock/pop staples are calling it quits - more or less - as both Javelin Boot and the Adults will be playing farewell shows this weekend. The Boot's bye-bye show will be on Saturday at the Hole in the Wall with the band playing, sans opening act, from 10pm-2am, and performing songs from throughout their 20-year career, plus, as vocalist Dan O'Neill puts it, "plenty of new songs that we're frantically recording for an EP release." O'Neill says that the farewell in question refers to the fact that he is moving at the end of the month to accept a teaching post in Taiwan. (Isn't that what happened to Leggy Mountbatten?) "We're not breaking up," insists O'Neill, "After 20 years, what's the point? And we'll certainly play again if we're ever all in the same town." The Boot's EP, tentatively titled I Don't Hear a Single, should be out this summer, and the band may still make a few more (shorter) appearances before O'Neill's departure.

Meanwhile, the news from the Adults camp is that, following their show on Friday at Electric Lounge, they will no longer be an active band. They had decided to take an extended break at first, as bassist Luke Gosselin was leaving the state for the summer months, but now that drummer Chris Deaner has been chosen as the new stickman for the Damnations and will be touring with that band, it looks like the Adults' future gigging possibilities are very limited. Frontman Paul Ahern says he's not sure about the band's future, or lack of one, pointing out that the extent of Deaner's duties with the Damnations "is indefinite, so that's what makes me think it may be a breakup rather than a hiatus." Ahern is staying busy, however, and will be four-tracking material for a future project over the summer.

Hal Ketchum isn't breaking up, one hopes, but he is planning to leave Austin for greener pastures. Billboard magazine this week reported that Ketchum aims to move to a spread outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with new wife Gina Giglio. He has a new album coming out on May 19 entitled I Saw the Light, and yes, that is the old Todd Rundgren tune, which Ketchum performs on the album and is his current single. Billboard reveals that the album will feature some tracks that were cut with producer Stephen Bruton for last year's aborted Ketchum project, the dark, brooding Hal Yes album, but that I Saw the Light is, as its title implies, a much brighter affair.

Finally, Ian Moore will be making the big move to Seattle on June 1, and a pair of Liberty Lunch shows on May 29 and 30 will be the last Austin-based gigs for the Ian Moore Band. Bassist Chris White is already out of the band (with Courtney Audain currently filling that spot on tour) and Michael Villegas set to exit after the Lunch gigs, which leaves Moore and Bukka Allen, who plan to continue to work together, to search for new players. Though Moore's official residency will be in Washington state (where he plans to go fly-fishing with fellow angler Danny Barnes and fend off attempts by Peter Blackstock to convince him to go alt-country), Moore will return to Austin regularly, with a first visit scheduled for July, will have a three-song cassette of new work available soon through his fan club and website (You guessed it: http://www.ianmoore.com), and will be keeping his Austin management. Manager Jan Mirkin must've figured that she'd have a bit of time to spare following Moore's move, though, as she's taken the position of regional representative for ASCAP, wherein she says she'll "help artists learn about ASCAP and sign them." You bands remember to not be hard on Mirkin, now!

Pssst! Wanna Buy a
Music Network?

The Austin Music Network is gearing up for changes, with the RFP process underway and the station basically up for the highest bidder. As a press release from the AMN puts it, "if you want to run a 24-hour music channel, and you have the experience, the money, and the equipment that it takes, the City of Austin wants to hear from you." There's a pre-proposal conference today (Thursday) beginning at 9:30am at the 2 Commodore Plaza, 206 E. Ninth Street, 15th floor, Suite 15.120. The conference will include a discussion with city staff of what is contained in the music network bid package. You can also check it out by calling the City of Austin purchasing department at 499-2500 and asking the receptionist for the bid package for the Network.

You can find the Chronicle's own Andy Langer hosting the Austin Music Network's newest show, Live and Interactive, on Fridays from 7-8pm. L&I is the second live show for AMN - Reality with hosts Darcie Fromholz and Tim Hamblin airs twice weekly, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon-12:30. (An e-mail from the AMN about the show doesn't exactly reflect high morale at the channel, reading in part, "With the future of AMN 15 unknown, this new show gives the viewing audience a chance to see some of their favorite videos from the AMN archives before the possible programming changes that no doubt will occur when the channel is placed under new management.") The show was more than obviously live from the first airing, says AMN's Check This Action host Jenn Garrison, when guest Bob Schneider felt compelled to shoot the finger at the camera repeatedly and "jack off the mike," as Garrison puts it, prompting angry calls from insulted viewers. Retorts Langer, "I thought he was well-behaved for a guy who sings songs about `Pussy Fever.'"

Mixed Notes

Just in from drummin' Don Harvey of Ian McLagan's Bump Band: Mac's new album is almost in the can, and thanks to today's technology, a total of three Faces appear on it. Rod Stewart and Ron Wood were able to add their parts without having to physically make the trip to Austin...

The advance CD for Storyville's Dog Years album made its way here, along with word of a July 14 commercial release date. Hopefully, the version that hits the stores won't repeat the mistake on the advance: The back of the promo copy touts the pedigrees of the members of the "virtual supergroup," but manages to leave the last "a" out of Stevie Ray Vaughan's name. They did, however, manage to spell the name of Mark Proct, Vaughan's former manager (and Storyville's current one), correctly...

Friends and fans of Uncle Walt's Band founder Walter Hyatt plan to assemble this Monday for a sundown/moonrise dedication of a bench on the south bank of the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail. Threadgill's Troubadors Champ Hood, Marvin Dykhuis, Dave Heath, and Ron Erwin along with other local musicians and Hyatt fans will share their interpretations of Hyatt's songbook...

Is everyone playing "find the drummer" these days? Wheel Local 404 have dealt temporarily with the departure of Eric Brand by reuniting the McCarthy brothers, Steve and Kevin. With luck, this will only result in a lot of Neil Diamond imitation contests and not in another name change for the band...

Do ya like going to Dripping Springs to hear music? This weekend the Spring AIR Festival takes place at the nearby Recreation Plantation with three days of music featuring Loco Motives, SASA, Danny Santos, Fathers of Texas, Roots N Wisdom (Friday); Turtle Creek, Polk Barton & Towhead, Austin Acoustic Roadshow, Cosmic Trio, Glen Alyn, Ky Hote, Owl and Friends, Yoniverse, Mariachi Estrella (Saturday); and Blood of Keith, Humble Bums, Correo Aereo, and Q (Sunday). There'll also be camping, booths, and a market. Tickets are at Local Flavor...

Keep next weekend open if you're a fan of Wanz Dover's Melodica festivals in Denton. The Electric Lounge will be holding a Melodica fest here in Austin May 14-17 with too many space-rockers and not-space-rockers-at-all performing to mention (I'll get to that next week). What I will say is that Sixteen Deluxe have confirmed that they will be performing at the fest on the 15th...

Listen for Shawn Colvin singing a World Party tune when you watch the new movie Armageddon (not to be confused with Ernie Fosselius' classic short film by the same name). Colvin is on its soundtrack performing "When the Rainbow Comes."...

The Dead End Cruisers have an in-store at Sound Exchange this Friday at 6pm (with the official album release for their new CD Deep Six Holiday following on Saturday at Emo's). After the Cruisers, Sound Exchange continues with a listening party for the new Sonic Youth album. The band won't be in attendance, I assume, though I've seen them there before...

ABCD's First Thursday bill tonight at 7pm include Zulu as Kono, Sangre de Toro, and Ted Hall & the Pleasure Cats. The store also has a free show by Bell Friday at 5:30pm...

Today is also the release party for Ken Schaffer's Safety in Numbers Showcase, Vol. 1 CD at Shaggy's...

The family of the late Tejano star Selena has licensed producer Peter Fitzgerald to create a stage musical based on her life, says the Internet. Fitzgerald, who worked on Paul Simon's musical catastrophe The Capeman, is currently seeking a scriptwriter, director, and composer. Anyone know if Keri Leigh is available?


Contributors: Andy Langer and Margaret Moser, not Raoul Hernandez

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