Bullet the Blue Sky
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, Freddy Fender, Delbert McClinton, and Ruben Ramos take vocal turns on Heard It on the X, the third album from loose-knit Tex-Mex collective Los Super Seven. A tribute to the border radio days of the Fifties and Sixties, X is due March 22 on Cleveland's Telarc Records.
MOOG, the story of soft-spoken electronic genius Robert Moog and his invention that facilitated the births of genres like prog-rock and synth-pop, opens Friday at the Alamo Drafthouse Village. Yes keyman Rick Wakeman, DJ Spooky, Money Mark, and Mix Master Mike all appear in the film. For those who prefer fiddles, the Alamo Downtown is offering free tickets for "bungee-bull" rides at its Urban Cowboy screenings this weekend. Wear a cup.
Austin's Invincible Czars, who call themselves "ethno-mathological prog-rockers," will perform their arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite 7pm Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Church of the Friendly Ghost. The Czars promise to incorporate several different styles into the program, including a heavy metal version of "Arabian Dance." The Golden Arm Trio, on loan from scoring Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, joins in the fun.
Rock a Mole productions has just released the seven-minute VHS short "Everybody in, Nobody Out," which examines the always-touchy subject of health care for musicians. Copies are available free for musicians at PO Box 341305, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Everyone else must pay $10; see www.rockamole.com for more info.
The Punk Rock BBQ, the loudest regular SIMS Foundation benefit going, has moved yet again. Previously housed at Ego's and Trophy's, the barbecue has landed at Headhunters on Red River, and usually gets going Saturdays around 4pm.
"TCB" has a lot to be thankful for, but he's mostly thankful for getting through this year in one piece. So far. Happy Thanksgiving and Go 'Horns!