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Closing out a turbulent year

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2004 on the Floor

Last year was an especially rough one for the local music scene. Here's one last spin through the headlines before whatever havoc 2005 wreaks.

• The Ozomatli (above) riot at SXSW embarrassed the city of Austin so much it not only dropped all charges against the L.A. Latino rockers, but practically adopted them, hosting two more shows last year and another this month.

• Joe's Generic Bar owner Joe Bates' still-unsolved October murder also sounded the death knell for live blues on Sixth Street.

• Suffocating heat at the ACL Music Festival didn't prevent crowds from smashing attendance records – or organizers from scheduling the 2005 edition for the exact same weekend.

• Local radio welcomed looser classic rock formats at 103.5 and 102.3FM, at the expense of live deejays. Two urban stations in Austin were one too many, and Beat 104.3 became the all-talk "Coyote."

• Punk mainstays Ignorance Park somehow managed to play more local gigs after two members were busted for trafficking marijuana in Missouri than before.

• The ongoing alphabet soup between AMN, AMP, and ACTV exasperated everyone from staffers and council members to viewers, but the embattled music network managed to stay on the air.

• Hole in the Wall and San Marcos' Cheatham Street Warehouse celebrated their 30th anniversaries, with the Cactus Cafe not far behind at 25.

Alejandro Escovedo beat back his hepatitis C enough to play enthusiastically received sets at the Continental Club during SXSW, the Texas Union Theater in October, and November's Por Vida tribute at the Paramount.

• Thirty Three Degrees and Tower both shuttered, leaving Waterloo, Cheapo, Music Mania, and the new Sound on Sound as the chief non-big-box music stores in town. Downloaders hardly noticed.

• Though amended to the point of being completely ineffectual, the smoking ordinance refused to die, and still won't. If anti-tobacco forces can ban smoking in British pubs, they can certainly find a way to do it here.

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Local Top 10

1) What Made Milwaukee Famous, Trying to Never Catch Up

2) Shane Bartell, Too Soon to Say (Lilywhite)

3) Jesse Dayton, Country Soul Brother (Stag)

4) The Arm (Last Gasp)

5) Zykos (Post-Parlo)

6) Kevin Fowler, Loose, Loud & Crazy (Equity)

7) Coffee Sergeants, El-Ariesh

8) The Stepbrothers, Baby It's Over (Licorice Tree)

9) The Good Looks, Let the Needle Drop

10) The Real Heroes, Greetings From Russia (Rec Center)

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National Top 10

1) U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)

2) Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute)

3) Drive-by Truckers, The Dirty South (New West)

4) Kanye West, College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella)

5) The Faint, Wet From Birth (Saddle Creek)

6) Green Day, American Idiot (Reprise)

7) Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

8) The Cure (Interscope)

9) Probot (Southern Lord)

10) Avril Lavigne, Under My Skin (Arista)

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Photo By Gary Miller


Do They Know It's Willie?

Sunday's benefit at the Austin Music Hall for victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami sold out in six hours Tuesday reports its organizer, Texas Monthly senior editor and Wild Seeds head man Michael Hall. The line-up, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Spoon, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, and Patty Griffin, has been well publicized, but the special guests have not. "I'm certain Willie will have guests," assures Hall. "He's calling Bill Clinton, so you never know. Maybe [Clinton] will get up there with his saxophone." Those who missed out on tickets but still want to help can send checks to the Austin Community Foundation (www.austincommunityfoundation.org), 816 Congress Ave. #1201, Austin TX 78701. Write Tsunami Relief on the memo line. All proceeds go to the Red Cross, CARE, and/or UNICEF.
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All Tomorrow's Parties

Already closer than anyone at the Chronicle wants to acknowledge, SXSW 05 takes a walk on the wild side with a showcase and interview from Lou Reed. Here's a sampling of 400-500 bands who've accepted slots, with the festival reporting that 800 invitations have gone out. Check www.sxsw.com for added acts, and of course, stay tuned here.

Alabama Thunderpussy, the Album Leaf, Ambulance LTD, American Music Club, Amplified Heat, Apocalyptica, Apostle of Hustle, the Arm, Nic Armstrong, Ash, Athlete, Austin Theremonic Orchestra, Awesome Cool Dudes, the Black Halos, Black Moses, Bleach, the Bloody Hollies, Bonk, John Butler Trio, By Divine Right, Laura Cantrell, Cephalic Carnage, Charanga Cakewalk, Chingo Bling, Chingon, Meg Lee Chin, the City Lights, the Coolies, the Crimea, Crooked Fingers, Kacy Crowley, the Crystal Method, Crystal Skulls, the Cuban Cowboys, Cut Copy, the Czars, Daaraj, Walter Daniels/Wade Driver, Darediablo, Jesse Dayton, the Dears, DJ Jester the Filipino Fist and QuadRod, the Donnas, Johnny Dowd, Edith Frost, Kathleen Edwards, Endochine, Experimental Aircraft, Faceless Werewolves, Jason Falkner, Fatal Flying Guilloteens, the Fighting Brothers McCarthy, Ruthie Foster, the George W. Bush Singers, Eliza Gilkyson, Gnappy, Gorch Fock, Grady, the Greencards, Grupo Fantasma, Guitar Wolf, Caroline Herring, Robyn Hitchcock, Hobble, Hot Hot Heat, Billy Idol, Jetscreamer, Daniel Johnston, Laika & the Cosmonauts, Jon Langford & the Sexy, Ben Lee, Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters, Aimee Mann, Marlowe, the Meat Purveyors, Metal Urbain, Midlake, Milton Mapes, the Mobius Band, Mono, Ronnie Montrose, Moonlight Towers, M. Ward, Nashville Pussy, the Octopus Project, Of Montreal, Anders Parker, Piccola Orchestra Avion, Pig Destroyer, the Pink Swords, Plastilina Mosh, Pong, the Pretty Please, Radar Bros., the Raveonettes, the Real Heroes, Gruff Rhys, Stan Ridgway, Rockland Eagles, Scott H. Biram, Charlie Sexton, Michelle Shocked, the Silent League, Sleater-Kinney, Son Volt, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, Mavis Staples, This Microwave World, Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers, the Six Parts Seven, Trashcan Sinatras, Patricia Vonne, the Waco Brothers, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Whitey Houston, Zykos


Re-election Day

The Austin Music Poll is a post-holiday tradition that carries the added bonus of having absolutely nothing to do with either red or blue states. The ballot is here. "TCB" humbly offers the following recommendations:

BAND OF THE YEAR: Tia Carrera

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Shane Bartell

SONG OF THE YEAR: This Microwave World, "December Was a Sham"

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: What Made Milwaukee Famous, Trying to Never Catch Up

NEW AUSTIN BAND: The Arm

ROCK: Zykos

PUNK: The Applicators

METAL: Ignitor

INDUSTRIAL/GOTH: Chant

DJ: DJ Mel

POP: Sound Team

JAZZ: Paris '49

BLUES: Grady

HIP-HOP: Tee Double

JAM: Pong

EXPERIMENTAL: Attack Formation

COUNTRY: Kevin Fowler

BLUEGRASS: Grassy Knoll Boys

ROOTS ROCK: Jon Dee Graham

FOLK: White Ghost Shivers

LATIN TRADITIONAL: Del Castillo

LATIN CONTEMPORARY: Patricia Vonne

WORLD: Tucker Livingston

COVER BAND: Pudge Zeppelin

KID BAND: Misspent Youth

NOVELTY: Jolly Garogers

NONE OF THE ABOVE: Gorch Fock

FEMALE VOCALS: Carolyn Wonderland

MALE VOCALS: Ben Hotchkiss, the Real Heroes

ELECTRIC GUITAR: Redd Volkaert

ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Scott H. Biram

BASS: Billy Dee

DRUMS: Erik Conn, Tia Carrera

KEYBOARDS: Graham Reynolds, Golden Arm Trio

HORNS: Joey Ficklin, Gorch Fock (trombone)

STRINGS: Rob Bernard, Damnations (banjo)

MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUMENT: John Pointer, Beatbox (mouth)

SONGWRITER: Jesse Dayton

RECORD PRODUCER: Young Heart Attack, Mouthful of Love

NEW CLUB: Redrum

LIVE MUSIC VENUE: The Parish

ACOUSTIC VENUE: Flipnotics

ALL-AGES VENUE: Stubb's

RECORD STORE: Sound on Sound

INSTRUMENT/

EQUIPMENT STORE: Rock n Roll Rentals

RADIO STATION: KVET-FM

RADIO PROGRAM: The Afternoon Show, KVET-AM

RADIO MUSIC PROGRAM: Next Big Thing, 101X

RADIO PERSONALITY: Paul Ray, KUT

BAND WEB SITE: MySpace.com

LOCAL MUSIC TV SERIES: Local Live, KVR-9

MUSIC VIDEO/DVD: Robert Earl Keen, Live From Austin, TX (New West)

CONCERT POSTER: Attack Formation, the Sword, Whiskey Bar, Sept. 9

JOURNALIST/CRITIC/WRITER: Chad Holt, Rank and Revue

COVER ART: The Stepbrothers, Baby It's Over

ROADSHOW: Wilco, ACL Fest

HALL OF FAME: "Blues Boy" Hubbard, Chris Gates, Cornell Hurd, Dale Watson, Freddy Krc, Jeff Pinkus, Larry Seaman, Rick Broussard

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