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Morrissey and David Fricke
Morrissey and David Fricke (Photo By Gary Miller)

"Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me."The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come, 1987

You Have Killed Me

He may detest meat and our current administration, but Thursday afternoon at the Convention Center, the famously press-shy Morrissey didn't mind answering Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke's questions at all. Mostly. By turns coy, droll, and evasive, Mr. Sadness – who browsed Waterloo Records Wednesday afternoon but didn't buy anything, and had people lining up outside the Austin Music Hall as early as 2pm for his 9:30pm show – revealed a natural knack for comedy. Some bons mots from the Moz:

"I'm seeing lots of joyful things in life, where in the past I didn't, to be quite honest. Perhaps you may have noticed."

"If I horrified some people or made them vomit, that's something. At least that's a reaction."

"If you feel you're a writer by compulsion, you have to write everything. You can't just have a smiling face all the time."

"I think there's maybe too many people making music."

"The word ['celibacy'] is a curse. It was me for a while, but then it wasn't. I think everybody goes through dry spells."

"Titles are very important. More people will see the title than listen to the song."

"I always find guitars are kind of a cop-out, really. It's just a way of not looking at the audience."


The "special guest" slot after Morrissey at the Austin Music Hall Thursday was a toss-up between Ray Davies and Gang of Four... Music-biz word of the day: "momager." Thanks to old TCB friend Jenni Sperandeo for that one (and the Heartworn Highways soundtrack)... The Drive-by Truckers were more interested in 2003's awesome Decoration Day at New West's Club de Ville party Thursday than next month's equally awesome A Blessing and a Curse... James Intveld and Rosie Flores sat in with Two Hoots & a Holler at Ego's Thursday night... Memo to whomever has the mint-condition, midnight-blue 1966 Impala with the wicked rims parked outside the Omni: Please call room 1605 and introduce yourself.

Chicago Heat

While TCB was sleeping off Wednesday's Blender party featuring Echo & the Bunnymen, local event emperors Charles Attal Management and Capital Sports & Entertainment announced the lineup for Austin City Limits North, or as they insist on calling it, Lollapalooza. Scheduled Aug. 4-6 in Chicago's Grant Park, topping the bill are Lolla vets the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chi-town's own Wilco and Kanye West, and a rare U.S. visit from Paris-born Manu Chao. Also playing are Austin's What Made Milwaukee Famous, expected to finalize a deal with Seattle-based Barsuk Records on Thursday; fellow Emo's regulars Sound Team; and Texans Reverend Horton Heat and Blue October.
GZA of Wu-Tang Clan
GZA of Wu-Tang Clan (Photo By Aubrey Edwards)

Bringing the Ruckus

No one ever heard of a rap show ending early, but TCB rolled up on the Scion-sponsored Wu-Tang Clan appearance at Stubb's Thursday at the scheduled start time of 3:30pm, only to find a steady stream of people exiting the venue. Luckily, one was local hip-hop linchpin Tee Double, whose newest album The Growth is his 11th. "It was U-God, GZA, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck," he said. "GZA is the most lyrical one to me. It was dope." Double celebrates the 10th anniversary of his company Kinetic Entertainment April 20 at Antone's, an all-Austin night with Deuce Deuce, Mirage, Tray God, Brother K, Cassanova, Young Nick, B. Will, and the B-Boy City dancers.
Art Brut at the Vice Party at the Victory Grill
Art Brut at the Vice Party at the Victory Grill (Photo By Aubrey Edwards)

Vice Capades

Seeking ridiculously oversized sunglasses, dudes in dresses, and lingerie outerwear? Look no further than the Vice compound at the Victory Grill and Longbranch Inn, where Vice co-founders Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith reminisced about the days before they ran the 11-year-old magazine; a record label with the Streets, the Stills, Death From Above 1979, Favorite Sons, and Annie; the addVice Marketing firm; and an Internet TV outlet coming this summer. "We used to come down to watch music and eat Tamale House migas," Smith says. "We have a tendency to ruin everything by working." Vice, which routinely mocks its tragically hip readership, especially in the ruthless "Dos and Don'ts" feature, has inherited more than just the closing-night SXSW afterparty from its elders. "There's always been a voice of the counterculture," says Smith. "First it was Rolling Stone, then Spin, and now us. Which means someone's going to come along and kick our ass." Stop by to score passes for Saturday's Blue Genie show with Wolfmother, the Stills, Favorite Sons, and ZZ Top cover band Tres Hombres, but save the compliments. "We hate our readers," Smith admits. "We write for ourselves."

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