Last night at HEB, you could have been in line behind someone currently in Billboard's Top 10 and never known it. That's Jacinta, whose pumping "Can't Keep It a Secret" is No. 8 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, still climbing after debuting as the mag's No. 1 Dance Club Breakout pick. "I'm overwhelmed," says the Aussie import, now an Austinite of five years. "The producers who worked on the record [Tony Moran, Warren Rigg] are top-notch and did a fantastic job." Even with her success and heavy touring schedule she'll be in Seattle, Houston, and Chicago this weekend alone Jacinta says it's hard for Austin's electronic musicians to get noticed in the live music capital's sea of guitars. "One night I played at the Saxon Pub," she laughs. "I walked in with my keyboards and everyone looked at me very strangely." Citing local DJ/producer Francis Preve and San Antonio's Klubjumpers, both of whom have remixed "Secret," and Jason Jenkins' Saturday night Hypersonic 101X program, the singer says the local electronic scene is humming with activity. Otherwise, Jacinta, who recasts her songs in a piano-pop mold Thursdays at Romeo's on Barton Springs when she's in town, sounds a lot like any other musician who came here for South by Southwest and never left. "There are some components about Austin that are really special," says Jacinta, greasing Oilcan Harry's July 4. "If it had a beach, it would be perfect."
Deep House Dish
It's TCB's farewell column next week, so strap in for two weeks' worth of news in one. Better make that two months: Austin sunshine kids Li'l Cap'n Travis' Twilight on Sometimes Island comes out Tuesday, and singer/guitarist Christian Braafladt will return from Colorado for the July 7 Continental Club release party. Beyond that, says bassist Jeff Johnston, "We've never sat down to decide what the future of the band is going to be before, so I don't think we're going to start now"
Brawny bashers Those Peabodys have finished their latest album but lack the means to master or release it. Someone please help them
Youngmond Grand, Til We're Blue or Destroy, and Dumptruck frontman Seth Tiven likewise have new albums in the can. King Tears, playing Fridays this month and next at Flipnotics' new Triangle location (4600 Guadalupe), has two
Jeff Klein's next album is done as well, but lately he's been playing with Greg Dulli, Mark Lanegan, and Zykos drummer Cully Symington as the Gutter Twins. They've just recorded an album for Sub Pop
If you see Evil Hook Wildlife E.T. in Club Listings, go see them: It's Roky Erickson backed by Summer Wardrobe. "Obviously, we're pretty thrilled," says drummer George Duron
Car Stereo (Wars)'s DJ Chris Rose, diagnosed with "Musical ADD" in the current Blender, is working on a solo CD as the Bandit. "I want it to feel like a smoother and slightly less chaotic Girl Talk," he says
Power-pop combo Sparkwood's album Kaleidoscopism is "selling really well" on Japanese indie Colourfield/Excellent, says frontman Bart Padar. He hopes for a domestic release later this year, but Sparkwood is on injured reserve until guitarist Mark Doroba recovers from a broken arm
Former Emo's general manager David Thomson, seeking investors for a combination record store/coffeehouse for years, says he had an interesting conversation with former Sound Exchange manager Craig Koon last weekend. Coincidentally or not, SE's old location on the Drag happens to be vacant right now
Former Shindigs spitfire Melissa Bryan just recorded a three-song demo with Grand Champeen's Michael Crow, who also did the upcoming Secret Weapons CD, and left this week to busk in Europe. She plans to catch the Ugly Beats in Rotterdam, Holland, while she's there
Jesus Christ Superfly's Rick Carney is taking 20 students from the local Paul Green School of Rock to the first-ever School of Rock Fest in Asbury Park, N.J., this weekend. Ween and Bad Brains headline
Foot Foot and Hit Space are in various stages of recording new efforts for Bunkhaus Records; Baby Robots' 10-year retrospective drops next month
Because being The Onion Austin city editor just isn't enough, Sean O'Neal apparently still wants to be a rock star and is close to reforming the Arm.
The Last Roundup
News 8 Austin and the Chronicle's Andy Langer had a memorable first trip to Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., last weekend. Sunday evening Langer visited with Ornette Coleman en route to see Mavis Staples sing "The Weight" with the Decemberists then, during Coleman's set, ducked into the crowd to steal a smoke with the Dead's Bob Weir, when the 77-year-old jazz legend and 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner collapsed onstage. "It was the scariest 20 minutes of my life," Langer says. "I thought I was watching somebody die." Coleman was treated for heat-related dehydration at a nearby hospital and released Sunday night. Langer also moderated an artists' panel with Weir, Wayne Coyne, and Spoon's Britt Daniel. "It turned into the Wayne and Bob show," he says. "They can talk for hours on end. Britt got about two words in." Spoon's two-hour set "killed," he says, as did the Hold Steady and a late-night Ben Harper/John Paul Jones jam on several Led Zeppelin songs. Coleman's medical drama caused Langer to miss the White Stripes, but, he says, "everyone said that was the best thing they saw." The Stripes have been slotted to close Saturday night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (www.austincitylimits.com/schedule).
Fresh from Spin's July issue (just like Ghostland Observatory), Tampa, Fla., raunch-rap trio Yo Majesty brought some of that "Kryptonite Pussy" to a packed Beauty Bar last Thursday. Unlike their already legendary SXSW set, the trio managed to leave their sports bras on but did have the crowd enthusiastically chanting, "Fuck that shit!" to beats that set off seismographs as far away as Waco. Someone puked onstage, too.
Bullet the Blue Sky
The SIMS Foundation is in the best financial shape of its 12-year history and recently added conflict resolution and intervention counseling to its menu of services. "I think we had the bejesus scared out of us a couple of years ago," says president/clinical director Sandra Bruce. "It dawned on us we really didn't know how much money we were authorizing and how much money we had in the bank." SIMS' cousin, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, has more than 80 local businesses already signed up for this year's HAAM Benefit Day, Oct. 2.
ME Television took home five Telly awards last week, two apiece for its ME Live! and Austinville programs and one for Texas Legends. Austinville's B-Boy City episode captured the highest Telly, silver, and its poetry-slam show captured bronze. Founded in 1978, the NYC-based Tellys honor outstanding achievement in local, regional, and cable programming.
In April, police recovered a trove of stolen Stevie Ray Vaughan memorabilia from two men now charged with felony theft, the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday. Vaughan's brother, Jimmie, reported his storage unit had been burglarized in February and April, police said; six guitars and several other items are still missing. Shockingly, police discovered the loot when called to investigate a "suspicious odor" at the suspects' North Austin motel room. They're currently at large. Call 911 if you know their whereabouts or 974-8607 with info on the stolen property.