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Total Request Live

Remember the disaster that was MTV's first-ever Wanna Be a VJ competition or the burnout that won, Jesse Camp? Well, ME Television (Time Warner Cable Channel 15) is reviving the competition locally as part of a new reality series, The Next VeeJay, resulting in two new television personalities. The four-round interactive contest, which premieres in October, begins with an open-call audition at Midnight Rodeo on Monday. OTR casts an early vote for local gadflies Kinky Friedman and Leslie.

Going the Distance

It's that time of year again. Almost There Records drops its annual comp, Turn 3, this week, featuring 21 new cuts from locals like Li'l Cap'n Travis, Monahans, and Andrew Duplantis & the Unfaithfuls. "I'll put out anything by a band that plays like they mean it," says founder and former Milton Mapes guitarist Ty Chandler, who founded the capital city imprint in December 2004. Output includes recent full-lengths by Mandible and San Antonio's the Remainders and plans for a live, vinyl-only album from Those Peabodys. Almost There is perhaps better known, though, for its annual hoot nights, which date back to the label's first effort, a Who tribute disc. "Back in the day, bands used to prove themselves by doing covers," says AT's Lance Davis. "What could be better than hearing your favorite local bands in another context?" Get in on the action next Saturday, Sept. 1, as Almost There turns 3 in style at Stubb's with performances by compilation contributors Grand Champeen, Kill Devil Hill, Militant Babies, Mike Nicolai, Ramsay Midwood, One Mississippi, Fivehead, Rockland Eagles, Mandible, the Missing Tapes, and Youngmond Grand.

Random Play

• The Austin Music Foundation and Christian L. Castle Attorneys present the 34th installment in its Music Industry Boot Camp series Monday at the Parish, beginning at 6:30pm. The free panel discussion is hosted by industry experts and former recording artists Todd and Jeff Brabec, presenting the CliffsNotes version of their book, Music, Money, and Success: The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry, which addresses relevant issues like video-game and television licensing, ring-tone sales, and digital distribution.

Putamayo World Music, the esteemed label renowned for its cultural compilations like Turkish Groove, Brazialian Lounge, and Acoustic Africa, travels from Austin to Asheville on its latest, Americana. The sampler is rich in Texas flavor, featuring Terri Hendrix, Ruthie Foster, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Robert Earl Keen, and Norah Jones' Little Willies.

Johny Barbata shares his vantage point from behind the drum kit for the Turtles; Crobsy, Stills, & Nash; and both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship Thursday, Aug. 23, at Tommy's Drum Shop (1100 S. Eighth), in support of his autobiography, subtitled The Legendary Life of a Rock Star Drummer.

• No one repackages readily available music quite like Sugar Hill Records. The bluegrass/roots label recently released a new Reckless Kelly compilation Best of the Sugar Hill Records, another chapter in the label's expansive Americana Master Series featuring many notable Texans (Guy Clark, James McMurtry, et al.). Reckless Kelly headlines Stubb's on Friday.

• Don't forget to pack some bread and milk to neutralize your taste buds at the 17th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, taking place Sunday at Waterloo Park – free – and featuring musical accompaniment by locals Hydmen, Anthropos, Buttercup, Two Hoots & a Holler, and the Mother Truckers.

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