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I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach's latest offers dignity in the face of humiliation
"...on hold for hours while listening to a maddening Muzak loop is meant to discourage questions and defeat even..."

June 2, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hightower Report
The "outernet industry want advertising on the inside of your eyelids; WorldCom moneyslinger Bernie Ebbers dies by his own gun; and the un-American activities of Stanley Works.
"...Tomlin said, "I worry that the man who invented Muzak might be thinking of inventing something else."..."

June 14, 2002 News Column by Jim Hightower

Dumb Spiro Spero
South Carolina is Sooooooooo Dense.
"...campaign probably would have generated the god-forsaken home of Muzak and Stephen Colbert a shit-ton of real business, luring..."

July 15, 2008 Qmmunity Post by Kate X Messer

Analyze This
"...men's f-word-intensive dialogue to the clam sauce and opera Muzak at the Mafiosi Italian eateries, every stereotype is rendered..."

March 12, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

PrintAustin 2021 Reproduces Community Online and Off
At this celebration of printmaking it's gather, prints, repeat
"...anybody could hear the formerly identity-reinforcing in-crowd releases piped Muzak-wise into those lumpenproletariat aisles of the local Walmart. Anybody..."

Jan. 15, 2021 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

“Julie Libersat: Paved Paradise” at W&TW
This interactive solo exhibition may have you looking at malls in a very different way
"...it could've been cloned from a clone of a Muzak take on "The Girl From Ipanema.") Both auto and..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Shmu Vapes
Sam Chown dream-pops “Amulet” into the next life
"...glitchy synthesis of music’s creamiest genres: vaporwave, yacht rock, muzak, and smooth R&B...."

Feb. 19, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

DVDanger: Officer Downe
Slipknot's Clown turns director, plus more home releases
"...justice dispenser ever (most notably Hellboy and Robocop), elevator Muzak, and body parts by the bucketload...."

April 9, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Playback: Austin's Music Tech Movement
Can techies solve the problems facing Austin music?
"...music made by Austin artists to businesses as background Muzak®. Another presenter, electronic musician Theron Pray, demonstrated new product..."

June 10, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Seasonal Cinema
Forget Die Hard, here's some holiday deep cuts
"...film critic, I can't do much about the earwormy Muzak® situation, but I can recommend a few eminently watchable,..."

Dec. 25, 2015 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Bethany
Theatre En Bloc delivers a tough and disturbing social critique on suburbia and adversity facing single mothers
"...in an offensive quest for inoffensiveness. With an incessant Muzak soundtrack, as our anti-heroine moves from one chemically sterilized..."

June 6, 2014 Arts Review by Stacy Alexander Smith

'Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540'
A traveling exhibition of prints places Augsburg at the center of artistic innovation
"...liken the plinkity-pluckity madrigals piped through galleries upstairs to Muzak-playing mall courts or the edutainment of Medieval Times, but..."

Nov. 15, 2013 Arts Review by Andy Campbell

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: This Monkee Went to Heaven
The death of the Monkees' Davy Jones butts up against the local In Passing list at next week's Austin Music Awards
"...mall, the weekly ritual accompanied that holiday by cheesy Muzak. We stopped in the bathroom...."

March 9, 2012 Music Column by Margaret Moser

Bob Schneider
"...Love," a perfect Cloud moment of electro vox arcing Muzak-ally into a cult refrain: "God will destroy everything you..."

April 15, 2011 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

SXSW Showcases
All the SXSW showcases that fit
"...style. Things weird up when encountering the speedy ska muzak of sextet Riddim Saunter; we call it Urban Blight..."

March 19, 2010 Music Feature

Christeene, Liza, Heather, and Bears
There's plenty to do for queers
"...Ichi Ni San Shi 5:45 to 6:15 pm - Muzak John 6:30 to 7 pm - Matt LaComette 7:15..."

March 12, 2010 Qmmunity Post by Andy Campbell

Rockabye Baby
Rockabye baby, on the treetops, when the bow breaks, the cradle will rawk!
"...sound like chamber music or a Renaissance festival. No Muzak. I wanted it to really be performed. You have..."

Aug. 3, 2007 Music Feature by Melanie Haupt

The Jinn
In Kirk Lynn's playful and wistful 'The Jinn,' three couples with magic lamps find out if what they wish for is really what they want
"...shower, rainstorms, cascades of two-dollar bills from the rafters, Muzak Dylan, and a volleyball game. The dirigo group hasn't..."

March 11, 2005 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Luv Doc Recommends: Drag the River at Beerland
Beerland, Friday, November 21, 2003
"...pies, knitting sweaters, and queuing up carols on the Muzak machine, there is still time for some happy commerce..."

Nov. 21, 2003 Column by The Luv Doc

Ween
"...cajones. "Zoloft" then swings the mood abruptly with a Muzak-style jingle you might enjoy next time you're trapped in..."

Sept. 19, 2003 Music Feature by Greg Beets

Shadows Over Bergstrom
The economic and security changes of the last two years set off ripples at Bergstrom Airport.
"...and ample public art, the local recordings instead of Muzak and local TV news instead of CNN, the state-of-the-art..."

Jan. 24, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Music to the Mouth
Raymond Tatum -- the Raymond Tatum -- is the chef at a restaurant founded by former rock & roll road cooks Kent and Beth Hayner that has downtown prices in a Highway 71 space with Hill Country class. Oh, and it's fusion food without being fusion.
"...is live (on weekends) and much better than the Muzak you hear in too many places. Just enough luscious..."

Dec. 20, 2002 Food Feature by Wes Marshall

Making Everyone Happy
The state's textbook adoption process focuses more on pleasing everyone than on teaching children.
"...that every textbook -- like other commercial products, e.g., Muzak -- is palatable to the most mainstream of tastes,..."

Sept. 13, 2002 News Feature by Michael May

The Manhattan Transfer with the Austin Symphony
The four accomplished vocalists who comprise the Manhattan Transfer turned an evening with the Austin Symphony at the Austin Convention Center into a night when "there was magic abroad in the air."
"...as Rodgers', Bay and company could have settled for Muzak simplicity, but they tackled each piece with the attentiveness..."

June 14, 2002 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Ann Hampton Callaway
Ann Hampton Callaway proved a wise choice to inaugurate the new Austin Cabaret Theatre. Her clear enthusiasm for the Great American Songbook and impassioned, intoxicating performances of selections from it made cabaret intimate, immediate, a real event.
"...appreciation that would make cabaret feel quaint and subdued, Muzak for the out of touch. She was going to..."

Nov. 16, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Man of La Mancha
You may think you know Don Quixote, but did you know that Man of La Mancha made him a hero to the counterculture?
"...Jones, and the subsequent embrace of the song by Muzak programmers and high school choral directors across the nation..."

Sept. 14, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Short Cuts
Bob Ray overdrive
"...so often do when I'm forced to listen to Muzak for more than 15 minutes: Whatever happened to Austin..."

Aug. 31, 2001 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Pepe Deluxé
Acts Playing South by Southwest
"...to create specific, pseudo-scientific atmospheres in the tradition of Muzak. "Woman in Blue" conjures a feeling of falling through..."

March 16, 2001 Music Review by Greg Beets

The Hightower Lowdown
Cows Go High Tech; Sweet Smell of Poison
"...invented Muzak might be thinking of inventing something else." I thought..."

Dec. 15, 2000 News Column by Jim Hightower

Grosse Pointe Blank
"...Martin enters the store, the music changes to a Muzak version of the same song without missing a note...."

Feb. 25, 2000 Screens Review by Bud Simons

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