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the music issue march 2008


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p u b l i s h e r As we were putting together our third annual Music issue for SXSW, I kept thinking about how lucky we are as Austinites. Kara and I actually considered listing our house for rent on Craigslist during that crazy week when tens of thousands of people flock to our fair city. Seriously, I bet we could get $5000 for 10 days (course, it might cost us that much to put the house back together after our guests leave). The point is, people spend literally thousands and thousands of dollars to come here and worship music and film for 10 days. The cool thing — we locals get to do that same thing 365 days of the year for free…or a reasonable cover charge. I was talking to an old coot the other day. He spoke about how he had seen Janis live at Threadgill’s and the first Austin City Limits show live with Willie. Can you believe that? Those of us who are 20-something, 30-something or 40-something can’t imagine what it would be like to catch freakin’ Janis Joplin at Threadgill’s. What a seminal music experience… Oh wait, sure we can! While most of today’s bands might not become the next Janis Joplin, we can certainly talk about how we’ve been lucky enough to see Spoon, Blue October or even Bob Schneider when they were just little guys on their way to making it big. Who’s next? How about Ghostland Observatory? How about The Lemurs? Who knows? That’s the fun of it. So, Austinites, here’s my challenge to you: if you’re an avid music fan, keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re not, go see one live music show every month for the next year and actually pay cover to do it. These fantastic artists give our city life, breath. That small cover charge helps ensure that all these guys and gals get to continue to do what they do best — bring down the house! Oh, and by the way, we’re not ignoring the film community. Make sure you catch our September 2008 issue, just in time for the Austin Film Festival. We promise we’ll wax poetic about movies too. Matt Swinney Publisher matt@rareaustin.com

Staff: Matt Swinney, Publisher Carrie Crowe, Associate Publisher & Editor Jake Bryer, Business Development Director Roxanne Wilson, Account Executive Mike Turner, Account Executive Missi Jay, Lead Designer Kristen Hurd, Junior Designer Cameron Jordan, Lead Photographer Alejandro Puyana, Intern Kevin Babb, Intern

Writers: Carly Kocurek Cynthia Houchin JB Hagar Laura Hensley Linsey Krauss Paula Kothmann Tolly Moseley

Photographers: Bryan Davis :: bryandavisimages.com Cameron Jordan :: cameronjordan.net Chad Harlan :: lapistola.com Chanda Hopkins :: musecube.com/chanda Ryan Wiley :: bluebirdaustin.com Scott Newton:: scottnewtonphoto.com


CON T E N T S 6 On The Cover: Darla Teagarden 8 JB Rants 14 Music Makers: Band of Heathens 17 Music Makers: Brobdingnagian Bards 18 Venues Past and Present 24 Lone Star School of Music 27 Music Makers: I Need More Cowbell 30 Music Makers: Carolyn Wonderland 32 Music Makers: Alpha Rev 33 Transmission Entertainment 36 Music Makers: Cruiserweight 38 91.7 KOOP Radio 41 Music Makers: Gark Clark Jr. 43 Music Makers: Gary P. Nunn 46 Music Makers: Dustin Welch 47 Arclight Records 48 Music Makers: Dan Dyer 52 Music Makers: Govinda 54 Waterloo Records 57 Music Makers: Mother’s Anthem 58 Strait Music 61 Music Makers: Lucid Dementia 64 Music Makers: Johnny Goudie 65 Music Makers: Kelly Willis 66 Propaganda Media Group 69 Music Makers: the Mother Truckers 72 Music Makers: The Lemurs 73 Music Makers: Suzanna Choffel 74 Tequila Mockingbird 76 Music Makers: Powderburn 81 Music Makers: The White Ghost Shivers 82 Music Makers: The Octopus Project 84 Austin City Limits 86 Music Makers: Nelo 89 Music Makers: Boombox


Each issue, Rare Magazine chooses a local Austin artist to feature on our cover and section introduction pages. This month’s feature artist is Darla Teagarden. Make sure you check out her art scattered throughout the magazine.

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Darla Teagarden has been a fetish model, a makeup artist, a 1920s revival cabaret performer, a hairstylist and a vintage clothing buyer. However, after talking to Teagarden just a few minutes, it’s obvious that she is, first and foremost, an artist. Currently, she writes, paints and photographs, and all three come together in the fairytale worlds she creates in her portraits. “Everything that I’m doing now is not about photography,” Teagarden says. “It’s about all those things stuck together in an image. It’s writing, dance, my life experiences.” The concept behind her photography can be traced to the time she spent living in San Francisco, and observing early shoots of then-roommate Nina Hagen. “It didn’t make me want to do photography then, but it set an aesthetic bar, because it was so reminiscent of set design,” Teagarden says. “They’re almost like little poems to me.” Teagarden’s little poems are lush portraits. In them, women ride storybook swans, half-girl half-octopus creatures stroll on the seaside and fine ladies sashay through surrealist classrooms. The mixture of very real models with the very fabricated backgrounds creates a sense of playful disorientation. Each portrait begins with an intricate handmade, hand-painted set created in plywood, oils, acrylics, pastels and chalk. Even though she’s manufacturing wild imaginary landscapes, Teagarden has a pragmatist’s approach to their construction.

Teagarden is also heavily influenced by historical styles, particularly the 1920s. Many of her portraits demonstrate a kind of excessive, postVictorian splendor — evidenced by the neat blow lips and corsets that crop in image after image. Until recently, she was using a point and shoot camera, and she’s adamant that nothing she’s doing and none of the materials she’s using are out of reach for most aspiring artists. “You don’t need a million dollars,” Teagarden says. “You don’t need a three thousand dollar Nikon camera and expensive paints. Everything I use is inexpensive and attainable, and that’s the way I like it.” She has no formal training in any of the media she works in, although she actively engages in exploring and learning more about the media she wants to use. She picked up her knowledge of set design and lighting from observing the sets she worked on earlier in her life. “Anything technical in any respect, from writing to painting, is instinct,” Teagarden says. “I’m self-taught. It’s not necessarily something I did on purpose, but I try to school myself, and I’m always going to school myself, so I’m doing what’s natural first and then seeing what happens later.” In the future, Teagarden hopes to complete more collaborative works, and in particular, she’s working toward a series of collaborative portraits of other women artists.

“You just draw it to scale, get out your manly tools and cut them out. I’m just creating little paintings to shoot — including the models. I paint their faces, too, so it’s like they’re part of the mixed media in a way. I see them like a part of a painting, but you can talk to them.”

“For me, art photography is all about connecting,” Teagarden says. “That’s my way of connecting to the rest of the world.”

The photographs emerge from the collage principles that helped shape her earlier mixed-media works. To build her own style, Teagarden draws on the places she’s lived, the people she’s known and the work she’s done in all types of media.

myspace.com/darlateagarden

“I’m heavily influenced by gay culture, drag queens,” Teagarden says. “I grew up in San Francisco. All my heroes are my friends, all the transsexual drag queens and artists that are still around today.”

Written By: Carly Kocurek Photos By: Cameron Jordan

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This is my perfect opportunity to reach out to the musicians of Austin: YOUR ENTIRE BEING AS A MUSICIAN IS NOW THREATENED. IT COULD ALL COME CRASHING DOWN, and I know why.

Musicians, this is the time to unite and fight your one common enemy. It’s not the sound ordinance. It’s not the fact that you can’t get insurance. Meet your one true enemy — Guitar Hero 3! I’d imagine by now that most of the world knows what Guitar Hero is, except maybe for the REAL musicians who are out there making REAL music, with REAL guitars, in REAL bars and talking to REAL chicks! Everyone else is at home, pretending to be rock stars and playing this new video game — which looks and feels like a Fisher-Price toy. Here’s how it works: The notes come at you on an on-screen guitar fret. You “mash” on one of your four colored buttons to the music. Next comes the illusion that you’re actually reading musical notes and playing classic rock songs. Really, this game is more like a combination of Frogger and Bop the Weasel. The computer makes it sound as if you’re an amazing guitarist. The players, or posers, are led to believe that they can seriously rock. It even goes so far in the game description to say, “Battle against some of the greatest legends to ever shred on a guitar and become one yourself.” I have news for these posers, they can’t shred. They never will. So, to all of you life-dedicated musicians, you should be insulted. Get this. Some Hero players, after several hours of village idiot button mashing, seriously consider starting their own band. That’s fine, as long as they are going to take the Barbie Dream Car to their next gig at LEGOLAND. The fact that they actually think they can play the guitar from sole experience on Guitar Hero is the equivalent of thinking they can fly the space shuttle because they grew up playing the video game Asteroids. Perhaps they are qualified to perform brain surgery because they can remove the wrench on the board game Operation.

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are now staying home in their underwear, playing against some guy online who is in his respective living room and completely naked. They’re taking turns playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” or “Wake up Little Susie” and swapping high fives with their wannabe friends. These people used to love and support you as a true musician, but now they’re doing the Chuck Berry duck walk on empty pizza boxes every evening. Did you know that Guitar Hero competitions are starting to make their way into clubs, taking money out of your pocket and food off of your plate? You have to get your gig money back before they spend it all on Stevie Ray Vaughn hats and Slash wigs. Money they used to spend on your band t-shirt is now going towards a ZZ Top beard so they can nail “Sharp Dressed Man” in a competition at the bar where YOU used to perform. If you ever hear anybody going on and on about how wonderful this game is, I want you to break your real guitar over their moronic head. They don’t know anything about REAL music, and they never will. For God sake, leave it up to the REAL musicians, especially in Austin, The Live Music Capital of the World. If you haven’t encountered a Hero nut yet, you will. They are completely insane. They will talk about how they “rocked it so hard” they were asked to do an encore! They will reminisce about specific songs they have mastered, where their tour bus is heading and songs they have managed to unlock, such as “China Grove” or “American Woman.” Guitar Hero goes for the jugular on all the predictable, iconic, classic rock anthems. Try sharing a living space with a Hero player as they repeat some of these classics: “Smoke on the Water,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “You Really Got Me,” “Crazy Train,” “In-A-Godda-Da-Vida” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” Since you’re a REAL musician, naturally you’ll want to throw-up when these amateurs mimic the Angus Young scoot, make silly faces like Eddie Van Halen or even throw their “Made in China” guitar behind their head like Jimi Hendrix. It’s disgusting. Picture a guy playing the guitar with a cigarette hanging off his lip like Keith Richards.

He certainly doesn’t look cool, and his friends that are cheering him on from the recliner look just as ridiculous. I kid you not. A friend of mine couldn’t go to work the next day after attempting to do the Pete Townsend move the night before. The most annoying thing about Guitar Hero is definitely the whammy bar abuse. It’s rampant. Hero players can’t leave the whammy bar alone.

Watching them molest the whammy will make you want to rip it off and jam it in their head.

Guitar Hero is to music as Velcro shoes, elastic pants and clip-on ties are to clothing — easier to use, but pretty pathetic. It gets worse. Have you heard of the new game Rock Band? Drummers, bass players, keyboard players, you’re next! JB Hager is half of the hit morning-show duo “JB and Sandy” on Mix 94.7 Photos By: Cameron Jordan

Now, back to you very talented musicians who I respect very much. Here’s why you need to put a stop to the Hero hype. People who used to love and support local music 9


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Lofty Dog | 403 W. 2nd St. | 512-476-5050 | pet store Fetish | 1112 N. Lamar | 512-478-1515 | women’s clothing & accessories Hem Jeans | 908 W. 12th St. | 512-478-5326 | denim boutique Peyton’s Place | 215 Lavaca St. | 512-477-5223 | women’s clothing Sana Boutique | 237 W. 2nd St. | 512-801-5858 | women’s clothing Sparks | 1014 W. 6th St. | 512-477-2757 | gifts & cards Touch of Sass | 500 N. Lamar | 512-478-7277 | jewelry & accessories Underwear | 916 W. 12th St. | 512-478-1515 | lingerie & loungewear

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10 Emerald City Press | 915 N. Lamar | 512-970-3100 | newsstand, coffee, flowers 11 Gruv | 101 W. 5th St. | myspace.com/gruvaustin | hot lounge 12 The Mohawk | 912 Red River | 512-482-8404 | live music/bar 13 Austin Land & Cattle | 1205 N. Lamar | 512-472-1813 | steaks & seafood 14 Malaga Wine & Tapas Bar | 208 W. 4th St. | 512-236-8020 | tapas & wine 15 Mean Eyed Cat | 1621 W. 5th St. | 512-472-6326 | johnny cash tribute bar 16 Imperia | 310 Colorado | 512-472-6770 | asian 17 Cuba Libre | 409 Colorado | 512-472-2822 | warehouse district bar 18 Silhouette | 718 Congress | 512-478-8899 | asian 23 Austin Music Hall | 208 Nueces St. | 512-495-9962 | live music venue

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 19 Avalon Salon | 1012 W. 6th St. | 512-474-2585 | aveda salon 20 Avant Salon | 318 Colorado St. | 512-472-6357 | aveda salon 21 Seventh Street Yoga | 707 W. 7th St. | 512-477-8777 | yoga studio 22 Pure Austin | 907 W. 5th St. | 512-474-1800 | gym

LIVING 26 Urbanspace Realtors | 800 W. 5th St. | 512-457-8884 | full service real estate

OT H E R 24 Tequila Mockingbird | 308 W. 16th St. | 512-499-8655 | music house 25 Ballet Austin | 501 W. 3rd St. | 512-476-2163 | ballet


Band of Heathens bandofheathens.com MySpace: thebandofheathens 14

Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Roots Rock Influences: The Band, Little Feat, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Otis Redding Current Album: Live at Antone’s

Accidentally created by several guys who kept sitting in for each other’s bands at Momo’s, Band of Heathens finally got together and subsequently won Best New Band at the 2007 Austin Music Awards (not to mention tons of other top-10 finishes). Classic Austin roots rock. If these guys can’t get you toe-tapping, you don’t have a pulse. Be on the lookout for a new album in 2008 with guests Ray Wylie Hubbard, Patty Griffin, Gurf Morlix and more.


Brobdingnagian Bards thebards.net MySpace: brobdingnagianbards Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Celtic Folk Comedy Influences: Elvis, Fabrizio de Andre, Jars of Clay, David Garza, Mozart Current Album: A Faire to Remember

With song titles like “Jedi Drinking Song,” “Do Virgins Taste Better” and “Seven Drunken Nights,” you can only imagine what a Brobdingnagian Bards live show must be like. Their witty, odd lyrics make them a favorite at Lord of the Rings parties, Celtic festivals, science fiction conventions and renaissance fairs. To truly love them, you have to listen to them online and then actually figure out how to pronounce “Brobdingnagian.”

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the music issue march 2008

Armadillo World Headquarters 1970-1980 Background: This music hall, simply called “The Armadillo,” attracted hippies, cowboys and businessmen interested in grabbing lunch, a cold beer and listening to live music. The owners chose an “armored” animal as their mascot, since the building was an old armory. Locals referred to this venue’s mix of country and rock music as “The Austin Sound,” “Redneck Rock” and “Cosmic Cowboy.”

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Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, ZZ Top, Freddie King, Frank Zappa, Commander Cody, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC

Liberty Lunch 1976-Late 1990s Background:

What began as an eatery in the 1940s became a legendary live music venue for reggae and ska, punk, indie, country and rock in the late 1970s. Liberty Lunch, founded by Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick (who later founded Esther’s Follies) catered to a small crowd of devoted fans who enjoyed the outdoor venue for it’s wildly divergent breadth of music.

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Owners Joseph Gonzales and Roy “Raul” Gomez originally preferred Tejano music, but eventually gave in to aspiring rockers and let them take the stage. Raul’s, located near the University of Texas, became the place to be for punk rock.

Regulars: Psychedelic Furs, Patti Smith, Devo, Elvis Costello

The first club in Austin to venture into zydeco and cajun music on a regular basis, Soap Creek Saloon was best known to Austinites and the “Home of the Stars.” This fondly remembered venue was an important launching pad for the career of guitar slinger Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Regulars: Ray Vaughan

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Austin Music Hall 208 Nueces St. Background: Although Austin Music Hall’s new location stems from a converted warehouse, it now holds around 3000 people and still manages to maintain that intimate connection between the audience and artist. Improvements include: expanded mezzanine, terrace and exclusive club and box seating.

Regulars: Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd

The Mohawk 912 Red River Background: Known for its stout drinks, live music and original events, The Mohawk draws its inspiration from the Native American tribal culture‌not the hairstyle. This threestage venue also includes an outdoor multi-level amphitheater, indoor horseshoe shaped hall and full service green room. Regulars: Spoon, Bishop Allen, White Denim, Bill Callahan, Brazos, Ghostland Observatory, Earl Greyhound

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The Saxon Pub 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. Background: Guarded by a giant roadside knight, The Saxon Pub is home to country,

Nutty Brown Cafe and Amphitheater 12225 W. Highway 290 Background: Located southwest of Austin on Hwy 290, Nutty Brown is a restaurant and outdoor live music venue. This Hill Country escape, allows guests to dine under the stars on a live-oak patio. Regulars: Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow, Charlie Robison

R&B and rock artists — big and small. Open seven nights a week, this venue attracts a diverse crowd, from soul music lovers to rock-and-roll aficionados.

Regulars:

White Ghost Shivers, Trish Murphy, WC Clark, Carolyn Wonderland, Monte Montgomery, Paula Nelson, Bob Schneider

Past Music Venue Posters Courtesy Of: South Austin Museum of Popular Culture 1516-B South Lamar samopc.org Present Music Venue Photos By: Chad Harlan

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Your * Very * Own

Musical Community With Tracy Chapman’s “All That You Have” playing in the background, Kurt Phillips and I sat down to talk about the musical community and learning center that he created about two years ago. The Lone Star School of Music is one of those hidden Austin treasures. You wouldn’t be able to tell from the outside, but once you walk through the doors, you immediately feel at home. Located in East Central Austin, the school’s instructors teach everything from piano to banjo. The school itself consists of a retail shop, recording studio and multiple classrooms to teach students of all ages. Kurt got the idea for the learning center from the community he belonged to in Chicago. After moving his family to Austin, he was in search of that same sense of community that he couldn’t seem to find anywhere.

Lone Star School of Music 2824 Real St. 512-524-5252 lonestarschoolofmusic.com

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“I was looking for a hub, center of the community,” explained Phillips. “I wanted a cool place to teach and to be a part of this Austin community I kept hearing about.”


Born in Dallas, Kurt’s musical journey actually began in Southwest Kansas. “I always wanted to play guitar, so one year my parents got me the old Red Harmony out of the Sears catalog,” laughed Phillips. “It was my brotherin-law who taught me my first song — The Blues Shuffle. I’ve been hooked ever sense.” Kurt later set up shop in Chicago, taking as many gigs as possible and playing guitar for various musicals in town. It was in the windy city that, on a whim, he picked up a nylon stringed guitar and began an ongoing love affair with the classical guitar. After a life-changing encounter with a John Coltrane album, Kurt focused all of his energies towards jazz. He then discovered some life long influences, like John McLaughlin, Pat Metheney, Henry Threadgill, Ennio Morricone, Dexter Gordon and Bill Frisell. His influences didn’t stop there. His Dad was a big outlaw country fan. He later connected with the Minnosota grunge — both still influence his jazz music today. After finishing in Chicago, Kurt relocated to Austin where he formed TRES, an original Latin jazz trio. He keeps a very busy playing schedule as well as a full teaching schedule. “Although I am very busy with the school, TRES continues to be my escape,” said Phillips. A homegrown product of one local musician who envisioned a teaching center that would combine both creativity and community, the school strives to deliver Austin music lessons in an atmosphere conducive to the learning and sharing of music. The Lone Star School of Music was created to be a catalyst of ideas and talent and to help foster a sense of community to all the musicians in Austin, both amateur and professional. This starts with the instructors. Joshua Zarbo, bass player, was a member of the rock group Spoon. Michael Blake began recording for movie soundtracks and has worked on Robert Rodriguez’s last four films. The only obvious downfall — the instructors are occasionally off jet-setting to fulfill other side projects. The kids, of course, love the fact that their teachers are “rock stars” in their own right. The Lone Star School of Music, currently looking for a second location, continues to revel in the city’s rich musical culture. Austin is known worldwide as the Live Music Capital of the World, so naturally the Lone Star School of Music is doing its part to help maintain that reputation and encourage Austinites to do the same. Written By: Linsey Krauss Photos By: Bryan Davis

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I Need More Cowbell MySpace: austincowbell Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Hip-Hop-MashupCover-Tribute Band Influences: Public Enemy, Abba, Vanilla Ice, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Eric Clapton

This unique group of guys claim they aren’t a “real band.” Their reasoning: “Real bands rehearse, hope to get signed, actually get paid and stay sober. We’re not that.” (Ed. note: Real bands stay sober? Since when?) They all have day jobs and perform onstage solely for fun. In other words, they believe the adjective that describes them is more “fun,” less “good.” Besides, who doesn’t love a band named after a Christopher Walken SNL sketch? So, get down, get down, get down, get down tonight!

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Genre: Blues/Songwriter Influences: Jerry Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Redd Volkaert, Miles Davis

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Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Current Album: Miss Understood

One of Austin’s most celebrated artists, Carolyn Wonderland deserves every accolade she gets. Her blend of songwriting, vocals and guitar playing make her the epitome of a Texas musician. She’s toured with Buddy Guy, played with Bob Dylan and even had her music featured on primetime television. But, it was this photo session in the limo that was the highlight of her storied career (yeah, we wish).


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Genre: Pop/Brit Rock Influences: Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, NIN, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Van Morrison Current Album: The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Learned. Available at Waterloo Records.

How Alpha Rev hasn’t blown up outside of Austin yet is beyond us. They are one of the most polished bands we’ve ever heard that’s not getting consistent radio airplay…yet. The Radiohead influence is obvious — particularly in Casey McPherson’s sometimes haunting vocals. With the Brit rockers taking over the world, it seems only a matter of time before the big producers start noticing Alpha Rev.


James Moody Pictured As a kid growing up in Austin, Graham Williams didn’t have a place for his high school punk band to play, and shows for all ages were scarce. So, he decided to take things into his own hands and rent out VFW halls, vacant garages and warehouses for concerts. “If I didn’t do it, no one would,” Williams said. Now, Williams’ childhood hobby has blossomed into a grown-up career. Last summer, the former head talent buyer for Emo’s helped create Transmission Entertainment — a collaboration of independent venues, booking agents and filmmakers who take a new approach to organizing live music and events. “I have the same feeling I did as a kid putting on shows,” Williams said. “I do this for a living, but I still have the energy of a kid.” Instead of just one promoter focusing on one venue, Transmission coordinates the talents of musicians, venue owners, talent buyers, filmmakers and experts to produce unique concerts and festivals at a variety of venues. Williams and his crew work to match individual bands or artists to a corresponding Austin venue. For example, progressive DJs spin at the Beauty Bar, an emerging indie rock band plays at The Mohawk and a punk group plays at Red 7.

Transmission has access to more than ten venues in Austin and also organizes the ultra cool Fun Fun Fun Fest each year at Waterloo Park. In November 2007, the growing event drew a crowd of 6,000 and featured punk, indie and electronic bands like Okkervil River, Explosions in the Sky, The Murder City Devils and Cat Power. Williams is joined by Chris Butler of Super! Alright! Media, James Moody, owner of The Mohawk and motorheadmedia, and Michael Terrazas owner of Club de Ville, Starlite, The Woodland and Lamberts. “We all work together to create a community — a place (for bands) to play,” Williams said. “Our concept is to mix it up and have fun each weekend. Makes it more interesting. We just take what we know and make it bigger.” The folks at Transmission usually book about five or six shows a week at a variety of venues including, The Mohawk, Scoot Inn, Lamberts and Club de Ville. But, Williams is not shy about doing something out of the box like renting a warehouse space or park. “We try to do whatever works,” he said. “It’s good for everyone involved. We are branching out and doing more than the average promoter, and as a result, there are more people at the shows.” Written By: Laura Hensley Photos By: Chad Harlan

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Darla Teagarden, String Section Susette


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Cruiserweight cruiserweight.com MySpace: cruiserweight Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Punk Current Album: Sweet Weaponry

We think we’ve said it before, but a punk band with a female vocalist (Stella Maxwell in this case) is maybe the coolest thing ever. It’s literally impossible to not bob your head up and down (like the funky white boy you are) when rocking out to Cruiserweight. We dare you to NOT jump around in Emo’s next time you catch them live. Seriously. It’s just fun. Thanks to Amy’s for the free ice cream. It was yummy.

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KOOP Radio 3823 Airport Blvd. 512-472-KOOP koop.org

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In a non-descript building on East Airport, music junkies gather together, broadcasting an eclectic mix of programming across the Austin airwaves. KOOP is cooperatively owned and operated by its members, hosting around 77 different local programs. Their mission of “high-quality, innovative and diverse community-oriented programming” has been going strong for 13 years. Rod Moag has been a station staple since the beginning. On the Board of Directors when KOOP was just a special interest group with a dream, his voice graced the station’s inaugural broadcast in December of 1994. A former University of Texas professor, Rod knows his bluegrass. Not only does he play mandolin, guitar and fiddle in various local bands, his Country Swing & Rockabilly Jamboree show can be heard every Thursday at 10 a.m. After 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends, the station airwaves are turned over to UT student radio.

Station funds come in from three sources: underwriting, listener support and educational grants. The most important contribution, however, is the dedication of volunteers. Still dusting ashes off CDs in the back a year later, the approximately 75 currently active volunteers continue to perform various odd jobs. Anyone with an interest in radio can become involved in any aspect of the station. Those hungry for airtime can apprentice with a DJ for six months, and after completing two training sessions (including such topics as FCC rules and studio training), they can broadcast their own show with a theme and format of their choosing. Timing isn’t necessarily a problem, either. “Many people choose to pre-record their shows and then head off to their day job,” says Leah. Her show, Hip Hop Hooray, began in November, and airs at 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

“That’s when the FCC says it’s legal to play all that raunchy stuff,” says Rod with a wry grin.

Shows run the gamut from Spanish programming on Tuesdays to lounge, retro, humor, indie, punk and new wave on Saturdays. Sunday afternoon’s world music focus covers anything that might have been left out. Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, after two devastating fires in 2006 at their original downtown location on 5th street, KOOP made the move to the eastside. “Many, many hands worked untold hours,” says Leah Manners, KOOP developement director. Upon entering the new station, eyes are drawn immediately to the central working studio enclosed by large glass windowpanes, the interior of which is trimmed in red lights that glow when on-air. “At first there were no walls here,” says Leah, gesturing toward the lit up studio and the second studio currently under construction. “It was all volunteer staff manpower that put this place together.”

Kicking off their spring membership drive this month, KOOP is looking to add to their ranks. Membership fees are tax deductible and several tiers of membership are available. Currently, members are working toward a stronger broadcast signal for Austin. KOOP also streams online, with listeners as far away as Japan. The notes of “Do You Believe in Magic” trickle over the station speakers from Graveside Service’s show (humorously dedicated to playing select tunes on the anniversaries of the musicians’ death). As Leah says, “We are really here to showcase and enhance the Austin community.” Written By: Cynthia Houchin Photos By: Chad Harlan Ed. Note: Just before press time, another fire broke out and KOOP was off the air. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

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Gary Clark Jr. garyclarkjr.com MySpace: garyclarkjr Photo By: Cameron Jordan Genre: Texas Blues Guitar with mixes of R&B/ Reggae/Soul/Rock Influences: Gary has a ton of influences, but if we had to pick just a few, they’d be Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. Current Movie: Stars alongside Danny Glover in John Sayles’ latest flick, Honeydripper which, among other things, “is about being saved by rock & roll.” We first saw Gary Clark Jr. for just a few minutes as the opening act at Antone’s a couple years back. What we heard was 50+ years of experienced Texas blues guitar magic. We expected to see the ghost of Stevie Ray Vaughan himself haunting the stage, but when we looked up it was this young, ummm...kid? He’s grown up now — a wholesome 23 years old. How someone his age plays the guitar with such awe-inspiring blues precision is beyond us. Austin, this guy is gonna’ be a legend, and you should go see him at a small, intimate local show while you still can. We agree with Texas Music Magazine’s assessment, “Probably the most talented Texas guitarist since a certain SRV.”

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Gary P. Nunn garypnunn.com MySpace: garypnunnofficial Photo By: Cameron Jordan Genre: Country Influences: Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, David Allen Coe Current Album: What I Like About Texas: Greatest Hits. Available at Waterloo. Described as the “pioneer of Texas music,” this talented and determined artist is one of the most popular and widely recognized singer/songwriters on the Texas music scene. His recently released album, What I Like About Texas, is a collection of Nunn’s greatest hits over the past years. Nunn has appeared on numerous television programs and plays with his band, The Bunkhouse Band, while out on the road. His lyrics pay tribute to the state of Texas and its culture, as well as the unique people and places in the Lone Star State.

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Genre: Country Rock (“Appalachian Grooves”) Influences: Merle Haggard, Bela Fleck, Townes Van Zandt

Dustin’s fate was sealed when his father gave him a mandolin for Christmas — he was just five years old. From that point on, it was kid band after kid band in Tennessee with his parents in tow to every gig. His professional career was kick-started when he went to San Diego to audition for (and receive) a gig with Scotch Greens. During the next six months, he opened for Reverend Horton Heat and Flogging Molly. After going on the Warped Tour and wearing himself to the bone, Dustin relocated to Austin. Now, you can catch him with The House Band at clubs like Emo’s, Continental Club and Momo’s.


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Come Into the Light “What we’re trying to do is just get stuff out there that we dig,” sums up Mauro Arrambide of Arclight Records, an independent, local music label. Driven by the vast number of talented bands, Mauro manages to find plenty of artists to promote. In turn, these musicians bring him new, diverse acts. Unfortunately, Arclight must turn away some musicians. “There are lots of bands that we would like to release stuff with, but we have to be picky about who we choose due to costs, etc. We’re not happy about it, but that’s just the way it is,” Mauro explains. These costs may include recording, mastering, manufacturing and hiring a publicist. It takes about six months for an album to get from the first note to the store shelf, depending on the band. Arclight also publicizes its artists’ live performances. They play all over the place — Emo’s, Trophy’s Bar & Grill, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Room 710, Headhunters Tiki Bar, Beerland and Continental Club. “They’ll all pretty much play anywhere. They’re not very picky!” Mauro assures us. Arclight’s strategy includes adding music clips to its website. The Internet has both pros and cons when it comes to the music industry. “I think MySpace is a great tool for a band or label. You can reach a bigger audience. The other side to that…so can everyone else. At least the exposure is there and people are hearing you.” At SXSW, Arclight plans to showcase some of its bands. Mauro tempts us: “We’ll have a couple of our bands from New York City and some of the locals such as Amplified Heat and Magnet School. We hope to get SuperHeavyGoatAss and Tia Carrera on there as well. It should be a nice, diverse and fun bill!”

Arclight Records arclightrecords.com

Written By: Paula Kothmann Photos By: Chanda Hopkins

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Dan Dyer dandyer.com MySpace: dandyer Photo By: Cameron Jordan Genre: Blues? Pop? Rock? Current Album: Dan Dyer/3 There’s not nearly enough room here to give any reasonable bio for Dan Dyer. Check out his MySpace for the full story, but the highlights are something like this: born in Tool, TX (find that on a map), bumps into Lenny Kravitz, gets record produced by said Kravitz, gets signed by Warner Bros., gets booted by Warner Bros., eats at Cracker Barrel more times than is necessary, back to Austin to croon for all of us. It was a long road to get back to Central Texas, but we’re all lucky that whole Warner Bros. gig didn’t work out so well — now we get to catch Dan at Momo’s all the time.

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Genre: Chill Out/Sensual Grooves Influences: Middle Eastern, Indian, Celtic, Southern Spanish music cultures, mixed with modern electronic beats. Current Album: Sound Sutras

When you’re feeling particularly stressed, you can either get a massage or you can just turn on Govinda and turn out the lights…preferably with your sweetie. The down-tempo sensual grooves will definitely turn up the heat, and a live show with professional dancers and live projections is a can’t-miss. Govinda is a true multi-sensory experience.


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Waterloo Records 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-2500 waterloorecords.com


Waterloo Records is more than just a music store — it’s a gathering place. “It’s like town square for music lovers,” offers John Kunz, the owner of this iconic, independent shop that sells everything from Arcade Fire and AC/DC to Ziggy Marley and Zebrahead. On any given day, customers thumb through rows and rows of CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. Some slip on headphones and listen to a new album. Others catch a free in-store performance by an upand-coming band. For more than 25 years, music lovers have flocked to Waterloo Records to find their favorite albums and discover new music. Kunz attributes Waterloo’s staying power to following a few simple standards — have the right inventory, employ a staff that is knowledgeable about the product and offer everything at a good price. “First and foremost we put music #1,” he said. “It’s natural that a bunch of music lovers would create an environment where we all would love to shop.” Kunz first moved to Austin in 1972 to attend the University of Texas. He eventually moved up the ranks in a chain record shop, but he longed for the independence to run a shop of his own. In 1982, Kunz quit his job at the chain store and joined Louis Karp who opened Waterloo Records on April Fool’s Day. Five years later, Karp left Waterloo and Kunz took over as owner of the shop.

Kunz said that being a part of the music industry has always intrigued him, and a lack of musical skill has never slowed him down. “I have no musical talent whatsoever,” Kunz admits. “I was a so-so B-flat clarinetist in band, and I never had the discipline for guitar. But, I had to get into music somehow.” Now, 26 years later, Kunz’s vision has become a beloved Austin institution, and he doesn’t see that going away anytime soon. His willingness to adapt to changes in the music industry has helped Waterloo survive and thrive. In an age of MP3s and the digital downloading of music, Kunz said he still sees a place for Waterloo and other independent music shops like it. “There will always be a place to buy physical goods because we are that kind of people,” Kunz said. “There will always be that human aspect. It’s a place to exchange information and share new discoveries. That’s always going to be around.” After seven years of offering online purchases through the Waterloo website, Kunz is looking forward to the next era — the launch of Waterloo’s digital store this spring, which will offer MP3 downloads. For now, offering digital music is a trend the shop can’t ignore. But, like vinyl LPs, which are enjoying resurgence in sales as younger generations discover their rich sound, what is old could become new again. “There is no terra firma in the music industry,” Kunz said. “The pendulum has swung too far one way, but eventually an equilibrium will be found.” Written By: Laura Hensley Photos By: Chad Harlan

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Mother’s Anthem mothersanthem.com MySpace: mothersanthem Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Rock

Lots of people are eagerly awaiting Mother’s Anthem’s first release. This Austin based Rock band has gained many followers thanks to their raw, energetic live performances and deep lyrics — most of them filled with darkness, heartache and love. This charismatic pack of five, always in black, includes Julian Mandrake on lead guitars. Julian is better known for touring with Blue October where he played at Lollapalooza, Jimmy Kimmel Live and even opened for a little, unknown band called The Rolling Stones. All they’re hoping to do is inspire their fans. In their own words: “The music has a purpose. The purpose is to inspire.”

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Strait Music is the sort of music store that those of us who took piano lessons in church basements and living rooms grew up with — packed with instruments sorted by type, walls lined with various accoutrements and employees helping customers find everything from reed cases to guitar strings to drum kits. Strait’s old-school charm definitely stems from its long history. Dan Strait first opened his Baldwin piano franchise, Strait Piano and Organ, in 1963. The store became Strait Music Company in 1967, as the product line expanded to include first guitars and amplifiers to just about any instrument you could want. Dan passed management of the store to his son Robert in 1982. Robert, who still manages the store, says he inherited the business in part because of his father's frustration with handling a series of floods — one of which left over eight feet of water in the shop and sent pianos floating out the windows. “We've had our ups and downs,” Robert says. “We had disastrous floods and finally moved to higher ground.” Dan still pops in occasionally to check in on the business and longtime employees. Robert's brother, David, currently manages the piano department, and Robert's son, Clinton, joined the management team last year. Today, Strait Music still focuses on the principles Dan built the business on — competitive pricing, superior service and exceptional selection. The combination means that the staff has the opportunity to watch their customers grow as musicians, as they graduate from inexpensive instruments and beginner lessons to high-end equipment and maybe even teachers. Strait Music may still focus on its core principles, but it has grown with the community in Austin and with the interests of the family members running it. Clinton's involvement in the business has fueled increased engagement with the local music scene, including benefits and fundraisers for organizations like HAAM and AMF — a level of involvement the Straits hope to continue to foster. “I've been an Austinite my whole life,” Clinton says. “I've loved the music scene, and this way, I feel like I'm a part of it.” Written By: Carly Kocurek Photos By: Chanda Hopkins

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Strait Music 13945 Hwy. 183 N. 512-918-3743 2428 W. Ben White Blvd. 512-476-6927 straitmusic.com


Lucid Dementia luciddementia.com MySpace: luciddementia Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Industrial Gothic Electronica Influences: Interesting sounds, powerful guitar riffs, hooks so deep you bleed, drums that really thump, the vocal insanity of a children’s puppet show, bass lines that dance and the wonderful horror of living. Current Album: A Murderous Mix

Named after a six-foot tall, alien-like creature puppet that fronts the band, it might not come as a shock that Lucid Dementia’s trademark is fake blood. Their performances are a spectacle both scary and entertaining for audiences. The music is aggressive, loud and hardcore. It is definitely not for the timid — good adjectives might be “insane” or possibly “horrifying.” Seriously, look at that dude with the white face and try not to have nightmares tonight.

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Genre: French Pop/ Minimalist/Melodramatic Influences: The Beatles, Bowie, The Cure, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bee Gees Current Album: Boy in a Box

The perfect musician story: Johnny Goudie’s storied career really began as the frontman of Goudie. Goudie received national attention when the young band signed with Lars Ulrich’s label and got rave critic reviews. However, after the AOL merger, the band got lost in multinational conglomerate hell and Johnny broke up the band to sit at home and write and record songs. He spent much of that time as a keyboard player for bands like Endochine. Now, Johnny spends his time performing on Austin’s smaller stages to completely captivated audiences. His haunting, seemingly perfect lyrics strike a chord with just about everyone who gets the opportunity to hear him.


Kelly Willis kellywillis.com MySpace: kellywillismusic Photo By: Cameron Jordan Genre: Texas Country Influences: Bruce Robison, Chuck Prophet, Doris Day Current Album: Translated from Love Named by NPR as “alternative country’s golden goddess,” Willis’ sweet, appealing, soft voice resonates a unique country sound that is popular to native Texans and the mainstream crowds. Willis’ new album consists of originals, covers and collaborations that many may not expect from her, but continually show her range. Her down-to-earth presence and charisma are just as pleasurable as the lyrics she writes (for small-time acts like George Strait) and sings for her audiences.

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Carrying the title of “thankless publicist,” Propaganda Media Group, a boutique public relations firm run by Lori Lopez and Vickie Lucero, represents music, music festivals and documentary films. With the goal of making sure there is a clear media message, they have the daunting task of pitching story ideas and filtering the artist’s message across all media personalities. “We coordinate interviews for TV, radio, online and print media. We also work regional and national CD and EP releases and tours. We are part of a team including radio promoters, booking agents, managers, record labels, tour managers and distribution — all are behind an artist’s or band’s release or event,” explained Lucero. During the mid-nineties, while in college, Vickie interned for Virgin Records, Sector 2 Records and Deja Disc Records. Starting Propaganda was a natural progression. It was that same ability to “go with the flow” that brought Lori to Vickie. After moving to the area and starting the great job search, Lori saw an ad for an office manager for Propaganda and the rest is history. “I realized that there was a grand music scene locally and that tour press was in big demand. I started doing tour press at Sector 2 Records for legendary bar bands like the Paladins, the Beat Framers and Dash Rip Rock,” said Lucero. “These guys toured hard and had a good reputation with the media, so it was easy to get my foot in the door. They were emerging artists making great music and touring hard as well.” Like any good publicist, you must believe in the music and have a good, honest relationship with the artist and team in order to get started. Keeping options open and working with a wide range of musicians, Propaganda has had numerous bands play at SXSW, ranging from England and the British Underground to local clients.

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Austin has some wonderful breakthrough artists in a wide variety of genres including Slaid Cleaves (Americana), Eliza Gilkyson (folk), Jon Dee Graham (Americana), Los Lonely Boys (pop), Spoon (indie pop) and Ghostland Observatory (indie rock). The list goes on and on. “In Austin, the music is about great songwriting and being unique instead of sounding like whatever is popular at the time. We have an extremely supportive music community that believes there is enough success to go around and roots for their peers in music,” said Lucero. Both Lori and Vickie are looking forward to the Band of Heathens CD/DVD release, along with SXSW and the Old Settler’s Music Festival this spring. They’re hoping to work on a documentary on Jon Dee Graham called “Swept Away” and also have full-length releases coming up from Todd Snider and Buttercup. Written By: Linsey Krauss Photos By: Ryan Wiley


Propaganda Media Group 1538 W. Hopkins St. 512-535-2286 propagandamediagroup.com

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The Mother Truckers themothertruckers.com MySpace: themothertruckers Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Rock Country Influences: Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden Current Album: Broke, Not Broken

Self-described as an “irreverent, harmony-driven country band from Austin,” The Mother Truckers deliver an authentic country sound with not so typical lyrics. The blazing guitar riffs and songwriting produce a music that is a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit country. The band has supported numerous acts such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel and other Texan singers and songwriters. We’re not the only ones that love them — they were awarded the Best Roots Rock Band in 2007 at the Austin Music Awards.

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Genre: Rock, Indie, Alternative

MySpace: thelemurs Photo By: Cameron Jordan

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Influences: The Cure, The Pixies, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac

The Lemurs, considered Austin alternative rock, are most closely compared to Bloc Party and The Smiths. Notoriety is coming quickly — the band’s song, “They Do What They Like” was featured on an episode of NBC’s Las Vegas last October. Several songs can be found on iTunes, and a February show was recorded at La Zona Rosa for Austin’s own ME-TV. It doesn’t seem like long before these guys take the Blue October track and end up in bold type at the ACL Festival.


Suzanna Choffel suzannachoffel.com MySpace: suzannachoffel Genre: Indie Lounge Soul Influences: Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Ani Difranco, Lauryn Hill, Fiona Apple, Erykah Badu, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Marisa Monte, Mos Def, Wilco, The Roots, Zap Mama, Digable Planets, Prince Current Album: Shudders & Rings This native Austinite mixes pop, reggae and urban beats with a sexy, sultry voice reminiscent of Fiona Apple. Her sound stems from a multitude of jazzy instruments — accordions, saxophones, clarinets and vibraphones. She has recently made Momo’s her home, playing there every week for the past few months. You won’t want to miss this show — her guitar love affair is a must see!

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are two odd phenomena about TV commercials. The first is commonplace: you walk by the TV, yet another McDonald’s commercial is on, and for the entire rest of the week, you cannot stop hearing “buh duh duh-duh-duh, I’m loving it!” in your head. The second is rare, but just as familiar: the Super Bowl. I do not know any females that watch the Super Bowl for the game. I know many, however (along with many males who just don’t admit it), that watch solely for the commercials. Why? These commercials are entertaining, clever and very well produced.

“This building has had many lives,” says Williams, an exec at GSD&M before founding Tequila Mockingbird. “Before it was our studio, it was the casting location for Dazed & Confused, as well as a ‘gentleman’s bath house’ in the seventies.” Fast-forward to 1998, when the building was gutted and reconceptualized. Mark Genfan of Acoustic Spaces designed the interior, a family of recording studios and sound engineering rooms separated by brightly colored walls and corrugated metal. If you didn’t know you were in a recording facility, you might think you had stumbled into a hip, modern bistro.

Enter Tequila Mockingbird. This local “music house,” as it’s called in the advertising biz, has been around since 1997, and is known for it’s innovative music and sound design. Never heard of them? That’s ok. You have heard them. How can I be so certain? Take a look at their client list: BMW. Ikea. Miller Beer. Maybe you’ve heard of a certain McDonald’s?

Besides being a co-founder at Tequila, Levin is a Grammy winning cellist and violinist, as well as one of four in-house composers at the studio. “When working with a client, we try to listen for adjectives when they explain their goals for a commercial,” he says. “Sometimes, a company is working hard to change public perception of their product. Texas Tourism, for instance, used to be all fiddles and two-stepping. Now, they request indie music only for their commercials,” he explains.

Tucked away behind the Clay Pit on 15th and Guadalupe (rumor has it, according to Tequila employees, there’s a secret tunnel linking their office to the Clay Pit), Tequila Mockingbird isn’t much to see on the outside. (Didn’t you ever park at Clay Pit and assume Tequila Mockingbird is the struggling bar next door?) That’s just the way cofounders Wally Williams and Danny Levin like it. After all, once local musicians get wind of the studio’s famous musician clients, like Spoon, small armies of crude band demo CD’s march their way into Tequila’s mailbox. But, it’s no surprise big names from the music scene and ad industry are attracted here, either. On the inside of Tequila Mockingbird, an incredibly impressive recording facility awaits.

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If you’re a regular civilian, Tequila Mockingbird might be a little unknown to you. But, that’s about to change. A Live at Tequila television program that showcases musical acts both in studio and in their natural habitats (think Austin City Limits meets Cribs) is currently in the works. The show’s original financial backer — Billionaire and Dallas Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban. While we’re unsure exactly what Cuban’s level of involvement will be, one thing’s for sure: Tequila Mockingbird is a secret that local music fans will definitely want to get in on. Written By: Tolly Moseley Photos By: Bryan Davis


Tequila Mockingbird 308 W. 16th St. 512-499-8655 tequilamockingbird.com

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Genre: Metal Rock Current Album: Echoed in Red

Austin Metal for over eight years, this band is going stronger than ever with their 2007-released album Echoed in Red. Recently, their lead guitarist left them to pursue a music production career, but new guitarist Eric Smith seems to be fitting right in to the Powderburn family. A new album is on the way and drummer Patrick Swift is raving about the progress: “I cannot believe how ridiculously well the new songs are coming out. We’re getting heavier and faster.” Here’s hoping it’s a short wait!


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The White Ghost Shivers whiteghostshivers.com MySpace: whiteghostshivers Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Genre: Eclectic Jazz Influences: 1920’s Hot Jazz, Hokum, Jugband Blues, Western Swing, Hillbilly Stringbands, Gypsy Swing, Ragtime Current Album: Everyone’s Got ‘Em. Available at Waterloo Records.

Want that crazed, Squirrel Nut Zippers/Asylum Street Spankers, swingin’ 1920’s sound? Fond of slightly demented lyrics like “Cocaine gonna kill my baby dead” mixed with upbeat danceable tunes a la Nick Cave? You just can’t help but start shakin’ and swingin’ once you hear these guys. Word is, their live shows are one midget short of a circus sideshow. Last year they headlined the SXSW High Times Party. They also received Best “Novelty” band at last year’s Austin Music Awards, and best “None of the Above” in 2006.

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The Octopus Project theoctopusproject.com MySpace: theoctopusproject 82

Photo By: Cameorn Jordan

Genre: Experimental/Electronic Pop/Noise Rock Influences: A little difficult to pin down. Tortoise would be the strongest similarity, little bits of Cornelius, Flaming Lips, Beck and maybe even Bjork (but w/o Bjork)? Current Album: Hello, Avalanche. Available at Waterloo Records.

This entirely instrumental band first caught our ear at Emo’s during SXSW a few years ago. Their energetic onstage presence is complemented by almost alwayspresent ghosts who, we’re pretty sure, are responsible for all the extra sounds you hear (not the samplers). You may have heard one of these before, but until you’ve seen Yvonne Lambert kill her theremin, you haven’t fully experienced it. Nods include Coachella 2006, one of Rolling Stone’s five stand-out artists at SXSW, and an Austin Music Awards sweep (Best Experimental Band, Best Indie Band, Best Instrumental Band, Best Miscellaneous) last year.


ACL’s New Downtown Digs Austin’s 2nd Street District is sort of like that girl you knew in high school: the quiet, bookish type with frizzy hair and sweater vests, who suddenly transformed into a supermodel sometime between graduation and your high school reunion. Once a wasteland of security fences and cracked sidewalks flanking the Warehouse District, 2nd Street got quite a facelift over the past few years, and her charms continue to reveal themselves: gourmet grocers, chichi eateries and, of course, condos. The Second Street District is quickly becoming one of the city’s busiest hotspots. And KLRU’s Austin City Limits has noticed. “When we began talking about a move [for ACL], one goal was higher visibility,” says Bill Stotesbury, CEO of KLRU and board member for the show. That made 2nd Street quite a prudent choice. Once slated to move into the revamped Seaholm Power Plant, ACL found a willing (and more affordable) host on Block 21, the stretch on 2nd Street between Lavaca and Guadalupe. “When the city began developing the area, they made it a priority to devote space to not only restaurants and shopping, but cultural entities that give back to the community,” says Stotebury. “And we’re a good fit for that.” Anyone who has been to a live ACL taping knows that it’s an intimate experience: with you and only about 300 other people around you packed into UT’s Communications Building B, it’s a far cry from the show’s wildly popular side project — Austin City Limits Music Festival. But with a fancy new space on Block 21 that neighbors the future W Hotel, will the new theatre space be equally glitzy? “No,” says Stotesbury. “This new space will have a lot of really cool things there, but we’re being extremely conscious about retaining the show’s Austin flavor,” he says. “It will be very stripped-down and real, nothing gaudy.” One thing that will change, however, is the audience capacity: by a feat of furniture efficiency, ACL will now be able to house 2200 audience members at a time, despite the fact that both studios, old and new, are roughly 10,000 square feet. Do expanded audiences portend even bigger acts in the future? “We’ve already had a lot of amazing musicians and shows here, like Van Morrison and John Mayer,” says KLRU’s marketing and public relations executive Maury Sullivan. “But what’s so special about ACL is that fans get to be really up-close and personal with the stars. And we’d never want that to change.”

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John Mayor Pictured

So when can you start booking your tickets for ACL shows at the new Block 21 theatre? Tapings are scheduled to begin 2010, which still gives you time to catch the longest-running concert music program in American television’s history at its original home.


“It’s a big, exciting undertaking, but we do think it’s neat that we’re just moving down the street — we’re still on Guadalupe!” says Stotesbury. “We think it will be fun for people who are visiting Austin to really be able to make a whole night of their Austin City Limits experience — they can go out to eat at one of the restaurants nearby and do a little shopping during the day,” he says. ACL isn’t the only longtime Austin entity to make the move to the increasingly dense city corridor between 4th and 1st streets. According to the 2nd Street District website, the newly renovated area is “being built with the feel of SoHo and the intimacy of Boston’s Back Bay. The kind of neighborhood where the pedestrian is king and there’s always a new find no matter what time of day.” That’s a tall order for any city renovation. But don’t worry, hometown Austinites. Despite the glistening new surroundings, ACL really isn’t looking to change all that much. “My dream is mostly to just stick around for another 30 years,” says Stotebury. “We’re an essential part of this city’s creative vibe, and we want our new home to bring that experience to even more people.” Written By: Tolly Moseley Photos By: Scott Newton Renderings By: Stratus Properties

Austin City Limits TV Show pbs.org/klru/austin

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Genre: Folk Rock

Folk Rock with a Texas attitude. Nelo (rhymes with “hello”) is led by Matt Ragland (guitar) and Reid Umstattd (vocals). The music is joyful, uplifting and tight — acoustic guitars blending seamlessly with wind instruments. The balance probably comes from the fact that most of the band members studied Jazz at the University of North Texas. Umstattd’s vocals are sweet and melodic with a hint of Texas flair (a little bit of John Mayer and James Taylor). The band makes its home in our great city, taking advantage of the booming music scene and receptive college audience.


Boombox

Genre: Funk/Hip Hop/Jazz/Rap

boomboxatx.com MySpace: boomboxatx Photo By: Cameron Jordan

Current Album: Feel the Boombox

Every Tuesday night at Lucky Lounge, there is a fearless group of dedicated Austinites that crowd this tiny stage filled with seemingly dozens of band-members. These “lucky” folks are the Boombox faithful. Austin isn’t generally considered a hip-hop town, but these guys are putting us solidly on the map, and why not? They’re fun, upbeat, nice as can be, and their sound isn’t cookie-cutter. When you overlay fantastic rap lyrics on top the Grooveline Horns, you really can’t miss. 89


Rare Magazine - March 2008 Music Issue  

Rare Magazine (Austin, Texas) Music / SXSW Issue

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