Author Archives: oldpunkone

IN A BATTLE OF TITANS, ART BEATS COMMERCE IN A SHOOTOUT @ SXSW 2015

“To Hell With Poverty,” the Gang of Four tells us, “we’ll get drunk on cheap wine.” In 1981, when the song was first recorded, the literal context was king in that Margaret Thatcher had been Prime Minister for 2 years … Continue reading

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OLD, NEW, CLOSE AND FAR AWAY—MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES OF 2014

Last year there were many memorable/euphoric experiences, some that came when I least expected it. Like when walking out of an art party in Hong Kong where I was drinking beet and pomegranate juice mixed with vodka and served in … Continue reading

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DJ Set List (not in order) kinda punky, kinda dancy October 25, 2014

A really great night at the club. Packed for a large part of the night with people DTAO and many awesome requests (for some reason several requesting bands I had already played!). Even with 4 hours of music–so much stuff … Continue reading

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FEAR OF MEN-THE BEST OF THE OPENING ACTS OF 2014 SO FAR

Who cares about opening acts at concerts? What is their purpose anyway? Is it to set the stage for the headliner? Make sure the audience buys sufficient drinks so the bar can make some dough or allow enough time for … Continue reading

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KICKS–NEW AND OLD–FULL OF MAGIC AND LOSS

KICKS–NEW AND OLD–FULL OF MAGIC AND LOSS People always ask me what bands I am looking forward to seeing at SXSW.  While there are  always a few, and I spend a lot of time analyzing shows like many of my … Continue reading

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2013–BEST PERFORMANCES–OLD, NEWISH AND NEW

This year I can’t say I saw so many amazing performances that merit separate old and new posts (but see my Televison post).   Not that this was a horrible year for performances, but I have always been a tough grader.   There were … Continue reading

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I’VE BEEN WAITING MY WHOLE LIFE TO SEE TELEVISION–BRADFORD COX (OF DEER HUNTER) SAID THAT

  I saw Television last on its comeback tour in 2007. For some reason it felt much different for me this time. It could be any one of a variety of reasons—-I went on a pilgrimage to Austin to Fun … Continue reading

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The top 12 performances by “new” bands in 2012

Since music is such a mature medium it is hard to tell whether everything old is new again. But music can’t change time, and whatever influences modern bands have, it is nice to there are still bands that music that … Continue reading

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2012– The 12 Best of the Old

More than any recent year, it seeme like 2012 brought around more old groups then ever, including many either reunited or back for one more (last?) tour. And I am not talking about PBS-backed reunions either (although I am waiting … Continue reading

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TEARS, SWEAT AND ROCK AND ROLL AND OTHER ANOMALIES OF SXSW

Austin is a big town for a small town, especially so during SXSW, with probably more than 50,000 additional people heading into town. This year, my “its so crowded” lament is that I told the cab driver from the airport … Continue reading

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