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STOPPING TRAFFIC IN AUSTIN–LIFE INTERVENES AT SXSW 2010

Somewhere amidst the dizzying fun, 12 hour music listening days and nights, breakfast tacos, sun and hanging out in record stores, vacant lots, parking lots and coffee trailer parks there are people living their lives, and (please forgive me for … Continue reading

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ACCESS AND EXCESS- THE RISE OF EAST AUSTIN AT SXSW 2009

Imagine seeing a Grammy-nominated noise punk band from LA, with 50 or so other people, in  the backyard behind a book store, for free, with free beer, Celis White, to boot. How about seeing a Rock and Roll Hall of … Continue reading

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EXPERIENCES AND MUSIC AT THE BUFFET TABLE- SXSW 2008

An all you can eat buffet.  You probably know how that is.   Say, for example, at one of those Brazilian steakhouses.  You are tempted by the huge salad bar–it is sooooo inviting, the salad, pasta, cheese—all of it is great, … Continue reading

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DISCOVERING THE STOOGES (a couple of decades late)-FREE BBQ, BEER AND THE BUZZCOCKS–SXSW 2007

One good (and potentially bad) thing about SXSW is that it is different.  Choosing a music path through several days of thousands of bands at hundreds of venues virtually ensures (or insures) that one person’s experience will not be like … Continue reading

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CAPITAL-FROM FORBES TO AUSTIN—SXSW 2006

Ready for pontification?  While Austin was crowded this year, contrary to media reports, it was not so crowded that you had to line up at 8:00 to see buzz bands like the Arctic Monkeys.  I got in at 10:45—without any … Continue reading

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GOING BACK IN TIME– 2005 SXSW

I started this blog in 2010. I had been writing review of SXSW for several years and sending them out two a very small audience. Since we have missed SXSW for a couple of years, it seems to make some … Continue reading

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Destroying Something Beautiful: The Autopsy of a Punk Cover Song–An Interview with Nick “Animal” Culmer of The Anti-Nowhere League

Off and on since 1982 I have thought about the role of rock and roll/punk covers of songs and how they can change the form and/or meaning of the song.  One of my favorite cover songs of all time is … Continue reading

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YOU GOTTA ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE IN THIS TOWER OF SONG-SO DON’T LET IT GET YOU DOWN

It’s kind of like déjà vu all over again to look at the opening paragraph from my last year’s review and see the following:        Reflecting on a year (let next year not be yet another one) marked by terrorism … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON, OR NOT AT ALL

There is a reason why events unnerve anyone.  At SXSW everyone can find a different story.    And that story plays out differently with every choice you make.   Imagine: when you choose to eat at one restaurant you are turning down … 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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