The Austin music scene through the eyes of a programmer/music enthusiast/show-goer

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sound Team @ Beerland, 2/5/2006

How 'bout that? Only about a month late on posting on this show, but better late than never, right? If my medium-term memory serves me correctly, this was a really great last-minute show by Sound Team, having just come off of a tour of the west coast.
Probably the most memorable thing was this crazy, polo-shirt + khaki pants wearin' frat guy that danced around like an absolute coke fiend all night, right in front of the stage no less. Too bad I didn't get any shots of that spectacle, but I didn't want him to think I was actually digging his moves. Anyhow, here's what I did manage to capture on film (or, uhhh... I mean CF card):

Matt Oliver on vox

Sam Sanford and Bill Baird (also seen here)

Jordan Johns on drums

Michael Baird and Gabe Pearlman tweakin'
the knobs, tapes, faders, etc.

Their music and this picture sometimes remind
me of The Walkmen (a really good thing)

See all 20 photos at my flickr page.

THEN SEE THEM LIVE:

FEBRUARY 25 - Limelight (San Antonio)
MARCH 9 - The Engine Room (Houston)
MARCH 10 - Good Records In-Store, 4pm (Dallas)
MARCH 10 - Gypsy Ballroom (Dallas)
MARCH 11 - Emo's (Austin)
MARCH 15 - Emo's (Austin)
MARCH 16 - Buffalo Billiards (Austin)
MARCH 17 - La Zona Rosa (Austin)
MARCH 17 - Big Orange (their studio in Austin)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Sigur Ros @ Bass Concert Hall, 2/26/2006

My ears are still ringing and I'm still seeing tracers. That's how good last night's show was. Sigur Ros, who I'd never seen before, put on a great show that completely blew away both of the aforementioned senses. Despite getting hosed by some girl bitch after posting the best Sigur Ros ticket ad on Craigslist ever, the night was spectacular. Check it:

The openers were these four girls from the Sigur Ros orchestra,
who were quite good (one even played the band saw)

This translucent curtain they had up was pretty awesome

Changing colors

The curtain is lifted; the band actually exists

Those pesky tracers

The curtain descents once again towards the end

The Full Band Bow

Mass Exodus

If for some reason you missed last night's show (and you have lots of gas and money), drive to Fort Worth to see tonight's performance at Bass Performance Hall (what is it with Texas venues and the word "Bass"?). You might even run into Chris from Gorilla vs. Bear while you're there.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Official SXSW Show Schedule, Version 1

In the blogger tradition of telling you (the readers) exactly what we (the bloggers) are into (a la year end lists, etc., etc., etc.), here's my tentative schedule for the official SXSW showcases. I simply used the sxsw personal calendar feature on sxsw.com and then saved the html it generated, if you were curious.

Of course, this is all assuming that you give a shit about me and my taste in music, but I figure why would you be reading this if you didn't? (touche!). With that said, here it is:

SXSW Show Schedule, Version 1 (fyi, highlighted entries will be my first choice)

Yeah, I know that's a ridiculously obsene number of bands on there (164 to be exact), but I always like to include every band that I might like to see, so that if and when I get shut out of all my other options, I'm not sitting around with my thumb up my ass. Make sense? Good. Now just to sort through that list of 1726082 day shows...

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Paper South - First (and Free!) EP

The Paper South are a newish band out of Austin composed of three parts ex-winslow and one part ex-amanset. According to their website, they blend "a shoegazer upbringing with assorted classic and contemporary influences". Shoegazer? Seen the name of this site? Coincidence... I think not.

Naturally, I'm excited about these guys and their first EP, which is self-titled and available for download here. Seriously, listen to it. Now.

They'll be having two release parties for it this coming week, with an in-store at End of an Ear this Saturday @ 6:00pm (with free beer) and then a show at Emo's next Wednesday. I think I won tickets to the second show from KVRX, but I was pretty soused when I supposedly won them.

Anyhow, I'll probably end up going to both shows, so you should look for me... I'll be that annoying jackass with the camera. Please don't hit me or say shitty things about me under your breath.

FYI, I got most of this info from the great Austinist.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Peter & The Wolf @ Emo's, 2/22/2006

I'd been pretty excited about this show for quite a while now, what with all Red's myspace hyping of it as well as the promise of a "20-piece hobo orchestra" that would be accompanying him on stage.

So, was it worth all the excitement? Hell yes it was. Seriously, how often do you get to see 20+ people cram onto the inside stage at Emo's (or any venue, for that matter)? Answer: Never. All I can say is that I truly feel lucky to have witnessed this spectacle, as it was something uniquely special. See for yourself:

Red and the orchestra, in full

Red, doing his thing

That's Bill Baird from Sound Team in the crazy orange farmer getup

Red, working the Jedi mind trick on the guitar

Members of the orchestra, unleashing the fury on various
maracas, pots, pans, trashcans, etc.

That's one trippy drum head

I believe this girl to be the official other half of Peter and the Wolf.
She plays great ukelele and has a beautiful voice.

The left side of the orchestra

Hallelujah!

Peep all 47 (!) shots I took of the show at my flickr page.

After the show, Red was selling handmade, pre-recorded copies of the show's setlist. Naturally, I had to have one for the artwork alone (picture coming soon), not to mention the great tunes. Five bones well spent.

So, the moral of this post is to go see Peter & The Wolf ASAP, whenever/wherever you can. You will be very happy that you took the time.

Lastly, before I forget, go check out Red's blog here. He's funny as hell and likes The Black Angels, so go on... do it!

Insane SXSW Line Rant

The subject of this post is the subject of an email I just received from a friend who recently braved the SXSW Music wristband line at Waterloo Records this morning. This stuff is way too good not to share with the rest of you. So here's the email in its entirety:

Bottom line... I got my wristbands. The part that makes me want to kill:30 seconds after I get in line, another guy gets in line behind me. He asks a couple of questions, kind of friendly, but as the line starts to move, he's off to the side so he starts to inch in front of me. After a while he's standing directly in front of me. I'm pissed, but not enough to do anything about it yet. As we get closer, he eventually wedges himself in front of the three girls in front of me, then an old dude, then some dude my age... and nobody's saying anything. So I decided it was time to check that motherfucker, so I go grab his shoulder and tell him to get in line where he's supposed to be , and he's all apologetic "Oh, I'm sorry, I was just trying to keep my place." not noticing he just cut in front of 6 people... so he backs up, and stands IN FRONT OF ME... I eventually got myself back in front of him (see, this drama played out over about 30 minutes), and then his friend , who just got there, starts talking to him and cuts in line. We're maybe 15 minutes from the door, so this asshole didn't have to wait at all. And the final insult to me was that as we got inside, they were running out of cheap bands, and they had a cash-only line. He was paying cash so he was able to get cheap bands while I had to get the more expensive ones. And I had considered calling out his friend as he was about to pay, asking very loudly how long he had to wait in line... but didn't ... and I regret that so much... fucking bitch indie kid with a pink sickle and hammer on his motorcycle helmet. So anyway, I cast a hex on both of them so with any luck they'll have an uncontrollable urge to crap while they're watching a band at emo's... I pity the fool who has to take a crap there.

I salute you Nick and commend you on your seeking revenge via witchcraft. Here's hoping the stall is occupied and they have to shit up the trough (in case you're clueless, see the header image of this site).

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

News Time

Ok, I'm back from vacation. Onward, young blogger. So, I've returned with a sack full of news treats for you, unearthed from the various corners of cyberspace.

First and foremost, I am, as of 30 minutes ago, the proud owner of two 2006 SXSW Music wristbands! "Wtf?", you say. Well, subscribers to the SXSW Music text message list were notified around 7:00pm this evening that 600 wristbands were on sale at Waterloo Records, and so my ass booked it downtown in record time and scored the two beauties you see below. See, text messaging isn't lame after all.

More of these babies will be going on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00am, at again, Waterloo Records. I'll be showing up for round two of this madness, but I'm not exactly how early I'll be out there. What do you think is reasonable?

Moving on. Passover, The Black Angels' forthcoming LP, is just about leaked according to various sources. While frothing at the mouth over said rumor, I was able to track down an Aussie on a messageboard who claims he already has the record. Homeboy says that it actually gets released down under next week and that he's had the promo for over a month now! Talk about hosing the hometown fans. Anyhow, I hope this dude comes through, because I'm about to burst at the seams with anticipation over this one.

While on the topic of the Angels, did anyone else see that short-lived review of Passover on Tiny Mix Tapes yesterday? They gave it a 3/5 and kinda crapped on the record, so naturally I fired back and sent a harsh email to the editors notifying them that not only was the review bunk, but that they had posted the wrong album cover and tracklisting! I never received a reply, but the review mysteriously vanished about 30 minutes after I sent my complaint. I'll mark that as one more in the win column.

Ok, one more thing on the Angels. Check out two (count 'em, two!) live perfomances by the band: one on the KEXP Podcast and the other at TexasGigs.com.

In other news, there's a new For Those Who Know track called "Looking and Waiting" that you can stream at their myspace page. It's definitely worth a listen.

Last, but certainly not least, some quick news on my favs, Single Frame. Now, although I sorely missed last Thursday's amazing show while on vacation, I did manage to hunt down some pics of the affair over at Zach-o-matic's (of Dead Whale Tide, no less) flickr page. Check out the one below, with who must be the unofficial new member, Kevin, on the far left.

Well, that's all good and stuff, but where the hell is Ian? If he's being replaced, that's two guitar shake-ups for the band in the last year. Hopefully Kevin sticks around, that is if I'm really onto something here.

Ok, that wraps us this one folks. I'm off to gaze Peter and The Wolf and their 20-piece hobo orchestra at Emo's, which promises to be amazing. Full photo-blogging love coming tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Is this thing on?

Of course it is. It's just on hiatus until my return from skiing in Whistler, Canada. It's cold as all hell up here and I'm sore as a dog... can't wait to get back the heat of the Austex and rest these tired bones. Until then...

Friday, February 10, 2006

Belaire (7" Release), Loxsly @ The Parish, 2/4/2006

Last Saturday (yes, I'm slow at posting pictures... i know) I attended night three of sxsw jr., the Belaire Haunted Castle 7" release party at The Parish. I was a bit tired from previous nights spent showgazing/drinking, but this party provided plenty of positive energy to keep me going through the rest of the weekend (and sxsw jr. night four, coming later today).

A special thanks to Allen and Austinist.com for hooking me up with a guestlist spot for the show and a free copy of the aforementioned 7". There was a possibility that I might not have made it out otherwise, and I'm damn glad I didn't make that mistake.

Anyhow, back to the show. Loxsly, yet another great local group (whose cd I'm very much in like with; see image), opened the show following a party-warming set by DJ Ian. Unfortunately, I showed up just in time to see them tearing down their gear, but thankfully I'll get to see that action at the upcoming Wall of Sound Festival, happening April 8-9 (which is looking incredible, by the way).

Ok, so Belaire came on around 11:45 and straight ripped it up. These guys (from Voxtrot) and gals (two cute sisters) played some great tunes that I hadn't even heard before, but to which I was bobbing my head non-stop. Their happiness, energy, and dancing skeletons had the place in total party mode. Without further adieu, here are the pics:

Check that skeleton in the back

Matt Simon on drums, looking possessed

Cari doing her thing
(Is this Cari or Christa? I couldn't find out anywhere
I found out; Thanks Daniel)

Cari, Jason, and Christa (left to right) from behind the stage

Hipsters dancing to DJ Ian

Jason, wowing the ladies

Bonus!

Red Hunter of Peter and The Wolf was at the party and was gettin' his sweaty groove on. This is pretty much my favorite picture I've ever taken (click the picture for full-on, "in yo face" version). I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Caption via Ryan Catbird.

FOLKIE IN 300 BPM DANCE SCANDAL!!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Arm, The Glass Family @ Red Eyed Fly, 2/3/06

Last Friday I checked out The Arm and The Glass Family at The Red Eyed Fly for the Dell Childrens Medical Center benefit. Despite the great line-up, this snippet from The Arm's myspace bulletin was what sealed the deal for my attendance:

"Not only are we playing with some stellar bands, but it's for a good cause, and we'll be done in time for you to skip back over to Beerland for the Brothers and Sisters CD release. Little coughing children with tubes up their noses implore you to come."

I know I'm an evil bastard for laughing at that, but how could I not? I know your lame ass didn't make it to the show, so here's some pics so you can see what you missed:


Sean "Oh-No" O'Neal screaming his face off

Kevin Bybee on the kit and Alex Ramirez on bass

Sean trying out his Eminem impression

Tony Daugherty on drums, Brian Hubbard on guitar,
and Michael Winningham on vocals/guitar

Michael doing a solo closer

The Arm's new record, Call You Out, will be out this coming April on Indierect Records (check out that Belaire 7" that I'm "Currently Peeping"). I'll be working with Daniel of Indierect by hosting some ads for this sure-to-be-great release as well as other upcoming gems on the label.

Finally, here's a great Arm track that I suspect will be on the new record:

::: The Arm - Vile Lies :::

As usual, if you dig, get off your sorry ass and go see them this Friday with the great Ghostland Observatory at Emo's.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Quick News

Just a couple things before I head off to lunch:

Single Frame has posted just a tiny taste of additional info on what's been going on in their world. Here it is straight from their site:

"Yo, we are currently working on new stuff and practicing up with Kevin, our unofficial new member. Look for new press-kit photos, show & sound dimensions and more, real soon..."

Remix album? Another new member!? Show & sound dimensions!? What the hell is that supposed to mean? I can't wait to find out.

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Also, rumor has it (via Angry Robot) that SXSW music wristbands will be going on sale at Waterloo Records the 23rd of this month. I sure as hell hope this is true, as I'll be back from skiing by then and will be able to snag a couple of these puppies for myself.

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Finally, I thought I'd mention that you can now access this here site by simply going to http://www.showgazer.net (or even http://showgazer.net if you're not down with the world wide web). I figure it's easier than typing in all that blogspot.com nonsense.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Tonewheel Collective Happy Hour @ Beerland, 2/1/06

To kick off sxsw jr., Ru and I checked out the second biweekly Tonewheel Collective happy hour at Beerland last Thursday. Red Hunter, Jared from Voxtrot/Sparrow House, and others put on a really cool, relaxed set that went perfectly with a few beers after a long work day.

This was my first time attending one of these shows and I can't wait to see another one (I'll miss the Feb. 16th show while skiing, but will be there Mar. 2nd). It was also my first time witnessing Red Hunter perform live, and I have to say that he more than lives up to all the hype surrounding him and his current project, Peter and The Wolf. Check out a few pics from the show (click each image to see the full-size version):

Tonewheel Collective, with Red on the mic. That's Jared
from Voxtrot on the far left.

Red, solo

Everyone on stage. FYI, Red shirt guy plays one hell
of a good steel guitar.

On a related note, I received my copy of the Peter and The Wolf LP in the mail the same day, and man is it incredible. It contains within it's 12 tracks some of the best folk music I've ever heard, and I'd like to think that that statement carries a lot of weight.

If my praise doesn't sell you, then check out this gleaming review by foxy digitalis. And finally, if you haven't already heard it, go download "The Fall" from Pitchfork's Free Downloads page.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Week In Live Music


Man, I wasn't even gonna post today in order to get some actual work done, but then I became overwhelmed with the amount of live performances going on this weekend and just had to share my excitement. So here's what I like to call "sxsw jr.", play-by-play style:

Thursday (2/2):

What: Tonewheel Collective happy hour with Sparrow House (Jared of Voxtrot), Red Hunter (of Peter and The Wolf), members of Peel, Tacks the Boy Disaster, and INK
Where: Beerland
When: 7:00pm
How Much: FREE!


- or -

When: Doors 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
How Much: $20 (w/fees)

- or -

When: Standard Show Time (henceforth abbreviated as SST, aka I don't know)
How Much: Cheap

Friday (2/3):

When: SST
How Much: Cheap


- or -

When: SST
How Much: Cheap

Saturday (2/4):

What: Belaire and Loxsly
Where: The Parish
When: Doors at 9:00pm
How Much: $8

Sunday (2/5):

Where: Beerland
When: They say 10:30pm
How Much: Cheap

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

New Voxtrot

Voxtrot has posted a new mp3 on their site, it being the title track from their upcoming 2nd EP, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Wives. Peep it and tell me what you think.

If you dig it you can pre-order that bad boy at their site or just pick it up early from the guys themselves at one of their upcoming shows.

Also, 75 or less finally got around to talking (briefly, of course) about their Raised by Wolves EP here, although I can't really tell what they think of it.