10.23.17

A (Prolonged) Toast (Or Several) To Venues That Book The Unbookable

Posted in Rock Und Roll, The World Of Entertainment at 7:20 pm by


(miniature James Arthur’s Manhunt, Buccaneer Lounge, September 2013)

Sunday morning’s fire at Memphis, TN previously-shuttered Buccaneer Lounge — an establishment I only staggered thru a handful of times — resulted in no small outpouring of social media nostalgia. Photos of late nights at the Bucc w/ all measures of killer global talent (at past Goner Fests and otherwise) have popped up throughout the last two days, and they’re all a vivid reminder that some of the most exciting musical moments of our lives take place in cramped conditions, very often without a proper P.A., “stage” lighting (or a stage for that matter) and few of the creature comforts more casual audiences might associate with anything they’d wanna experience. And that’s their loss.

And eventually, ours, too. Because as similar venues bite the dust (fewer via arson, I reckon but maybe for another spectacular stroke of bad luck) we lose something far greater than just another floor / toilet / bar that (hopefully) over-pours. The stuff that ultimately blows minds, changes lives and lays waste to the form book rarely gets started in a C3 or Bowery Presents or Goldenvoice setting (not in recent years for G.V anyway). And the purpose of this post isn’t to trash those companies or the lovely people who toil for them — I’m just saying there’s a lot of amazing stuff doesn’t gonna get off the ground without some version of the Buccaneer because it’s always gonna be the places of that nature that give the newer or more idiosyncratic players a first, second or third chance.

That’s not to say a bar with an air freshener or a well-lit exit sign is the enemy of art or anything of the sort. But much the way Austin’s Trailer Space was mourned (IE. DON’T CALL IT AN INCUBATOR BECAUSE INCUBATORS ARE FOR INFANTS AND YOU REALLY WOULDN’T WANT INFANTS IN ANY OF THESE PLACES), all the real estate angels and nuevo Star Searchers cannot replace one good party. If you’ve got anything like-minded happening in your town, don’t wait until they’re giving away the fixtures to soak up what’s on offer.

Coming November 17 – The Golden Boys ‘ ‘Better Than Good Times’ (12XU 099-1)

Posted in General at 5:39 pm by

(photo by Angela Betancourt)

The Golden Boys – Better Than Good Times (12XU 099-1) preorder from 12XU or Bandcamp

Once upon a time in Spring Branch, TX  five legends went back to the future and formed THE GOLDEN BOYS.  Created after a long drive in a pickup truck with a 12 pack of beer, founding members James Arthur (Fireworks, Necessary Evils, Feast Of Snakes) and Matt Hoopengardner (White Heat) sat on the edge of a cliff staring at the sunset. Soon after, extreme super hobo John Wesley Coleman III rode up on a wild coyote named FIRE DEMON. The group quickly formed a solid nexus and foundation for the Texas psyche blues texas rock texas jam texas pop ETC

After much whiskey on the basement floor, Nay Nay (Kackacka Butt Bomb) and Bryan Schmitz (Manhunt, Feast Of Snakes) appeared in a powdery puff, followed shortly after by the verdant recruit, Philly Pat Troxell (Creepoid, Plaque Marks). After multiple years toiling in obscurity alongside the Spider Bags and Strange Boys, the Golden Boys were saved by international playboy and The Gospel Truth’s founding member, Patrick Travis.

Coming 5 years after the acclaimed, ‘Dirty Fingernails’, this is the band’s 6th album.  No one thought it could be done (and no one cared) until Gerard Cosloy asked, “Hey, are you guys making another record?”, to which The Golden Boys replied, “will you buy us some Texas Chili Parlor?” He said, “yes” (EDITOR’S NOTE : I do not remember this conversation)

Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn, Manhunt, A Giant Dog, Grifters) presided over the remarkable recordings.  So here we are, with our newest and our best.  Better than ever. Better than good times.

The Golden Boys are :
Nay Nay Arbeitman
Matt Hoopengardner
Patrick Travis
John Wesley Coleman III
Bryan Schmitz

Recorded and mixed by Stuart Sikes at Iggy’s Putt Putt Palace
Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service

prior praise for ‘Dirty Fingernails’ :

“a brilliant ability to suss out that ineffable quality that makes no-bullshit rock & roll so fun and so vital, and in the process they hold up garage-this and punk-that for the meaningless terms that they ultimately are.’ – Nate Knabel, Agitreader

“played with a swollen heart and clenched-fist determination…a killer group at the height of their powers.” – Doug Mosurock, Still Single

“anthemic hits that are guaranteed to stick in your head for days..an instant classic.” – Mark Twistworthy, Razorcake

“Punk in spirit, rifling through dirty R&B, outlaw country, and vintage pop, Austin’s the Golden Boys embody every great idiom of rock & roll” – Austin Powell, Austin

09.04.17

Coming September 15 : Spray Paint & Ben Mackie – “Friendly Moving Man” b/w “Dumpster Buddies” 7″

Posted in 12XU, Austin, Internal Affairs at 11:31 am by

Scattered to the separate winds of the USA, Mexico and Australia, Austin’s Spray Paint reconvened earlier this year and teamed up with ENTITLED TOURIST #1 aka vocalist Ben Mackie of Melbourne destruction crüe CUNTZ. The resulting two song 7″, “Friendly Moving Man” b/w “Dumpster Buddies” will be released on 12XU September 15 in a limited (BUT NOT LIMITED ENOUGH, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN) quantity. Meetings of the musical minds of this caliber don’t happen that often and if you’ve never stay awake at night wondering just what this pairing might sound like, what in blazes is going on in that brain of yours in the darkness? It’s at times like these that I thank fucking god I’m not a mind reader because if I had the first clue what you’re really thinking, there’s every chance I’d either call the cops or volunteer for the space program.
ORDER HERE.

08.31.17

Is There A New(er) New Movement? It’s True, It’s Damn (Chris) Trew

Posted in Austin, Professional Wrestling at 10:51 pm by

Apologies for the above headline but the real feelings of deep, unabated sorrow will be all yours if you fail to attend this Sunday’s Inspire Pro Wrestling, “A Hero Never Dies” card at the Austin Sports Center. Good seats are still available (terrible seats, too!)

“There Is No Exit Here” – The Xetas Tour Movie

Posted in 12XU, Austin, Internal Affairs at 10:14 pm by

“There Is No Exit Here” is a 62 minute film directed by Xetas’ Kana Harris, shot entirely on an iPhone 5 and captures the Austin trio in preparation for /during their summer 2017 tour in support of their second album, ‘The Tower’. Featuring bandmates David Lee Petro, Jay Dilick, Harris and a succession of peers/associates encountered during their self-booked travels west, ‘No Exit Here’ showcases Xetas in their DIY element and provides a glimpse or several into a touring circuit that’s far removed from the festivals and package tours that litter the news cycle.

order ‘The Tower’ from 12XU or via Bandcamp.

08.03.17

Stokely Hathaway : A “30 For 30” Subject More Explosive Than 100 Mike & The Mad Dogs….

Posted in Professional Wrestling at 8:40 pm by

….provided you strap dynamite to Hathaway’s size S vest. Video courtesy WWN and Evolve.

08.02.17

Jabbar : Where’s Kaepernick’s Superstar Support?

Posted in Gridiron, politics at 7:45 pm by

A day prior to not-a-distraction-at-all-during-his-playing-career Hall Of Famer Ray Lewis suggesting that jobless QB/activist Colin Kaepernick oughta, y’know, keep a lower profile, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (above, middle) took to the pages of The Hollywood Reporter with an op/ed that considered Kaepernick’s right to work, if not his right to speak.

As I look around the NFL at backup quarterbacks, it seems that his talent is superior to a lot of people who are on teams already. And nothing in his words or actions is groundbreaking, nothing that activist athletes haven’t said before. Yet the backlash against him seems more intense than with other outspoken athletes, like Serena Williams and LeBron James.

Americans have a favorite quote to demonstrate their dedication to free speech: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” For this to be more than lip service, NFL superstars must defend athletes like Colin through boycotts or other means of persuasion. Some players already have joined him, including Eric Reid, Kenny Britt, Robert Quinn, Brandon Marshall, Antoine Betha and Eli Harold. But they add up to less than two dozen out of about 1,700 players. Where is the support from the other players, especially the white players who make up most of the top ten highest-paid players in the league?