Finally, we are looking at doing some in-store and in-club T-shirt promotions, giving away 100 T-shirts at a whack at some select locations in North America and Europe. If you are a reptile-oriented pet store or alternative/metal/indie music club and would like information on how you can participate in this promotion, contact me.
Once again these shirts are FREE - we DO NOT SELL THEM! They can only be aquired by participating in our on-site contests and at special promotional events. Oh, you might find one on Ebay or in our classifieds, but who's to say it's not some cheap counterfeit. Come out and get one of our 100 percent AUTHENTIC cheap T-shirts for FREE!
We have posted some new pics from Ozzfest today, that is Unearth to the left shot by Brian Rampacek.
We have just passed our first milestone in the photo gallery with over 1,000 concert pictures uploaded so far. We are well on our way to our goal of 10,000 photos by May 1, 2007.
So far the photos include mostly shows reviewed somewhere on our site,or will be soon like Ozzfest, but we welcome the general public to share their photos here as well. Some great bands are on our list, and we will have even more coming up with things like the Hedgepeth Festival, Sounds of the Underground, ACL Fest, SXSW07 and others on our list to cover.
Check out this list of bands we have concert photos for so far...
Yes the rumors ARE true, we DO have a new T-Shirt coming. This time it is a reptile & music T-Shirt!
How can you buy one of these awesome new T-Shirts? Answer - YOU CAN'T! We will only give them away as usual. The first chance anyone will have to get one will be when we hand out 1000 at the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Daytona Beach, Florida.
No, this is not a companion event to Austin's infamous Spam-O-Rama potted meat cook-off, this is actually an event commemorating October 8th, 2006 as Randy "Biscuit" Turner day in Austin, Texas (as officially proclaimed by Austin Mayor Will Wynne). As important in Austin's early punk scene as the late Clifford Antone was to Austin's blues scene, Biscuit could probably be considered the original poster child for the slogan "Keep Austin Weird."
My favorite memory of Biscuit was seeing him and the rest of the Big Boys, in drag, blasting though the soul track "Hollywood Swingin," with their amps set to 11 and a full horn section, at the old Duke's Royal Coach circa 1981.
The 2 day Biscuitfest event starts with a parade (they are looking for participants!) and ends up at Emo's with bands, films, and lots and lots of people from the old school punk days who used to haunt places like Raul's, Dukes, and Club Foot. I will be there with my camera trying to document as much as possible for the site, and I have heard there will be a number of special guests from the era. According to the Biscuitfest.org web site Exene Cervenka, Standing Waves, Hickoids, Pong, and Shooting Pains are all scheduled to perform with more bands to be announced.
I think Biscuit is up there giggling his ass off about the whole damned thing and wishing we wouldn't make such a fuss.
Friday, July 14, 2006, 7 PM
Forget Lollapalooza, if you're anywhere near Kansas City/Lawrence, KS, this weekend, be sure to check out Kallipalooza.
Kalli Sanders is the daughter of our staff director at kingsnake.com, and she's been severely ill for the last year. She's undergone repeated surgeries and hospitalizations, and had to leave her full time job as a social worker. Needless to say the financial impact on Kalli and her family has been tremendous. So a bunch of Kalli's friends have gotten together and teamed up with the hottest indy bands in the region to put on a benefit they've dubbed Kallipalooza.
Bands featured include:
Gourmet Mushroom X (possibly the loudest band in Kansas)
The Lonesome Hound Dogs
Syd Barrett, co-founder of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd, died this week. After he founded the band with Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright in 1965, he left the group in 1968. He was involved in the writing and playing on both The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets. He also is the person credited with naming the band, borrowing names from the bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Barrett became heavily involved with psychedelic drugs, and it's believed that mental illness, aggravated by heavy LSD use, was the main reason for his leaving the band. Barrett was replaced by David Gilmour. He went on to produce two solo albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett (both released in 1970) before withdrawing completely from public life. Opel, released in 1988, was his final music release. It consisted of previously unreleased material.
It is believed that Pink Floyd songs "Brain Damage" and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," as well as the album Wish You Were Here, were Pink Floyd tributes to their fallen band mate. David Bowie recorded a cover of "See Emily Play.". Bowie named Barrett as a major influence in his song writing.
Barrett reverted to his given name of Roger Barrett and lived a quiet life in his hometown of Cambridge, England, for a little over 30 years. While no cause of death has been given, it is believed that he succumbed to complications relating to diabetes. A spokewoman for Pink Floyd said a small, private funeral would be held.
Country legend Johnny Cash died almost three years ago, leaving behind a wealth of unreleased material recorded prior to his death. This is the fifth in a series of albums of this work, produced by longtime Cash collaborator Rick Rubin.
American V: A Hundred Highways is the final volume in this series and was released on July 4. From the Amazon.com review:
The ethical questions surrounding this final album in the American Recordings series are as unavoidable as they are, ultimately, peripheral. While the vocal tracks were recorded in the months just prior to Johnny Cash's passing in September 2003, the arrangements weren't undertaken until two years later. And though producer Rick Rubin had become a trusted friend, the Man in Black wasn't around to approve or disapprove, let alone guide, the final sessions. However, if the pure power of these recordings doesn't quiet the skeptics, nothing will. With Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and slide guitar session pro Smokey Hormel on board (all three of whom appear on earlier Cash albums), along with guitarists Matt Sweeney and Johnny Polansky, the sound is stately and acoustic, but rarely staid, even as the dynamics of earlier recordings in the series are absent. Instead, the songs have a measured, elegiac intensity, the sound of musicians choosing their notes carefully and making just the right choices.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Back Room's closing, Austin's Redrum picks up the (spiked) ball and runs with it, hosting the Extreme Texas Metal Fest III this weekend. With twenty-three metal bands over three days, the black leather and spikes were out in force to show that Austin still has a sharper edge. We will have pics from this show up in the gallery on Monday. For more information on Extreme Texas Metalfest III click here.