Fresh from a surprise appearance with Army of Anyone at Austin's La Zona Rosa, the Meat Puppets will play a set at SXSW on Saturday, immediately following punk rock icon Pete Shelly and the Buzzcocks on Emo's outdoor stage. Since it's the first time the Meat Puppets have played a full set in years, this promises to be one of SXSW07's most buzzed about sets.
One of the founding Puppets, Curt Kirkwood, sat down and talked to us on the phone about their upcoming SXSW gig, Kurt Cobain, Jerry Garcia, the Puppets' forthcoming album. and Burmese pop classics of the 70s. To listen to the interview click on the audio player link under the fold.
Hometown: New York NY http://www.listofblack.com
Wednesday, March 14 9:45 p.m.
Elysium (705 Red River St) (subject to change) Add this to your SXSW Calendar
Sounding like they come straight off the Breakfast Club soundtrack, New York City-based Blacklist takes the moodiness of Morrisey and combines it with Edge-like fuzzy guitar work to come up with a sound more akin to its roots than to any 21st century angst driven indie emo band.
Opening the showcase for Mark Burgess' new band, Bird, and for former Stranglers' frontman Hugh Cornwell at Austin's Elysium, they promise to fill the air with buzzy guitars and deep dark plaintive vocals. We spent some time talking to Blacklist's frontman and guitarist Josh Strawn about their upcoming SXSW gig. Click on the player underneath the fold to listen to the interview.
I love my iPod. I cannot lie. And I have spent, oh, a very very lot of money in the iTunes store buying music all locked up so that even though I own it, I don't own it, because unlike all the songs off my CDs (that I also bought and own), you can't play your iTunes music on anything other than your iPod.
Welcome to the age of Digital Rights Management, or DMR.
So if you shellac a one-atom-thick layer of DRM over a product, you get the full power of the American legal system as a weapon to use against competitors. Apple may have created a successful "Switch" campaign by reverse-engineering Microsoft products like PowerPoint to make Keynote, an Apple program that lets you run old PowerPoint decks on your Mac, but Microsoft can't create a "Switch to the Zune" campaign that offers you the ability to play your iTunes Store songs on a Zune, Microsoft's latest abortive iPod-killer.
Although Apple's DRM is wholly ineffective at preventing copying, it does manage to raise the cost of switching from an iPod to a competing device. Every iTunes song you buy for 99 cents amounts to a 99 cent tax on switching from an iPod to a Zune. That's because your iTunes songs won't play on your Zune -- or on any other player, save those made or licensed by Apple. Jobs tries to skate around this in his memo, suggesting that only a tiny fraction of the music on iPods comes from his music store, and so the anti-switching effects are minimal.
The rest of this is at Salon - if you're not a subscriber, you can get a free day pass to read the article. It's worth the trouble.
Last year I stumbled into a tiny packed club on Austin's 6th Street during the SXSW festival just in time to catch the last couple songs of the Zico Chain's set. With Chris Zico's frenetic platinum blond hair, the blistering guitar runs, and the waves of energy emanating from the stage, you could have imagined yourself projected back in time to see a young pre-bleach Nirvana.
This year the Zico Chain is back for SXSW armed with a whole new pack of songs in the kit bag and have promised us another smokin' hot set. Even without the golden locks, the comparison to early Nirvana is still fitting. Chris took a few minutes to chat with us about their gig at this years SXSW and touring with Alkaline Trio and Disturbed. Click on the player link under the fold to listen to the interview.
Once again they didn't even make it out of the starting gate. This year's planned reunion tour of David Lee Roth and Van Halen will apparently NOT occur. Rolling Stone is reporting that employees of the promoter Live Nation have been informed that "the Van Halen tour has been shut down." Good news for David Lee Roth, however, as this will allow him to pursue the lead in the sequel to the 2006 Matthew McConaughey film Failure To Launch.
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Paul Collins Beat
Genre: Rock Hometown: New York NY www.paulcollinsbeat.com
Friday, March 16 12:00 a.m.
Habana Calle 6 Patio (709 E 6th St) (subject to change)
Back in 1980, when both Paul Collins and I had a lot more hair and Austin was just becoming the hotbed of the alternative music scene that it is today, some interesting tours came to town. One of these included a gig by Paul Weller's UK band the Jam, at the old Armadillo World Headquarters. Opening that gig was a band called the Beat that I expected to be the ska band of the same name, also from the U.K.
Instead it turned out to Paul Collins' Beat, or the L.A. Beat, a slick, buzzy powerpop foursome whose sound showed a variety of influences. Lead by Paul Collins, who along with Peter Case was one of the founding members of the Nerves, the Beat bounded from Beatlesesque harmonies, to almost a pure Ramones rip, to Stray Cats -nfluenced guitar twang, each song seemingly hookier than the next. The influences came honestly, with Paul and the Nerves touring with the Ramones in 74, and the Nerves even penning the song "Hanging on The Telephone" later made a hit by their friends in Blondie.
After a 10 year hiatus from the music scene, Paul Collins will return with the Beat to Austin's SXSW festival with an official SXSW gig as well as several other local sets. We were lucky enough to get a chance to talk to him about his SXSW gig and what is was like back in the day before there was an "alternative" or "indie" music scene. Click on the player link under the fold to listen to the interview.
The Paul Collins Beat SXSW/Austin Schedule
WEDNESDAY MARCH 14
KOOP Radio Live internet broadcast air time 7pm
THURSDAY MARCH 15
4:30 cd signings for the South by Bookstore Entire Band
in the SXSW Trade Show. The book store is located in the trade
show along the back wall, Booths M18-O18.
SATURDAY MARCH 17
Havana Calle 6 Patio 709 E 6th St.
SXSW SHOW TIME 12 a.m. (Midnight)
Antone's Record Store
2928 Guadalupe Austin, TX (512) 322-0660
FREDDIE STEADY'S FRONTIER A GO GO
7th Annual Showcase & Rock & Roll Hootenanny
PAUL COLLINS - 7 PM
THE FREDDIE STEADY FIVE - 6 PM
THE UGLY BEATS - 5 PM
EVE & THE EXILES - 4 PM
JENNY WOLFE & THE PACK - 3 PM
THE TEXCENTRICS - 2 PM
RUBY DEE & THE SNAKEHANDLERS - 1 PM
This week's free download in the iTunes store is a song called "The Guide" from Australian band Borne. I usually grab the free downloads, and most of them don't grab me. This one does.
The iTunes review says lead vocalist Cameron Tapp's voice is a more soulful and rougher version of Bono's... I'm not quite sure I agree with that, but it's not totally off. They also compare him to Chris Martin, which is just wrong. I'm not a Coldplay fan, so maybe I'm too prejudiced to hear it, but Tapp's voice is much more expressive and smoother than Martin's, while still having a rough edge to it that appeals to me much more than Martin's.
I'd describe this as a piano-swelling-into-guitar lovesong squarely in the indie rock tradition... yearning, minimally produced, the slightly sappy edge of the lyrics taken off with the raw vocal.
Texas band The Toadies has just announced a 2 night re-union gig at Austin's Stubb's BarBQ on March 12th & 13th, right before the opening of the huge SXSW music festival on March 15th. With Snow Patrol's sold out show on March 10th and Iggy and The Stooges performing at Stubb's during SXSW, it is rapidly becoming the hotspot for the big bands this year. Look for more SXSW updates as we get closer. Tickets are available at http://Stubbs.frontgatetickets.com
According to news on the AP wire this morning, former Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell has left the band Audioslave citing personality conflicts and musical differences. Tom Morello will re-unite with the remaining members of Audioslave to re-form as Rage Against The Machine for a "one shot" concert at this years Coachella.
Rumor mills have been speculating that the newly re-united Police also may make an appearance at this years Coachella and sources have told our staff that their current 14 date tour will be extended to as many as 41 North American venues. The Police will be performing at this years Bonaroo festival for sure, as well as a number of sports stadiums and arenas.
Graham Williams of Emo's has confirmed they will be hosting the Buzzcocks and the Meat Puppets shows during this years SXSW during a podcast interview with club.kingsnake's own Jeff Barringer (see the post below this one) as well as some of the other bands on their schedule. Mystery still surrounds who this years late booking big names and "secret" SXSW shows will be.
ZZ Top hits the road in March with a tour that starts in Biloxi Mississippi and ends in Pala California. While playing a number of casinos, they will play Houston's Reliant Stadium on March 18th and Austin's The Backyard on April 14th.
Peaches at Emo's in 2006 photo by staff photographer jeff barringer/font>
Want to find out who's playing at Emo's at SXSW this year? How about how to get your band booked to play at Emo's? Graham Williams, booking manager has some interesting facts and hot rumors about one of Austin's favorite live music venues! Visit our Podcast Interviews Page or download the MP3 and take it with you.