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Highlights of SXSW 2007 Day 1

After making the three-hour drive from Houston and waiting in line an hour for my badge, here’s how my first day progressed:

Arthur Yoria
@ BD Riley’s Irish Pub
The Prairie Cartel @ Metro 25th Anniversary party @ Emo’s (also The Redwalls, Smoking Popes, The M’s, and The Changes)
Mando Diao @ WonkaVision magazine party @ Red 7
Black Tie Dynasty @ The Tap Room at Six

Which leads me to my favorite thing about the SXSW experience. Since I didn’t have time to stand in line to see Wolf & Cub at Emo’s on Wednesday night, I instead went early to The Tap Room at Six and caught an Austin band called Tacks, The Boy Disaster. They were–simply put–amazing. The closest I can come to describing their sound is Midlake, but that might be due to the fact that one of the members of Midlake played a song with them during their set. I love “discovering” new bands this way–makes the endless walking, the smells of stale beer, vomit, and burnt pizza, and insane crowds all worth it.

And it turns out a friend of mine from high school and college is married to their drummer so that made it even better. I suggest getting their CD and checking out their music online here.

I also caught a few songs of The Rapture @ La Zona Rosa, got kicked out of a party at Mohawk two seconds after walking in (not my fault), and spent way too long trying to hail a cab back to the room. I love Austin.

Chip Midnight’s report(s) should be coming later in the day. Technical difficulties prevented us from posting anything until now. Apologies all around…

Sinister Muse day party with Scott Lucas solo (Local H)

Sinister Muse Records ‘BIGGEST LITTLE PARTY IN AUSTIN 2007’ is Friday, March 16th from 1-4pm, co-sponsored by the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls and OmniRox Entertainment. The party is being held at Momo’s (upstairs from Katz’s Deli) at 618 W. 6th Street, right in the heart of all the SXSW action.

Here’s the line-up:

This will be a good party, as they’ll be giving away a bunch of free stuff. Here’s what they have to say:

* If you’ve RSVPed, we will be issuing your party laminates at the door, so don’t expect anything in the mail, bucko. If you haven’t RSVPed yet, then best of luck to you my friend.
* The party starts at 1pm sharp and so does the music, free booze, and free food.
* We will be raffling of lots of great gifts including Sinister Muse prize packs, TXRD Rollergirl swag, OmniRox gear, and last but not least a Taylor 310 Dreadnought acoustic/electric guitar and hard case valued at $2100. Plus much, much more!
* The TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls are coming in full force. So bring your sharpies and cameras and come meet your favorite rollergirl!
* The most excellent DJ Stephen R will be spinning between live sets to ensure non-stop background music for your boozing and shmoozing.
* Expect to have LOTS of fun with fans and colleagues from every part of the music industry and discover your favorite new artists for 2007 and beyond. George W. Bush was even quoted as saying that our party “Is going to be nucular!”

I believe an RSVP is required. for more info.

Australian Music Collective BBQ line-up

On Friday, March 16, the Australian Music Collective throws what in the past has been one of the week’s best day parties: the Aussie BBQ. The event takes place from noon to 7pm in Brush Square Park and features the following line-up:

12.00 – 12.25pm I HEART HIROSHIMA
12.35 – 1.00pm THE PANDA BAND
1.10 – 1.35pm DALLAS CRANE
1.45 – 2.10pm CHILDREN COLLIDE
2.25 – 2.50pm EXPATRIATE
3.05 – 3.30pm HOODOO GURUS
3.45 – 4.10pm YOU AM I
4.25 – 4.50pm AIRBOURNE
5.10 – 5.35pm WOLF AND CUB
5.45 – 6.10pm SPOD
6.25 – 6.50pm BEASTS OF BOURBON
7.05 – 7.35pm MINK

This is an invite-only industry showcase & BBQ. Visit the Australian Music Collective at for more details.

Sabbath in the Park By Sabbath West

Sabbath in the Park By Sabbath West is happening in Austin’s Wooldridge Square (11st St.) on Saturday, March 17th, from 4-7pm.

HoustonSoReal brings hip hop happenings to SXSW

Matt Sonzala, undeniably Houston’s best-known and loved hip hop promoter (and HoustonSoReal blogger), has a TON of events scheduled and shows he wants you to attend during this year’s SXSW. The fun starts that Tuesday evening and continues throughout the week — Devin the Dude, Chamillionaire, Willie D, Coughee Brothaz, PPT, Grit Boys, Monet Waters, UGK, Roxy Cottontail, Studemont Project (a favorite of mine), and much more.

Tuesday, March 13th

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center – 1165 Angelina – All Ages

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Matt Sonzala of HoustonSoReal interviews Chamillionaire
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Chamillionaire (Houston, TX)
7:00 – 7:20 p.m. – Gutta Gang (Austin, TX)
7:45 – 9:00 p.m. – Cyrill Neville (New Orleans, LA / Austin, TX)

Wednesday March 14th

Visions – 614 East 6th Street – 18+ (hosted by Matt Sonzala)

1:00 – 2:00 a.m. – Devin the Dude (Houston, TX)
12:30 – 1:00 a.m. – Coughee Brothaz/14K/ Rob Quest of the Odd Squad (Houston, TX)
11:45 – 12:25 a.m. – Evidence of Dilated Peoples (Los Angeles, CA)
11:00 – 11:30 p.m. – Kidz In Da Hall (Chicago, IL)
10:30 – 10:55 – K-Rino & The South Park Coalition (Houston, TX)
10:05 – 10:20 – KJ Hines (Austin, TX)
9:45 – 10:00 – Public Offenders (Austin, TX)
9:15 – 9:30 – Lower Life Form (Houston, TX)
8:45 – 9:00 – Southern Intellect (Houston, TX)
8:00 – 8:45 –DJs Domo & Good Grief of the Coughee Brothaz (Houston, TX)

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Spain Colored Orange shows during SXSW

Spain Colored Orange, Houston Press‘ best band of 2006, is playing a lot of shows in Austin during South By Southwest 2007. Here’s the list:

March 14 @ The Parlor- Spain Colored Orange (11pm), Cartright (10pm), The Quiet Company (9pm), The Quiet Life (8pm)

March 15 @ Bella Blue- KVRX & I Eat Records party! Spain Colored Orange, YipYip, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Black Before Red, Mae-Shi, Greg Ashley (of Gris Gris), The Six Parts Seven, Ladybug Transistor, +/

March 15 @ Cheapo Disc- Spain Colored Orange instore at 2 pm

March 16 @ Scholz Garten- Texas Music Magazine party! (SCO will have a spotlight feature in the March issue)

March 16 @ Hole In The Wall- Invincible Czars, Two Star Symphony, SpainColored Orange and much more

March 17 @ The Whisky – Shout it Out Loud / Boys & Girls Club Day Party! O’Death, Kid 606, CeePlus, Foreign Islands, Shit Disco, Datarock, Spain Colored Orange, David Vandervelde and more

To check out Spain Colored Orange’s music, visit their website.

Filter‘s High Noon At Cedar Street

Filter magazine will again be out in full-force at this year’s 2007 SXSW with three days of free day shows. High Noon At Cedar Street will take place Wednesday through Friday Thursday through Saturday. from 12-6pm.

If last year’s line-up was any indication (Metric, Silversun Pickups, etc.), this will prove to be one of the best day parties around.

UPDATE: Info from Ra Ra Riot’s Myspace…… Filter Presents March 16: Aqualung, Money Mark, Robbers on High Street, Ra Ra Riot & More at the Cedar Street Courtyard Show is noon -6pm RSVP: (thx Kathryn)

Bands from preview issue of SXSWorld magazine

Just got what’s touted as “The Official Magazine Of The South By Southwest Conferences & Festivals” Preview issue & there are ads, articles, and promos that mention a lot of bands. By no means a “list,” but there are a few I was unaware of.

Here’s a few of what I see mentioned in this magazine. Some of these may have already been listed here before, so forgive me if I’m repeating too much info for you.

Emily Haines | The Dears | Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter | Menomena | Aqueduct | The Long Winters | Pagoda | Tall Firs | Thurston Moore | Viva Voce | Nellie McKay | Mastodon | Bloc Party | Young Love | Rocky Votolato | Black Helicopter | Monotract | Sunburned | MV + EE | Magick Markers | Charlalambides | Wooden Wand | Razorlight | Ozomatli | Tiny Masters of Today | The Good, The Bad & The Queen | Amy Winehouse | The Automatic | Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) | The Hot Puppies | The Gentle Good | Future Of The Left | The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club | The Storys | The View | The Horrors | Plan B | Rumble Strips | Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly | Foals | iLiKETRAiNS | A Band Of Bees | Hadouken | The Sunshine Underground | KBC | Shit Disco | Popup | Hot Club De Paris | Good Shoes | Winterkids | You Am I | Hoodoo Gurus | Beasts of Bourbon | Paul Kelly | Disco Ensemble | KTU | Lodger | 22-Pistepirkko | Quetzal | Los Abandoned | Apostle of hustle | Amy Millan | Young Galaxy | Malajube | Les Breastfeeders | Le Nombre | AIDS Wolf | We Are Wolves | Les Georges Leningrad | The Besnard Lakes | Patrick Watson | High Dials | Land of Talk | Asono | Attack Formation | Gorch Fock | Dr. Dog | The Moog | Faceless Werewolves | Sasquatch

Hope that helps. Favorite Albums of 2006: David A. Cobb

I thought it was tough to choose my favorite albums last year, but 2006 proved to be just as difficult. There were a lot of albums I really enjoyed this year, including releases by Sean Lennon, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Flaming Lips, Eagles of Death Metal, M. Ward, Jeremy Enigk, Mogwai, and Isis (among others). However, none of these records stuck with me as much as the following. Here are my favorite 20 albums of 2006.

PS: Check Houston Calling soon for my favorite Houston releases of 2006.

1. French Kicks, “Two Thousand”
These guys could have glommed onto the synth-pop disco revival like fellow NYC band The Rapture, but instead French Kicks chose to scrap their punky feel and reverted to a more eighties Britrock mode. A few of these songs never left my head once I heard them.
MP3: Also Ran
BUY: Amazon

2. The Damnwells, “Air Stereo”
It’s starting to sound as if this Brooklyn-based band can do no wrong–many thought “Bastards of the Beat” would be their pinnacle but “Air Stereo” contains some of the band’s strongest material to date.
MP3: Louisville
BUY: Amazon

3. Band of Horses, “Everything All The Time”

The music’s mellow and beautiful, and the singer’s vocals are wonderful and unique. This is destined to be a classic.
MP3: Funeral
BUY: Amazon

4. Gnarls Barkley, “St. Elsewhere”

I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else for these guys. Everyone’s heard Crazy, but if that’s the extent of your knowledge of this album your ears are being done a disservice–the blend of soul, funk, hip-hop and electronica is catchy and addictive.
VIDEO: Gone Daddy Gone
BUY: Amazon

5. Wolfmother, “Wolfmother”

I was sold even before seeing their set at this year’s SXSW in Austin. The band’s mixture of classic rock and blues is irresistable.
MP3: Woman
BUY: Amazon
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Come out to the Houston Calling happy hour this Monday

For those in the Houston area (or anyone else who wants to make a quick road trip), please make plans to come out to The Proletariat on Monday, October 23rd, from 7-10pm for the Houston Calling happy hour show I organized. That’s this Monday at 7pm.

If this one gets a decent crowd, I will probably continue to organize these happy hours shows every few months. I hope the turnout is as good as the first one, so I’ll see you on Monday the 23rd. Please help spread the word.

You can also download a podcast I made to advertise the show. Right-click this link to download the file. The podcast features the music of Houston bands Bright Men Of Learning, Something Fierce, and Southern Backtones.

Here are links to the bands’ websites:

Bright Men Of Learning
Something Fierce
Southern Backtones

I hope you enjoy the music.