Austin Chronicle Music Anthology


"Music saturates the city of Austin, always has, and likely always will," observes Louis Black, the founding editor of the renowned alternative newspaper, The Austin Chronicle. Music is more than simply the sound track of Austin, however; it's a force inseparable from the city's culture, economics, politics, and daily life. The very history of Austin can be drafted upon the frequencies that flood its streets, from legendary clubs—Antone's, Emo's, and the Broken Spoke—to internationally renowned events such as ...

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"Music saturates the city of Austin, always has, and likely always will," observes Louis Black, the founding editor of the renowned alternative newspaper, The Austin Chronicle. Music is more than simply the sound track of Austin, however; it's a force inseparable from the city's culture, economics, politics, and daily life. The very history of Austin can be drafted upon the frequencies that flood its streets, from legendary clubs—Antone's, Emo's, and the Broken Spoke—to internationally renowned events such as South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Since publishing its first issue in 1981, The Austin Chronicle has evolved alongside the city's sound to define and give voice to "The Live Music Capital of the World."

In honor of the Chronicle's thirtieth anniversary, this anthology gathers the weekly's best music writing and photography, with introductions to each decade by the paper's principal voices, Margaret Moser, Raoul Hernandez, and Christopher Gray. Through album and live show reviews, stunning portraits, and in-depth articles, the collection traces the roots of Austin's unique sound, featuring seminal artists ranging from Doug Sahm and Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Butthole Surfers and Spoon. With historical pieces that look back at Twelfth Street's blues beginnings, the Sixties' psychedelic origins, and the definitive progressive country scene of the Seventies, the anthology provides an unparalleled sweep of Austin music history, while also shining light on the integral but often overlooked figures of the music scene with a thoroughness and honesty that's hallmark to the Chronicle's style. Framing the work from such esteemed music writers as Chet Flippo, Ed Ward, Dave Marsh, Joe Nick Patoski, John T. Davis, Michael Corcoran, and Peter Blackstock, are now-iconic images from photographers Burton Wilson, Scott Newton, John Carrico, and Todd Wolfson, among others.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780292723184
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.05 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Like the founders of The Austin Chronicle and many of its esteemed writers, AUSTIN POWELL and DOUG FREEMAN began covering the local music scene for the Daily Texan at the University of Texas, where they also hosted radio shows on KVRX. In 2006, Freeman founded the website Austin Sound, for which he still serves as managing editor, while Powell assumed the reins of the Chronicle’s music news column, “Off the Record.”
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Table of Contents

Introduction BY LOUIS BLACK

The 1980s
On the Road with Joe Ely BY MARGARET MOSER
Joe Ely Band with Little Charlie [Sexton] at Club Foot BY BABS MODERN
Lou Ann Barton, Old Enough BY JODY DENBERG
In One Ear: Wandering Around Soap Creek BY MARGARET MOSER
The Skunks: Between Rock and a Hard Place BY MARGARET MOSER
Raul's: A Very Select Discography BY MARGARET MOSER
Rank and File: Mama, What's a Cowpunk? BY DENNIS NOWLIN
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, T-Bird Rhythm BY MARGARET MOSER
Gene Ramey Band at Piggy's BY GREG STEPHENS
Big Boys, Really Red, Crotch Rot at Club Foot BY ROBERT DRAPER
Lyle Lovett at emmajoe's BY ELAINE BLODGETT
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood BY MICHAEL HALL
Standing Waves at the Nightlife BY ROBERT DRAPER
Butthole Surfers, Butthole Surfers BY MICHAEL HALL
Blaze Foley at Austin Outhouse BY ROB KLEIN
Marcia Ball's Evolution from Country Kicker to Blues Singer BY JODY DENBERG
Freda & the Firedogs, Freda & the Firedogs; Supernatural Family Band, Lubbock Lights; The Contenders; Greezy Wheels, "Finding Happiness"/"Monkey in the Church" BY MARGARET MOSER
The Dicks, Jeffersons, Hickoids, Fudge Tunnels at Voltaire's Basement BY BRENT GRULKE
The Dicks, Dicks 1980–1986 BY MARGARET MOSER
Ray Wylie Hubbard at Dixie's Bar & Bus Stop BY L. E. MCCULLOUGH
Butch Hancock: Songwriters Recognition Series BY CHRIS WALTERS
Why I Worry About Joe "King" Carrasco BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
Uranium Savages' 10th Anniversary Celebration at Soap Creek Saloon BY MARYBETH GRADZIEL
Glass Eye at the Beach BY DAVID DAGE
Blaze Foley, Blaze Foley BY LOUIS BLACK
Dan Del Santo, World Beat BY CHRIS WALTERS
Poison 13, Poison 13 BY BRENT GRULKE
Poison 13, Zeitgeist, True Believers at Continental Club BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
Omar & the Howlers, I Told You So BY BRENT GRULKE
Butthole Surfers, Psychic . . . Powerless . . . Another Man's Sac BY BRENT GRULKE
B.W. Stevenson at Cactus Cafe BY L. E. MCCULLOUGH
Obviously True Believers BY CHRIS WALTERS
Zeitgeist, Translate Slowly BY BRENT GRULKE
Doctors' Mob, Headache Machine BY BRENT GRULKE
Don't You Start Me Talking: The Cutting Edge BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
Daniel Johnston by Louis Black
Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You BY RICHARD DORSETT
Not Daniel Johnston, How, Hi Are You: The Unfurnished Album BY DANIEL JOHNSTON
Roky Erickson and R.E.M.: Fables of the Undead BY THOMAS ANDERSON
Butthole Surfers at Ritz Theatre BY STUART GILBERT
Butthole Surfers, Cargo Cult at Fifth Street Theatre BY RICHARD DORSETT
Charlie Sexton, Pictures For Pleasure BY JEFF WHITTINGTON
Fabulous Thunderbirds: Rolling With the T-Bird Rhythm BY CHRIS WALTERS
Don't You Start Me Talking: Austin Music Sucks BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
Angela Strehli, Stranger Blues BY JAY TRACHTENBERG
Darden Smith, Native Soil BY ELAINE BLODGETT
Don't You Start Me Talking: Woodshock BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
Timbuk 3: The Family That Plays Together Stays Together BY SARAH WIMER
Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith at Paramount Theatre BY ROB MCCORKLE
The Last Days of the Beach BY STEVE JOHNSON
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Straight from the Heart BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
T.D. Bell & the Cadillacs: We Got Some Stuff in Store BY MARTHA HARTZOG
Don't You Start Me Talking: An Open Letter to Michael MacCambridge BY MICHAEL CORCORAN
Dongfest at Dong Huong BY ERIC LORD
Wild Seeds, Mud, Lies & Shame BY ED WARD
Ray Benson at the Wheel BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Bad Mutha Goose & the Brothers Grimm, Rev It Up--Jump the Funk BY GEORGE LEAKE
Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys at Broken Spoke BY TODD JAGGER
Robert Earl Keen, Jr., The Live Album BY LEE NICHOLS
Rusty Wier: It Does Make You Want to Dance BY JOHN T. DAVIS
1989-1990 Austin Music Awards Previews:
Jimmie Dale Gilmore BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Two Nice Girls BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Lou Ann Barton BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Doug Sahm & West Side Horns BY JOHN T. DAVIS
W.C. Clark Gets His Due BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Lucinda Williams: No Tougher Judge BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Dancing About Architecture: Liquid Repasts BY KEN LIECK
Ed Hall, Love Spoken Here BY JOSEPH P. MITCHELL
Willie Nelson: Pastures of Plenty BY JOHN T. DAVIS

The 1990s
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Page 2 BY MICHAEL HALL
1991 Austin Music Awards Preview: Arc Angels BY JOHN T. DAVIS
Reivers, Pop Beloved BY JASON COHEN
Tailgators, Bad Livers BY MARGARET MOSER
Esteban "Steve" Jordan BY JASON COHEN
Herman the German & Das Cowboy BY TIM STEGALL
Libbi Bosworth and Tumblin' Dice BY MARGARET MOSER
Don Walser: Pure Texas Country BY LEE NICHOLS
Don Walser's Pure Texas Band at Emo's BY LEE NICHOLS
The Bad Livers: Picking the Wide World of Music BY JASON COHEN
Skrew, Burning in Water, Drowning In Flame BY MARC SAVLOV
Skellington, Skellington BY JASON COHEN
Daniel Johnston: A Songwriter's Struggle BY JASON COHEN
Dancing About Architecture BY KEN LIECK
Dancing About Architecture: Titty Bingo? BY KEN LIECK
Dixie Chicks, Little Ol' Cowgirl BY LEE NICHOLS
Tish Hinojosa, Taos to Tennessee and Culture Swing BY LEE MOORE
Willie Nelson at State Capitol BY PAUL MINOR
The U List: The Most Notable Austin Underground Bands
The Texas Instruments, Magnetic Home BY LUKE TORN
ST-37, The Invisible College BY GREG BEETS
Stephen Bruton at Antone's BY MICHAEL ECK
The Fuckemos, The Fuckemos BY GREG BEETS
The Motards, Stardom BY GREG BEETS
Nanci Griffith at Paramount Theatre BY STEVE BROOKS
Eric Johnson at Antone's BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Townes Van Zandt, David Rodriguez at Cactus Cafe BY STEVE BROOKS
At the Starting Gates of the Seventies BY BILL BENTLEY
Shiva's Headband Experience BY MARGARET MOSER
Ian Moore, Ian Moore BY ANDY LANGER
Monte Warden, Monte Warden; Kelly Willis, Kelly Willis BY LEE NICHOLS
Jerry Jeff Walker: Let's Go (Back) to Luckenbach, Texas BY LEE NICHOLS
Remembering the Cosmic Cowboy Years BY CHET FLIPPO
Listening to the First "Austin Sound" BY CHET FLIPPO
Ed Hall, Motherscratcher BY GREG BEETS
Doyle Bramhall, Bird Nest on the Ground BY MARGARET MOSER
Cotton Mather, Cotton is King BY MINDY LABERNZ
Jimmie Vaughan at the Backyard; Joe Ely at La Zona Rosa; Buick MacKane at Hole in the Wall BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Cherubs, Heroin Man BY GREG BEETS
Johnboy, Claim Dedications; Bedhead, What Fun Life Was; Crust, Crusty Love BY GREG BEETS
Kathy McCarty: From Glass Eye to Dead Dog's Eyeball BY CHRIS WALTERS
Guy Forsyth & the Asylum Street Spankers at Austin Outhouse BY AL KAUFMAN
1995 SXSW Picks and Sleepers:
Ian McLagen & Monkey Jump BY MARGARET MOSER
Wayne Hancock BY LEE NICHOLS
Omar & the Howlers BY MARGARET MOSER
Michael Fracasso, When I Lived in the Wild BY PETER BLACKSTOCK
Sue Foley, Big City Blues BY MARGARET MOSER
Guy Clark, Dublin Blues BY LEE NICHOLS
The Scabs at Steamboat BY ANDY LANGER
Dangerous Toys: Toy Story BY ANDY LANGER
1996 SXSW Picks to Click: Sixteen Deluxe BY MARGARET MOSER
Dancing About Architecture: Sixteen Delays BY KEN LIECK
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Braver Newer World BY JOE MITCHELL
Butthole Surfers, Electriclarryland BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Shawn Colvin, A Few Small Repairs BY MICHAEL BERTIN
Townes Van Zandt: Dead Rabbits BY ED WARD
Miss Lavelle White, It Haven't Been Easy BY MARGARET MOSER
Ruben Ramos: Parallel Universe BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Davíd Garza's Musical Manifesto BY ANDY LANGER
Jon Dee Graham, Escape From Monster Island BY MARGARET MOSER
Tina Marsh & CO2 "Dreamkeepers" at Laguna Gloria Amphitheatre BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Bruce Robison, Wrapped BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Dale Watson at Little Longhorn Saloon BY GREG BEETS
Storyville, Dog Years BY MICHAEL BERTIN
Billy Joe Shaver, Victory BY JAY HARDWIG
Beaver Nelson, The Last Hurrah BY ANDY LANGER
Fastball: All the Pain Platinum Can Buy BY ANDY LANGER
Spoon: Drake Tungsten and His Boy Skellington BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
1999 SXSW Picks and Sleepers:
The Cornell Hurd Band BY MARGARET MOSER
Scrappy Jud Newcomb BY MARGARET MOSER
Gerry Van King, The Cause of It All BY ANDY LANGER
Brown Whörnet, Brown Whörnet BY GREG BEETS
MC Overlord, House of Funk BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
The Derailers, Full Western Dress BY JERRY RENSHAW
. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Destruction as Beauty BY GREG BEETS
Doug Sahm: Wasted Days, Wasted Nights BY JOE NICK PATOSKI

The 2000s
James Hand: Where the Shadows Are Deepest BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Slaid Cleaves at Cactus Cafe BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Vallejo, Into the New BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
The Gourds: Songs of Innocence and Experience BY CHRISTOPHER HESS
Shearwater, The Dissolving Room BY MICHAEL CHAMY
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eternal & Lowdown BY JIM CALIGUIRI
Clifford Antone: Those Magic Moments BY MARGARET MOSER
Dale Watson: One More for Her by Jerry Renshaw
The Weary Boys, The Weary Boys BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Okkervil River, Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See BY MICHAEL CHAMY
. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Source Tags & Codes BY MICHAEL CHAMY
Patty Griffin: 1,000 Musical Kisses BY DAVE MARSH
Alejandro Escovedo: Paradise BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Del Castillo, Vida BY BELINDA ACOSTA
2003 SXSW Picks to Click:
Bright Lights, Inner City BY MARGARET MOSER
Will Sheff and Will Johnson: Waking the Dead BY MELANIE HAUPT
Scott H. Biram, Lo-Fi Mojo BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Explosions in the Sky: Born on the Fourth of July BY MICHAEL CHAMY
Tia Carerra, The November Session BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Grupo Fantasma, Movimiento Popular BY DAVID LYNCH
Eliza Gilkyson: Lioness in Winter BY MARGARET MOSER
The Meat Purveyors, Pain by Numbers BY DAVID LYNCH
The 13th Floor Elevators: High Baptismal Flow BY MARGARET MOSER
Por Vida All-Star Tribute Concert at the Paramount BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Jesse Dayton: Mighty Fine BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Banjo & Sullivan, The Ultimate Collection 1972–1978 BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Carolyn Wonderland at Saxon Pub BY MARGARET MOSER
Pinetop Perkins: When I'm 64 BY MARGARET MOSER
The Crack Pipes, Beauty School BY GREG BEETS
Spoon, Gimme Fiction BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Jimmy LaFave: Ribbon on the Highway BY DAVE MARSH
Tee Double, The Lone Star L.P. BY ROBERT GABRIEL
MC Bavu Blakes and DJ Baby G: Blazing Saddles BY ROBERT GABRIEL
Smog, A River Ain't Too Much to Love BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Voxtrot, Raised By Wolves BY DARCIE STEVENS
Randy "Biscuit" Turner: Making Biscuit BY MARC SAVLOV
James McMurtry: Terms of Engagement BY ANDY LANGER
American Analog Set: Static Between Stations BY DARCIE STEVENS
Roky Erickson: Starry Eyes BY MARGARET MOSER
The Sword: Winter's Wolves BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
The Sword: Seek and Destroy BY TRIVETT WINGO
2006 SXSW Pick to Click: Black Angels BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
The Riverfront Gamblers: Rattle Me Bones BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Jon Dee Graham, Full BY ANDY LANGER
Charanga Cakewalk, Chicano Zen BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Clifford Antone: I Saw the Light BY MARGARET MOSER
Sound Team, Movie Monster BY GREG BEETS
Scratch Acid: The Greatest Gift BY GREG BEETS
Ghostland Observatory at Zilker Park BY DAN OKO
Ralph White: Year of the Squirrel BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
Peter & the Wolf at Eternal BY MICHAEL BERTIN
Li'l Cap'n Travis, Twilight on Sometimes Island BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
The Octopus Project, Hello, Avalanche BY DARCIE STEVENS
Okkervil River, The Stage Names BY DOUG FREEMAN
Off the Record: Winged Life BY AUSTIN POWELL
Sam Baker: Terrible Beauty BY DOUG FREEMAN
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Not Noiice BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal BY MARGARET MOSER
Butthole Surfers: Out of the Mouths of Children BY AUSTIN POWELL
The Flatlanders, Hills and Valleys BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
2008 SXSW Picks to Click: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears BY THOMAS FAWCETT
Sarah Jarosz, Song Up in Her Head BY MARGARET MOSER
Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Girl of the Century BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
Various Artists, Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

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