Sunday, September 25, 2005

Life is a Festival

What do you get when you put people, music, and dust together in 108-degree heat? The Austin City Limits Festival. There’s something totally disgusting about black snot after a day of baking in the sun, but I got a free ticket for Sunday (thank you Sabrina!), so I went to see the St. James Band (the fabulous Brad Gilley on drums), Ruthie Foster (clear, soulful voice and strong presence), and The Decemberists.

The Decemberists began just as I finished a strawberry snow cone- perfect timing. From what I can remember, they played The Sporting Life, 16 Military Wives, Youth and Beauty Brigade, Red Right Ankle, and The Chimbley Sweep (not a typo). They had us all wrapped around their maritime-story-telling finger. At one point, lead singer Colin Meloy conducted the entire audience to crouch down and not make a sound. At another, Chris Funk (guitar, mandolin, keyboard) brought out a huge cardboard “whale jaw” – it was like something from a bad elementary school play – that was our signal to make noises like we were being eaten by a whale. I must admit, we did a good job. The Decemberists are worth suffering black snot. You can quote me on that.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

My Guilty Pleasure

Sure, it's trite radio pop, but it's trite radio pop en espagnol! Since I only know corazon, amor, and bailar in Spanish, the lyrics are always just right. I'm able to pick out voices a little, like in a duet that Nelly Furtado sings about "fotografia" with Columbian hottie Juanes. See, I'm already adding new words to my floundering vocabulary, but I still have no idea what they're talking about. Sometimes I think they're taking pictures of each other because they're so in love. Other times they just can't stop dwelling on the past looking at those tired pictures. They must play that song 187 times a day, so I've got time to get it figured out.

My recommendation? 104.9 FM - Pop en Espagnol

Bailar!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Most Downloaded: Week Three

I am the happy kind of flabbergasted.

Friday, September 16, 2005

love at first listen...

i took a walk downtown today. a pretty lady in a car waved me across a driveway. it was patty griffin. i could have scooped my heart out right there and given it to her.

Monday, September 12, 2005

It Was THAT Good

Last night I left the club and my legs were shaking. It was THAT good. I went out on a school night to check out Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at The Parish on 6th Street. This was the funkiest thing I've seen in Austin in a long time.

Sharon and the band blew the roof off of her own tunes, like "How Do I Let a Good Man Down", "Your Thing Is a Drag", and "How Long Do I Have to Wait for You". They played "This Land Is Your Land" and "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes" (released this time last year). She danced out her interpretation of how the movements of Africans and Native Americans mixed together to become moving to Gospel music. Sharon Jones bled her heart out to us from the moment she stepped onstage until after her encore was over. During the encore, she did dances from the 60's. At 49 years old, this woman hiked up her thigh-high dress and tore up the stage. Find out if she's coming to your town and GO!
In a desert of computerized over-produced faux-R&B, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ "Naturally" is a cool glass of water for anyone thirsty for Real Soul and Funk Music. On this, their sophomore release on Brooklyn’s own independent Daptone Records, they have succeeded in transcending the boundaries of time to bring us face to face with the naked body of vintage Soul. Link to it.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Most Downloaded Song

My track from the Dallas Music Labs is the most downloaded song on Austin Online Music. That rocks.

YOU... who bookmarked the page, you who downloaded the song, you who send me encouragement, you who are reading this right now, thank YOU. You are making this a wonderful and fulfilling experience for me. I hope the journey and the music will be even slightly as fulfilling for you. Once we get this thing off the ground it will help so many others, too. See some of what you are affecting at this site.