The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology

Paperback | February 1, 2011

EditorAustin Powell, Doug FreemanForeword byDaniel Johnston

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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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"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 hi...

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, whi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 10 × 8.05 × 1.03 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:University of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780292723184


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Foreword BY DANIEL JOHNSTONAcknowledgmentsIntroduction BY LOUIS BLACKThe 1980sAn Introduction BY MARGARET MOSEROn the Road with Joe Ely BY MARGARET MOSERJoe Ely Band with Little Charlie [Sexton] at Club Foot BY BABS MODERNLou Ann Barton, Old Enough BY JODY DENBERGBig Boys, Fun Fun Fun BY JEFF WHITTINGTONIn One Ear: Wandering Around Soap Creek BY MARGARET MOSERThe Skunks: Between Rock and a Hard Place BY MARGARET MOSERRaul's: A Very Select Discography BY MARGARET MOSERRank and File: Mama, What's a Cowpunk? BY DENNIS NOWLINThe Fabulous Thunderbirds, T-Bird Rhythm BY MARGARET MOSERGene Ramey Band at Piggy's BY GREG STEPHENSBig Boys, Really Red, Crotch Rot at Club Foot BY ROBERT DRAPERLyle Lovett at emmajoe's BY ELAINE BLODGETTStevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood BY MICHAEL HALLStanding Waves at the Nightlife BY ROBERT DRAPERButthole Surfers, Butthole Surfers BY MICHAEL HALLBlaze Foley at Austin Outhouse BY ROB KLEINMarcia Ball's Evolution from Country Kicker to Blues Singer BY JODY DENBERGFreda & the Firedogs, Freda & the Firedogs; Supernatural Family Band, Lubbock Lights; The Contenders; Greezy Wheels, "Finding Happiness"/"Monkey in the Church" BY MARGARET MOSERThe Dicks, Jeffersons, Hickoids, Fudge Tunnels at Voltaire's Basement BY BRENT GRULKEThe Dicks, Dicks 1980–1986 BY MARGARET MOSERRay Wylie Hubbard at Dixie's Bar & Bus Stop BY L. E. MCCULLOUGHButch Hancock: Songwriters Recognition Series BY CHRIS WALTERSWhy I Worry About Joe "King" Carrasco BY MICHAEL CORCORANUranium Savages' 10th Anniversary Celebration at Soap Creek Saloon BY MARYBETH GRADZIELGlass Eye at the Beach BY DAVID DAGEDino Lee BY MICHAEL CORCORANBlaze Foley, Blaze Foley BY LOUIS BLACKDan Del Santo, World Beat BY CHRIS WALTERSPoison 13, Poison 13 BY BRENT GRULKEPoison 13, Zeitgeist, True Believers at Continental Club BY MICHAEL CORCORANOmar & the Howlers, I Told You So BY BRENT GRULKEButthole Surfers, Psychic . . . Powerless . . . Another Man's Sac BY BRENT GRULKEB.W. Stevenson at Cactus Cafe BY L. E. MCCULLOUGHObviously True Believers BY CHRIS WALTERSZeitgeist, Translate Slowly BY BRENT GRULKEDoctors' Mob, Headache Machine BY BRENT GRULKEDon't You Start Me Talking: The Cutting Edge BY MICHAEL CORCORANDaniel 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 JOHNSTONRoky Erickson and R.E.M.: Fables of the Undead BY THOMAS ANDERSONButthole Surfers at Ritz Theatre BY STUART GILBERTButthole Surfers, Cargo Cult at Fifth Street Theatre BY RICHARD DORSETTCharlie Sexton, Pictures For Pleasure BY JEFF WHITTINGTONFabulous Thunderbirds: Rolling With the T-Bird Rhythm BY CHRIS WALTERSDon't You Start Me Talking: Austin Music Sucks BY MICHAEL CORCORANAngela Strehli, Stranger Blues BY JAY TRACHTENBERGDarden Smith, Native Soil BY ELAINE BLODGETTDon't You Start Me Talking: Woodshock BY MICHAEL CORCORANTimbuk 3: The Family That Plays Together Stays Together BY SARAH WIMERJerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith at Paramount Theatre BY ROB MCCORKLEThe Last Days of the Beach BY STEVE JOHNSONStevie Ray Vaughan: Straight from the Heart BY MICHAEL CORCORANT.D. Bell & the Cadillacs: We Got Some Stuff in Store BY MARTHA HARTZOGDon't You Start Me Talking: An Open Letter to Michael MacCambridge BY MICHAEL CORCORANDongfest at Dong Huong BY ERIC LORDWild Seeds, Mud, Lies & Shame BY ED WARDRay Benson at the Wheel BY JOHN T. DAVISBad Mutha Goose & the Brothers Grimm, Rev It Up--Jump the Funk BY GEORGE LEAKEAlvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys at Broken Spoke BY TODD JAGGERRobert Earl Keen, Jr., The Live Album BY LEE NICHOLSRusty 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. DAVISW.C. Clark Gets His Due BY JOHN T. DAVISLucinda Williams: No Tougher Judge BY JOHN T. DAVISDancing About Architecture: Liquid Repasts BY KEN LIECKEd Hall, Love Spoken Here BY JOSEPH P. MITCHELLWillie Nelson: Pastures of Plenty BY JOHN T. DAVISThe 1990sAn Introduction BY RAOUL HERNANDEZStevie Ray Vaughan: Page 2 BY MICHAEL HALL1991 Austin Music Awards Preview: Arc Angels BY JOHN T. DAVISReivers, Pop Beloved BY JASON COHEN Recommendations: Tailgators, Bad Livers BY MARGARET MOSER Esteban "Steve" Jordan BY JASON COHEN Herman the German & Das Cowboy BY TIM STEGALL Terry Allen BY JASON COHEN Libbi Bosworth and Tumblin' Dice BY MARGARET MOSERDon Walser: Pure Texas Country BY LEE NICHOLSDon Walser's Pure Texas Band at Emo's BY LEE NICHOLSThe Bad Livers: Picking the Wide World of Music BY JASON COHENSkrew, Burning in Water, Drowning In Flame BY MARC SAVLOVSkellington, Skellington BY JASON COHENDaniel Johnston: A Songwriter's Struggle BY JASON COHENDancing About Architecture BY KEN LIECKDancing About Architecture: Titty Bingo? BY KEN LIECKDixie Chicks, Little Ol' Cowgirl BY LEE NICHOLSTish Hinojosa, Taos to Tennessee and Culture Swing BY LEE MOOREWillie Nelson at State Capitol BY PAUL MINOR The U List: The Most Notable Austin Underground Bands The Horsies BY JASON COHEN Stretford BY TIM STEGALL Sincola BY JASON COHENThe Texas Instruments, Magnetic Home BY LUKE TORNST-37, The Invisible College BY GREG BEETSStephen Bruton at Antone's BY MICHAEL ECKThe Fuckemos, The Fuckemos BY GREG BEETSThe Motards, Stardom BY GREG BEETSNanci Griffith at Paramount Theatre BY STEVE BROOKSEric Johnson at Antone's BY RAOUL HERNANDEZTownes Van Zandt, David Rodriguez at Cactus Cafe BY STEVE BROOKSAt the Starting Gates of the Seventies BY BILL BENTLEYShiva's Headband Experience BY MARGARET MOSERIan Moore, Ian Moore BY ANDY LANGERMonte Warden, Monte Warden; Kelly Willis, Kelly Willis BY LEE NICHOLSJerry Jeff Walker: Let's Go (Back) to Luckenbach, Texas BY LEE NICHOLSRemembering the Cosmic Cowboy Years BY CHET FLIPPOListening to the First "Austin Sound" BY CHET FLIPPOEd Hall, Motherscratcher BY GREG BEETSDoyle Bramhall, Bird Nest on the Ground BY MARGARET MOSERCotton Mather, Cotton is King BY MINDY LABERNZJimmie Vaughan at the Backyard; Joe Ely at La Zona Rosa; Buick MacKane at Hole in the Wall BY RAOUL HERNANDEZCherubs, Heroin Man BY GREG BEETSJohnboy, Claim Dedications; Bedhead, What Fun Life Was; Crust, Crusty Love BY GREG BEETSKathy McCarty: From Glass Eye to Dead Dog's Eyeball BY CHRIS WALTERSGuy Forsyth & the Asylum Street Spankers at Austin Outhouse BY AL KAUFMAN1995 SXSW Picks and Sleepers: Tony Campise by RAOUL HERNANDEZ Ian McLagen & Monkey Jump BY MARGARET MOSER Wayne Hancock BY LEE NICHOLS Skatenigs BY MARGARET MOSER Omar & the Howlers BY MARGARET MOSERMichael Fracasso, When I Lived in the Wild BY PETER BLACKSTOCKSue Foley, Big City Blues BY MARGARET MOSERGuy Clark, Dublin Blues BY LEE NICHOLSThe Scabs at Steamboat BY ANDY LANGERDangerous Toys: Toy Story BY ANDY LANGER1996 SXSW Picks to Click: Sixteen Deluxe BY MARGARET MOSER Dancing About Architecture: Sixteen Delays BY KEN LIECKJimmie Dale Gilmore, Braver Newer World BY JOE MITCHELLButthole Surfers, Electriclarryland BY RAOUL HERNANDEZShawn Colvin, A Few Small Repairs BY MICHAEL BERTINTownes Van Zandt: Dead Rabbits BY ED WARDMiss Lavelle White, It Haven't Been Easy BY MARGARET MOSERRuben Ramos: Parallel Universe BY RAOUL HERNANDEZDavíd Garza's Musical Manifesto BY ANDY LANGERJon Dee Graham, Escape From Monster Island BY MARGARET MOSERTina Marsh & CO2 "Dreamkeepers" at Laguna Gloria Amphitheatre BY RAOUL HERNANDEZBruce Robison, Wrapped BY RAOUL HERNANDEZDale Watson at Little Longhorn Saloon BY GREG BEETSStoryville, Dog Years BY MICHAEL BERTINBilly Joe Shaver, Victory BY JAY HARDWIGBeaver Nelson, The Last Hurrah BY ANDY LANGERFastball: All the Pain Platinum Can Buy BY ANDY LANGERSpoon: Drake Tungsten and His Boy Skellington BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ1999 SXSW Picks and Sleepers: The Cornell Hurd Band BY MARGARET MOSER Pong BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ Trish Murphy BY ANDY LANGER Monte Warden BY ANDY LANGER Soulhat BY ANDY LANGER Scrappy Jud Newcomb BY MARGARET MOSER Ephraim Owens BY CHRISTOPHER HESS Damnations TX BY CHRISTOPHER HESS Hot Club of Cowtown BY CHRISTOPHER HESS Superego BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYGerry Van King, The Cause of It All BY ANDY LANGERBrown Whörnet, Brown Whörnet BY GREG BEETSMC Overlord, House of Funk BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYThe Derailers, Full Western Dress BY JERRY RENSHAW. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Destruction as Beauty BY GREG BEETSDoug Sahm: Wasted Days, Wasted Nights BY JOE NICK PATOSKIThe 2000sAn Introduction BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYJames Hand: Where the Shadows Are Deepest BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYSlaid Cleaves at Cactus Cafe BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYVallejo, Into the New BY RAOUL HERNANDEZThe Gourds: Songs of Innocence and Experience BY CHRISTOPHER HESSShearwater, The Dissolving Room BY MICHAEL CHAMYRay Wylie Hubbard, Eternal & Lowdown BY JIM CALIGUIRIClifford Antone: Those Magic Moments BY MARGARET MOSERTCB: Professor Antone BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYDale Watson: One More for Her by Jerry RenshawThe Weary Boys, The Weary Boys BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYOkkervil 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 CHAMYPatty Griffin: 1,000 Musical Kisses BY DAVE MARSHAlejandro Escovedo: Paradise BY RAOUL HERNANDEZDel Castillo, Vida BY BELINDA ACOSTA 2003 SXSW Picks to Click: Gary Clark Jr. BY MARGARET MOSER Los Lonely Boys BY BELINDA ACOSTABright Lights, Inner City BY MARGARET MOSERBlaze, Aural Karate BY JAY TRACHTENBERGWill Sheff and Will Johnson: Waking the Dead BY MELANIE HAUPTScott H. Biram, Lo-Fi Mojo BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYExplosions in the Sky: Born on the Fourth of July BY MICHAEL CHAMYTia Carerra, The November Session BY RAOUL HERNANDEZGrupo Fantasma, Movimiento Popular BY DAVID LYNCHEliza Gilkyson: Lioness in Winter BY MARGARET MOSERThe Meat Purveyors, Pain by Numbers BY DAVID LYNCHThe 13th Floor Elevators: High Baptismal Flow BY MARGARET MOSERPor Vida All-Star Tribute Concert at the Paramount BY RAOUL HERNANDEZJesse Dayton: Mighty Fine BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYBanjo & Sullivan, The Ultimate Collection 1972–1978 BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYCarolyn Wonderland at Saxon Pub BY MARGARET MOSERPinetop Perkins: When I'm 64 BY MARGARET MOSERThe Crack Pipes, Beauty School BY GREG BEETSSpoon, Gimme Fiction BY RAOUL HERNANDEZJimmy LaFave: Ribbon on the Highway BY DAVE MARSHDJ Rapid Ric: Whut It Dew BY ROBERT GABRIELTee Double, The Lone Star L.P. BY ROBERT GABRIELMC Bavu Blakes and DJ Baby G: Blazing Saddles BY ROBERT GABRIELSmog, A River Ain't Too Much to Love BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYVoxtrot, Raised By Wolves BY DARCIE STEVENSRandy "Biscuit" Turner: Making Biscuit BY MARC SAVLOVJames McMurtry: Terms of Engagement BY ANDY LANGERAmerican Analog Set: Static Between Stations BY DARCIE STEVENSRoky Erickson: Starry Eyes BY MARGARET MOSERThe Sword: Winter's Wolves BY AUDRA SCHROEDERThe Sword: Seek and Destroy BY TRIVETT WINGO2006 SXSW Pick to Click: Black Angels BY AUDRA SCHROEDERThe Riverfront Gamblers: Rattle Me Bones BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYJon Dee Graham, Full BY ANDY LANGERCharanga Cakewalk, Chicano Zen BY BELINDA ACOSTAClifford Antone: I Saw the Light BY MARGARET MOSERSound Team, Movie Monster BY GREG BEETSTCB: Dark Places BY CHRISTOPHER GRAYScratch Acid: The Greatest Gift BY GREG BEETSGhostland Observatory at Zilker Park BY DAN OKORalph White: Year of the Squirrel BY AUDRA SCHROEDERPeter & the Wolf at Eternal BY MICHAEL BERTINLi'l Cap'n Travis, Twilight on Sometimes Island BY RAOUL HERNANDEZThe Octopus Project, Hello, Avalanche BY DARCIE STEVENSOkkervil River, The Stage Names BY DOUG FREEMANOff the Record: Winged Life BY AUSTIN POWELLSam Baker: Terrible Beauty BY DOUG FREEMANWhen Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Not Noiice BY AUDRA SCHROEDERAlejandro Escovedo, Real Animal BY MARGARET MOSERButthole Surfers: Out of the Mouths of Children BY AUSTIN POWELLThe Flatlanders, Hills and Valleys BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ2008 SXSW Picks to Click: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears BY THOMAS FAWCETTSarah Jarosz, Song Up in Her Head BY MARGARET MOSERRosie Flores & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Girl of the Century BY AUDRA SCHROEDERVarious Artists, Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 BY AUDRA SCHROEDERLZ Love: This Is My Life BY MARGARET MOSER