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Saw José González and Bedouine at the Long Center last night

Saw José González and Bedouine at the Long Center last night!

Bedouine was great! Hadn’t heard her before…

José G is a fantastic acoustic guitar player… He didn’t say much between songs but acknowledged “Doomsday people cults” as inspiration for one of his songs. He played some great tunes and closed out his encore with Teardrop.

“Where José’s previous albums, “Veneer” and “In Our Nature,” might have sounded sparse and barren in parts, “Vestiges & Claws” has an altogether new feeling to it, at once warmer and darker than before. He talks about how he’s found inspiration in sprawling ’70s Brazilian productions, American folk rock and West African desert blues this time. And how he’s decided to waive the principle of having everything on the album reproducible in a live context.

Bedouine | The Long Center for the Performing ArtsOpening for José González is the Syrian musician Bedouine, touring to promote the release of her eponymous debut—sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. Sweeping and hypnotic with a nomadic heart, the music of L.A.-based Bedouine is impressionistic, with careful words and striking, cultural conviction.”

The Long Center and KUTX present José González plus Bedouine, Saturday, February 3 in Dell Hall. Read More ›

Source: José González – Long Center


Need-A-Mashup: Cass McCombs’ Bum Bum Bum / The Cars’ Drive

There is a tiny part of this song that always reminds me of the The Cars’ song, Drive.

Cass McCombs – Bum Bum Bum


Art Blondin of Artz Rib House fame has passed away

I just learned of Art Blondin’s death. I probably first met him back in 1990 when I was working downtown at the main branch of the Austin Public Library. One of my friends and coworkers had a roommate working for Art when he was based out of the BBQ Caboose on West 5th Street. The coworker and I would go there for our lunch break and climb up into the cupola to eat our food. Art and his wife “Z” were always so friendly to me and my young freak friends.
The good food and good memories continued on to the South Lamar ArtZ Rib House and Live Music venue.
It wasn’t until running into Art & Z at Gino’s one night that I became aware of Art’s musical side; seeing him get up on stage and play bass guitar with the rotating musical guests.
I guess the last time I saw him I was having dinner at El Mercado on South Lamar, probably a Monday night musical shindig.
Farewell Art.

Very sad news to pass on. Art Blondin of Artz Rib House fame has passed away. He was found at 10 a.m. this morning at his new barbecue joint in Florence by an employee coming to work. Florence police chief Adam Marsh said the cause of death is under investigation. I met Art as a bass player for Jon Emery. His Rib House on S. Lamar Blvd. was always a music-friendly venue until it closed a couple years ago. Just stunned by this news.



Morning Muses, Sunday 7/27/14

Mystery Morning Muse: Sunday 7/27/14

This song inexplicably entered my head this morning..

“Can you hear me? Can you hear me running? Can you hear me calling you?”

Mike & The Mechanics – Silent running – YouTube.

Dream 110202 – Angelic Vocalization

“Music of the Spheres?”

At the climax of this morning’s dreaming, I am walking through a street scene which seems equally urban and rural. Someone is walking next to me and we are both vocalizing a surreal / ethereal “music” which sounds like a combination of Elizabeth Frazer’s (of the Cocteau Twins) voice and Brian Eno’s ambient synth sounds.

As I “sing” this amazing sound all I am doing is opening my mouth wide and this awesome sound just pours forth. I am slowly walking with my arms outstretched, raising them gently towards the sky. The energy and emotionality of the sound emanating from within is unimaginably powerful and I think I might weep.

Then I awake…

Ed Hall


I actually shot some of the footage for this video. Over the years several close friends of mine repeatedly shot film and video footage of ED HALL – one of my all time favorite bands. They produced several albums (below) but disbanded, reforming later in a completely new guise as PONG. See links below to past Ed Hall Reunion shows and more!

 – SMiles

See also …

Ed Hall Reunion Show 2003

March 9th, 2007 by SMiles

Ed Hall Albert

Albert (1988) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall Love Poke Here

Love Poke Here (1990) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall Gloryhole

Gloryhole (1991) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall Motherscratcher

Motherscratcher (1993) – Ed Hall

Ed Hall La La Land

La La Land (1995) – Ed Hall




38th annual National UFO Conference – 30 second TV spot

This 30 second TV spot for the ill-fated 38th National UFO Conference aired a few times on Time Warner cable before being pulled due to the cancellation of the conference because of the events of September 11th, 2001. 

This 30 second TV spot for the ill-fated 38th National UFO Conference aired a few times on Time Warner cable before being pulled due to the cancellation of the conference because of the events of September 11th, 2001.

The 30 second TV spot featured an animated version of the official poster (left) by Mack White. This rare television spot featured one of the first big hits by local Austin band PONG (formerly the infamous Ed Hall), Blues Underground – a song that had lyrics such as, “The Knights of Templar, They Run The Game, They’ve Got The Money, And All The Fame, Long Ago Across The Sea, The Invented Monopoly!”

www.MackWhite.com / www.PongSongs.com

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