Well I haven't really blogged at all since 09, but in the meantime, my latest project Texas Tycoons continues to play once a month at Guero's, and I am doing sound on a regular basis at ND Studio 501. Hit me up on Facebook.
Welcome to the first installment of the
Minor Productions Texas Music Update for Sept. 25, 2009. This is
a new little multimedia experiment I'm going to try out for
awhile. Basically, I'm going to post semi-regular programs
on my website and facebook about what is going on that is worthy of
checking out on the town, and throw in some background stuff about my
rock and roll adventures and various music related interests. So
you can click on it when I post it, or bookmark it in your browser and
at your leisure check out my recommendations and musings regarding for
your many entertainment options. I am going to try to write a few
paragraphs, film a few minutes of video and include some other content
and links off the web, with the idea you can digest the whole thing in
about 15 minutes of your spare time. I might figure out how to
get a podcast version as well at some point so you can listen at the
Austin glamrock children Buick MacKane play this Saturday at the Hole
in the Wall, featuring Alejandro Escovedo, Glenn Benavides, David
Fairchild, and Joe Eddy Hines. David and I played together
for much of the 80s in the Urge. I'll be there Saturday and
at the Mohawk's Psychic Freakout Sky Saxon tribute on Sunday.
Be sure to tune into Marfa Public Radio for David Beebe's Night
Train Express every Tuesday at 11pm and visit Padre's when you are in West Texas.
Onthatnote.com interviews Skyrocket's Darin Murphy and he performs 3 great songs.
Austin American Statesman 6-2-09
Hole in the Wall music catches up with its past and its math with anniversary
"It's great to find out your memory is not
shot after all. I distinctly recall that the 15th anniversary
celebration at the Hole in the Wall was in June 1988. Timbuk 3
played, fresh from "The Tonight Show" and the line went down the
block. Meanwhile I was two blocks away waiting for a ride to San
Francisco. That's why I'm sure of the month and year.
So when the Hole's Paul Minor sent out a press release for the line-up
of the June 12-14th "25th Anniversary" of the Hole, I quickly corrected
that it's the 36th Anniversary. The I did some research and
discovered that Doug Cugini opened the joint in June 1974, which would
indeed make it 35 years.
Turns out we're both right. Cugini was
so unsure that the club would make it a year that he billed the grand
opening as "the first anniversary." It was a year off until the
club closed for a year in 2001. "When it opened back up we
celebrated the next anniversary on the proper year," said Minor, who's
put together an incredible old-school linup for the Big 3-5.
June 12 features a reunion of the Bizarros, with local legends Bill
Bentley and Speedy Sparks. Mike Hall of the Wild Seeds with
present his latest offshoot, Savage Trip at 10:30 pm, followed by the
Wannabes at midnight. The
next night will feature the Hickoids (singer Jeff Smith once owned the
joint) preceded by Two Hoots and Holler and Jane Bond. Then
on June 14, the Superego All Stars reprise the Free For All night,
which gave so many bands their first gig in town." - Michael Corcoran
May 30, 2009 - I am currently mixing the Texas Tycoons CD at Crow's Industrial Oaks Studios in South Austin,
and there are a bunch of shows on the upcoming calendar including:
I just updated the homepage and added myspace pages for Texas Tycoons and Alterego plus a ton of new videos and free downloads from the out of print back catalog on the music page. Thanks to Cindy at On That Note
for all the great new footage. I am heading to Marfa again this
weekend for the Grande Opening. Click the poster for more
April 29, 2009 The latest issue of
Texas Music Magazine is on shelves now with Ray Benson on the cover,
with a CD sampler that includes a radio edit of "Afterthought" from The Marfa Project. I will be back in Marfa this weekend opening for James McMurtry at Padre's for the Marfa Film Festival.
The new club is open and doing great business. I was there
a couple of weeks ago for the first weekend with live
music, kitchen and bar all up and running.
March 29, 2009
survived another SXSW but just barely. I had two production jobs
a day, moving my largest PA systems all over downtown all
week. Thanks to guest engineers I blew a total of 8
speakers. The parties where I mixed went great, including
the Texas Music Magazine Party at Scholz Garten and the Pentagram
publication party with Darden Smith and Joe Ely. The
Woodstock Tribute on Sunday was incredible, and we will be presenting
it again at Threadgill's WHQ August 16.
I am thrilled about the opening of Padre's Marfa,
which is serving food, beer, liquor and live music as of this
week. I will be there for a much needed vacation April 5 through
15, then the Marfa Film Festival April 29 - May 3, and the Padre's Grand Opening May 22-24.