Category Archives: Music

All things related to music: reviews, concerts, birthdays, etc.

1981: Austin Chronicle starts

When I first moved to Austin, I definitely got hooked on the Austin Chronicle and even said, if they had more comics with TV listings, you don’t need to buy the pro-Cancer (aka “Growth”) rag know as the Austin American-Statesman, a sad … Continue reading

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Pre-Cursor to the iPod in 1975

In adjusted dollars, this would cost 200 smackers and you’d still have to provide your own facial hair, blow-dry coiffure, patterned shirt and the bell-bottoms we can assume he’s wearing. It’s amazing how much we’ve managed to miniaturize headphones to … Continue reading

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1982-83: MTV helped me diversify my musical tastes

The finale for my trilogy covering MTV’s 40th birthday is really a love letter to how the budding network rescued my musical tastes while KLOL educated me on the past and Rock’s modern foundation. I wish I could say that … Continue reading

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RIP Charlie Watts

I’m not much of a Rolling Stones fan, especially after Tattoo You but I usually respected Charlie. He managed to be a founding member and stayed with the band for the rest of his life. Given how many other bands change … Continue reading

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The Sparks Brothers: Must See*

* – If you love music in any capacity, you better see this. Otherwise, the rest of the world can wait until streaming services carry it. Despite this documentary being a huge love letter to one of greatest duos in … Continue reading

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RIP Dusty Hill

I put off Dusty’s obit because it happened around my birthday and I wanted to keep the mood light. Now we’re can honor the famous bass player and his role in my Classic Rock education through ZZ Top. Oddly, I … Continue reading

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The only logical boy band to listen to

Works for me. Most Boy Bands and Training-Bra Pop stars are Deep Fakes from the start.

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1981: MTV begins 40 years ago, started sucking within 10

I’m confident the original pitch at Warner Communications, MTV’s birth parent, was met with tons of resistance by the old farts in charge. When the proposers got around to explaining how little programming would cost, because music videos were free, … Continue reading

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This sums it up most days with vinyl’s resurgence

Having grown up with vinyl and cassettes, I honestly only miss LPs when it comes to an autograph from the artists. Playing LPs remains a colossal pain in the ass. In its defense, it is helping my favorite Austin store, … Continue reading

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RIP Biz Markie

Another pioneer in many ways. Sure, he didn’t have a long-lasting musical career like his other contemporaries Public Enemy or RUN-DMC, nor did he quite make the shift to acting as Ice-T, Ice-Cube and Tone-Loc did. But he did contribute … Continue reading

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It’s still cruelty at some level

Although my good friend Ethan is nuts for Steely Dan and we saw them before Walter Becker died (half the band) at the Venetian, I must say the owner is cruel for not playing something more contemporary.

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The Simpsons nailed it beyond my expectations

You know you’re doing something right/well when it really, really pisses off the object of ridicule. Sure, Morrissey is low-hanging fruit for my generation (Gen X) and he probably isn’t too well known by Mills and Gen Z, but he … Continue reading

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RIP Jim Steinman

I think only Meat Loaf fans were super familiar with Jim since he was the primary writer on Bat Out of Hell but his main speciality was ballads. Great examples are the two he authored for Bonnie Tyler: “Total Eclipse of … Continue reading

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1981: Weird Al Yankovic’s National debut on TV!

Almost forgot to bring this up before I go to bed,  courtesy of the Weird One himself via Twitter! I never saw the original airing because it was on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show which I think came on at 11:30 PM … Continue reading

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KMAG played its two point five millionth song

I forgot to even watch for this because so much other crap is going down and let’s face it, I’m jumpy about getting the second shot of Moderna. The stream hit the 2.5 million milestone but it didn’t go with … Continue reading

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