Tag Archives: Alternative

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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Farewell Phil Spector

The debate over who’s responsible for the Wall of Sound Spector is credited for will go on forever yet he did contribute immensely to Popular Music. Phil comes more into play for my generation by working with the Ramones since … Continue reading

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RIP Rupert Hine

The announcement of Rupert’s passing was made a few days ago but I stumbled upon it today during my daily newspaper scans (usually the New York Times and The Guardian). For me, he will forever be the Fixx’s sixth member since he … Continue reading

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An overdue Kate Bush shirt!

Not much else to say other than she is one of my top five artists of all time alongside Neil Finn, Peter Gabriel, Andy Partridge and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s why I also readily forgive anything she’s done after 1993 … Continue reading

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RIP Kim Shattuck

Kim’s name probably doesn’t bring up any particular memories until I mention the band she formed in the early Nineties, the Muffs. Then you’d recall their only “hit,” a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” from the Clueless soundtrack. … Continue reading

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RIP Daniel Johnston

Local music hero Daniel Johnston passed away yesterday. Most of you all who don’t live around Austin are probably asking, “who?” I’ll go with the easiest answer. You may remember Kurt Cobain wearing a shirt with this weird frog on … Continue reading

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1994: Kurt Cobain commits suicide

I remember seeing the main news story on MTV in the University Towers’ cafeteria as Kurt  Loder followed up with the PSA-esque pleas telling other people to seek help if they felt like killing themselves. Despite my life-long bouts of anxiety, … Continue reading

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Sloan

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This concert took place on September 14, 2018, placing the story into The Lost Tales category amongst many other events. Just letting you know, more overdue Concerts, Movies and cool events are a’ coming! Sloan is one of Canada’s … Continue reading

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Nada Surf 2018 (Let Go anniversary tour)

First of many digging out stories and despite this concert being almost two months ago, I still think it’s relevant; bands doing anniversary tours has been a thing lately. For me, if it’s Nada Surf, I’m there because The Stars are … Continue reading

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RIP Dolores O’Riordan

Caught the news about her passing this morning pretty early thanks to having Duran Duran in my FaceBook feed. Makes sense this would be a part of their updates, the Cranberries were Duran Duran’s opening act during their 1993 “Wedding … Continue reading

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RIP Tommy Keene

Tommy passed away last Wednesday in his sleep despite being in really good health. The papers said he was 59. Wow! He could’ve fooled me since I had the honor of seeing him open for Matthew Sweet (twice) this Summer … Continue reading

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RIP Grant Hart & Jessi Zazu

With these two great musicians/writers, I didn’t forget, I put them off so my site wouldn’t be just a long string of sad, sad obituaries. First was seeing Grant Hart passing. Most people my age know him as the drummer … Continue reading

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Matthew Sweet

A huge favorite of mine from 1992 on came to Austin around Mid July to play two shows at the relatively new ACL3Ten venue. I went to both shows but I also made sure got to the in-store performance/autographing at … Continue reading

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Tears For Fears

Last week I finally saw the band behind my favorite records of 1985 and 1993. Currently they’re touring with Hall & Oates but as Roland said, every now and then, they get let out to play a headlining show in … Continue reading

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The xx

Got to see The xx at the Moody Theater last week. It was a belated Christmas present for my friend Mark who’s really into them. I like the band too, I’m just behind on the current record and their previous work … Continue reading

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