Archive for July, 2006

Chillville Show Notes 07-30-06

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Kinda of a “downtempo” show today (the host anyway).  My Advil never really kicked in, my hangover lingered, and I was thankful for all the requests (always love the interaction, but especially when there’s a civil war brewing on my insides). 

Here’s what we played:

Easy Star All Stars – Great Gig In The Sky
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Michael Shreve/Amon Tobin – Oracle
Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Cure – Lullaby
Poe – Hello
The Promise Ring – Become Anything One More Time
She Wants Revenge – These Things
Polyphonic Spree – Light and Day
Zero 7 – Destiny
Nellie McKay – David
Michael Franti – Ganja Babe
Smiths – How Soon Is Now
Cibo Matto – Sunday
Rilo Kiley – Ripchord
Flaming Lips – Buggin’
Gorillaz – Tomorrow Comes Today
Feist – Mushaboom
Keane – Last Time
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf Mix)
Moby – Sunday
Aimee Mann – Wise Up
Pretenders – Lovers Of Today
Stereophonics – Maybe Tomorrow
Remy Zero – Hermes Bird

NYC Recap

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

It’s Saturday morning and I’m the lobby of the JFK airport Doubletree hotel.  Too many beers (in today’s case at Coney Island) very often ends up with me passing out, sleeping off my buzz, then scampering for Dr. Pepper and Advil and not getting to sleep ’til right before sunrise. Oh yes, I have seen this movie before.  I get on the plane back to Austin at 6:00am, so I probably won’t sleep til liftoff. 

So here are some of the gory details from the big week in NYC.  The Pretenders show at Roseland was AWES! (every other song, for two full hours, was a classic…unlike their March SXSW showcase, which was a little skimpy on the hits. ).  I had forgotten how good Paella tasted (need to learn how to make that).  My newfound fascination with Broadway musicals may lead some to think I am, in fact, a gay man (in reality, it was Lance Bass who came out this week).  Wicked was just that, and Hairspray was truly amazing, although seemingly less subversive than the Waters film

On a completely different front, I got to hop by the Brooklyn offices of my business partners Jeff and Bryan Eisenberg.  The Eisenbrothers really are going to take over the world…and hopefully let me ride on their high-thinking, best-selling coattails (yuk yuk).

Had to ditch the Hold Steady show, which was a bummer, as they are one of my favorite “new” bands.  Oddly, the last time I saw them was in a 3,000 seater in Brooklyn, their home turf.  This time it was a free show at Castle Clinton, at the most southern tip of Manhattan, pain in the ass to get to from my hotel in Times Square…by the time I subwayed it there for tickets, none were left. 

The really weirdo surreal subtext of this trip is my story in this week’s Austin Chronicle.  I still haven’t held the paper in my hands, which is itself strange.  I’ve gotten emails from so many people I haven’t seen or heard from in ages.  Hell, Michael Corcoran AND Andy Langer reached out to commend me on the piece…which kinda gave me a woodrow, considering the source(s). 

Today it’s back to Austin.  Back Room grand finale is tonight (talk about surreal).  Been downloading new tuneage for Chillville tomorrow morning.  I have a cool guest lined up for the show, but given recent history I don’t want to hex it.  Fire up the delay box for this one.

See, I thought the band was called eye-VEE Thieves

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Overheard at last night’s NYC Pretenders show at Roseland Ballroom…where Austin faves IV Thieves are openers…

Nic Armstrong, between song banter:  “We’re Four Thieves from England”

NYC Heckler:  “You’re For Shit, In America…Where’s The Pretenders?”

Comment was entirely unfounded (Thieves rocked balls) but pretty damn funny anyhoo.

Actually, he said “Pruhtinduhs”

Ahhhhh, ya gotta love the New Yorkuhs.

Inside The Hairistocracy

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

I am sitting in a Times Square Starbucks, paying $10 for the privilege to read my story in this week’s Austin Chronicle hot off the (virtual) presses.  Welcome To The Jungle  is a first person shooter’s account of my former life in the Austin metal underworld. 

I am pleased with the finished product.  I haven’t written anything for the Chron in awhile, but Raoul Hernandez and Chris Gray always do a good job of making me sound more literate and intelligent than I really am.  The story is a real whopper at over 4,000 words.  Took me forever to write it, but like I said, I’m pleased (though, truth to tell, if I had known how long it would take, I never would’ve committed to do it).

The Apple Awaits

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Getting on a plane in a few hours to go to NYC.  Big times ahead:  going to Broadway (Wicked, Hairspray), a coupla concerts (Pretenders, The Hold Steady), to the Jersey Shore, Coney Island, and mainly to marinate and eat kick ass food for a week.  Also going to get a chance to hang with my business partners Jeff and Bryan Eisenberg, who are based in Brooklyn, and who incidentally have the Wall Street Journal’s #1 business book in America this week–and #3 among all non-fiction–with their brilliant Waiting For Your Cat To Bark?

July 23, 2006

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Ween – Push The Little Daisies
Wilco – I am Trying To Break Your Heart
Ben Kweller – Sha Sha
Telepopmusik – Breathe
Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground
Spoon – Everything Hits At Once
Beck – Que Onda Guero
Modest Mouse – The World At Large
Sia – Breathe Me
David Garza – Float Away
The Hold Steady – Killer Parties
Grandaddy – Now It’s On
Cocteau Twins – Pandora
Franz Ferdinand – Eleanor Put Your Boots On
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
Thievery Corporation – Originality
Radiohead – Knives Out
Catherine Wheel – Black Metallic
The Sea & Cake – Jacking The Ball
Flaming Lips – Do You Realize
Shins – Caring Is Creepy
Soul Coughing – Soft Serve
Promise Ring – Things Just Getting Good
Psapp – Cosy In The Rocket
Rocky Votolato – White Daisy Passing
Grandaddy – Where I’m Anymore
Quien Es, Boom – Brittle Britches
Quantic – Life In Rain

The Chillville Curse

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

My batting average for getting guests to actually show up for my radio show is pretty much shiite.  Lisa Schickel from CSE (ACL Festival/Lollapalooza) got her flight plans changed at last minute for Lolla, missing our interview last Sunday.  Now Tim League had to scrap me last minute as well.  We’ll reschedule both guests soon…