December 29, 2008

My Top 10 Austin-based releases of 2008

This list is totally subjective. It's not based on sales... crowds at shows... how many shows they've played.. nothing but my personal preference.

Who am I? Well.. I DO own an entertainment magazine in Austin and have been a freelance entertainment writer for more than a decade. So.. I know a little about music... plus I love the local scene in Austin.

So... here goes. In no particular order. I'm also not going to explain. The music itself explains. You should visit all of these Websites (link from the name of the band) and purchase these RIGHT NOW.

Sean Claes' Top 10 Austin-based CDs of 2008
1. Drew Smith - Drew Smith's Lonely Choir
2. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
3. Vallejo - Thicker Than Water
4. Driver F - Chase the White Whale
5. Reckless Kelly Bulletproof
6. Naked Empire Bottom Feeders
7. She Craves Static
8. Full Service - The Dig
9. Killer Crocs of Uganda - Almost Lost Tomorrow
10. Grupo Fantasma - Sonidos Gold


Don't like my list? Here are some other people's lists:
Ana Wolken of Austin Soundcheck and INsite Magazine- http://www.austinsoundcheck.com/best-austin-albums-of-2008/
Austin American-Statesman's XL - http://www.austin360.com/music/content/music/stories/xl/2008/12/1225xlcover.html
The Austinist - http://austinist.com/2008/12/23/our_year_in_listening_austinists_to.php
Austin Town Hall's Top 40 songs of the year - http://austintownhall.com/2008/12/17/top-40-songs-of-the-year/#more-2172

Happy New Year all.

December 24, 2008

The 2008 BoysenClaes Christmas CD - Liner Notes

Merry Christmas Everyone

The 2008 BoysenClaes Christmas liner notes are here!

For those who don't know, my wife and I have been putting together a Christmas CD for 10 years. The 2008 version is special for a few reasons. One, since in 2008 we bought INsite Magazine, BoysenClaes Productions, Inc. is an OFFICIAL name. Neat. Also, it's the 10th annual Christmas CD we've done.

Now.. this isn't an actual "marketable" CD, it's just a mix CD we have put together each year to give to friends and family as gifts, and to tip folks off to some of the really, really good music they may not have heard before. We only make about 40-60 copies.

You'll notice this CD is very Austin-heavy in the artists (all of our mixCDs are)...because we believe greatly in the local scene. I invite you to click the band names... visit their sites, and check out their stuff. You're only cheating yourself if you don't.

Hope you enjoy. If I know you and you'd like a copy of the CD, shoot me an e-mail - seanclaes@seanclaes.com.


1. Bad Sushi For Santa ............ The Biscuit Brothers
The Biscuit Brothers are a family favorite. Tiny Scarecrow (who sings this track) is awesome. A little fun to start out the CD. (biscuitbrothers.com)

2. Change The World .............................. Ben Harper
Two reasons this one made the CD. Number 1 – this has an amazing message. YOU can change the world with your own 2 hands. What are you doing to make it so? Number 2 – My youngest daughter’s name is Harper (1) and my oldest daughter, Marlee (4), once tripped Ben Harper at Austin City Limits Music Fest. (benharper.net)

3. Live for Today....................................Natalie Grant
Jodie (my wife)chose this one. I have to admit I hadn't heard it before, but it’s a very cool song… plus I believe she’s going to end up getting a tattoo in 2009 that says “Live For Today.” (nataliegrant.com)

4. Naked Fool.................................Michael Fracasso
“She’s got dancer’s feet and her mother’s smile.” I was honored to be able to see Michael Fracasso live in 2008. You should check him out too. (michaelfracasso.com)

5. Something So Much............................ Drew Smith
Drew Smith reminds me of a Wilson Pickett-style performer. So passionate and timeless. (drewsmithmusic.com)

6. Good Love......................................... Steve Liddell
In 2008 I helped put on a music festival outside of Tulsa Oklahoma called the Backwoods Bash with my childhood friend Trevor Lane and Matt Jostes. Steve Liddell was one of the performers who impressed the heck out of me. Oh, we’re doing a 2009 Backwoods Bash… FYI. (myspace.com/steveliddell)

7. I’m Yours.............................................. Jason Mraz
Mr. A-Z. This guy just has a way with words. He went on a Jack Johnson vibe on this one. (jasonmraz.com)

8. Handlebars ................................................. Flobots
“Me and my friends saw a platapus.” I dig this song.. but it made the album because Marlee fell in love with the track. We went to Batfest in Austin this year and heard it live. Great live show too. (flobots.com)

9. Brother Lee........................................ Citizen Cope
So, I got this CD a few years ago and never played it. A few months ago I popped it in the CD player and got hooked on this song. Also,Jodie’s got a brother Lee and they have similar features. (citizencope.com)

10. A Very Good Way .......................... Naked Empire
Naked Empire is a new-ish band out of Austin. Great stuff. If you noticed this CD is getting more rocking as the songs go on. I think this one is the heaviest of the bunch… in a very good way. (nakedempiremusic.com)

11. Remember When That Train Wrecked Our Lifestyle ......................Driver F
Driver F is a band Sal Silva from CD Fuse turned me on to. Really glad he did. These guys should be much much more famous than they are. (driverf.com)

12. Live............................................................ Vallejo
Vallejo is one of my favorite Austin bands. They’ve been around for a long time.. this one has a little funky Santana-esque beat. Dig it. (vallejomusic.com)

13. Posey Road Stomp ......................... Terri Hendrix
This is off Terri’s newest, called Left Over-alls. It’s a look back at songs she didn’t include on other albums. Love the first line. (terrihendrix.com)

14. Blueglass Lake.................................. Full Service
You never know what you’ll get when you pop a Full Service CD in. Well.. all you know is it’s going to be good. This song has a 60s folk feel. (fullservicemusic.com)

15. Sam’s Place ................................... The Derailers
Time for some Pure Honky Tonk – off their Under The Influence of Buck. The Derailers are a family favorite, great folks and great musicians. (derailers.com)

16. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink ........................ Merle Haggard
Some classic Haggard. Seemed to fit right in after the Derailers song. Oh.. and it’s from the recently released Greatest Hits 2. (merlehaggard.com)

17. Everyman .................................. Southpaw Jones
Southpaw Jones has a way with words. You’ve got to listen closely to this one to get some great laughs. (southpawjones.net)

18. Rain Down................................................Autumn
This little ditty leaves a smile on my face every time I hear it. “Everything’s going to be all right.” (autumnonline.com)

19. The Last Waltz ...................................... Abi Tapia
This is another one of those singers that amazes me that she isn’t on every country station in the land. Really solid songs. (abitapia.com)

20. O Come, All Ye Faithful .................. George Strait
A classic song sung by a legend. Did you know his middle name is Harvey? (georgestrait.com)

21. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer...................... Adam Donmoyer/ David Love
Adam Donmoyer is a really interesting dude. He’s a friend, co-worker, and comes up with some of the oddest (in a good way) songs in the world. This is his cover of a Christmas Classic. David Love is his guitarist/producer and a cool dude in his own right. Heck, his studio is named Love Monkey Studios. You gotta love that. (myspace.com/adamdonmoyer)

December 11, 2008

Saturday 12/13 - Christmas Festival

All Invited to the KUMC Christmas Festival
Boasting A Live Nativity, Games, Choir Performance, and Wassail



There’s a wonderful tradition of family and fellowship that surrounds Christmas. It is in this spirit that the Kyle United Methodist Church (408 W Lockhart St) invites all of our neighbors to our first ever Christmas Festival on December 13, 2008.

The Festival kicks off at 4:00p.m. and you’ll find refreshments like applesauce cake and wassail (a hot spiced punch). You can do some Christmas shopping as we’ll be selling hand-made items such as baby blankets, fancy Christmas bows, Jars of Joy (decorated ingredient jars for tasty soups, brownies, cookies, and beverages), and other unique gift items and baked goods. There will also be a “New To You” re-gifting booth of brand-new items that will be sold for a heavenly song.

Children of all ages will have plenty to do. We’ll have a booth for face painting and we’ll have games like “Frosty Toss,” “Pin The Nose of Rudolph,” and the “Christmas Card Toss.” We’ve also been in contact with Saint Nicholas, and he said he’d be there as well to say hello and listen to all of the children’s Christmas wishes.

The Children of the KUMC will entertain the crowds with a performance of “The Nativity.” This will include a live Nativity and narration from scripture. You’ll have a chance to sing along with the kiddos when they perform “Silent Night.” They will perform twice, at 5:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. If you’ve ever seen little ones perform…you know it’ll be fun.

Once 7:00p.m. comes, it’s time to head inside the sanctuary for an hour-long performance by the KUMC Choir, led by Choir Director Jenny Sandoval. The title of the performance is “An Old Fashioned Christmas” - The story of a man wishing for the simpler times in which to celebrate Christmas and is told through the diary of a young girl written in the late 1800's.

The KUMC Christmas Festival is free to attend. All the proceeds raised through the Festival will go towards furnishing the children's nursery or to children's playground equipment for the New Life Center being built at KUMC. The entire community is invited to attend. Additional information may be obtained by calling the church office (512-268-2331) or e-maling (KyleUMC@Verizon.net).

Who: Kyle United Methodist Church
What: KUMC’s First Ever Christmas Festival
When: Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Where: Kyle United Methodist Church, 408 W. Lockhart Street, Kyle, Texas 78640
Why: Meet our neighbors and celebrate Christmas
Cost: Free to the public.

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December 2, 2008

A Biscuit Brother's Holiday Show!



The Biscuit Brothers are hosting a Merry Musical Christmas at Symphony Barn!

All the Biscuit folks will be there... Tiny Scarecrow, Buford, Dusty, and Buttermilk. The tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and $3 for kids under 1.

We've been going to see the Biscuits for the last few years. Really dig these folks. They've got an Emmy Award Winning show on PBS and because they live in Austin.... they perform live around these parts a lot.

But.. for the next 2 weeks their going to be a Symphony Barn on Saturday and Sunday evening.

Saturday, December 6 & 13 and Sunday, December 7 & 14 at 7 pm

Join the Biscuits in a celebration of the holiday season and sing along as they perform their versions of your favorite Christmas tunes!

The Follow this link to purchase tickets


To find out more about the Biscuit Brothers, visit their Website - http://www.biscuitbrothers.com/.

December 1, 2008

December INsite Night - Friday the 12th

December 12 is the last INsite Night of the year. We'll have some cool freebies for you.... and don't forget an AWESOME night of music.

ALL AGES SHOW
$5 for adults.
$8 minors.

Where: Red Eyed Fly:

715 Red River

Austin, Tx 78701

WhenDecember 12, 2008

Who's Playing



12:30-Mike Truth and the Replacement Killers

11:30-Oak Is Keeping

10:30-Distant Lights

9:30-Little Triggers

8:30-Mansfield

12/12 - INsite Night @ Red Eyed Fly

November 26, 2008

November 25, 2008

Have you wanted your very own Dillo?

Got about 6 grand lying around and the itch to own your very own trolly car?
Well...CHECK THIS OUT!

Yup. Capital Matro is auctioning off 6 "Dillos" to the higsest bidder via Gov Deals.

What are the stats on these bad boys....
Here's a for instance:



Description: 1998 Chance Trolley AH-28

Diesel Engine Cummins ISB in line 6 cyl straight in-line, serviced every 6000 miles or 90 days, 175/225 HP, automatic transmission, Interior: Green, brown, tan, brass poles, green seat dividers, brown wooden seats. Cold A/C, tilt steering, remote mirros, power steering.

Wheelchair lift - operational

Hand washed and waxed during the life of the vehicle.

(From http://www.govdeals.com/eas/itmDisplay.cfm?itemID=101&acctID=1130)

The bidding started at $800 and when I posted this, the highest bid was $7,500 and the lowest was $3,550.

What are you waiting for? Get your love Dillo for Christmas!

November 21, 2008

Holiday Mail For Heroes

(Saw this press release on the Red Cross site and thought I'd share)

“Holiday Mail for Heroes” to Deliver One Million Cards to Service Members and Families

Red Cross, Pitney Bowes to Screen, Sort, Deliver Cards Before Holidays


WASHINGTON, Monday, November 10, 2008 — The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to send holiday cards to service men and women in the United States and around the world. From Tuesday, November 11 until Wednesday, December 10, the public is invited to send holiday cards with their message of thanks and cheer to a special post office box. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals, and other locations during the holidays.

Holiday Mail For Heroes continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces, which includes handling emergency communications that link service members with their families back home, providing access to financial assistance from the military aid societies, counseling, referral to community resources and assistance to veterans. Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge, as well as providing thousands of volunteer hours from employees around the country.

“This opportunity is such a great way for the public to personally support the military and say a special thank you for their service this holiday season,” said Gail McGovern, Red Cross President and CEO. “I’m especially proud that the Red Cross is able to be a part of this effort, and I hope everyone will take the time to join us and send an extra card for the military.”

In 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. approached the Red Cross to distribute thousands of holiday cards coming to the facility for wounded troops. The Red Cross reached out to Pitney Bowes to turn the project into a larger opportunity that could reach members of the military at other facilities. In all, nearly 600,000 cards were screened for hazardous materials, sorted, and delivered in 2007.

“Pitney Bowes is proud to be working with the American Red Cross again to help Americans extend their well wishes and gratitude to the heroes who serve and protect our country,” said Jon Love, President of Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. “Last year’s program was a huge success and we look forward to working with the public to reach even more wounded service members and their families this holiday season to show appreciation and support.”

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 10. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. To help speed the sorting process and delivery of cards and notes before the holidays, mailers are encouraged to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any other inserts. For a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices, please visit Redcross.org/holidaymail. Cards are also available to print out from the website, along with messages from Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet Members Dr. Phil McGraw and Nancy O’Dell, co-anchor of Access Hollywood. You can also leave a message on the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Facebook Wall.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

About Pitney Bowes:
Pitney Bowes is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Our 36,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $6.4 billion. More information is available at www.pb.com.

November 17, 2008

Some shots from San Marcos


Cardinal
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I had a little time on my hands last Friday and I went out and took some nature shots in San Marcos, Texas. I'm pretty happy about what came out.

See the whole set here:
http://flickr.com/photos/seanclaes/sets/72157609202442279/

November 10, 2008

KUMC Christmas Festival

All Invited to the KUMC Christmas Festival
Boasting A Live Nativity, Games, Choir Performance, and Wassail



There’s a wonderful tradition of family and fellowship that surrounds Christmas. It is in this spirit that the Kyle United Methodist Church (408 W Lockhart St) invites all of our neighbors to our first ever Christmas Festival on December 13, 2008.

The Festival kicks off at 4:00p.m. and you’ll find refreshments like applesauce cake and wassail (a hot spiced punch). You can do some Christmas shopping as we’ll be selling hand-made items such as baby blankets, fancy Christmas bows, Jars of Joy (decorated ingredient jars for tasty soups, brownies, cookies, and beverages), and other unique gift items and baked goods. There will also be a “New To You” re-gifting booth of brand-new items that will be sold for a heavenly song.

Children of all ages will have plenty to do. We’ll have a booth for face painting and we’ll have games like “Frosty Toss,” “Pin The Nose of Rudolph,” and the “Christmas Card Toss.” We’ve also been in contact with Saint Nicholas, and he said he’d be there as well to say hello and listen to all of the children’s Christmas wishes.

The Children of the KUMC will entertain the crowds with a performance of “The Nativity.” This will include a live Nativity and narration from scripture. You’ll have a chance to sing along with the kiddos when they perform “Silent Night.” They will perform twice, at 5:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. If you’ve ever seen little ones perform…you know it’ll be fun.

Once 7:00p.m. comes, it’s time to head inside the sanctuary for an hour-long performance by the KUMC Choir, led by Choir Director Jenny Sandoval. The title of the performance is “An Old Fashioned Christmas” - The story of a man wishing for the simpler times in which to celebrate Christmas and is told through the diary of a young girl written in the late 1800's.

The KUMC Christmas Festival is free to attend. All the proceeds raised through the Festival will go towards furnishing the children's nursery or to children's playground equipment for the New Life Center being built at KUMC. The entire community is invited to attend. Additional information may be obtained by calling the church office (512-268-2331) or e-maling (KyleUMC@Verizon.net).

Who: Kyle United Methodist Church
What: KUMC’s First Ever Christmas Festival
When: Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Where: Kyle United Methodist Church, 408 W. Lockhart Street, Kyle, Texas 78640
Why: Meet our neighbors and celebrate Christmas
Cost: Free to the public.

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October 15, 2008

Kyle Park Interview 10-08




Kyle Park Returns to Kyle Fair and Music Festival

By Sean Claes

Austin’s Kyle Park is returning this Saturday to play the Kyle Fair and Music Festival for the third year in a row. Currently touring in support of Anywhere In Texas, which he released earlier this month, he took time out in between release shows in Austin, San Marcos, and College Station to answer a few questions.

Sean Claes: You started playing music in bars before you could drive. How’d you get your beginnings in music?
Kyle Park:
My cousin, Daniel, bought me my first PA system. He also drove me to my first acoustic shows when I was 15. He would have to come with me, or another parental guardian, to 80% of the events I performed, until I was 18.

I've always loved music. I knew every word to every song on country radio, and I loved singing. Guitar came into play when I learned how to play a Chris LeDoux song on a hand-me-down from my neighbor, and the response I received was "you should learn how to play the guitar." I lived in the country where there wasn't much to do except play outside or watch TV, so I started playing guitar.

Claes: Where was your first gig and how old were you?
Park:
The Office Lounge in Georgetown TX when I was 15. It's a small, [used to be] smoky bar that my cousins and uncles used to go to after work. I would play 3 hours or so, usually watching the Houston Astros on TV while I was performing. Mostly covers, but I would play 4 or 5 original tunes.

Claes: The story goes you were “discovered” on Austins KVET (98.1) morning show in 2002 when you were 17. How did all of that come about?
Park:
Daniel (now my 'manager') and my uncle were at Hill's Cafe in Austin TX and saw both KVET morning personnel Sam Allred and Bob Cole having lunch. Both of my family members walked up to the two and gave them a 5-song demo that I had recorded, told them a little about me, and persuaded Sam to give it a listen. A few weeks later, Sam played one of the songs on-air on a morning when I was just waking up for high school. I received a phone call from a friend saying, "You're on the radio! Wake up!" I still remember that feeling, it was incredible.



Claes: You just released Anywhere in Texas your follow-up to 2005s Big Time. How do they compare?
Park:
Big Time was great because it has no direction, except "I love music, I write songs, and I want to see how everyone will like my music." I didn't have a band, or manager, or anything when I made that CD. It wasn't until afterwards that I put together the band [that I have today], released a single, and acquired the team that I have around me now.

On the other hand, the new album HAS direction, and that is why it is so much better I think. The most frequent (and best) compliment that I get on the road is that we [the band] sound good and tight performing live. When I wrote the songs and recorded Anywhere in Texas I had the band in mind with every song. Although we don't have a fiddle player or B3 player, the album is based upon the 4-piece feel: drums, bass, guitar, guitar. "AiT" is rockin' country, and I think it's something different that people will enjoy and really get in to.

Claes: You celebrated your CD release in Austin on the 1st at a “Roadhouse Live” KVET show. W/ Wade Bowen. Howd the night go?
Park:
Great! We had such a great turnout for the release, nearly at full capacity. My family came, which is always great. It's always fun playing with Wade Bowen too, he's one of my favorite's.

Claes: Wade Bowen co-wrote, “A Woman Like You” on your new release. Tell me about that song.
Park:
I had written the music line (opening rhythm/lick) before anything else, and I knew I liked it. I started messing around with the lyrics, "Here's your si-gn girl, tell me what you want me to do.." and thought it sounded cool. I called WB, and we got together for about 2 hours. He coined the line "Waitin' on a woman like you", and the we got stuck on the song. I left for a songwriting trip a week later and I finished the song. It's one of my favorites to play; real bluesy, 'Delta Blues'. It's also currently our opening tune when we play live.

Claes: Do you have a favorite track on Anywhere in Texas?
Park:
Not really a favorite, but a few stand out. I'm proud of the way “Cold In Colorado” turned out, just because it kind of fell into my hands I feel. I wrote is so fast, and it was stuck in my head for weeks. I started playing it live (acoustic) only weeks before I went to record the album, and people/fans were very responsive with that song, telling me how it was their favorite. I thought it was funny because I didn't even really know it yet! I messed up the lyrics, botched the music, but people still liked it. That's when I knew I had a good song for the record.

Claes: The title track puts a humoristic approach on touring. You’ve been a road dog for the last few years. What was the best memory?
Park:
Probably that song and going to Europe in 2007, [laughs]. It was our first long road trip (13 days) as a band, and we really got to know each other on that run. We were so lost! The best thing was that when we got back, we weren't tired of each other yet. Usually 4 guys on the road for that long in those close quarters will want to kill each other when they're done, but not us. It truly feels like family.

Claes: There are some impressive players on the CD, like Lloyd Maines , and members of Asleep at the Wheel and . How’d you assemble such great musicians in the studio?
Park:
My manager, John Michael Whitby, has been in the business for a long time now (played 8 years with Asleep at the Wheel, currently plays with George Strait's Ace In The Hole Band and the Randy Rogers Band) and he has introduced me to some of the best musicians in the US. They just happen to be in Texas [smiles]. Surrounding myself with greats like those guys is a privilege, and I'm always amazed at what they come up with on each record.

Claes: You’ve opened for Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence. Ever have any face time with them? Did they give you any advice?
Park:
Not with Clint Black, but I did talk to Tracy Lawrence for a little bit. He's super nice, and a fan's best friend as well. He didn't give me any verbal “advice,” but I saw him interact with his fans like no one I had ever seen. When Tracy met his fans, you could tell that he cared about each one. The fans are the ones who pay for things as big as the bus you sit on, and as simple the gas that gets you to the show and the meals that you eat.

Claes: Technically, you could call your show on October 18th at the Kyle Fair and Music Festival your CD Release show for Kyle
Park:
Definitely. We've played in Kyle annually for the past 3 years, and we've built a nice fan base in Kyle. Maybe it's because they like my name.

Claes: For those who will see you for the first time on October 18, what can we expect from a Kyle Park show?
Park:
High energy and quality music. There are a lot of 4-piece bands out there that sound like rock bands but call themselves country, and that is not us. We're rockin' and we have a good time, but you can still dance to the music. We're different, truthfully. If it's your first time to hear us, it shouldn't be your last.

Claes: Did you get the gig at the Kyle Music Festival based on your name? I mean, Kyle Park at a park in Kyle is pretty fantastic.
Park:
[Laughs] I'm not sure, I've wondered that as well. But I do know that it must save some money on advertisement: Kyle Park @ Kyle Park!

Claes: Where are your favorite places to play?
Park:
Gruene Hall, Schroeder Hall, the old places are the best. Luckenbach is great too, but I've only played there once. Our first stadium gig was awesome (Dell Diamond). We're playing in Ford Park in Beaumont in a few months. That should be a good one.



(First photo by Jennifer Williams, Above photo by Kris Laymon. From Kyle's MySpace Page)

Save Austin Music Launches PSA - Party

Do you know about Save Austin Music?
It's a pretty interesting group.

Click on one of these photos to read more.






(Press Release)
Save Austin Music launches Public Service Announcement Campaign with movie-style Premiere Gala Fundraiser

DATE: Friday October 17th 7-11pm (doors at 6pm)
LOCATION: One World Theatre
(7701 Bee Caves Rd Austin, TX 78746 512-330-9500)
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: SaveAustinMusic.com


Austin, TX
Save Austin Music, the grassroots Austin music organization will launch its Austin Music: You’re Invited Public Service Announcement Campaign by hosting a Hollywood-style movie premiere on Friday October 17th at the One World Theatre, just 10 minutes from downtown Austin.

The PSA spots will urge Austinites to “see one Austin band each month” and will be highly visible in Central Texas media outlets from television and radio to print, as well as on the internet. The premiere gala’s audience will get the first look at the PSA on video screens placed throughout the venue between performances by the night’s 6 musical acts.

The PSA campaign, featuring prominent Austin musicians like Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Gary Clark Jr, Ruben Ramos, and others, will be placed for free with most media outlets, but the organization is raising funds to increase the frequency of ads and duration of the campaign to one year. Save Austin Music plans to raise enough money over the next year to place $5-10k each month in advertising buys.

"This is an opportunity for Austin’s music, political, and business
communities to come together as we open the curtain on a new day for Austin
music," said Save Austin Music founder Troy Dillinger. "In just 9 months we’ve planted roots for a revival of Austin’s most precious local resource and our effort becomes official this night.” He added, “even though the economy is causing more difficulties outside of Austin than in, this event is an opportunity for us all to rally around a new period of creative and economic growth within our city."

The event, which will feature free food & beverages provided by local establishments, a silent auction featuring items from local businesses, and live music by some of Austin’s finest talent, will kick off at 6pm under the reception plaza tent, featuring live music from Austin’s own John Pointer.

More music will take place in the main room of the One World Theatre, and a video simulcast will show throughout the venue as well. SAM founder Troy Dillinger will take the stage with his band at 7pm, followed by Neckbone, Dan Dyer, and Nakia with His Southern Cousins hosting an all-star jam to close the night.

Celebrity guest presenters will include members of Austin’s Live Music Task Force, with more to be announced next week. The event’s sponsors so far include One World Theatre, Tito’s Vodka, Amplify Credit Union, Do512.com, Austin.com, Motorblade Postering and Threadgills. More sponsors will be announced later this week.

The Public Service Announcement was created by a team of volunteers which included director Lee Daniel (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Fast Food Nation), Scott Conn (Dirt Road to Psychadelia), and collaborative efforts from Blitzkrieg Media and Wolfpack Film Group. Appearing in the PSA are Austin Mayor Will Wynn, Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson, Ian MacLagan (The Faces, Rolling Stones), Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), Rapid Ric the Mixtape Mechanic, Marcia Ball, Ruben Ramos, Carolyn Wonderland, Gary Clark Jr., James McMurtry, Cindy Cashdollar, Jason McMaster, Rosie Flores, John Pointer, and Ter’ell Shahid.
10% of all money raised by Save Austin Music will be donated to Austin music charities and the rest will be used to fund the PSA Campaign’s media buys. Ticket prices will be $35 for general admission, $20 for working musicians, and VIP packages for 4 will be $350 and will include a gift package. Tickets are available at SaveAustinMusic.com.

October 14, 2008

OCTOBER 17 - INSITE NIGHT


OCTOBER 17 - INSITE NIGHT
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This Friday, please join me out at Stubb's BBQ for a darned good show.... The Ars Supernova, Nothing More, Naked Empire and Under The Green. I really dig The Ars Supernova and Naked Empire. I've heard that Nothing More has a stage show like no other (something about a 4 man bass solo) and I've bot heard about Under The Green... but if the other 3 bands are a clue... you should get there early.

Doors open at 9:00 and it's $10 at the door.

It's also an INsite Night... so we'll have stuff to give out... including 2 tickets to the South Padre Islans Music Festival... but you've got to read the October issue of INsite to find out how to win those... HINT...

October 3, 2008

Helen Soja (August 1, 1922 - October 3, 2006)

Helen Soja (August 1, 1922 - October 3, 2006)




Today it has been two years since my grandmother, Helen Soja, passed away. This photo was taken in 2002, the last time she visited our home in Kyle, Texas.

On October 25, I'm going to be participating in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® in her honor. If you'd like to donate, please visit this link: www.memorywalk.kintera.org/sanmarcos/seanclaes.

'If you visit my page on the Memory Walk you can read some of my memories about her, and see another great photo of her and I from 2002 when Jodie (my wife) and I took her on an “Austin Adventure” Complete with an Austin Duck Tour, trip to Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center, and a shake from Hut’s Hamburgers.

I miss you Grandma.

September 26, 2008

My New Favorite Shirt.. I've yet to buy



This is my new favorite shirt... it's by Austin designer/artist Will Heron. I've not bought it yet... but my daughter wore one of his other designs yesterday... and reminded me to take a new look at his stuff.

Thanks Will.. your stuff always makes me smile.

September 24, 2008

Dreams - An Thology of Wild Fiction

A few months ago, I attended a workshop at The Wizard Academy entitled Wild Fiction. The plan of the workshop was to get a number of writers in a room and teach them a few things about fiction writing. The bonus of the class was, at the end we all had the assignment to pen a short story of our own and submit it to be published. I decided I would submit an interview I had with Peter Drewson, the inventor of the Drewson Suitcase Television.

Well, Dreams - An Thology of Wild Fiction is now at press. From the Wizard Academy Press you can now pre-order the hardcover book which includes my story. It will be shipped the first week of December.


Dreams


Back up Sean....Who did you write about?
I'm glad you asked.

In the 1960s, Peter Drewson, a door-to-door salesperson and struggling inventor, built one working suitcase television. It was his big chance at becoming a millionaire and known the world over. Of course, if you've never heard of him, you're not alone... most haven't. He was unable to sell his idea and as technology advanced the need for a television/suitcase combo was no longer needed.

The original Drewson Suitcase Television is thought to have been lost on March 23, 1974 in a barfire.

So... if you're looking for a good read this Christmas... Might I recommend Dreams - An Thology of Wild Fiction? If you ask.. I'm sure I can get one of the authors to sign a copy.


Authors?
The full list of Authors and additional information on the book can be found by clicking the cover of the book above or clicking here.

September 18, 2008

South Padre Island Music Festival Preview

TO ALL THOSE IN AUSTIN TONIGHT....

Want to win an all-expense paid trip to the South Padre International Music Festival? Willie Nelson will be there, so will Ghostland Observatory. Or maybe you'd like to win a Shred Sixx wakesurf board, a Gibson guitar, or simply enjoy a nice little party with drink specials and live music from Twanguero? If so, stop by The Belmont at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, it will all be there.

September 15, 2008

2008 Claiborne Kyle Log House Fried Chicken Dinner

It's time once again for the Claiborne Kyle Log House Fried Chicken Dinner!

FRIED CHICKEN AND ENTERTAINMENT

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Entertainment:
Cliff Caskey
Del David

Where:
2400 S. Old Stagecoach Road
County Road 136, South of Kyle

When:
Saturday, September 27, 2008
11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

Cost (for the chicken dinner):
$7.00 Adults
Under 12 - $4.00


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What is the Claiborne Kyle Log House?
"In 1844 Claiborne and Lucy Kyle moved to Texas where they built this house in 1850, a massive log home overlooking the Blanco River built of cedar logs. The four pen linear dog trot house has four rooms, each about 16 feet square. The home has been restored and refurnished, and is listed on the National Register." - http://www.ohwy.com/tx/c/clkyloho.htm

September 10, 2008

Inflamed Birthmark and The Flaming Lips

Yesterday was one of those days that reminded me I was a parent. Not that I forget that I have two amazing kiddos, but as things go... I like to concentrate on the positive things about parenting. Jamming with Marlee (4) to the Rockland Eagles, watching Harper (1) careen into people like one of the cars when we were at the Spicewood Demolition Derby, and the many kisses and hugs I receive each day.

But yesterday was one of those "hard" parenting days. Those who know Mar Mar are probably aware that she has had a bump on her leg since birth. We always referred to it as her "birthmark" and over the years we've had doctors look at it... and nobody seemed concerned about it. It would get bigger... and smaller... and sometimes hurt... but most times it wouldn't bother her at all.

We tried to have it removed about a year ago, but Mar Mar wasn't having any of it (the story goes that 3 nurses, 1 doctor and my wife couldn't hold her down), so it remained. Well, recently it grew to about the size of a nickle.. and became a shiny black/brown/gray. It was bothering her, so we decided it was time for it to be removed. The dermatologist that we'd visited before didn't have an immediate appointment available so my wife made an appointment at the new Vitalogy Skin Care in San Marcos for Mar Mar.

Very, Very impressed. We walked in and there was a really comfortable office space... big chairs, a table... only a couple magazines, and the best thing... FREE DRINKS AND SNACKS. OK... not the best thing.. but free stuff is way up there.

Actually... the best thing was the fact that the doctor, Dr. Eric Adelman was a goofy, goofy man. Which was extremely good for the 4 year old on the table who was amazingly afraid. He also did a fantastic job talking to me and Jodie outside the door when he explained what was going on.

Something that isn't the norm for doctors, it seems. Bedside manner. I understand it isn't something that you learn in med school. Well.. Dr. Adelman has it down. He's also a Mohs micrographic surgeon, for what that's worth (we certainly hope we never have to use that service...or you either).

He walked into the room, the conversation went something like this:

Dr. Adelman: Hey.. WHOA WHAT'S THAT?
Mar Mar: My birthmark
Dr. Adelman: DUDE... that's neat. I need to have that.
Mar Mar: I want to keep it.
Dr. Adelman: No way, I'm totally taking that.
Mar Mar: ...
Dr. Adelman: You know what? I'm going to draw on it.
Mar Mar: *laughs*

It went on like that for a few minutes. Mar Mar was really scared, but I'm so proud at how brave she was. The assistants were awesome too... talking about their kids and making sure Mar Mar was as comfortable as possible. She even got a doughnut and a lemonade (remember... free snacks). After the operation Mar Mar got to pick between pink or purple sticky-gauze stuff to put on her leg.

The "cutting" itself is another matter... there's about $.25 hole in her leg where the "birthmark" used to be.. and we've yet to unwrap the bandage to take a look. I guess we better call the office there to find out just how to treat it (something Jodie probably already has done... I write blogs.. she actually finds out information).

The time the doctor walked in and the operation was done was only about 30 minutes.

Oh...Another reason I decided to write this... well... when Dr. Adelman walked in, I thought it was Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of The Flaming Lips.

Let me give you a visual... The Flaming Lips photo is by

Flaming Lips Press Photo by J. Michelle Martin
This is a press photo of The Flaming Lips by J. Michelle Martin (linked from the Flaming Lips Website)

This is a photo I found on newstreamz.com of the grand opening of Vitalogy Skin Care from August 2008.
Can you find the Doctor I speak of?




Awesome... eh?

So... thanks Dr. Adelman and the fine folks at Vitalogy Skin Care in San Marcos for making a very scary experience... not so scary.

We will hear back soon what the results of the birthmark's biopsy... so if you could do us a solid and say a few words of prayer for Marlee and us... it'd be appreciated.

September 3, 2008

Milt's BBQ in Kyle - Friday's is for Live Music

Milt's BBQ

You'll come for the music.. ang you'll stay for the BBQ....
OR.. if you've been there before... you'll come for the BBQ.. and stay for the music.

Milt's Pit BBQ
905 North Old Highway 81,
Kyle, TX 78640

Friday's in September Music Line-up
9-5-08 - Jay Yarbro and Friends, 7-10 pm

9-12-08 - Chris Brown and Friends, 7-10 pm

9-19-08 - Aces over Eights, 7-10 pm

9-26-08 - Cody Lawson Band, 7-10 pm

Kitchen is open until 9 pm. BYOB Call 512-268-4734 for more info.

September 1, 2008

Destruction Derby Set To Crash Spicewood 9/6/08

Destruction Derby Set To Crash Spicewood
Volunteer Fire Department Holds Smashing Fundraiser





AUSTIN - For the last 16 years, the Spicewood, Texas Volunteer Fire Department has been hosting a demolition derby. This year, the event will be held on September 6 at Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department Hall, (9805 Hwy 71 East, Spicewood, Texas).

Thousands of spectators come out each year to witness dozens of drivers twist some metal as their cars crash and burn. Expect to see automobile carnage as vehicles tumble and flip and sometimes land wheels to the sky. You can also expect lots and lots of smiles from folks of all ages as this whole event is a whole lot of awesome.

Austin’s Radiant Plumbing will be participating for the third year. For 2008, they’re entering a 1973 Pontiac Catalina to put into the mix. “This is my third year going, and I can't express how much fun this event is,” Radiant Plumbing owner Brad Casebier said. “Make time to come. You will not be sorry.”

Entrance to the grounds is just $7 for adults and $5 for kids and all proceeds go to benefit the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department equipment fund. The event is BYOB with food and drinks also available. For more information, or details on how to enter, visit http://www.spicewoodvfd.com/derby.htm

August 28, 2008

Phoenix Saga - Wrath of Sean/Khan Event


Phoenix Saga presents
THE WRATH OF KHAN - An AIA Fundraiser!


Phoenix Saga Poster


Independent Austin band Phoenix Saga is presenting a special screening of the sci-fi classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in conjunction with the special "director's cut" version of their sophomore release, Phoenix Saga II: The Wrath of Sean. Phoenix Saga is being sponsored by the Austin Indie Alliance (AIA), of which they are a member band, which is a non-profit organization made up of local bands and music fans to help independant artists survive in today's music industry. All the proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards funding the AIA, and all sales of Phoenix Saga merchandise will go directly to Phoenix Saga. All food sales will benefit the Alamo Drafthouse for catering the event. For more information about the Phoenix Saga or the AIA, please come talk to them before or after the show, and they'll be glad to tell you all you need to know.

Presented on the anniversary of the original series debut, this event features a listening of Phoenix Saga's album Phoenix Saga II: The Wrath of Sean before the feature film, and a viewing of the video commentary that the band recorded as part of the director's cut version of the album. In the video commentary the band got together, wore funny hats, and discussed each song on the album. The original version will be available for sale for $10, and the director's cut version will be available for $15, as it includes, in addition to the audio CD, the video commentary DVD, digital re-mastering of the original track list, 3 bonus tracks labeled as 'deleted scenes', and the lyrics to all the songs printed in the CD liner notes. General admission is $10, and as an added bonus Phoenix Saga is offering a special "friends of Phoenix Saga deluxe package" for $20. The deluxe package includes specialty seating by Orion Slave Girls, a signed limited edition Alamo Drafthouse event wall poster, an autographed 8X10 glossy photo of the band holding an 8X10 glossy autographed photo of Bruce Willis, a limited edition Phoenix Saga brand reuseable canvas bag with flaming pig logo, your choice of Phoenix Saga t-shirt, Phoenix Saga 1" button, entry into an exclusive raffle for Phoenix Saga merch, and many other delightful goodies to put in the bag!

All general admission ticket purchasers will be offered left over gift bag packages as supplies last for $15 each, all other Phoenix Saga merchandise will be available for sale at the regular prices in the theather, and as a special offer, ANYONE (male, female, young and old) who buys a bucket of beer from the drafhouse may present their receipt to an Orion Slave girl for a free kiss. Anyone who buys TWO buckets of beer is eligible for a kiss from a slave girl to another slave girl, so be sure to bring spending cash! For more information contact: phoenixsagaband@yahoo.com

August 12, 2008

Dr. Danny Rouch Medical Fund Benefit




Dr. Rouch is my doctor. On May 23, 2008 he sustained a head injury and has been hospitalized ever since. The community has gotten together and is holding a benefit to help pay for his Rehab. I received the below information in an e-mail. Thought I'd pass it along. You can read more about his accident and condition in this story from the Hays Free Press.
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Dr. Danny Rouch sustained a severe head injury in May and remains hospitalized. This benefit is to raise funds needed to pay for the high cost of rehabilitation. All
funds raised will be used to defray medical/ rehab costs.

Sunday August 24, 2008
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Painted Horse Pavilion
FM 1626 Buda, Texas

Please join us for BBQ, Music, Auction and Fellowship

BBQ plate tickets = $6.00
Music only tickets = $5.00
Combo tickets = $10.00

Monetary donations may also be made directly at any Wells Fargo Bank to the
Dr. Daniel R. Rouch Benefit Donation Fund or online at www.DrRouch.net

Auction tems may also be donated.

Auction item collection station:
Dr. Bob Rosebrock
Rosebrock Vet Clinic
2325 FM 967 Buda
Office: 312-0701
Cell: 771-4647

August 7, 2008

Vacation Bible School 8/11 - 15 in Kyle, TX




GOD'S BIG BACKYARD IN KYLE, TEXAS
KUMC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL


Outdoor adventure, fun backyard games, crafts, snacks, and music are just outside your back door. GOD'S BIG BACKYARD is the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School at Kyle United Methodist Church (408 W Lockhart Street, Kyle, TX 78640). VBS will be held on August 11 - 15, 2008 from 9:00a.m. - 12noon.

Invited are all children (Kindergarten [potty trained] through the 5th grade) in the area. Parents, bring your children, bring their friends, and come ready for an amazing time as we explore God's Big Backyard! Call 512-268-2331 for more details.

Thank you and God Bless!

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Kyle United Methodist Church
408 W Lockhart St
Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 268-2331

http://www.kyleumc.com/
kumc@austin.rr.com

Kyle United Methodist Church invites you to regular Sunday services at 8:30 and 11:00a.m. and holds dinner and a bible study Wednesdays at 6:00p.m. Pastor: Harold Dailey

July 17, 2008

A Sense Of Entitlement

NOTES FROM THE CUBICLE
A Sense Of Entitlement


How can you be angry about something that wasn’t yours to begin with? I’m starting to understand why some people just don’t believe in giving gifts (monetary or otherwise). People seem to take offense at gifts… or the fact that they don’t receive a gift that someone else gets. So, because they can’t give to everyone, they don’t give at all.

Some folks don’t understand… if someone gives you a gift, it is just that - a gift. It doesn’t matter whether it is a pencil or a quarter of a million dollars. It may be a free lunch. It may be a CD. It may be two tickets to a Spurs game. It may be a beer. If it wasn’t something that you worked towards or had an agreement on receiving… it’s a gift and the amount is the sole decision of the gift-giver.

If a friend or co-worker receives a gift, can’t you just be happy for them instead of judging their worthiness? It wasn’t your gift to give. It wasn’t their intention to get something that wasn’t offered you. They are just a person who happened to be the recipient. The gift-giver didn’t mean to piss you off by not giving you the same thing. If he did, that’s a bribe or power-play… not a gift.

I kind of feel the same way with tips at a restaurant. Tips are for good service. People are expected to tip 20% of the bill for good service. That’s a suggestion, not a rule. Now, before I get into this too much…I’ve waited tables. I know. I used to make $2.13 an hour + tips…so I’ve been there. I think if tips are expected income… they should be automatically added to the bill. Not just for parties of 6 and up. But, to all bills. Or, pay minimum wage to servers and don’t allow tipping.

I think all of the waiters and waitresses just balked at that. Why? Because many times, people tip way above the percentage that is suggested and above minimum wage. It’s all up to the diner’s discression. But… to be fair to waiters… 20% is the agreed upon standard for good service so maybe that should be the rule. Take the guesswork out of it.

To be honest, I think that’s a horrible idea. But, I also think it sucks to be a diner who had bad service, who didn’t tip the “suggested amount” and be cursed by the waiter. I was actually chased out of a restaurant once in San Marcos, Texas for not tipping a crappy waitress. She guilted my friend into giving her a tip. I’ve never been back to that place… and I really liked the food there too. Damnit.

In the same thought…how can someone be so down on people who hold signs on the corner asking for money? “Oh, they’ll take that cash and buy alcohol or drugs.” You know... they might. They might just take that cash and turn it into liquor… but they might also use the cash to feed their family. They may get a bus ticket to return to a long lost love. They may buy a cheeseburger. And yes… they might get high.

While at church last Sunday we talked a little about this. One member shared her perspective. “If they use the money for drugs, and that allows them to live another day, maybe something will happen in that day to bring them closer to God and they may make a life-changing decision.” I thought that was pretty profound.

But, my point is, if I am going to give you something… my say in what is done with my gift ends when it is given. If it makes a difference, if it doesn’t… that is not my concern. If I am to get anything in return, again, not my intention. It’s a gift. Not a free gift with certain expectations.

And, please don’t have a sense of entitlement. Don’t think that you deserve anything above what you have worked towards and earned. If talking about a job, I’m not talking about earning an office with a window view. That is a perk. You are compensated for doing a job. Your reward for doing a good job is the fact that they keep paying you… perhaps you get insurance… perhaps a vacation… the things that are detailed out in your job description that you agreed to when you took a job.

If you get a bonus, it’s just that, a bonus. The amount shouldn’t matter. It’s unexpected money. If your co-worker gets a bonus and you don’t, be happy for them. Don’t get pissy and think “I should have gotten that money.” It wasn’t yours to give. It wasn’t theirs to demand. It was a gift.

You work for what you get, and you have what you earned. Anything above that is a bonus, a lagniappe, a gift… and should be seen as such. If people would just understand that, there would be a lot less anger in the world.

July 11, 2008

Austin Bands, do you DO512?

DO512.com is a great tool to promote shows and network around. If you're not aware of it... you should be. The basis is... you can post all of your band information and/or show information and it creates a page for you complete with a linkable, repostable "poster" of the image you uploaded or the list of the bands that are going to be there. Now.. it gets put in the hands of the "people" next... as folks who are members of do512 can click "I like it" to any show... and the more votes a show gets, the more likely it'll rise to the top of the day's search.. and/or be included in the end of the week's "Top Picks" that is e-mailed out to the list of do512'ers.

INsite Magazine, has teamed up with DO512 and they are working together to produce the listings* that run in the magazine. They are also using do512 for the promotion of their INsite Nights. Here's the next 4 INsite Night links... you'll see examples of both with poster and without. If you are a do512 member, please click "I Like It" on these. It would rock.

Vote for this event on Do512.com! INsite Night - Point of Contact, Under the Gun, Hazard of the Industry and Unnamed Project for Revenge
Vote for this event on Do512.com! Squint, She Craves, Dented, Forever Falls, Call Me Sensei - INsite Night
Vote for this event on Do512.com! Full Service + Friends - INsite Night
Vote for this event on Do512.com! INsite Night - The Banner Year, She Craves, 6 Pack Deep, Litany For The Departed

*Deadline for inclusion of listings in INsite is always the 21st of the month for the next month. So... use do512 for promoting your gigs... it's easy... and a pretty cool tool... and you may end up doubling your promotional efforts by ending up in INsite.

July 7, 2008

Austin' Texas July Music Listings


July INsite Page 13
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This is from INsite Magazine.
http://www.insiteaustin.com

Click the photo to download full page... or go to the Website to download the full PDF of the issue.

May 31, 2008

OZZEST TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!

Tickets to Ozzfest 2008, which will be a one-off show in Dallas, will be available at 10:30a.m. today at Ticketmaster.

Click here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C0040AEDA69830F?artistid=821241&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=200


OZZFEST 2008
Saturday, August 9 at Pizza Hut Park, Dallas, Texas:


Main Stage:
OZZY OSBOURNE
METALLICA
SERJ TANKIAN
HELLYEAH
JONATHAN DAVIS
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
SHADOWS FALL
APOCALYPTICA
IN THIS MOMENT


Second Stage:
SEVENDUST
DEVILDRIVER
KINGDOM OF SORROW
SOILENT GREEN
WITCHCRAFT
GOATWHORE

Texas (Third) Stage: *
THE SWORD
DROWNING POOL
RIGOR MORTIS
THE DESTRO
WITHIN CHAOS

May 27, 2008

Backwoods Bash Wrap-up

It was a fantastic weekend of music. If you were there, you may spot yourself in one of these shots... if you weren't, this is what you missed. Hope to see you next year for the Second Annual Backwoods Bash, Memorial Day Weekend 2009.

Friday's Photos - 74 shots

Saturday's Photos - 205 shots

If you'd like to watch the videos I shot:  Visit this link.




Here's a few of the 279 photos I took:
The Four Who Dreamed This Up
Matt Jostes, Trevor Lane, Damien Hartzell, and Sean Claes. Four men with a mission to create a Memorial Day Weekend Concert just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma. We did it. Backwoods Bash 2008 - www.backwoodsbash.com.

Cosmic Rush
Cosmic Rush

Will Porter/Damien Hartzell
Will Porter/Damien Hartzell

Greg Schroeder
Greg Schroeder

Todd Davis
Todd Davis

Steve Liddell
Steve Liddell

ValerieStar
ValerieStar

Cannonball Sunday
Cannonball Sunday

Ben Sumner and Sean Claes
Ben Sumner and Sean Claes

The Banner Year (of Austin,TX)
The Banner Year

Austin's Full Service
Full Service

Ghosts
Ghosts

May 22, 2008

Wiener Dog Races on KLRU's Docubloggers

I went to the Buda Wienerdog Races this year... it was great. I took a few videos of the races just to document it and was going to upload them to my YouTube but for some reason it wouldn't upload. So... today I was talking to someone at work who said that KLRU's Doccubloggers was going to do (or has done) a spot on the races.

Being the Google fiend I am... I went searching. Apparently they were uploading it to their YouTube as we were talking about it. I think I was the first viewer of this particular upload. So... I thought I'd share. It's VERY well done and it captures the idea and excitement that is the Buda Wiener Dog Races.

Hope you enjoy. It was produced by Domenique Bellavia.


What they have to say:
Each year in Buda Texas the Lions Club host the County fair, and one of the featured activities are the wiener dog races. Now, people from all over the US bring their Dachshund to dress up and run!

May 21, 2008

Buy this tape... but as a digital Download



You can download this album for just $5 at:http://cdbaby.com/cd/backwoodsbash2008.
The $$ will go directly towards the gas money for the bands playing the first ever Backwoods Bash at the Thundermoon Ranch in Mannford, Oklahoma.. this weekend (May 23-25, 2008)

May 16, 2008

Austin Band Tungsten Coil gets Gear Stolen

Tungsten Coil @ Emo's Lounge 5/10/08

On Monday May 12 at 5:30am Austin band, and INsite May Cover story, Tungsten Coil's rehearsal space was broken into (Public Storage 10001 N. IH35 in Austin). Two men made off with a good amount of the band's gear.

Including:
- M-Audio Axiom 61-key MIDI Controller (dark grey; 5th volume slider is broken off)
- Roland AX-7 Keytar (white; black duct tape along bottom edge, Tungsten Coil sticker, sanded-down thumb-button on handle) Serial#: ZU48734
- Marshall AVT50H Head - 50watt "AVT Valve State" (black; rip along top, was covered by grey duct tape)
- Big Briar Theremin (black)
- Roland Volume/expression pedal (black; clear tape over volume adjuster knob)
- Yamaha sustain foot pedal (black)
- Ampeg B2RE amp (rack mount; medium grey) Serial#: DGADS50052
- SVT 4x10 Ampeg Cabinet Serial#: DWADS40047
- ESP LTD C305 5-string bass guitar (see-thru blue: could see wood through paint)
- ESP LTD F250 6-string guitar (black; rusted out hardware; Gibson neck pickup)
- Yamaha RGX 520 FX 6-string guitar (red maple top)
- Schecter Hellraiser series 7-string guitar (flat black; 2 marks on back--top and bottom; EMG active pickups)
- 3"x60"x24" carpeted carrying case (black carpet outside, dark grey foam inside)
- 4"x60"x24" carpeted carrying case (black carpet outside, dark grey foam inside)
- 3 Yamaha BR12 black carpeted monitors Serial#: #013934028 13935844 13936600 13936472
- Vanilla 6-plug power strip with "Tungsten Coil" written on the back
- Universal power adapter attached to power strip with zip-ties
- Power supply for Big Briar Theremin attached to power strip with zip-ties
- 15-minute Energizer battery charge
- 2 Whirlwind IMP2 Standard Direct boxes (black, zip-tied together)
- Midiman 2x2 Midi Merge (pink)



Although the video cameras were on.. all they got was fuzzy video.
They have uploaded all of the information they've been able to gather to help a)find their gear and b) bust these 2 individuals who stole it. Click the gear list to go to Tungsten Coils list complete with pictures of gear missing... and other information