Saturday, September 27, 2008

Scout Bar Shows

The Scout Bar - with locations in Clear Lake, San Antonio and now Beaumont - is set to open on Oct. 24 at Crockett Street. The first show is set for Oct. 25 with Nonpoint, 12 Stones, A New Revolution, and Royal Bliss. Other shows include Oct. 29 with Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry and The Parlor Mob; and Nov. 7 with Saliva, Drowning Pool, Tantric and Jet Black Stare. Oh yeah, Nov. 8 will host Back in Black ... an AC/DC tribute band.

The Scout Bar Does Beaumont

Out of the ashes of Antone's comes The Scout Bar.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Southbound & Down

We just back into Orange County after our evacuation vacation and it feels good to be home. Got about a billion e-mails to catch up on, so here are some shows scheduled for SETX this weekend:

Tonight [Sept. 26]: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys at Whiskey River; David Lee Kaiser at The Poblano Grill; Scott McGill and Old Dog Mac at Dylan's; Electric Frankenstein at The Vortex.

Saturday night [Sept. 27]: The Bogarts at Changing Times; Black Diamond Heavies at The Vortex; Grimey Styles, Fresh Nectar, Ashes of Babylon and Dertybird at The Luna Bar and Grill; Big Shot Bizaare at The Art Studio; Cousin Phelpy [pictured above] and We Were Wolves at The Barking Dog.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Willie & Farm Aid To Help In Hurricane Recovery

The Associated Press reports Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson [a native Texan] says the organization will give $30,000 in grants to groups that help family farmers in areas of Texas and Louisiana hit hard by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

Farm Aid says more money will be distributed in the near future, "as the extent of hurricane damage becomes clearer."

Farm Aid is the longest-running benefit concert series in the U.S. It's raised more than $30 million for family farmers since its first show in 1985.

Radio Free SETX

Kudos to Al Caldwell [the man who booked ZZ Top's first paid gig back in the day] who reported on SETX's continuing recovery from Ike this morning on local rock radio station K-106. During the broadcast, he criticized the mainstream media for essentially ignoring our region while it struggles in what he described as "third world country" conditions. Give 'em Hell, Al.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I was wondering why there hasn't been much IKE coverage.

And yeah, this has nothing to do with music, but damn.


That's what Warren Ellis calls it. "Absent WithOut Bloggery".

Thanks to the ever-cool William Gibson [author of some of my most favorite books, including "Spook Country"] for the heads-up.

Greetings From Carthage

Hullo from the evacuation trail!

We're holed up in Carthage [home of the Tex Ritter Country Music Museum] for the time being - and we still don't know when we can come home to SETX [Orange County].

How is everyone out there? Anyone have any news to share?

Thanks to the lovely people at the Carthage Public Library, I will be able to pop in every now and then.

So if you're online, give us a shout.

Adios for now,


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Update: At 6:15 a.m. Sept. 11, evacuatiuon called for Ike in Jefferson and Orange Counties. So, ah, never mind about this post, I guess. The original post went something like this:

Depending on the heavy weather, SETX gigs may include:

Thursday [Sept. 11]: Honeybrowne and the Blue Broussard Band at Whiskey River; Centerfire at The Lamplighter; Brad Brinkley and Comfort Zone at The Caribbean Cove Lounge; Clint Faulk and Sherrie Lynn at Larry's French Market.

Friday [Sept. 12]: The Mike Taylor Band at Polo's Lounge; Static at Dylan's; Dead End Lake and Mothership at The 710 Downtown Bar; Knotch at OB's; Eazy at Larry's French Market; Forever Falls and Ashes Lain at Rikenjaks; Flamin' Hellcats at The Vortex; Centerfire at The Capistrano; Wade Bowen, Jamie Bergeron and The Kickin' Cajuns at Whiskey River; Willis Prudhomme at The Caribbean Cove Lounge.

Saturday [Sept. 13]: Big Frank at The Outlaw Drinkin' Club; Magnolia Sons at The Barking Dog; Sekrum at Rikenjaks; Sean Vidrine at The Caribbean Cove Lounge; Centerfire at The Capistrano; Southern Embers and Longneck Road at The Logon Cafe; The Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen and The Josh Ward Band at The Texas Gatorfest in Anahuac; Texas Revolution at Club 87; Sour Mash, The Blind Pets, and We Were Wolves at The Vortex.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Those Guys Again

At Both Conventions, a Band Salutes Anarchy - New York Times

On Wednesday night, Republican delegates fresh off Gov. Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination speech at the Xcel Energy Center here formed a conga line of taxis, buses and private cars to Minneapolis, where post-convention parties were firing up. At almost the same time, a huge crowd was emptying out of the Target Center after a political show of a different sort — a concert by the band Rage Against the Machine.

A small fraction of those people, perhaps 200, decided to take over the intersection of First Avenue North and Seventh Street. Traffic snarled, and delegates watched in waiting traffic as riot-clad police pushed the spontaneous, vocal protest up Seventh Street. A delegate from Texas said, “Those guys, again?”

Yes, again. For two weeks straight, both in Denver and in Minneapolis, Rage Against the Machine, a rap-metal band formed in 1991 and known for its big noise and ferocious politics, formed an ad-hoc convention in opposition to both major parties. Although the band has been a significant commercial success — three of its albums in the 1990s attained multiplatinum status — radical politics have always been baked into their music.

The band members’ notoriety grew in 1996 when they tried to hang upside-down flags on their amps during a two-song set on “Saturday Night Live” — a performance that was cut short, and became something of a theme. Shortly after a concert at the Democratic convention in Los Angeles in 2000 that ended in clashes with the police, the band broke up, then reunited in 2007 at the Coachella music festival.

At both the Democratic and Republican conventions this year, Rage led marches, performed through megaphones when prevented from taking their stage, and generally agitated against the politics of convention and the conventions themselves.

None of this would be especially noteworthy — cause musicians reflexively congregate around political events — but Rage has millions of fans whose ardor has not been diminished by the band’s not putting out a record in eight years. The group’s insistent calls to action, in song and from the stage, still fall on receptive ears. Some of its hard-core fans are less prone to buying T-shirts than engaging in the kind of civil disobedience that sometimes ends in tear gas.

The Democratic convention opened with a free Rage show at the Denver Coliseum in support of Iraq Veterans Against the War, with the band’s lead singer, Zack de la Rocha, kicking into “Guerilla Radio.” “It has to start somewhere, it has to start sometime,” he sang, “What better place than here?”

The building all but tipped on its side and bucked throughout the frantic, politically framed set, which included a guest spot by Wayne Kramer of the MC5, reprising the song “Kick Out the Jams” from an appearance during the mayhem of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. When the band finished at the coliseum, most of the 9,000 people who were present followed a march led by the veterans down to the Pepsi Center.

Many contemporary musical acts have lined up behind the Democratic candidate for president, Senator Barack Obama, while the McCain campaign has put some country music firepower behind it, but Rage Against the Machine and its legions regard donkeys and elephants as the same species.

“The only difference between the two parties is marketing,” said Adam Jung, a youth organizer who was interviewed during the Rage concert in Denver. “Electing Democrats to end the war is like drinking light beer to lose weight.”

Still, Republican Party officials here and in Minneapolis this week reacted to various Rage endeavors as if a sleeper cell were in their midst. A concert sponsored by the Service Employees International Union at Harriet Island on Monday, the first day of the convention, had its permit revoked and then restored after Rage was placed first on and then off the bill.

On Tuesday a five-band protest concert was scheduled on the lawn of the State Capitol above St. Paul. Near the end of the day the four members of Rage pulled up and were immediately surrounded by the police. The band members were told that they were not going to take the stage because they were not on the bill — but there were no bands listed on the permit. And so the four members of the band walked out into the crowd, which was chanting, “Let them play!,” and someone handed them a megaphone. With the guitarist Tom Morello vocalizing instrumental interludes, Mr. de la Rocha did two songs: “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name.” The crowd surged around the band and filled in the musical gaps.

After Mr. de la Rocha suggested that the assembled police were “not afraid of four musicians from Los Angeles, they are afraid of you!,” Mr. Morello took the megaphone.

He said: “I suspect that the cops have much more in common with this band, with you people. Before this weekend is over, they may turn their batons, rubber bullets and their tear gas against us, but it is our hope that one day they turn those batons and rubber bullets and the tear gas against” the people assembled at the Xcel Center, whom he described in colorful language.
It did not turn out that way after a few of the more fleet-footed protesters began running through the streets of St. Paul. Windows were broken, chemical agents were deployed, and arrests were made.

Later that night, Mr. Morello, who like Mr. Obama is the son of a Kenyan father and a white American mother (and who went to Harvard), stood in an alley behind the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis, tuning up for a hootenanny with Billy Bragg hosted by the Minneapolis musician and writer Jim Walsh. Neither he nor the other members of the band were granting interviews, however. Mr. Morello, who performs solo as the Nightwatchman, was talking to the songwriter Ike Reilly, and said the day had been a busy one.

“When we got to the capitol, we were surrounded by cops, and they asked, ‘Are you in Rage Against the Machine?,’ ” Mr. Morello said. “And I didn’t know what the right answer was, so I just said, ‘I don’t know.’ They blocked us from even approaching the stage, saying they’d arrest us if we played. So we went into the middle of the crowd and began to improvise.”

The Rage show at the Target Center on Wednesday night was a commercial concert, not a protest rally, with proceeds going to benefit various antiwar causes, according to Mr. Morello. But the political backdrop had hardly disappeared. When the lights came up at the start of the set, the band was clad in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, with hands behind them, an image that seemed to shout “Guantánamo Bay” without ever saying the words. Still, the rhetoric from the stage was more nuanced than that of the previous shows.

“I hope you all leave peacefully, but you don’t have to be passive,” Mr. Morello said. “Don’t let anyone put their hands on you.”

Thousands took that advice, and a few took it a step further, refusing orders to disperse at Seventh Street and Second Avenue.

Arrests, a mainstay of the latest Rage shows, quickly ensued.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Flamin' Hellcats 9/12

John McCain: Music Pirate

Did anyone else catch the clips of the last night of the GOP convention, where John McCain’s campaign was blasting the song "Barracuda" by Heart? [Reportedly, the tune was meant to be a theme song for GOP VP pick Sarah Palin, whose high school nickname was said to be "Sarah Barracuda." Yeah. I know. I'm not making this up].

Did the McCain campaign obtain legal permission to use the song? Fuck no. They just stole it.

Heart’s representative issued a statement:

"The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission. We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."

Heart should sue the bastards. I would [not that the McCain campaign would ever use KFG's "Porn Star" as a theme song].

Even funnier is the fact that last month, McCain released his technology policy, in which he promised to “protect the creative industries from piracy.”

Uh huh.

But it's not the first time the McCain people have stolen music. ThinkProgress reported that McCain infringes on artists’ copyrights all the time.

What a piece of shit.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Jake Hooker Is On The Inter-Webs

Jake Hooker, member of such fine SETX rock bands as We Were Wolves and Molly Maguires, informs us that he too is doing the bloggity thing.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rage Against The Machine Rocks The GOP RNC

Rolling Stone: Clad in Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuits with black hoods cinched over their heads and their hands behind their backs, Rage Against the Machine were led onstage to deafening air raid sirens and cheers in Minneapolis last night. The band faced the crowd for a second — as if waiting for a firing squad — before their instruments were placed in their hands and they launched into a blistering rendition of “Bomb Track,” their heads still covered in black cloth. “We’re Rage Against the Machine from Los Angeles, California,” Zack de la Rocha said after the band had changed out of their prison-camp garb, and that was basically his only address to the crowd for the next dozen songs.

The band seemed to have even more energy than the amped-up audience on the over-packed floor, and the four tore through song after song like they were making up for the canceled free concert the police shut down the previous night. Guitarist Tom Morello and de la Rocha stomped back and forth while drummer Brad Wilk kept up a tireless mechanical thrash and bassist Tim Commerford bounced up and down for almost the entire concert. Only during the drum solo in “Sleep Now in the Fire” did de la Rocha say a few words. “I know we’re going to take care of each other this evening,” he said as security poured water on the sweaty fans packed against the fence in front of the stage. “I know we can stand here with y’all in peaceful opposition to the whole fascist Republican agenda.”

A few minutes later, before they walked offstage to regroup for their encore, de la Rocha gave his only real speech of the night. “I know a lot of you feel the way that we do,” he said. “In our small way, together we come to spots like this to interrupt and to disrupt and to not be passive in the face of all this death and destruction that this party brought to this country and the world. We won’t be party to it. And we’re going to resist it. And we’re not going to let them distract our brothers and sisters and people around the country from it. … These people are concerned about a few determined people that broke a couple of windows; this government just broke two countries! … Oh and by the way, Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, I forgot to mention that.”

As they finished “Wake Up,” de la Rocha added, “I don’t know what you all are going to do tonight afterward, but I hope you all leave peacefully… but you don’t have to be passive! You don’t have to let anyone put their hands on you.”

After an encore featuring “Killing in the Name Of” left an arena bristling with middle fingers, the band stood and faced the audience one last time. This time, instead of looking like victims of a firing squad, the effect was more like posing for a yearbook photo — the four stood smiling, their arms around each other’s shoulders.

When Target Center emptied into the streets, crowds stood across from lines of riot, bike and mounted police. Some protestors went on to lie on the ground while others held a flag. The police reinforced their lines and the two sides faced off for about 30 minutes between the First Avenue nightclub and Minneapolis Hard Rock CafĂ©. Finally, the police allowed a crowd of about 200 to march away from the Target Center towards the center of downtown Minneapolis. (The group reportedly dwindled as they marched and the protest ended in the arrests of 102 people.) Less than a block away, at a RNC party thrown by the Minneapolis St. Paul Host Committee, one middle-aged woman dressed in white looked down on the protestors from the restaurant’s second floor windows, “Where are their mothers?” she asked.

Set List:
“Bomb Track”“Testify”“Bulls on Parade”“People of the Sun”“Know Your Enemy”“Bullet in the Head”(Katrina song)“Born of a Broken Man”“Guerilla Radio”“Ashes in the Fall”“Calm like a Bomb”“Sleep Now in the Fire”“Wake Up”[encore]“Freedom”“Township Rebellion”“Killing in the Name of.”

Whiskey, Poblano, Mac & More

Welcome back from the evac. Coming up this weekend:

Tonight [Sept. 4]: Brandon Rhyder at Whiskey River; David Lee Kaiser at The Poblano Grill.

Friday Night [Sept. 5]: The Solar System Band at Larry's French Market; Scott McGill and Old Dog Mac at The Capistrano.

Saturday Night [Sept. 6]: Jackie Caillier and Cajun Cousins at Larry's French Market; Ropin' Texas at The Vidor VFW Hall; Floodgate and Phoricid at Changing Times.