Monday, December 29, 2008

Best SETX Rock Artists Of 2008

We Were Wolves and The Scraps ... ! Since everyone hates a tie, the winner will have to be determind by a wrestling grudge match between Benny and Jake in vodka-laced Jello.

Best New SETX Artists Of 2008

Cousin Phelpy ... !

The Best Of SETX 2008

As 2008 draws to a close, I offer some picks for the best stuff:

Best new SETX artist of 2008 - Cousin Phelpy.

Best SETX rock artists of 2008 - [TIED] The Scraps / We Were Wolves.

Best SETX country artist of 2008 - Jesse Dayton.

Best SETX hip-hop artist of 2008 - Bun B.

Best SETX blues artist of 2008 - Pete Mayes.

Best SETX zydeco artist of 2008 - C.J. Chenier.

Best SETX heavy metal artist of 2008 - Drachen.

Best SETX classic rock artist of 2008 - Fictive Kin.

Best SETX punk rock artist of 2008 - Wormdirt.

Best SETX surf rock artist of 2008 - Molly Maguires.

Best SETX electronic artist of 2008 - JapaneseCarcrash.

Best SETX artist comeback of 2008 - K.F.G.

Best SETX "final show" of 2008 - Joe Jitsu.

Best SETX artist to watch in 2009 - Obscene Orchestra.

Best SETX indoor/nightclub live venue of 2008 - The Vortex.

Best SETX outdoor/gallery live venue of 2008 - The Art Studio.

Best SETX after hours spot of 2008 - Waffle House.

Best SETX restroom graffiti - The Vortex.

Best SETX media of 2008 - Big Dog 106's Home Grown Local Show.

Best SETX Web site of 2008 - Local Music Guide at

Best SETX blog of 2008 - Ramblings at

Best SETX MySpace site of 2008 - Beaumont Underground at

Congrats to all the winners! See ya next year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Here Comes '09

What we have so far for Jan. '09:

[Jan. 2] -
Ward, Bowen and Steinman at Logon Cafe.

[Jan. 3] - Six Pack Deep at The Vortex; Kenny Wiebusch and the Outstanding Warrants at The Scout Bar.

[Jan. 8] - Three Men and a Mannequin at The Logon Cafe.

[Jan. 9] - The Kickback at The Vortex; Neverset & Ceres at The Scout Bar.

[Jan. 10] - Lions, Amplified Heat & Sobriety Starts Tomorrow at The Vortex.

[Jan. 16] - The Flood at The Vortex.

[Jan. 17] - Duke & Velvet Brick at The Vortex; The Spacerockers at The Scout Bar; Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Shammies, Daniel Moore & Obscene Orchestra at The Art Studio.

[Jan. 19] - Night and Day Orchestra at The Logon Cafe.

[Jan. 23] - Forest Tradition at Whiskey River; Wayne [The Train] Hancock, Loaded 44 & The Von Dukes at The Vortex.

[Jan. 24] - The Scraps [pictured at the top] at The Vortex.

[Jan. 30] - Pure Luck at The Vortex; Metal Shop at The Scout Bar.

[Jan. 31] - Adrian and the Sickness, Honky & Sour Mash at The Vortex; The Red Airplanes, Spoken & Radio Revival at The Church on the Rock North [in Beaumont].

Monday, December 15, 2008

We Were Wolves In Concert [With Trust Company And Daylight Broadcast]

At The Scout Bar in downtown Beaumont.

The War On "Merry"

At the shop the other day I noticed a customer was wearing a button that declared "I STILL SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS" on it in bold red letters.

As I was ringing her out, I cheerfully said, "And have a very happy Christmas." [I was in the holiday mood, you know?]

She stopped in her tracks, turned back to me and said, "You should say MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

"Pardon?" I asked.

"I said you should say MERRY CHRISTMAS!" she said. "Not too many people say it anymore you know!"

I paused.

"But I did wish you a very happy Christmas," I said, ever so politely and as sincere as can be.

"BUT YOU DIDN'T SAY MERRY!" she insisted.

I smiled, waved goodbye and did my best not to burst out laughing.

Later, a co-worker said that I should have replied "Merry holidays" - but you know, I didn't want to let the Grinch spoil my "Peace On Earth" vibe.

Black & White Ball

'Tis the season for fancy holiday parties, no? Try out this shin-dig over at The Scout Bar this coming Friday night. It's sure to be festive.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Best E-Mail Of 2008

Yes, we get e-mail here at the blog. Here's one from today's batch:

"I have a project I want you to run with us.

It involves exportation of 100,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Kirkuk, Iraq.

If you are interested, email me.

Mr. Yan."

R.I.P. Bettie

Punk Turns 30: "Another octogenarian cult figure whose accomplishments were more than appreciated and perpetuated by scores of punk rock chicks, Bettie Page died Thursday (December 11) in Los Angeles."

NYT: "In her trademark raven bangs, spike heels and killer curves, Ms. Page was the most famous pinup girl of the post-World War II era, a centerfold on a million locker doors and garage walls."

"Then in the late 1980s and early ’90s, she was rediscovered and a Bettie Page renaissance began. David Stevens, creator of the comic-book and later movie character the Rocketeer, immortalized her as the Rocketeer’s girlfriend. Fashion designers revived her look."

"There were Bettie Page playing cards, lunch boxes, action figures, T-shirts and beach towels. Her saucy images went up in nightclubs. Bettie Page fan clubs sprang up. Look-alike contests, featuring leather-and-lace and kitten-with-a-whip Betties, were organized. Hundreds of Web sites appeared, including her own, which had 588 million hits in five years, CMG Worldwide said in 2006."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Shoot To Thrill" - Interrogators Played AC/DC, Sesame Street, And ‘Barney’ Theme Song To Torture Detainees

"One of the Bush administration’s psychological torture techniques against detainees has been to blast loud music to deprive detainees of sleep, causing some to “knock their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming their heads off.”

According to British human rights group Reprieve, these are among the songs that the U.S. has used frequently:

– “Dirrty,” Christina Aguilera
– “F*ck Your God,” Deicide
– “Shoot to Thrill,” AC/DC
– “We are The Champions,” Queen
– “I Love You,” from “Barney and Friends”
– “Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen
– “Babylon,” David Gray
– “White America,” Eminem
– “Sesame Street” theme song

Others include Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Don McLean, Lil’ Kim, Limp Bizkit, Matchbox 20, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tupac Shakur.

Reprieve has launched a new anti-music torture initiative, Zero dB.

Sublime Tribute Band Coming To Scout Bar In Feb. '09

I'm often associated with Sublime without ever really trying to. I'm originally from Long Beach, California ... as was Sublime ... and a lot of people think I named my punk rock band KFG [KungFuGrip] because of a Sublime lyric, though really I didn't [I'm just old enough to remember the bad-ass G.I. Joe with Kung-Fu Grip]. And when my son-in-law first saw a KFG video on YouTube, he said to me with all seriousness, "You guys remind me of Sublime." It's not at all intentional, but I'll take that as a compliment.

The Best Of The Rest Of 08

[Dec. 11]: Kevin Fowler and Granger Smith at Whiskey River; Wine and Alchemy at the Logon Cafe. Yeah, they're still running those Whiskey River TV ads with the Stepford clones. Creepy.

[Dec. 12]: Tom Hunter and the Sharp Shooter Band at the Logon Cafe; Rainchild and Knotch at the Scout Bar; The Vettes and The Evertronic at the Vortex.

[Dec. 13]: Onofatman at the Logon Cafe; The Jimmy Kaiser Band at Madison's; Sivan, The Dollyrockers and Kill the Theory at the Scout Bar; David Lee Kaiser at Madison's; We Were Wolves, Cousin Phelpy and Sour Mash at the Vortex.

[Dec. 14]: Structure, Weirdo and Colorcast Veteran at the Scout Bar.

[Dec. 15]: The Night and Day Orchestra at the Logon Cafe. I haven't heard them but I with the word "orchestra" in their name it sounds like an event, doesn't it?

[Dec. 16]: El Floppy Tacos at Madison's. Damn it. Now I have the munchies. Fuckers.

[Dec. 17]: Trust Company at the Scout Bar.

[Dec. 18]: Randy Rogers, David Lee Kaiser and the Joint Chiefs at Whiskey River.

[Dec. 19]: The Rick Show, Kenny Wiebusch and the Outstanding Warrants at the Logon Cafe; The Flamin' Hellcats at the Vortex; Forever Falls, Uptown, and Parallel the Sky at the Scout Bar.
[Dec. 20]: David Martinez and Avenue B at the Logon Cafe; Soul Vacation at Madison's; Knuckle Deep, Sour Mash, and Colorcast Veteran at the Scout Bar; Sam Suicide at the Vortex.

[Dec 21]: Stale Mind, Glory Glory and Ceres at the Scout Bar.

[Dec. 22]: Danny O'Flaherty at the Logon Cafe. I saw him at an Irish pub in New Orleans and thought he was awesome. I was pretty drunk that night, but still ... good times.

[Dec. 23]: The Ed Dix Jazz Quintet at MacKenzie's Pub.

[Dec. 24]: Mike Zito at the Gator Lounge.

[Dec. 25]: The Kaiser Brothers Christmas at Whiskey River. See, they should have called it "The Kaiser Brothers Christmas Special" or "A Kaiser Brothers Very Special Christmas." And they could have shot a commercial with the Stepford clones in matching elf costumes. I'm just sayin.'

[Dec. 26]: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and Robert Earl Keen at Whiskey River; Robert Frith at Madison's.

[Dec. 27]: Book of Days at the Logon Cafe; Vallejo at the Scout Bar; Johnny Gossip at Madison's.

[Dec. 28]: The Toadies at the Scout Bar. Dude. Were you at that Toadies show at Palladium [or was it Club Empire then] in downtown Beaumont way back when? The guitarist was wearing a Cheap Trick t-shirt and I had that same fucking T-shirt in high school! Remember that dude hanging from the light fixture in the ceiling? And I got so drunk that I threw up in the parking lot after the show? Best. Concert. Ever.

[Dec. 30]: The Eli Young Band and the Jamie Talbert Band at Whiskey River.

[Dec. 31]: The Kris Harper Band at Madison's; Totally Trash and The Evertronic at the Vortex.