Thursday, April 28, 2005

fun with the scanner...

my brother and me, probably around 1980:

some early influence from my mother...

probably the reason i ended up with UT for grad school...i was doomed from an early age to become a longhorn at some point...

The Austin Chronicle reviews 's 5 songs EP: "...Patched together by government employees, students, and a few transplants from Athens, Ga., this fivepiece could become one of Austin's most exciting new bands...."

the rest of it's quite nice, as well! sweet.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Serenity trailer!!!!

how many days until 9/30/05?

too many, that's how many.

but wait! a tip from a friend...



Preview of unfinished movie is 5/5 at 10 pm the
following cities:

Hollywood north 24, Chamblee GA 770-936-9468

Gateway 16, Austin TX 512-343-5480

Boston Commons, Boston MA 617-423-2568

Rivereast 21, Chicago IL 312-596-0333

Palms 14, Las Vega NV 702-507-1525

Eastport 16, Portalnd OR 503-775-0000

Roseville 14, Roseville CA 916-797-3466 (I called them
and they said earliest they will be on sale will be
afternoon of 4/27 and yes you could call the theatre
for tickets)

Loews Meridian 16, Seattle WA 206-622-2434

If all sold out more cities might be added and also
each person on serenity site gets 200 pts.

All have a link to Fandango but when you get there it
says "Sorry, tickets not available for purchase"

...and the casting couch's 5 songs ep gets 7 of 10 stars from Americana UK Reviews...

The Casting couch consists of former residents of Athens GA, Wendy Mitchell, lyric writer and vocals, and Lynn Boland horns, piano and accordion (a member of various Elephant 6 projects), who shipped out to Austin TX hooked up three more members to cover drums, guitars etc.. What comes out of it is a dishevelled loose alt country bunch of songs that is not without charm, a rougher more home made version of current critic favourites Rilo Kiley. Imagine a few songs along the lines of Wilco’s “Passenger Side” played, all acoustic, in the back of a smoky bar, with a female vocal. Nothing causes any instant impact of note, yet it all drifts by very comfortably, and when it ends it really seems a shame there’s only 5 songs. “Copper Girl” in particular has a “play me again” appeal. A full-length record is something to look forward to.

Monday, April 25, 2005

back from New Mexico (los alamos, to be exact). 13-hour drive today. not so bad. very spacy now, though. animals incredibly happy to see us. had wonderful time with parents and friends from the church i grew up in, as well as fiancee...but of COURSE he's wonderful. that's a given.

not up for intelligent blogging. found internet personality quiz (on maggie's blog). took it. you may now view the results:

Your Taste in Music:

80's Alternative: Medium Influence
80's Pop: Medium Influence
90's Alternative: Medium Influence
Punk: Medium Influence
Adult Alternative: Low Influence
Classic Rock: Low Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Low Influence
Progressive Rock: Low Influence

How's Your Taste in Music?

now going to bed. g'nite!

Friday, April 22, 2005

dutcher and i are driving to the hometown in NM today! see y'all on tuesday, when i return!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

chris at literate perversions takes on response to the gay law student taking on scalia with a return question about scalia's own sexual practices with his wife. aw yeah! you go, power of logic!

pink dome's got a good summary of the most hateful, bigoted, asinine legislation to come out of our good state lege in a long time, barring gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. not only that, the amendment to the Child Protective Services revamping bill would basically force CPS to become some sort of Secret Gay Police, rousting all those upstart homersecksuals, and effectively marking and tagging them to keep the children safe! it's all about the children, dammit! (coz, you know, there are so many hetero parents just clamoring to be foster parents that we don't have enough kids to go around)

if you're free tomorrow, and you have a stake in the matter (we all have a stake in this matter), or even if you just care passionately about civil rights for everyone in this country, even if some other people get squicked by the sight of two men or two women holding hands and expressing an iota of love for each other, standout is organizing a rally and protest tomorrow at the capitol tomorrow, April 22, 2005:

Rally For Your Rights Friday

In light of recent attacks on the LGBT community by the Texas legislature in the form of SB 6, an anti-gay foster care bill. It would seek to further solidify the place of the LGBT community’s members as second class citizens. StandOut of the University of Texas at Austin is organizing a Rally and Protest at the Texas Capitol, this Friday April 22nd.

What: Save Texas Families Rally and Protest
Where: In front of the Capitol Gates, 11th and Congress
When: Friday, April 22nd –
12:00 pm Gather and make posters,
12:30 pm Rally begins,
2:30 pm Rally ends.

StandOut has organized this Protest and Rally in reaction to SB 6 which seeks to reform the Texas Child Protective Services Agency. Rep. Robert Talton’s amendment to this bill though would do, among other things:

* Prevent Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual people from fostering children in the state of Texas
* Take the foster children away from all 43,000 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual people already fostering children
* Remove these children from loving, stable families and place them back into the already overburdened Foster Care system
* Emotionally destroy these Texas families
* Allows the new CPS Agency to conduct “investigations” into suspect foster parents not already officially identified as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual
* Will cost the state of Texas an additional $8 million dollars every year

We will not tolerate this kind of discrimination. We will stand together. We will fight. We will make ourselves heard.

(from burnt orange report)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

from spidra:

• Reply to this message telling me which of these 25 artists you have also seen.
• Take the ones from my list that you have seen, and post them in your own LJ.
• Add more until you have 25.

* X
* Camper Van Beethoven
* The Cure
* Nine Inch Nails
* Meat Purveyors
* Otis
* Guy Forsyth
* Toni Price
* The Gourds
* Wilco
* Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Hot Club of Cowtown
* DJ Jester
* The Pink Swords
* Brave Combo
* Shorty Long
* The Derailers
* The Asylum Street Spankers
* Jane's Addiction
* Sally Timms
* The Mekons
* The Black Keys
* Feist
* The Arlenes
* Buttercup

(i didn't know whether to count, say, Fear, coz i OWN TICKETS to that show...but never made it. or the Knitters, coz you know, i've seen various members of them do various things. that kinda thing.)

me an' my new uke, bess:

bess and tiny (the soprano uke):

come tiptoe through the tulips...with me...

aw yeah, after seeing buttercup (listen!) last weekend and then perusing ukulelia.com for a while, i up and procured myself a cheap-ass baritone ukulele!

sweet! it's tuned D-G-B-E, just like the high four strings on a guitar. which means i already (vaguely) know how to play it! re-stringing it is what's gonna be a pain in the neck...the strings are just somehow wound around the bridge, securing them at that end. i may have to get help to ever change those strings. we'll see.

(this is WAY smaller than life-size...)

also, because i just had to have one, i got a mini-harmonica (only four reeds or whatever/eight notes!):

(this photo is WAYYYY bigger than life-size! weird!)

i'm a regular one-girl band, i am!

also in the mail came a third package, from a long-lost, feared lost forever, good friend of mine -- full of her legendary chocolate chip cookies. aw man. it's a good day today, a very good day.

The Pope Name Generator: "
If I am elected, my pope name will be:
Pope Scandalous Harold III
What's your pope name?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

texas fight! has more on the smoking ban, including a discussion of the specific organizations representing the anti-smoking and pro-business factions. and a voice in the wilderness took a good look at the issue a while back.

the election is may 7. go vote.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

some texas bloggers i've been meaning to add to the sidebar for quite some time now...and i say there's no time like the present!

grits for breakfast
voice in the wilderness
i blame the patriarchy
burnt orange report
in the pink texas
100 monkeys typing

and a couple of catch-all austin blog aggregate sites:
austin stories
austin bloggers

smoking ban in austin?

Killfloor's got a little about this (scroll down his city elections guide to where he talks about the propositions up for vote):

"Currently around 46,000 businesses in Austin are completely smoke free. This initiative would make it a point to single out the remaining 211 businesses that allow their patrons to indulge in “smokes” (when children under 18 are not present, as dictated by the current ordinance) and effectively ban smoking in these places as well. 200 of these businesses are bars, nightclubs, and music venues. Since statistics show a slow in bar and restaurant growth in states which have enforced a similar initiative (such as California) the live music industry in Austin (particularly the fledging clubs in the burgeoning Red River district) is generally against the initiative."

see? there's already lots of choice in the matter for all you non-smokers. he also says that bar business HAS slowed in places like CA with smoking bans, especially for the smaller clubs, i will research and find out where he gets this (although i suspect that the statistics will be different depending on which faction is doing the compiling and reporting).

the austin chronicle also has a couple of articles on the matter, especially about how austin IS different from NYC, large CA cities, and other nonsmoking-only cities, notably in types of bars that exist and that will be affected by such a ban. darcie stevens discusses many austinites' fears of how this will affect the austin club scene, specifically my favorite bit of town, the red river district (encompassing Club 710, Beerland (more on them in a bit), Elysium, and other fabulous indie-music-friendly clubs). she also rightly points out that if this ban is enacted, it can't be discussed, changed, or even tinkered with for two years - an eternity in the life of a small venue.

"From Hole in the Wall to the Broken Spoke, every music venue in this city will change. And while Onward Austin keeps reiterating that studies show New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and other cities all doing fine with similar smoking bans, some man-on-the-street reports from those same cities are far more jarring. (See News, p.32.) According to such accounts, smaller neighborhood bars and venues are the first to go. Locally, that coincides with the heart of Austin's rock scene, the Red River district, where the Live Music Capital's lifeblood pumps every single night.

The most important thing to remember? If the smoking ban passes on May 7 – early voting begins this Wednesday, April 20 – it can't be amended, repealed, or remedied for two years. That's more than enough time for any affected venue to go out of business. Two years in the turbulent world of the music business is an eternity. If there's any doubt about this smoking ban, maybe the risk is just too high."

the second article has daniel mottola chasing down club owners and musicians from those cities where smoking bans have been enacted and finds a mixed bag of reactions. interesting reading for those on both sides of the fence.

the Austin American-Statesman is also running an article about the smoking ban, with viewpoints from either side of the fence, and they mention what i'm perhaps remembering as the opening of a specifically non-smoking club in austin:

"Randall and Donya Stockton launched Beerland on Red River Street almost four years ago with 12 cases of beer and a dream to fill a need for punk and garage bands.

Neither one a smoker, the Stocktons saw an opportunity to create a punk scene without the haze of cigarette smoke.

"I thought there was an untapped market when we first opened. So we tried it," said Randall.

The nonsmokers did not come, but the smokers did. And they wanted to smoke.

"I had to adjust the model to focus on people who actually come," Randall said. "That's what enables us to be open. That's what enables us to incubate talent . . . and reach an audience."

where were those non-smoking hordes of wannabe club-goers when we needed 'em, eh? from the darcie stevens article:

"Last June's revised ordinance – reworked after the City Council reversed former Mayor Gus Garcia's stringent ban – forced live music venues to offer nonsmoking shows on Mondays, 52 weeks a year. So the clubs did ... and according to them, nobody came. Sure, it was Monday, but compared to smoking-permitted Mondays immediately before the rule, there was a huge drop in attendance. No fans mean no bands want to play. No music, no show.

So what of these nonsmokers? What of this huge contingency of people that Onward Austin claims will appear when the bars go smoke-free? There are two types of nonsmokers: those who already go to shows and support the scene, and those who don't go to bars, period. The current nonsmoking clubgoers, for the most part, oppose the ban. While some think it would be nice, most are afraid their favorite bars will close or face economic problems."

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English

15% Dixie

15% Upper Midwestern

5% Yankee

0% Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

huh. comes of growing up in the southwest, then moving to texas as a young adult, i think. those two years spent in the northeast probably didn't hurt, either. an' i got this from maggie!

Friday, April 15, 2005

and now, The Rude Pundit on the filibuster. he says it straight, he does.

andrew dobbs over at Burnt Orange Report - Vote No On the Smoking Ban.

he's using hyperbole. right? man, i hope so. as a state employee/musician/smoker, i really hope we don't become just another sprawl-ridden texas boring-a$$ city. is this really the consequence of the smoking ban?

(anyone remember the highly-touted smoke free club that opened a few years ago, that then quietly disappeared without fanfare due to lack of business? i remember this, but can't find anything online about it, so i'm beginning to wonder if i imagined it.)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

been a long time...

Well here we are, back for another show on the world famous 6th street in glorious Austin, Texas. Last time down we rubbed elbows with MTV's The Real World, told them they sucked, blew the power in the Dizzy Rooster twice, debuted our brand new bumper sticker and just generally had a big time.
But this Friday, we have something even MORE special to be excited about.
This show will mark the One Year Anniversary of the band. We are so proud! What with Josh's rehab stint, Mark's incarceration, Julie's two messy divorces and Danny's ongoing paternity suits, it has been a challenging time. PLEASE COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

Anything But Prettier - Live Anniversary Show!
Friday, April 15 @ 9:00pm - (party to follow immediately afterward)
Bigsby's - (505 E. 6th St.)

We really do appreciate what everyone has done to love on us and support us over the last year. Thank you very much!


Slime-mould bugs named after US statesmen.

US President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld can now also be called bushi, cheneyi and rumsfeldi, or simply slime-mould beetles.

Two former Cornell University entomologists named three species in the genus Agathidium after the US leaders, Cornell has announced.

Quentin Wheeler and Kelly Miller christened 65 new species of slime-mould beetles, named for the fungi-like moulds on which they feed, which they discovered after collecting thousands of specimens for a study of their evolution and classification.

Professor Wheeler, who after 24 years as a professor of entomology and plant biology at Cornell is now the keeper and head of entomology at the Natural History Museum in London, said the US leaders were being honoured for having "the courage of their convictions".

The bushi beetle is found in southern Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia; the rumsfeldi is from Oaxaca and Hidalgo in Mexico, and the cheneyi is known from Chiapas, Mexico, Professor Wheeler said.

i offer no comment, other than to note that i love science.

link from blondesense

"hi, i'm ah...hello?"

a website to keep an eye on...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Decembrist tells you everything you need to know about the filibuster. wow. i had no idea it would be so interesting.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

just whiling away my few moments before work, finishing up with the thank-you note writing (wedding shower! it was only a week and a few days ago, this isn't a huge faux pas, i hope) and listening to the rough mixes of the casting couch's recent recording efforts - damn, it's gonna sound so good! this is very exciting!

also, reading melissa's latest domestic disturbance ... definitely a must-read.

aw man. it's time to hit the shower and go in to the ol' job. which just isn't as exciting as the rest of my life. *sigh*

Sunday, April 10, 2005

chris bishop of radium recording posts at his website (click on "news") about the recent basically week-long recording session with the casting couch. he describes the experience as "frenzied, disorganized activity," and he is not wrong. it was also amazingly fun, strongly (if not aggressively) creative, and sounds really good! keep an eye out for the upcoming album...and i'll be sure and keep everyone well-updated, as well.

Friday, April 08, 2005

ow. i've just hand-addressed 105 wedding invitations. my hand hurts. but the invites look good! aw yeah. at any rate, blogging will be minimal; hence the handy internet quiz! (hey, gimme a break. i'm having a wedding in less than two months. i'm bridezilla! i can do what i want! even if it involves lame blogging. ayup.)

Blogthings - Your Inner European is French!: "

Your Inner European is French!

Smart and sophisticated.

You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.

Who's Your Inner European?

You're Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice by
Jane Austen!

Which Classic Female Literary Character Are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

from melpster!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

okay, yes, lately i've been the world's worst blogger. ever. but i'm busy! ah well. in the meanwhile, check out bipedal octopods! talk about bizarre. and yet, really cool. thanks to jenb for the link!

yes, the casting couch just released the 5 songs ep, and here are the first three reviews!

(we just finished recording the new, so-far-unnamed, album, and it's gonna be a gooder! more on that later...)

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