Holiday weekends can be exhausting, what with all the family obligations and such. Travelling from house to house cuz the older members of your family want nothing to do with each other, but really want to see your kids... Soooooooo you do what you need to do. And honestly, I don't mind. But this past weekend was a holiday weekend built explicity for ME.
Saturday = Record Store Day
Sunday = 420
What a weekend for Daddy. Anyway, where to begin?
Saturday I packed up the girls with the full intention of hitting some record stores in honor of record store day and then seeing Grimy Styles at Reggae Fest and then seeing Prince Paul at Richard Henry's birthday party. Part of that worked out.
We started the day at Backspin Records, Austin's second newest record emporium (newest being Spot's Trailer Records). Backspin is kicking some major ass. Sadly we went pretty early and missed the free beer and Superstar DJ crew. But whatever.
Eva and Elena had a great time.
Lena found that Fox and the Hound Picture Disc she's been digging for for AGES!
Then we headed off to my old place of employment, Music Mania, where we were once again too early cuz DJ Grip and Young Spinna and Lil A had a whole event planeed there for later that day.
Elena loved the cookies, seen here admiring the owner of the store...
Here's DJ Grip, I caught him as he was loading in. He told Eva she had to be in the pic so he could "Get on the blogspot." I think someone should GIVE me and Grip a radio show. Cuz we are both underground soldiers.
As is Young Spinna who had on the truest shirt of the day. I need a 2x asap my lil bro.
Then we went and met up with Sun Jue and her son Ziggy and headed towards Zilker Park/Auditorium Shores for Reggaefest. Why Austin has no real parking lots in that area is beyond me. The Manhattan of the South (which is what I call Austin) needs to work a little harder and faster to contain all these people. This is Texas, parking everywhere else in this state is mad plentiful yo.
Anyway, we were headed to Reggaefest but we stopped off at this fountain so the kids could play.
Grimy Styles was going on at 4:30 p.m. so we headed over there at about 4:20 ish (uh huh) and heard them starting up as we walked across the street. We got to the gate and the line was LITERALLY 6,000 people deep. I am not kidding. With three small children and the only band I wanted to see already on stage, we decided to say forget it and go to Waterloo.
(UPDATE - THE STATESMAN IS TALM BOUT IT REAL)
With a quick stop into Whole Foods cuz the man Davey D was having lunch so we swang thru and said hello.
At Waterloo I had to wrestle past the legions of Panic at the Disco fans who were there for the autograph session (they were 30 mins late) and I thought back to the day when my dad took me to Texas Tapes and Records (age 10) for a Twisted Sister/Ratt autograph session and well, I pondered the similarites and realized that there were many, only the line at Texas Tapes and Records was more manly and rough and tumble, even if it was mostly 10 year olds, like this one was as well.
Anyway I bought this:
And it's made me laugh more in the past 24 hours than just about anything in the past year. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats on BLACK SABBATH'S MASTER OF REALITY! If any record deserves a book written about it, it's this.
John Darnielle is one of the greatest American songwriters of our generation and his brain and soul should be regarded as national treasures. That's all I'm gonna say. Go get the book. Oh yeah, one more thing...
I didn't post a track list for the podcast cuz I personally feel as though the beauty of radio is that you don't know what is coming next (for the most part). So I didn't. But I screwed up so much in the studio, that I didn't announce that I played "Heretic Pride," the title track from the Mountain Goats latest opus, and well, whatever, here it is.
Radioclit - Secousse
Rootz Underground - Victims of the System
Dam - 2 Mali Huriye
Bavu Blakes & Terel Shahid - Go Blaze
Josh Martinez & Devin the Dude - Storm Comin'
Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
PPT - American Weirdo
Selda - Yaz Gazeteci Yaz
E-40, B-Legit, Laroo - Showin' Out
El Remolon - Cumbia Bichera
Dokkebi Q - Hardcore Cherry Bonbon
Grimy Styles, Chalie Boy, Bavu Blakes - Still Standin' Intro
Hezeleo - So Sensitive
Ganxsta Nip, K-Rino - The Takeover
Question, Gucci Mane - That Boy Bad
Kidz in the Hall, Bun B, Talib Kweli - Work to Do
Sonidero Nacional, DJ Blass - Sonidero Compay
Then later that night Melissa and I went to Mohawk for Richard Henry's birthday party, with Crew 54 and Prince Paul. DJ P Nyce from Baltimore was spinning for most of the time we were there and he really only played east and wets coast hits from 1993-1995 so we pretty much bounced after a couple beers.
No offense, but I just wasn't needing a hip hop history lesson on that particular night.
Then Sunday night I headed back out to Mohawk to check out Collie Budz, Grimy Styles, Zeale 32 and Phranchyze. Show was pretty much off the chain.
Zeale and Phranchyze have some serious energy and lyrics for days.
My boy Krisna worked the beats.
Richard Henry was still celebrating his birthday.
Gary Clark Jr. and Friends. Dude is amazing as well. I need to get more on this site up on him man cuz he's a serious shining star in this Austin city town.
Anyway the crowd was pretty thick and of course, Grimy Styles killed it! (Word to Deborah Sengupta Stith and the Austin American Statesman for putting Matt from Grimy Styles on the front page Sunday!)
Anyway, they killed it.
And I never get any good shots of Jacob, aka Dr. Dubbist, but um, I think I did here.
Collie Budz hit the stage, and honestly, I haven't been listening to much dancehall in the past few years. Not a huge fan, I lean more towards dub and roots, but his show was really good. He has a strong voice and real energy. I was a lil surprised.
Anyway, I cut out like 1:30 a.m. and headed home after taking a leak and this photo. Many messages are contained in this photo...
WHAT A WEEKEND! But for me, this coming weekend promises to be even better. See, I am a lil obsessed with this Dutch drummer named Han Bennink so I'm gonna check him out on Saturday in Austin at the Victory Grill and on Sunday in Houston at Diverseworks with Peter Brotzmann. Two improvisers who wreck fucking shop real talk noam talm bout?
Anyway, I wrote about Han on HoustonSoReal before and posted some pics I took of the Instant Composers Pool when they played Diverseworks a couple years back. I'll have a full report and photos next week. For now check out some of this YouTube footage and get familiar with what you just might see should you heed my advice and come out to one or both of the shows.
Like I said, I'm pretty obssessed. Han Bennink is my favorite musician. No lie.
Peter Brotzmann & Han Bennink (2006) - I bet they are even better now! Ha.
Solo at North Sea Jazz Festival
Solo live in Jimma, Ethiopia
Terrie Ex and Han Bennink Duo
The Ex in Ethipoia 2004
Misha Mengelberg & Han Bennink Duo - Improvisation
Here he plays blocks of cheese. Ah the Dutch!
Here he proves that he is an unparalleled master of rhythm. PEEP THE CLOGS! Ah the Dutch.
ICP Orchestra - 'Criss Cross' (Monk)
Anyway get on his level, I will see you there.
Peter Brötzmann / Han Bennink Duo
Legendary free music duo in a rare Texas appearance.
Saturday Apr 26, 2008
at 8:00 PM
1104 E. 11th St.
Austin, Texas 78702
$15 Advance tickets available now @ End of An Ear and Waterloo Records.
$18 @ door
(512) 462-6008 for ticket info
When: Sunday, April 27, 2008
Where: DiverseWorks (map)
1117 E. Freeway, Houston, Texas 77002
Tickets: $13 general admission / $10 for students; everyone under 18 gets in for free
Peter Brotzmann (Germany) - saxophones, clarinets
Han Bennink (Holland) - drums, percussion