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SXSW: Into the Breach.

Mar 19th, 2011 | Categories: Austin, David Coggins, Drinking, Music | by David Coggins

Resist the temptation to try to come to terms with SXSW logically. These aren’t tax forms you’re dealing with, but 2000 bands, playing in clubs, in tents, on streets, in parks. By design, it reinvents itself every year, and there are countless pathways through the mayhem, all of them leaving you exhilarated and exhausted. You face the assault on your senses and then pick your spots for visceral gratification. The fact that the festival overlaps with St Patrick’s Day is a blessing or a curse depending on your feeling toward public intoxication and fake Irish accents.

Road Trip in Waiting: The Case for SXSW

Mar 11th, 2011 | Categories: Austin, David Coggins, Music | by David Coggins

South by Southwest is commercial, chaotic, concentrated. It’s also elemental, extraordinary and the most essential week in American music. In the last few years we saw bands from Au Revoir Simone to Andrew Bird, Beach House to Midlake.  Not in a field with 100,000 stoners or the echo chamber of Madison Square Garden, but in clubs where you’re 50 feet away from Warpaint or School of Seven Bells. At this late date you’re not getting a room at the Hotel San Jose, but you can still road trip to Austin and crash on the couch of your friend who’s still working on their thesis at U of T.  Then head to Marfa check in at the Thunderbird Motel and you’re feeling pretty smart indeed. Don’t worry about tickets, there are free concerts all day, everyday and light beer for everyone.

Every concert needs its audience, so get thee to Austin.

Stax Volt on Tour 1967

Mar 6th, 2011 | Categories: Music, Video | by Michael Williams

In the mid sixties some of America’s most talented Soul singers banded together and set out on a European tour that would go down as one of the greatest of all time. The artists on tour were all on the Stax-Volt record label and included Booker T. & the MG’s, The Mar-Keys, Arthur Conley, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd and The King of Soul Otis Redding.

The Stax-Volt label was sort of a Memphis equivalent to Detroit’s powerhouse Motown, although Stax was much smaller. After the tour in Europe in 1966 and 1967 the group returned to the states and many of the acts continued on to huge stardom, Otis Redding being the biggest. Sadly, he died in a plane crash in December of 1967 at the young age of 26.

Do yourself a favor and watch all of these videos, they are truly spectacular. The performances are also available on DVD here, should you want to own them. Enjoy.

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Sweet Melissa

Feb 3rd, 2011 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

Different but the same…

Jan 30th, 2011 | Categories: Music, Random | by Michael Williams

First this…

Then this…

Cash & Carter

Nov 30th, 2010 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

Help Me Make it Through the Night


Praise The Lord, I’ll Have a New Life

Music for Monday.

Aug 16th, 2010 | Categories: Music | by Michael Williams

Thought it would be fun to share some of the music that has been kicking around my head recently. I hope you enjoy it. I also hope, partially, that if you think I have terrible taste in music, that this post continues to perpetuate that feeling for you.

CHIEF — Your Direction

JJ — CEO Birhday