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SxSW 2013 Recap

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Whew…It almost seemed like SxSW would not end for me this year.  This is the first year since 2009 that I didn’t live downtown but was still able to have free downtown parking access in my old apartment building thanks for my friend that still lives there.  I did have to be a bit sneaky about it and not be seen by the building mgmt.

3/12/13
Everything started for me Tuesday night after getting home from Houston with seeing my good friends Ancient VVisdom playing at The Jr (the old Emo’s inside stage).  From there I bounced over to Beerland to the “Sammi Curr  Trick x Treatwest” metalfest and caught The Blood Royale, Mutilation Rites, Gyspyhawk and Venomous Maximus.  Next up was seeing Broken Teeth.  Again, Jason McMaster is one of the best frontmen in rock.  No question. Final stop was on the Headhunters patio to see a few songs by Amplified Heat.

3/13/13
I got back to downtown on Wednesday around 2PM.  I was a little hungover from the night before, but was doing alright.  Lots of water, an early beer for the hair of the dog.  First band on tap was Vattnet Viskar, who were pretty unmemorable.  Royal Thunder was up next and to be honest, it was shit.  Enough said.  Pallbearer was up next and they were great as always.  I headed over to the Austin Convention Center to see the short film “Black Metal”.  It pissed me off.  It should up on YouTube gain soon, so please look for it and let me know your reaction.  Kat Candler can kiss my ass.  After the movie, I bounced around town through the 1000s of people.  Popping in and out of clubs and not really hearing much of anything I cared about.  I ended up at Texas Rockfest to see my friends from Ventura, CA called New Liberty.  They’re good kids and put on a good rock show.  The rest of that evening was spent just milling around until about midnight, then I went home.  I as still a little tired from the night before.

3/14/13
Are we there yet?  Got downtown around 10:30AM and was ready to rock out.  I grabbed a quick meal with my friends working at Chupacabra before the masses muddled in and headed back to Texas Rockfest to catch San Antonio’s Immortal Guardian at 12:50PM.  They were really good.  Total power metal and they do it pretty well.  Nice guys, too.   Later in the day, I returned to catch some of the band Hessler.  Let’s face facts, if the band didn’t have a scantily clad “hot” singer (not hot to me), no one would give a flying fuck about this band.  Other than the guitarist’s semi-rare Killer (brand) guitar, there were no redeeming qualities about this band.  NONE!  Didn’t really do much throughout that day but mill around.  That night I caught some songs by D-A-D.  I’ve never been a fan and I’m still not, but they played a solid set.  I finished the night out at Headhunters again and caught some songs by Suplecs.  They’re always a blast.  I was home by 1:30AM and worn out.  Lots of walking that day.

3/15/13
I’m feeling my age a little bit now.  Feet, legs and back starting to hurt, not to mention getting sunburned pretty well the day before.  I got back into town around 11AM and milled around until Brooklyn Vegan’s day party at The Jr.  First up was Vancouver, BC’s Baptists.  Holy shit.  They instantly became my favorite band of the whole week.  They were a crossover-ish hardcore band with a cool style about them.  Their drummer was fan-fucking-tastic.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to catch any of their other shows.  Look them up if you’re into that sort of thing.  Batillus (NY) came next and they were quite good.  Their bassist looked like a young Paul Di’Anno.  Next up was Richmond, VA’s Inter Arma.  They were also new to me but blew me away.  Damn fine stuff.  I skipped Royal Thunder and KEN Mode because I think they both suck, but also to go and charge my phone at my friend’s apartment.  I cam back a little later to catch Pallbearer again.  I missed Today is the Day.  The rest of the afternoon was spent pissing off, hanging with friends and just killing time until the night shows.  That eveing, my friend Pablo and I went to Bat Bar to see my friend Adriana for a quick drink.  Apparently it was a big hip hop party sponsored by WILL RAP 4 FOOD.  We went to the upstairs bar where my friend worked and apparently that was the VIP section.  We just walked right by the security guard who was stopping other people and making them wait in line.  We just acted like we were supposed to be there and no one said anything.  We had a lot of funny looks while up there as we were pretty much the only 2 white guys in the club.  After that I headed back to The Jr to catch sets by Cuba’s Agonizer and Ancestor.  It was decent thrash and black metal.  Attomica finished the night out there.  They’re a Brazilian band that formed the same year that Sepultura did.  They were ok (only 2 original members).  Ran into Immortal Guardian playing a set in the street too.  Good fun!

3/16/13
Worn out.  Tired.  Sore.  First plan of the day was to meet Hawkwind’s Nik Turner at End of an Ear Records at 3PM.  What a cool dude.  A legend!  Unfortunately I missed his show the night before.  After that I headed back downtown to fall into the madness again.  The order of the evening included great sets by Inter Arma, Howl and Power Trip.  Afterwards I ended up at Headhunters again to see The Evaporators featuring Andrew WK on keyboards.  Always a fun show.  Nardwuar is hilarious and The Evaporators are pretty much the happiest band on earth.  I’m pretty sure Nardwuar can be considered the original hipster, but in a good way.  In the street I saw Immortal Guardian…again!  On the way back to my car I went to Stubbs to catch up with my friend Leah.  Unfortunately Vampire Weekend was played.  COMPLETE SHIT.  It was about 1:30 and my body told me to go home…so I did.

Overall it was a great SxSW.  I didn’t get to see Prince like I had hoped (and everyone else hoped they could too!).  Not a lot of bigger metal bands this year.  Can’t wait until 2014!

Jack Russell’s Great White & Broken Teeth Concert Review, Austin TX, 12/30/2012

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The last time I saw Great White was in 1991 with Scorpions and Trixter (blech!).  They played a short set, but I remember them being enjoyable even thought they didn’t play anything from their first 2 albums.  A close high school friend had originally turned me on to Great White by loaning me their first EP in 1986 and I was hooked (pun intended).  By the time Twice Shy came out in in 1989, I was done with them.  Their cover of Ian Hunter’s Once Bitten, Twice Shy was the catalyst.  To this day, that song still makes me want to hurl.

About a month or so ago I caught word that Jack Russell’s Great White was going to be playing a smaller Austin venue so of course I bought a ticket.  Not to mention I wanted Jack’s signature in The Book.

Broken Teeth opened the show with their new bassist and played a revamped set which included a new song called “Devil On The Road”.  They also played a couple of songs live for the first time including “All Hail The Altar” and “Spitting Nails”.  The band was in fine form and this was the first show in about 6 months since the sudden passing of their now former bassist, Travis Weiss (RIP).  It was great to have them back!

Great White used Teeth’s backline and opened the show with Call It Rock and Roll.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear how good Jack’s voice was.  He’s been dealing with some health issues in recent years and he looked a little on the frail side…but he got on stage and did a great job.  Three songs in and they played On Your Knees from their first EP.  That was certainly the highlight song for me.  They also played Face the Day, Save Your Love and Rock Me, all songs that I do like a lot.  They also mixed in some later Great White songs like House of Broken Love, Mista Bone (ugh) and Desert Moon.  They of course closed with Once Bitten, Twice Shy.

The show was lightly attended, maybe 125 max but the band rocked it.  Most everyone cleared out immediately after the show.  I hung around for a bit to see if I could get Jack to sign the book.  He came out for a minutes, signed the book and my friend’s poster then high-tailed it to his bus/van.  The tour manager said he wasn’t feeling well.

It was a fun show and it brought out some folks that I hadn’t seen in a while.  It was a fine closing to a year of seeing a ton of concerts.

Happy New Year!

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Jason McMaster

Jason McMaster
(photo by Dave TeeVee)

Jack Russell

Jack Russell

Some upcoming shows

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Paco de Lucia – I’m overly excited to see this legend up close

Arch/Matheos – flying to Connecticut for this one.  I still need to sell my Overkill ticket since the Arch show takes precedence

Bible of the Devil/Broken Teeth – 2 of my favorite live bands together!

Scorpions/Tesla – Don’t really care about Tesla, but the Scorpios always rock

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April 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Dangerous Toys Concert Review

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I’ll preface this by saying that I was never a big Dangerous Toys fan, but I am a Jason McMaster fan. His work with Watchtower and broken Teeth is top notch. It is with the Toys as well, but their style of rock wasn’t my thing although I do like their debut. I’ve been living in Austin for 2 years now and I think this is the first local show they’ve played since then. Sold out. $20 a head. Jason offered to put me on the guest list but I passed on it. For my friend’s bands I always like to pay.

The show started with a slide show from photographer Greg Maston whose photo of Randy Rhoads is on the inside cover of Blizzard of Ozz. He ran 100s of shots ranging from Ozzy, early VH, King Diamond, Wendy O, early and late era Pantera and a ton of others.

Then the Toys hit the stage. Jason’s voice was in top shape and the band was great. This line up features Paul Lidel (f. Dirty Looks) on guitar along with original guitarist Scott Dalhover. They were supposed to play here about 5 or 6 months ago but bassist Mike Watson’s diabetes hospitalized him for a while and he couldn’t play. He gave a nice apology last night for being the reason the last Austin show was postponed. The highlights for me were Queen of the Nile, Outlaw, Gunfighter, Scared and Gimme No Lip and Demon Bell (from Shocker). The band was having fun and so was the crowd.

McMaster is one of the best frontmen in rock n roll IMHO.

Great time.

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November 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Halloween in Austin

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I’m excited. My Motorhead tribute band is playing its first show in Austin, TX on Halloween @ The Red Eyed Fly. We haven’t done a show since February 2006 in Norfolk, VA.

I have an all new lineup since moving to Texas:

Me – fat dude with a Rickenbacker
Doug Morrison – bad ass guitarist handling lead guitar duties
Jason McMaster – Broken Teeth, Dangerous Toys, Watchtower, Sad Wings…playing rhythm guitar and backing vocals
AJ – of Thunderosa on drums.

Check us out – http://www.capricornusa.com/

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October 14, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Yeah…

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I’ve been really tired all this week and I don’t know why. Haven’t been partying hard, not stressed out (more than normal anyway) and I think my health is ok…so I don’t know what’s up. Whatever. Maybe just some extra sleep will help.

Finally, Capricorn USA is going to start rehearsing for our upcoming Halloween show. No, we haven’t started jamming yet! Luckily it’s a cover/tribute band and we all know the songs individually, just haven’t played them together. My biggest concern is getting my voice back in “shape” for it. It’ll be great fun as I am jamming with 3 of my favorite people here in Austin: Doug, Jason and AJ.

I need to find a place to live. Gotta be out of my current place by the end of the year. The few of you who have been there probably noticed an musty smell and may have even smelled it on my clothes. It’s not from me! I swear! There’s something in the carpet or the walls there that I just can’t get rid of and the landowner isn’t chomping at the bit to figure it out. He’s been a great landlord though. I may move over to the east side into one of those concrete box/loft/condos in the middle of the ‘hood. Prices are pretty good right now.

I’ve been listening to a lot of WASP lately. Their first 4 records are great.

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October 2, 2008 at 5:53 pm

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