Here is the Shinyribs band playing the Sir Douglas Quintet’s She’s About A Mover with Doug Sahm’s son Shawn Sahm. Cheryl Sahm posted this on Facebook earlier today and it was actually the first time I have seen the footage. It was a great night of fun. Just thought I’d share it with all of you.
For those in the Austin area, I will be performing tonight at Volente Beach with No Show Ponies. I’m excited for this show as I will get to perform with my brother Ben, who is in Austin for a limited time only. It’s adult swim out there so the show is 18 and up only. Tickets are $9, which gets you to hear a whole night of live music, along with swimming and water rides. I was skeptical to play what is primarily known as a water park, but everyone I have talked to speaks highly of the place and especially their adult swim nights. We are the last of several bands and we go on at 10pm. We will be performing songs off of our album, A Manual For Defeat, and more.
Tonight my band No Show Ponies will be playing at Hole in the Wall in Austin at 9pm. I try not to over promote my own shit on here, as I want this site to have value in and of itself. However, tonight is a special show as my brother moved away a year ago and this is one of the very few times we may get to play music together for the immediate future. Above is a Joe Strummer song that we often cover. “Going to the Mountaintop”!
If you want to hear us here is a link to our record that we recorded two years ago in Austin with Ramsay Midwood at the helm. Recording mostly live to some quarter inch analog tape. You can stream the album in full.
Never have I laughed as much, while also genuinely enjoying something, that wasn’t a comedy, as while watching Peter Gabriel’s Growing Up Live DVD. One of my first summers in Austin, my brother, a friend, and I, watched this DVD almost every night while maybe, or maybe not, being on various substances. It’s fucking ridiculous. He is dressed in an all black ninja outfit, while bald and looking like your uncle. He, at various times, performs in a giant ball, while walking upside down, riding a bike, and while wearing a suit of lights, among other things. (The suit of light is featured above in Sledgehammer.) He gives serious sounding speeches about things like playing music with apes. (Lead in to Animal Nation.) Although he clearly understands the absurdity up to a point, you are never sure that he completely gets it. (Band members are crying while playing Animal Nation, yes the very same song about playing music with apes.)
That all being said, the music is fantastic. Gabriel is a great songwriter with an incredible band. The arrangements are exciting and inventive. The playing is top-notch. The range of emotions expressed runs the gamut. I am a genuine fan of his and I keep waiting for him to put out a new album of original music.
If you are looking to watch a concert that is genuinely entertaining, this is one I can’t help but recommend. In fact it is probably one of the most entertaining I have ever seen. It’s absurd, ridiculous, artistic, comical, and beautiful all at the same time.
Heading out on the road again today after getting into Austin late last night. Tonight the Shinyribs band is in Nacogdoches. Tomorrow we’re in New Braunfels. The link above is to the Shinyribs Shows page and you can find details there.
Depending on service I hope to keep posting throughout the day from the van. Until then…
Jimmy Cliff is one of those artists that can lift the heart out of despair. Sometime ago I posted the other performance from Jimmy Cliff’s appearance on Jools Holland. Both performances are simply outstanding. This song is from his front to back killer Rebirth. This is a modern record that can stand with the all-time greats in this or any genre. If you don’t have it, get it.
Austin is under the cloud of a dark and evil “shit mist”. Gray, black, and brown are the only colors outside. Everything is damp. So to hopefully cheer everyone up, I thought I’d post some Lou Reed. I always loved this performance, especially Lou’s guitar solo. The song Kill Your Sons is about the time when Lou’s parents forced him to receive mental treatment, and in particular shock treatment. Yet despite the seemingly depressing subject matter, Lou’s ability to take a matter head on without pity or sentimentalism always seems to lift my spirits. Maybe it’s just me…
This period of his career, even though Kill Your Sons is originally off Sally Can’t Dance (Itself an underrated album in my book.), with Robert Quine is particularly worth checking out. It consists of the albums The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, and Live in Italy. All three of those albums are worth having if you are a fan of Lou Reed. They are musically lean and mean, and feature some of his best lyrics.