Dan Patrick Risks Creating Small Mushroom Cloud in Austin

“Is there an asshole convention in town?” – Richard Pryor in Moving

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If you see a small mushroom cloud in the city of Austin, it will be because my head has finally exploded.  Lt. Governor Dan Patrick looks to be well prepared to raise the bar for stupidity in elected officials.  Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just do some research on him…

“I could say more, but you get the general idea.” – Morrissey

Random Thoughts On Music Journalism, Politics, Ceder Fever, Television, and Greg Abbot’s Evil Face

I spent most of the morning working on interview questions for an interview that is coming up with one of my favorite bands.  I got burned once before by Kristeen Young, who committed to an interview and then vanished off of the face of planet earth, so I don’t like to announce things until they happen now.  To be fair to her it was right during the time that she was fired off of a major tour, so perhaps her world turned upside down.  I don’t pretend that doing interviews with this blog is a thing of major importance.   However, it is something that I would like to do in the future, to pay tribute to people that I respect, and learn more about them.  I feel that music journalism has gotten incredibly lazy, and it is so rare that I read an interview that goes into any kind of depth about the thing that most interests me, which is the actual music.

It is Ceder Fever time in Austin, Texas.  For those of you that are not familiar with that phenomenon, imagine if trees started pumping out Nyquil into the air in gigantic toxic amounts.  Nature hates our shit right now and everyone I know that is affected is hunkered down trying to escape it, though it is always a losing battle.   My dog is giving me the hairy eyeball for not taking her on any long walks recently.  If output is a little slow, trust me, walking across the room is a herculean task at the moment.  I have never done cocaine, but if it was presented to me at this moment on my kitchen table, I would huff it down in a heartbeat for energy.

As it gets closer to the changing of the guards in the political world, I am astounded at the amount of stories already showcasing the idiocy that is coming our way, both nationally and here in the state of Texas.  I shouldn’t be, I knew we were doomed, but I at least hoped the shitstorm would not start until the actual process of governing started.  Governor-elect Greg Abbot is a particularly evil fucker, and the sight of his face alone makes me want to develop a reality escaping drug habit for the term of his reign.

The Netflix show Peaky Blinders has been extremely entertaining so far.  I’m into season two already and I was surprised when Tom Hardy, one of the best actors around now, popped up for several scene stealing moments.  He knows how to punch through the mask to the world of insanity.  I want to finish this season before I comment on the show’s overall merits.  Visually the show is an absolute marvel.  If I had any criticism at this point it would be that the soundtrack bothers me on occasion.  There are are also moments of coincidence, that while not annoying, distract a little bit from the show.  It does seem as if they are done to move the plot along at a quicker pace, and aside from that the writing is really great.

That is all for now.  More to come…

Jeff

Solo Gig This Friday

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For those of you in the Austin area, I’ll be playing a solo gig this Friday night at the Hole in the Wall near UT.  Show begins at 10:30pm.  I’ll be joined by by Alex Moralez on drums.

And either the allergies are really bad today or the CIA is hitting my house with chemtrails of Nyquil…I say it is 50/50 either way…

The Astounding Art and Photography of Bill Lanier

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Tonight I was extremely lucky.  I was invited to photographer and artist Bill Lanier’s house to see hangings of his latest work.  This is some of the best work that I have seen in awhile.  While his stuff is based in photography, it is really more complex than that.  He takes his photographs, which in and of themselves are striking images, and has them printed on aluminum, which causes all kinds of optical illusions to occur.  At times they appear to have the depth of a holograph and at other times it is hard to tell if they are photographs or paintings.  Standing in a different light or at different angles from his work makes them take on new characteristics.  There was a picture he took of blue bonnets that looked like a painting from across the room.  When I got closer to it, it was so vivid due to the textures, that I felt as if I could almost stick my head into the photograph.  There is true magic at work here.

Most of his work features scenes from Texas, of which Bill is a native.  However, he has also taken photos of other locations as far away as Morocco.

One of the keys to his work is also that he welds and cuts his own frames.  In certain pieces this is essential as the contrast between the image and the frame adds a new dimension.

There is a lot of art out there that becomes fascinating once you learn about it.  If you are even slightly educated in painting, for instance, different pieces start to come alive as your knowledge increases.  With Lanier’s work you don’t need anything but your eyes to appreciate it.  It’s not that one can’t view it on many different levels or intellectualize it, but it is visceral enough in person that it creates a true emotional impact.

The above link will lead you to his work.  However, like most art, pictures do not do it justice.  The images themselves are powerful, but the texture of the images, due to the way that they are printed and framed, again add dimensions that are truly astounding. I can only hope that Lanier exhibits this work soon so that more people can see it in person.

Strange Brew Today

I’ll be playing down at Strange Brew in Austin, Texas today with my kid brother for the first time in months.  I had a band with my brother for many years that has been on hiatus while my brother attends law school.  After a searing 3 hour rehearsal yesterday we decided to turn my solo show into a rock show.  We’re also going to be joined by the great Austin songwriter Kacy Crowley.  Detrimental to my wallet, I’ve always had a strange relationship with the whole self promotional thing.  However, I can say without any doubt we are going to bring it today.  Playing with my brother, and longtime drummer Alex Moralez, yesterday made me feel like I was on a rocket taking off for Mars.  Together, let’s celebrate Jesus’s birthday early today by drinking and smoking! (Hey it’s not like it was meant to be celebrated by shopping.)  4pm start time.

Filming a Video, Going On Tour, and Man-Boobs

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Today I was over at Shawn Sahm’s house with Kevin Russell and Keith Langford filming a video for a song called Old School Austin Groove.  It appeared in the movie Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs.  The movie and the video were directed by Mike Woolf.  The Crazy Carl movie is a documentary about an Austin eccentric.  However, it uses his story as a jumping off point to tell the history of the counter culture movie of the last few decades.  If you are at all interested in this city it is definitely worth checking out.  I saw it at its premier at Esther’s Follies and was really taken aback by it.  I have been living here now for a number of years and there was so much I didn’t know about the city in the movie.  And besides, who can turn down a movie that features man-boobs?

The Shinyribs band is hitting the road for the next couple days.  We will be in East Texas.  You can get the details at:

Shinyribs Tour Schedule