Mayor Adler’s Omnibus Resolution Now Has Plan of Action
Four months ago, Mayor Steve Adler announced his dedication to augmenting the souring state of the Austin music scene, an initiative officially named the Austin Music and Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution. Fast forward to yesterday when Mayor Adler announced the Resolution’s resulting plan of action. The “Music & Creative Ecosystem Stabilization Recommendations” is a long, dense evaluation of the weaknesses in the Austin music industry and a plan of action to rectify it, starting with 10 “Priority Recommendations.” Included in that 10 are a proposal for streamlining the process for obtaining licensures for music venues, incentives for venues to seek and maintain high quality and safety standards, an Agent of Change Principle, which aims to put an end to the volume issue between residences and music venues by making the newer party adapt to the older one, and ATXPORT, a development section dedicated to popularizing and branding Austin music outside of the United States. You can read the full document here.
Charlie Daniels to Play Career-Spanning Set Friday at Nutty Brown Cafe
Charlie Daniels returns to the Nutty Brown Café this Friday, and he’s kicking off the 4th of July weekend with a set comprised of a “healthy mix of old and new.” Daniels, who turns 80 this year, says he feels like he’s spent the last few years seeing some of his biggest dreams realized. While in his 70s, Daniels was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and later this year, he’ll be inducted into the Country Hall of Fame, a goal Daniels says he’s had since he was 15.
Sound on Sound Festival Sells Out Early Bird Tickets in 90 Minutes, Lineup and Location Yet to be Released
Yesterday morning early bird tickets went on sale for Sound on Sound festival, the brand-new event created by former Fun Fun Fun Fest spearhead Graham Williams. At the time, buyers didn’t have any information about lineup or location, proving Williams’s clout and trust within the city with the 1,000 available passes selling out in just 90 minutes. And as of 10 o’clock this morning, Margin Walker announced the Sherwood Forest Faire site as the festival’s location and a line-up including Beach House, Phantogram, Courtney Barnett, Explosions in the Sky Mac Demarco, and Thundercat.
Keyboardist and Composer Bernie “Wizard of Woo” Worrell Dies at 72
“The Wizard of Woo” Bernie Worrell died last Friday at the age of 72 just months after announcing he was battling last-stage lung cancer. Worrell was a keyboardist and composer who helped shape the sound of Parliament Funkadelic as an early member of George Clinton’s funk collective. In the 80s, Worrell went on to help reform the sound and join the expanded lineup of Talking Heads before following-up his 1978 solo album with 9 more between 1990-2013. Back in April, a benefit concert was thrown to raise funds for Worrell’s medical bills with a star-studded lineup of performers, including P-Funk’s George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, David Byrne, the B-52s, Questlove, and, of course, Worrell himself.
New Startup will “Vinylize” your SoundCloud Playlist
SoundCloud enthusiasts get excited, there’s a new startup on the street ready to put your favorite playlists on vinyl. That’s right. Vinylize.it promises its users that they will press custom vinyl records from SoundCloud playlists. The service hasn’t launched quite yet, but when it does, you’ll be able to select playlists or specific tracks from SoundCloud, and Vinylize.it will notify the artists of your desire to press their tunes, who can in return approve or deny this request. If you want to be among he first to know when you can “vinylize” your favorite SoundCloud playlists, you can follow this link.
Lock of David Bowie’s Hair Auctions for over $26,000
A lock of David Bowie’s hair went up for auction over the weekend; one that was forecasted to sell for about $6,000 at an auction in L.A. To the surprise of many, the hair ended-up fetching $26,283. The lock of hair came from Wendy Farrier, an employee of Madame Tussands who used the lock to immortalize the late singer’s iconic 1980s hairstyle for his doppelganger wax figure. At the same auction, Prince’s iconic customized “Yellow Cloud” guitar sold for $192,747.
David Lynch to Host Inaugural Festival of Disruption in L.A. to Raise Funds for David Lynch Foundation
Director David Lynch will take a short break from the highly anticipated Twin Peaks reboot later this year to host his inaugural Festival of Disruption in L.A. in early October. The festival will feature photography exhibits, dance performances, lectures, DJ sets by Roots drummer Questlove, and headlining performances by St. Vincent, Sky Ferreria (one of the cast members in the reboot), and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. Tickets for the festival start at $199 and the proceeds benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which helps people recover from or fight through at-risk or traumatic situations through Transcendental Meditation.
Texas Country Music Titan Bill Ham Dies at 79
Former ZZ Top manager and Texas music business icon Bill Ham passed away on Tuesday evening at his home in Austin. Ham was not only an integral part of the success of ZZ Top, but is also largely responsible bringing singer Clint Black to country stardom and other artists with his wildly influential Hamstein Publishing company. Back in 2000, the American-Statesman published an article ranking the 25 most powerful people in Austin, naming Bill Ham as No. 1 in large part due to his crossover chart influence. Bill Ham was 79.
TLC to Release New Album After 14 Years, Tour Also Suspected
After 14 long years, the two surviving members of TLC are putting out a full-length album, 100% funded via Kickastarter. The duo, along with manager Bill Diggins, started the Kickstarter back in January with a $150,000 goal, which ended up raising $430,000 in just two months. The project began as a response to demand by fans who apparently were no longer feeling quenched by “Waterfalls.” Diggins said TLC has 15 songs ready to record and a tour is imminent, but no tracklist or release date has been announced.
Led Zeppelin’s Lawyers Ask for Dismissal of “Stairway to Heaven” Trial
Last week, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin went to court for 5 days over what is now being called the “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit. After the week-long trial, Zeppelin’s lawyers have asked for a dismissal of the trial, claiming that the Plaintiff’s lawyer had failed to prove that the opening to “Stairway to Heaven” was substantially similar to, and therefore a rip-off of, the song “Taurus” written for the band Spirit by Randy Wolfe. An expert who testified for the defense stated that the only similarity between the two songs was a single descending chord progression, which the expert said had been used as a building block of music for 300 years. Zeppelin attorney Peter Anderson also stated in the motion for dismissal that the plaintiff failed to prove that Randy Wolfe’s estate had indeed suffered damages due to the infringement.
J.J. Abrams to produce T.V. Series Based on Final Weeks of Michael Jackson’s Life
Star Trek director and Lost show creator J.J. Abrams is producing a T.V. series based on the sixteen weeks leading to the death of Michael Jackson. The series is based on Tavis Smiley’s book Before You Judge Me: the Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, which came out yesterday. News of the adaptation was announced last October, but no further details or release date has been confirmed or teased.
M.I.A. Removed from Afropunk Fest After Unsavory Comments Towards Black Lives Matter
English Hip-hop artist M.I.A. has been removed from the headlining slot of the inaugural Afropunk festival in London happening in September of this year. M.I.A. was removed from the bill after she made suggested that there was too much focus in the U.S. on the Black Lives Matter movement, and not enough focus on the issue of the persecution of and violence towards Muslim people. In reaction, many who had purchased tickets to the British incarnation of Afropunk threatened to boycott the entire festival if they didn’t remove M.I.A. from the line-up. And, the people won.
– Taylor Wallace
I Still Miss Liberty Lunch Event Becomes A Day to Remember
Last Saturday, the ABGB hosted I Still Miss Liberty Lunch, a celebration, remembrance, and fellowship from those who, well, still miss Liberty Lunch. Live music was the nucleus of the event that went from 5 PM until well after midnight. The line-up was stacked with groups who had played various eras of the venue’s history including Fastball, Wild Seeds, the Reivers, and Javier Escovedo. The event’s silent auction raised thousands of dollars for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians thanks to a silent auction and “pass-the-jar” style donations. At its core, the event was about coming together to remember not only Liberty Lunch, but those who helped make it a success who have passed in the recent years. All in all, I Still Miss Liberty Lunch was everything its presenters hoped it would be, and so much more.
What are you up to, Sigur Ros?
Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros have announced that they’re doing something later tonight…and that’s all we know. At 10 PM BST tonight, that’s 4:00 PM CST, something is going to happen. The most popular speculation is that group will be releasing a new album, as they’ve been injecting new music into their sets on their current tour. In the mean time, there’s a mildy unsettling live streaming teaser trailer, which you can here.
Mike D Moves Into Men’s Handbags
Beastie Boys co-founder Michael “Mike D” Diamond, is stepping foot into the world of men’s fashion, specifically, men’s handbags. And he’s collaborated with L.A. designer Claire Vivier to do so. Mike D says he was inspired to create a line of men’s handbags after working with French duo Cassius earlier this year, saying their elegant French bags made his backpack feel inferior. The collection is the first venture into man’s fashion for designer Claire Vivier, calling it the Mike D X Clire V line, and includes a wallet, laptop case, and bandanas. How much will it cost you to own one of these minimalist man bags? About $550.