This, Austin Music Minute fiends, is the story of Jean Caffeine: Writer, musician, a force to be reckoned with on many levels. The late Margaret Moser put it best when she declared of the mighty Caffeine in the Austin Chronicle, “If she weren’t considered in the upper echelon of sainted local singer-songwriters before…she just took her place.” It’s this well-rounded, genuine aura of punk, life wisdom – all the victories and every pain in the ass – and spoken word artistry that makes her a standout artist. Wanna know how to keep it real? Wanna know about DIY? What’s it like to be a young punk growing up in San Francisco? Being in a punk band surrounded by other bands that are mostly male? Caffeine’s got that glint of experience in her eye, and she tells it like it is in Sadie Saturday Nite.
The title, now also the name of Caffeine’s new album, comes from the one-woman/one-guitarist show she created chronicling her punk years in the Bay Area in the ’70s. There’s a hell of a lot to share, and you get to experience it live tonight at Jean Caffeine’s album release show at Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe. It’s another killer line-up for a great party, featuring Butch County and Bitter Heart Society. The music gets started after 9 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of Jean Caffeine.