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Clinton Obama Kwassa Kwassa

Clinton Obama Kwassa Kwassa

The Internet has changed the face of promotion; it’s as dramatic as the change from radio to TV. Welcome to public image 2.0: If you don’t show up a year early, you’ve lost the race already.

Erik Wofford: The cause of cacophony

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photo / Paige Maguire (all rights reserved) Erik Wofford and the Black Angels at Cacophony Recorders 

It’s the biggest spider I’ve ever seen. Its web takes up an entire window pane, and it just wrapped up a caterpillar for lunch. The spider is one of the newest residents at Cacophony Recorders, an East Austin studio run by Erik Wofford and Darwin Smith. Erik tells me that the spider showed up as he was recording the new Black Angels album. Most producers, I think, would’ve swatted it down long ago – but most producers wouldn’t have chosen a studio with gigantic windows looking out onto the Colorado River. And for that matter most producers wouldn’t put their mixing equipment in the middle of the same room the band plays in.

It was a very good year

It was a very good year

Adam Avramescu takes a look at 2007’s most interesting pop. Find out what you missed.

A fiction in the writing

A fiction in the writing

Fiction, a promising Austin up-and-comer still crafting its own narrative, has just released the five-song You Will Never EP. Adam Avramescu listened to the CD and checked out the band’s last show before a three-month hibernation.

The man, the myth, the movie

The man, the myth, the movie

I’m Not There is a film that’s not afraid to confront Bob Dylan’s many myths. Adam Avramescu confronts the film.

Five bands you either know or don’t know about (FXFF Day Two)

Five bands you either know or don't know about

Day two of Fun on Repeat Fest kept up Saturday’s momentum.

Things we loved about Fun Fun Fun Fest (Day One)

Things we loved about Fun Fun Fun Fest (Day One)

Let’s just get it out there: Fun Fun Fun Fest was pretty much what its name implied.

Insert your Beatles pun of choice

Insert your Beatles pun of choice

I saw a film today, oh boy.

Radiohead released a new album. You might not have heard.

Radiohead released a new album.

Yeah, they’re cool, but have you heard their older stuff?

Streamers of dirty confetti

Streamers of dirty confetti

He’s built a career on singing about national tragedy. Why was John Vanderslice silent on 9/11?

Friend authenticity

Friend authenticity

Advice for the downtrodden: Good music makes you feel smart. Do you feel better about not being a crappy hipster?

Music festival, as pastry

Music festival, as pastry

It’s no secret that ACL Fest has gone corporate. Like, Huey Lewis corporate. But what’s the real scam?