As Good As It Gets

You know the moments: the Miracle on Ice comes to mind.  For Texas Tech and college football fans, the Graham Harrell pass to Michael Crabtree to knock off #1 UT.  The Immaculate Reception.  Those moments that will stand frozen forever in the minds of the sports fans fortunate enough to witness them. Such is Landon [...]

The World Cup 2010: International Soccer Reaches Maturity

The most remarkable thing about this current World Cup is not that it has resurrected this blog (I’m still alive!), nor that America got robbed (as it surely did of the winning goal against Slovenia), nor the omnipresent droning of the vuvuzelas. It is that this is the first World Cup where you can honestly [...]

Sunday Fun: Young and Hungry Edition

In all the years of great musical performances on Saturday Night Live, I think my all-time favorite is the one below (couldn’t do YouTube, because YouTube keeps yanking it down).  This is DEFINITELY the most energetic performance I’ve ever seen on SNL, and I think you can chalk it up to a band that was [...]

Memory’s Sweet Afterglow

Here’s a little Sunday fun – in October, 2006, the Rolling Stones played, incredibly, Zilker Park in Austin in front of about 45,000 people.  It boggled the mind to ponder it, and the show was, even more incredibly, better than anyone thought it could be.  It was one of those glorious evenings that, for those [...]

Save The Cactus Update – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

Want to help save one of Austin’s most cherished music rooms and look damn cool while doing it?  Donate to the Save the Cactus Cafe cause by buying one of their new t-shirts.  I did, and I can guarantee you, you cannot wear this shirt without getting into a cool conversation with a stranger.  It’s [...]

Cactus Cause Gains More Momentum

An official student organization has been formed at the University of Texas to lobby the administration and the Texas Union board to keep the Cactus Cafe operating under its current professional management(!).  This is the proposal we have been waiting for – and the students have promised to involve the community and the Save the [...]

UT Faculty, Grad Students Rally to Cactus Cause

There are three members of the UT faculty that serve on the board of the Texas Union, the overseeing authority of the beloved Cactus Cafe, and one of them has now joined forces with Save the Cactus Cafe, calling the decision to close the Cafe “rash” and suggesting it was snuck onto the agenda of [...]

Cactus Closing Hits The Mainstream Press

In another sign of the growing outrage over the closing of one of the last great original Austin music destinations, the NY Times becomes the latest national outlet to cover the story, joining Reuters, the UPI, and numerous other outlets with a coast-to-coast (and beyond) audience.  This story is not going away, and to my [...]

Another Save The Cactus Proposal Comes Up Short

This one holds more promise than the offer from the Texas Exes, who would donate space but move the club, but it’s still not satisfactory: The Cactus Cafe might not be closing, but instead head in a “new direction,” according to Student Government President Liam O’Rourke. O’Rourke and members of the Student Events Center board [...]

I’m A Fan Of New Orleans…

…the city, I mean, so that made me a Saints fan.  Congrats to that fun, fun city that has suffered so much recently for this wonderful win tonight (I’m writing this with two minutes to, but it’s over).  Way to go, Saints!…

Weekend Briefs

Avatar, now the #1 movie of all time both domestically and internationally by significant (non-inflation-adjusted) margins, has been dethroned – in its eighth weekend, it dropped to #2.  The James Cameron 3-D spectacular has now grossed over $2.1 billion worldwide and $630 million in the U.S. (and it’s not done yet!).  The previous record-holder, Cameron’s [...]

The Cactus Saved? Not Really…

I suppose it would be better than nothing, but the only real plan floated to save the Cactus Cafe (see my post below) thus far is far from perfect: The storied Cactus Cafe could be finding a new home on the University of Texas campus — the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Texas Exes CEO and executive [...]

Save The Cactus Cafe

I care about music. That’s obvious to everyone who visits this blog. I care about music so much I based my decision on where to live on my love of music. Austin, TX, is my home for one reason and one reason only: I came here to see the greatest live music on the planet.  [...]

Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir

Speaking with my nephew this morning about Leonard Cohen inspired me to post this bit of weekend fun…the beautiful “Bird On The Wire” (there’s a skip in the tape about five minutes in and it repeats a verse, but it’s a nice clip nonetheless).  Enjoy your Sunday…

The Avatar Phenomenon

I saw Avatar on opening day, but it was in my recent gloomy period, and I declined to review it.  Yesterday, I saw it for a second time.  This is definitely a movie that holds up well on second viewing – in fact, I liked the movie the first time through and loved it the [...]

There’s No Shame…

…in the performance of the Texas Longhorns last night.  Losing your Heisman candidate senior (who has more wins than any quarterback in NCAA history) in the first quarter is a blow that is impossible to overcome against a team as good as Alabama, but Texas at least made it competitive for a while.  Congrats to [...]

Boy, Did I Miss The Call

Health reform is going to pass the Senate after all, as Harry Reid bought off Ben Nelson by guaranteeing that the Feds will pay for Nebraska’s new Medicaid enrollees for ever and ever amen.  Of course, when the time comes, all the other states will rightly demand the same treatment, and this mockery of a [...]

In A Melancholy Frame Of Mind These Days…

…so my little weekend fun clip is a little more on the serious side.  This is a nice performance of the hauntingly beautiful “I and Love and You”, by the Avett Brothers…

The Angus Young Show

I’ve been blogging about U2 almost incessantly this year, but last night, I went to a very different kind of rock and roll show.  No social conscience stuff here – just flat-out rock and roll.  It was AC/DC at a sold-out Frank Erwin Center, but more accurately, it was the Angus Young show. Simply put, [...]


Sunday night, the U2 360 tour, a tour I have blogged extensively on, plays its penultimate 2009 show (more dates to come in 2010, including the already announced fourth leg in Europe and the soon-to-be-announced third leg in North America) in front of a sell-out crowd of 96,000 in the Rose Bowl. The concert will [...]