Monthly Archives: November 2007

Proof of Global Warming

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If this isn’t proof of global warming I don’t know what is, mid November and it is still too hot to wear cloths. Outside of Beerland Wednesday night (Nov. 14th) this guy was just hanging. It looked like he was going to get arrested by the police at one point but got off with just a warning.

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Click on more to see our friend’s interaction with Austin’s finest. Continue reading

Bill Baird and Sunset ~ Beerland ~ 28 November

For me, the neatest thing about this band is the way that it has evolved over time. For a while, Bill had a bunch of songs that he had written and played on his own. Then, he invited all-comers to form an almost all acoustic guitar band that really filled out the live performance. So many guitars sounded warm and inviting, and if you knew the songs’ words, it was more like a a sing-a-long than a show. Over time, new people have joined, other people have moved on, and now there is nary an acoustic to be seen. The group has changed gradually and each person seems to have found their own niche. The band’s sound is full, and the instrumentation is rich. I particularly enjoy the addition of the pedal steel. As for categorizing the music, I would sooner direct you to some of Bill’s videos, viewable below, or his MySpace page. Continue reading

A Cure to Indie Rock Disappointment

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Indie rock shows more often then not are disappointing and I don’t blame the bands but it is merely a result of their lifestyle. They go on the road for a month at a time playing to half filled rooms (if they’re lucky) only to wake up the next day to drive 300+ miles to do the same again. Once a band gets to Austin they are exhausted, sick and emotionally battered; the shows that they produce as a result are often half arsed and rarely worth the cover. Don’t get me wrong I love going to shows and I support bands I like but every once in awhile I need to be reminded what a live show should be, entertaining. Last Wednesday I got such a reminder at Beerland watching Teeners vs. Party Garbage. Continue reading

Torchy’s Tacos ~ South Austin

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Two words: Dirty Sanchez…Holy CRAP this is a good taco! Who would have thought that the tangy crunch of escabeche combined with fried (that’s right, fried) poblano peppers, could transform an ordinary breakfast taco into something soooo…yo no se. Perfecto? …the taco geniuses at Torchy’s that’s who. Continue reading

Mi Victoria Bakery~Taco Time

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So, I’ve driven by Mi Victoria, located at 5245 Burnet, a number of times before stopping in this morning. I like the overall look of the place, some of the tables are an appealing, bright yellow color. I typically feel a little apprehensive about new taco spots…heaven knows there are bad tacos out there. I felt relieved when we walked in and found the spot full of all kinds of people. A crowd is always a good sign, and there were families with little kids, single folks grabbing a bite, ladies meeting to chat and have cake, all sorts. Continue reading