Every Monday we like to take a look at what some of our Do512 All-Stars have been up to. We think our All-Stars are pretty damn cool, and every time we check up on them we find something interesting and informative. We think you will too. Hence, here is part nine of our weekly series.
All-Star Indiana keeps us updated with fashion, trends and her fun day-to-day life in Austin in her blog Adored Austin. As a former actress, aspiring writer and new mom, she has a lot to talk about. One recent entry involved some thrifty shopping:
“Jude can finally sit up on his own in a shopping cart, so that means I am free to resume my weekly thrift store adventures of yore (and when I say “yore” I mean pre-pregnancy yore). I used to go at least once per week, so to make up for my hiatus, this week I went three times! Here’s a peak at some of my recent acquisitions:
Top row (L-R): 1960’s beaded purse (Thrift Town), Chanel-like 1980’s blazer (Savers), 1980’s belts with heavy brass buckles- mustard suede and leopard print pony hair (Thrift Town).
Bottom row (L-R): 1980’s baby pink leather pants (Texas Thrift), 70’s Italian leather mint condition lady brogues (Thrift Town), branches print 1960’s real silk kimono.
I’m on fire, y’all. I scored all this for around $25.00. I’m thinking about writing an Adored Austin guide to thrift store shopping, covering everything from the upscale (like Feathers) to the diiiiiirty (like Blue Hanger) and throwing in tips about how to score coupons and how to politely haggle. I’ve been doing this for so long and so often that I know which stores are good on which days and what stores have the best whatever.”
follow her at twitter.com/adoredaustin
“Zach Condon’s band, Beirut is not your typical indie-pop band. Balkan folk influences mean audiences will hear accordions, trumpets, tubas, trombones and ukeleles along with bass and drums. The orchestrated feel of the arrangements also mean Beirut is well-suited for the Moody Theater. A sold-out crowd watched Wednesday evening as Condon led his band through a rousing set that often saw fans singing along.
The 90-minute set led off with “The Concubine” but it was the second song, “Elephant Gun” that got more audience reaction as fans cheered the opening riffs. Beirut rolled out new songs that will appear on “The Rip Tide” due out August 30th. The new material featured extended instrumental sections that gave the band a chance to show off a bit.
Condon’s smooth tenor lent a dreamy, indie feeling to the vocals. It was as though he was a conductor. leading his orchestra through a performance at the Arts Center. The band followed Condon’s lead as he delivered a masterful performance. When the song, “Nantes” came around, you could hardly hear the vocals over fans singing along.
Beirut played a four song encore which included “Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)” and “The Gulag Orkestar” from the eponymous album. It was by all accounts a wildly successful performance by a band who has developed their unique style into a joyful celebration of the merging of pop and Balkan folk music.”
Follow him on Twitter: @g_ack
“Eagle Claw is a style of Chinese martial arts known for its gripping techniques and pressure point strikes. It’s also the name of a kick ass instrumental metal band from Austin, TX. The band consists of Matt Rade (guitar,) Mike Gonz (guitar,) Luther Smalls (bass,) and Bart Butler (drums.) When they’re not bartending/managing at Beauty Bar, Eagle Claw are out shredding at various venues in Austin and around the Texas area. The band formed in the fall of 2007, and first made a name for itself when their Demo Bastard Usurper started making the rounds in Austin. Then came their debut album, Poacher, which boasts an hours-worth of fat, heavy riffs that would be fun as hell to play on Guitar Hero.”
Follow Covert Curiosity on Twitter: @CovertCuriosity
All-Star: William Trinity reviews albums, takes cool portraits of local artists, and tells us about other music and Austin-related business in Trinity Stardust and the Blog from Mars. One recent entry talks about a new collaborative effort where a group of musicians from Austin’s music scene write, record, and mix a song in one day.
To start, I support this idea fully. I am glad to see that the folks involved with the Single Cuts venture are instilling the spirit of artistic collaboration into the local Austin scene. So what is it? Taken from the press release: Each issue will showcase a group of musicians pulled together from Austin’s music scene in order to write, record, and mix a song in one day! The goal is to foster community, and cross-promotion among Austin’s vibrant group of artists.
The first session features folkstress Dana Falconberry, members of The Lemurs, Royal Forest, and the Trinity Stardust approved The Great Nostalgic, among others. The result is the track “Jackie,” a pleasing summer pop song. It can be heard over on the Single Cuts site now.
I look forward to hearing/seeing more from this project. Collaboration is an essential part to any artistic movement, including local music scenes. Single Cuts plan on creating a new product every four or five months. You can also become involved yourself. So head over to their site to get details, and check out “Jackie.”
Follow him on Twitter: @WilliamTrinity
And last but not least, All-Star the Alamo Drafthose blogged their latest PSA, which promptly crashed their website and went viral in a major way. The video, uploaded to YouTube, has already been viewed 1,661,256 times. That’s like, a lot. Here’s the post, accompanied by Tim League’s reaction, all originally posted on the Drafthouse Blog.
“As many of you know, I really can’t abide people who talk during a movie. A couple of years ago I was accosted in the Village parking lot by a patron who was warned for talking in a movie. I’ve nearly come to blows more than a few times over the years with rude customers over the same issue. When we adopted our strict no talking policy back in 1997 we knew we were going to alienate some of our patrons. That was the plan. If you can’t change your behavior and be quiet (or unilluminated) during a movie, then we don’t want you at our venue. Follow our rules, or get the hell out and don’t come back until you can.
Recently, we had a situation where a customer persisted in texting in the theater despite two warnings to stop. Our policy at that point is to eject the customer without a refund, which is exactly what went down that night. Luckily, this former patron was so incensed at being kicked out, she quickly called the office and left us the raw ingredients for our latest “Don’t Talk or Text” PSA. You can check it out below, or come to the Alamo this weekend where the video will be playing before all of our R-rated movies.”
And here are Tim League’s thoughts about it:
Follow them on Twitter: @Drafthouse