It’s Friday! More than that, it’s the freakin’ holiday weekend and we’re about to have us some fun. Right now we are going check in on some of our Do512 All-Stars are up to. These are some of our favorite local media, bloggers, event experts, and professional going out-ers, and every time we check up on them we find something interesting and informative. That’s what these weekly All-Star spotlights are all about. So let’s get to it:
All-Star Do512 Family is a resource for family-friendly activities and businesses in Austin. Our family-minded team leader provides a constantly updated list of events that your kids will enjoy. From music to movies, theater, restaurants, parks, to everything else you can think of. The mission is to help parents in Austin find fun and interesting thing to do with their kids. Here is the latest update from the Do512 Family blog:
Feeling totally “over” the record temps this year? You are not alone. You are probably are looking to limit your activities this weekend to either the water or the air conditioning. Here are a few ideas to make the most of your Labor Day weekend with the family.
Boogie down with the kids to tunes from the 70′s & up from DJ Syko. Club Qua will host the dance party for ages 10 & under and their hip parents to get their groove on.
2-5 year olds will enjoy a Story Time that is geared just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more! This month’s theme: Down on the Farm. Toddler Story Times are at 10:00 and 11:00am and Family Story Time is at 2:00pm in the second floor Lobby.
This week marks the anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general who saved us big time during the American Revolution! In his honor, we’ll have a very FRENCH storytime. We’ll read Madeline and the Cats of Rome along with other Frenchy tales and make little French flags! Saturday 11:30am
Take a day trip to Krause Springs located in Spicewood, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Austin. The 115 acre property has been privately owned by the Krause Family for over 50 years. Take a picnic and stay for the day or bring a tent and stay for the night. Cool off in the cold Spring Fed Pool or down below in the natural Grotto.
The Blue Hole has undergone a makeover and is open for business. Located on the spring fed Cypress Creek, the blue hole will cool you down. The Friends of the Blue Hole have contributed to build a new bath house, picnic area, fire pit, trails and much more. Bring a lunch and stay for the day.
All-Star PoptartJen is a girl about town, and about supporting local music. Her name is Jen Leduc, and she’s been an Austin music supporter since 1997. Odds are you’ve seen her out at numerous shows. More than that, Jen promotes and writes about local music on her blog, Superpop!, at jenleduc.blogspot.com. She’s also a contributing writer to Austin Music Weekly. One of Jen’s most recent entries is on local trio The Pons:
In August 2011, Austin TX guitar pop trio, The Pons , successfully met their Kickstarter fundraiser campaign goal. The money raised will go towards album production costs, tour expenses, and promotional support. Donors who pledged $100 or more had the opportunity to attend a make-up/photo shoot party. To honor the album title, “The Blackest Shine”, photo shoot participants were given pain-free fake black eyes skillfully applied by makeup artist, Lisa Donahoe.
The band will play a handful of tour dates in Texas and Oklahoma starting in early October and end the month with an album release party in Austin at The Highball on October 28th with 2 of my local favorites, The Sour Notes and STEREO IS A LIE. I took my own digital camera to the photo shoot which took place at the home of The Pons’ lead singer and guitarist, Thomas Siragusa. There was a fun , casual atmosphere and there were plenty of laughs and amazement as everyone showed off their brand new shiner. Here are a handful of my photos from “The Blackest Shine” photo shoot.
KJBJ 93.7 is not just one of the best radio stations in town, they’re also a Do512 All-Star. KLBJ signed on the air in 1972, and has been Austin’s top rock station ever since. You can Listen Live any time you’re looking to rock. Did you miss the Dudley & Bob show this morning? That not a problem, because you can make up for it by listening to the podcast. Here’s a look at their three most recent blog entries:
Robert Earl Keen visits the studio!
Singer/ songwriter Robert Earl Keen gave a surprise visit to our studio today. He is well known for hit singles such as What I Really Mean, The Great Hank, The Rose Hotel and The Man Behind the Drums. His new album, “Ready for confetti”, was released on Tuesday. This week, I Gotta Go, The first single for Robert Earl Keen’s new album “Ready For Confetti” is free on itunes. Be sure to get your free music! Robert will be performing in Austin During ACL Live on Saturday night 12/17. Tickets go on sale Friday 9/9 at 10am.
Comedian Shane Mauss visits KLBJ Morning show
Comedian Shane Mauss visited our studio today. He got his big break when he was awarded Best Comic at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. Since then he has kept busy and had several appearances on Late night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and Showtime’s Comics without Boarders. He will be performing tonight at Cap City Comedy Club August 31-September 3. Click on the link to get tickets to his show!
Louis Black in the morning!
The Austin Chronicle is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and Co-founder Louis Black (editor) stepped in our studio to talk about it. The 30th Anniversary issue has been redesigned with new fonts that make the paper a pleasure to read and easier to sink into the stories
To celebrate the anniversary, the Chronicle has invited Austin’s movie-mocking maestros, Master Pancake Theatre, to lampoon the worse movie ever made about investigative journalism. They will be showing the movie Perfect starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis on Thursday, Sept 8, at the paramount Theatre. To RSVP for the event please click on the link. But hurry, Space is limited!
All-Star Vivogig hosts weekly podcasts where host Daniel Senyard interviews bands with and has the fans submit questions. You’ll find all kinds of music and get to know new bands at vivogig.com. Here’s their latest:
[This post originally appeared in the Austin Independent Music Noise blog.]
You can waste a lot of time trying to cook up a clever pun for a band called Bloody Knives, so let’s zig instead of zag; leaving the vocabulary gymnastics to others whilest we zoom in on the good stuff – Their music.
There they are, caught in the very act. Left-to-right, we’ve got Jim Moon on synths (though his official credit is “sound manipulator”), Jake McCown on drums, and that’s Preston Maddox on the right there, abusing his bass.
McCown and Maddox hail from Dallas-way, having made the trek and settled in these parts back in ’03, playing together in a variety of groups and manning a variety of instruments in the process, before forming Bloody Knives. Apparently, drums are not McCown’s instrument of choice, but Bloody Knives needed a drummer, he was up for it, and there ya go. It works – We managed to catch these guys at The Austin Electronic Music Grid’s “Knife Night” (along with the always-brilliant Knifight) at The Loft at Silhoutte, and McCown owns the drum kit, with a frenetic, you-can-hear-it-down-on-the-street passion.
No doubt, the band’s name bears metallic connotations, and you’re assuming they’re another heavy metal band pounding Austin’s sonic landscape. And sure, their sound is heavy with bass and dissonant intervals. But take a longer look at this pic; you’ll notice the absence of the holiest of ritualistic metal utensils; the six-stringed axe. Bloody Knives decided they’d get more flexibility, audio-wise, out of midi instrumentation; hence Moon and his midi trigger pads and effects panels.