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Photo: Beauty Bar Austin

Took this photo many months ago during a show at the Beauty Bar in Austin, Texas.

The Beauty Bar in Austin

Another Recycling Conspiracy

Something stinks in the city of Austin:

Imagine all the slim jims and hooch

According to The Statesman, in an article about the city’s recycling contract that is up, Austin has lost $2 million since the fall of 2008 due to the recycling contract it has with Greenstar.  If the contract is extended, the city will lose $7 million by September 2011.

Now, I can’t help but wonder what secret society is behind a scheme where a bum can turn in a bag of cans for some change, but the city can’t even break even by recycling on a large scale.

Who's behind this, any way?

Never mind that restaurants and bars in this city aren’t eligible to recycle the way that private citizens can.  If they choose to recycle, it’s because they have made arrangements with a company other than the sanitation department.  I guess their volume of cans and bottles means nothing compared to the pizza boxes I throw in my recycle bin.

The worst of it, from a “green” point of view, is that the main reason it costs the city so much to recycle is that it is all trucked down to San Antonio.  Not until they power the trucks with the dried cheese from aforementioned pizza box will it be worth the energy and time they are flushing down the toilet.

PHOTOS: Darren Hoff at the Continental Club

I haven’t had as much time to go out and take photos for the past month, but I did make it out to the Continental Club a few weeks ago to catch Darren Hoff And The Hard Times play a great set.

Ah the old Continental Club, with their red stage lights and the blue neon sign in the background.  I think it’s actually pretty fun to take photos at this world-famous Austin venue, but I am always a bit disappointed when I get home and look at the shots.  It’s just really, really hard to get good pictures in there, but I guess the challenge is part of what makes it interesting.

I shot these photos at ISO 800 with my 50mm f/1.4 prime lens.  As I have mentioned before, I like to try and get a few shots at the lowest ISO possible, even in dark places like this, to reduce noise.  Sometimes I come home with that one perfect photo, but usually, as was the case this night, there are just a couple of decent pictures and nothing that really stands out.

Darren Hoff at The Continental Club

This is a decent shot of Hoff, but I’m disappointed with the focus on his face, and the washed out colors.  I reduced the saturation in the red and orange, which is why it looks a bit washed out, but I thought this was better than the deep red hue the entire photo had due to the odd lighting on the stage.  Click below for a couple more photos.

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Invasion of the Hipsters

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Hipster Invasion

He walked down soco,
his hands in his pockets
his head turned under the cowboy hat to the wind,
he looked around
and recognized not a face

He went to places he used to go
but it was different
as they streamed by, staring vacantly behind blue blockers and beards, the girls wearing mexican peasant blouses and daisy dukes….

He stopped and looked in a vintage clothing shop
where once there had been a crackhouse
and thought
i used to smoke crack here
than two girls in frye boots walked by
a feathers shopping bag on their arm

Around a corner, finally a familiar face
bob, bob its me ryan
but it wasn’t bob
“whats that?” a man responded with a british accent
it was a stranger with beard and red short shorts
just like how bob used to dress
he stopped and wondered to himself,
where is bob today

Still the stream of hipsters walked by
he ducked in an alley for a quick hit off the schwag roach
trophys is still the same i bet
he ducked into a bar
trophys
at least trophys was still the same

Two miserable old drunks in their early 30s hunched over the bar
they used to be in bands, now they had nothing
but honky was playing trophys that night
the men in their early 30s hunched over the bar
not a woman in sight

Back in 2003
this place was rockin

What You Missed at the Red Eyed Fly Last Night

Noise from 913 at Red Eye Fly

Noise from 913 at Red Eyed Fly

When I agreed to take a trip to the Red Eyed Fly last night to check out my friend Keny’s band I honestly hoped for the best, but prepared myself for the worst.  I was shocked.  These guys are genuinely talented.

Calling themselves Noise from 913, a reference to the practice spot at the Metropolis Apartments in Austin where the band rehearses, band members Keny (front man), Wes (guitar), Conner (bass) and Daniel (drums) are soulful rockers with a fun edge.  They played a quick set of original songs which lead man Keny Smith delivered with raw conviction.  He engaged the small crowd in attendance and performed as if it were packed venue, complete with witty commentary between songs.

I can’t quite put my finger on their sound, but the performance felt very genuine.  The band still loves music and the members seem to have just enough corporate pain and struggle to capture the passion that draws the listener in and conveys a powerful message.  The show ended with a Hendrix cover of Are You Experienced, to which I’m sure Hendrix himself was blazin’ up a fatty and swaying to the beat.  Be sure to catch their next performance March 11th at the Red Eyed Fly.  You won’t be sorry.

GO TO THIS: Frantic Clam EP Release Party at Beauty Bar

Local rockers Frantic Clam are finally releasing their long-awaited EP titled Lolita: Singles.  It is a superb record with incredible songs, including the highly acclaimed Sasha Grey which received national attention when it was initially leaked.

The party is going to kick some serious ass.  Here are the details:

  • When: This Thursday (Jan 14, 2010)
  • Where: Beauty Bar, Austin
  • Who’s Playing: FRANTIC CLAM, The Pons, Motel Avivi, Candi and the Strangers, DJ Czech One
  • Drinks: Free Treaty Oak rum after 10pm!

And the best part about this show is that you can get in for only $3 if you RSVP here.  So you get to see a bunch of awesome bands, drink free Treaty Oak rum, and hang out with weirdos like me, Tyler Groover, and Frantic Clam, for only three dollars!  You aren’t going to find a better deal than this on Thursday night!

I Used to Be in a Band

i used to be in a band

I used to be in a band

Did I used to be in a band? Yeah, don’t worry about it, I get it all the time.  Sometimes its hard to beleive it really happened, kinda seems like a dream y’know, but we were pretty popular back then… good times for sure… oh yeah, we got the rockstar treatment for sure, thought we’d be rich and famous.  Huh?  What happened?  I don’t know, people just get older, move on, just decided it was time to get while the getting was good.

Hey, you wanted this on wheat right?

No way!  You were there that time our bass player threw up on stage at Antone’s?  Boy oh boy those were the days.   You said light on the Veganaise right?

Nowadays?  Not much.  Just working here, y’know my old lady is the manager…  Just kinda getting back to my roots…  You want chips and a drink with that?  No?  Alright then, that’ll be $6.49.

Hey you should really come check out my new band, it’s me and alot of the guys from our old band… Oh yeah if you like that old shit you’ll love it, Hole in the Wall on Monday.  Yeah seriously man if you come I’ll put you on the guest list…