Carter: Mark It Eight

“Mark it Eight”

Richard Carter

Had things gone better, some of us would be preparing to see Morrissey this week. Alas, we had to “settle” for Jimmie Dale Gilmore last Thursday and Friday at the Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.

Needless to say, it was an interesting turn of events. Gilmore is an absolutely gracious person, and he seemed to really enjoy himself talking about the old days of Texas music, along with former MSU graduate and writer Jan Reid. Both men have seen a lot in Texas music along the way, and it was fun to listen to them chatting about growing up in a state that has surely changed a great deal over the last forty years.

A friend of mine, not originally from Texas, was talking to me earlier in the week about going to Austin for the first time and how that she was completely enchanted with the city’s music scene. She said that on any given night you could pretty much hear about anything you wanted to hear, and it was generally pretty great music.

I cannot imagine what Austin would have been like in the ‘60s. There would have been less live music, but it surely would have all been good. I was lucky enough to see two shows at the historical Armadillo World Headquarters (1970 to 1980) before it shut down, and those were pretty amazing shows in a pretty amazing setting.

One of those shows I saw at the ‘Dillo was Iggy Pop.  It turns out that Gilmore played in a band that opened the venue up in 1970. Absolutely amazing. Gilmore also addressed his short movie past and was rather humble describing how he came to play Smokey in the Coen’s “The Big Lebowski,” surely one of the great indie film characters of all time.

I heard from Ali Holder, now in Austin, that her Kickstarter.com program to raise money to record her new album was closing in several days. I love the idea of this program to raise money to record music by offering copies, shows and such for that support. Check it out to support her or another project that might suit your musical tastes.

I got to hear Cody Magana’s new musical project the other day and was impressed. Magana is singing and playing rhythm guitar, while James Ogden, formerly of Blue Light Special, is playing lead guitar. The rhythm section is formerly of Chiva. The band is working on covers and has a few originals already and is probably about a month or two from playing its first show. It’s a good, solid band that should really come together the longer they play together. Some mad talent also, by the way.

As Christmas music becomes more and more the tune for the times this month, I suggest that you should make every attempt to enjoy it as much as you possibly can. But when it all gets to be too much, and trust me you will appreciate time away from it, just remember than your smartphone has headphones and a way to listen to your own music—even if its different Christmas music that every restaurant, retail store and everywhere else seems to be playing at this point. At McCarty Music, we used to bring in world Christmas tunes, if that gives you some idea of possibilities.

Finally, I am looking forward to hearing The Affiliation play Saturday night at The Pub along with Radio Republic. Both bands are good and prove that the whole all-ages scene had a lot more to offer than some people thought. I think the Affiliation will have copies of their CD for sale, and it’s great. Also, I think that Radio Republic is not that far away from having its own CD for sale.

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