Monday, March 31, 2008

They Come in 3's...

My grandfather, my mother, and now my grandmother..

Mi abuela - Manuela Tenorio. She passed away on Easter, although the news made its way to us faraway relatives a little later than that. She was the matriarch of the clan, a brood of energetic and rowdy (in the best way) Colombians whom she ruled with discipline and food, or so I've been told.

In 1990, when these relatives first relocated to the East Coast, I was sent to stay with them for about 6 weeks. Every day, my grandfather would come collect me and take me to their house, where my grandmother would be in her "office" making massive quantities of food. We'd have a huge lunch (usually about 6 courses) and then she'd pack the rest up into containers. My grandfather would then walk to every relative's home, put their food in the fridge, and drop me off knowing that the family had dinner for the night.

I knew that after my grandfather passed, my grandmother wouldn't be far behind. Even in the depth's of his advanced Alzheimer's, he would still pass by my grandmother in her wheelchair, and say, "Bonita, bonita..." They held hands till the last minute, so I'm glad they can be together again.

Dona Manuela Ines Tenorio - que dios los bediga a todos.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Adventures in Austin

SXSW 2008... in Pictures! With some notes, of course.

Two Gallants - aka Two Furious Boys who make Furious Noise.

Bon Iver - He overcame the chaos of the street with his melancholy tunes... asking the crowd to sing loudly the "what might have been lost" part of the track "Wolves (Act I & II)," drowning out the drunken revelry down below.
Yeasayer by night - an incredible (and far too short!) set of hippie indie goodness.
Los Campesinos - The sun and heat forced these pasty Brits to reveal some skin, and at one point, the singer claimed he was going to take everyone's cameras and erase the pics of themselves so the rest of the world couldn't see their pastiness. They missed mine, obviously.
Howlin' Rain - The grooviest, possibly hairiest set of all.
Liam Finn - Cute & Little & Hot & Sweaty & Melodically Noisy.
Devotchka - Nick Urrata calmed an impatient Billy Bragg audience and swoons ensued.

Everest - LA boys done good! Completely rockin' in the free world. With abandon.Sally Jaye - backed by Brian Wright & the Waco Tragedies, a beautiful country voice in our world.
Moving Picture Show - Matt showing his guitar chops.
X - More fun in the new World. (No picture of Billy Zoom as he freaks me out a bit these days.)
Duffy - absolutely charming in a Dusty-meets-Lulu way, and a fantastic performer too.
The Heavy - out of Noid, UK... The singer jumped off the stage and freaky danced with me, probably because I'd just taken this pic and the security guy got mad at me.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club - Zombie tent revival rock and roll.
The Mint Chicks - howling their way out of New Zealand.

Yeasayer by day - Yes, I saw them twice, because they were THAT AMAZING.The Night Marchers - John Reis (RFTC) gets skinny and rock wildly with his new band.
The Breeders - Bang on, ladies.
See you next year, Austin!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Beware the Ides of...

It's March - and Little Radio is remade/remodeled... That's a Roxy music joke for those not as dorky as myself.

So the show is back, and here's what we heard:

Little Radio Playlist

Save It For Later - The English Beat
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Shing-A-Ling - Tito Puente
Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
A Natural Man - Lou Rawls
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
Pretty Girl From San Diego - The Avett Brothers
Out of My Head & Back In My Bed - Loretta Lynn
He'll Have to Go - Solomon Burke
I Don't Love Anyone - Belle & Sebastian
Stupid Now - Bob Mould
Konichiwa Bitches - Robyn
Mini Skirt - Esquivel
Collapsing New People - Fad Gadget
The Talk - Erland Oye
American Hookers - Gram Rabbit
Hole In The Middle - Emily Jane White
The World I Used to Be Afraid of - Blanche
We're Going to Be Friends - White Stripes
Deanna - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Does This Mean You're Moving On? - The Airbourne Toxic Event
Winter '94 - Henry's Dress
She Shot A Hole in My Soul - Clifford Curry
Too Many People - Cold Blood
Look At Me - Terry Callier
Caledonia Rain - The High Society
Should've Been In Love - Wilco
The Party's Over - The Baldwin Bros. feat. Mark Lanegan
Words - Doves

Thanks for listening!