Tuesday May 17 – Austin, TX


Today we were on a mission: to get to Waterloo Records and The Book People and spend as much money as possible to help save the American economy. You might think that Greville Records or Basement Discs are great indie stores so I don’t know what that makes Waterloo that is twice as big as both of them.

If there is any sign of the record industry dying then you won’t find it here. Rows and rows of discs – and a huge catalogue of local releases. Most new releases are going for $10 – 13! Masses of vinyl too. Nearly bought The Preservation Hall double album for $26.

The Book People is a similarly impressive indie store with a really great choice and staff who know something about the books!

Lunch at Wholefoods across the road on Lamar was probably the healthiest thing I have eaten for several weeks. I believe there was lettuce in the bread roll and other items were not fried or battered.

The pool at the Austin Motel is large, inviting and cool (well, as cool as an unheated one will get there) and it is good to take the edge of the heat with a dip. This is a place I will spend a lot of time.

Happy Hour at The Continental this evening was with Tony Price, a remarkable singer who never seems to tour outside Texas. In fact, her only other gig this year appears to have been in Houston in January. I am told this is due to her family commitments and I guess if you can pull in 100 or so people a week at $7 a head you can make a living. Perhaps this is the best value gig in any town anywhere.

Dinner tonight was at Threadgill’s. Pork chops again for me, which are actually very good. The serves, typical here, are a generous. You don’t need to snack afterwards. By the way, you have to love a place that calls macaroni and cheese a vegetable.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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