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Burden Brothers, Love is “indie” air

March 28th, 2003 · No Comments

For my continuing series of 10 questions for bands, I recently emailed Vaden Todd Lewis and Taz Bentley of Burden Brothers. These guys used to be with Toadies and the Rev. Horton Heat. The guys graciously responded to my questions and Swizzle-Stick gladly opted to post the interview. You can read it by clicking here.

While you’re there, be sure to check out Swizzle-Stick’s review of their latest release, which is available via the band’s website.

More or less every day, I go out and check online news sites from around the world. My two favorites are Guardian Unlimited and the International Herald Tribune. The Guardian has a great variety of articles and never ceases to amuse me in some manner.

Take, for instance, this recent article about celebrities dating musicians. Seems it’s the thing to do these days. Here’s a taste:

“On your dates, he smokes while you eat. He plays with his hair and tells you about something funny that happened once at a gig in Belgium, wherever that may be. He tells you he’s going out on tour, but he’ll be thinking about you while he’s away.

Oh, and that he’s written songs about girlfriends before, but that they were nowhere near as good as the ones he’ll soon be writing about you..”

Read the article by clicking here.

The Warlocks, who recently graced this fine city with their presence, had their latest album reviewed in Rolling Stone. Greg Kot had the following to say about The Phoenix Album:

Phoenix Album is stuffed with enough drug references to sedate half of Los Angeles, the hometown of acid-punk badasses the Warlocks. Phoenix is a loose concept album about overindulging in chemicals, love and guitars, and it mainlines feedback. “The dope feels good,” Bobby Hecksher sings, summing things up as the six-strings drone. But the Warlocks aren’t so much about zoning out as they’re about taking off. Stacks of guitars, sitars and lap steel zoom atop a double-drummer barrage; “Shake the Dope Out” feels like the Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner” taking a road trip to Altamont, and “Hurricane Heart Attack” builds like a tsunami. The ten-piece band locks into a succession of trance grooves, until by album’s end it slips into blissful oblivion for the fourteen-minute “Oh Shadie.” What a trip.

Check out the album.

For those of you in the Houston area, take a trip to the suburbs this weekend to Hourglass Records. This is by far the finest record shop in the city, with enough obscure CDs and vinyl to eat up a couple hours of your day. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE show these guys some support and visit their shop. Last thing I heard is that they’re selling some of their CDs at cost. Once you go out there, check out their selection, and meet the guys, you won’t want to go to another record store. I know I don’t.

Hourglass Records is located at 12531 Jones Road between Grant and Cypress North Houston on the Northwest side of Houston. It’s about a 20-minute drive from downtown or the Galleria area, which is what it would take you to go to Soundwaves or Best Buy anyway. Come and support the little guy for a change.

From Highway 290 (Northwest Freeway): Take the FM1960 exit and go east on FM1960 (turn RIGHT if you are coming from the southeast and LEFT if you are coming from the northwest). Follow FM1960 a little over two miles and go LEFT onto Jones Road. After about another mile and a half you’ll see the shop there on the left in a strip center at 12531 Jones Road, right past a Wells Fargo Bank. Call 832.604.0223 for more info. Thanks!

Now Playing in my iPOD: The Brian Jonestown Massacre — BraveryRepetitionandNoise

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