Music Sound and the Fury

A week on the scene

Gear in the headlights

Archer Avenue is preparing for what should be a demanding 2006. The pop-rock quartet, which formed on the local club scene, and whose members are split between San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso, recently completed work on its first full-length CD, We Watched The Headlights, We Watched The Stars, at Pete Anderson’s DogBone Studios in Burbank, California. Anderson, a friend/fan of the band, invited them to record at his studio after catching them in the act, and served as executive producer for the record.

The album, which includes nine originals and a cover of Roky Erickson’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” will see a regional release on January 3 and go national a month later. Archer Avenue begins a Southwest tour to promote Headlights with a December 26 show in El Paso and a December 28 gig in El Socorro, New Mexico. The first single, “Cops Don’t Care” can be streamed at

Texas scold ’em

The ongoing Sony CD-duplication scandal took its strangest (and closest to home) turn this week when Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sued the entertainment behemoth for alleged violations of state consumer law.

Sony has spent the last few weeks desperately trying to put out the blazing fire of discontent sparked by the company’s asinine decision to prevent duplication of its CDs by secretly encoding them with rootkit software known to invite computer viruses. The public outcry has been unprecedented, even for an era in which bloggers delight in trashing the mercenary shortsightedness of major labels. The record company recalled 4.7 million copies containing the code (sorry, Neil Diamond), but the move was apparently too late for Abbott, who accused Sony of engaging in “cloak and dagger deceit.”

The mind still boggles at Sony’s illogic. At a time when record sales are anemic and illegal downloading remains rampant, some genius considered it a wise move to reward millions of people who actually purchased CDs by making their computers crash. Abbott’s suit means the other shoe has officially dropped. Within the next few weeks, Sony execs may have Imelda Marcos’ old closet raining down on their heads.

Compiled by Gilbert Garcia


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