Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Travels with frenchie

Part XII: Ice-cream men

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-08-26 Welcome to the next installment of Travels with Frenchie, the monthly food series in which a trio of culturally mismatched San Antonians explore our city’s culinary nooks and crannies. As always, our team consisted of Frenchie (aka Fabien Jacob, sommelier at Le Rêve), Carlos the Bike Mechanic...

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Mysterious Mess

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Mysterious Mess Composer: I Ching Gatos Conductor: I Ching Gatos Label: Self released Release Date: 2009-08-26 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Armed with the Nuggets collection and an off-color, multilingual pun that would make James Joyce jealous, I Ching Gatos have genuinely crafted a Mysterious Mess. First track “Sing the Mama”...

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Hospice

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Hospice Composer: The Antlers Conductor: The Antlers Label: French Kiss Records Release Date: 2009-08-26 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Hospice is the best record this year that I have absolutely no desire to revisit anytime soon. Brooklyn’s Antlers have crafted an impressively assured album with beauty oozing from every moody...

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Watch Me Fall

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Watch Me Fall Conductor: Jay Reatard Label: Matador Release Date: 2009-08-26 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Jay Reatard has been making a garage-inspired racket for almost a dozen years in a variety of guises — the last four as a solo artist. His musicianship has sharpened, and his second solo album...

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Hot Mess

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Hot Mess Composer: Cobra Starship Conductor: Cobra Starship Label: Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen Release Date: 2009-08-26 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording When they formed back in 2006 as a one-off group to record a song for the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack, Cobra Starship’s aspirations were slight: Former Midtown singer Gabe Saporta...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-08-19 Be honest: You haven’t heard a Bone album since 1997’s Art of War. That’s what the Billboard numbers kind of suggest anyway, despite a loyal following that’s ensured all of the five albums released since have charted their first week. Their iconic style — liquid...

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Baroque Italian on the banks

Zocca takes rustic and contemporary over the top

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-08-19 From the street, the Westin Riverwalk impresses only by its size. The entrance is cramped and inelegant. The lobby does offer lovely river views, but the designers somehow felt that it was more important to emphasize the ascent to the ballrooms above than the route down...

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Stations of the 'cue: I & II

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-08-19 A review copy of Texas BBQ: Photographs by Wyatt McSpadden (University of Texas Press) recently arrived on an already cluttered desk, and it might have languished there longer but for the evocative cover photo of a pitmaster inspecting his clods and links. Like most of the photos...

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The Scientists

(doctors of drinking)

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-08-19 I didn’t see any shady ladies at the Shady Lady Saloon. Believe me, I checked. Sure, there were plenty of women in the bar mixing it up with the bikers, ’kickers, and good-timers that make up Lady’s clientele, but none of them seemed all that shady. (I...

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The AIDS Quilt

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-08-19 Until September 20, the Institute of Texan Cultures will display 12 “blocks” of the AIDS Quilt, the traveling , commemorative, ongoing phenomenon that began in 1987 and now includes 47,000 individual panels. It’s not been a wholly uncontroversial public/folk/activism art project (cultural critic Daniel Harris...

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