Archive for the tag "rip"
- RIP Michael, you made some great great music. #
- Michael Jackson DIED? Is that true??? OMG #
- @djearlybird: Whatchoo talkin’ bout, did you do one too? OH THAT. That’s nothin’!! Not even a blip on my annoyance radar. Not what I mean. #
- @djearlybird: p.s. I will only slander nameless faceless tech-information bloggers, not friends. Did you use a pie chart? I don’t think so. #
- Trying Amazon Subscribe & Save, a bulk grocery delivery thing. Box of Luna bars every 3 months for $12. http://amazon.com/subscribeandsave #
- R.I.P. Lydia Mendoza – Tejano pioneer
- Kindle Kozy
- Happy New Year y’all!! Turn on the TV, Ch 4 is filming New Years live at Teatro Zinzanni. Wil’s in the band. I’m TiVo’ing. #
Thomas, an old friend from high school, just sent word about Biscuit’s passing yesterday. There’s an article about it in the Statesman but it doesn’t give much info. (Use BugMeNot if you can’t get in to read that.) Biscuit was absolutely one of the key leaders of the music scene I first jumped into (as a fan) as soon as I was old enough to pass for drinking age (even if I wasn’t). In the early 80s I saw the Big Boys countless times at the Ritz, Club Foot, Liberty Lunch and God knows how many other joints in Austin. They were probably my favorite band to see live just because they were SO MUCH FUN, and that had everything to do with Biscuit’s infectious enthusiasm for the music, the kids, the whole scene. The motto went "Now go start your own band!" and I wouldn’t be surprised if that one phrase helped to spawn hundreds of other bands directly or indirectly. I remember thinking at the time that it sounded a little corny, but the phrase stuck in my head from then on. There was no denying he was right… you have to get out there and do it, there’s no other way in this world but to just do whatever it is that you love. Biscuit, wherever you are, god bless ya for giving us that kick in the ass! You were an inspiration to so many kids like me. I only wish I could’ve said all this just a few days earlier. :-(
The Dictionary.com Word of the Day is "ephemeral"….
Michael Dahlquist, the drummer for Silkworm (a band I played with on my very first out-of-town show) died yesterday in a car crash, along with a couple of other guys (also local musicians) who worked with him at Shure. They’re talking about it on the Electrical forums. I didn’t know him hardly at all but he was a dear friend of a dear friend, and I’m just really shocked that one of our own is suddenly gone, just like that. My deepest condolences to all the friends and loved ones of all three musicians. :-(
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on Monday…
Dan R. Toomey, who died Sunday in Austin at age 93, led a colorful life and leaves as his legacy a grove of pecan trees he helped plant off Barton Springs Road. A jack-of-all-trades, Dan was a machinist, truck driver, shrimp boat captain, dam builder, farmer and newspaper photographer. In World War II, he was a gunnery instructor in the Army Air Corps and recalled that his main task was training recruits to "shoot behind their planes and not in front of them."
My great-uncle Dan Toomey died this morning in Austin. I think he was 94 years old or thereabouts, and he was feeling real poorly the past few months so I guess it was time. I’m glad I got to see him when I went down there last month. He was a real character, we’ll all miss him.
I just found out that someone passed away, much too suddenly and too too young: Nick Kilroy, the owner of gabba / POD, one of the MP3-blogs that I’m subscribed to in Bloglines. An overdose. Shit. I never even said thanks for the music. I didn’t even know his name before today. :-(
There’s a tribute to him on Pitchfork…
And you can check out his really beautiful photography over at Zabriskie Point…
We lost the great Skeeter Davis yesterday. She influenced and inspired me more than any other country artist I can think of; I’m sure I have more of her albums than any other single artist. I loved her and looked up to her in so many ways I can’t even express it right now… suffice it to say I will deeply mourn her loss, just like all her other fans all over the world. Goodbye Skeeter, we’ll miss you…