Archive for November, 2009

Saturday Dec.5th Lost In Space Fest 09

Lost In Space is a special and unique festival in Houston Texas that showcases local and regional musicians. All of the bands have been hand picked for the event and revolve around the psychedelic/experimental areas of sound. This festival is long overdue in the Space City.

Lost In Space will be held on the roof of Khon’s Bar overlooking the downtown skyline, with two rotating stages along with live projections illuminating the performance area. Ray’s restaurant will be serving their signature horror hot dogs while Khon’s provides choice beverages.

LOST IN SPACE 09

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When: December 5th, 2009

Where: Khon’s Bar, 2808 Milam (in Midtown)

Start Time: 6:00 P.M.

Admission Price: $10

Schedule

6:00-6:30 Wall With One Side
6:30-7:00 Chairs
7:00-7.30 Limb
8:00-8:30 Forests
8:30-9:00 Defending the Kingdom
9:00-9:30 Weird Weeds
9:30-10:00 My Education
10:00-10:30 Ghost Mountain
10:30-11:00 Golden Cities
11:00-11:30 Solanae
11:30-12:00 Slow Motion Rider
12:00-12:30 Ghost Town Electric
12:30-1:00 Motion Turns it on
1:00-1:30 B L A C K I E

 

Chase Hamblin w/ Ragged Hearts @ Continental Club

Chase Hamblin and band play the Continental Club Saturday November 28th with Ragged Hearts! 9PM, $8 Cover, 18+

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Chase Hamblin – We’re Gonna Make It 1.mp3 (3 MB)

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Dec. 11th 2009 Wild Moccasins Party at Walters on Washington plus new videos!

The Wild Moccasins have a big show lined up for Houston on December 11, 2009 – So big that many believe it can even top their infamous CD Release back in July. The lineup is looking really sweet with Houston’s Buxton and Giant Princess opening up. Free hotdogs catered by Rays Franks and free movie giveaways donated by movies!thestore also await attendants. As for the graffiti, we will have to see for ourselves what they have planned for the all the white t-shirts. The show is doubling as a van fundraiser to get the Wild Moccasins on the road again for a massive US Tour! Don’t let them down Houston- Repost this everywhere and make sure to bring everyone you know  DECEMBER 11TH!

4215 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-2513

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Wild Moccasins – Fruit Tea from If You Make It on Vimeo.

 

Catastrophic Theatre presents a play about Daniel Johnston -Coming this December 2009

Upcoming Shows

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR LIFE IS HAPPY AND SAD

lifeishappyThe long awaited follow up to Daniel Johnston’s Speeding Motorcycle chronicles the artist’s early years in Austin

In 2006 Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler created Speeding Motorcycle, a hit musical drawing from cult phenomenon Daniel Johnston’s words and music, which received praise from The New York Times, American Theatre and No Depression magazine. It premiered at Infernal Bridegroom Productions in Houston and received a second production at Austin’s Zachary Scott Theatre Center.

“One play wasn’t enough,” according to Nodler. “Daniel is so prolific and his body of work is so remarkable I feel like I could make ten of these things.”

Daniel’s early years in Austin are the stuff of legend. He arrived knowing no one in town and set about making music in a practice room at The University of Texas, where the play is set.

Where Speeding Motorcycle focused largely on unrequited love, Life is Happy and Sad concerns itself with the creative impulse and the importance of friendship.

Matt Brownlie, well known to local music enthusiasts as the frontman for bands Bring Back the Guns and Groceries, plays young Daniel. A live rock band doubles in the other roles.

daniel johnsonNodler created the new play during a residency at New Hampshire’s prestigious MacDowell Colony, made possible by a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts. He is working closely with Daniel’s best friend David Thornberry (also a character in the play) to create what he refers to as a “docu-dream play.”

“Think Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape but with Daniel Johnston songs,” Nodler says.

Johnston has received a lot of attention in recent years. He was the focus of an award-winning documentary in 2006 (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) and a featured artist in that year’s Whitney Biennial. He is the subject of an upcoming motion picture based on his life and his work is featured in a new iPhone video game. On October 6, he will release his first solo album in seven years.

Johnston famously suffers from an extreme case of manic depression.

“When most people think of Daniel Johnston, the first thing they focus on is his mental health condition,” according to Nodler. “I am focused on how his sensitivity makes him similar to the rest of us, not different. His highs and lows are recognizable to us all and his willingness to share this sort of nakedly honest work, in the face of the difficulties he’s endured, is an inspiration. This play concerns itself with the deep sadness born of loneliness and isolation and the encouragement he derives from his special friendship with David.”

daniel johnsonThe form could not be more different from Speeding Motorcycle, but the result is the same. “Audiences will laugh, they will be moved and they will leave with Daniel’s songs and, more importantly, his inspirational story, stuck in their heads for many months to come,” says Nodler.

Speeding Motorcycle sold out two runs in Houston and dozens of people were turned away at the door. Get your tickets now for Life is Happy and Sad by calling the Catastrophic offices at 713-522-2723.

LIFE IS HAPPY AND SAD previews Wednesday, December 2 and plays December 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 at DiverseWorks ArtSpace, 1117 East Freeway. All performances begin at 8pm. Click for more information on DiverseWorks.

$50 preview admission includes refreshments and a private party with the cast and crew. All other performances are Pay-What-You-Can.

 

Block Party Day 1&2 -An insiders perspective from the Indiehouston Westheimer Block Party Stage

This year we were asked to help man a stage at the Westheimer Block Party and we were thrilled. The festival gives rise to Houston’s artists every year without discrimination against musical genre or experience. A fresh new band that makes an effort to gets there start has the opportunity afforded to them to show new fans whose boss, regardless of schedule or conflict.

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Nosaprise played early, but he didn’t act like it. Most people would have asked if they could play a little later until more people come. When Nosaprise went to the stage he rapped his heart through our QSC Monster speakers – and then the people came to crowd his stage.

299Newcomer David Lascoe admits his third performance only in Houston, but with Bluesy acoustic sounds and melody, Saturday was looking Beautiful.

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Alas some things must go wrong.  A hero emerges – A white knight with a dream jumps on stage and convinces our sound guy that he can do a quick set between bands. And with one chance, and one opportunity, free-styling began. Unfortunately the CD skips … and the popping sounds …  must of made him forget his lyrics … regret sinks in.

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Diego Esparza, our sound guy, attempts to make it sound better, but fails.

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Puppet Theater at Super Happy Fun Land stage proves to be the hangout spot for the homeless, who thought they there watching TV while begging for small change only in between commercials.

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Mermaids of Judaism starts 10 minutes late but we’re not complaining – there car got towed with most of there instruments in the backseat. After playing they rushed off to back Hollywood Floss on the Numbers Stage still enthused to be playing the festival.

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Ghormeh Sabzi kills it with familiar faces.

351The best part about Block Party is everyone gets a chance.

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Even Omar Afrah of Free Press Houston , playing with Little Joe Washington.

385 Austin, TX band, Literature bails on the show after car trouble in Katy and so another improvised set begins on our stage – this time fortunately with seasoned musical act –  Cockerspaniels. Sean from the Cockerspaniels gives us a lesson about his hair and even sings a whole song  acapella with the entire crowding clapping to his beat. He pulls it off seamlessly even with us not being able to get his ipod rolling. After playing he mentioned that he would be off to make 3 more shows his own at the festival.

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Pictured Richard Ramirez - Indiehouston's Photographer and Media Arts Director

Richard poses for the only picture of him taken before heading off to take more pictures of the Westheimer Block Party – Thank you so much!

426The night felt like ours, and judging from stories from our friends -similar experiences were happening at every stage. For once, Houston caries on the tradition of coming out to shows that are getting bigger and better every year. It seems like the perfect time to be a musician, or  artists, or even a spectator of these grand events taking place before our city.

438Paris Fall played in front of over 400 people and  the crowd was going crazy. Our lights against those powerful  Orange amps -Was it loud? Hell yeah – It was Fucking Rock N Roll. At one point during a breakdown singer Ray Brown screams if a box of CD’s was of any interest to them? –the crowd jumped all over each other to get a copy. Surprise guest were everywhere – especially our stage as Paris Falls took their headlining position to another level by introducing an encore set with Airon Paul Dugas.

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Giant Princess improvised there own Guerrilla Set behind La Strada using a generator, and PA followed by similar sets from BLACKIE and Listen, Listen. Hmm… wait that wasn’t on the Block Party list or schedule? – The Lesson Learned: No cop will give you shit in Texas so long as your wearing a cut off Blue Jean Vest.

584Sings Plays an intimate set inside upstairs Helios.

638Free Hugs were given out  unbiasedly, especially for girls in cut off shorts!

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Around 7pm – We had to sneak over to the main stage to see Houston’s favorite The Wild Moccasins. We became nervous leaving our stage for 30 minutes, but we left a trustworthy person in charge. Wild Moccasins, Zahira Gutierrez wore lights powered by questionable sources and beach ball mania courtesy of Rice University… Later we find out that during this 30 minute peek at the other side,  Police were turning down our stage.

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Ghost Mountain shows the IH stage why there one of Houston's most hyped about bands right now.

Ghost Mountain - Young, Fresh, and loaded with free racks that are reaching national stereos and VCRs.

AH Yes! Now its Tuesday and the  block party is over and people who went will  now share there favorite memories and adventures. If your wondering why we are barely posting anything- sorry we couldn’t get a jump on covering the festival without taking a breather  from loading and unloading stage equipment/pirate ships amongst thousands of people. 1 day has past,  yet the ringing in the ears still continues. Indiehouston would like to thank all the bands, supporters, and friends who played this years Fall Westheimer Block Party 2009. I know we can’t wait to do this all over again – Despite all the hassle with the cops and chronic complainers, no one is going to stop what we’ve started.  Good music is giving breed to new festivals, guerrilla sets, and ambitious artists .- If there is one thing we can taste from this festival, its that we know that Houston is definitely now listening!

 

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