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Omigawd…I actually have/had the flu 2013…Out of sheer feverish delirium I started cutting and pasting…

Posted by Cindy on 16th January 2013

Garage of Good

The Friendly Spot

“Drinking and Driving” – My kid rules!

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Justin Parr Exhibit

Posted by Cindy on 22nd April 2011

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2011 Texas VW Classic

Posted by Cindy on 16th April 2011

This was shot yesterday (Friday), which is/was load-in day. The big big big thang goes down today. You outta go take a lookie-lu. Lady Bird Johnson Golf Park is heaven, the folks with the Vee-Bug craze are good’un’s, and it’s a perfectly divine day.

I woulda stayed longer, but there were too damn many bugs. Huh? HUH? Too many “bugs!” Get it?!? Man, I crack me up…

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Camille Goes to Nashville

Posted by Cindy on 30th March 2011

Sweet, and ultra-talented Camille Cortinas-Neal gets her waaaaay overdue…congrats my darling darling friend…read on!

Nashville, TEXAS – March 28, 2011 – Camille Cortinas will be featured as an emerging artist during the April 20, 2011 episode of Music City Roots.

“Camille was discovered after being the voice behind the popular Texas Lottery «Lucky Day» campaign,” said Music City Roots, Executive Producer, Todd Mayo. “Her voice connected with the radio listeners of Texas and we are excited to bring her music to a worldwide audience on Music City Roots.”

“Roots is the perfect outlet for my music,” said Camille Cortinas. “Sharing the stage with Jim Lauderdale and knowing that legends like the Doobie Brothers, Ricky Scaggs, Brandy Carlisle have all appeared on this stage, makes this a dream come true.”

Show Details:
Date: April 20, 2011
Venue: Loveless Café Barn
Address: 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221
Performance time: 7:00 pm

About Camille Cortinas debut solo album «Taken Apart»
Produced By: Eric Neal
Recorded at Sunquist Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Mark Hallman at The Congress House Studio

Camille’s musical style uses storytelling and personal experiences to create a human connection that appeals to audiences of young and old, and her captivating voice smiles through the speakers. While her music remains upbeat, her songwriting finds its way through melancholy and melds into a hopeful and optimistic future. It’s learning to let go of the heartbreaks and find the happiness that life can bring.

For the most update tour/press information please go to www.camillecortinas.com and look for her first solo album on cdbaby and itunes.

About Music City Roots
Music City Roots has been hailed as “truly extraordinary” and “the greatest live radio in America” by journalists who have visited and artists who’ve played the Roots stage. The Nashville Scene recently named the Loveless Barn and the show as Nashville’s Best New Roots Music Venue, “akin to what the Opry must have been like 60 years ago.” The program has also established itself as a trusted curator for excellence in Americana music, with appearances by Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Mike Farris, Ricky Skaggs, Mountain Heart, Cherryholmes, Dex Romweber, Roger McGuinn and many more. Roots has become a trusted brand partner that has done everything in its power to extol its valued sponsors, including Nissan, Whole Foods Markets, Vietti Chili, Ascend Federal Credit Union and The Nature Conservancy.

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SXSW of Years Past – Added Bonus, the Adventures of Flat-Cindy

Posted by Cindy on 16th March 2011

Friday marks my 6th year at SXSW. The first few years, I’d shell out the dough for a badge, then I began to realize that I rarely attended official shows, and found myself mostly at day shows with rosters chock full of DdFW/Texas-based bands….many of whom are my friends.

I covered SXSW with my original blog, TexasGigs.com, with live audio streaming at various shows. Then I moved to live video streaming, which is what I was doing below back in 2008. Not a lot of fancy camera work, but the live streaming was a hit for those who couldn’t make it, and lots who were not even in the state.

Just ‘memberin’ back…I’m pretty much a fixture at the Twangfest and Sin City shows every year that I’ve gone to SXSW, along with the Summer Break Records parties and my beloved Fat Caddy Records shindigs.

I think my favorite year was when I let my alter-ego, Flat-Cindy take charge. She was kissed by Rhett Miller, hung with Collin Herring, Macon Greyson and the Thrift Store Cowboys, made out with Robert Anderson (Deathray Davies), check out the photos.

I’ll have SXSW 2011 goodies for ya this coming weekend.

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Jason Janik, a rockstar…invites me (well, invited me like 2-years ago) to spend time with his rockstars…

Posted by Cindy on 11th November 2010

One of the best times of my life, start to finish. I shot. He talked. “We” (meaning mostly he) edited. Janik=Genius on so many levels.

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It’s kiss a puppet day…go on now, don’t just sit there…

Posted by Cindy on 10th September 2010


I had the fantabulous opportunity to be a part of these videos (either via puppeteerin’ or just looky-looin’…have a great weekend.

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Folk’n'A – Where art thou now? We luvs you much!

Posted by Cindy on 22nd May 2010

Call me?

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Art&Seek&Fabby&Birthday

Posted by Cindy on 21st May 2010

Art&Seek, my favorite place to be…just launched an absolutely fabulous new site just in time for their 2-year anniversary. Alan Melson deserves the medal of A&S….Check it out every single day.

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Dave Little and Camille Cortinas: “Dinner Party”

Posted by Cindy on 21st May 2010

Dinner Party

Two of my favorite humans doing what they do bestest…

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KXT 91.7 Kicks off “Barefoot at the Belmont”

Posted by Cindy on 7th May 2010

The fabulous Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff is host to the equally fabby KXT 91.7, “Barefoot at the Belmont” concert series. The Belmont continues its traditional poolside concert series featuring some of the best bands and musicians from North Texas, along with a breathtaking back-drop of the downtown Dallas skyline…reserve a room, wine, dine and take a dip in the Belmont pool…all the while experiencing the whole BFatB/KXT magnificence…you’ll thank me in the morning….prolly twice….

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Record Store Day is (almost) Upon Us

Posted by Cindy on 14th April 2010

Bill’s birthday bash and Record Store Day are one with the universe. Go on over to Bill’s Records on Saturday for one hella paaartaaay.

Performing:
11:30-12 noon: Molarkey (Inside)
12-12:40 – Richmond Punch (Outside)
12:05-12:30 – Mr. Troll (Inside)
1-1:30 – Jason Castro (Outside)
1:45-2:30 – Meet & Greet with Jason Castro
1:20-2 – Iris Leu (Inside)
2-2:45 – HaHa Tonka (Outside)
2:20-2:50 – Grant
3-3:45 – Kevin Welch (Inside)
3:10-4 – The Marfalites
4-4:20 – Mike Guinn (Inside)
4:40-5:10 – Annie Benjamin (Inside)
5-5:45 – Dem Southernfolkz (Outside)
5:30-6 – Christian Ross (Inside)
6-7 – The Frontier Brothers (Outside)
6:10-6:30 – King G.I. (Inside)
6:45-7:15 – Wailbone (Inside)

This little shindig has something for everyone and it won’t cost you nuthin’.

If Lower Greenville is yo’ thang, then Good Records is da place to be seen:

Performing:
11:00 am – Adrianna Oswell
11:30 am – Little Birds
12:00 pm – Baruch The Scribe
12:30 pm – Cartographers
1:00 pm – Hello Lover
1:30 pm – Hormones
2:00 pm – Doug Burr
2:30 pm – Seryn
3:00 pm – RTB2
3:30 pm – The Angelus
4:00 pm – Murder By Death
4:30 pm – Ha Ha Tonka
5:00 pm – Backsliders
5:30 pm – The Black Dotz
6:00 pm – Rainbows Are Free
7:00 pm – Telegraph Canyon
8:00 pm – PVC Street Gang
9:00 pm – Binary Sunrise
10:00 pm – Maleveller
11:00 pm – New Fumes
12:00 am – DSFZ (dem southernfolkz)
1:00 am – This Will Destroy

Doors open at 8 a.m., so getcher breakfast taco and get on down there early for the best spot. This, too, is a freebie.

The Pull Tabs (Mike Daniel, Eric Grubbs and Kyle Harris) are playin’ at CD Source, but I dunno anything other than that…but then again, ain’t that enough? Oh, and it’s free.

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My Kid and a Few of Her Favorite Animals…

Posted by Cindy on 13th April 2010

I love this photograph…

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Lucky Rabbit, Indeed

Posted by Cindy on 5th April 2010

I gushed awhile back about the greatness that is Ryan Scheer and Lucky Rabbit Films. I fell in love with the whole bunch after watching (and watching and watching over and over again) their brilliant short film on Deadman.

I just found another great video (above) that Ryan and crew have done…a PSA..for the Austin-based SIMS Foundation

The SIMS Foundation’s Mission is to provide access to and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin-area musicians and their families. SIMS was founded in 1995 by the friends and family of Sims Ellison, a talented young Austin musician, after his battle with depression ended in suicide.

Austin is hailed as “The Live Music Capitol of the World” for good reason. With over 200 live music venues and internationally recognized music festivals such as SXSW and ACL, thousands of musicians make this city their home. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of living and increasing competition for jobs in the music business, many musicians find themselves struggling financially and emotionally.

Irregular hours, travel schedules, financial insecurity and proximity to alcohol and drugs can take their toll on musicians and their families, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and alcohol and drug abuse. Professional musicians are often uninsured or underinsured and cannot always pay out of pocket for expensive counseling and addiction treatment. That’s why SIMS is here to help. SIMS serves more than 600 clients annually and provides over 5,000 units of service (defined as one counseling session or one day in recovery).

Leave it to Austin to provide such a wonderful organization directed towards musicians in need with little or no insurance.

Keep an eye on Lucky Rabbit Films. Every dang thing outta there is fabby, quite fabby.

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Couple’o'Cool Haps…

Posted by Cindy on 1st April 2010

Saturday, April 3
1919 Hemphill in Fort Worth
DFW Punk – a documentary about Dallas punk and new wave in the 80′s and 90′s by Laura Tabor-Huerta
Doors at 7 – Show at 8 p.m.
Read my Q&A with Laura on Art&Seek

Thursday, April 15
Magnolia Gallery in Dallas
The End of the Beginning – An Exhibit by Photographer Dylan Hollingsworth

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More Anna Thomas Luvin’

Posted by Cindy on 31st March 2010

Anna Thomas, Anna Thomas, Anna Thomas….that’s the name you need to know. She just turned 14, but possesses and old soul and an uncanny ability to write and perfom her music flawlessly.

Here are a couple of videos she’s put together. Check out my studio tour with Anna and her bandmate, Matt Gaskins over at Art&Seek.

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Video Proof That I Really Do Know Rockstars

Posted by Cindy on 27th March 2010

Just another reason I freakin’ love my job…I get to hang wit’ people like Allan Hayslip. This dude is the real deal…I love him. He shall be mine….

Catch Allan and his rockin’ band, Bonedome at the Kessler Theater on April 8.

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I want go there…

Posted by Cindy on 26th March 2010

Celebrate the moments of your life with a hot cup of International Brand Coffee? Fergetabout it. Do the international thang live and in person with some of the bestest bands coming out of China and good ol’ Poland. My pal, Dave Dart, founder of Dart International, hipped me to some wicked awesome shows a’comin’ our way…

L.Stadt – “Great pop songs. Hang on a second! – Is this actually Pop? But what is the definition of Pop? If it’s melodic music which is easy on the ear, presented in an accessible, short format – then it can be described as Pop… Intentionally rough around the edges, reminiscent of a demo CD sound. Hats off to the band for this decision. On the L.Stadt album every song sounds different.”
- Debut album review, Don’t Panic We Are From Poland

Tonight, March 26
Fred’s Cafe in Fort Worth
Early show and Special Acoustic Set – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 27
The Moon Bar in Fort Worth
9 p.m.

The Chinese Invasion Tour is gonna be off-da-hookity!

Sunday, March 28
The Double Wide
The line-up is below, just add in a little DJ Woodtronic and Wanz Dover to round out the evening’s festivities. Click here for more details, including how to score free tickets.

Wednesday, March 31
Hailey’s in Denton

Carsick Cars
“Sonic Youth and the Clean both released worthy albums this year, but these three Beijing kids in their early 20s took those bands’ classic guitar-drone sounds and made it pulse with the excitement of discovery.”
- David Malitz, “Lists: David Malitz’s top ten albums of 2009″, The Washington Post
From: Beijing, China
Genre: No Wave, Indie Rock
Touchstones: Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, Suicide, Velvet Underground

P.K.14
“P.K. 14′s thrashing chords, dark bass lines and frenetic beats resonate with echoes of Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Fugazi and the New York Dolls. But the Beijing band’s charismatic vocalist, Yang Haisong, 34, says he takes his lead from songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and a whole generation of protest musicians. Think of P.K. 14, in other words, as neither punk nor postpunk but postfolk.”
- Lara Day, “Asia’s Best Bands”, Time Magazine
From: Beijing, China
Genre: Chinese Rock, Post-Punk
Touchstones: Talking Heads, Television, Woodie Guthrie

AV Okubo
“Hong Kong experimental cinema, 80′s Kungfu movies, triad gangsters, Chinese and Japanese cartoons, Qian Xuesen and China’s early space program all collide together in AV Okubo’s sound to create a weird kaleidoscope of modern Chinese sensibilities.” AV Okubo’s debut album is produced by Martin Atkins.
- Maybe Mars
From: Beijing, China
Genre: New wave, experimental noise, disco punk
Touchstones: Ratatat, Battles, These Are Powers, Orange
Home page: http://maybemars.org/index.php/artists/av-okubo/

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Josh Alan Friedman: Kessler Theater Opening Night

Posted by Cindy on 22nd March 2010

This was my b-roll camera…didn’t mess with focus, just wanted extra sound. In fact, I just sat the camera down on the table and let it roll…just goes to show ya that even sitting on a table is a good seat at the the Kessler Theater!

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Rawlins’ Swan

Posted by Cindy on 22nd March 2010

Hands-down, Rawlins Gilliland is among my top favorite writers and commentators. I fell in love with him during KERA pledge drives, his voice and sense of humor made me want to pledge my first born. Please take a moment out of your busy day to listen to his latest contribution to KERA…you’ll thank me in the morning.

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