I Need That Record!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2011

Last night I watched I Need That Record, a documentary about “the death or possible survival of the independent record store.” The film talks to independent record store owners and listeners. It talks about the independent record store being the only place where you can find a particular band’s music, and mentions that art has nothing to do with mass culture. In the cases of closing stores, people interviewed were sad to be losing their community hangout. I thought about Cactus Music the entire time. I’ve been in Houston for almost five years, and the only person I knew when I moved here was my sister. When I think of my time here, the majority of my friendships have stemmed from music and the places I go where it’s available- live music venues and record stores. I’ve made friends at Cactus. If Cactus disappeared, it would be terrible. This film is about a community’s responsibility for defining it’s own culture. How do we accept that responsibility? How do we become more active in our community? What can we do? These are questions that need to be asked regularly, and answered with action. I have friends who talk about community all the time, and some of them do a lot for the community, but this film really hit me, it makes sense to me. It focuses on the major foundation for my community friendships, and it made me think about how different I would be if that foundation was damaged, and it made me wonder how I could improve the community so that other people have places where they can go and be inspired and cultivate friendships. There is something bigger than you and me, and it can’t survive without...

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2010: My year in music

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010

I think 2010 will go down as one of the most satisfying music years in my life. It went something like this: The year started with another solid Runaway Sun show at the Continental Club with Ben Mallott from Austin, TX as the opener. I loved this show. It was a nice release from several long months of work. In January I was still working two jobs, one as a research assistant at UT Med School, the other as a waiter at Block 7 Wine Company, in order to fund the production of Film Noir, my debut solo album, and I was really stressed out. I had been working those two jobs since August, and at this time I had been waking up extra early to fire out booking requests to NYC venues. Tired, stressed, and motivated, waiting for the time to come when I would have enough money to finish the album so I could get out of the med school cubicle. That day finally came in February. Three years in a cubicle with no windows were over. I went to Beaver’s with Chris Longwood to celebrate. Lots of friends came. It was the best feeling. It still feels good.  We were also asked to headline Houston Press Artopia.  Too much fun in January. Another gift came in the form of a phone call from Jason Price at Warehouse Live. “Would Runaway Sun be available to open for Heartless Bastards Feb 26th?” I freaked out. I called the band mates, and everybody could do it except Brian (it was his wife’s 30th birthday). BUT WAIT! She let him off the hook, and we were on the bill. Brian bolted after our set. He did catch the Heartless sound check though. So did Clory Martin, and I could tell she was in awe. Clory ended up getting invited onstage to sing Be So Happy with Erica Wennerstrom at the Texas Crawfish Festival in April, but that’s a whole other story. You’ll have to ask her about that one. In March, I was featured in Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, and Runaway Sun was invited to play in Austin for Houston@SXSW, and we had landed three bookings in NYC: Live at Best Buy in Union Square ARLENE’S GROCERY Legion Bar Daniel, Marshall, and Brian flew to NYC while Monica Danna and I drove her mom’s gas guzzling Armada with all the...

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