By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
By Jeff Balke
Crashing the Sidecar
Pub for the pub: Music editor John Lomax's recent coverage of Sidecar Pub's "Houston Press Don't Just Live With It" show clearly indicates that the goals of the show were valid [Racket, January 9]. Having set up the show, I can clearly say that we were not out to slam him or the Houston Press but to try to open the Press's eyes to many of the bands and clubs it isn't aware of.
We clearly asked for bands to submit letters that had constructive ideas and not "hate mail" as John presented. In addition, several of the bands have Web sites and are quite easy to find.
What I find most amusing is that Lomax would have to wear a shirt identifying himself because people don't know who he is. John should also clarify that he has visited my club only twice, and these visits were all in the past several months. All this just confirms the point we were trying to make, which is that there are many venues and bands that are unknown to and uncovered by the Houston Press music editor.
Kudos for the confrontation: That was a fucking great article. We get the same kind of shit all the time for doing our jobs and doing a good job of it.
Kudos to you for calling those guys on their shit and doing it in the classiest, most up-front way possible. Folks get too comfortable out there when they're anonymously passive-aggressive. They need to be called out more often -- and squarely.
No Soul: Your column was quite accurate about the show at the Sidecar Pub. However, the band Soul Harbor that you referred to is actually my band called savingyour[own]. So yes, you in fact did see us play. Despite the fact you said we sounded like the 1,000 other "emocore" bands out there, I'm glad you didn't say that we sucked. Instead you stated our musical talent and continued to bash the other bands (which mostly did suck).
I apologize for the bad publicity; I was just being naive and "jumping on the bandwagon." We didn't do the show because we hate the Houston Press, we did it for publicity purposes and to get a few more names added to our mailing list. I don't think I quite understand why Einkauf would say that you guys don't cover the scene well enough. I think it is quite well done. So I hope there are no hard feelings.
And for the record, only five of the people there came to see us; the rest were just there. That includes that "group of teenage girls" and "parents." Shit, I would have assumed the same if I were where you were.
Thanks again for your time and not bashing our heads in about our uninformed comments. I will at least clear up your name on our site and post on boards that slam you guys and ask them where they got their info.
Coming and going: It was a great show indeed. Having Cronus play was definitely the highlight of my night. Dereistic was very good, too, and brought a nice crowd -- it's just too bad that crowd came and left with the band.
Later on, the club started filling up again, so we knew something was about to happen. Strait Jacket came in and kicked some major ass to close the show out. The boys in Hollister Fracus came by after practice and threw down the party gauntlet, so that was another highlight.
Now, Mr. Lomax -- apparently he actually showed up early on and was wearing a T-shirt that said "Sidecar Pub" on the front (misspelled), and on the back it said, "Just live with me -- I'm John Lomax."
What an arrogant bastard he is!
It was a great show for a great cause, but apparently we have a ways to go before the Press will take the Outer Loop seriously.
Spinning the Web: FYI: I'm using your stuff on www.TexasGigs.com. What a friggin' kick. I laughed my ass off!
Live fire: I had to sympathize with the grumblings about the difficulty getting print in the Houston Press. For the last five months at the Rhythm Room, we've been broadcasting monthly live music shows on Saturday afternoons on KPFT. We have presented some of the best in talent from Houston and Austin.
Not only has the talent been some of the best, but we pair up bands for the broadcasts so the audience gets to see two great acts for a measly $5 cover charge, or can simply tune in to Joe's Roadhouse from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on FM 90.1 to hear these artists playing live on the air. We've been trying for months to get some mention of these shows to the readership of the Press.
Last month we sent a press release about the show featuring Grady Gaines and his Texas Upsetters and Calvin Owens and His Blues Orchestra. No mention of these two world-class acts appeared, but this month there is a review of their CDs touting them as reigning horn kings [Rotation, by John Nova Lomax, January 9]. It sure would have been nice to let people know about these kings, so a larger audience could have been exposed to these musical giants. Maybe it's just me, but I would think a regular live music radio series like this would be worth mentioning. The fact is we have a great music scene in Houston; it just doesn't get covered very well.