Thursday, February 18, 2010

Texas Monthly: Three Chords and a Station Wagon

collage by Andi Beierman

Texas Monthly, by far the best regional publication of its kind, has a great feature by Michael Hall in its upcoming issue entitled "Three Chords and a Station Wagon," detailing the ups and downs of local 60s bands, including the Novas (Dallas), The Livin’ End (Abilene), Christopher & the Souls (McAllen), and the legendary Zakary Thaks (Corpus Christi).

You have to be a subscriber to read the story online, but it will be on the newsstands next week.


The Texas Monthly site also has a mini-documentary, "Texas Nuggets: The Secret History of Garage Rock in the Lone Star State."

For some appropriate musical accompaniment, tune in The Mal Thursday Show #23: Texas Tyme Machine, which features such blazin' Texan combos as the Wig (Austin), the 12 A.M. (San Antonio), the Reddlemen (Angleton), Mouse & the Traps (Tyler), as well as the aforementioned Zakary Thaks.

Monday, February 15, 2010

RIP Dale Hawkins, Doug Fieger

Dale Hawkins, best known for his 1957 hit "Suzie Q" (also known as "Suzy-Q"), has died in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 73, of complications from colon cancer.

He had been undergoing treatment at the Arkansas Hospice Center at St. Vincent's Doctors Hospital in Little Rock.


Doug Fieger, lead singer, guitarist, and prime mover behind '80s hitmakers the Knack ("My Sharona," "Good Girls Don't") has died at the age of 57, following a lengthy battle with cancer.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kim Fowley to Guest on The Mal Thursday Show

Legendary rock 'n roll animal man Kim Fowley is among the extra special guests slated to appear on upcoming episodes of the award-winning GaragePunk podcast The Mal Thursday Show.

The iconoclastic and fantastic recording artist, producer, and scenemaker will be the subject of an hour-long ineterview on the program, accompanied by selections from various stages of his storied career, including cuts from Norton Records' boss Fowley collections One Man’s Garbage and Another Man’s Gold!, to coincide with his appearance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin this March.

Also in the works are guest DJ segments from the Higher State and the Ugly Beats.

The latest episode, "Texas Tyme Machine," is available for download on iTunes and at the GaragePunk Hideout. Other episodes of the series that are scheduled for the first half of the year include "Requiem for Big Ray," "Texas Tyme Machine, Volume 2," "Songs the Lyres Taught Us, Volume 4" and "Songs I Taught the Malarians."