Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Joe Buck Interview


"There is no country music, so how could there be outlaw country?"
- Joe Buck


I've got a couple beers down and a half pack of Pall Malls. The club already has a hazy atmosphere of cigarette smoke, I notice, walking towards the merch boothes. With beer arrogance I walk up to Joe Buck Yourself's counter and ask the woman behind it if I could interview Joe Buck. She said, "Totally..." or "Yeah..." or something the band, the Good Ole Country Boys or GCB for short, was playing loud as fuck. They're a country band whose bassist wears a Pantera shirt and a drummer whose too old to be coked up so he just plays that way. Its awesome. The woman behind the Joe Buck's booth ended up being his wife. She beckoned me over to where Joe Buck, almost in disguise, is watching the band and smiling like a child. Say anything you want about Joe Buck, the man loves Country music, and God bless him. After they finish we depart the club into the 30 degree chill that has past over North Texas. I'm in Fort Worth in the parking lot of the Railhead on February 13th 2011 climbing into Joe Buck's new ride. He's since upgraded from that mythic old Winnebago.
"It gets eighteen miles per gallon" slapping the hood as we pass by. Part pride, part parody.
We settle in and I speak with him for a few hours about Country music, Fear (the band), global warming, and spirituality. Joe Buck has a way of speaking that's faster than any southerner ought to allow, but the man never wastes a word either. Joe Buck is more than a musician, he's a philosopher with a message. Joe Buck is trying to stop the Apocalypse.
We need Joe Buck.




Theres a knock at the trailer door and Joe Buck's wife asks if he got her text message and Joe Buck says "No". Apparently the last band had finished a little while ago. Whoops, its midnight. There are rushed good byes and thank yous. Back in the club Joe Buck is ready to play in a quite literal flash. Immediately he dives into a half improvised set with a big chunk carved out in the middle that was all awesome covers. I've seen Joe Buck three times and he always manages to top himself, but this show was truly exceptional. He is an expert at working a crowd, a skill I imagine he picked up as a street performer in Nashville. Tonight I feel is a little bit more selfish, all the covers where of Texas Country artists like David Allen Coe and Waylon Jennings. His music is a labor of pure love and you can see it when he plays.
Buy his records, watch him play.
Joe Buck is coming to YOUR town.


Feb 25 Twain Harte, CA @ Lupita Eproson House
Feb 26 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Mar 2 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
Mar 3 Chico, CA @ Lost on Main
Mar 4 Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp
Mar 5 Reno, NV @ The Alley
Mar 6 Salt Lake City, Utah @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
Mar 10 Gunnison, CO @ Gunnison Brewery
Mar 12 Kearney, NE @ The Garage
May 18 Lexington, KN @ Buster's Billiards and Backroom
May 19 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone Cafe
May 20 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
May 21 Austin, TX @ Red Seven
May 22 Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
May 25 Denver, CO @ Thee Kings
May 26 Kansas City, Missouri @ Davey's Uptown
May 27 Chicago, IL @ Brauer House
May 28 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Telescopes 'Taste'


Generally written off as a Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3 rip The Telescopes earlier records are a lot more diverse than tag lines may describe. The Telescopes are to shoegaze what The Cro-Mags are to Hardcore. The Cro-Mags started late and therefore benefited from the influence of every major and influential hardcore punk bands of that era. They fused everything that they where influenced by and injected their own new york attitude into it. The Telescopes do a very similar move on their first LP 'Taste', and the title itself gives an air of pretension more overt and obvious than the Mary Chain or Spacemen 3 (see also the lyric in There Is No Floor, 'there is no 13th floor'). The record was released in 1989 and its sound is equally influenced by records like Psychocandy or the Perfect Prescription but these dudes where obviously waaaay stoked on garage punk. Like they are definately down with the Stooges and Iggy Pop but they where probably waaay more excited about The Iguanas or Them. They also have much more of a Rolling Stones influence with a bit of the Buzzcocks. So like check this shit out.

The Telescopes - The Perfect Needle/I Fall She Screams/Oil Seed Rape

The Telescopes - Taste