Austin City Limits Radio: afternoon host, Brand Marshal. Texas Monthly: Writer-At-Large, host Of The National Podcast Of Texas. Esquire (2002-2016)
On a ‘04 Esquire visit in NYC, my editor, @ChrisBerend pulled out a early Razr: I was mesmerized by its blue glow and it was immediately an aspirational item. I wanted to trade my brick for this fancy tool of the media elite. “One day, we’ll have these in Austin too,” I thought. twitter.com/mediaredef/sta…
Haven’t made it through it all, but already know I’m gonna spend entirely too much of my day digging into this numbers.... twitter.com/gelliottmorris…
I have zero inside knowledge, but a tour date in Mexico the first weekend of ACL is awfully telling.... twitter.com/ACL_RADIO/stat…
Told my boyfriend that I wanted a $200 weighted blanket. His reply: “but your cat already sleeps on you.”
 
They can kill cats- they can get under em’ but they’re too heavy for them to throw off and get back out from under
On this week’s @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas: @MayorAdler on Abbott’s homelessness intervention efforts, the city’s efforts to maintain its cultural values and his 2020 assessments of mayors Bloomberg and Buttigieg. texasmonthly.com/podcast/austin…
Tonight, Fallon found a way to make the hair tussle the second most offensive thing he’s done on TV. This is easily the most cloying hour of television ever shot in Austin.
Co-sign. @TomJunod’s tale of friendship is profound and stunning. Wisdom. Spirituality. Emotional granularity. It’s all here. Plus, it’s a roadmap for how we might just make it through 2020. twitter.com/hillarykelly/s…
Outside my neighborhood Walgreens, Hemingway’s classic six-word story is boiled down to five: “Discarded: baby shoe, slightly worn.” https://t.co/AcuG6AXMUd
On the occasion of yesterday’s 10th Anniversary of @TexasTribune, CEO and co-founder (and the mensch who brought me on to the @TexasMonthly masthead way back when), @evanasmith is my guest on the @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas. texasmonthly.com/podcast/texas-…
One of my favorite songwriters, @MatthewRyan101, has combined 2 EPs from this year as “The Future Was Beautiful”- because he believes it can be again and that’s the kind of sober/pragmatic hopefulness I turn to him for. Not sure who my car radio thinks he is though: https://t.co/Vb2v1fOfSK
RT @PaulReiser: Here's the new version of "Final Frontier" - with @LyleLovett & #KeciaLewis - produced by genius #DonWas - so excited about…
Also, @AustinBloggy reminded me there should be women in the mix: new album/election year, who’s better to fill that slot than @dixiechicks?
Also, Re: likelihood of Rage Against The Machine at @aclfestival: would be most likely if RATM took the Outkast approach and sacrificed some $ for less exclusivity and committed Outkast-style to playing every gathering in calendar year 2020 with the name "festival" in it
Dream ACL lineup a month or so out from THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME: Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band/ Rage Against The Machine. Not impossible, but also not likely.
RT @mcsweeneys: "It was kismet that in the nauseous days of the first trimester, Topo Chico slid into my life like a pellucid avalanche." #…
Tonight, for #game7, @codyjohnson will perform the National Anthem. Here's my recent conversation with him for @TexasMonthly: texasmonthly.com/the-culture/co… @astros #WorldSeries @MLB
RT @TexasMonthly: .@cd_hooks: @GovAbbott recently tweeted a video of a man having a mental health episode in downtown Austin, saying the ci…
Ahead of tomorrow’s new Austin-focused episode of @UnitedTacosUSA on @Elreynetwork, @elmundodemando and @jneece are my guests on @TexasMonthly National Podcast of Texas. Of course , I coax them into weighing in on the The Great Burrito Controversy. texasmonthly.com/podcast/united…
Damn, this @mikehalltexas piece for @TexasMonthly about @maggierogers meeting Eritrean singer, activist, & refuge Tekle Mezghebe in Austin at the Casa Marianella shelter and invited him onstage with her last Sunday at @acllive is outright incredible: texasmonthly.com/the-culture/ma…
RT @TexasMonthly: Ahead of her appearance at @texasbookfest, @laraprescott spoke to @Andylanger about her polyphonic approach to storytelli…
RT @DanRather: One thing I love about flipping through a morning paper is, you realize there’s a lot more going on in the world than politi…
At last night’s @acltv HOF concert, Sean Penn inducted @LyleLovett recalling the ?’s he asked in the early Nineties: “Who was this man? What was this man? Was he Buddy Holly reborn? Hank William evolved? Was he Benny Goodman on acid? And where o’ where did he get his hair?” https://t.co/R8c1FvqQCm
Great looking poster for tonight’s @acltv Hall Of Fame ceremony: https://t.co/2iR2FpvZDH
“The most important thing in life is to know what's not important,” Nick Tosches once told Jim Merlis, who wrote this terrific tribute to his late great friend for @billboard billboard.com/articles/news/…
My new favorite Texas comedy duo: @DanRather & @turkpipkin: https://t.co/k6ZLKjz5a2
This just-published collection of @texasmonthly pieces about @texasbookfest authors includes 5 editions of my National Podcast Of Texas that feature Book Festival authors: @laraprescott, @PeterHotez, @cbakerbooks, @hwbrands & @kkingparsons texasmonthly.com/texas-book-fes…
Just went to the FB profile of Brandon Taubman, the Astros exec who’s “sorry if anyone is offended,” and the profile pic is just a man (him) walking alone in the woods. Could be very prophetic. https://t.co/cT458K3pVO
The Secrets We Kept, @laraprescott’s debut novel, was the subject of a huge bidding war and is now an instant NYT bestseller headed for 28 international translations. It also totally lives up to the hype. Prescott is my guest on the new @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas: twitter.com/texasmonthly/s…
Also happy about the high rankings for Philip Speer (Comedor) Fiore Tedesco (L’Oca d’Oro) and Rick Lopez (La Condesa)- which suggests sometimes the good guys still actually win.
Will dutifully share all year with out-of-towners, but will also attach my annual/predictable arguments: Emmer & Rye should be #1, Uchi/Uchiko and Franklin BBQ should be top-10 and Vespaio not on the list at all is outright inexplicable. apps.statesman.com/austin360/eats…
Tiny room. Gonna be a tough ticket. Duh. twitter.com/paramountausti…
Interesting sidenote re: the Nick Tosches profile of George Jones I shared yesterday from @TexasMonthly twitter.com/brooklynconf/s…
Anyone else drowning in an unusually high volume of promoted tweets and FB ads for the Amazon Web Services @intersectfest in Vegas? Circumstantially, I suspect that for a music festival they’ve spent a record-breaking sum for paid feed placement. Strong lineup though.
The late great Nick Tosches wrote this terrific profile of the late great George Jones for @TexasMonthly in 1994: texasmonthly.com/the-culture/th…
The opening graphic/Google Maps visualization is very compelling.... twitter.com/adamplayford/s…
For those who can’t get their hands on one today, the complete list will post online Monday. twitter.com/johnbridges/st…
 
Going to #5, which should be #1, for brunch today. Expect your ears to burn around 12:30pm
Now we just need @benleemusic and @BenFolds. Gentlemen? twitter.com/benkweller/sta…
I’ve shared this more often than any edition of @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas, but given his NYT op-ed, here again is my 2018 conversation with four-star admiral William McRaven about the state of our American ideals. texasmonthly.com/podcast/admira…
During the week between @aclfestival weekends, @GaryClarkJr was gracious enough to play for @ACL_RADIO’s 1yr Anniversary at @AntonesNightclb. This is the full performance and my interview: youtu.be/Oo93PIcZmtc
In 2016, in his NWA induction speech, @icecube outlined the common sense standard: “Rock and roll is not an instrument, rock and roll is not even a style of music. Rock and roll is a spirit...And what connects us all is that spirit.” @WillieNelson undoubtedly has that spirit. twitter.com/andylanger/sta…
How about instead of picking a top-5 to make the fan ballot we choose 5 spots that should have been @WillieNelson? Never once has he been on a ballot. https://t.co/chXMy2CGMZ
Zilker Park, 90 minutes before gates open: https://t.co/Kpd66Gbne7
Facebook reminded me I spotted/shot this four years ago today at @aclfestival 2015: https://t.co/zNCTZYn8K0
Solid solution b/c 90% of the festival experience for acts after 5pm or so is about watching via Jumbotron. Unless you’re in the first 3k people in a crowd (think Stubbs), you’re almost entirely watching the screens anyway. austin360.com/entertainmentl…
At Bonnaroo 2018 and even last weekend at @aclfestival, when I told people @billieeilish was stopping by for an interview, they’d say “Billy Idol? Really?” She was a great sport to indulge me by playing along... youtu.be/S5dQAh7L9CQ
Today at 4pm I’ll host a special anniversary celebration for @ACL_RADIO at @AntonesNightclb that features a private performance from @GaryClarkJr. You can listen to the whole thing live from anywhere at acl-radio.com or 97.1 in Austin https://t.co/9jWmiAXgXo
Talking privacy, depression and alter-egos w/ @billieeilish for @ACL_RADIO backstage at the @aclfestival: youtu.be/o9bV3l6v5bU
Ahead of her induction later this month to the @acltv Hall Of Fame, @Shawn_Colvin is my guest for a super-candid conversation on the @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas: texasmonthly.com/podcast/shawn-…
I hope somebody at @alamodrafthouse is feverishly working behind the scenes to get Axl to cut a Don’t Talk PSA... twitter.com/codyschibi/sta…
This time last night, people were pissed Cardi B was 30 minutes late to the stage. Mother Nature showing up the very next morning a full 72 hours late with the 75 degrees weather seems like the much bigger transgression.
I’m relieved and thrilled that his work with Masters of Reality- particularly “She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)” made the cut. The first two Masters Of Reality albums (Baker is on the second) hold up exceedingly well. twitter.com/nytimesmusic/s…
For an agent, there’s absolutely power in an underplay. I suspect Lizzo’s festival headlining gigs are booked at least through August, but that whatever offers are still on the table get sent back w/ the video of yesterday’s crowd and an ask for 30% more $ twitter.com/shinyribs/stat…
1/2: Re: “move Lizzo b/c she’s popular to a bigger stage”: Festival booking is a 3000-piece jigsaw puzzle and agents are relentless and ruthless re: honoring agreed upon stage placement and virtually everything is locked 6 to even 10 months earlier. twitter.com/aclfestival/st…
Realistically, what band is gonna forfeit their sweet time spot on a bigger stage to accommodate Lizzo? That said, next weekend the video feed should be also displayed on the Honda stage’s Jumbotrons. That would alleviate some of the crunch.
People sometimes ask what they can see at/around the festival for I-saw-them-when bragging rights. @Lauren_Daigle at tiny lil’ @AntonesNightclb this morning should do the trick. Doors at 8am and we start the morning at 8:45.... twitter.com/acl_radio/stat…
Massive respect for @BristonMaroney, who woke up at an ungodly hour to open our @ACL_RADIO Live Morning Broadcast from @AntonesNightclb in an unapologetically rocking manner. (@AlesiaLani is on next. Come down or tune in at 97.1) https://t.co/Wrvx8KdvQB
Waiter at a downtown restaurant last night told me they do Mexican with “an Austin twist.” I braced myself for them to deliver my outrageous property tax bill and a coupon for a scooter ride with the check.
Our @aclfestival @ACL_RADIO Morning Live Broadcasts at @AntonesNightclb are Fri/Sat 8am-noon and feature intimate live performances from @samfendermusic - fresh off a UK #1 album- and @Lauren_Daigle - who will play Erwin Center in July. $5 to @myhaam gets you in. https://t.co/Uz0ZU8TH53
This week on The @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas: @BonnieBishop and her step-father, legendary @TAMU coach Jackie Sherrill on winning, losing, and the NCAA’s diminishing hold on college sports. texasmonthly.com/podcast/jackie…
RT @DVNJr: @DVNJr An interview isn’t a chance for you to show off your knowledge, though you must do all your homework, always. An interv…
Nobody forces restaurants to sign these deals, but I can definitely see their argument. Plus, a lot of places offering to-go on these services are offering food that suffers when packed for transit- offering an experience that wouldn’t make me want to try the actual brick/mortar
1/2: Missed this @odam piece the other day about closing of @NobleSandwichCo and the interesting bit re: delivery apps. austin360.com/entertainmentl… https://t.co/KRB7M1fb6r
RT @WagsPhoto: Speaker Pelosi singled out Willie Nelson to open her appearance at the festival, saying she believes the arts can "heal the…
A bona fide Sophie’s Choice: -Bon-era AC/DC vs. pre-MTV ZZ = TIE - Back In Black vs. Eliminator = tiny 1/2 point edge to AC/DC - Everything since: TIE - 50 years, same 3 guys: 1/2 point back to ZZ Top Total: DRAW twitter.com/dawestheband/s…
Imagine if more retailers offered a sliding scale with price breaks for “agreeable/manageable” customers.... https://t.co/0TPIemflNY
The whipsmart/genuinely funny @austinkleon - an (accidental) self-help guru for creative people in the digital age- is on this week’s @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas. Our sprawling conversation covers a lot of timely (and timeless) ground. texasmonthly.com/podcast/austin…
Cable news copywriters, anchors and talking heads are undermining the general population’s understanding of the obstruction part of the whistleblower story by almost always using “DNI” and “IG”. Both roles carry significantly more gravitas when referred to w/o abbreviation
RT @TexasMonthly: Lubbock-born author @kkingparsons's debut short-story collection is pulling in rave reviews. She joined our podcast to…
I’m probably last to know, but thanks to the new Janis Joplin bio from Holly George-Warren (out 10/22), just learned that @TexasMonthly’s Pat Sharpe wrote the first real Janis profile ever for the @thedailytexan: https://t.co/QOiKS3XWE9
My wife had serious knee surgery recently, so we have a temp handicap parking pass. Every day, we're shocked by how few spaces/how inconvenient they are at places like medical office parks, groceries. Chad shouldn't have to deal w/ this shit anywhere, let alone new city buildings twitter.com/TheeChad/statu…
This new @benleemusic cover of “Speeding Motorcycle” was slated for a new covers album prior to Daniel Johnston’s passing and was released this morning. How do we petition for a full-length Daniel tribute from The Bens (Lee, @benkweller, @BenFolds)? stereogum.com/2058575/ben-le…
Incidentally: After my interview with Ted Cruz for the podcast, he asked about impact of Austin’s homeless camping ordinance. I knew what he wanted to hear and didn’t give it to him. Instead, I filibustered w/ a long rant about the dockless scooter scourge. #constituentfeedback twitter.com/jdawsey1/statu…
Small success of the day: by listening to them back-to-back often enough, I’ve successfully trained Spotify’s AI to suggest them that way in today’s personalized Daily Mix. https://t.co/OXxUz6hHaT
The Red Hen should only let him and Sanders eat there if they’re wearing matching neon Seinfeld puffy shirts
RT @David_C_Steele: I’m just gonna skip the football pre-game and re-read this for the next hour 😂 https://t.co/vUjznX4CKQ
RT @kkingparsons: Got to talk about my favorite stuff (sentences, psychedelics, Texas) for the @TexasMonthly podcast with @Andylanger. Happ…
This week on the @TexasMonthly National Podcast Of Texas: @kkingparsons on depicting Texas’ dark underbelly in her critically acclaimed short story debut, Black Light. texasmonthly.com/podcast/kimber…
Ric Ocasek is one of the few legends who’s passed lately where nobody in my feed is posting pics of themselves with him. That he maintained all the way through a classic air of mystery is probably only the ninth coolest thing about him, but it’s one for sure.
RT @thejeffklein: Looks like Cowboy Cosplay vs Bachelorette Bicyle Taverns week in Bible City is finally over so I should start having less…
RT @megancreydt: What the everloving fuck twitter.com/brianklaas/sta…
RT @TexasMonthly: .@tedcruz sat down with @Andylanger on the National Podcast of Texas for a freewheeling conversation on the state of civi…
My favorite sentence- presented brilliantly almost as a throwaway- in this terrific @NYMag profile of sleazeball big cat abuser Joe Exotic is about his sideburns. Shocking and grotesque, but also makes sense. nymag.com/intelligencer/… https://t.co/GpJEwpeI1A
This is genuinely genius. No taking out a folded paper from your pocket that’s always opens to the wrong day or consulting a janky app. twitter.com/scottgum/statu…
Was entirely swept up by last night’s @Glen_Hansard‘s Stubbs’s show. Javier Mas, from Leonard Cohen’s Band, was stunning and Hansard- who’s done so much to spread Daniel Johnston’s music- gorgeously covered “Life In Vain.” 2.5 hrs and I never once thought to take pics or video.
@Andylanger the idea behind the design of this building reminds me of our (fun!) conversation yesterday about in-person live experiences. Smart. twitter.com/kmfaclassical/…
 
Yep. And I also like that they are throwing a nod to its fish hatchery roots.
RT @tomthorntontx: @sterlewine The new @AustinBeerworks to-go cooler looks like this: https://t.co/qIWHTumIH3
Of particular interest in Austin: he gives Austin credit for the evolution of the migas taco and details how SXSW informed/distorted our claim to general breakfast taco dominance twitter.com/hels/status/11…
RT @NifMuhammad: I'm so thankful for the ways Daniel Johnston's work continually explored the ways that any pursuit of love can be woven in…
Intriguing news of a SXSW expansion down under: twitter.com/themusicnetwor…
This is a piece of terrific video shared by the @hihowareyouproj of Daniel Johnston creating a Hi How Are You? mural at @mohawkaustin in August of 2015. Consider giving to @hihowareyouproj here: hihowareyou.org https://t.co/F2SEgojfXd
RT @michaelhoinski: RIP Daniel Johnston. Earlier this year, @vulture published my story on Daniel's lost album, "If." Perhaps now it will s…
And what’s the latest on efforts to make sure the mural is there forever?
Just drove by the site of what I assume will be the focus of impromptu flower-leaving, candle-lighting and collective grieving tonight... https://t.co/IBe4ndChVW
 
 
 
 
 
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