Thursday, May 13, 2010

V.A. Live at Raul's (1979)


Raul's was the riot-torn club whose five year existence whelped Austin punk rock. This compilation, Live at Raul's, was recorded in 1979 before a paltry matinee audience, showcases the club's earlier more new wave side (see Standing Waves or The Next) more so than it's later hardcore side (see the legendary Dick's/Big Boy's Live at Raul's LP.)

Live at Raul's greatest contribution to humanity is that it acts as a witness to the resurrection of sixties psychedelic casualty Roky Erickson. These two tracks show Roky teaching the kids about raw n' bloody rock n' roll but without the ignorance of history punkers often feigned



Live at Raul's link is in the comments.

Speaking of comments, give us your take on the Roky Erickson legend.

"Recorded in 1979, at the Austin club Raul's, this album has long been unavailable, but post-punk punkers can take heart thanks to the ongoing DejaDisc reissue program. It's all here; bashing guitars, inane posturing, post-World War pre-apocalyptic lyrics, and the gratuitous use of German to indicate an implied hip brave-new-world blank-generation-cool-without-responsibility in the face of an increasingly chaotic world. If you like music with no purpose, this album is for you. Just don't pretend that it's good."

Richard Meyer in the liner notes.

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  2. Thanks for Live at Raul's looks very cool.

    TWDM

    PS Roky is hit or miss for me, usually hit.

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  3. CallPastorJerkfaceMay 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    I will never forget the first time I heard the Howl From Beyond that is Roky Erickson.

    It was late one night and I was listening to the Canada-wide college radio station that was (is?) CBC's Brave New Waves. The programmer, bless his pointed little head, had put together a set of early 80's pseudo-garage rock and made the very wise choice of including the title track from Roky's "Don't Slander Me" album. It decimated all that came before it in a display of power and ferocity that I don't think even Roky himself has ever matched.

    I wish I had that voice. Oh, the terrible and wonderful things I would do with it!

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  4. Roky Erickson is one of the many extraordinary gifts music gave to us, please support him & buy his albums... you won't be dissappointed.

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  5. @ CallPastorJerkface

    Brent Bambury, the "programmer" who hosted the now 3 years silent, Brave New Waves for a little more than a decade, most assuredly does not have a "pointed little head" as evidenced in this
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    Note, please, the decided lack of angularity or taper...

    Perhaps Brent possesses a larger
    forehead
    than some, but then again,
    the way he sometimes wears his headphones
    might have understandably given you this false impression of pointosity.

    I urge you, on behalf of the Brent Bambury Appreciation Society and Facebook group, might to recant the grievous error you have made regarding the shape of the head of one of Canada's most beloved Chosen Sons.

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  6. TWDM
    Yeah when Roky is on he's good enough to force you to tears and then other time's he's way off the mark.

    CPJ
    You're a fortuante man to have heard Roky early. I could only read about him in Trouser Pres and guess what those records sounded like.

    Bio
    I laughed. Three times.

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  7. gerry
    Yeah "The Evil One" or "I Have Always Been Here Before" are great starting places.

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  8. CallPastorJerkfaceMay 17, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    @ Biopunk

    Oops! I guess using a Jefferson Airplane live album as a reference point is always a mistake. Especially when Canadian icons (other than Skip Spence of course) are involved. Apologies all around and two minutes for looking so good!

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  9. I lived in Austin for 15 years, but didn't get there until 1986. Thanks for this bit o' hisstree!

    Hazy

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  10. Hazy
    We're just an on-going musical history course with a cracked curriculum here at MRML,

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  11. Thanks, I had this album years ago and lost it to an ex girlfriend.

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  12. I do like music with no purpose. Thanks.

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