Bob Mould and Delta Spirit each deliver rocking sets on the ACL stage.
I’m posting this for the Bob Mould set. I won free passes to it in November last year, so my best friend here and I pop up in it a lot (notably at 14:00). Mould and co. were pretty incredible and went through a number of his solo songs, some Husker tunes and some Sugar as well. They compiled about 1/3rd of his set in this ACL episode. The highlight: “Hardly Getting Over It”. PBS omits it, but he dedicated it to his father who died just a month before the taping, so it’s just shot through with this pathos that made me damn near teary-eyed.
It’s weird to reflect on how much has happened in the year since that taping. It also makes me nostalgic for how Austin still had this wonderful luster as I was still making headway into exploring it.
August Darnell - “Christmas on Riverside Drive” from 1981
My all-too-apropos Christmas anthem this year, considering where I ended up and how I won’t be going back home to Florida for the winter. (It’s really about NYC, but I don’t care.)
I don’t tend to do re-posts, but this is still relevant and I will play it to death this month. I don’t know about Riverside in NYC, but I’m going to make Riverside here in the ATX funky.
Adriana Kaegi and August Darnell, New York City, 1983. (Photograph by Barbara Leone.)
Plus, Darnell is one of the only people on the planet who can get away with wearing a fedora. Of course, he pre-dated the MRA movement and he would probably write of them disparagingly considering how cutting his songs tend to be.
Swans - “New Mind” from 1987
The sex in your soul will damn you to Hell.