IN THE NEWS:
Austin country/punk trio Darling New Neighbors is releasing Rocket on August 22 (CD release party at Carousel Lounge), but that’s not all: they’re also in the running for the theme song to Monitor Mix, former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein‘s NPR blog. Listen to their entry here.
Roky Erickson completists rejoice: International Artists Records has just released “Sign of the 3 Eyed Men”, a 10-disc box set on Austin’s greatest psychedelic export, the 13th Floor Elevators. This seems to be the final word on the band: included in the box are all three of the Elevators’ albums; two “lost” albums of previously unreleased material; rare and unreleased live recordings; mono and stereo versions of many of their songs; a 72-page hardback book chronicling the band; reproductions of photos, posters, stickers, and handbills; plus much, much more.
Amy Cook performs tonight at the Mohawk with the Tosca Strings. Starts at 8 PM.
TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY:
1927–Country artist Porter Wagoner is born in West Plains, Missouri.
1929–Country artist Buck Owens is born Alvis Edgar Owens in Sherman, Texas.
1960–Drummer Pete Best joins The Silver Beetles, a Liverpool quartet featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe. Best replaces Tommy Moore just in time for the band’s first tour of Germany.
1967–Fleetwood Mac debuts at London’s National Jazz and Blues Festival, alongside headliners John Mayall, Jeff Beck, and Cream.
1967–Following the success of the Monterey Pop Festival, Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” tops the UK singles chart. The song was written and produced by the Mamas and the Papas’ John Phillips.
1994–Over 350,000 people attend Woodstock II in Saugerties, New York.