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Guacamole Queen Dies
Last weekend Austin lost one of its original spirits. Henrikke Lee Moursund, better known as Big Rikke, passed away in Spicewood Springs where she had lived for the past few years. New Austinites may not know who Big Rikke was but they undoubtedly benefit from her legacy. The city’s motto “Keep Austin Weird” is a direct result of characters like Big Rikke and the other misfits that called the Armadillo World Headquarters home. In the 70s Rikke was a fixture at the Soap Creek Saloon and became a local celebrity during her stint as the cook at the Armadillo World Headquarters. Jim Franklin immortalized Rikke in his infamous Guacamole Queen mural at the AWHQ. Rikke’s legacy lives on in the songs “Inca Road” by Frank Zappa and Doug Sahm’s “Groover’s Paradise”. Follow this link for Michael Corcoran’s fitting tribute to Austin’s Guacamole Queen. You can also listen to an interview with Big Rikke from KUT’s Armadillo Oral History Project RIGHT HERE!
Lady Gaga Sells 1 MILLION Records
The human circus that is Lady Gaga has officially entered the Big Leagues. Gaga’s new album Born This Way joined an elite club of 17 albums that sold more than 1 million copies in the first week. 50 Cent’s 2005 album The Massacre was the last record to hit that mark. Lady Gaga’s big numbers are due in large part to the sharply discounted download prices on Amazon. The online retailer discounted the album to coincide with the release of their online cloud music service. With Google’s cloud service launched this Spring and Apple’s cloud due out later this month could this be the first blow in the coming Cloud Wars?
[Wall Street Journal]
Coachella Clones Itself
The Coachella Music Festival will be extended to two weekends next year. Organizers say the move is an effort to accommodate an increased demand for tickets. They say the plan is to create two identical festivals April 13th-15th and April 20th-22nd. I don’t know if I think this idea is genius or down right crazy. Whatever it is, at least we will have more time to hang out with this guy.
Facebook Friends Widespread Panic
Inter-stellar jam band Widespread Panic will be landing at the Austin City Limits Live studio later this month for a special concert broadcast across the world wide web via some new website called Facebook. The shows will stream live video to both the Widespread Panic and ACL Live Facebook pages, and will cost fans $5 for one show or $10 for two nights. Streaming concerts isn’t really a new phenomena, sites like MySpace and Pitchfork have streamed “secret shows” for several years, but as the Big Four (Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple) square off in their bid for internet supremacy we will undoubtedly see an explosion of content available to subscribers. The fact that they are using state-of-the-art recoding studios like ACL Live for streaming video over the internet shows how mainstream and potentially lucrative internet broadcasting has become. For all the high tech delivery this still kind of reminds me of the huge televised Garth Brooks concerts.
[ACL Live ]