By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
This Is incredibly weird: It turns out the fellow who accidentally shot popular local musician Carter Albrecht once worked here at the Dallas Observer. Will "Smokey" Logg, himself a blues musician, worked in the Observer circulation department for about five years, according to current circ director Carlos Garcia.
More oddities: According to a recent story in the Wichita Falls Times Record News, Logg's father was an FBI agent who worked the case of the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Logg, who was originally from Wichita Falls, was in the Army for a time, then came back to Texas, the Times Record News article says, and his band the Flamethrowers opened for B.B. King, Millie Jackson, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others. He was also an actor, with parts in Walker, Texas Ranger and the movie Point Blank.
This story just keeps getting weirder and more sad. For the full Times Record News story, go to timesrecordnews.com/news/2007/sep/07/tragic-death.
Auntie Christ: So, how kick-ass is it that Lucinda Williams is playing the legendary, storied, and any other cliché you can come up with Longhorn Ballroom on Saturday, September 15? If you think about the names of those who have played there in the past—including Buddy Holly, Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson—you realize that Williams' presence there makes a lot of sense. Her performance falls right in line with country/early rock stars who were just as revolutionary as the Ballroom's most famous guests, the Sex Pistols, just in a much more quiet way. Her show is a perfect way to keep the lineage going.
Hour not by Hour: Kirtland Records' The Hourly Radio kicks off a new tour in October to promote their new disc IAMX (featuring Chris Corner, formerly of the Sneaker Pimps). The disc includes a new single, plus remixes—by Dance, Robots, Dance and Michael Jurin (of stellastarr*), among others—of stuff from their debut record. HR has two more Texas shows before hitting the road: Friday, September 14, at Hailey's in Denton, which is a free show with the Demigs, and Thursday, September 20, at the Granada with VHS or Beta.
Handstamps: Amy LaVere's crooning alt-country Thursday, September 13, at Dan's, Denton...wicked cool Britpop with Manchester Orchestra that same night at the Loft...Bruce Springsteen meets the Scissor Sisters when the Killers take the stage Thursday at Nokia (Louis XIV opens)...the same night, Peachcake drops an electronica bomb on the House of Blues' Cambridge Room...Friday, September 14, Wilco's popular, pretentious alt-country hits the Palladium (Dr. Dog opens)...the next night, Common's conscious hip-hop fills the House of Blues.
Cancellations: Rodrigo y Gabriela's show at the Palladium scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, has been shit-canned....the White Stripes canceled their show at the Austin City Limits festival scheduled for this weekend. A press release cited "medical reasons." At press time, no further explanation was available.