Tree Of Life: a new movie by Terrence Malick

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By Lang Freeman from Sounds Under Radio in New Film on Tuesday 10 May 2011

Terrence Malick, what is this movie about? I’ve watched the trailer nearly 20 times and I still cannot figure it out. Regardless, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. When we were in the midst of recording our last record, parts of this film were being shot just outside of Austin. Our producer’s house, wife […]

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Play Me I’m Yours art installation in Austin

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By Lang Freeman from Sounds Under Radio in Cool Travel on Monday 9 May 2011

A month ago, I began noticing these random upright pianos popping up in the most odd places all across Austin: on pedestrian bridges, running trails, in front of downtown building. It’s a beautiful idea for an art installation, using a city known for its music, culture and artistic identity, and painting it with its own […]

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Jad Fair live in Austin

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Saturday 7 May 2011

I had somewhat forgotten about Jad Fair over the years. After watching Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King years ago, and being rather touched by the story behind Jad and his bandmates, not to mention their music, I’ve been unable to find much by way of recent activity. Then I heard he was playing in my hometown, Austin. Jad Fair live: this should get interesting, and interesting turned out to be an understatement.

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Ian Ingram

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By Alicia Griffin in New Art on Friday 1 April 2011

In our saturated world, much detail is lost among the trivialities. Not so with Ian Ingram’s work. I recently came across his hyper-realistic, painstaking self-portraits while visiting Austin Museum of Art’s 22 Artists to Watch exhibit.

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Texas Trailer Trash Dolls

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By Zolton in New Products on Friday 1 April 2011

Man, Texas gets a bad wrap. What with Austin being the new hipster hangout, and Dallas attracting all the young Republicans, you’d think the State would cut a break. But no. These dolls are downright nasty. Fun, though, right?

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Watch Out For Rockets single, Lift Off Cloud Controller

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By Jonathan Terhaar in New Music on Tuesday 1 March 2011

Bow down to your shiny idol! Watch Out For Rockets (Austin, TX) has a new video for the track Lift Off Cloud Controller from their album Beasts With Hearts Of Gold.

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Ursa Major natural shave cream for men

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By Zolton in New Products on Saturday 11 December 2010

The digital consultancy branch of our parent company, Conversant Media, has been buried deep in a project over the past few months, building a website and incorporating an e-commerce platform for new Vermont-based supernatural men’s skin care brand, Ursa Major. The website we built is now live, and the first Ursa Major product, Stellar Shave Cream, is available in their online store, as well as through the perennially hip Odin stores in New York. It characterises the unique Ursa Major offering: ‘a spirited alternative to evil personal care’.

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My Milky Way Arms’ Secret Playlist

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By Zolton in Cool Websites on Wednesday 30 September 2009

We checked in with Space Kill of Austin group My Milky Way Arms, who has just released an album of Star Wars-ian ‘crystal operas’ and asked about the music that inspired it all. He started off with, what else but Van Halen’s mega-hit, Panama: ‘I hated Van Halen for years and this song embodied my […]

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Seat belt hammocks at Austin’s Kimber Modern

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 September 2009

Whilst staying at the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas, recently, I came across these awesome hammocks made from car selt belts designed by Ting London, which they had hanging in the communual space at the hotel. I checked in with Kimber, the owner of the Kimber Modern, and asked her how important the small design touches are at the hotel and how she keeps abreast of what’s out there that might work well? ‘The small design touches are crucial. It’s what sets us apart from so many other small hotels. Every item, no matter how minor is thoroughly researched to make sure it works for the hotel. I feel that it’s the every day items, like cork screws, salt shakers, pot holders etc. should be little works of art. So much thought goes into those small details or design touches. I search on line for unique exceptional items. I also get a bunch of catalogues and design/architecture magazines’. [Photo by Alison Zavos]

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Ferrest Elliot

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 7 September 2009

I really like Austin-based artist Forrest Elliot’s mysterious, abstracted paintings. Juxtaposing thick and layered brushwork with wispy, washed-out sections, his pieces are as much about textures as they are about their subjects.

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Woven Bones

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 8 August 2009

Austin’s Woven Bones may be the second coming of Jesus and Mary Chain with their fuzzed-out, echoey garage rock. Sometimes they sound a little Iggy Pop-ish, sometimes a little Suicide-ish. This is not a bad thing. I like this.

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Festival of Cheese

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By Zolton in New Events on Wednesday 5 August 2009

This event hosted by the American Cheese Society in Austin this weekend is like a cheesy wet dream, a fantasy from the dairy heavens, a date with cheestiny. There will be 1,100 varieties of cheese on display. 1 1 0 0. It certainly puts my fondness for Parmesan to shame. Yes, move to Austin, people, […]

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The Kimber Modern Hotel, Austin, Texas

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By Zolton in Architecture on Wednesday 29 July 2009

Whilst in Austin the other weekend, I spent a couple of nights at a beautifully designed hotel called the Kimber Modern, which is located in the happening SOCO area, just a short hop, skip and sideways roll to the bustling hive of restaurants and cafes along South Congress. The Kimber Modern is a hotel with a twist. First up, the architecture is stunning, this elegant and contemporary building with subtle splashes of color to break up the overall white-walled minimalism. And then there are the clever design touches, such as communal hammocks made from car belts, and a giant tank churning liters of water in a calming, almost Zen-like manner. [photos by Alison Zavos]

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Watch Out For Rockets

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By Zolton in New Music on Monday 27 July 2009

I caught Austin band Watch Out For Rockets playing the other week at the Beauty Bar, a small smoky den on a bustling hipster strip. Although they hit the stage a few hours late, they still cranked out an awesome set of guitar-based power pop, though they left out my favorite track, Urgent Serpent Merchant […]

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Austin Motel’s phallic signange?

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Monday 27 July 2009

I was in Austin last week and spent a night at the Austin Motel, where the rooms are all themed and the signage is a little … err … suggestive. As far as I can tell, it’s either telling me to bugger off or to come prepared. I mentioned it to the receptionist as I […]

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