Saturday, August 09, 2008

Getting out and staying in.

Sonny Landreth with guest Cindy Cashdollar at Zilker Park, Blues on the Green, Wed. night.

Sonny Landreth is one the greatest guitar players out there, and he put on a fantastic (free) show this week. Austin's own steel and dobro master, Cindy Cashdollar, sat in for a few, and it was an extra treat... not to mention the three encores that he did! He's also got a great new record out.

On Friday we went to Waterloo Records to see The Dedringers, they are a very young roots rocks band, up-and-coming, as they say. Also, while at Waterloo Records, we learned that Waterloo Video around the corner from there is closing this month. Everything in there is for sale right now. We ended up buying three DVDs. (1) Performance (1970, Mick Jagger, Edward Fox). I've been wanting that one for awhile. The Alamo Drafthouse is having a special screening of it, and I decided to spend less than we would by seeing it there and just buy it. (2) the special Director's cut of Troy (2004, Brad Pitt, Eric Bana) (pipe down, we liked that movie!), and (3) got a used copy of Black Sheep (2006) for $6 that played perfectly. It's a fantastic B-movie, very funny, very realistic special effects (by Weta), and what's not to like about evil baaaad sheep? That's right, nothing. ;-)

I didn't ask the clerk why they were closing. I hated the idea of being the bazillionth person to ask that and further rub it in by making her explain it yet another time. Video stores are struggling anyway, and rents in that area are going up. I hate to see the independants going away. I really do.

Tomorrow (Sunday) there is an afternoon benefit for cancer, and it being put on by our friend John Grubbs, a.k.a. Rockslide Photography. Entertainment will be The Belleville Outfit and the Greyhounds. More details here.

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Mariamariacuchita said...

You are the queen of local music synopsis!!

DrDon said...

Blue - Troy wasn't too bad. My only problem with it is that I felt that the first 15 minutes, and the first time we see Achilles in action, is the best moment of the whole movie. While the rest of the movie isn't bad, it just can't top that opening sequence.

Blueberry said...

DrDon: not even the fight between Hector and Achilles? We just watched the extended version, and it really is much more intense. There is a lot more grit in the battle scenes, and other differences. 30 minutes was added. One thing that I really like about the movie is the way it deals with religion. In fact, not to discount the complete magnificence of Brad Pitt's Achilles, it's still my favorite thing about the movie.

Ellie said...

Thank you so much for this post, I can not wait to see him soon.