The Last Joke Band

"Bweams" by Ryan Thomas Becker

From the album “Uncomfortable Index Fingers” (2005)

Obfuscated 35mm photos taken w/Argus C3 & Holga 135

aquariumdrunkard:

Music From The Films Of Jim Jarmusch
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You Girl from LEON RUSSELL on Myspace.

HARDLY SOUND SEASON 2 

In this second season of PBS’ newest music documentary series, director/narrator Christopher Kim, shares his internal monologue on life and death while telling the stories of Texas musicians and artists. Through the course of Season 2, Kim confronts being Asian-American, helps someone special face their fears, explores lifelong friendships, travels with a legendary artist, and finds closure with old friends.

SPECIAL FEATURES 
-Creator Commentary 
-Bonus Footage (including trailers, performances, deleted scenes, and extended takes)

SERIES INFO:
DIRECTED/WRITTEN/EDITED by Christopher Kim 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sabrina Q. Mikan & Randy Reynolds 
CREATED BY: Christopher Kim & Randy Reynolds 
2014 STUCK PRODUCTIONS

Disc 1:
Yum, The Villettes, and RTB2 episodes + the trailers for all 5 episodes and behind-the-scenes footage.

Disc 2:
Jad Fair and Wiretree episodes + all the performance videos for all 5 episodes.


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By Steve Watkins
Posted 10:28am on Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

There aren’t a lot of people in Funkytown who have done more for the music scene than Tony Diaz. As the former producer for KTCU-FM’s The Good Show, the John Rody webcast at Mambo’s, and the driving force behind the Fort Worth Rock Assembly, he has done so much to promote young bands and live music in general — as well as fronting his own band, Goodwin. So when I found out they were having a birthday party for him at Magnolia Motor Lounge on Saturday afternoon I had to be there.

Tony is known for putting on huge events with multiple bands, but this was just a small gathering. Ryan Thomas Becker of RTB2 was taking the stage when I got there. He started off the set withAs Long As I Have You (Chuck Martin and the Honey Drippers), then launched into some of his own music.

More than one person has submitted to me the fact that Becker is not famous nationally as proof that the music industry is broken, and I agree. The man is an amazing songwriter and performer. Becker has an engaging and an emotive voice, and even more engaging stage presence. You could be stone deaf and enjoy his performance; as he contorts his way through a song, his strained facial expressions drive home the emotion of the song.

Becker’s vocal and guitar skill, and his uncanny sense of musical timing have kept him in demand for collaborations with other artists (as well as his own solo bookings). In fact, prior to playing the Motor Lounge he performed at the Red Bud Festival in Denton. He still plays with his band RTB2, as well as The Satans of Soft Rock, and Hares on the Mountain, a band he describes as “danger folk.” They have an EP coming out this summer, and a full-length LP later in the year.

“I’ve been playing on a few peoples’ records,” Becker said. “This gal Madison King from Dallas who just released a new record. [I’m] Trying to play wherever, whenever however I can. Most nights and weekends.”

As for Tony, he’s busy putting together the third annual Rock Assembly. The details are pretty hush-hush, but the bits and pieces of leaked info I’m getting promises it will be a great one.

http://dfw.com/2014/04/14/884379/concert-review-ryan-thomas-becker.html


The Theater Fire - Swimming
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I believe this was recorded from the soundboard by Grady Don Sandlin.

Photo.

markontheradio:

Regarding Sunday night radio…
After 5 years, The Local Edge is no more. I’ve had a few days to come to grips with this, so I’ve already gone through the grieving process. And instead of feeling like I have failed, I’m going to use the substantial amount of time I still have on the radio (weekdays 10a-3p) to continue to spread the good word about local musics. So thank you for the memories and thank you for the support you showed me for just doing something that I loved to do. If you never got behind this show in the first place it would have never lasted this long. I would not be where I am today if not for The Local Edge. It’s extremely rare to have the opportunity to control what goes out over the air in the number five market in the country. I am so incredibly grateful to have had that opportunity, and to now have an even bigger opportunity to speak to you during the daylight hours.
With that said, I’m also not really in control of The Adventure Club anymore either. It’s now on Sundays at 11p, conveniently after all your TV shows, so adjust your schedule accordingly. I’m still the host, and it will still be nothing but new jams, but I’m only going to be giving some input on what songs are being played. I’ll probably continue to make some Spotify playlists for you, though, because that’s a fun thing to do.
Please understand that these things happen. It’s a business. And I’m so lucky to still be a part of it.
There’s still plenty of fun to be had.
xoxo

markontheradio:

Regarding Sunday night radio…

After 5 years, The Local Edge is no more. I’ve had a few days to come to grips with this, so I’ve already gone through the grieving process. And instead of feeling like I have failed, I’m going to use the substantial amount of time I still have on the radio (weekdays 10a-3p) to continue to spread the good word about local musics. So thank you for the memories and thank you for the support you showed me for just doing something that I loved to do. If you never got behind this show in the first place it would have never lasted this long. I would not be where I am today if not for The Local Edge. It’s extremely rare to have the opportunity to control what goes out over the air in the number five market in the country. I am so incredibly grateful to have had that opportunity, and to now have an even bigger opportunity to speak to you during the daylight hours.

With that said, I’m also not really in control of The Adventure Club anymore either. It’s now on Sundays at 11p, conveniently after all your TV shows, so adjust your schedule accordingly. I’m still the host, and it will still be nothing but new jams, but I’m only going to be giving some input on what songs are being played. I’ll probably continue to make some Spotify playlists for you, though, because that’s a fun thing to do.

Please understand that these things happen. It’s a business. And I’m so lucky to still be a part of it.

There’s still plenty of fun to be had.

xoxo

:O