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March 24, 2012

KEXP’S Wussy Write-up For SXSW

Ok, I’m a punk — I know — and in the bad, group-home living not cleaning up your dirty clothes from the floor, crapping in public kind of way, not the sexy, wearing safety pin-wearing and singing gutturally way. I haven’t been updating the blog, and I totally missed saying anything about SXSW. Would it make you feel any better to know that I’ve been playing a ton? No?


You know who has been writing? The bloggers over at KEXP.

In fact, here’s a wonderful little piece about your’s truly’s favorite band, Wussy. Just go read it, and you don’t really need me to update the blog.

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March 20, 2011

Wild Flag at SXSW on NPR and KEXP

Two different versions are available online of Wild Flag’s SXSW Performance.

NPR’s Wild Flag audio (Includes a video clip too)

KEXP’s Wild Flag audio and photos

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March 20, 2011

Sharon Van Etten on NPR

Thanks to my friend T for this link.  NPR has posted audio for Sharon Van Etten’s full set at SXSW Friday morning.


SXSW is one of the few places you get to see rock shows during breakfast. Sharon Van Etten’s outstanding 2010 album Epic goes great with mornings, so the New York songwriter was an obvious pick for KUT’s early broadcasts from the Hilton in downtown Austin.

March 16, 2011

Women and SXSW 2011

We’re smack-dab in the middle of SXSW week, and the Guardian has an interesting article about the increasing number of women attending the event.  It’s in the Guardian’s Tech section, so it’s not very music focused.  But still a good, short read.

From the Guardian:

The attendees today decide that they should form an alliance, and the working title is mooted as the Relentless Women of SXSW. It has a forceful ring to it, and appropriate given that the number of women attending SXSW is rising every year. Gascoigne, who has attended SXSW four years running, says the presence of women this year is visibly larger than ever before. It’s an encouraging sign that at a conference which covers a trio of industries dominated by men – interactive, film and music – women are finding the time to band together in an effort to continue this trend.

I’m sad to say I’ve never been.  Are any of you all at the festival?

February 9, 2011

Interview: Miss Alex White

Miss Alex White

Miss Alex White

Miss Alex White has been a force in the Chicago music scene for years now. She has the style, the voice, and the chops. Alex is currently in the ridiculously fun two-piece White Mystery with her brother Francis. They have a new album coming out in April and are headed to SXSW in March. I can only assume that next month Austin, Texas will be infected with a curly red-haired fever.

Here is what Alex had to say!

When did you begin playing and why?

I started guitar at age 15 because I wanted to start a band. In the punk tradition, I learned power chords and jammed with friends. Thus started the Psychotic Sensations, the Red Lights, Hot Machines at age 17, Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra, and now White Mystery with my brother, Francis Scott Key White.

What was your first guitar, and how did you get it?

My first guitar was a brand new, pink Danelectro UB-50 reissue. It set a precedent for my love of twangy guitars because of the double lipstick pickups.

What equipment do you prefer now? Which guitar? What amps, cables, pedals? Why? Has this changed over time?

At age 16 I was ready for a serious axe and had enough saved for something beyond the common Telecasters, Strats, SGs. I went to the Chicago Music Exchange where my redheaded friend Heath Jensen (now of Rock’n’Roll Vintage) recommended a Rickenbacker because it’s a rare, red, made in the USA guitar.

Thus started an affair with my Rickenbacker Fireglo 330 that was new when I bought it 10 years ago. Does that make it vintage yet?

I also endorse Eastwood Guitars and love the Classic 6 they sent me (see photo below). I collect and scavenge unusual gear.

It’s awesome that Orange Amps sponsors White Mystery. I play an Orange 2×12 Rockerverb Combo that is as beefy as it is beautiful. On previous records, you hear an Ampeg combo, 70s Musicman 2×10, and a 60s Gibson dual head through a 4×10 custom cabinet.

I smashed through several Electroharmonix Big Muff pedals, like the Pie, Russian, Little/Big, a custom distortion pedal housed by a smashed Pie, and now play through a 1979 model that rips on the new record. I only use curly, white cords to connect everything now.

What are you working on right now?

WHITE MYSTERY Blood & Venom is the new full length album due April 20, 2011 that you can scope online and in stores this spring. White Mystery releases its own vinyl, tee shirts, and books shows which keeps us delightfully occupied. We’re headed to SXSW, the Atlanta Messaround, NYC, the West Coast, and worldwide fests in 2011. Click here for all the White Mystery tour dates, records, and blog.

Name one or two (or more!) artists (musicians, writers, visual artists) you find inspiring. Why?

Poison Ivy from the Cramps is an influential heroine to me because she’s a gorgeous, natural redhead that totally shreds. Her voice is an instrument drenched in sex appeal and plenty of reverb. Marc Bolan is a similar idol for his strutty, gasping, hotness.

I’m a fan of visual arts that span from American Colonial portraiture to Dutch architecture to the paintings of Jasper Johns and modern typography. I travel a lot and get to enjoy different breeds of street art in every town White Mystery tours as well.

Alex and her guitar

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