Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta 2019, Harvey McLaughlin releases 'Automaton', New live albums from The Beaumonts and Hickoids, Saustex acts on tour
Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta 2019
I'm gonna' spare you a lot of flowery hyperbole as two phrases will adequately sum up the call to action:
1) Make the scene.
2) Let's shuck it up.

The Sloths
Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders
HIckoids feat. Frontier Dan

The first night of the 2019 Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta features a mondo lineup starring L.A. friends The Sloths and Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders.

9:30PM Zofo - A sure to be supergroup at the intersection of glam, garage and Texas featuring Javier Escovedo, Glenn Benavides, David Fairchild and Thierry Lecoz.

10:30PM Hickoids featuring Frontier Dan - Hickoids have collaborated with their Conway, Arkansas based amigo many times over the past several years, even recording a handful of songs with him at Dale Watson's new Wat-Sun Studio in Memphis this past May. Expect to hear a preview of some of that and other oddities.

11:30PM Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders - If there is a definition of "rock'n'roll" in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary it should have Pat's picture next to it. With The Rankoutsiders the former frontman of The Lazy Cowgirls produces a seemingly limitless stream of high-octane, melodic garage punk classics that tip their hat to the greats of the 50's and 60's.

12:30AM The Sloths - The Sloths are a genuine artifact of the mid-1960's Sunset Strip scene. The band was resurrected earlier this decade and is reminiscent of contemporaries like The Standells and their high-energy live shows capture the innocence and fun of garage rock on the eve of The Summer of Love.

Screech of Death

This is a special show for The Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta as it rolls into the Hyde Park pizza joint and hang The Parlor. Owner Deborah Gill is a super lady who literally had the roof blown off her establishment by a small tornado while attending the Davy Jones living tribute "Plaidstock" down the street at Hole In The Wall several years back. Totally unphased upon hearing the news she simply said "I've got insurance, the kids got it." That's guts, that's heart. Bring the family for an incredible line-up at this all-ages matinee.

4:20PM Z-Pocalypse - This band of teenagers who sprang out San Antonio's High Voltage Music Program have come a long, long way in just a couple of short years. They dig the good stuff and it shows in their set which is peppered with recognizable punk and grunge numbers and now includes a growing number of their own original tunes.

5:20PM Hickoids - The hosts and "cattleists" of The Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta are thrilled to be sharing the bill with a bunch of their favorite people.

6:20PM Lisafer's Screech of Death - Screech of Death is an all-star assemblage fronted by journeywoman bass player and vocalist Lisafer who has previously played in touring versions of many acts including 45 Grave and The Nina Hagen Band. Now she steps out front to throw down some old school punk rock with a band that includes Arthur Hays on drums (The Next, Hickoids) Bill Degidio on guitar (Pagans, Gulliotines) and Glenn Gilbert (Richie Ramone).

Pocker FishRmen
Sweet Nuthin

The Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta returns to one of our favorite spots for the 2019 Saturday Night Special! And this year will be even more special as Tom "Jabroni" Trusnovic turns 50 at the stroke of midnight. There will be vomit!

8:00PM Monkeyshines - Tom Trusnovic's own musical vehicle with a revolving cast that's loud, hard, fast and loose. Dwarves meets Stooges meets Ramones while Roky looks down and laughs.

8:50PM Sweet Nothin' - Direct from Albuquerque come this band of relative youngsters with a sound that Red Kross might have come up with if the 'Born Innocent' album had been recorded post-grunge. Chaotic bubblegum with Detroit edges.

9:45 The Swishbucklers - the 'bucklers were down a man during their last Austin appearance at Chad Holt's Roast as guitarist Too Long missed the boat. Rest assured he'll be lashed to the mast as the boys push their tub up Waller Creek towards The Lost Well with seafaring songs of buggery and beyond.

10:45PM Pocket FishRmen - alongside the Hickoids the Pocket FishRmen stand as Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta perennials. While Hickoids espouse a brand of barely shucked raw maize the Pocket FishRmen push the boundaries of our favorite farm-to-market commodity with a flash frozen, microwave-in-bag style product of metal tinged funny-punk that explores human-simian relations, the indignities of medical procedures as performed on aging rockers and much more. Intellectuals rocking for women indeed.

11:45PM DiNOLA - The hard rockin' New Orleans foursome return to Austin to piledrive the kids with desert rock from the swamp. Muscular riffs with a lifted second line pulse and gothic flavor.

12:45 PONG - Headlining the night is the ravetastic assemblage of Austin vets. Dizzying and riff-filled yet melodic, bouncy and danceable post-punk, the perfect nightcap as the preamble to Jabroni's birthday headache.

The Beaumonts
Harvey McLaughlin
Black Eyed Vermillion
Eric Hisaw
hosted by "Three Dollar" Bill Wise

The Finale of the 2019 Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta with an afternoon/early evening country and roots rock riot benefitting Austin musicians' health charities/non-profits. Suggested donation is $10 but we won't turn anyone away. 100% of the door goes to the cause. As a bonus "$3" Bill Wise, that star of stage, screen and small screen will pepper the show with comedy and musical interludes. Make the scene.

2:00PM Hickoids featuring Frontier Dan - With creaking bones and stiff joints the Hickoids will clamber onto the stage at Sam's Town Point to rock with our dear brother Frontier Dan. We're gonna' make him a star before he gets on that crop-duster charter plane back to Conway, Arkansas, even if it kills us.

3:00PM Harvey McLaughlin Trio - Immediately before Rice Moorehead and Lance Farley collapse they'll be backing up the youngblood of the Hickoids, San Antonio ivory tinkler Harvey McLaughlin, fresh off East Coast and Spanish dates opening for the Hickoids and with his new EP 'Automaton' for Saustex Records in hand.

4:00PM Black Eyed Vermillion - Gary Lindsey and company will rock the house. Their set was a highlight of Muddy Roots 2019 and expect nothing less than moonshine fueled Celtic-infused streetgrass this afternoon.

5:00PM Eric Hisaw Band - Fresh off a round of regional dates supporting and backing up Javier Escovedo, Eric brings a workman quality and ethic to the stage with songs in the serious county/folk-rock vein all peppered with his tasty guitar chops.

6:00PM The Beaumonts - Hopefully the folks from the Central Lubbock Baptist Church don't get wind of this show. They've made it their mission to burn every copy of the new Beaumonts live album 'This Is Austin' (Saustex Records). Sam's Town Point is a potential tinderbox so we'll have the Manchaca Volunteer Fire Dept. on speed dial - let's keep all the flames coming from the stage.
HARVEY McLAUGHLIN releases new EP/lathe-cut 7" 'Automaton' with a slew of local shows!
Freshly-minted world traveler Harvey McLaughlin is releasing a new digital EP and lathe-cut 7" 'Automaton' this Friday via Saustex Records.
The new EP was recorded last fall in the basement of San Antonio's Alamo Music with his local band and continues his explorations and expansions of the American music form with a nod to the fantastic. He describes it thusly:
" This room has ghosts.

Ghosts that scream and wail in the oblivion as if they were shooting dice and drinking in an all night lounge. Ghosts that speak in tongues. Ghosts that dress from some other world, some other time in the past - I’m talking corsets and JNCO jeans.

I can hear them on this record (at least I think I can).

It wasn’t the intention to disturb these spirits; I didn’t even bring a ouija board to the sessions. But when they heard what we were doing, they made their presence known and demanded to be involved. It was not an easy process, as collaboration with the after world is arduous and intense. Have you ever tried harmonizing with a spectre?? There’s nothing like a poltergeist banging on your piano top for not staying on tempo.

We did these recordings analog style on a temperamental reel-to-reel, deep in the belly of a vault-like basement on October 21st 2018. We recorded way more than intended and most of it got cut. What you’re hearing here is a snapshot of what was floating around us at the time and I’m very proud to capture the mood, in all its ghostly glory.

Thanks to all y’all that made this real - living, dead and undead."

Harvey played his first East Coast and international dates while opening for the Hickoids on the 'All The World's A Dressing Room' Tour in August (pictured at left on stage at The Wurlitzer Ballroom in Madrid, Spain).

The four track Saustex lathe-cut edition of 'Automaton' comes in an edition of 30 (thirty) on clear plastic and includes 3-D glasses and a download card.

You can catch Harvey McLaughlin live in San Antonio and Austin at theses upcoming shows:
Friday October 4th Brick at Blue Star - San Antonio, TX
Sunday October 6th Sam's Town Point - Austin, TX
Thursday October 24th Lonesome Rose - San Antonio, TX
Friday October 25th Bang Bang Bar - San Antonio, TX
Saturday October 26th Francis Bogside - San Antonio, TX

What's better than listening to The Beaumonts? Listening to the The Beaumonts live and in person. And if you can't have that, what's the next best thing? Putting The Beaumonts new live album 'This is Austin' on your turntable, closing your eyes and pretending that Troy Wayne Delco is in your living room or boudoir serenading you.

The album was recorded at Austin's famed White Horse and includes a dozen of their audience pleasing favorites including 'Money For Drugs', 'Boots' and 'Toby Keith'.

As we reported last issue sales of lighter fluid skyrocketed in Central Lubbock as word leaked out that The Beaumonts would be releasing a new live album titled 'This IS Austin' via Saustex Records.

The Texas Panhandle city's hate-hate relationship with their homegrown act, "America's Favorite Porno Honky-Tonk Band", was on full display and caused the cancellation of several barbecues and at least one church social that we're aware of. As luck would have it, it rained anyway, and the church social has been rescheduled for the fall and will be rolled into one big weekend long event that will feature a Beaumonts CD and LP bonfire as its main event, with one lucky raffle winner having the chance to ignite the pile of dead formats. Money from the raffle will be used to relocate Methodist refugees from nearby Amarillo.

Saustex is offering the "Standard of Purity" White Vinyl Edition in a limited run of only 97! (which includes a download card) for $20 plus shipping and handling. We had previously said that 150 would be available but a cell of self-styled Panhandle musical terrorists who refer to themselves as "The Kulture Kleaners" destroyed a box of the freshly pressed LP's before being apprehended by authorities.

Avoid future regret - order yours today!

Where Do You Want It?
When the Hickoids rolled up to Cafe NELA last August (2018) we weren’t expecting to make a live album, much less a double live LP, one of the key hallmarks of 70’s and 80’s rock’n’roll excess and bloat. We were simply looking forward to playing a fun show with good bands and seeing a lot of old friends at the unassuming venue in the Cypress Park area of northeast Los Angeles.

Indeed, our one real attempt at making a live recording in the late 80’s was a catastrophe. The performance was a drunken shambles. The recording itself was marginalized by inebriated and over zealous fans and band members knocking microphones out of position. And, the guy we paid a grand (on loan from Toxic Shock Records) who was running the mobile truck didn’t seem to get or care for us. It all amounted to a thousand dollars worth of un-mixable magnetic tape that wasn’t good for anything other than perhaps pulling some bizarre blackmail scheme on ourselves.

So, come October 2018 when friend Paul Escamilla alerted me to the posting of a recording of the show on a bit-torrent file-sharing site and said, “This is the Hickoids live album!," I was skeptical at best. We’ve had folks hand us dozens of decent recordings over the years but they all seemed to miss the mark in some way or another. Still, trusting Paul as someone who had a long history of seeing the band over the years, I was intrigued enough to download it and give a listen. While it has numerous imperfections, it does accurately capture our spirit and sound. I was sold and the fact that we could bootleg the bootleggers was especially appealing. It was as if we were getting the thousand dollars we wasted three decades ago back with interest.

This is seventy-five minutes of pure raunch'n'roll done Texas style strewn across four sides of violet vinyl. It features stunning cover art by Clay Stinnett and includes a download card. The limited colored vinyl LP is in an edition of 104 and they're going fast - get it now.

What do you say 'bout a gal like Ed? Ed Hamell aka Hamell on Trial is, simply put, one of the hardest working dudes out there. New West Records has just reissued a 20th anniversary edition of his classic album 'Chooch Town' on the heels of last year's Saustex release 'Night Guy at The Apocalypse Profiles of a Rushing Midnight'. Harper's recently ran a pretty major feature on him which you can read here.
Get out and see the man, he earns and deserves your money.

Wednesday 10/2 - Albany NY - Low Beat
Thursday 10/3 - Indiana, PA -HR Steinhouse
Friday 10/4 - Dayton, OH - Blind Bob's
Saturday 10/5 Park, IL - Lunar Villa
Sunday 10/6 - Indianapolis, IN - house concert
Thursday 10/10 Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf
Friday 10/11 - Fort Worth, TX - The Grackle
Saturday 10/12 - Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall
Sunday 10/13 - Austin, TX - Sam's Town Pint
Wednesday 10/16 Nashville, TN - The Cobra
Thursday 10/17 Chattanooga, TN - JJ's Bohemia
Friday 10/18 - Washington DC - Gypsy Sallys

I've covered Imperial Wax fairly thoroughly in recent editions of the newsletter. I'll just say it's an honor to work with them and to have released their debut LP 'Gastwerk Saboteurs'. They have upcoming dates in Holland, Germany, Ireland and The U.K. while also working on a second LP for U.K. label Louder Than War Records with the plan currently being to issue a North American version via Saustex. Next newsletter we'll have details on a lathe-cut limited edition single for the US with tracks from the forthcoming album. I've yet to see a live show but have no doubt they are brilliant.

“This is straight up infectious rock’n’roll filled with attitude and looking to get you to move” – Post Trash
“A modern take on post punk” – New Noise Magazine 
“Just crying out for you to dance, shout and be battered down by” – Fighting Bordom
“To put it more plainly, the band succeeds at every approach it attempts” – Big Take Over
“Imperial Wax is a band with fire in their bellies, not some end-of-career cash-in” – the I Newspaper 
“The idea of a band not looking for a fight but ready to end it if one should erupt ” – Uber Rock
“Relentless transmissions of anger, frustration and other volatile states. MES would approve ” – Mojo

Saturday 10/5 - Wakefield, UK -Balne Lane WMC (Love Music Hate Racism)
Saturday 10/19 - Rotterdam, NL - Left Of The Dial Festival
Wednesday 10/23 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn Nijmegen
Friday 10/25 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain
Saturday 10/26 Amsterdam, NL - London Calling Festival at The Paradiso
Wednesday 11/6 - Dublin, IR - The Sound House
Thursday 11/7 - Limerick, IR - Kasbah Social Club
Friday 11/8 - Galway, IR - Roisin Dubh
Saturday 11/9 - Belfast, UK - The Speakeasy
Thursday 11/21 - Southampton, UK - The Joiners
Friday 11/22 - Milton Keynes, UK - The Craufurd Arms
Monday 11/25 - Sheffield, UK - The Leadmill
Tuesday 11/26 - Stafford, UK - Redrum
Wednesday 11/27 - Leicester, UK - The Cookie
Thursday 11/28 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete’s
Friday 11/29 - Stockton-on-Tees, UK - Georgian Theatre
Saturday 11/30 - Preston, UK - The Ferret

That's all for now. Peace, love and maize.
Jeff Smith
Saustex Records