SXSW ’09 podcast: Bloggers Are Now in Charge

One of my biggest regrets from this year’s SXSW was not being able to hear my good friend (and boss @ Robert Duffy speak on the “Bloggers Are Now in Charge” panel. I was supposed to interview the Meat Puppets at the same time (it ended up not happening until the next day) so I missed out. But thanks to the folks at SXSW, they’ve made an MP3 available of the session so I’ll be loading it up on the iPod tonight and giving it a listen.

Other panelists for the session included: Glenn Peoples (, Justin Gage (Aquarium Drunkard), Bill Pearis (, and Janet Timmons (Out the

Download it here.

Where ya been hiding House of Pain?

Sometimes I live under a rock. Case in point – am I the last person to find out that House of Pain has essentially reunited under a new name? I was flipping through a March issue of Scene magazine (a free weekly from Cleveland) when I spotted an article that started off with a mention of former House of Pain MC Danny Boy. The deeper I read into the article, I discovered that Danny Boy put the old crew back together (DJ Lethal, Everlast) for a new project called La Coka Nostra.

La Coka Nostra’s debut album, A Brand You Can Trust, will be released by Suburban Noize Records on my birthday, July 14.

For now, check out a video for “That’s Coke” (and for all you watching at work or in front of the kiddies, this one ain’t safe to listen to in front of youngsters or co-workers).

True Live

David, Ross and I were hanging at the Australian BBQ during SXSW, drinking some free beer, eating some free food when this really cool music started playing on the house speakers – a fusion of hip-hop, soul music and jazz. I knew it was something that I’d want to check out later so I asked Glen from the Australian Music Collective├é┬á who it was we were listening to. He ran over to the soundboard, looked at the iPod that was serving as DJ and reported that it was True Live. He told me that True Live was a hip-hop band with classically-trained musicians who played all the music live rather than relying on samples to create the sound.

I don’t think the collective’s new CD, Found Lost, is available yet in the U.S. and to be honest I’m not sure it ever will be but if you dig what you hear, you should be able to track down the CD somehow even if it is just a digital copy through an outlet like iTunes of eMusic.