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Jesse Sublett, Austin author, musician, The Skunks: Austin's First Punk Band, "Earthquake Shake," by the Skunks from Austin, TX

The Splash Four covers “Earthquake Shake”

Although I’ve known about this record for several years, I only recently scored a copy of “Do the Earthquake Shake” by The Splash Four, a punk band from Paris. Their version of the Skunks‘ original “Earthquake Shake” is pretty damn solid. They changed a few chords between choruses, which is …

Jesse Sublett, Austin author & musician

Eddie, Rick, Bonnie & Clyde

Congrats to Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette and everyone associated with Boyhood, recognized at Golden Globes 2015. Oh, let’s not forget Marco Perella and Barbara Chisholm, who have parts in the film and whom I have worked with in the past (Marco Perella: I cowrote Deep in the Heart, which we …

Jesse Sublett, Austin author, musician

Howlin’ Wolf at War

This photo of Howlin’ Wolf in the Army, proudly wearing his campaign hat, the crown pinched in the style from World War I, should have been included in my last Howlin’ Wolf post, with the recently discovered photo of Wolf during the Louisiana Maneuvers in 1941, where the caption identifies …

Jesse Sublett, Austin author and musician

Howlin’ Wolf in the US Army

    The caption is a little odd, even after realization sinks in: “Second Army Maneuvers in Louisiana, Pvt. Chester Arthur Burnett, Picket line Troop G, 9th Cavalry (colored) from Aberdine, Mississippi, cleaning frog of horse, while Staff Sgt. Columbus Rudisal, Goffney, S.C., looks on. Sgt. Rudisal is directing Troop …

Armadillo & Threadgill’s music history on the block

Eddie Wilson’s Armadillo World Headquarters & Threadgill’s Collection auction is probably the biggest collection of such art and collectibles being publicly offered in many years. Eddie is selling off his huge trove of posters from the Armadillo era, plus beer signs dating back almost to the Civil War… signed photos, cosmic cowboy stuff, large …