Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Smokin Happy Hour!

Damn, we sure do miss playing songs for you. I'm sure you miss us too right? Can't get enough of us? Fingers crossed we should be back on the air in 2 Thursdays! So we're celebrating with a Happy Hour at Mowhawk Wed. Jan 30 5p-8p.

RgDg will be guest bartending and serving you smokin' drink specials (can you say $1 whiskey!!!!) and playing tunes about Fire FIRE and more fire! Most Importantly..... our tips will go to KOOP to help rebuild our studios. Please come have a drink and hang out for a good cause! We miss you too.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

KOOP Radio WILL Return!

Hi all –
You may have already heard the horrible news that the KOOP Radio studios/office were destroyed this past weekend in another fire. KOOP will be off-the air for several weeks while we gather equipment and make plans to begin re-broadcasting, but we WILL return!

You may have also heard now that the Austin Fire Dept. has said that the most recent fire was intentionally set!

We are all shocked and outraged by the knowledge that this most recent fire was an act of violence intended to TRY and silence KOOP Radio. We will NOT be silenced. We will NOT be intimidated or scared, and we will not allow someone (some foul person) to squash the dream of true local, independent radio for and by the community. WE ARE STRONG! We have the volunteers, dedication, skills, determination, persistence, and support of the community to return bigger and better! NOW is the time to stand up against those that want to use violence to TRY and shut us up. SI SE PUEDE!

If you have any information that may lead to the arrest of the scumbag(s) that did this, The Texas State Arson Hotline is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the recent fire at KOOP's facility.

The hotline may be reached 24-7 at 1-877-4FIRE45 (1-877-434-7345).

For more information about KOOP Radio, contact KOOP, (512) 472-1369 or online at www.koop.org . KOOP is accepting donations to help it rebuild. If you don’t have money, donate time, if you don’t have time, donate money.

And always always always, THANK YOU for your continued support.

Viva La Radio de la Communidad!

~RadioActive (Rebecca)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

more from 07

Best Album was going to be a shoe-in hands down unanimous vote for Octopus Project's "Hello, Avalanche" and while it is still the top contender, my other local fav Horse+Donkey dropped it's surprise self-titled debut album in a last minute shocker November show adding another difficult decision. While the H+D album is better than I could have ever imagined (since we've been waiting for it for years), the Octopus Project album is a non-stop spinner.

HELLO AVALANCHE is Octopus Projects 4th full length album. It comes only a year after their highly acclaimed collaborative release "House of Apples and Eyeballs" with Black Moth Super Rainbow. This trio has been going strong since day 1 (back in 1999) and continues to bring energy and smiles to every show it plays. I've seen them over 3 dozen times and its amazing how they continue to entertain me every single time; personally it's never gotten old. 2007 came with the addition of (another) brand new guitarist, Ryan Figg, who not only seems a perfect fit for the band, but it also one of the most skilled I've seen play with them. He brings a very "heavy" element to them. Kudos Octopus Project, you are now and may certainly always be one of my "Best of's".

My first encounter with Horse+Donkey was their very first show when they became a trio (guitarist Geno, whom I've never met but heard tons about left to return to El Paso.... why? i dunno). You could say it was love at first sound though. They've been tossing around "we're recording our album" for that long, and longer probably and were surrounded by rumors of being released on I Eat Records label. However, in a surprise and unannounced move, this November they SELF released a full-length album. Boy was it ever a surprise. It contains all my favorite live songs, and a few extra surprises. In its height of success though, comes dismal rumors of a band break. It all sounds like a VH1 behind the music in the making. Good Luck Horse+Donkey, you are as odd as you are talented and that is what makes you so fucking cool.