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In a ramp up to his country album (The Marfa Triptych Part I), Graham and Innova Recordings are planning a simultaneous release of ten digital albums including re-mastered versions of the first three Golden Arm Trio ...

Ten Digital Album Release

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Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty and the Beast conceived and choreographed by Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills with a new concert length score by Graham will make its world premiere in February 2015 at the Long ...

New Ballet Commission

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The finale of the multi-year Ballroom Marfa commission, PANCHO VILLA will be a small cast opera composed by Graham, directed by Rude Mechanicals Co-Artistic Director Shawn Sides and featuring Grammy-winning guitarist and ...

Pancho Villa Chamber Opera

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Following up Golden Hornet Project’s most successful concert to date, GHP will team up again with Texas Choral Consort to record a full length studio album featuring compositions from Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Caroline Shaw ...

Requiem Undead Album To Be Recorded

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The weather behaved, the rattlesnakes stayed away and we all had a great night watching the sun set, the stars come out and the moon light up the concert.  Graham lived score it all at the premiere of Ballroom Marfa's The ...

Live Scoring the Marfa Sunset

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A collaboration with the Japanese Women’s Baseball League, Forklift Dancework’s Allison Orr, and Graham.  Two weeks in Japan developing the piece and then a premiere at their baseball ...

Back From Kyoto

Top Ten Favorite Punk Rock Bands

Here’s the November & December Edition…. PUNK ROCK BANDS! Coming next is my top ten favorite pizzas of all time.

  1. Fugazi – The defining band of my high school experience, I saw Fugazi live at The Anthrax in Norwalk, CT and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

  2. Dead Kennedys – This is the first punk band I got excited about. We called it hardcore and considered punk to be the older stuff (like the Sex Pistols). Chuck D and Jello Biafra remind me of each other: distinct and memorable voices, powerful personalities, heavy on the political content, a balance of fun and serious and angry, great frontmen who couldn’t sing a lick in the traditional way.

  3. Nomeansno – All those east coast post punk bands were so serious it was great to hear this west coast band and realize that you could have a good time while creating this music and that the fun would be reflected in the music.

  4. The Clash –  I was a late-comer to The Clash. Rock the Casbah seemed way too pop slick for me to like at first and that made me ignore the rest. I got over it and spent a long time listening to London Calling over and over.

  5. Gang of Four – I was a late-comer to Gang of Four as well, but unlike The Clash I liked them immediately. I finally heard the roots of all the DC Hardcore I had been listening to.

  6. Minutemen – Mike Watt was a great hero to my bass player friend in college so I heard a lot of him. Watt’s followup band, Firehose, was just ok in the studio, but great live.

  7. Nation of Ulysses –  Never saw them live, but they recorded one of my favorite live albums, “Play Pretty for Baby.” Little Richard meets punk fury.

  8. Big Horny Hustler – One of my favorite shows by one of my favorite Austin bands at one of my favorite (now defunct) Austin clubs: Buzz Moran, Tony Nozero, Julian Peterson, and the ferocious August Alston tore up the Blue Flamingo in the late 90’s.

  9. Rapeman/Shellac – Steve Albini’s bands were always strong and even more importantly his incredible recordings are a pinnacle of indie engineering. He set the standard, though I’m not sure anyone has matched it.

  10. Le Tigre – I’ve seen them live. I have several albums. But really it’s one song, “Deceptacon”, that put them on this list. It became a Rude Mech standard, was played at every party for ten years, and captured the intense but fun, rebellious but friendly, political and intellectual but ready to party energy that defines Austin’s greatest theater company.

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Richard Linklater Collaborations

Graham has collaborated five times with iconic independent film director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, School of Rock), starting with a simple piano score for the short “Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor” in 2003. Featuring Timothy “Speed” Levitch, star of the documentary The Cruise, “Shiva’s Dance Floor” is a film essay on 9/11 exploring ideas about what to do with the land at Ground Zero. Not long after, Linklater asked Graham to score A Scanner Darkly which he was adapting from the Philip K. Dick novel. Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder starred in the rotoscoped film; shot in live action and then animated over. The score which featured acoustic instruments and electric guitar processed through computer effects was declared “Best Soundtrack of the Decade” by Cinema Retro Magazine. After Scanner came Bernie starring Jack Black. Read more…