Austin City Limits

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Marc Morfei, Jul 16, 2019.

who watches Austin City Limits?

  1. OMG yes!

    30.7%
  2. Once in a while

    64.8%
  3. Austin what?

    4.5%
  1. L.A. Mike

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    Include me in the "what happened to Austin City Limits?" crowd.
    I think the show is actually doing a good job of representing what is going on with the music scene in Austin. Disjointed and random.
    It's a typical college town with a small downtown area with lots of clubs that cater to the college crowd.
    The bands appear to have followings mainly in college towns and aren't usually nationally known.
    They usually have a decent front person. Not star caliber but maybe a step above bar band level. The songwriting is for the most part mediocre.
    Most of them do self-promotion and sell their products at the show.
    Nothing wrong with that, lots of people do that including myself.
    But, headlining on ACL? I don't get it.
    Maybe that's what draws ACL audience these days. The cool underground bands they appear about to break into the national headlines.

    I lived in Austin from 2000-2004. My brother lives there so I usually go back for a visit once a year.
    Went to a couple of SXSW's. Got to go to 2 live tapings of ACL. One was Bonnie Raitt. The other was The Gypsy Kings. Both shows were excellent.
    I also frequented the few clubs that had people like Mike Landau, Dave Grissom, Malford Milligan, David Holt, and sometimes people like Eric Johnson or Joe Ely would do surprise shows.
    But those shows are at small clubs and usually on Monday or Tuesday nights. And the crowds were obviously people who hadn't been in college for quite a few years.

    I think Austin may be the "Live Music Capitol of the World" these days if it just means most live bands on any given night regardless of talent.
     
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    I used to watch Austin City Limits regularly but haven't in years (except the odd time that when scanning the channels it is on and there is someone interesting). As has been mentioned previously, it's not the same show it was.
    The show I really, really never missed and wish was still around is American Music Shop with Mark O'Connor!
     
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    What channel is it on?

    And don't gimme no network name... I want a NUMBER.
     
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    I’ve watched it, and loved it since it was a new show.
    I even attended two Eric Johnson tapings, as well as Death Cab For Cutie, John Anderson, and Michael Martin Murphy.
    The new venue is much nicer than the old.
    The sound crew are ultra brilliant!
     
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  5. Zepfan

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    I set my DVR to record every time ACL comes on. Unfortunately, I end up deleting it before watching about 50 % of the time, deleting after the first song about 40% of the time and enjoying the occasional band 10% of the time.

    I also tape Sun Studio Sessions which I enjoy watching about 70% of the time.

    AXSTV has some great stuff, but they also have a bunch of people talking about artists instead of paying the music. If I enjoyed that, I'd be listening to Radio too.
     
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    Night Music with David Sanborn was a good one too.
     
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    I’ll have to look for that show.
     
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    EVERYONE who who has responded to this thread should watch the ACL documentary on Amazon Prime.

    Especially the “I used to love it/never missed it/don’t know what happened to it/how come Asleep at the Wheel and/or Townes is not on every week ?” crowd.

    It’s very good.
     
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    I record it.
     
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    When bands I dig come on, still awaiting the killer band, "The Lost Sounds" to make their debut appearance. It will be epic:);)
     
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    I'll watch once in a while. I rarely am familiar with the bands now, but I might watch a song or two to see if they're any good.....and usually (IMO) they're not. I have a few performances on VHS (Los Lobos, Eric Johnson, Little Feat, etc) that are priceless.....but nothing in a long time. I somewhat disagree with Fiesta Red.....I AM getting old, AND a lot of newer music sucks.....;)
     
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    The only thing worth watching on PBS and they have o raise their own money.
     
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    I love ACL. But I've never been a regular watcher. Most of the best shows you can find. I never saw it as a way to find out about new music, or any specific genre. It just always felt very Austin to me.

    I live in WV now, and have discovered the amazing Mountain Stage. If you prefer more the more folky, country, americanish, alt-country ACL shows, check out Mountain Stage. It's a jewel. I never heard it before I moved here. It's mainly published on NPR radio, is partly why. But there are some videos. One of the most famous is the REM recording way back in the early 90s.

    And anyone can get tickets for tapings. ACL tix are for big wigs only. Every one else gets the leftovers, with no guarantee of getting into the taping. Been there, done that. Still never seen a live ACL taping.
     
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    oh man... american experience is pretty epic.. and the poetry show is really good too... lots of good stuff on pbs...
     
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    We lost PBS for some reason here. I used to record it. If I didn’t care for the artist I’d just delete it
     
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    PBS stations may carry them or look online for their Sessions Videos.
     
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    I remember going to Austin for work in the 80s and trying
    to get to that show. Even back then there was a waiting
    list and a lottery.
     
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    Before I dropped Cable TV a few months ago this is what I normally did too.
     
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    I've always watched ACL, and of course had to visit the place in Austin last year. I still pop a bottle of Topo Chico and watch it on the plane or Youtube.

    New music always rules people, don't you even remember?
     
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    I try to remember to check the guide each week, and in the past year I've watched one episode, Iggy Pop b/w Queens of the Stone Age
     
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