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"The First Vietnamese War"
The Black Angels

South By Southwest Music Festival : To play or not to play?, that is the question. I mean as an artist coming out with a new record this year I suppose it's something that I should do. It's just that SXSW has become so huge and crowded that it just didn't seem like something that I wanted to do. I was dragging my feet making up my mind about it and missed the registration deadline for an "official showcase".Last week I discovered that some of my close friends from Austin had a line on some parties there during the festival so I just decided, screw it, my band is going anyway and we'll try and bamboozle our way onto stage. Any excuse to go to Austin right? What's not to love about a city whose unofficial motto is Keep Austin Weird and that conservative Texans refer to as The People's Republic of Austin?

This week's playlist and Youtube selections are compiled of some Austin artists along with Bright Eyes and Starlight Mints with their renditions of a couple of Daniel Johnston songs (also an artist from Austin.)

I simply must include this as an addition to this week's Spin: last week's episode of Extras on HBO with a special guest appearance by David Bowie is truly a MUST SEE! It's the funniest piece of comedy that I've seen in a long time. Emmys anyone?

Heads up everyone…Our Lady Jane Hamsher Returns!!!! posting at 1:00 pm today!!

The Spin I'm In: Keep Austin Worried



The Black Angels

Bloodhounds On My Trail

The Black Angels

Berlin ‘45



Don't Slander Me

Roky Erickson

Anti-Klan (Pt.. 1)


Devil Town

Bright Eyes

Dead Lovers Twisted Heart

Starlight Mints

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.