Gogol Bordello Sent a Message to ACL Goers

October 10th, 2010 at 12:01 pm by under Uncategorized

Even the diehard fans weren’t expecting this caliber of a performance from their favorite group, but somehow, Gogol Bordello delivered above and beyond.  They especially delivered a message Saturday by enthusiastically performing “Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher),” a single from their latest album Trans-Continental Hustle. Watch the music video on Youtube and read the comments section, this song has a message we all should listen to.  For more information on Immigrants’ Rights, visit aclu.org/immigrants-rights

Austin City Limits 2010 (Charlie L. Harper III/KXAN)The AMD stage crowd went into frenzy for this live rendition of ‘”Immigraniada.”  I have yet to see the audience at ACL react this much to a band, every person in the crowd instantly started clapping and chanting to the beat as lead singer Eugene Hutz tore up the stage, dancing from one side to the next so quickly that all you saw was a flash of energy.

Speaking of Hutz, we got a chance to catch up with him before their 6:30pm set.  I asked him the standard offbeat questions and a few about music, he said Austin has always been one of his favorite places to play. Enjoy the video and pictures below, and remember to keep up with Gogol Bordello at their website, you do not want to miss out on this band.

Eugene Hutz backstage at ACL (Charlie L. Harper III/KXAN)

There's Nothing Wrong With a Bottle a Night! (Charlie L. Harper III/KXAN)

Gogol Bordello Made A Statement Saturday Evening at ACL AMD Stage (Charlie L. Harper III/KXAN)

McCoy on going to Cleveland

April 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm by under Sports

After being drafted by Cleveland with the 85th pick in the draft, we caught up with Colt McCoy on the big move. The QB’s reaction was obvious on TV– he was happy to have his name called and said as much to us after the results.

“I’m really excited,” he said to us. “It’s been a long couple of days, honestly, but to have my name called, there’s not a better feeling and to have your phone ring and coach [Mike] Holmgren and coach [Eric] Mangini to be on the line saying ‘Hey, sometimes good things come to those who wait, has it been a long day?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s been a long day.’ But I understand that the needs of different teams, from all that I’ve heard, I was at the top of the board for everybody, but most teams just didn’t need a quarterback and that was a tough process. I understand that teams are going to go after guys that they need to help their team and I knew that if I was still on there at the end of that, I never thought that would happen that way, but I really felt confident in that.”

McCoy also talked about who Holmgren’s worked with: Joe Montana was drafted in the third round. Holmgren also coached Brett Favre with the Packers. That’s quite a list with just those two, who many consider to be two of the best in the past 20 years. I’d add Aikman, Marino and Elway, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

“I think it’s a great fit. Coach Holmgren has all his staff in line, coach Mangini is the head coach and from meeting with all the coaches, it’s all about winning and that’s what it’s like around here and that’s what I want to be a part of,” McCoy said. ”I feel really confident going in there. I’m going to study with Jake [Delhomme] and Seneca [Wallace], get to know those guys and I just got off the phone with coach [Brian] Daboll, the offensive coordinator, and he just said, ‘Come in here and do what you always do.’ He said, ‘What do I expect from you? I expect you to come in here and do your best.’ That’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to work my tail off. I can’t wait for the opportunity to get up there and learn and study and be there for the team.”

First-Round honors went to Earl Thomas who heads to Seattle. Jordan Shipley was picked by Cincinnati, where we hear he might be competing with former Texas teammate Quan Cosby in the return department. Roddrick Muckelroy also went on Saturday to Cincinnati.

Rare Austin Snowfall–Most in Six Years

February 23rd, 2010 at 3:31 pm by under Weather

It’s still snowing as I write this, and 1.3 inches has already accumulated in parts of Austin, making this the heaviest snowfall in Austin since Valentine’s Day, 2004.

Officially, at Camp Mabry .60 inches of snow fell today, also the highest snow total since that February day, and second highest total since a January, 1985 snowstorm.