Not Records Tapes'
first CD release in 1994, Under Ground is a compilation
of artists that hail from Austin, Texas; Texacala Jones,
Texas Terri Laird, Mike Alvarez, Roky Erickson, Davy Jones,
Larry Seaman and Mike Runnels. The CD is produced
by Mike Alvarez
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his group, The 13th Floor Elevators released The
Psychedelic Sounds of the13th Floor Elevators in
the summer of 1966, this marked the first use of
the word psychedelic in connection to music. Erickson
performs his classics The Beast and The Haunt in
a raw, in your face format. Recorded on cassette
in 1984, the clear recordings demonstrate Erickson
is still, in 1984, at full force, a vocal master.
of the LA legacy known as Tex and the Horseheads,
former Los Angeles underground power Texacala Jones
belts the songs Under the Godfather and Locked In
A Room. Recorded in 1993 at Los Angeles Tiny
Hickoid, ex Idea and ex The Next, Austin rock punk
Davy Jones plays a bar version of the Jimmy Reed
classic Ain't That Lovin You Baby and a screaming
cover of the Rectors, It Never Happened (written
by Mike Runnels). Jones is a real music man, an
endless stream of creative and guitar force. Jones
was part of what makes Austin the music gem that
it has been for years. Davy passed away in 2017.
songs from the producer-musician who first made
his mark as a punk in the 80's Austin band Max and
Makeups (see The Mutant Band in the 1983 bomb flick
Kill). Alvarezs tongue in cheek, On The
Beach and the folk-country Rebecca (co-written by
Ken Jones) is backed by Texas drum lord Mike Buck
(Thunderbirds, LeRoi Bros.) and Austin music great
Byron Scott on bass (Bad Mutha Goose, Do Dat) on
this 1993 EP "Love" (available soon
on Not Records Tapes).
|Texas Terri Laird
Austin and Raul's scene force made her musical presence
felt after moving to Los Angeles. Laird covers Tex
Edwards If Looks Could Kill and rocks on the
original recording of one of Lairds early
anthems Oh Yeah.
spearhead of the Austin underground scene that surrounded
the club Rauls, the birth barn of the Austin
punk scene. Seaman, a founding member of the great
Standing Waves,rocks through the brilliant songs
Ashes and All Right. Recorded at Austins Music
Lane studios in 1994 and 1995,these songs show Seaman
brilliant, crafty and inspired.
also a primary force of the Austin punk scene that
surrounded the club Rauls in the early eighties,came
on the scene as a punk in the fast Reactors. They
were cool. In 1996 Runnels moved back to Austin
after living in LA for several years. Runnels went
South in his song writing as the country Pretty
Baby and She Cant Wait shows Runnels pulling
out a great country and western feel to these songs.