I have two words for those who complain about our alleged Gordon Raphael name-dropping: Gordon Raphael!
I haven’t even started name-dropping him — we should have a special section solely devoted to the guy for as long as he stays in San Antonio producing local bands. Even if he had only produced the first two albums by the Strokes (which he did), his place in the producers’ Hall of Fame is secured. And if you still don’t know about him, you can catch him live at 10 p.m. on Friday, January 14, at Jack’s Patio Bar (3030 Thousand Oaks Drive, 494-2309). That night, Education (the first local band he produced) will be playing at midnight. They share the bill with The Rafiki Project (10 p.m.) and the Offbeats (11 p.m.). Raphael will be spinning records from 1:15 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The one thing linking Education, Ill Prospekt, Tangible Green, We Leave at Midnight, and 14-year-old Victoria Zaleski, the local artists so far chosen by Raphael, is their songwriting. Freaking songs. So it might be a good idea to stop by Olmos Bharmacy/Patty Lou’s Restaurant (3902 McCullough @ Hildebrand) for a songwriting panel sponsored by the Texas Music Coalition on Tuesday, January 18. Panelists include Butch Morgan (who’s been songwriting for 40 years), Héctor Saldaña (of the Krayolas and music writer for the Express-News), Oscar Laun (Confusion Only), and Ron Young (former music critic for The Light and leader of Young & Restless SA). The activities begin at 6:30 p.m., the panel is at 7 p.m., and afterwards you’ll have the usual Butch Morgan’s Open Mic.
A final message for bands/songwriters: it’s time to update the Current’s Mixx Tape feature. If you don’t know what the heck that is, go to sacurrent.com, click on “music,” and drop your cursor on “mixx tape.” You’ll find a playlist and a “wanna be added?” link with instructions on how to send me your song. What I’m looking for is that one song you’re most proud of, not necessarily your biggest hit. The goal is to identify and locate strong local songwriters, because everything starts and ends with a good song. At the end of the year, a Current-approved panel (or myself, if everyone flakes on me) will choose the best songs and, maybe, who knows … ? A famous producer told me of his interest in producing a CD of those songs.
Guess what his name is.