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Perfect Chaos Breaks Into Austin Video Production Scene

6 Feb

Perfect Chaos Films broke into the video production scene this Summer in Austin. The company founded by Michael Mason (the love of my life) has flourished since its start this past July 2015. Perfect Chaos Films has a diversified portfolio from tech companies to non-profits.

Houston native, Michael Mason has lived in Austin, off and on for 20 years, and came to the Violet Crown for his love of film. While he left for a short bit, Austin will always be home.

His journey outside Austin led him to work for a top talent & literary agency in Los Angeles, which aided in his increased knowledge in story development. In addition to his experiences on the West Coast, Michael has worked as associate news producer, worked for a local ad & video production outfit, and has trained as a commercial actor.

What also sets him apart from the competition is his experience in working for a variety of Austin tech companies giving him the understanding of both fields tech and video.

He started the company, because he saw a spot in the marketplace where technology has made it affordable for companies to have amazing videos.

He touts offering high-quality, personable, and aesthetically pleasing videos for a competitive price, which is perfect for non-profits and start-ups.

Visit Perfect Chaos Films at www.perfectchaosfilms.com.


Striking Matches Lights Up the Stage at SXSW

9 Apr

This past SXSW 2013, I sat down via Skype Chat with Nashville duo, Striking Matches for the Skype Events Live Nation segment 2 Things.
Check it out now.

Post Skype chat the Country twosome lit up the stage at The Belmont where they showcased their talent. The venue was fitting, because the pair met at Belmont University.

Striking Matches music was also recently covered on the ABC hit show, Nashville. They are definitely a band to watch.

It’s All About the Music: A Love Reborn

9 Feb

I was introduced to music at very young age. My dad is a child of the 60’s. He practically gave me his vinyl collection before I could read. I grew up with the classics: the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Steppenwolf, and Led Zeppelin as part of my dad’s compilation of records.

My dad bought me “one” of my first 45’s, Gloria by Laura Branigan, when I was barely 5 years old. I was proud of my very own little collection as well including titles of the time: Physical by Olivia Newton John and Mickey by Tony Basil. All my 45’s have since perished a casualty of my childhood dog, a Chow-German Shepherd mix, She-Ra. Yes, like the Princess of Power.

But my favorites were always the greats like Abbey Road (my most played album), which I still have in LP collection back home.

I even went through a big Jim Morrison phase, as probably the rest of America did, when the movie, The Doors, came out. I had also just finished the book, No One Here Gets Out Alive. Between the two, it sparked an obsession. In my junior high yearbook picture, I could’ve been mistaken for Jim Morrison’s daughter, an unintentional result of my fixation.

But somewhere along the way I became somewhat music illiterate losing my passion and love of music for more than a decade. In recent years my love of music has regained momentum and 2012 it skyrocketed. I found myself at SXSW, ACL, FunFunFun Fest and many local shows.

One of my favorite parts of SXSW Music (maybe because I’ve often been wristbandless) is the KGSR morning series. Waking up before sun up, donating a few bucks to a good cause, and hearing SXSW bands play acoustic in an intimate setting, what’s not to like? There is no standing on your tip toes, bobbing of heads, or trying to push your way to the front to see. It is you and maybe 300+ SXSW goers in room listening to incredible artists like James Mercer of the Shins and Fun.

SXSW for me was once all about the parties and now it is all about the music.

The pinnacle of my music rebirth had to be at the recent Quiet Company concert at Antone’s just a couple weeks back. I went to the legendary rock joint as part of my Austin bucket list to hear one of their several last concerts before the popular music venue moved to their new home on East Riverside.

Come to discover each band of the night offered an intensity of intrigue.

But nothing prepared me for the performance given by Quiet Company. Intoxicated by the electrifying sounds, I watched, I jumped, I danced, and I listened as the Austin band brought down the house and reminded me of my lost love of music.

Now I have another vinyl to add to my collection.

The CliffNotes of Austin Food & Drink: A Guide for SXSW Goers

9 Mar

My highlights whether it’s their food, notoriety, cocktails, or just its pop culture lure

24 Diner – (6th & Lamar) – Gratifying southern comfort food by Season 9 Top Chef cheftestant, Andy Curren

Alamo Drafthouse (6th Street & multiple locations) – How ‘bout dinner and a movie? Entertainment Weekly named Alamo the best theater in the country

Baby A’s (1628 Barton Springs Rd.)Potent purple margaritas have you seeing pink elephants

Barley Swine (2024 S. Lamar) – Bryce Gilmore, named one of the Top 10 Chefs by Food & Wine magazine – delectable small plates, which I describe as PERFECTION.

Bess Bistro(500 W. Sixth Street) – Sandra Bullock’s basement bistro

Congress (200 Congress) – Named Bon Appétit‘s top 10 new restaurants in America

Contigo – (2027 Anchor Lane) In Top 10 of Texas Monthly’s Where to Eat in 2012

Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden (709 E. Sixth) – Season 9 Top Chef Cheftestant, Andy Curren’s new venture

El Arroyo (1624 W. 5th Street) – This local Tex-Mex restaurant is not just famous for being mentioned in the lyrics of Pat Green’s popular song Carry On, but their marquee sign has entertained the Austin masses for years with its sometimes controversial humorous blurbs.

Food Trailers – A blog for another day, though a couple are mentioned – Food trailers have blanketed the city and are emerging with spectacular innovative foods.

Frank (4th & Colorado) – Hot dog lounge featured on a recent Google commercial

Franklin Barbecue – (900 East 11th Street)Named Best BBQ in America by Bon Appétit magazine, did I mention it’s a trailer?

Gourdough’s (1503 S. 1st) – Eat yourself into a self-induced sugar coma with these heavenly gourmet donuts. Also featured on No Reservations.

Home Slice – (1415 S. Congress) – A little slice of New York in the ATX

Hult Hut (3825 Lake Austin Blvd.) – This lakeside restaurant definitely has its allure with a menu of food items described as “Tiki-Tex-Mex” and outdoor bars perfect for kicking back and watching the sunset on Lake Austin.

Juan in A Million (2300 E. Cesar Chavez) – Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman’s stomach was no match for their “Don Juan El Grande Taco Challenge.” Is yours?

Kerbey Lane (multiple locations) & Magnolia Café (multiple locations) – Both local eateries serving up everything from gingerbread pancakes to queso to late night diners.

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue (401 W. 2nd Street) Located in the newly emerging 2nd Street District, this barbecue joint offers some savory pulled pork and other palatable dishes including their mac ‘n cheese.

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar (1400 S. Congress)Also featured on No Reservations, this SoCo decked restaurant offers freshly flown in seafood daily.

Salt Lick (18300 FM 1826) – Worth the off the beaten path excursion to Driftwood, TX – BBQ done right!

Top Notch Hamburgers (7525 Burnet Rd.) – An old fashioned drive-in restaurant where some scenes of Richard Linklater’s cult classic, Dazed and Confused were filmed.

Trudy’s (multiple locations) – Knock you on a** Best Mexican Martini

Uchi (801 S. Lamar) – Try contemporary Japanese dishes from James Beard Award-winning Chef, Tyson Cole.

Uchiko (4200 N. Lamar) – Executive Chef & Top Chef Winner, Paul Qui created exquisite looking cuisine on the show, now see what he can do in his Austin kitchen.

This is does not even begin to showcase the many other worthwhile restaurants here in the Live Music Capitol. This is just a mere snapshot.

Happy Dining!

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