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The faces that comprise 'The Sound of Austin'

Some proceeds from compilation of portraits will go to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com
GZA/Genius' deluxe edition of 'Liquid Swords' includes a chess set.

Though it has been out for a spell, "The Sound of Austin: Portraits by Matthew Sturtevant" is a book worth noting.

Sturtevant has been photographing Austin musicians for a couple of decades, and this coffee-table tome collects 100 of the portraits he's created, including ones of such Texas luminaries as Willie Nelson, Alejandro Escovedo, Kat Edmonson, Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr., Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Reckless Kelly and Robert Earl Keen. The facing page of each photograph includes the date it was shot and a few paragraphs about the subject. Complete with forward by journalist Joe Nick Patoski and an introduction by radio personality Jody Denberg, "The Sound of Austin" focuses on the KGSR/blues/roots/Americana/country side of things, but it's a lovely primer on the folks who have defined that sound in our fair city. A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. There is a book signing Thursday at Waterloo Records. Erin Ivey, Rick Broussard and Mike Barfield will perform backed by Brannen Temple, Glenn Fukunaga and Denny Freeman. ...

Oh, supergroups. That format is never going out of style. The newest is Anywhere, which features drummer/singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) on drums and vocals, bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, The Stooges) on bass and frontman Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!). The album is "Anywhere."

Post-Hold Steady band the Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten" is in stores today, as well new albums from indie rockers Passion Pit ("Gossamer") and Aussie noise rock titans Slug Gut ("Playin' in Time With the Deadbeat").

"Right now" is about the time that albums from hip-hop's golden age (or is it the silver age?) start getting the deluxe reissue treatment. The GZA/Genius' iconic 1995 album, "Liquid Swords," has been re-released as "Liquid Swords: The Chess Box," a two-CD set with a disc of "Swords" producer the RZA's instrumentals for the record. It also comes with a chess set, which makes this the illest way to get your seeds into GZA's favorite game.

The Pharcyde's "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde: Expanded Edition" appends the 1992 debut album with two CDs of B-sides, instrumentals and ephemera.

Aging alt-rock nerds and the women (and men) who put up with them are already salivating over the reissue of several records by Sugar, Bob Mould's trio after Hüsker Dü's implosion. The "Copper Blue/Beaster (Deluxe Edition)" combines those two with bonus tracks, while "File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Edition)" comes with a second CD of B-sides and a 1994 live show. ...

Another big week for TV on DVD and Blu-ray, with HBO's almighty "Game of Thrones: Season One" out on both formats, while "Star Trek: The Next Generation — Season One" is making its Blu-ray debut. The beautiful, understated documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is out today, while Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan" and "The Last Days of Disco" make their Criterion Collection Blu-ray debut. ...

Stephen King's Kennedy assassination thriller "1 1/22/63" makes it to paperback this week, while best-selling author Emily Griffin debuts her sixth novel "Where We Belong." Tana French's new "Dublin Murder Squad" novel, "Broken Harbor," is in stores now, as is "The Light Between Oceans," the buzzy debut novel from Australian writer M.L. Stedman.

Contact Joe Gross at 912-5926