One of my wife’s favorite gifts to her brothers sisters scattered around the country is the KGSR CD.  Each year KGSR compiles the best of its on-air performances on a double CD set which is released right after Thanksgiving.  Every year, the CD’s sell out fast–usually by Christmas, sometimes you get lucky and still pick it up in January. 

This year’s compilation includes music from Lyle Lovett, Patty Griffin, The Neville Brothers, Tori Amos, Mavis Staples, Jack Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Robert Earl Keen, Aimee Mann, Willie Nelson, Eliza Gilkyson. 

Cool thing is that proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation, which provides low-cost mental health services for Austin musicians and their families.  Pick up a copy at Waterloo Records or buy it off their website.  Copies are also available at Austin Christmas Bazaar, Borders, and a few other record stores.

Need a Ticket? Call

My mother’s never been to a football game. Ever! I needed to trade in my two tickets for four so she could go see her first football game (yes I know it’s just Rice but what the heck). I called and Austin owned business (1-800-SOLD-OUT) and a few minutes later they’d traded my two tickets for four. is owned by my good friend Randy Cohen–an Austinite. He’s managed to get tickets for all types of events from Longhorn sports, local concerts, Broadway and Las Vegas shows, and even international events like the World Cup. Best part is you can go pick up your tickets at Dobie Mall instead of worrying about whether a ticket broker will mail you the tickets or not.

Another cool Austin business.

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