While the Old 97’s were just recently in Dallas finishing up work on their next CD, those who need a quicker fix of frontman Rhett Miller can pick up the newest issue of Harp magazine. No, there won’t be a five page photo spread of the camera-friendly Miller, but included with the publication is the Shout it Out Loud Music Volume One compilation CD. Rhett performs his hayseed/pop interpretation of The Pixies classic “Wave of Mutilation.” Along with Miller, the disc features tracks by a collection of obscure bands from around the globe, including Cut Off Your Hands (Australia), New Violators (Norway), Boys Noize (Germany), Lonely, Dear (Sweden) and Seattle’s The Blakes. Rhett is easily the most identifiable performer among this lot, so much so his appearance actually sticks out as kind of odd. Shout it Out Loud Music is a film and television supervision company out of New York founded by a guy named Francis Garcia who has ties to Austin. Perhaps somewhere along the lost highway, Garcia heard Miller and the rest is, well, sort of, history. -- Darryl Smyers
Check out this video of Miller performing a Wave of Mutilation/Ziggy Stardust medley in 2006 on NYC Blues Cruise.