Audra Schroeder, Alt-Weekly Vet and Jock Jams Enthusiast, Named Dallas Observer Music Editor

Categories: DFW Music News

Earlier today, when she formally accepted our offer to become the Observer's next music editor, Audra Schroeder included in her email the above video, along with this message: "Feel free to blast this in the office to get people ready. I'll work on somersaults/tear-away pants."

I wish that was all I needed to tell you, but you're a picky bunch, so I'll fill you in a little more. Audra is a veteran of the alt-weekly music-editing trade, having toiled for the last several years as the associate music editor at the Austin Chronicle and before that as the music editor for our sister paper in Palm Beach. She's also written for dailies, the Village Voice, Bitch, and something called Venus, which I'm assuming is a women's culture magazine but may also be an unauthorized biography of the lesser tennis-playing Williams sister. Or maybe the planet. But probably the women's culture thing.

Anyway, she's awesome. (She had to be to rise to the top of the teeming cache of hugely talented candidates who applied for the gig.) She'll start in late November. In the meantime, inimitable clubs editor Daniel Hopkins and your trusty crew of contributors will continue to drunkenly and snottily man this wobbly ship of music news, criticism and Staind jokes.

I encourage you to welcome Audra on Twitter and in the comments, and to wait until she shows up to tell her she's a carpetbagger. Name-calling always goes down better in person, and with whiskey.

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Loismartin23
Loismartin23

Rick Ross, Boss "You The Boss" remixed on youtube now a R& B song (My Sweet Thang..My Boo Thang..My Everything)Check it out.

mike
mike

snippet of her work covering a band from around here:

Saturday night's Dirtnap showcase demonstrated just how far the Portland, Ore., label has its hands up Texas' skirt. Everyone was panting for former Marked Man Mark Ryan's new band Mind Spiders, which blew out webs with two drummers, two guitarists, a bassist, and a keyboardist crowding the small stage. The sound swirling around the basementlike confines of Easy Tiger didn't matter: "Going Away Tonight" and "Mind Spiders Theme," from January's self-titled debut, lodged themselves in your ear. Ryan also debuted two new songs and managed to work in a snippet of the Monks' "Monk Chant."

Noah W. Bailey
Noah W. Bailey

Awesome. I used to read her all the time in the Chronicle.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

I should have mentioned why we have a new music editor, in case anyone missed the news a few weeks back that Pete Freedman, our former music editor, left the paper to pursue other opportunities, possibly in his old hometown of Boston. He says freelance music writing, but I'm thinking he should go for GM of the Red Sox. They wouldn't be able to hit, but they'd have awesome stoll-to-the-plate tunes.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Whats ur opinion on sports. Welcome hag

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Off-topic, illiterate and dickish: A triple play!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

sarcastic, humorous and playful, at least thats what I thought when I typed it.  And far from off topic considering the YouTube embed is Jock Jams.  Try again Joe and Ill try again, whats her opinion on arena rock.  Welcome snooty music lover

MattL1
MattL1

Welcome Audra.  

Also, be careful with the Staind jokes.  What their fans lack in numbers they more than make up for with their ability to hold irrational, violent grudges.  Or so I would imagine.  I've never actually met one.

Nick R.
Nick R.

Welcome Audra! 

@Matt I'll have to check, but I think Schutze is a Staind fan

MattL1
MattL1

Wow, he really is an enigma.  

Now that I think about it, it's possible that I have met one or two, but it's just "been a while."  

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