ACL Christmas list

Music is a great present to give! The holidays bring out the music fan in all of us here at Austin City Limits as we make our lists for Santa. Here are some of the things we’re hoping to find in their stockings this Christmas. Feel free to share your list in the comments.

Leonard Cohen’s new album and tickets to see him live.
Joanna Newsom concert tickets
Screaming Females tickets
New R.E.M. retrospective.
Jeff Peterson, Producer

I want a piano so I can pick up where I left off at age 12. Also I would  like tickets and a driver to the annual Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza on 12/10 in Dallas.
Leslie Nichols, Associate Producer

A Very She & Him Christmas
Tickets to see Radiohead @ the Erwin Center
The Smiths Complete (box set)
New albums from The Black Keys, The Roots
Emily Joyce, Associate Producer / Digital & Interactive Director

The Stone Roses Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Boxed Set
The Unforgettable Fire Super Deluxe Edition
The Black Keys El Camino
The Rolling Stones Some Girls – Live in Texas ’78
Tom Gimbel, General Manager Austin City Limits

Leonard Cohen – the complete studio albums collection
The Roots – Undun
Olafur Arnalds – ….And They Have Escaped The Weight of Darkness
EPMD – There’s No Business Like Showbusiness (coming out in 2012!!!)
Real Estate – Days
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Herman Dune – Mas Cambios
Alex Cline Ensemble – Continuation
Maury Sullivan, Publicist

Black Keys’ El Camino and Nick Lowe’s Jesus of Cool on vinyl.
Lauren Burton, Production Coordinator

Slayer Soundtrack To The Apocalypse
JJ Weber, Production Manager

Gorillaz The Singles Collection: 2001-2011
Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures
The Black Keys El Camino
This Is A Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl by Paul Brannigan
Tickets to The Kills @ Stubbs Jan. 25th
Tamra Wilson, Project Manager

The Black Keys, El Camino
SuperHeavy SuperHeavy a
KGSR Broadcasts – Volume 19  (for a little bit everything to reminisce all the great music that made it through Austin in 2011)
Cake Concert at Stubbs on 12/4
Willie & Friends Family New Year Concert at ACL Live on 12/30 & 12/31
Hayes Carll’s Burlesque Circus and Sideshow Freakout at La Zona Rosa on 12/31
Tori Amos Concert at Bass Concert Hall on 12/21
Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Stubbs on 3/3
Amanda Hutchins, Manager Friends of Austin City Limits

I am lusting for Pristine Audio’s newly restored version of Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” from 1952. Furtwangler is thought by many to have been the greatest conductor of the 20th century, and he lives up to that reputation in this amazing performance. I also covet their restoration of Artur Schnabel’s Beethoven sonata cycle from the 1930s. This was the first complete recording of the Beethoven piano sonatas, and Schnabel’s playing, while technically flawed, is intensely musical. This company does amazing work with historical recordings, and you should check them out just for that, even if you’re not interested in the music.
Paul Sweeney, Videotape Operator

Randy Newman – Live in London
Gorillaz – The Singles Collection: 2001-2011
Giant Sand – Chore of Enchantment (25th Anniversary Edition)
The Wagoneers – The Essential Wagoneers
Various Artists – Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American
Gospel, 1944-2007 and This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American
Gospel on 45 RPM, 1957-1982
Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces Before, During & After by Andy Neil
Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath by Tony Iommi
Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal and the Music of New Orleans by Keith Spera
Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes
Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles Bk. 1 by Colin Meloy
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage DVD
Stones in Exile DVD
The Secret to a Happy Ending DVD
Ballad of Mott the Hoople DVD
Lemmy: 49% Motherf*cker, 51% Son of a Bitch DVD
The Who – Quadrophrenia: The Director’s Cut box set
Orange Juice – Coals to Newcastle box set
The Smiths – Complete box set
Richard Thompson – Live at the BBC box set
Robert Plant – Nine Lives box set
Michael Toland, National Productions Manager


Season 37 ACL Artists Honored by The Grammys

Congratulations from Austin City Limits to all the Grammy nominees this year, especially to the 15 artists featured this season on our show – nice job racking up 24 total nods. We’ll find out who won on February 12 when the Grammy Awards hit the airwaves. Good luck, everybody!

Here’s our list, along with the next date of broadcast:

Coldplay – 12/31/11

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Best Rock Performance

Best Rock Song


Fleet Foxes – 1/21/12

Best Folk Album

Wilco – 2/4/12

Best Rock Album

Raphael Saadiq – 4/7/12

Best Traditional R&B Performance

The Decemberists – 5/12/12

Best Rock Performance

Best Rock Song

Gillian Welch – 5/12/12

Best Folk Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Mumford & Sons – 5/26/12

Record of the Year

Song of the Year

Best Rock Performance

Best Rock Song

The Del McCoury Band (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band) – 6/9/12

Best Bluegrass Album

My Morning Jacket (Yim Yames with Preservation Hall Jazz Band) – 6/9/12

Best Alternative Music Album

Greg Allman (ACL Presents Americana Music Awards)

Best Blues Album

Lucinda Williams (ACL Presents Americana Music Awards)

Best Americana Album

Emmylou Harris (ACL Presents Americana Music Awards)

Best Americana Album

Alison Krauss (ACL Presents Americana Music Awards)

Best Bluegrass Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Jim Lauderdale (ACL Presents Americana Music Awards)

Best Bluegrass Album

The Civil Wars (ACL Presents Americana Music Awards)

Best Country Duo / Group Performance

Best Folk Album



Join Austin City Limits when we ring in the new year with a special performance by Coldplay.

The first-ever ACL New Year’s Eve special – a rare 90-minute episode – will be aired on PBS on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 11 p.m. (check local listings).  You can also view Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special on starting at 11 p.m. ET on  December 31st.

“We decided to go big with Coldplay – really big. So we came up with the idea of celebrating New Year’s Eve with a 90-minute special. All the hits plus their brand new songs,” said  ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona. “It’ll be a great way to kick off 2012!”

MTV described the taping: “It was one of those special nights when a band with a major arsenal finds a way to take its giant energy and squeeze it down into a much smaller space, without losing any of their arena-packing magic.”

Playing in front of the neon-colored set they brought with them to enhance our iconic skyline, Coldplay electrified the crowd with old favorites and new songs including the first-time ever public performance of new song “Up in Flames.”

Tune-in on New Year’s Eve and count down with us …

Episode Recap News

ACL Season 37 Special: – ACL Presents Highlights of the Americana Music Festival on Nov. 19

Here at ACL HQ, we don’t just stay within the borders of our (admittedly impressive) territory – we like to keep up with the interesting stuff our peers do as well. Case in point: the venerable Americana Music Association throws a four-day party in Nashville every year called the Americana Music Festival, sort of a more roots music-oriented version of Austin’s own SXSW. The highlight of a week of beer and bands is the annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony – at which our own Terry Lickona received a lifetime achievement award in 2008. (You can see a list of every year’s winners here.)

We think this festival is a cool thing, so we’re proud to partner with the AMA and Nashville’s longstanding public television station WNPT for ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival, airing Saturday Nov. 19 on your local PBS station. ACLP:AMF (say that three times fast – or, um, at all)  taped on October 13, the night of the Awards and Honors show, and features a plethora of performances from that magical evening.

And who might be providing those performances, you might ask? You get everyone from ACL vets Robert Plant (recipient of Album of the Year for Band of Joy), Lucinda Williams (Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting) and the Avett Brothers (Duo/Group of the Year) to Justin Townes Earle (Song of the Year for “Harlem River Blues”), Candi Staton and the Civil Wars. Gregg Allman (who appeared on ACL with the Allman Brothers Band back in Season 21) celebrates his Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance by crooning the classic “Melissa,” and Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss lead a tribute to the film soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou. All this and Amos Lee, Elizabeth Cook, Jessica Lea Mayfield, bandleader Buddy Miller and host Jim Lauderdale as well.

For more info on the embarrassment of riches that is this show, head over to the episode page for pics, clips, the set list and more. And, of course, for more scuttlebutt on all things ACL, you should visit the Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages and sign up for our newsletter.

After ACLP: AMF, we’ll take a break from Season 37 for the holidays. But we have lots of excellent encore episodes coming your way, including a much-beloved classic from way back in Season 4. Stay tuned.


First-Ever Live Stream of ACL Taping Friday Night, Featuring Indie Songstress Lykke Li

Ever wanted to attend an Austin City Limits taping but were foiled by time, distance or not winning the ticket lottery? Well fret no more — we’re thrilled to announce our first-ever live stream of an ACL taping,  this coming Friday, November 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm ET.

We invite you —  beautiful people of the Internet — to join us this Friday night as we embrace technology and bring you Lykke Li live from our new home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater. If you haven’t caught a show in our new state-of-the-art venue this is the perfect time to tune in and check it out — there’s only one other taping after this show.

Our friends at PBS will be hosting an exclusive live stream of indie songstress Lykke Li’s entire Austin City Limits taping, all just a click away. To watch the performance and join the conversation simply visit the PBS’s Facebook page here and press play.

We’ll be chatting it up on Twitter to bring you the full ACL experience and some extra behind-the-scenes commentary live during the evening. If you’re not following us already be sure to do so @acltv. Also, if you want to share the videos and photos we’ll be taking during the show be sure to head over to our Facebook page.

We hope you can join us online Friday night for Lykke Li as she graces the ACL stage. See you there! Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:


7 Tips For Future ACL TV Interns!

Hi blogging world! My name is Kelsey and I’ve been interning with ACL TV since August and I can’t even tell you how much I enjoy it. It may sound cheesy, but every day that I go in, I’m excited to work on what’s next with the greatest live music production here in the Lone Star State, or really, the world!

The biggest question I get asked (besides “Can you get me free tickets?”) is “How do I become an ACL TV intern?” so I thought I would shed a little light on the whole thing. If you want to fill the ACL TV intern shoes, it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into! This is a little friendly advice for anyone who’s interested in interning:

Kelsey’s 7 Tips and Things-To-Know Before Interning with ACL TV

1. Know the difference between ACL TV, ACL Live and the Austin City Limits Music Festival

This might seem obvious, but you don’t know how many people we talk to that get them confused. I (and possibly you, someday!) intern for ACL TV, which means I work for the company that partners with KLRU and has produced 37 seasons of live music television goodness. In fact, it is the longest running music television program in American history!The Austin City Limits Music Festival is awesome – however, it is not the same. It’s a different branch of ACL and it is 3 days of music; we’re all year-round depending on when we book artists. ACL Live is the company that works the shows that are not television tapings out of the same venue that we do- the The Moody Theater in the W Hotel. We love ACL Live and the ACL Festival, however, we are not the same. We do tapings, they do shows. Easy enough, right? Good! Moving on!

2. Know your music!

I’m guessing if you have even an inkling to work with Austin City Limits TV, it’s because you like music, specifically the live kind. All I can tell you is – embrace this! Listen to music, write about music, talk about music and be proud! If you intern with ACL TV, you’re going to be working with people who eat, sleep and breathe live music, so you should start doing the same, honestly! You never know what genre you might end up loving after hearing it, or who might be scheduled for a taping! Your passion for music will not go unappreciated.

3. Stay in School (or specifically, college)

In order to intern with ACL TV, it helps to be in at least your junior year of college and able to receive college credit for your time here. I don’t make the rules, sorry, but that’s the way it goes! Everyone’s case is different though, so if you’re still interested in applying and don’t meet these criteria, email with any specific concerns. If you do meet these criteria, make sure you talk to your university or college adviser and get the credit paperwork sorted out and can commit at least 8-10 hours a week plus the scheduled taping days. Specifics about schedules will be dealt with later.

4. Tone down the “fangirl” (or fanboy!)

I’m going to be completely honest with you – I have been known to be an obsessive music fan. However, for this internship, you’ve gotta keep a professional head on your shoulders! It should seem obvious, but I still think it’s good to be reminded that hey, you’re not being hired at ACL TV to have deep conversation with so-called “famous” people. There’s nothing wrong with being nice and approachable, but if you want to rub elbows with musicians that you like, this is not the place for you. Trust me, (and this comes from the girl whose heart skipped a beat when I found Arcade Fire was playing) you WILL get a great and close seat to hear these artists play. You WILL NOT be eating expensive cheeses with them and playing twister in their dressing rooms. Do your job and enjoy the perks that do come with it, but don’t overstep any boundaries.


People always ask me, “What do you do at ACL TV?” My answer? Everything! My mentors here give me all sorts of tasks to do- from office day-to-day upkeep to running errands around the city, to giving input on the tapings and helping log the shows, to blogging about a list of intern tips like I am now! You really will be called upon to do so much, but don’t be scared! Everyone I’ve met working at ACL TV genuinely wants to see me succeed and is always able to help. So be flexible and be prepared to do a lot! This is not an internship where you sit on the sidelines and only make coffee. Interning with ACL TV is very hands-on. Bring your talents to the table with you and use them, because you’ll very likely be all over the place!

6. Pack some good shoes and a sweater!

This one may sound silly, but hey, don’t say I didn’t warn you ahead of time! Taping days are usually pretty crazy, and good stable shoes are essential, especially referring to tip #5 and being flexible! Oh, and maybe this is just the fashion-forward female in me, but a sweater is always a great accessory and when the studio is cold (yes, even in Texas heat) you’ll want one.

7. Get excited!

Not that I should have to tell you this one- but I think that if you come into work here realizing that you’re helping to put on one of the greatest musical traditions in the world, it doesn’t hurt to crack a smile. Even as hectic as it might be on taping days, a little positivity goes a long way. And plus, everyone knows, especially those that work at ACL TV, that a smiling crowd looks way better on camera.

Now for the serious stuff/fine print:

Updated 1/13: In order to apply for the ACL TV internship for this Fall 2013 send a resume and cover letter explaining why you’d like to work for ACL TV and what semester you are interested in to  ejoyce at klru (dot)org by April 15, with ‘internship’ somewhere in the subject line.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments of this post or let me know if I can answer it on twitter, @kelseyrmanning. Good luck applying and don’t forget to watch this season of Austin City Limits on KLRU. It debuts this Saturday and I can say firsthand that it is going to be wonderful!