My favorite Austin blogs aren't always blogs, but I do consider them all to be invaluable resources. The common denominator on the short list below is that there's a definite chronicling aspect to these resources.
Yes, everyone who posts on the web is creating source material for future generations to appreciate and enjoy, but there are certain individuals whose contributions will really bring our contemporary times to life.
Just as a single interstate highway can stretch uninterrupted from coast to coast, or from border to border, there is a continuity in the life of an individual city that we, with our finite lifespans, frequently fail to appreciate.
I believe in self-expression, but I also believe in giving expression to the excellence that others have created. And that's exactly what the following Austin blogs and related resources do. And in doing so, they achieve their own excellence which deserves recognition.
The web entries detailing all the live music she catches around town, with an emphasis on singer-songwriter and blues acts, are always entertaining and filled with telling detail. The blog also features plenty of her original, first-rate photos from the events she attends.
But it was on YouTube where I first came across Deb. If you do much searching for high quality YouTube footage of live music in Austin, you're going to run across DownThunderRoad fairly quickly - and you'll be happy you did.
Here's some great footage she recorded of Lucinda Williams performing "Lake Charles" at La Zona Rosa -
Another tireless chronicler of Austin live music, Wisegeorge has been posting tons of footage on YouTube since 2007. He's also assembled a comprehensive collection of video tours of Austin bars, beer joints, and the best eating establishments to grab a beer.
I really love the video tours - what a cool way to celebrate Austin.
The live music channel is on the regular Wisegeorge channel and the local bar tours are on the Wisegeorge365 channel.
Here's some footage he captured of Carolyn Wonderland's stunning performance at her CD release party at Waterloo Records -
The Photography of Larry D. Moore
A prolific article contributor to Wikipedia, Larry D. Moore is also a terrific photographer who has generously contributed a number of his photos to Wikipedia Commons.
Most of the photos in his Wikipedia gallery are from the Central Texas area, but Austin itself is well represented.
His series involving Texas county courthouses is particularly noteworthy.
And here's one unrelated to Austin, but a fun one nonetheless:
1000+ year old Live Oak tree @ Goose Island State Park near Rockport, Texas Image by Larry D. Moore, used under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License