Another reminder of how much PBS’ “Austin City Limits” has changed its tone since Bob Mould himself called Austin home in the mid-‘90s, the former Hüsker Dü co-leader is featured in this week’s episode of America’s longest-running TV music series. The show will air locally on TPT 2 at midnight Sunday (as in right after “Saturday Night Live”), and again on TPT Life at 10 p.m. Sunday.
The producers for the show -- which was an exclusively all-twang affair up until the ‘00s -- coolly paired the ex-Minneapolitan with Southern Cali rockers the Delta Spirit to fill out the second half of this week’s show, making one excellent episode based on two of last year’s best concerts locally. For the TV cameras, Mould and his feisty bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster whittled down the set they played on tour last year, with some of Sugar’s “Copper Blue” and one song from the new “Silver Age” album rounded out by three Hüskers songs (you can see the set list here; or better yet, wait for the show).
The “ACL” episode is one of three new ways to see Mould on the small-screen. Ahead of his Feb. 28 “Late Night” appearance, Jimmy Fallon’s website just premiered the surprisingly comedic video for “Star Machine” (from “Silver Age”). Was Wurster a “Second City” cast member before he played in Superchunk, or what?
Meanwhile, the concert film from the all-star tribute to Mould at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in November 2011 -- titled "See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould" -- is now available as a $10 stream/download. A DVD version of the movie was also funded through a recent Kickstarter campaign. The show featured Dave Grohl, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (the Hold Steady), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Ryan Adams, No Age and Grant-Lee Phillips playing his songs, along with Bob himself. You can hear snippets of the songs for free here.
[Photo: Tony Nelson]