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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Press, 2002 - 2007

Photographs, 2002 - 2004

Flyers/Posters/Merchandise, 2002 - 2007

Video, 2002, 2005

Live Audio Recordings, 2002, Undated

Demo Production, 2002 - 2003

Stretch to Fit Album Production, 2003

The Malaise of Modern Living Album Production, 2004

The Delicate Prey Album Production, 2005

Triangulation Album Production, 2007

Recordings Releases, 2002 - 2004

Austin History Center

The Housewife Recordings and Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nomai, Afsheen
Title: The Housewife Recordings and Papers
Dates: 2002-2008
Dates (Bulk): 2002-2007
Abstract: Housewife was a rock band active in Austin, Texas between 2002 and 2008. The band members were John Rose (Guitar, vocals), Craig Carson (drums, vocals), and Afsheen Nomai (bass, vocals). In that time they played shows at numerous venues in Austin and recorded 2 LPs and 2 EPs. The band has been on “indefinite hiatus” since 2008. They insist they have not broken up.
Accession number: AR.2020.017
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archive Stacks, qAR, Artifacts
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Housewife was Afsheen Nomai (bass, vocals), Craig Carson (drums, vocals), and John Rose (guitar, vocals). Housewife formed in the spring of 2002 after Nomai and Carson met in a graduate level course (Feminist Criticism of Pop Music) at the University of Texas at Austin. Carson had been playing music with Rose since 1997 while undergraduates at UT, Austin. They mostly played parties, eventually naming themselves Grass is Greener and recording a soundtrack for a film called The Well in 2001. It was not long after Nomai first sat in on Carson and Rose’s practice in 2002 that the three decided it was a fit and came up with a name and recorded a four track demo at a friend’s house in Tyler, Texas. They handed out this demo while roaming Sixth Street during the 2003 South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference. Housewife would eventually play showcases at two SXSW Music Conferences, their first was in 2005 at the Blender Balcony (at the Ritz Upstairs) and the second was in 2007 on a stage set up outside the Chupacabra Cantina (along Trinity Street).

Housewife’s debut album (Stretch to Fit, 2003) was recorded, mixed and mastered by local Austin, Texas musician and sound engineer Brandon Tucker (Coco Candisi, Magnet School, Xcella). They recorded Stretch to Fit in "502 Sound Shed," a recording space Tucker had set up at the Band Co-Op Rehearsal Studio, and released the LP late summer, 2003. Housewife’s next two recordings, The EPs Malaise of Modern Living (released fall, 2004) and the LP The Delicate Prey (released fall, 2005), were recorded at Matchbox Studios in Austin, Texas by sound engineer Teddy Roberson.

After their debut performance at Beerland on May 6, 2002, Housewife had a relatively active live performance schedule, playing some of Austin’s iconic music venues including Emo’s (indoor) on Red River, Red Eyed Fly, and Room 710. Although they had the van for it, Housewife never went on tour. Except for one show in Dallas, Texas at the Cavern in 2007, Housewife was a strictly local performing band.

From late 2005 through 2006 Housewife took a brief hiatus while Carson attended graduate school in England. When Carson returned, the band immediately got to work on what would be their final studio release, the EP Triangulation, recorded at Ohm Recording Studio in Austin, Texas by sound engineers Brandon Tucker and Chico Jones. Housewife entered an “indefinite hiatus” in late 2007 when Carson moved out of state. Carson moved back to Texas in 2010, but took up residence in Houston. Housewife briefly tried to establish a regular practice routine, with Carson driving to Austin for practice, but the logistics proved too time consuming for the amount of work necessary for the band to be productive. As of this writing, Housewife insists it has not broken up but remains on an “indefinite hiatus.”

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains posters and flyers for shows, show listings and reviews, video recordings including the band’s debut at Beerland in 2002, a music video (ca. 2005), and an interview on the ACTV program Austinights in 2005. The collection also contains audio recordings from practices and the raw and mastered studio tracks (and some of the mixing files) for all of their studio releases. The dates for all of the materials in this collection span the years Housewife was most active, from 2002 – 2008.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into eleven series:
  • Press
  • Photographs
  • Flyers/Posters/Merchandise
  • Video
  • Live Audio Recordings
  • Demo Production (2002)
  • Stretch to Fit Album Production (2003)
  • The Malaise of Modern Living Album Production (2004)
  • The Delicate Prey Album Production (2005)
  • Triangulation Album Production (2007)
  • CD Releases (2002 - 2007)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Advance notice is required for any audiovisual materials that do not have an access copy already created. Turnaround time for requested access copies will be no less than one week, and is determined by the number of items requested and their duration. 

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Housewife (Musical Group).
South by Southwest Music and Media Conference.
Subjects
Music-–Performance.
Rock music.
Rock music--Posters.
Music criticism and reviews.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Songs and music.
Document Types
Digital Video.
Videocassettes.
DVD-Video discs.
Compact discs.
Posters.
Advertising flyers.
Postcards.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.).

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts

Austin Files

  • AF Subject – Music – Halls, Venues, Etc. M9320 – Emo’s (E)
  • AF Subject – Music – Halls, Venues, Etc. M9320 – Beerland (B)
  • AF Subject – Music – Halls, Venues, Etc. M9320 – Carosel Lounge (C)
  • AF Subject – Music – Halls, Venues, Etc. M9320 – Stubb’s (S)
  • AF Subject – Music – Halls, Venues, Etc. M9320 – Trophy’s (T)
  • AF Subject – Saloons S0300 – Room 710 (88)
  • AF Subject – Saloons S0300 – Flamingo Cantina (103)
  • AF Subject – Music – Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, etc. M9300 – Octopus Project (O)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Housewife Papers and Recordings (AR.2020.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2020/213

Donation Date: 2020

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Afsheen Nomai, August, 2020

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Press, 2002 - 2007

Location FlatFile
qAR 86/027 Club listing for show on November 14, 2002 at Room 710 with Space Truck, Octopus Project, Apostrophy, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 15, 2002, November 11
86/028 Club listing for show on August 30, 2003 at Stubb's (indoor) with OK Beth, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 87, 2003 August 29
86/029 Club listing for show on October 24, 2003 at Stubb's (indoor) with What Made Milwaukee Famous, OK Beth, The Austin Chronicle, pg 108, 2003, October 23
86/030 Review of song "Lies and Treachery" in column "The Last Roundup," The Austin Chronicle, pg. 65, 2003, December 5
86/031 Club listing for show on May 15, 2004 at Flamingo Cantina with Bellaparker, Fairfax, and Jen Korte, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 116, 2004, May 14
86/032 Club listing for show on Jan 19, 2005 at Emo's (indoor) with Volume, Mend, and Drempt End, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 109, 2005, January 14
86/033 Waterloo Records advertisement featuring short review of The Malaise of Modern Living, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 65, 2002, January 28
86/034 Club listing for show on April XX, 2005 at Red Eye Fly (outdoor) with The Tammany Machine (headlining), Pickle, and Lomita, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 115, 2005, April 15
86/035 Review of The Delicate Prey, The Austin Chronicle, pg. 70, 2005, November 11
Box Folder
1 1 South by Southwaste? Re-evaluating the music Industry's Biggest Event, Ryan, Kyle, Punk Planet, 80, pg. 62 - 65, 2007, July - August
1 Club listing for show on November 14, 2002 at Room 710 with Space Truck (headlining) and Octopus Project, Austin360.com: Events Calendar, 2002
1 Housewife press release for Stretch to Fit, 2003
1 Printout of review from T1 about show at Ritz Upstairs February 6, 2003 with Switchhitter (headlining) and The Innocent, 2003

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Photographs, 2002 - 2004

Box Folder
1 2 Photographs of show at Stubb's, #001 - 038, 2003, August 30
3 Publicity photos, contact sheet of photo shoot, #039 - 045, 2004
3 Publicity photo, taken in the back stairway at the original Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado Street, 2004
2 Digital photographs (scans) of first show at Beerland, Data CD, #173, 2002
Location Location
Outer Vault Color Negative Drawer Publicity photoshoots at Alamo Drafthouse (Colorado Street Location), and other locations around Austin, black and white and color negatives, #046 - 172, 2004

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Flyers/Posters/Merchandise, 2002 - 2007

Box Folder
1 1 Flyer for show at Beerland, Monday May 6, 2002
1 Flyer for benefit show at a friend's house, with Kino Eye and Hitchhike, Sept 12, 2003
1 Flyer for show at Trophy's with Black Lipstick and Hitchhike, August 29, 2003
1 Flyer for show at Room 710 on August 7, 2003
1 Flyer for show at Stubb's (indoor) with Coco Candissi, and What Made Milwaukee Famous, Undated
1 Flyer for show at Whiskey Bar, Undated
1 Flyer for show at Carousel Lounge with Stanley Roy and the Pig Fuckers, Undated
1 Flyer for CD release/listening part at Casino El Camino, September 10, 2007
1 Flyer for show at Emo's (indoor) January 19, 2005
1 Flyer for show at Flamingo Cantina with Bellaparker, Fairfax and Jen Korte, May 15, 2004
1 Flyer for show at Trophy's with Black Lipstick and Hitchhike, August 29, 2003
1 Flyer for show at Trophy's with Hitchhike and Naptown Amplifier Company April 24, 2004
1 Flyer for SXSW show at the Blender Balcony at the Ritz, March 16, 2005
1 Flyer for show at Room 710 with Space Truck, and The Octopus Project, November 14, 2002
1 Flyer for show at The Ritz Upstairs with switchHitter and The Innocent, February 6th, 2003
1 Flyer for show at The Ritz Upstairs with Midori Umi, Hitchhike and Fine-Fifteen February 18, 2005
1 Poster for CD release/listening part at Casino El Camino, September 10, 2007
1 Housewife sticker 2003
1 Files for flyers for Whisky Bar show, Data CD, #174, Undated
1 Files for various flyers, Data CD, #175, Undated
Location FlatFile
Artifacts 127/002 Poster for "Big Rock Show" at Le Privilege, February 28 - March 1, 2003
127/003 Housewife T-Shirt Undated

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Video, 2002, 2005

Box Item
1 r001 Channel Noir music video (DVD), 2005
r002 Housewife live at Beerland (VHS), Monday May 6, 2002
r051 Housewife interview on ACTV show Austinights (.mp4, data CD) 2005

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Live Audio Recordings, 2002, Undated

Box Item
2 r003 Local Live (Audio CD), October 13 2002
r004 Housewife, New New New practice recordings (Audio CD), 2004, February 8
r005 The Cure, New New practice recordings (Audio CD), Undated
r006 Six Housewife Tracks (Audio CD), Undated
r007 Housewife Stuff (Audio CD), Undated

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Demo Production, 2002 - 2003

Box Item
2 r008 4 tracks w/scratch lead (Audio CD), 2002, October 21
r009 HW 4 Trks (Audio CD), 2002, October 21
r010 Housewife 4 - trks (Audio CD), 2002, December 12
r011 Educated Mantra Ver 2 (Audio CD), 2002
r012 Housewife Demo (Audio CD), 2002
r013 Housweife Demo Master (Audio CD), 2003

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Stretch to Fit Album Production, 2003

Box Item
2 r014 Housewife First Mix (Audio CD), 2003, April 21
r015 Housewife Rough Cut No Vox (Audio CD), 2003, May 13
r016 Housewife Ver. 1 (Audio CD), 2003, May 21
r017 Housewife Ver. 4 (Audio CD), 2003, May 21
r018 Five tracks, Audio CD, 2003, May 27
r019 Housewife 10 Tracks (Audio CD), 2003, June 4
r020 Housewife (Audio CD), 2003, June 5
r021 Housewife, Master (Audio CD), 2003
r022 Housewife, Master, WAV Files (Audio CD), 2003, June 24
176 Housewife, Stretch to Fit, Limited Release Cover Art (Data CD), 2003

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The Malaise of Modern Living Album Production, 2004

Box Item
2 r023 Channel Noir, Reference, 1 Guitar, Ver. 3 (Audio CD), 2004
r024 Channel Noir, Ver. 2 (Audio CD), 2004
r025 Channel Noir, Ver. 5 (Audio CD), 2004
r026 Housewife, Channel Noir, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2004, October 17
r027 Housewife, Amazon, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2004, October 17
r028 Housewife, 500 Dollars, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2004, October 17
r029 Housewife, Jumper Over Trucks, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2004, October 17
r030 Housewife, Secret Girlfriend, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2004, October 17
r031 Housewife, The Malaise of Modern Living, Master Copy (Audio CD), 2004, September 23

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The Delicate Prey Album Production, 2005

Box Item
2 r032 Housewife, The Delicate Prey, Master Mix (Audio CD), 2005, July 23
r033 Housewife, The Delicate Prey, Master Reference (Audio CD), 2005, August 4
178 Housewife, The Delicate Prey Listening Party Posters (Data CD), 2005

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Triangulation Album Production, 2007

Box Item
2 r034 Housewife, Triangulation, Pick up Yer Pistols, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2007
r035 Housewife, Triangulation, New Wave, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2007
r036 Housewife, Triangulation, Inspiration, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2007
r037 Housewife, Triangulation, New Cross, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2007
r038 Housewife, Triangulation, Traffic, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2007
r039 Housewife, Triangulation, Sex and Violence, Studio Recording Tracks (Data CD), 2007
r040 Housewife, Triangulation, Mix Data (Data CD), 2007
r041 Housewife, Triangulation, Tracks, Original Dump (Data CD), 2007
r042 Housewife, Triangulation, Final Mixes (Audio CD), 2007, September 29
r043 Housewife, Triangulation, CD Reference (Audio CD), 2007, October 29

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Recordings Releases, 2002 - 2004

Box Item
2 r044 Housewife, Listen to Me (Audio CD), 2002
r045 Housewife, Demo (Audio CD), 2002
r046 Housewife, Demo (Audio CD), 2003
r047 Housewife, Stretch to Fit (Audio CD), 2003
r048 Housewife, The Malaise of Modern Living (Audio CD), 2004
r049 Housewife, The Delicate Prey (Audio CD), 2005
r050 Housewife, Triangulation (Audio CD), 2007

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