Friday, February 17, 2006

Every Band in Dallas Fuckin' RULES!


Or so you would think if you only got your local music info from Texasgigs.com. The people at Texas Gigs always seem to have a nice word to say about everyone, and they use a lot of exclamation points, which can be frustrating when they're talking about the many Dallas bands that obviously suck! We don't know why they do this, but they do! I'm going to stop using exclamation points now!

We're not saying that they should write articles about how much they hate so and so, or really that they should do anything considering that they have a successful website and we have, well, a blogspot. The problem isn't really with them at all, since the site can in fact be a good resource for local music news, audio files, and other things that fans want (we check it every day). And of course its good that they want to help local bands get some attention. The problem is much bigger, and it stems mostly from local bands themselves. This is of course the "support your local scene, dude" attitude that so many people carry around with them. Until we started this blogspot, we really could have given two shits about local Dallas rock for the most part, even though we probably spent a lot more time than the average person thinking about, talking about, and listening to music. That is really the main reason we started this thing in the first place: to learn more about what was actually out there. And what inspired this particular bitch fest is a conversation we overheard last night in which someone expressed their belief that Dallas music sucks because no one cares about local bands.

Its too bad they didn't ask themselves why no one cares, because if they did they might have come to the conclusion that the product we're supposed to be supporting typically isn't that good. Of course we've blogged about this topic before, so you can stop reading if you're bored. Its just that people who want us to support their "scene" should ask themselves what happens when people go to shows that they really don't like, or listen to bands that aren't that great simply because they are local. What happens is that people go out and have fake fun. You know the feeling, don't you? You're supposed to go see your roommate's brother's emo band at some bar, and you go out and listen to the music and tap your feet and drink a couple beers and remark to whoever "hey these guys are pretty decent" and then you go home, wondering why you ever left the house in the first place. A lot of other people at the show probably did the same thing, creating an atmosphere that is lacking any real, well, fun. And then all these people start to get a bad taste in their mouths about local music, and they stop wanting to go see it, even when there might actually be something decent going on. Of course this isn't a phenomenon that is specific to Dallas... it probably goes on in every town of a certain size. Its just that going to see local music shouldn't be a chore. It should be something we want to do because its fun, not something we have to do because of some sense of duty to support the scene. And we also realize that local bands are often young or new bands, and that young new bands typically don't have their shit together quite yet. Thats all well and good, but we think we can tell the difference between a show that isn't good because the band sucks and one that isn't good because the band, while talented, just doesn't have a lot of experience. We bet you can too.

So what we're saying is "Support the local scene, bro.... whenever the local scene earns it." Which it does from time to time, as we have happily learned over the past month and a half. And when it does happen, no one needs to tell us to go see local music. We'll go because we want to, and we might even have real fun, which will make us want to go out the next time something is going on. But telling us to go see a boring band because they're local is like telling us to vote for George W. Bush because its patriotic. And we shouldn't have to use exclamation points to tell you that!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HERE HERE!! Thank you for saying that... Quite frankly, I am tired of Kate Mackley and Cindy saying (insert name of band here) is the Greatest! Dallas! Band! Ever!!! SHUT UP!!!!!!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think everythings gotten a bit too incestuous and frankly I'm very put off that Sam M even has anything to do with that site. The guys got his own pathetic forum over at DO if anyone wants to read it...let alone a blog and his comments all over this and that. How about everyone go see and support what interests them, have fun doing what you like to do to have fun and end this incestuous, stupid ass kissing and favors game once and for all! Exclamation! Point! By the by- I like the idea of Texasgigs.com- because the little bands need support but it's becoming a little circle of namedropping retardedness- like anyone cares who's recording with Salim Nourallah and who's recording in some dudes basement out in a forest somewhere. Don't care!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

You're candor is what makes your blog so interesting to the local populous and it's quite refreshing. People are afraid of stepping on other's toes and want to keep the peace so no feathers are ruffled. Perhaps what this town needs is to have it's feathers ruffled a bit more to bring the good stuff to the surface. I commend what TexasGigs is doing and it is a good resource. They're on the business aspect of things though, getting Pegasus News launched, so I can understand why they're in the "support the scene" mode. They need to support the scene, so the scene will support them. You, on the other hand, have the advantage of a cloak of anonymity where you can ruffle feathers & not feel a huge backlash. So what, if a few folks don't like you, you're not losing business over it. Keep doing what you're doing and I'll keep checking your site daily as well as TexasGigs, but for different reasons.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Sam M. said...

Let's be utterly clear, "anonymous": I don't have a damn thing to do with TexasGigs, other than accepting interviews w/ Cindy when she bootlegs concerts (which, by the way, is a huge strength of TexasGigs and one reason why I only 99.7% agree with JR on this post).

But thanks for reading my blog! I didn't know you cared about the N64 as much as I did.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny seeing you here...

4:40 PM  
Blogger wakka-wakka said...

It's always funny to hear bands blame "Dull-ass" for low turnout at their shows--they might as well be blaming the "armadillos in their trousers" for frightening the people away.

Of course, the handfull of truly great bands in Dallas never seem to have this problem. Just go to the Cavern tonight, or any of JR's other picks, and you'll see packed houses, despite the impending, most likely overhyped "sleetstorm."

4:52 PM  
Blogger fuzzbuzz said...

Always a fun read over here! If every bad band had one good friend to tell them that they still kinda suck and need some work and every band had the lightbulbs to realize that not everyone is going to like you- the world would be a much better place. More focus on the music- everything else is trivial bullshit. Work for your claps.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say that when I go to a show no one is forcing me to go out. The alternative is not enjoying a music scene of any type in DFW and sitting in a bar pickling and whoring yourself out for bumps. Oh, you know you've done it!

So, when I do a show I appreciate any audience. Listen to more stuff, make music, aquire and go to shows for entertainment and socializing. Any or all are exceptable. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pickling and whoring yourself out for bumps.
aka entertainment and socializing.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Cindy here from TexasGigs.com. I started TexasGigs.com 3 1/2 years ago as my own personal blog to...yeah...PROMOTE!!!!...the music scene, as a ***music promoter.*** There are a lot of local bands I think are amazing. There are tons more that I think suck. But the point...er...my mission was (and still is) to support and provide as much information as I could so that folks could make up their own mind as to shows to attend or CDs to purchase.

TexasGigs.com was (and still is) a passion for me. I will write about Salim Nourallah 'til the cows come home because I love the guys music and I love the guy. I'm a passionate gal, so I tend to send out messages of over-luvin' I suppose.

I think folks have misinterpreted some of the posts/stories. Just because I/we report news on bands, CD releases, shows, etc., doesn't necessarily mean we think they are the greatest thing ever. We are simply getting the information out there to the readers and supporting the scene as a whole.

If you look closely at the over 4000 blog posts I wrote over the past 3+ years, you'll notice that the bands I tend to gush over on a regular basis are the same dozen or so.

There are big buzz bands out there that lots of folks and critics rave about that I just don't get. But that's NOT the point of TexasGigs. It's there to offer information about the local scene, be it a garage band made up of 12 year olds who gig 3 times a month at The Door, to the Old 97's blow-outs at the Lakewood Theater. My personal favorite bands and then some are always going to be gushed over because...well because it's my site and I can do whatever the hell I want.

I started this little project to be exactly what it is, supportive, informational, timely etc. There are loads and loads of blogs, publications, etc. to tell us all how much we (me, bands, music, venues, etc.) suck. That just ain't my thing.

I merged with Pegasus News because they had the ability and technology to make the site more than just a gal and her blog. Now with lots of hands, opinions and tastes in music involved, you'll see a lot more than just my gushy posts and exclamation points.

Thanks

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pickling and whoring yourself out for bumps" V.S. "Entertainment and Socializing" in Dallas generally do go hand in hand. Sad, but true.

Give me more music please. I am not 40 with a Harley and a house in the subs looking for dancers on the decline.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Kate Mackley said...

Oh hey, you rule!!!!! j/k.

I'm all about people making up their own minds about music. So if you go to a few shows I recommend, and hate them, well, then we prolly have different tastes in music. And you won't hear me grouse about how much a band sucks- in fact you won't hear me mention them at all because I just don't have time for bands I don't like. In fact, I barely have time for the ones I do, or think I might.

But Carlin, I do take serious offense at your suggestion that I (won't speak for Cindy, but I'm pretty sure she's with me here) support ANY band because it might help the site. Nope. No way. Sorry. I support a band because 1. they're serious about music and 2. I like their music! (damn it, couldn't stop myself from using the exclamation mark, but I'm trying)

So, yeah, I support and wish others would support more. No, you know what? I wish others would just get out more. And say more and see more. I want more Observers and TexasGigs and Dallas Music Guides and dconstructions and weshotjrs. Because this, exactly, is what being in the music scene is all about.

4:18 PM  

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