Friday, October 13, 2006

Weekender: 10/13-10/15


1. The Party at Zubar with Dj Nature/ Sober/ Select/Prince Klassen (from Austin) (Zubar)

A trio of DJ's from the Party are bringing some class to Zubar tonight. Prince Klassen is from Austin and his page featured no music so maybe you can figure out what he sounds like by the cool places he plays in Austin. Or you could just go tonight and find out.

2. Baptist Generals/ Teenage Symphony/ Soyuz Union (Radio UTD Showcase, UTD Student Union)

An atypical venue for local favorites The Baptist Generals and Teenage Symphony. Soyuz Union plays charming dream pop. I would like to see this show simply based on the fact that it's in Richardson. I haven't seen a good band in Richardson since the mid Nineties at Bill's Records.

3. Night Game Cult/Minx Burlesque /The Beatdown/DJ Wild in The Streets (Secret Headquarters)

This looks like a fun and diverse lineup at a great venue. Night Game Cult brings their synthesized weirdness, Minx Burlesque is sexually charged vaudeville, and The Beat Down play some Motown influenced Soul Garage. I was pleasantly surprised at how strong the songs on The Beatdown's page sounded. DJ Wild in The Streets will be playing her usual mix of vinyl Sixties awesomeness.

4. Thorn vs. Side/Birth to Burial/Record Hop (Rubber Gloves)

I'm kind of perplexed at the headliner here. We have Record Hop and Birth To Burial who are respectively two of the best straight up rock bands in the area opening for a band that I'm going to have to assume is just a decent draw. Well, these things happen...


1. Church of The Snake/Assacre/Chief Death Rage/Eat Avery's Bones (House Of Tinnitus)

The show of the weekend features Church of the Snake, which includes members of the forever touring Attractive and Popular. Attractive and Popular is a powerful live band and I would expect the same from Church of the Snake. The lone song on their Myspace page sounds really apocalyptic and cool. Chief Death Rage plays riff heavy rock without the pretense of other cartoonish "stoner rock" bands. Eat Avery's Bones is almost too good to be true and I hope they throw something at me if I go to the show. I wish House Of Tinnitus a long successful run as an unconventional local venue. As for the naysayers, did anyone else notice this isn't even a noise show?

2. Al Green (Winstar Casino)

Hopefully Reverend Al Green can save some of the lost souls at Winstar Casino on Saturday night. Judging by the vibe in that place it's probably too late. Skip the haunted houses this weekend and hang out here for awhile if you really want to see something scary. Why a legend like Mr. Green is playing this place is baffling but I would recommend taking a first date there if you really want to make an impression.

3. Faux Fox (Good Records instore at 3 PM)

Faux Fox are playing an afternoon show at Good Records to celebrate the release of their newest record, "Endless Pursuit". At one time this band was a local anomaly for mixing such a heavy dose of New Wave influences in their music. Times have changed. They have evolved from being much more tongue-in-cheek to the more detached sound they have now.

4. Sk1 Project/ Dreamtigers/ (Amsterdam bar)

Sk-1 Project's music stands out in this digital age with the use of analogue equipment that percolates with the awkwardness of an outdated nature documentary that might be forced upon you in a middle school science class. I miss those documentaries and I consider the description a compliment. I've had a hard time trying to pin down Dreamtigers. Ghetto-geek?


1. Chief Death Rage/Church of The Snake (Amsterdam Bar)

Two nights in a row that the Amsterdam's had cool shows. I'm glad because I've been a little wary of this place as a venue. This show would be a good second chance to these two acts for everyone that didn't want to drive all the way to Denton from Dallas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should probably go see thorn vs side. they're pretty boss, you know, for dudes into black metal that make music for 14 year old girls.


6:47 PM  
Blogger Sam Machkovech said...


Sorry to butt in, but really, this is the show to see in Dallas city limits tonight. Hell, even if you decide to see Baptist Generals, they'll be done early enough for double duty.

Over and out. Sorry 'bout that.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly suggest that you check out Burnt Sienna Trio and Phillip Roebuck at Dan's in Denton on Saturday. Phillip Roebuck is a one man band from Virginia that plays banjo, drums and sings. He was described by a friend as "America's finest post-apocalyptic troubador". Burnt Sienna Trio is from Denton. I'm really surprised that this wasn't mentioned. Is it possibly because you haven't heard of the greatness of Phillip Roebuck?

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What no Dave Bazan and Damien Jurado at Hailey's love?

9:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

dude, A Tribe Called Quest played at UTD when i went there. granted, it was sans Q-Tip, but still probably the best show in Richardson history.

11:35 PM  
Blogger URN said...

Metrognome's got this on Saturday:

Saturday October 14th, 2006 10 p.m.

A Tooth Chant (Nick=Blonde Girls
William Bryan Massey III
The Red Faced Laughter
Word On The Street

Don't know much about most, but I'm really into The Red Faced Laughter tracks, and I think WSJR readers might be too. Check it out at

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MC Chris is in Ft. Worth on Sunday. That guy who was always quoting Tom Goes to the Mayor knows what I'm talking about.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when Baboon was relevant. 15 YEARS AGO. Hmmmm... a local band trying to act big but are still LOCAL after a a decade and a half? C'mon they are so old and tired, they need to give it up and not ruin the good times they had in the early 90's.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baboon is still great

Faux Fox is still THE SHITTIEST band in Denton

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

baboon and feaux feaox should go ahead and do each others remix albums.

...then maybe someone besides their relatives would find their music refreshing and enjoyable.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those people being the band doing the remixing.... you see.... it's hilarious.


6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P. Roebuck motherfuckers!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:19 - where is the MC Chris show? saw him in Denton and it was amazing.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MC Chris is at the Aardvark. Hardin Sweaty and The Ready to Go opens.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like somebody dropped the ball:

10:49 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

we had some problems with Blogger on Friday, so the weekend list had to be rushed a bit. Guess we missed something. Oh well.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

I apologize for the exclusion of that link. I even wrote a paragraph about it. I erased the entire It List on accident and by the time it was reposted it would have been almost pointless to post that event since it was to start so quickly after the list had been posted. So again, sorry for that and any other events that had to be sacrificed due to my ineptitude.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

baboon?!? puh-leeze...
anyone going to cowtown needs to give MC chris a gratuitous lamping.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hate the word troubador. FUCKING hate it.

5:00 PM  
Blogger OperationKitten said...

god that show at house of tinnitus was SOOO FREAKING AWESOMEEEE!

lots of luck to those guys.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Rudnicki said...

Anonymous #5,

Not sure if you or anyone else will see this, but I thought I'd post it nonetheless.

Yes, we are old. Guilty as charged, but why should we stop playing music to fit your particular idea of what rock bands should do? Especially since people still like to come see us, we're having fun, and we're making the best music we've ever made. If you remember us from 15 years ago you must not be a spring chicken yourself, yet you're posting on an indie rock board for "hipsters."

Yes, we are local, but we spent about 3 1/2 years touring the country (went to Canada once) off and on. When we were dropped from our label in 1998 we went on to pursue careers using our degrees. One of us got married and had kids (actually, two of us now).

Every band is local in their own city. Bedhead was a local band. Still, a small number of people from all over the country have bought our new CD. Alas, our ship has passed us by a few times. In 1992, we played with Beat Happening. Later, Calvin Johnson told me that during that tour they listened mainly to two cassettes --one by (then unknown) Beck, and "ed Lobster" by (still unknown) Baboon. Of course, we all know what happened with Beck.

In 1997, the label we were on signed a god-awful band known as "Creed." We were mortified that people still wanted to hear Pearl Jam cover bands. Yet, they inexplicably had a multiyear run of success.

Then, in 2003, VP of A&R at Elektra Records, Ric Ocasek, got ahold of our record, "Something Good is Going to Happen to You," and called our label and talked to the label manager for about 20 minutes about how much he liked the record. He ended up getting fired by the bean counters, but his interest was the impetus for our good friend and phenomenal musician, James Henderson, to join the band. That kept the band alive and led to the new album, which is our best. Also, we were about to launch a college radio campaign for "Something Good..." with respectable indie PR company, Team Clermont, but the Ocasek thing for better or for worse caused us not to go through with it. So, we might have had more national exposure if that had happened. No regrets, though, because the Ocasek thing caused James to join the band.

We act "big," you say? How so, because we like to put on a show? Yes, we got tired of always playing in our jeans and decided to start putting on big rock shows, but has any of us ever big-timed you? Somehow, I doubt it. We believe we're more relevant now than ever because we're making the best music of our existence, and good music is always relevant. Tired? Well, yes, in our daily lives probably, but not onstage.

In support of my assertion that we're not "tired" onstage, here are some recent testaments to our live show:

the bm show

Austin Chronicle

Here are reviews of the last couple of albums in support of our current relevance:

Austin Chronicle - new album

Austin Chronicle - previous album

3:05 PM  

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