Friday, October 06, 2006

The Weekender 10/6/06-10/8/06

Remember, its Texas-OU weekend kids... so you're really going to want to avoid Greenville and Deep Ellum if you can. I'd tell you to avoid the West End too, but if you're the kind of person that would actually go there, you deserve to suffer.


The Yeah Yeah Yeah's show with Ex Models at Gypsy is sold out, so unless you're going to hit up their Good Records instore today at 530 or you already have tickets to the Gypsy show, you simply aren't gonna see them. What to do?

I would suggest heading down to Minc (near the corner of Perry and Exposition in Expo Park) to catch DJ Nature with DJ Stephen R opening. Nature was just named Best Local DJ by the Observer, and Chris has been talking this show up today as well. Translation: you'll hear a guaranteed great DJ set packed with hits and shit you've never heard, and about half the people that you've ever seen at anything cool in Dallas will be there. A part of the other half will be at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show I'm sure, but with no cover at Minc, I'm guessing it will be the after show spot of choice.


Of course, the Rock Lottery will be happening at Dan's Silverleaf. The cost is ten bucks for the show itself, which starts at 10pm, and 15 for the show and the drawing, which happens at 10am and includes a free breakfast. The proceeds go to the Save Fry Street project, which is certainly a worth cause. The performers that you'll see are hit and miss to be sure, but there are enough highlights (members of Undoing of David Wright, Shiny Around the Edges, The Great Tyrant, Fra Pandolf, Spitfire Tumbleweeds and Faux Fox) to make it a pretty decent night. Even if you don't like every artist playing, I'm guessing it could be fun.

Next, Ghostland Observatory is playing Club Dada with Cartright and Tame...Tame and Quiet. I'm not completely sold on GO to be sure. They kind of remind me of the same old same old 80's inspired dance rock stuff that we've all heard so much of in recent years (think VHS or Beta in particular). However, the six or seven tracks I've heard from them are quite good for what they are, and based on all the good things I've heard about their live performances, I'm guessing this will be a solid show... the fact that two great bands are opening also helps quite a bit. I'd give it a shot.

I'll also mention that the Hold Steady is playing at Hailey's with Sean NaNa and Zykos. I'll state right up front: I'm not the biggest Hold Steady fan, and in fact, I really couldn't stand their last album. I haven't heard the new one so I can't really say anything about it, but I know we've probably got some Hold Steady fans here, and I thought I'd mention it. I'm a person of the people after all.

Pleasant Grove will be playing at Doublewide.

Also, Maaster Gaiden will be playing at 1919 Hemphill with TV's Daniel (click here for a video he directed) and Wax Museums. This should be a really good show. Check out TV's Daniel.

Thats it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday Night:

New Science Projects
Ryan Thomas Becker
Banter Coffee in Denton
FREE at 9:30 PM


Knee Pad
@ Texas Jive in Denton
12AM or so

I'm going to both of those shows.
It's gonna be awesome.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone that has a show in Denton at the same time as the Rock Lottery is absolutely retarded and whoever booked that show for you should be killed!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, some people will miss out on the good time on purpose just to be anti. People will be like, "too sceney, too cliquey" without even knowing what they are talking about. It's a hell of a party.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, fuck the ROCK lottery....

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people booked shows while temporarily forgetting that the Rock Lottery was on the same night and now will have to miss it. These people are crying right now and will cry as they play and gain some hipster fans.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

acoustical distractions @ the swinedale, tell danny you want the cherry martini. JUST DO IT!!!!!!
lots'O'stuff up'n that joint.....

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see 3:32

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The proceeds go to the Save Fry Street project, which is certainly a worth cause."

Yeah. Fry Street. Its the CBGBs of Denton. I go there all the time, its full of rich history and signficance. I will be absolutely crushed if Riprocks gets torn down.

6:48 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

see, that was actually funny, anons! Learn from this guy.

But seriously, while I agree that Fry St. isn't exactly a place of great cultural and historical significance, its better than a Plano style strip mall, and it would be really fun to see a big corporate developer lose, wouldn't it?

7:29 PM  
Blogger blixaboy said...

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7:42 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

fair nuff.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The downtown Plano Dart rail station on a Friday night looks exactly like Fry Street. Go if you don't believe me.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous radio utd said...

sorry to go back in time, but radio utd has been drunk for a few days. we just read the latest edition of the observer, and we want to state our official opinion of disgust with the new editor. shanghai 5 came into our studio and left just as quickly as it entered. we were there at lee harvey's the night they surprised us by being there, and it only made us finish our drinks and leave faster than we had planned. we'll get back in our time machine now and resume life in the present.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Wanz talks about amazing artists and musicians, he's talking about hisself. Case in point, the mid90's is when his self-described awesome band (proof of which resides in the oft-mentioned (by him) "article" in Rolling Stone, which was actually a two line blurb) was in action.
Tear the bitch down. No one but old nostalgic has-beens cares.
I'm being humourously negative but it's true. Old buildings are cool when there's a lot of them attached to some INTERESTING history but we're talking about one small block where nothing much happened and if it did, savor the memories. I'm sure if I lived in Denton, was 40 and still trying to keep a band going that played Fry St. Fair in '85 I would be very supportive... and still wear my own band's t-shirts over my doughy body.
Let's see - a mediocre italian restaurant, fucking frat bar, police station and a vacant building. Oh, and there's a gross roach infested Thai food joint and a beer store. Yeah we need to save that crap.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fry Street: Insignificant footnote of then, insignificant strip of frat bars now. You're gonna have to start in on your million reasons now, Wanz. We know you will. And we won't care.

What part of Fry Street deserves saving? Even if you can come up with a million amazing things that are crucial to rock history, none of them live on there today. That part of Fry Street died long ago. Bury the fucker.

Better yet, if you believe in that shell of a block so much, let it be a martyr.

10:29 PM  
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11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, shut up. Some of us own homes in the nice town of Denton. So what, we want to save some old buildings that mean something to someone. Move along if it doesn't concern you. Plano, Denton, Dallas, Hurst, Haltom City, Addison... We all have to live somewhere. We live in Denton... Like the Ranger said, it's better than some shitty strip center. Well, it IS a shitty strip center, but in a small town (for now) it's something.

So, you know... Suck it?

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if you don't come to Rock Lottery, where some of the best musicians in town, from Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton are gonna just gonna get together and see what they come up with? Well, you just ain't no fun!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Flattered that you found me funny! When you start your All Anons Comedy Hour, I wanna be first in line!


11:42 PM  
Anonymous samdroid, the. speaking for Herself. said...

okay. informal poll:

would you rather see Denton's Fry Street buildings be torn down with new strip mall style buildings be built in with CVS and Starbucks and the like (not saying these are the businesses that will arise) , or would you rather see the historical buildings, like the cool, old wood two story interior of The Tomato, for one example, remain with the same CVS, etc etc be placed within those spaces?

From what I understand, no one is trying to save the businesses that are there. We just want to save the buildings and thus some historical identity (and there is a ton of history. Please see )

I wish they could save the businesses. Riprocks, Lous, etc won't be affected, but cool businesses liek the Tomato, Chopsticks, Bagheri's, etc are going away.

Basically, we are trying to keep our Fry Street (thus Denton) from looking like all of the other exburbs.

What generally goes on in like college towns where buildings are torn down so strip malls may replace, is the whole phenomenon of these corporations coming in for about 5 years or so then failing, so they leave. they leave behind shitty sheet rock buildings that look like Anytown, Suburbia, USA. Businesses coming in after tend to fail. Nasty look, i think, and an even nastier stigma when a CVS or Urban Outfitters can't even survive.

soooooo, question is, once again, do you want Denton completely homogenized or not?

sorry, not the most logical post but i've had a tad bit of spirit.

12:43 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

1043 makes a good point.

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know that it's going to get torn down, that's nothing is going to get "saved", so what's the point? Other than to make yourself feel good that you went down swinging for something that you care about?

Save your money.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:25, sit on your hands, head in the sand, let other people control your destiny...

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:34 AM  
Blogger The Fold said...

not to threadjack, but related post:

if you want to know who is in what band for tonight,
we threw it up on the blog:

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/3 of the f-electrics will be at the hold steady tonight. come see 'em shred it bro.

nick f-electric

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is no excuse for that type of comment 11:07. please go elsewhere.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're just mad because you're sambo's friend, and if he gets mad you're the only one that can calm him down. don't piss off sambo, 11:15's the only one that's got the good shit to chilllll his nerves.

nick f-electric

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Nick F-Electric,

I'm not friends with Wanz.

I'm just an enemy of racist remarks.

Go fuck yourself.

Your band is shit.

2:15 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

1107 is out!

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. fuck anyone that hides behind the anonymous tag in order to spew hatred like "that little sambo we used to smack around"

2. fuck all of you and your "opinions"
"I got around to listening to ____ and it sucks, because I say it does, and its gay, and I hate gay shit, I am the authority on this."

3. Fuck anyone that thinks they are the authority on anything, you aren't, you don't matter, shut the fuck up.

4. Fuck this dallas vs. denton bullshit, good and bad can be found in equal measure in both places, I assure you, the world doesn't revolve around fucking music communities.

5. Fuck your elitism, fuck your drama, fuck your infighting, and fuck you.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I understand. But don't leave our lovely community.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

The Projection mix is downloaded & ready to spin between sets at the Ghostland show tonight. It will be the perfect backdrop for the night!Thanks SR/WSJR!

3:07 PM  
Blogger streisand said...

i haven't heard a racist remark since my ole great gramps died 25 years ago.

NOw i have to wait another 30 years for all the other racist bastards to die out.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is this about Fry Street?

This should be about all of the dumbass bands that booked shows in Denton tonight.

At least the bartenders will be there.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see you in thirty years, barbara.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to edit free speech sr. seriously, thanks. My eyes can't handle an anonymous rascist.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap. what did I miss? Everybody fucking relax already! It sucks that people who could be drinking beers together have to hate on each other over band competition. There's enough gigs, internet, and money to go around... There's no reason for all the anger. NOTE TO ALL BITTER BANDS: If you are good enough, nobody is your enemy.

4:31 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

213, I'm not worried about your eyes, I'm just don't want people making racist comments on here. Enough is enough.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous m samanthaaaandroid said...

Rock Lottery Bands in order that they play starting at 10 PM on the dot:

The Trimester Five

Justin Wilson
Lars Larsen
Eric Deuce
Mauve Oed
Matt Thompson


Ethan Hahn
Ben Burt
Wes Darrin
Dan Paul
Ineka Guerra

Gaydolf Shitler

Chris Considine
Michael "Kerm" Rivas
Bryan VanDivier
Dylan Silvers
Buffi J.

State and Local Authorities

Will Frenkel
Jon Teague
Chad Stockslager
Gregory Lange
Kody Jackson

Unpopular Mechanics

Jennifer Seman
T.J. Prendergast
Roy Ivy
Mark Pirro
Gina Probst

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh i see. i thought that dude was just joking, like he was speaking in the vernacular of a different time to highlight the fact that he talking about the past, as in 'back in the day when i used to use a cotton gin' or 'back when we used to ride saber toothed tigers through the fields and stone wooly mammoths to death.' and, duh, i know we suck.

nick f-electric

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Blogger blixaboy said...

My old band was good for about 3 months. Light Bright Highway, First Rays, Sivad, Thorazine Dreams, Jetscreamer, Skiptracer, MK Ultra, Machine Elves,Factory Press, Wayward Girl, The Banes, The Oddfellows, Brutal Juice, Baboon, Shiva the Destroyer, Record Player, Breadbox and many many more reasons to be nostalgic for a time gone and almost forgotten.

I luckily missed the unfortunate comment, but I feel this shit everytime I leave the house. I get it already. I SUCK. I get it. get over it.


8:08 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah, I'm probably going to avoid erasing comments if I can.

I want people to be able to police themselves on here. However, the more idiotic, humorless and pointless the comments get, the more inclined I'm going to be erase stuff.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lenny bruce?

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock Lottery seems like a healthy way for the leftover scene kings to flex their cel phone address book and get as many of their "friends" and favorite "next big things" to come entertain them at a bar while they get drunk, where they would normally just be at a bar getting drunk.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gaydolf shitler: new rivals for worst band name ever.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1036&1044... Incorrect actually. Have some fun.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

Gaydolf Shitler, though the name isn't stellar, they were really fucking good, especially for only 12 hours to practice.

All of the bands there did a good job and each band was totally different than each other.

Being new to the scene, it's cool to see shit like this go down. It's a great chance to see something truly unique.

Where I went to college there were four decent bands, and I saw each of them way too many times, so I love the idea of mixing things up a bit.

3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hold steady shredded it so good. that was the first time i left a concert covered in beer and ready to party. too bad i just went home and went to sleep.


10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These have to be the worst, most uncreative band names for the lottery.

I mean 3/4 of the music usually sucks but the names are funny most of the time.

How was last night? Hopefully there was at least 1 good act.

Last years was one of the most BORING lotteries I've been to. Two years ago was AWESOME though. Wombstone Pizza!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous kevin said...

Ghostland was great.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous hung the fuck over said...

really fucking great. in fact the whole night was great - musically speaking.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was Zykos, the opening act for Hold Steady?

1:24 PM  
Anonymous samantha m said...

10:36 - are you serious? who would be leftover scene kings? none of us have ever been scene kings in the first place.

and as far as picking my friends? hardly. i mean, do you know ALL of these musicians? i sure didn't.

BUT, i do now. and that's part of the point for me. seeing a little bit of them just introduced me to a little bit of whatever they do the other 364 days a year. and that's what happened for every other person who chose to go last night, because there MAY have been 5 people at most, if there were any at all, who knew all 25 of these musicians and their projects.


this year was unbelievable. everyone brought it on, which really hasn't ever happened.

Trimester Five was hard to pin down. they were heavy overall, but they had a lot of interesting moments of quiet beauty. that band was probably the one in which every person did their thing that they are known for, kind of, but it worked as a whole. that probably doesn't make much sense, but eric deuce was being eric deuce, lars was lars, mauve oed was mauve oed, etc.. you could tell they really got together and decided that everyone would get a chance to shine. and they get extra points because of mine and miss wild in the streets vocal effects that they asked us to record at lunch. i should probably tell you all that the trimester five dedicated their set to lar's wife, who was there and in the beginning stages of labor. they presented a well rounded concept of birth, starting with conception, then hitting on important topics such as 'the woman getting fat', morning sickness, and finally, the big one, birth, the big moment for all of us baby humans, baby foxes, baby wolves, baby...

sextricity - naughty, naughty, naughty and fucking great. nakedness on stage? yes. sooooo naughty and sexy and gay (the bands first song had everyone in the crowd singing along about being gay, for those of you who had to miss)

gaydolf shitler - gorgeous, full noisy music. they brought it on in a serious way, you could tell they were having fun, and even though they were telling the crowd about how much they were forgetting their songs, they sure didn't act like it when it came down to it. and buffi j.? amazing cello player, yes. but her voice? DAMN.

state and local authorities - i really thought this band would go metal because of kody, will (who is actually more punk than metal, but..) and jon, but no. they were straightforward in their music with good ol' songs that sometimes reminded me of the country rock rootsy music of early Grateful Dead (this is a good thing to me). the comparison wasn't hurt by chad's voice, which at times eerily sounds like young jerry garcia. the music was beautiful, and the whole scene was moving, in particular when will frenkel's older brother mishe started crying because he was overcome by pride. i should also say that this band contained the oldest and youngest members of the lottery, gregory (not sure how old but probably in 40s or older) and will, who is 17. you could tell they were having fun, too, and that band members were showing pride in each other when they were stepping up while playing. there was a lot of nonverbal communication and support going on up there. pretty cool.

the last band was unpopular mechanics.

okay, this was the band that i was most worried about during the lottery draw UNTIL gina and jenny were picked to be in. three dallas guys who all know each other, have played together (well, at least pirro and ivy), etc.
then they get the two noisy girls. ahhhhh. the product of this unlikely mixture was purely sublime with crazy, angular noise that was all over the place and would have been rendered unlistenable if not for the solid backbone of irresistable pop. mrs. seman and roy ivy bounced their vocals off of each other like happy shiny people while gina's vox offset with a darker tone, at times they were all going at once. i would love to see them play again.

i would love to see them all play again. i am really impressed by all of these musicians. just the fact that they would allow themselves to be placed in such a social experiment (because that's what it is, actually) in the first place, opening themselves up to vulnerability as well as subjecting themselves to a long, at times emotionally difficult day during which they will become dead exhausted, drained, terrified, and any other you can think of, is a big fucking deal.

even if you did not get to check this out, you should give these people kudos. they all worked their asses off yesterday for our amusement, yes, but they had all the respect before they ever stepped onstage.

4:32 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

nice wrap up.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous kevin said...

I sure can't wait until this years sock lottery.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great review!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cliff notes..

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cliff notes:

all the bands you already like were 'fucking amazing'

and all the bands you know you hate 'totally sucked shit'

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmm.... crying huh?


11:27 PM  
Blogger tania said...

sextricity had to win the prize for best hook in your head

"you're so naked baby,
you hoo hoo!

*can't remember the first line*
like you're in a dressing room
like when you're about to take a shower
like you just came out your mamas womb!"

so good

i really enjoyed unpopular mechanics
i would love to see them again as well
their whole set was solid gold.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roy Ivey and his Semi-Attractive Back Up Singers sounded like... Oh Yeah, The Tah Dahs.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous T said...

Would've liked to have seen the RL this year. The bands can be iffy at times, but it is really alot of fun.

Wait, music is FUN???
Thanks for the Wombstone props btw.

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