Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Weekender 11/17-19


Gil Mantera's Party Dream/ Grand Buffet/ Faux Fox/ Dj Gorilla vs Bear (Cavern): Man, these Gil Mantera guys look like jerks. Big jerks. But the good kind, you know? The kind you might want to see live because they're just silly enough to possibly piss everyone off, completely rock the house, or some combination of the two. Their video below is pretty funny, and the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" on their Myspace page is nothing less than the shit. Throw in Faux Fox and you've got yourself a show. I think I can do without the joke hip hop of Grand Buffet, but their set might be a good time to head upstairs and see what Chris from GVSB has going.

Wax Fang (430 pm)- Free Good Records In store: Like I said the other day, I don't know much about Wax Fang, but I got my hands on some of their stuff the other day and I like it a whole hell of a lot. Their singer sounds like something in between David Bowie and Billy Joel, and thankfully their music falls much closer to Ziggy era Bowie rather than the latter. But I'm just saying its closer to Bowie than Billy Joel, which isn't really saying that it sounds much like Bowie at all. But it does a little. And what the hell do you care? Its free, and theres free beer, and Wax Fang is good... whatever their influences.

My Morning Jacket/Wax Fang (Gypsy Tea Room)

Islands/Subtitle/Blueprint (Hailey's): As I'm sure most of you know, Islands are basically a reformed and more pop-minded Unicorns, and like the Unicorns, they can be a lot of fun to listen to or extremely annoying, depending on your mood. For a couple of months earlier this year, I was concvinced that Islands' debut would be one of my favorite records this year. I still really like it a lot, but for some reason it just didn't have the kind of shelf life that you would expect from an album that is so pleasing at first... I saw the Unicorns live once a couple years ago and wasn't very impressed, but I'm willing to bet that these guys have improved a little since then. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I like Islands and I bet this will be a good show. I'm just not that excited about it.

ADD: Dj Nature will be spinning records at Minc tonight with Daz-I-Kue

The Good Sons (Wanz and Aaron Gonzalez Birthday Party/Scratch Acid Tribute)/ White Drugs/ Liz MacGowan/ Stag Film (Amsterdam Bar): Based on what I saw of the Good Sons performance a few weeks ago, I kind of wish that they would just be a Scratch Acid tribute band because they play those songs much better than the Birthday Party selections. Still a good time for the most part, though. White Drugs' live show should be well received by almost everyone who reads this blog, so I'd give it a shot if I were you.

The Angelus/Amanda Leggett/ The Dust Congress (Doublewide): Dust Congress is a Denton band that I don't really know too well, but I like what I hear. Maybe someone call fill us in on who the are, but in the meantime you should listen to "inuvikyellowknife" on their myspace page... they play very strong, creeping front porch folk, and they sound well worth showing up early to see.

The Who (American Airlines Center): 52 bucks gets you in the door. $202 gets you one of the good seats. Pete Townshend should start doing Viagra commercials and spare us whatever bullshit has driven these prices so high. Is there a puppet show or something?


ADD: Denton's excellent Zanzibar Snails will be playing what they term a "multimedia warehouse art happening" from 7-10pm at 1837 Corinth St. near downtown... just south of 30 and west of 45. I heard there are a lot of neighborhood toughs around there. Anyway, the art show, which will be going on all day starting at 10am, will feature the work of the Snails' Nevada Hill along with several other Dallas area "outsider" visual artists. The Snails will be playing the reception from 7-10pm, and will feature a five person line up with more live electronics and homemade microphones than they usually play with. The whole thing is going on at some place called Park in the Cedars... not sure what that is, but I think this will be a good time. I'm assuming its free.

Beach House/Over the Atlantic/The Spores (Amsterdam Bar): I think we've said enough about Beach House this week, so go check out their songs for yourself if you haven't already. And attention Indie Bros: girl show alert. Its a good thing.

The Melvins/Big Business (Gypsy Tea Room): I've been rocking out to the Melvins' 1993 classic Houdini for the past 30 minutes or so as I've been writing this... in fact, I've been listening to it on and off for the past four or five months as part of my great Melvins revivial, and I can't really explain why. Its funny, because describing the album can really be a matter of simply saying "grunge as fuck," but somehow it doesn't sound dated in the least bit. I'm actually pretty torn between this and the Beach House show, but I have a feeling that the Melvins will be playing shows for the next twenty years, and not having to park in Deep Ellum on Saturday night is a bonus. Big Business sounds pretty fucking good too, however, so who knows. I guess its hard to be in the mood for BOTH shows, isn't it?

The Elected/ Margot and the Nuclear So and So's/Whispertown 2000 (Hailey's)


Les Georges Leningrad/Dutchess Says/Eat Avery's Bones (The Cavern): Yeah, if you've seen LGL live like I have, then you know that this is going to be a great show. They kill it live, and their upbeat, no wave influenced noise/dance punk will translate very well in a small room like the Cavern as long as its loud. And I'm pretty sure it will be. Eat Avery's Bones are the natural local choice to open this show, and you really might want to get there early enough to see their 20 minute opening set.

Pilotdrift/Pattern is Movement (Hailey's)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really think white drugs should start spelling their name with a Z.

just wanted to put in my 2 cents.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard White Drugz on that Lollipop cd thing. That's the shit.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Sam Machkovech said...

Islands were tops at Good Records this afternoon. Much more enjoyable than the Unicorns' live show, no question.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grand Buffet is actually really good, its actually the older Pete from Pete and Pete and they have a good show including toy guitar solos and odes to Satan, should be a really good time.

4:30 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

Its Pete and Pete? Are you kidding me? Hmmm... maybe I'll have to see what its all about.

4:34 PM  
Blogger DTC said...

baboon and dove hunter saturday in FW.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous shq said...

Dust Congress is Nick from Denton's Pinebox Serenade. One man band style. Great outsider folk.

Tomorrow Night at SHQ, we have Raised by Tigers, a band that was around for a bit and then vanished. They vanished in order to make one of the better records Denton has seen for a while, and are now back with a new energy, a new line-up, and awesome songs. Before them is Deep snapper, who some might know from their great Minutemen set at Our Band Could be Your band. Featuring Pat from the now defunkt Birth to Burial. Everything Pat does is awesome, loud, smart, and high quality. You'll kjnow more about both of these bands soon. Opening the SHQ show is Austin's Secret Weapons at 8:00. They came recommended by Zanzibar/idi's M. Chamy, so I trust it will be good.

As always, 8:00, Free, BYOB. 210 East Hickory in the East Denton Entertainment District.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get to beat the shit out of that little fucking "singer" of theirs. If you don't know the story, ask me.
He's fucking dead though.

Of course, pummeling midgets should never make you feel good... unless it's him.

4:56 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

sounds like a good SHQ show... I'll add it to the list.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous shq said...

Thanks, SR!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that elected person is a dude? Is it Tina Brandon or Brandon Teena?

5:33 PM  
Anonymous zar mc said...

Well if you do like iDi*amin you are better off coming out to tyhe Zanzibar show in Dallas ... we have two members of Notes From Underground playing with us this time.

This will really be a unique event. Seriously. Get yr art on.

But if you like old-school indie rock SHQ may be the place in the early evening.

just remember though, Zanzi plays at 8 and 9 (roughly), and you can always hit the Melvins afterwards ... not far to Ellum from there.

Also, Austin's Secret Weapons are playing at the Darkside Lounge that night. If ya liked Babes in Toyland, you'll love em.

5:40 PM  
Blogger tex winters said...

that dude from grand buffet wasn't older pete. grand buffet try too hard to be funny and end up being annoying instead.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oddly enough I heard the Good Sons were dropping most of the Birthday party material for the show. Silk Stocking cancelled.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz MacGowan=Silk Stocking
I don't think she cancelled.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come to the Beach Boys Hoot Night tomorrow (11/18) at Club Dada.
S-1 Committee, Hand Claps and Harmonies, The Bracelets, and Teenage Symphony, all covering Beach Boys songs. Fun! Starts at 9:00.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok Fine Line. Callithump.

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the Melvins in Austin at Emo's last night. Seen them 5 times and this was by far the best. I highly recommend going to the Dallas show tonight. Two drummers. The drummers are doing exactly the same thing, right on time with each other and at times the parts sound like that of a high school drum line. It really was one of the most amazing metal shows that I've seen. The new bass player does excellent harmonies with Buzz and he has a great voice. Some of the parts I thought were Buzz singing on the new album were actually the Bass player.

Big Business was excellent as well. It's just the drummer and the bass player who now play for the melvins. Drumming is very technically proficient. The bass sounds like a crunchy low guitar and his vocals are similair to old school Buzz. The songs were really catchy and good even based on a first listen, and live at that.

I cannot reccommend a show more and I have seen many, many shows.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dixie Witch @ The DoubleWide Tonight (Sat.)

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

Who keeps posting my shows, under anonymous? Just wondering. My name is on everything I promote. I was just going to list it & see some anonymous poster did already. Um, thanks, I guess, but why be anonymous. Seems odd...
P.S. I'm not associated with Fine Line & don't book exclusively at Dada.

4:05 PM  
Blogger skulkie the spy said...

ANON 6:55

that sounds AWESOME!

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from dRc on the SHQ show:

Business in the front, party in the back.

If you seek the vibe tonight, look to the back door.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Club is now in the back. The office is now in the front.

Backdoor speakeast action, now greater access for the public to toilets and vibe, while insuring better security for tenant awesomeness.

MEGA WALLY BONUS: Actual PA, with snake, and independent monitor amp!!!!

We is no longer fucking around for reals for sure!!!

7:29 PM  
Blogger c e re b oso said...

The Melvins rocked so hard tonight. Fantastic.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous radio utd said...

Pattern is movement's show at Hailey's is canceled. They ARE playing an in-store at Good Records at 4pm, however.

Should be good stuff. More like...GREAT stuff.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was Beach House? Was there a lot of hot indie chick ass in attendance?

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuvckkkkkkkkkinhg pete from pete and pete sucked balls. i wish i wish his acts was good.

gotta love slackerssssssssssss

12:35 PM  
Blogger Sam Machkovech said...

PiM plays at 5, not 4. Demetri Martin's up at 4.

3:15 PM  
Blogger tex winters said...

no seriously, not the dude from Pete and Pete

5:39 PM  
Anonymous lab said...

yes, no pattern is movement show tonite at hailey's - wild in the streets is still on, though. no cover, $2 well drinks & domestic beers. 10p-2a.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Double Wide show on Saturday was great. Loved me some good solid rock show with Dixie Witch.

The first band Blood of the Sun had some crazy keyboards going on but played a little too long but was a solid set by the 5 piece.

The next band Mescalero had some promise and pulled off the 3 piece quite well.

And of course Dixie Witch ruled! How can you not love their drummer? That dude beats the shit out of the drums. I love seeing those guys. It was a awesome night with lots of rock without the metal! The Double Wide is easily becoming one of my favorite places.

Seemed like a lot of people were coming back and forth from The Melvins.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So no one saw Beach House?

9:11 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

beach house was very good... good sound, good turnout, a very good show overall. We'll have a brief write up later today.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Zak said...

Yeah, I enjoyed Beach House. Solid set that seemed a bbit short but that was cool because it left me wanting more. A bit cold for an outdoor show but it suited the music well.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous ER said...

any word on the Les Georges Leningrad show?

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't go, ER? After getting all excited and posting on myspace about it?

10:03 PM  
Anonymous E R said...

nope didn't make it, which is why i'd like some details to make me deeply regret my decision.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jesus christ, the les georges leningrad show was fucking incredible.

6:53 PM  

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