Monday, December 04, 2006

Monday Morning Rock

Well, its official. As of right now, Central Booking is the best thing going in Dallas proper. Period. No one else has even come close to touching the events they've been putting together over the past few months, and Nature's show with Klever at Zubar on Saturday was no exception. In fact, it was one of the best parties Dallas has seen all year.

Klever's ability to feel out the vibe of the crowd and give them what they wanted was amazing, and as a result, his set felt like the only thing that mattered while it was happening. He mixed hip hop and dancefloor pop hits with such a random collection of other tracks that I really can't express how good it was without listing the songs themselves... and instead of doing that, I'll just provide you with an example of something he played near the peak of the set:

82 Comments:

Anonymous wow said...

holy cow he played bob marley?!!!! damn, i had never even heard that song before, it is great!!!! i am so at the next one, i'm gonna request some james brown, i don't know if you've ever heard his music though, pretty awesome.

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best thing in Dallas? whatever

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not rock.

7:17 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

maybe isn't "rock" per se, buts its nice to hear on a Monday morning.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not official.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing wrong with bob marley. except....nevermind. you already know. bob marley is still nice to listen to.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

Say what you want about the artistic quality of dj's(yes they DO have talent, and ARE creative), but if the most exciting musical thing happening in this town is people playing records, that is a sad commentary on the quality of live local music.

Any local bands that read this should see this as a call to arms. It is time to shit or get off the pot, kids.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, uh, fuck the "scene". We have good songs, a strong work ethic, we play often enough, and our audience is growing.

What 8 or 10 isolated music internet snobs have to say has very little pull on reality.

Fuuuuuuuuuuck North Texas.
It's a bunch of hobbyists.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same guy here. I love what Central does. I'm just sayin... Just because it's under your radar doesn't mean shit.

1:25 PM  
Blogger joshbaish said...

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1:43 PM  
Blogger joshbaish said...

TONIGHT @ Rubber Gloves:

Mon Dec 4 (Doors open at 10pm; $6)

Parts & Labor
Bitchin' Kitchen
The Brewers

"Parts & Labor are an exciting prospect, drone rock that's as much rock as drone... this is an intriguing, challenging album and an excellent introduction to two artists full of great ideas." -Joe Tangari, Pitchfork

"The tracks on here - instrumentals all - wham their way into new post-free prog territory. About the only thing i can really say it recalls are some of the stranger, lesser known groups of the later no wave era, like Philly's Notekillers or something. Really cool stuff." -Byron Coley, The Wire

"You haven't lived until you've seen Parts & Labor tear it up, matching its energy with schizoid melodies every step of the way." -Mike Wolf, Time Out NY

1:45 PM  
Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

I wasn't saying that I disagree with SR that Central has some of the best happenings, happening around here. I think what they are doing is cool. If those comments by 11:17 and 11:25 were towards me.

Obviously what they are doing is connecting with the Dallas/Denton area. I think that bands should take notice of that, and see what they can do to raise the bar.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess bands could play other people musics for coked up sluts. I just have to play rap music, right?

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine... People in Dallas coming together over booty jams in a club! WILD! It's so wild that people are connecting to a DJ! It's, like, the first dance party ever! People are sheep. You tell them it's cool, get them drunk, and then they attempt to have sex. Real fucking rocket science. Making a mix tape is exactly the same as being in a band.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:57 AM : "Making a mix tape is exactly the same as being in a band."

Actually that is what a band does.. takes all there musical influences.. mix it up, and make music.

That is also what writers, film maker, and all artist do.. Creativity is the ability to mix. If you only have a limited amount of influences your creative output will be limited. If you have a large core of influences then your output will be more diverse, and exciting.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:42... Save that shit for the House of Tinnitus. You are talking out of your ass. Which of course makes you qualified to start a blog.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIXTAPE. Seriously?

Whi is your favorite band? Go up to them and tell them that what they do is the same as making a mixtape. Let's see... 10 songs on an album? Writing, rehearsing, recording ten songs... Maybe 100s of hours of work and creation and money spent and secondguessing and reworking and... Okay. 10 songs that somebody else wrote on a CDR... What's that... 5 bucks for the joint. Your roommates ITUNES. A nickel for the CDR. About 8 minutes.

You're right. Same thing.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:57: great tell me 1 artist a 100% original idea; that came out of 0 influences..

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not arguing that an artist takes psychic input from the world around him. Of course! From potty training on up, we are shaped by what swirls in the ether.

We are talking about a mixtape.

So, yes. Correct. When I was born, my parents split, my dad died in a drunk driving accident, I loved pop music. I grew into jazz, and then fell in love the first time. I never got a pony. I got beat up in 9th grade, and then I found reggae. I spent 3 days in jail and met a man who went to school with JFK. In college, I found drugs and sonic youth. I traveled overseas and learned several instruments. I got married and then my wife had a stillborn. All of the music of my life, from childhood nursery rhymes, to slayer, to tito punte mashed together with love hate, lennon getting shot, the challenger explosion, and george bush foreign policy. I spent two years writing and rewriting an album, money to create it and fix guitars and keyboards. All the while struggling to deal with a job, school, mortgage and a dying widow oif a mother. ALL of it became ONE on the tape, the music I created through my life and captured in only two years put on tape forever.


=

Dude, this SkeeLo jam is bumpin! Charlie and Lydia are gonna LOSE it on the dance floor Thursday Night! Shit, then I'ma throw on some BeeGees! People don't even know how cool they really were. then while that's spinning, I'm gonna go take a piss. Hey, tell Abbie that the afterparty is at the Grain House. I'ma drop that mix tape I made for shellys birthday. The one that starts with the dialouge from usual suspects? I got mad influences dog!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are so right. There has never been anything original. That's why life is the same today as it was 100 years ago. Nobody has EVER had any originality, and if they think they do, they are just art-fags from the house of tinnitus!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And agin... I like Central. I like to party. i like to dance. But don't tell me that crossfading MIA into RUN DMC into Beach House is the same as MIA writing her ryhmes RUN DMC helping define a genre and Beach House crafting beautiful heartfelt melodies.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:00 PM: And I know DJ's that do that same regime.. True some DJ's just play records.. they don't think about it, and they have horrible taste in music.. Same goes for bands.. They just play music.. they don't think about it, and have horrible taste in music..

Then there are dj's that... spend time writing, rehearsing, recording ten songs... Maybe 100s of hours of work and creation and money spent and secondguessing and reworking and...

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WRITING what? The label on their CDR?

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, guys, can't go out tonight. Not until I PERFECT the way that Xanadu and Thiller roll together in a totally fresh way.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dancing to DJs is what actual musicians do on a night off.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:10 PM: originality/creativity is the ability to mix.. things aren't the same as 100 years ago because everything continues to be mixed.

just like the weather is made up of the same small simple pieces following small simple rules. there has never been 2 exact days of the same weather..

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hang the dj hang the dj hang the dj

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's official. This post does NOT rock. Period.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Nature said...

Stop crying... Yeah, we make mixtapes, when we're not recording other bands projects (drums for undoing), or producing records for other labels, or drawing up marketing and release plans for other people records, or recording OTHER DJ'S MIXTAPES (HELLO THE FLASHLIGHT PARTY)....

There's nothing worse than a fucking crybaby... Your bands not poppin... Get it poppin. I have NO (and i mean fucking ZERO) time for haters.

I know Wanz cause we came up in the same indie music scene in the early 90's in denton. I played drums in the first 2 rock lotteries (same year Quicey from Dove Hunter had a band called The Mr. T Experience... or Codename:Fuck.. can't remember..) You know what, I'm not even gonna get into it like that... You don't know the half of what I've done musically. And pulling out the resume is more than some of you deserve.

I'm not a musican??? Fuck off.
This was MY weekend, what the fuck did YOU do...

Thrusday: Woke up at Noon, emailed protools parts to a singer from NY. Then I wrote horn parts for a tune I have to record next week. That took all night...

Friday: Played the Quick Anniversary Party (Early Evening) Drove back to Denton (instead of going to see your band play or hanging out at the libertine or lee harvey's), got home at by 1am so i could program drum tracks the song i had to record the next day at Noon. That took about 4 hours.

Saturday: Recorded as song for a singer from NYC named MIMA. I played drums and arranged the tune. Shane from the Undoing played bass. No2Self (another DJ) played organ and Rhodes, and Mike West from The Violent Squid played guitar. We recorded it live at Orville's (Cheif Death Rage) house from Noon to 6.
About six, I grab something to eat while I made an animated giff to use when we launch our first Remix as TheParty later this week. I did that while eating. Then...
I drove to Dallas so I could play Zubar from 10 to Midnite with my guy Clever from ATL. Finished at Zu and drove straight home. Got home at 4:30.

Sunday: Woke up and 10:30 so I could track down Shane, then it was back to Orvilles for to finish the tune we started the day. That was 2-8 recording drums over and over and over. I spent my dinner talking with a promoter in NYC about setting up shows with his band and MIMA during Jan 07. Venues, cost, tickets, dates, look, etc. After dinner, I went straight home so I could fix the drums and hornlines on the song I'm about to release with MIMA, so I can email it off to get mastered in NYC this afternoon. (She flies in Tomorrow to record the rest of her record in denton with me for the next 2 weeks).

OH I'M SORRY. YOUR BANDS NOT GIGGING??? LET ME THROW YOU A FUCKING PITY PARTY WHEN I GET A MIN.

DONT HATE ON A NIGGA WHO'S FOCUSED. IF YOU'RE LAZY, IT AINT MY FAULT.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry... Did you say "Nigga"... You must be the real deal! Don't forget to press PLAY and RECORD at the same time!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My band IS gigging, yo. It's called Blackheart Society! check it out some time when you're not on the internet crying like a little bitch!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do you guys let anons get you all bowdy? with a post as pompous as this one (basically calling everything else everyone is working on in Dallas worthless)it was bound to annoy a lot of people. but it's a BLOG written by an ANON where lots of other anons reply. who gives a shit?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Violent Squid... That's just great. GO DENTON!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never not once had a problem starting you fuckers up. I take it all back. See you Wednesday.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, this SkeeLo jam is bumpin! Charlie and Lydia are gonna LOSE it on the dance floor Thursday Night! Shit, then I'ma throw on some BeeGees! People don't even know how cool they really were. then while that's spinning, I'm gonna go take a piss. Hey, tell Abbie that the afterparty is at the Grain House. I'ma drop that mix tape I made for shellys birthday. The one that starts with the dialouge from usual suspects? I got mad influences dog!

Dude, this SkeeLo jam is bumpin! Charlie and Lydia are gonna LOSE it on the dance floor Thursday Night! Shit, then I'ma throw on some BeeGees! People don't even know how cool they really were. then while that's spinning, I'm gonna go take a piss. Hey, tell Abbie that the afterparty is at the Grain House. I'ma drop that mix tape I made for shellys birthday. The one that starts with the dialouge from usual suspects? I got mad influences dog!

Dude, this SkeeLo jam is bumpin! Charlie and Lydia are gonna LOSE it on the dance floor Thursday Night! Shit, then I'ma throw on some BeeGees! People don't even know how cool they really were. then while that's spinning, I'm gonna go take a piss. Hey, tell Abbie that the afterparty is at the Grain House. I'ma drop that mix tape I made for shellys birthday. The one that starts with the dialouge from usual suspects? I got mad influences dog!

Dude, this SkeeLo jam is bumpin! Charlie and Lydia are gonna LOSE it on the dance floor Thursday Night! Shit, then I'ma throw on some BeeGees! People don't even know how cool they really were. then while that's spinning, I'm gonna go take a piss. Hey, tell Abbie that the afterparty is at the Grain House. I'ma drop that mix tape I made for shellys birthday. The one that starts with the dialouge from usual suspects? I got mad influences dog!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for some reason dallas rock bands rewriting 60's songs rehashing safe chord changes is considerd writing/making music..

while nature mixing music real time blending beats, chord progressions in front of a crowd and blending those chord progressions, and beats to the 'feel' of the crowd isn't considered writing, and music..

this seems irrational to me.. they are both making music.. and frankly being able to do improvisation is a show of a mastery of the music knowledge/vocabulary..

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude... Fuck You. Fuckk all yall haters. w

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone is GENIUS and AMAZING in this town yay!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EAT MY SHIT!


The Blackheart Society

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH! FUCK NATURE AND KIDD KRADDICK


Black Tie Dynasty

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wick wicky!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wickity wick! wickkkk wickawick wicck!

3:45 PM  
Anonymous djanonymous said...

thats some mad text scratching yo

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAN! I've never heard anyhting like this except at every other dance club I've ever been to! And in the car growing up! And Urban Outfitters!

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spiteful comment threads like this wouldn't exist if the fine line was still around.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL

4:17 PM  
Anonymous asshole laughing at bigger assholes said...

most laughable thing ever. black soceity dynasties gang up on nature to tell it like it really is.
L.O.L.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally beside the point, but it's official, DdFw needs NO more bands with the word "black" in their name. period. also, the whole opening of this post was totally officially lame. period.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's right. We're sick of taking shit! Fuckk you! We're doing alright with out WSJR!

Blackheart society

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone just needs to chill and get off my back!

-DJ Black Nature

4:46 PM  
Anonymous poor existance of anon said...

some anons are sad. and that makes them angry. some anons are in bands that are sad. and that makes them even more angry. some blogs don't focus on anon's sad band. now anon must speak out. anon must be angry. angry anon angry. saying things make anon feel better about sad. make anon happy. now anon happy. now anon can laugh. ha. ha. anon go. ha. ha. look at silly nature spin silly record. ha. ha. me feel better about sad now. anon go home and feel less silly and feel more happy. but for some reason anon still very sad. what wrong with anon? anon no feel. and that be nature of anon. anon has no nature. anon is object. anon can't feel. but anon still living. anon experience anomie. poor anon.
anomie anons. :(

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

247. Really deep, man. The funny part is... I'm really happy. See, but you'll... No you're not. But, really... I am!

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, none more black!

Thank You

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some anons try to explain other anons but they just draw from their own anon experience.
WAIT A MINUTE!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous violent piss stream said...

oh! even more laughable. black society dynasties tell WSJR that they don't need them.
well 'ok' guys. <-(in my best christian counselor voice)

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fear of an anonymous planet!

4:55 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

I can't believe there are still people out there that want to start this "DJs aren't real musicians" debate. What fucking year do you rock around the clockers live in anyway?

I think Nature's response blew the haters out of the water, so theres really not much to add except for laughter.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

people crying on blogs = blowing haters out of the water?

4:57 PM  
Anonymous be young and shut up said...

an anonymous world =
"a" = "without"
"nomos" = "law"

woopee!

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah for real, this man records DRUMS on PROTOOLS when he's not spinning! now every one shut up and give him some props!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

washed up dallas haircuts = hate for DJ

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who else is partying at the Grain house tonight?

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, duh, SR. You're a startfucker! I bet Nature knows you.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parties suck.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nature don't get upset, this has nothing to do with your talent, only that SR is touting it.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the most rediculous comments section yet.

selfrighteous musicians arguing with selfrighteous djs over a selfrighteous blogger's comment.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

central booking / club djs and the rest of the "local scene" are apples and oranges. you can't expect them to function the same way. even if they're both "musicians" they operate on totally different spectrums.

sr thinks that partying is where its at, and thats fine. agree or don't. care about what he thinks on the issue or don't. everyone else taking offense to that and defending their bands are wasting their time because you're gonna keep firing blanks and argue forever for this reason:

bands do one thing for one group. djs do another thing for another group. its not uncommon for these people to cross over but to say one is better than another is futile.

okay i'm done.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackheart Society, don't make me embarrass you by posting the number of units you guys have actually sold. For everyone else, keep tuning your borrowed gear in your friends garage and I will go ahead and take your bored girlfriend to The Party this weekend. Tell her to try and get friday night off at Urban Outfitters.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous M-. said...

MIMA... Right on!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Zak said...

I think Nature set it straight. All you people who can't figure out that what good DJs or elctronic acts do is an art just as much as anything else need to get a clue. Hating on drum machines or anything else that isn't rock and roll enough for you is so 70's. I thought Kraftwerk, etc had broken that barier a long time ago.

And Bob Marley is rock to me, same as the Meters or the Temptations. He transcended whatever genre you want to stick him in. Nice post SR, I had never seen that vid before.

I dunno. I thought 'rock' had gone on to mean more than what many of you try to simplify it as.

7:56 PM  
Blogger tystamp said...

yep. MIMA's new track is great.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wah wah wah, sounds like a bunch of crying vaginas in a carnival. you know dallas is full of ex ravers, such as yourself.

signed
oliver prince

9:27 PM  
Blogger tystamp said...

and i make mix cds and play rock music. and i gotta say there's a lot in common with both.
and don't "save it for the house of tinnitus" me or any of that bullshit. fuck you. i'll say what i want and saying the words house of tinnitus doesn't make it any less true. so fuck off.
a good mix cd takes time and a lot of mental labor to be a really good and diverse cd. gentle and subtle. same goes when making a record of original work. someone kind of mentioned that earlier and i agree. to say that there are more complexities to it than that because you spend more money on writing and recording a song probably doesn't write any songs that i'll ever be interested in listening to. plus it's a flat out lie. it hardly cost a thing to record music. the proof is all around you. hours put into your song? it takes a long time to get a good and diverse mix right too. it is true that it probably doesn't take AS LONG. but more is expected of a dj than a songwriter. a dj has to continuely push out good and exciting mixes of consistent interest and diversity and that kind of momentum just isn't easy to keep up with. i haven't seen much proof of the prolificness of songwriting around here...what one record a year? that's about average right? sometimes longer. playing the same songs the same way for years. no wonder DJs started spinning records. but i like both. and i applaud both. but i do think if you haters are in bands you're being weak ass tittie babies about some MUSIC.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wussup haters

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oliver Print.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like djs who are good. the party guys play a lot of fun music to enjoy. I also like watching to good groups perform. Why does some one who is not having a good day talking shit about some djs? Who cares. Enjoy your music and the djs mixes or parties. Maybe one day they remix your record and make it a huge hit??? Who knows..all I know from being in the promotion and musci game for over 5 years is that you don't burn bridges and also you don't call people out on the internet. That is really high school of anybody. Were I'm from you talk to someones face. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so no worries ...post some of your music..don't read the blog...have fun and have a good day.

love me or hate me.

11:43 PM  
Anonymous wanz said...

I dig the central booking stuff. I dig going to see bands. Sometimes I wanna dance. Sometimes I wanna Rock. Don't take this shit too seriously marcus. They don't know that you are a bad ass drummer and arranger. They don't care. They just wanna complain. Keep doin what you are doin. They are not hating on you. They are hating on how much attention you are getting on this blog.

I really hope the Blackheart comments are not coming from the actual guys. Your better than that petty anonymous shit and if you want my continued support it would be in your best interest to not stoop to the level of the other jerks that post on this blog.

Come see me DJ tonight @ The Cavern. If there is a good crowd I may do a mini Live set deathmatch style. I am not sure how much longer they are ghonna keep me around. At this point I am not officially scheduled to do any more nights there although they may just move me to another night. At this point I just don't know.

-Wanz

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ty. Stop. Maybe that explains your "band".

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ty. Stop. Maybe that explains your "band".

12:21 PM  
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3:10 PM  
Blogger tystamp said...

stop what? i don't own a band.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Nice wit you got there.

4:26 PM  

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