Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Weekender 12/8/06-12/10/06

As always, you can check back with us over the weekend to see if we've deemed anything else cool enough to add to our cool as fuck weekend cool list. Cool?:


Dr. Dog (Good Records Free Instore, 4pm): If you don't have tickets to the Granada show, you'll probably want to stop by Good Records for this performance. I have yet to see Dr. Dog live, but I'm really looking forward to it. DL highly recommends their live show, and I would recommend their records to anyone that shares a passion for classic pop rock with rough edges. Or to put it another way, Guided By Voices.

The Black Keys/Dr. Dog (Granada): At this point I think we've talked about this show enough, but needless to say its going to be great. And I found out today that its completely sold out, so if you aren't already going, tough shit.

The Party w/ DJs Nature, Sober and Select (Zubar): Whatever you're doing in Dallas tonight, you're going to at least want to pop your head in at Zubar. Once you're there, you'll probably end up staying for the rest of the night. Everyone that reads this blog knows how much we dig the Central Booking crew, and its becoming more apparent each month that everyone else in Dallas digs them too. I don't know how this could be MORE fun than Nature's Zubar show last Saturday, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is. If you haven't checked out the Party yet, your only available excuse is that you're lame. And thats not really an excuse.

Ladytron/The Burning Hotels/Dreamtigers/The Flashlight Party (Hailey's): So in case you don't know, heres the deal with this show: They have apparently passed out a couple thousand "tickets" to the show, and if you don't have one by now, you're not going to get one. And even if you do have one, theres a catch. The show is first come first serve, and requires a wrist band for admittance. This means that even if you have a ticket, you have to take it up to Denton, show up at Hailey's (Flashlight Party recommends getting there around 5pm), and wait in line in hopes of trading your ticket in for a wrist band (who planned this shit anyway, SXSW?). Needless to say, if you don't get a wrist band, your ticket is about as valuable as a used Hagfish CD. So basically, there are four times as many tickets as there are wristbands. Good luck. And I don't know who was actually responsible for picking this line up, but its a great one... if you end up getting in, I would highly recommend catching Dreamtigers, one of Dallas proper's most promising new electronic/hip hop acts. And of course, Ladytron is really amazing live. I'd bet a lot of people that don't even dig their records will be totally impressed with their show. And by the way, you can also check out the Burning Hotels if you want proof that Dallas now, officially, has its very own Killers rip off band. We did it guys! To be honest, I kinda didn't want to take a jab at them when I saw how young they were, but Burning Hotels probably get laid a lot more than I do, so they can kiss my ass.

Buffalo Killers/Lions/The Future Unlived (Club Dada- Black Keys after party): Callithump has put together a nice little after party for the Black Keys show. I've heard a total of 6 Buffalo Killers songs (the band includes ex members of Thee Shams), and I dig the hell out of all of them. Think Beatles at their loudest ( but maybe not quite as rocking as "Helter Skelter"), glam era Bowie, and some massive fucking guitar solos with more of a dirty blues twist than either of the aforementioned legends. Its like psychedelic T. Rex, and no, its not just bearded hipster irony. These guys can really play, and they sould like they could be a wonderful live band. Read a short interview with Buffalo Killers here.


Dat Politics/The Great Tyrant/Kevin Blechdom/Tolar/Dj Stephen R (Metrognome Collective Ft. Worth): It's great to see Metrognome putting on some shows again, and this one promises to be one of the most interesting and fun ones yet. You have the brutality of FW hardcore fixture, Tolar, with the party savvy intuition of DJ Stephen R. Then there's the progged out epics of Great Tyrant back to back with the electronic experiments of the very surreal and very female, Kevin Blechdom. Finally there's Dat Politics, a French electronic group that's recorded for Chicks on Speed Records and drawn comparisons to Bis. I haven't heard that name in a long while. This show kind of reminds of our show at Art Prostitute next weekend. Yeah, that's how cool it is.

A Spune Christmas (Hailey's): I gotta say, whatever errors Spune has made in the past with booking big shows, this is going to be a pretty goddamn solid one almost all the way through. Performers include Ghostcar, Red Monroe, Marked Men (these guys are surprisingly low on the local radar considering how much ass they kick), Record Hop, Pleasant Grove and Starlight Mints. Should be a blast. Click here for more details and all the Myspace links. You gotta give Spune some props on this one. Any show that starts with Ghostcar and ends with Starlight Mints is pretty good in my book.



Blogger joshbaish said...

C'mon, man...
A little love for the Glove?:

Fri Dec 8 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Teenage Symphony
Eat Avery's Bones
Sydney Confirm


Sat Dec 9 (Doors open at 9pm; $8)
The Drams

411 East Sycamore
Denton, TX 76205
(940) 387-7781

4:43 PM  
Blogger fuzzbuzz said...

And a little love for the Girls?
DJ Wild In The Streets &
DJ TigerBee
Saturday Dec. 9
Fashion show, Sculpture show,Visuals, DJ's
Plenty of ladies!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hubba hubba!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

art prostitute is having a sick show starting at 7 on saturday. 4 great artists opening called "high life low tech" with Sober on the tables

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Road Agent is also having an opening on Saturday from six to nine.

5:07 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah, we had to rush a little with the list today, but we'll add that Teenage Symphony show to the list for sure.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how bout a little love for cliff notes..

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck cliff notes
fucking spark notes, hell yeah!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how bout a little love for cliff burton...

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The national laprop battle was last night in Seattle. Out of the 8 contestants 2 were from Dallas laptop Deathmatch. Matthewmatic(from dreamtigers) won the Austin tournament to qualify for nationals and Cygnus won the Dallas qualifierier. Neither of them won, but boith had good showings and had people wondering what's going on in Dallas. Check out the pictures at the following link:

If you see these guys out give them a big word up for representing dallas in a big way. We WILL take the national prize next year.

You see mr.Matthewmatics playing with his band The Dreamtigers tonight opening for Ladytron. All four memebers of the Dreamtigers are Deathmatch regulars. Cheers!!!!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

You get $2 off admission to tonight's Black Keys after party at Dada with your Black Keys ticket stub or a flyer. I left some flyers at Good Records. Otherwise, Ryan, from Zine-O-Phonic, will be handing out some at the show tonight. See some of you there!

6:16 PM  
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9:28 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

hey, no problem playa.

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice Hagfish burn

2:06 AM  
Blogger james said...

I should have pointed out earlier that the very talented kansas bands Ad Astra per Aspera, and The Paper Airplanes played the metrognome tonight and were awesome. Photos are up on the website.

Sorry we have cut back on our show schedule, we are booking shows again, but reducing the number of shows per month to try to increase our turn-out. the show Saturday night will be awesome, so please come out. if you can come to our volunteer work day, we will be painting stripes on the parking lot, and performing various important cleaning functions. And, if you come out and work for a couple of hours, you can see the Dat Politics show for free.

2:46 AM  
Blogger URN said...

Tame..Tame And Quiet Says:

I know someone asked people not to add to the "It List" because it's supposed to be the "It List" for this site, but, you're stupid, because this is a blog site, and I'm going to suggest another show this Saturday night for Arlingtonians that don't want to leave the confines of their geographical bubble.

Saturday December 9 @ Pitchers
2604 W. Division St.
Arlington, TX 7601...

We will be playing with Tiger...(the name includes the ellipses, as does ours, so just accept it as a part of modern rock band naming and move on...And You Will Know Us... as an example) and Midwinter Fits (who are an amazing recording project/turned live performance band for this occasion especially).

Show at 9pm. No Cover. Pile of Suprises. Candy Coated Toys and Gumdrop Dreams.

Or go see Kevin Blechdom at Metrognome. Holy Shit, she's good.

3:52 AM  
Blogger kidko said...

The dreamtigers brought it as did LadyTron and Burning Hotels. Flashlight Party had the crowd bopping cheering through nearly every change in their mix.

But to compound the ridiculocity of the ticketing/line situation, Ladytron had apparently requested an entirely seperate monitoring desk to be on stage when they got there so their touring SoundBloke could mix the monitors from on stage.

Said gear was NOT at Hailey's when they arrived so a set had to be rented from DALLAS after they'd already been in Denton and bitched for a while. That meant they and the rest of the bands who were told to show at 5pm hung out in the swank Camel-provided greenroom at Hannah's across the street until about 9pm, when the doors were supposed to open. THEN they did soundcheck. All this while the people were STILL waiting in line outside.

If my lady and I weren't one of the lucky few in the DT crew, I probably would have left even though I heard reports of Ladytron visiting with people in line and extending apologies.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the Drams last night... Umm, yeah, they f'n suck!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

camel tickets.. kafka

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, we agree on something. Yes, the Marked Men do kick much ass. You know, it's funny, because that douche Sam of "bigdlittled" said the Marked Men are the only band on the bill that should be missed. That guy is such a tool. Maybe if they sounded more like the "Shitfuck Davies" he would like it...

12:55 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

- I havent give a "big word up" since 1992 and do not plan to resume anytime soon

- The Drams kick ass live, and Drams/Centro- will be almost as good as the Hailey's show. And way more crowded.

- Big ups (not word ups) to the Metrognome for some recent kick-ass shows.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the ladytron show was a clusterfuck to be sure, but the band was amazing. and the dreamtigers were reprehensibly bad.

2:39 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

MC, I respect your taste and writing more than just about any other writer in town, but the Drams? Are you kidding me?

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

Tonight at Dada, I have 3 really solid, Austin bands on the bill: The Black, Red Leaves & Red X Red M. Blackheart Society is rounding out the "Black & Red Christmas" bill. $6/21+, $8/under 21, with 1/2 Price Admission w/a NEW toy for Toys for Tots. I also have some free movie passes, if you bring a toy tonight, while they last. Cheers!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

I've got to say hats off to Art Prostitute for pulling in the best show I've seen at their gallery in a very long time. Every artist brought it.

Mel Kadel's body of work is a great series of drawings. Carefully drawn female figures in very detailed surrealistic environments, accented by occasional and wonderful flourishes of color. You get lost in it. They're so much fun to look at.

Michael Sieben is an illustrator and painter who works for such publications as Thrasher Magazine. He brought with him a series of paintings on wood with a limited color pallete. Most of them are what one comes to expect from a Sieben piece, strange animal characters with very human, beat down, exahusted faces. Very graphic and bold. His line quality is unbeatable.

Travis Millard is an illustrator who's got a very humorous comic book style. Several of his drawings for sale have been turned into vans tshirts, so if you're a fan of that clothing line, it's cool to see the actual piece of paper your tshirt came from. Some of his work is just laugh out loud funny (portrait of a tiger after chugging four beers) but all of it wows you with his masterful work with a pen. Just looking at his stuff makes me want to draw more and get better.

Jeremy Fish's cutsey-but-disturbing style got toned down a little for this show... not as many skulls as you usually see in his work. He also is exploring different mediums to showcase his work including panels of wood cut out so its just his characters with no context, or my particular favorite the skateboards he die cut the top half of around his images. This isn't the first time he's had work at AP, but its my favorite set of his yet. He's got some prints and his turtle camper sculpture there too.

Go see this show. It blew me away. The great thing about Art Prostitute is that you don't have to be a hardcore art appreciator to enjoy the time you'll spend in there. If you've got even a passing interest in drawing, hip hop, or skating, or the cultures surrounding them, you're in for a rewarding (albeit it short) walk. Best of all, you don't have to have a fat wallet to buy the art either. WSJR, you're lucky to have that show up for your concert.

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Drams were bleh.
Centro-matic was pretty great.

2:44 AM  
Blogger james said...

The metrognome collective is very sorry that DAT Politics was unable to play tonight. please see the story here:

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the white denim show at doublewide was really very nice and good.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the phrase 'brought it' isn't bringing it anymore.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Carlin said...

Sun, 12/10 - Slider Pines, Low Red Land, Birds & Batteries, The Naptime Shake at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St at 8pm, $5 cover, 17+ welcome!
Low Red Land and Birds & Batteries are out of San Francisco. From a review of Low Red Land, "Low Red Land has released an excellent entry in to the alternative country genre with their latest record Weight Of Nations. Names like Neil Young, Son Volt and to a lesser degree Mark Mulcahy come to mind while listening to the albums 9 tracks. The groups lo-fi inspired twang is quite infections and should appeal to most fans of the genre."

6:59 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

Yeah, I respect that you have very wide-ranging tastes like myself, stonedranger, but we definitely disagree on Slobberbone/The Drams. I can see where you might think the Drams are not very compelling on record (since they are in some ways a more polished Slobberbone), but I don't see how it's possible to see a Brent Best-fronted group in person and not see that he's got something special to offer ...

Is this my guilty pleasure? I don't think so, it's more along the lines of pure, rough around the edges heart on sleeve rock like Husker Du, the Replacements, early Superchunk, Fivehead, etc ..... but with a sloppy tx bbq edge. Or maybe be it just reminds me of a time before I woke up and realized how much DFW sucked ... thir music is kind of like "DFW sucks but we make the most of it." But that's kind of why I like DFW. I dunno. That's just what I read into it.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'modern rock naming'???

9:33 AM  
Blogger joshbaish said...

"it's more along the lines of pure, rough around the edges heart on sleeve rock like Husker Du, the Replacements, early Superchunk, Fivehead, etc ..... but with a sloppy tx bbq edge."

Throw a large heaping of Big Star in the mix, and you've got it pegged.
Kudos to B. Best for having the cajones to make the kind of music he wants to, popular (or any other) opinion be damned.

And the show on Saturday?
Crazy fun.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous mc said...

Whatsup Josh ...

Amazing how the RGRS "venue room" looks so much bigger when it's packed to the gills.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what and who is that little picture of? they've got the glow.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dreamtigers were reprehinsibly amazing

11:00 PM  
Blogger kidko said...

that's dreamtigers pic

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, was it the same anonymous who said that the dreamtigers were both reprehensibly bad & reprehensibly amazing? that's quite a mixed review. anyone who was there knows the score. 'yall bitches know we're sensitive_

5:09 PM  

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