Friday, September 21, 2007

Weekender 9/21/07-9/23/07


The Sea and Cake/Meg Baird (House of Blues): I haven't heard the new Sea and Cake album yet, and I wish Wildcat was writing about this show instead of me, but unfortunately, you're stuck with what I have for you. I used to listen to Sea and Cake all the time, right around the time I discovered the fact that you could smoke pot and NOT listen to crappy music while doing so, and frankly I'm glad. In fact, there's even a story involving pyschedelic drugs, Sea and Cake, and me mistakenly believing that I lived in a video game, but I'll save that one for another time. I've never had the chance to see the band live, but various members of the WSJR crew insist that anyone with even a passing interest in the band should really see them live at least once, and my experience with most of these Chicago post-rock groups is that yes, they ARE that talented, and seeing the live show is honestly the best way to appreciate that fact. I'm hoping the play some tracks from my two favorite records, The Fawn and Oui.

The Party (Zubar): I want Nature, Sober and Select to lead Dallas elctro/dance fans in all kinds of new directions, and I think they are up to the task. To me, a good DJ is one who is able to slowly morph his or her set to incorporate exciting new sounds, songs, genres and subgenres, and all the party DJs seem to be as good as anyone in town at digging through virtual record stacks around the world in order to bring Dallas stuff as fast or faster than most people in New York get it. I wonder what kinds of things they'll start finding as the french blog house explosion calms down a bit here at the end of the summer, but I bet I'll like it.

Midlake/Current Leaves (Dan's Silverleaf): This is the swan song for Current Leaves, a band that I've enjoyed despite the various internet related pseudo-personal conflicts we've had with various members of the band.

Strange Boys/Lil Tedly/Teenage Bees (Secret Headquarters)

Pretty Vacant/Wanz Dover (Fallout Lounge): This is for a birthday party for a Wanz and someone else, and should serve as a slightly less hectic alternative to Zubar.


Wall Of Sound (LaGrave Field- Ft. Worth): As excited as I am about the possibility of seeing Daniel Folmer perform at 11 in the morning in Ft. Worth, I'm probably going to head over late to this thing, but I'll be sure to catch Om and Spectrum, who are 90% of why I am going but probably close to being worth the price of admission on their own. Also wouldn't mind catching the Sword and Midlake as well, and a few of the local acts such as Ghosthustler and Baptist Generals would be worth it too, but I'll just have to see what the weather is like before I decide when to head out there. Frankly I'm not excited about most of the other acts, but I am glad that someone is trying to do something big in Ft. Worth... anything that might eventually steal some thunder from Austin is at least kind of cool in my book.

Bloc Party/Deerhoof/J Versus K (House of Blues): I like Deerhoof and all, but Deerhoof at the stale House of Blues doesn't sound quite as cool as I initially thought... especially with all the 15 year old Bloc Party fans hanging around.

Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour with Doug E. Fresh/Kool Moe Dee/Whodini/Cherrelle/Howard Hewett (Kiest Park--FREE)

Dixie Witch/Mitra/Bexar County Bastards (Doublewide): Doublewide should be a good spot for this show, featuring one of the better sound dudes/systems in Dallas.

Wall of Sound After Party with Car Stereo Wars and Astronautalis (Wreck Room)

At Zubar, you can see DJ Robert Taylor play classic house and new shit in the front, while Wanz spins minimal in the back. Get high first.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the sea and cake don't tour very often. they all have other interests/ projects but get together every now and then to make a badass record.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot to bold Daniel Folmer's name...

5:09 PM  
Anonymous NSP said...


9/21 FREE

w. Emil Rapstine
J. Gray

Get it while it's hot

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re:5:09pm ......did THEY?

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they did.

Consider: Nouns Group.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Folmer,
Eyes Wings and Many Other Things,
and We the Sea Lions

Chatroom... Saturday night.

We're calling it the "Free Phil Spector Festival" All proceeds will go to his legal defense.

Coincides specifically with the "Wall of Sound," which, oddly enough, is not a Phil Spector related event.

Free Fort Worth Show!!!!

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fil Specktor kind of screwed up the Ramones.

I feel no sympathy.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Phil Spector pulled a gun on the Ramones in the studio.

Joey fed him a 'lude, and then they did a few lines and finished the album.

Free Phil Spector.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous jc said...


anders parker (varnaline)

burntsienna trio (jc, sinevil, stevehill)

pinebox serenade (dentonTX folk a go go)

sunday night @ rubber gloves

6:14 PM  
Anonymous wanz said...

I am not Dj'ing at Fallout. Fallout was double booked.......again. I gues I am doing my birthday at zubar on sunday and monday at Cool Out. Cheers!!!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Wildcat said...

I thought Sea and Cake peaked around Biz and Fawn. Biz was the best of their guitar-centric stuff while Fawn was the first and best of their more electronic. Latest album seems a little bland, but a few good guitarish songs. S & C are like Yo La Tengo--fans kind of get de-sensitized because there's never a bad album.

Saw them at 9:30 club in DC for Oui and was thunderstruck. Saw them in Dallas for One Bedroom I think and had a good time.

Macintyre and Claridge are robotic and Prekop and Prewitt rock out surpisingly well.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Dimes (houston)
Satin Hooks (houston)
Cartwheels in Central Park

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

consider what about Nouns Group?

9:43 PM  
Anonymous schoolly d said...

I still don't know shit about how the set times or stage layouts (sound bleeds) will overlap at Wall of Sound! I've been on a baseball field before, and I can predict pretty confidently that not even two adequately (let alone awesomely) amplified rock bands can share that space at the same time.

But then again, I'm no sound engineer myself, just a fan. I only hope that one or two of the stages are located off of the playing field.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Steve M said...

anyone know the start time on the J&J's show?

10:48 PM  
Anonymous urn said...

Tame..Tame And Quiet will perform at Wall of Sound at 11am as well if you have the gumption to get up early. I look forward to being very loud that early in the day in a relatively empty field. Good times.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

"I wonder what kinds of things they'll start finding as the french blog house explosion calms down a bit here at the end of the summer, but I bet I'll like it."

I see certain elements in the music beginning to calm down but not electronic music itself. All of the distortion is starting to become a bit overkill. I think we'll see another return to classic house for a bit, maybe purer forms of techno, who knows.

3:33 AM  
Anonymous a-train said...

new om album rips.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know $30 for 40 bands is a good deal but man do I not have $30 to spend on a show or what.

Plus, Ghostland Observatory is there and no matter how many good bands are there... they bring enough suck for everybody.

11:56 AM  
Blogger fishbulb said...

JnJs is 9pm to Midnight...and free...and has cheap delicous pizza.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...





2:32 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

"I thought Sea and Cake peaked around Biz and Fawn. Biz was the best of their guitar-centric stuff while Fawn was the first and best of their more electronic."

I agree 100%. Also, McEntire is fucking amazing to see.

On an unrelated note, I like Anders Parker.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: 5:33pm ....swing and a miss. know your target you f@#$ing idiot.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous really? said...

How do you know that New York doesn't hear the stuff before, after, or even at the same time Dallas does? I'm not being flippant, I'm really curious how you know.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous john said...

anyone come back from w.o.s. yet?

i was not able to go.. just got done w. work.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Scarlett said...

It's so funny that you have taken up on making fun of Daniel Folmer. Get over yourself.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey remember when WeShotJR desperately tried to discredit the exposure of their identities by making fun of Daniel Folmer?

3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didnt get ghostland observatory. and there was people singing along. same reaction i had to stereo total a month ago. wtf? is this supposed to be cool musics or something? am i listen to much rawk?

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

om melted ghostland's faces off.

om = amazing
g.obs. = dumb chick rock

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The WOSF went really well overall.
The highlights for me were Daniel Folmer, Sarah Jaffe, mom, Astronautalis, Lymbyc Systym, and the pAper chAse. It was a good, long day.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree the over distorted stuff is getting to be a little too much so hopefully it will back off a little... it's great to throw it into a set every now and then but 5 songs in a row?

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: 5:33pm ....swing and a miss. know your target you f@#$ing idiot.

4:05 PM

dude, this isn't the first time you've been this defensive. it's kind of scary how bitchy you are!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it?

You obviously work for them.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nope. don't.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OM was NOT amazing. and i was looking forward to them. Explain to me what was awesome about the same drum beat and the same four bass notes and the same vocal line all repeated for 45 minutes. I guess I'm not "cool". The only people that I saw freaking out over OM were Hailey's hipsters. SO much good music in one day, and all of the clueless latched on to the band that they were told was supposed to be good. If I knew how to internet, I would have put the word supposed in italics. I mean, it was alright if you are into stoner rock... and I am. But, man, seriously? Spectrum was rad. Ume was rad. There was lots of good stuff all day, but the OM thing is SO fucking predictable. Here's a word you guys like... OM was SAFE. And I guess that isn't a good thing. It's weird to have never heard a band and yet been able to know exactley what they were going to sound like, act like, and look like. Meh.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Animal Collective in Austin last night > WOSF.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sort of agree on Om. Really, not very cool of them to eat into everybody else's set time.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was Midlake at Wall of Sound?

11:30 PM  
Blogger DTC said...

i had a hell of a time out there yesterday. a lot more great than bad. but yeah, om was pretty lame. it was something i could dig while im at home working but at a festival it kind of bit into my buzz.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa, so what if people were getting into a band that you weren't?

that automatically makes you better than them?

because they're "Hailey's hipsters"?

people like you make me angry.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but hailey's hipsters are the enemy...

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OM was TERRIBLE. Total assholes and they backed the entire festival up. I also didn't "get" Ghostland Observatory... White Denim was very good though. As were midlake, Red Monroe, the Books and Micah P. Hinson.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

red monroe was the ultimate disappointment of the day.
get real. they were just bad.
weak songwriting is just that.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spectrum was so awesome!!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone got pictures?

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OM was pretty awesome. total assholes tranced out on the low frequency. I think you had to be really close to the stage to appreciate it.

The show organizers should've just scrapped Ghostland and let Explosions have a full set.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree OM was a bit of a letdown. The vocals were much weaker than on record. Plus the dude's tantrum and going over the set time sent the bad vibes. Still had some bad ass parts though.
That Bros and Sisters band played way too long too. They were pretty rotten but not near as bad as Ghostland. Holy fuck what was that atrocity?
Lots of great stuff...The Sword, Pleasant Grove, Spectrum, White Denim, Record Hop, The Books

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OM ruled, pussy.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Om sounded like a talentless version of Pantera sieved through horseshit. You can quite pretending that they sounded good 'cause anyone who was within 5 blocks from the field would disagree. And it won't make you any cooler.

Ghostland Observatory are really just a pony-tailed Mr. Hankey fronting Daft Punk covering Appetite for Destruction. "Welcome to the Jungle, y'all. We're Ghostland Observatory, y'all."

11:44 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

I don't understand why everyone has to use this "i guess im not cool" line before they talk about how bad Om's set was. I also don't understand why they seem bitter towards the people who appeared to be digging it at the show.

I appreciate the fact that you don't like Om, or you didn't like their set, or you don't like stoner rock, or whatever problem you had with it. I'm glad you expressed it on here. But when you pull that "guess I'm just not hip enough" bullshit, it makes you look like a person who is pissed off because they heard they were supposed to like something, didn't like it, and are pissed because they think they don't get it when the "cool" people do. It makes you look like an insecure baby.

And then when you imply that you understand the motivations of everyone who appeared to be into OM at the show, it just makes you look stupid.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you guys go, ranger?

12:21 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

I didn't see Om so not getting on that one. Most of the bands were good although maybe not festival appropriate? My observations are that someone probably lost money on the festival. Just not alot of people there. I did like that the security was non-existent and amazingly no one killed anybody or died. Maybe some of the other venues in town can breathe a sigh of relief. Palladium and HOB I'm looking at you. I don't know what happened on the side stage but, I'm pretty sure the sound guy was drunk by 2pm so the sets over there were kinda interesting. I didn't take alot of pics but, here are some if you want:

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine went to an early Ghostland show at RGRS and thought they were interesting enough to talk to the keyboard player about "programming". The guy was so arrogant that later that night, my friend, who was pretty high, passive-aggressively myspaced them to let them know what a douche he thought said keyboardist was. Both members shot back with extremely defensive and homophobic retorts and actually bothered to delete him.

However, the people I work with love them and think they were the best thing at ACL. Blech! I agree with that pony-tailed/Daft Punk/GnR comment.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and watched TV.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please don't even let the royalty that is daft punk be mentioned with ghostland observatory. I just really did not like that at all!

om were awesome! and sounded great from where I was-which was FAR, but I didn't realize they were cool? huh? I'll have to think about whether I don't actually like it then, huh?

I thought it was ghostland observatory that was supposed to be cool to like!

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, wait, I actually don't agree about the Daft Punk (whom I love) part of that comment. You are absolutely right to take offense over that. Ghosttown Conspiracy could never hope to touch anything near Daft Punk in a billion years. Their cliche rock posturing is one thing, but their electronics are the worst element. That guy should get a job programming presets for Roland drum machines, or working the register at a party supply store.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's get some shit straight regarding Om. Their first song was 20 minutes long and was comprised of 3 different notes, all of which were played as whole notes. They also went way over and were being heckled and booed toward the end. I can honestly say that they were the worst thing that I've ever seen in my entire life.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

worse than daniel folmer?

9:19 PM  
Anonymous urn said...

Yes, Om was worse than most performances I can think of. I gave them a full-attention-paid-whole-hearted-chance, 20 minutes of my day, which was a full set for most that performed, including the headliners, thanks to them. And it was the most worthless time I spent all day. When I got bored of it and disappeared for a while, I could still hear the same attempt at the same idea droning through the walls of the stadium. I didn't care that they were playing through the next bands set. I just wanted them to stop. I think most people felt the same. Hence the boo's.

I didn't watch Ghostland Observatory, but I already knew how bad they sucked when we had to open for them at Club Dada, and we sat in the "VIP" room and drank whatever they had set aside and made sugary faces out of their supplied hard candy bowls' contents. We didn't understand how Dada could sell out for this dance garbage. We laughed the night away, though it was disheartening.

Midlake is so good they sound like Fleetwood Mac. That's all I can say. I don't like Midlake or Fleetwood Mac. Midlake has just become a professional band of musicians, and they play that cleanly. Midlake Mac.

Explosions in the Sky? Really? The headliner? This is the most boring instrumental band I think I've heard in a long time. I even got stoned before they played, which is rare these days, and I couldn't make it through a song. Mogwai at least had one good song. I'll give them a little leniency for not having their instruments mic'd properly, but there was no intensity to their musical movements whatsoever. But I have a feeling that, in a fantasy world, if I had stuck around, and the sound guy suddenly knew how to run sound, and the cops didn't show up, I would still have left after two songs because the "whateveritis" didn't seem to be there with them as a functioning instrumental band. Octave chords sound nice, but their counterpoint single note shit with three guitarists just seemed pointless.

I felt better when I realized that us, as the opening band, who only got to play 15 minutes (3 songs) because of all the initial delays, were on par time-wise with the headliner, who only got to play 20 minutes as a result of the later delays. I guess it all evened out in the end.

There were good elements of the festival. Maybe I'll name them later, UME.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous urn said...

Record Hop, holy crap, I'm glad Ashley broke a string. That last song performance was, though unexpected, a fun thing to see. The Sword, good lord.

The Books were fantastic. I don't understand why they weren't headlining this whole event. Although in retrospect, it might have worked out to their disadvantage. Although in retrospect, they were one of the only bands that cut their set short so that everything could get back on track. They only played four tracks, then Midlake was supposed to be set up. Then they weren't set up. Then there was this big gap in time that The Books could have been wowing the crowd as they had been. Instead, Ghostland Observatory, once they finally set up after several minutes, came and ruined it all.

Spectrum topped off my night beautifully. When his last track repeated something about the song being "the end," I think I could have listened to it forever, and thought that I might be falling into that trap, so I left. Watched one crappy Explosions song and left for good.

2:44 AM  
Anonymous mc said...

Glad you enjoyed Spectrum. Properly.
Though I couldn't disagree more about Explosions. I don't get how people don't get it. Though the primary problem was they were so damn quiet, as they obviously got turned down due to some ordinancing.
I was glad to find out later this was in fact the case, because I was worried for a while that Sonic did something to my ears.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous urn said...

It's funny that you say that about thinking it was your ears. I thought the same thing. I thought they were just exhausted after a day of abuse.

Explosions might have been better if it was much louder. Maybe I was just tired of being there. I think I first heard them when I was listening to a lot of instrumental stuff, DMST, Godspeed, A Silver Mt. Zion, Tortoise, Trans Am, etc. And they just really seemed to pale in comparison. I guess it's not fair to compare them to some of the heavyweights, but why lower the bar.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great WOS review! Here!

warning: sarcasm above

What I meant to say was, Jonanna's got some competish.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous mc said...

well urn, I think Explosions are quite different in that they're way more melodic, tighter and less drifty than all of the groups you mention (all of whom I have intensely enjoyed at varying times) ... that's the reason they're currently having more wide appeal than the others, and the reason why they're in my opinion more consistently successful ... along with that hard-to-define feeling that the music is coming from the heart.

I know my opinion on them differs from many here, but i will debate you to the end, and even burn you a copy of Those Who Tell the Truth Shal Die, one of the picks for album of the decade, along with its brother album (forever intertwined in my book), Lift's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous stmm said...


8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Om was fucking incredible. Totally loved it. I badly want to see them again.

3:07 AM  
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