It List: Wednesday 10/11/07
Lazy Magnet/Work-Death/Superior Human Vomit/Yellow Crystal Star/Doug Ferguson (House of Tinnitus): Those who might tend to be get a little scared whenever they think about going to a House of Tinnitus show might want to give Yellow Crystal Star's quietly mesmerizing instrumental pieces a chance. Their stuff is relatively formless, but the way everything seems to come together is far from random and quite stimulating. I haven't had much luck locating a lot of information on the other performers for the evening, but House of Tinnitus is one of the few places in DFW that is just like Motown once was-- whatever they've got, it's probably pretty cool.
Gito Gito Hustler (Secret Headquarters): This Japanese girl garage rock band would probably only seem "cutting edge" and "totally crazy" to a Dallas Observer music editor, but to their credit, they've been doing this stuff for more than ten years, and the small bit of material I've encountered from them certainly makes Gito Gito sound like a band that should be experienced in a live setting rather than on record. And that isn't an insult necessarily, just a fact.
Taxi Fare with DJ Nature (Zubar): Nature's dancehall reggae night is a great change of pace for Dallas electro fans and a hell of a lot of fun for anyone willing to give it a shot. As a bonus, watching hipsters try to move to dance hall is quite humorous, especially when they're doing it amongst people who actually DO know how to dance.
Adam Franklin/Pleasant Grove/Stumptone (the Cavern): Adam Franklin, former lead singer of Creation Records band Swervedriver brings a pleasant if rather subdued set of pop songs to the Cavern that really aren't half bad for the most part, as long as you don't mind the word "alternative" popping into your head during a set. I don't mind that every once in a while.
Astronautilus/PPT/A-B Theory (Doublewide): No, I'm not amazed that Astronautilus can take lyrical suggestions from the crowd and turn them into songs. It's called freestyle, and any MC worth talking about can do it and do it well. Thats not a criticism of Astronautilus either, but just a reality check for everyone that feels the need to tell me about it every time his name gets brought up. The guy seems to have a lot of fans around here though.