Friday, November 02, 2007



Girl Talk/Busdriver/Daedelus (Palladium Loft): As I sit here writing this, I'm listening to Girl Talk's demo mix CD he did for Vice Records a couple years back, and I think it serves as a decent example of what this guy does, even though it is nothing compared to his live show. Some of the We Shot J.R. crew caught his performance at Pitchfork's Day Party during SXSW last year, and even though it took place at like 4 in the afternoon, the guy completely owned the crowd the entire time, mixing everything from Doug E. Fresh to Night Ranger into a set that provided the only good argument I've ever heard in favor of mash ups. Girl Talk fans who have yet to see him perform will NOT be disappointed, trust me. I saw Busdriver a couple years ago at SXSW as well, and I thought the guy was a dork even though he's got an incredible technical flow that is worth witnessing for sure. AND LET ME KICK A SHOUT OUT TO RADIO UTD FOR ALLOWING US TO GIVE AWAY AN EXTRA PAIR OF TICKETS TO THIS SHOW.

Witchcraft/Saviours/Vorvadoss (Doublewide): Parade of Flesh has put together a nice little metal show this evening featuring Sweden's Witchcraft, a band that seems to draw from classic metal influences in a highly effective manner that should please any of the random metal dudes at Doublewide despite the fact that at least one of their songs features a flute. Really melodic and loud and good. Kemado's Saviours have a harder edge to them although they seem to be influenced by the same early days of metal, albeit with more of a Motorhead (meets Jesus Lizard) thing happening. I bet they'll be pretty brutal live.

Don Caballero/Jay Reatard/Maaster Gaiden/Magnets (Rubber Gloves)

Final Fantasy/Cadence Weapon (Hailey's): Final Fantasy I can really take or leave, but Cadence Weapon is so fucking good that you'll never even think about the fact that dude was a hip hop critic for Pitchfork.

Frightened Rabbit (The Cavern): Frightened Rabbit might be the lamest new bands I like. I'd be willing to bet that most people who share similar musical tastes will think I'm a major pussy for putting this show on the list, but I really dig their Britpop/poppunk tracks, which is a sentence I didn't think I'd ever write.

Life-Death Continuum ( Nine Eyes Studio, 130 N. Peak at Peak and Elm): LDC will play a set at 11pm at this free party that will include free food and drinks. You'd be dumb if you were in Dallas and didn't stop by.

Spoon/New Pornographers/Emma Pollock (House of Blues SOLD OUT): Whenever I saw that Spoon was playing in town this weekend, I decided to listen to a little bit of Goo Ga Ga or whatever its called in order to determine whether I was at all interested in going to this show. And despite the obligatory 8 point something Pitchfork review and the other general praise it has received, listening to Spoon's new album really made me wonder when these guys started being so boring. Or maybe I just got more exciting. Everything is fine enough on it I suppose, but over the past couple of years, I've become totally Spooned out. New Pornographers' anthemic indie pop is much more enjoyable than it should be, but hey, this is sold out anyway, so if you're going you're going, and if you're not, you're not. I'm not.


Celebration/Fog/Dragons of Zynth (Rubber Gloves): For me, Celebration's Modern Tribe is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2007. The band's sound has been built up and refined considerably since their last release in 2005, and the extra layers of noise and melody, brought to you by some great organ synths and increasingly sophisticated songwriting, help push the band to new, if slightly less rhythmic heights. You can stream their entire album on their Myspace page if you want to, and you do. Fog sounds pretty interesting as well. Do the same with them.

Tim Sweeney (Minc): I guess you could say that Tim Sweeney is the Chad Hugo of hip American electro dance, but if you did, you would be as big of a jackass as I am for thinking of it in the first place. But Sweeney, one of the founding members of DFA, doesn't need my dorky Neptunes references to attract interest, as he has played a major role in one of the most important movements in American underground music in the past decade. He doesn't have a project that reaches the height's of partner James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem, but I'm guessing it would be quite difficult to find a more choice DJ set anywhere than the one he'll play on Saturday. Respect to Stereo on Strike for putting this show together.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists/Birds of Avalon/Headlights (Hailey's)

Lil Tedly/Drink to Victory/Douche/Daniel Francis Doyle/Nouns Group (Strawberry Fields): Starts at 9pm.

Dixie Witch/Record Hop/Mescalero (Dan's Sliverleaf): Too bad this rockin's show won't be rockin Secret Headquarters.

1919 Halloween Show with Dead Ramones as Descendents/Shortest Distance as Woody Guthrie/Koji Kondo as Flipper (1919 Hemphill): A slightly untimely Halloween party featuring local bands dressing up and playing as other bands. Usually not my favorite theme for a show, but at least they picked some good ones, especially Koji Kondo as Flipper.

Robbers on High Street (Good Records, 3pm): These guys are also playing later this evening at the Cavern, but I'm only interested in them to the point that I'd watch them if I happened to be in a record store on a Saturday afternoon and it was free. So there you go. At least they don't sound exactly like Spoon anymore. And in fact, I think I might like their new material a little better than Spoon's. It's kind of like how Stone Temple Pilots were better than Pearl Jam.


M.I.A./The Cool Kids (House of Blues): Now here's a show that's a must see despite the fact that it's on a Sunday at House of Blues. I'd be shocked if I had to tell anyone reading this what M.I.A. sounds like, but I will tell you that 1) her new album is really good, and 2) Cool Kids are honestly one of the more exciting hip hop groups to emerge in the last few years. A lot has been made about their stylistic shout outs to the glory days of mid to late 80's east coast hip hop, but they also seem to have incorporated many of the best aspects of everyone from Jay Z to Jurassic 5 to Spank Rock to Clipse in both production and flow. Go listen to some of their tracks on Myspace and tell me you aren't planning on show up early for this one. And by the way, MIA is doing an autograph signing at Good Records at 4pm. I'd get there early too.

Of Montreal/MGMT/Grand Buffet (Granada): Too bad this show is going on the same night as MIA. I hope that the Granada's recently improved sound situation helps to make this performance better than the last Of Montreal appearance at the Granada, which found the group sounding very small. If the sound issues are all worked out, this will be a good one.

Scout Niblett/Chris Garver/Ashley Cromeens (Rubber Gloves)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday on the Crazy Jeff Show! Violent Squid live performance.

check it

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah that violent squid show is

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who the hell is MIA ... seriously. And why do I want to know the answer

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

because she is hot....real hot

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scout Niblett @ RGRS on Sunday night. With Ashley Cromeens and Chris Garver!

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tomorrow is our final day with a key to the SHQ building and we're gonna be up there painting, drinking, mopping, drinking, and giving stuff away from dawn until dusk. A perfect chance to snag a plastic raven for your patio or a defiled couch for your weird uncle's apartment. Feel free to swing in and say hi/bye.


5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scout niblett was good last time she played here

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 things about this weekend...

1st, i hope the loft has been warned that people are going to flood the stage during the girl talk set and don't try to stop the show (like some venues have done to him). i've been looking forward to this since it was announced.

2nd, i've never such a hard time deciding between 2 shows on a Sunday. while i may regret missing M.I.A., i'm going to Of Montreal. I bought my ticket long before the M.I.A. show was announced and also i'm not sure she'll translate as good live as on her albums.

anyone else going to the girl talk show? here's some video if you're interested in what it's going to be like...

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On sunday I would love to see M.I.A. again but I will not go to House of Blues, I'll pass on paying a day of show and H.O.B. surcharge on my ticket when I buy it from the box office. That and $10 parking and $7 budlight never really set well with me.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cadence Weapon is all sorts of badass.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scout niblett at dan's (w/ audrey lapraik opening) a little less than 3 years ago was the best

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

scout niblett = rock

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:34 PM  
Blogger drex said...

fyi: low b is playing w/ mia

and @ the aftah

7:45 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

im totally going to doublewide tonight. WORD.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Halz said...

I can't wait for the full on dance party at Girl Talk tonight and at MIA on Sunday!!!!!! I crave this kind of thing. Got my waterproof eyeliner and mascara and am ready for a boogie down production.

Word on the street is that JUSTICE might be heading our way soon too.....DAAAAAANG. Come on, come on, come on.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Halz said...

to: 6:15

am listening to that link you sent of the Girl Talk show on NYE in Chicago:

Weird to hear him sample The Toadies (around the 14-minute mark).

8:24 PM  
Blogger A Silence Production said...

Both Final Fantasy & Cadence Weapon owned last night @ Monks in Abilene

They're right though, I fully expect Cadence Weapon to blow up - he's too fucking good.

10:17 PM  
Blogger guangxi said...


11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice no mention of the Avett Brothers/Will Hoge/100 Damned Guns show at Granada Theater Fri, Nov 2.
(yes, it was KICKASS.)

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Halz said...

Girl Talk?
So crazy the stage collapsed!

2:32 AM  
Anonymous john said...

thank you to anyone who came out to witchcraft/saviours/vorvadoss last night. we had a blast.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

100 DG is always wonderful.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous krkptrck said...

Saviours ruled!

I'm jealous of anyone seeing Celebration tonight.

3:25 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I'm with you - Spoon has no charm for me. However, Emma Pollock was amazing, and she played a great set to a wildly undeserving audience last night at HOB. Her one attempt at banter was met with a milquetoast-style bewilderment from the emo-boys that thronged the place awaiting spoon. Oddly, I usually find a high male-female ratio to be a good thing.
New Pornographers were exciting and interesting, and I got the hell out after their set. Can't wait till Emma Pollock comes to town, headlining and doing a longer set to a more deserving and respectful audience.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont understand the hype about MIA i just dont get it... the music sucks

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MIA iz my booty jamz

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"On sunday I would love to see M.I.A. again but I will not go to House of Blues, I'll pass on paying a day of show and H.O.B. surcharge on my ticket when I buy it from the box office. That and $10 parking and $7 budlight never really set well with me.

6:32 PM"

Here are some suggestions for you.

1. Carpool
2. you don't have to drink
3. get your own venue and book those bands.

5:49 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah, just get your own venue and book, uh, MIA.

All you'll have to do is outbid a major corporation, and the show will be yours!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My main complaint is the pathetic excuse of a music venue H.O.B. is where I have to wait in line to get "wanded" down by a security guard and I have to make sure my 21+ wristband is showing at all times because I don't want a security guard to rip me out of the crowd to check to make sure i am 21+ even though I have a drink in my hand I bought at the bar...pass on all that crap, plus they have a sign posted no extreme dancing, uh come on, lets give the patrons we charge up the ass a little bit more respect.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:07, I agree.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

if 745 is right, the Amon Amarth show is going to be very interesting. Good thing the radio hooked me up with free tickets, I don't know if I would buy tickets myself despite my undying affection for Amon Amarth.


11:35 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

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11:36 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Stayinghome said...

I've seen MIA live. Zzzzzzzz. I've seen Of Montreal too. It was a pretty exciting show but their music made me hungry for a steak. Have fun kids.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan's was fun last night. Now I deal with the hangover.

Pay for my fun I will!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delgados rule.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

Thanks to the guys at the Fra House, the bands and everybody who came out last night to Strawberry Fields.

Biggest turn out we have had yet for an event and it was fun to the maximum.

Even the cop was cool! XOXOXO

PS - denton Deluxe v III submissions are being accepted until Nov. 25th. Check the website for details. We will also be putting together a Christmas album, more info on that later.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fucking don cab was amazing! no love for the don cab... no love at all.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish someone would "wand me down"!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how was Celebration?

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'll wand you down baby just step into my office

12:02 AM  

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