Thursday, November 29, 2007



There are a lot of gallery events going on this evening that you might be interested in, so here are a couple noteworthy ones for you ( I won't pretend to be "art guy," I'll just tell you whats up):

And/Or Gallery: And/Or will be showing new works from 6-9pm with a performance from Florene at 830. And/Or events are always packed and always a lot of fun, so this will certainly be a pretty safe bet and a good way to start the evening. Featuring work from Michael Bell-Smith, Good Records' CJ Davis and gallery co-founder Lauren Gray (thats one of her pictures to the left there), it seems that the show will feature a pretty diverse selection of stuff, including some multi media pieces that sound pretty interesting Here is a press release on all the visual art stuff including links to individual artist pages.

Barry Whistler Gallery will feature work from Michael Miller, and although I'm not sure precisely what time it starts, I bet 7 o'clock would be a good time to hit it up.

The Public Trust will also be having an event, but unfortunately I don't have the details on it. These things usually go from 7 till 10.

Finally, Road Agent will have a reception for artist Elliott Johnson from 6 to 8 pm.

Black Angels/Strange Boys/Screening of "A Dirt Road to Psychedelia: Austin Texas During the 60's (Granada): Black Angels are back in town for the first time in a while, and I'm kind of interested to see what new directions they are taking (if any) with their new material. Singer Alex Maas is honestly one of the better rock vocalists in Austin these days, adding a sense of nervous urgency to BA's music that really takes it up a few notches in my mind. And speaking of new material, the Strange Boys have apparently written a ton of it since moving to Austin several months back, and most of it is pretty great-- they've gone for a cleaner, slightly poppier garage kind of sound, and their tight playing live has rendered that a wise decision, considering that they've been able to maintain the punk energy that made their earlier material appealing to so many. This Dirt Road film looks like it might be pretty good too, documenting the psychedelic and anti war movement in Austin during the 60's. I wonder if they'll mention the 13th Floor Elevators? Anyway, you can watch a trailer and get more info here.

Hotflash with The Party/Schwa/Killtronix (Fallout Lounge): Nature, Sober and Select will all be spinning at Fallout tonight with regulars Schwa and Killtronix. We tried to go check out the Party last week at Zubar, took one look at the line and decided to peace out. Translation: there will probably be a lot of people at this thing, and it should be nice since Schwa's old school funk stuff will balance nicely with the wide range of styles the party always plays.

Elam/The Elixir (Art Club): Right next door, Art Club will feature a more mellow affair featuring Seattle's Elam, who have a bit of that Pacific Northwest pastoral/experimental folk vibe going on in addition to a Toad the Wet Sprocket vibe. If anyone tells you that I have that one Toad the Wet Sprocket song on my ipod, they're fucking lying because I totally don't. Play artist Einsturzende Neubauten!

Electric Six/Willowz/We Are the Fury (House of Blues): Electric Six can go straight to hell, but Willowz are pretty sweet.

Lions/Max Cady/White Drugs (Rubber Gloves)

MC Router /Lazer/The Triggermen (Darkside Lounge)


The Strange Boys (Good Records): In store starts at 3pm.

Chief Death Rage/Lil' Tedly/Nevada Hill, Seth Sherman
and Nick Foreman/Dust Congress (Strawberry Fields):
Wild lineup at Strawberry Fields with everything from mellow songwriter introspection to the return of one of the most iconic Denton bands in recent memory. Drummer and singer A-Train has returned from Portland, and thus Chief Death Rage resumes their sludgy Budgie-sounding rampage that so many of us have missed for too long. Here's to hoping they also resume their hectic playing schedule so I can catch them multiple times in a single weekend. L'il Tedly is a brutal punk trio with low-frequency chugging riffs that recall the first three Wipers records. Local screen-printer and Zanzibar Snails guitarist Nevada Hill will be playing in a one-off performance with a trio featuring the jaw-droppingly complex finger picking of Seth Sherman and improvisational cello by Nick Foreman. Foreman will also be performing with his main project, Dust Congress, one of the best song-based projects in the area due to the subtle arrangements and distinct lack of stupid lyrics. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, hippies.

The English Beat/Eleven Fingered Charlie (House of Blues): Middle aged ska dudes in the house! Of blues.


Todd Rundgren (House of Blues)

Astronautalis/The Listener Project/a-b Theory (Doublewide)

Photo by Lauren Gray


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lions.... I saw them in Tulsa... soooooooo booorrrriing. They played for so long too. Ugh.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeda my ego. Leggo my eggo.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White Drugs bloooooooooooooowwww. Serious. For real. Not kidding. No sarcasm here. I shit you not. No jest. Truthful. Huh.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

astronautalis is playing Rubber Gloves on Saturday too, for all you denton folks.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 new violent squid albums available @ strawberry fields. they are:

band from denton vol. 1 & 2


rock n roll is for pussies!



$2 each.

6:22 PM  
Blogger the cat cheesecake said...

hell yeah electric six sucks

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



6:27 PM  
Blogger FlappersInNylons said...

"put that in your pipe and smoke it, hippies"...LAWL

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emil Rapstine/ Curtis Heath Glen
Free • Saturday • Ft Worth

Rejoice with thy song.

Emil Rapstine (Angelus)

Curtis Glen Heath (The Theatre Fire)

Saturday, December 1st,

9pm, The Fort Worth Ginger Man, 3716 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth

west of downtown, stones throw west further on down the road, look right

7:09 PM  
Anonymous edward said...

Thanks for the plug!!

see ya in expo park.

edward ruiz(artclub)

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck yeah. chief death rage is back!!!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lazer's playing Darkside on Dec. 8.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Low Red Land & Dust Congress FREE at Strawberry Fields on Saturday, 6pm.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VAST was fantastic tonight.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Lazer Dallas' version of the Electric Six?

7:08 AM  
Blogger Paradeofflesh said...

house of rules. i went last night, the first time since burning brides/strange boys in july. b/c of the mavs game. $12 valet was the only choice. ouch. and they took 15min. to get my car (which i intentionally got before the mavs game ended). At least my beer was free and i got to film willowz.

i left the show after willowz were done. They have been touring non-stop this year. They are completely solid and energetic. And they are really having a good time. Too bad their set was only 35min. They are going to france next week for a few shows, then back to the states to record new material.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Paradeofflesh said...

also,one of the guitarists in She wants Revenge was in VAST.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a city parking lot kind of close to the HOB if you don't mind walking a little. It's totally worth it. Much cheaper and you don't have to let some loser valet steal your ashtray change and weed.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous weekendupdate said...

Electricbrown in Deep Ellum Sat nite somewhere, also Yells at Eels at Kettle Art 7-10

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

100 damned guns
whiskey folk ramblers
am ramblers

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What time does the Strawberry Fields show start?

12:21 PM  
Blogger Scarlett said...

Senate Bill 1959 to Criminalize Thoughts, Blogs, Books and Free Speech Across America

The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA).

This is truly truly scary. The actual law can be read in its entirety here. The scary part is that the wording of the bill means that things like non-violent protests, sit-ins, and even things like what your write in your blog or emails, and mass letter writing and email campaigns can be considered a terrorist act under this bill. All of you who have ever expressed displeasure about Bush or the government in your personal blogs or spoken out against the government could be considered terrorists and taken into custody. This is not an exaggeration. Many of the news blogs you and I read daily could be considered terrorist groups and not only shut down, but the writers and contributers could be arrested and persecuted as terrorists. The article linked above has a list of steps we can take to combat this traitorous bill which has already passed through the House and will pass through the Senate if nothing is done.

We are so busy, all of us, in our daily lives that we rarely have the time to pause and examine what is happening to our nation. If you know me you know that I never send emails like this. I urge all of you to please read the article I linked above or at the very least forward this message (something else I usually abhor) to as many people as you know.

Also, if you haven't seen Naomi Wolf's video, 10 Steps to Fascism, before I urge you to do so. Mrs. Wolf is an author and scholar who delineates ten key steps that dictators have always taken throughout history which systematically transform a free nation into a fascist regime.

Please do not think that this is a Republican/Democrat issue. This is about our basic American rights being dismantled.

If is our responsibility as US citizens to do something about this. Please feel free to copy the entirety of this message and post it in your own blog or send it as an email to your friends and family.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strawberry Fields starts @ 6 or soon after

3:37 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

Everyone come to the show tonight at Strawberry Fields cause it will be awesome and off the chain. And free.

While your here, why not purchase a CD by your favorite Denton artist and send them to the top of the charts!

4:23 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

Thanks Scarlett. I'm interested to read that bill and find out more.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that 1959 bill is scary shit.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

Nothing much to fear folks. 1959 just gives jurisdiction to a think tank called Center for Excellence to compile data. No big deal.

Taken from the resolution.


For purposes of this subtitle:

(1) Commission.—The term ‘Commission’ means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.

(2) Violent radicalization.—
The term ‘violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

(3) Homegrown terrorism.—
The term ‘homegrown terrorism’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

(4) Ideologically based violence.—
The term ‘ideologically based violence’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs.

In this case it looks like the government isn't out to get us.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

Whoops meant to post this part as well...

`(b) Purpose- The purposes of the Commission are the following:

`(1) Examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States, including United States connections to non-United States persons and networks, violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in prison, individual or `lone wolf' violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence, and other faces of the phenomena of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence that the Commission considers important.

`(2) Build upon and bring together the work of other entities and avoid unnecessary duplication, by reviewing the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of--

`(A) the Center of Excellence established or designated under section 899D, and other academic work, as appropriate;

`(B) Federal, State, local, or tribal studies of, reviews of, and experiences with violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence; and

`(C) foreign government studies of, reviews of, and experiences with violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence.

6:03 PM  
Blogger R. Javelinn said...

Hey guys: Thanks for the heads up on two things:

1. Bruce Haack, "Electric Lucifer" - The subject matter and vocal performances are delightfully cheesy, but the synthetic soundscapes and weirdo production are as relevant to today as they were at the birth of electronica.

2. Elliott Johnson, "Words Fail Me" @Road Agent - I was headed to Public Trust, but stopped off with some friends who wanted to check this show out. I got so caught up in these fragile Rococo universes, and the tragic attempts at human connections they represent, that I never made it to PT. I think I like paintings again.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliott's work is too cheeky - though very well rendered.
he's a strong draftsman and a good mover of paint.
beyond that you aren't really left with much.

group shows are typically a letdown , but the best show was at and/or.
hands down - minus the photographs.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dust Congress and Astronautalis were both so great.

2:21 AM  
Blogger jt said...

Chad, there is always much to fear from the government. Always.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

I'm not saying we shouldn't worry about the government.

I just feel that time is often wasted getting up in arms about issues that are non-existent. 1959 does sound scary when you make the subject of your email "OMG OUR FREE SPEECH IS BEING STRIPPED!".

But if you do a little research i.e. reading the thing, you will find that this is just another blow hard committee which will in no way affect your life or your liberty. Groups like these are formed to do research on an issue and produce partisan findings. They will never introduce a law or a bill, enforce any laws or knock on your door.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how was the strawberry fields show last night?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chad- whatever makes you feel better, man. It's nationalism, and you shouldn't be condoning it. That shit kills.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wild in the streets is going on tonite (sunday) at hailey's.

6:38 PM  
Blogger R. Javelinn said...

1:27 - The Elliott Johnson stuff I saw at Road Agent wasn't cheeky at all, unless you're referring to the device of using word balloons.

It is certainly humorous that these fancy flourishes and elegant designs are personified and speak like characters in a comic strip. However, the dialogue is so painfully real and hopelessly sad that it never feels like the artist is in it for laughs, but rather, reliving difficult memories.

Anyone who's ever experienced a bad relationship, or the end of a good one, can easily identify with these crushing sentiments that are strangely lent more gravity by the absence of any human characters.

...or something like that.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Straw F was fun .. buncha drunks on the co'na ... can't beat that. Dust Congress was a highlight.

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, BOO HOO, Parade of Theft.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous mc router said...

whiskey folk ramblers were AMAZING.
i hated the double wide though. rude bartenders...the bartenders were all mostly girls and two of them didnt even know how to pour beer into a beer glass. one of em spent 5 minutes trying to not fill the whole glass with foam.
and they are rude..and the drinks are way overpriced.

but the bands were sweet...esp whiskey folk ramblers.

everyone come see me and LAZER and the triggermen dec 8.

7:35 PM  

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