Friday, December 07, 2007



Dub Assembly with Deville/Mundo and Lifted MC/Keith P/Royal Highnuss (Green Elephant): Another solid Dub Assembly dubstep night featuring Leeds UK DJ Deville, who according to his Myspace page spins a lot of stuff other than dubstep, with much more of an inviting, accessible party vibe that is probably much more appealing to an American audience. Dallas' own Mundo is building quite a rep for himself in dubstep circles nationally and internationally, and Keith P has basically become one of the most skilled DJs in town over the past year. Should be great.

Goodnight Fish/Blank Tapes/A Childlike Fear/Domenic Ferraro/Retired Astronauts (1919 Hemphill): Pretty mellow show for Hemphill this evening, with Austin's Goodnight Fish and San Francisco's Blank Tapes as the highlights. Blank Tapes sound like San Francisco is pretty much the only place they could be from, with some nice little Dead influenced pop songs and minimal, low key production.

Agent Orange/The Lash Outs/Kansas City Faggots/The Bleach Boys/The Blanket Restraint (Redblood Club): Redblood Club scores another big 80's/90's skate punk show, this time bringing in SoCal "legends" Agent Orange. I was going to talk about their history and all that but then I was like, oh, I don't really give a shit. People that do give a shit know enough about this band anyway. And I'd probably go mainly to see Bleach Boys (and yes I realize that they are probably influenced by Agent Orange just a lil.)

Lazer/MC Router/The Triggermen (Darkside Lounge): I'm not big into Lazer my man, but it should be noted that MC Router got a nice mention in a recent XLR8R article on nerdcore along with several other prominent MCs of the genre. Makes Jonanna Widner's clueless criticism of one of her recent shows seem even more Observeresque. I guess she doesn't have the approval of Russ Martin just yet.


Dinosaur Jr./Awesome Color/Colour Revolt (House of Blues): Obviously, reunion tours are pretty dumb for the most part, but Dinosaur's performance at Gypsy Tea Room last year was honestly one of the best rock shows I've ever been to. I'm a tad young to have caught the band in their prime, or even just after their prime, but I can't imagine how they could sound too much better than they did in 2006. Oh. That time they opened on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless tour. That was probably better. But anyway, their new album Beyond, released earlier this year, was pretty damn solid, and if you don't dig that, here is some really old Dinosauresque stuff to check out. Pretty funny. You might also be interested in stopping by early to check out some of Awesome Color's new material. I'm not a Sonic Youth nut like a lot of people on here, but Thurston Moore does happen to be right about certain things.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Another brainstorm by Fort Worth’s Other Arts, presented by Herb Levy, the same fellow who hatched the crazy scheme of flying Ellen Fullman & Susan Alcorn to Fort Worth for a three-day session of amplified-wire drones in a long barn in the middle of a horse-dung splattered livestock exhibit area. Last weekend Levy also presented Cage and Feldman solo pieces by pianist Louis Goldstein at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall. Saturday’s show is more geared toward the budget-conscious (cover-phobic?), as it’s free. Technically, this interpretation of Feldman’s 1978 work is happening in conjunction with “Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein,” (featuring the art of Feldman’s contemporaries and acquaintances), so it’s somewhat possible you might have to bear a $4 (student price) burden for a double whammy of subtle, textural, & deceptively provocative art and music. “Why Patterns?” will be performed on piano, flute, and percussion, differing from the most widely available recording of the piece (Rothko Chapel, 1991, New Albion, on cello, piano, and chimes). The 30-minute piece starts with spare, sharp piano clunks, diffusing into light, airy, and moody tonal clusters. It should be interesting to see how the inherently more playful flute changes the tone. As is, the original picks up major steam near the end, chugging along with a powerful ill logic to a faded non-ending that leaves you wanting. Free and starts at 2pm.

Shiny Around the Edges/Drink to Victory/Seth Sherman/Fight Bite (Strawberry Fields): Another good show at Strawberry Fields, a store that seems to be carrying on the Denton DIY crusade now that some of the more well known venues have been put out of commission. And I haven't had a chance to hear Fight Bite yet, but their name is fucking gross. BYOB as always.

The Crash that Took Me/Mom/The Future Unlived (Doublewide): Will Mom steal the show? They've been known to do that.

Sydney Confirm/The Freek Out/Beauxregard/Florene (Rubber Gloves)

Smif n Wessun/The Party (Ridglea Theater): Free show, which is important to some people. I was just talking to my really cheap friend (we all have one) who wouldn't pay a cover charge to see My Bloody Valentine open for the 1969 Rolling Stones at a private party. So I'm going to tell him to go to this show, because its free and stuff. JUST KIDDING. THIS IS NEXT WEEKEND


Bleach Boys/Koji Kondo/Rocket for Ethiopia/Rival Gang/Fake Blood (1919 Hemphill): These performances are part of a larger art show where, if I'm not mistaken, the bands display their own visual art. But whether that is completely true or not doesn't really matter with a great line up like this. I'm kind of interested to hear more from Denton's Rival Gang, seeing as how the one song on their Myspace page is pretty good.

Shiny Around the Edges/Tre Orsi/Douche (Good Records 3pm)

Art Conspiracy with Red Monroe/Kristy Kruger/Sarah Jaffe (the Door): Well Mike Huckabee apparently supports the arts and all that, so I guess the Door can do it too.


Blogger drex said...

klever & titts are next weekend

5:36 PM  
Blogger drex said...

but this is happening:

@ THE GREEN ELEPHANT (old home bar location)
5627 Dyer Street, Dallas
18 & UP to get in
$7 for 21 up, $10 under

with these guys:





5:39 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

Thanks... I was, uh, just trying to get a head start on next week? I should probably write shit down more.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is Art Conspiracy BYOB?

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a bar at Art Conspiracy.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Smif 'N Wessun show is next weekend also.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous jonanna UGH! said...

Fort Worth's Router, who was recently profiled in the Fort Worth Weekly, is the queen of the Cowtown nerdcore set, a self-invented, tattooed rapstress who is a transfixing figure on any stage. But, ugh, those noise-experiment dudes she works with!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the queen of the Cowtown nerdcore set"

Who else is "nerdcore" in ft. worth?

Oh , no one?

oh ok

oh ok

oh ok

oh ok

7:07 PM  
Blogger Foodie said...

HEY! LAZER isn't playing Friday! They're playing Saturday! OW!

Why oh why does Fight Bite have to play on the same night that I've already made plans to see Lazer!?
It's problems like these that make me love the Metroplex.

Is it still cool to call it "the Metroplex"?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Herb Levy said...

Thanks for the props and all, but this time they're improps.

I'm not presenting the Feldman performance at the Modern on Saturday, it just worked out to be close to the concert I presented last week and I figured that folks on my e-mail list might be interested.

Why Patterns? is a really cool piece (and, at half an hour long, one of the shortest pieces Feldman wrote in the last ten years of his life), the concert is free and I think these players are likely to play the heck out of it.

But the Museum is sponsoring the event, they just don't seem to have anyone who's reading and responding to North Texas music blogs.

I hope to see y'all there.

7:53 PM  
Blogger drex said...

wow guys rule

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:07, I laughed.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

That Huckabee comment was cheap...but funny.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joey Kendall was great at Opening Bell.

12:33 AM  
Blogger FlappersInNylons said...

Joanna needs to shut up about shit she doesn't know anything about, namely MUSIC.

3:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so anyway, beside people that think i suck...

yall should come see me and lazer tonight at darkside lounge! lazer rocks. i dig em alot.

theyll be the highlight of the night for me.

that and anyone that comes out.


8:47 AM  
Blogger stereo on strike said...

Tech suport returns to Zubar backroom This sunday. Ineka and Wanz(that's me) spinning all(or mostly) vinyl techno/glitch/electro sets.

Robert and Redeye will be doing their liquid courage thing up in the front room.

BTW...Dub Assembly was totally bad fucking ass last night. I don't think I will be missing another one of those for a long time. Some of the best music being spun in town is at these dub assembly nights. If you have not been to one check out their next event later this month.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how much talent does it take to play records?

4:43 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Lazer does NOT rock. Theyre like Arabian Rap Sensations: Group X, except they pretend to be german.

Group X was sooooo 2001 that it hurts. I miss the days of pre-myspace internet.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Lennon Tribute show @ J&Js tonight. not sure who all is playing. i know i am. maybe someone else can elaborate.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the Beat!!!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much talent does it take to anonymously talk shit?

9:39 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks for the love!

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you are mean.
for shame.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

praise the lord for strawberry fields.

my favorite venue around these days.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why Patterns? was really cool. Thanks for turning me onto it.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


also SF has the nicest people working there

6:21 PM  
Blogger FlappersInNylons said...


you are mean.
for shame.

What? I am seriously confused at the meaning of this statement.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous mc router said...

ppl that leave comments anonymously obviously have something they are intimidated and scared of. and i like lazers music, but they arent very respectful of other bands. that or they dont dig my music or triggermen's music. because they didnt see either of our sets, they only showed up when they were going onstage to play. and then didnt even stick around afterwards!
boO!! i always support other bands, even if its just standing upfront for a song or two, at least i show some sort of respect.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous SELECT said...



5:02 PM  
Blogger jt said...

Nono, FlappersInNylons is right, Jonanna Widner doesn't have a clue about music. Maybe people can check up on the Observer every once-in-a-while to measure whether or not it's worth picking up, but really other than that, stop reading the is total crap. Laaaaaame. There is no soul in that rag. Douchielamerocity, man.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Hammel of Lazër said...

Yo Router,

We only did the gig cuz u waz on the bill, ma. We supposed to be on haitus right now. I even telled u at the club that I heared your dedication song. We almost alwayz miss people'z setz cuz we gotta prepare for ourz. Takez time to coordinate a 7-man operation, yo.

Keep mashin' and doin' ur thing, we feelin' it.

- Sneaky aka Hammel

Oh and P.S. to homeboy who compare us 2 Group X, Lazër make real muzik, this ain't no joke son. I'll murda any of them catz on the mic like I did every member of PPT, just name the time and place kid. Any questionz should be directed to Look out for Twatobahn this summer.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like group x but LAZER is way better.

and thanks hammel for clearing that up. it was just sad not to see you guys but for like 2 secs offstage.

much love <3

1:58 AM  

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