Friday, January 04, 2008


This weekend appears to be about as thin as any we've seen in a while around here, at least as far as live music. Things do start to pick up next week however, so don't be sad (and sorry, we had to republish and I guess the earlier comments were erased. Feel free to add them again!). A few things:


Matthew and the Arrogant Sea/Ryan Thomas Becker/Amo Joy/Hardin Sweaty and the Ready to Go/New Science Projects (J&Js Pizza): Despite what you might think about their online marketing tactics, MATAS are a downright prolific band, releasing several new songs online seemingly every week while playing a steady stream of local shows all over town. The best part is that much of their new material is quite interesting and very well done, with a wide variety of styles and influences ranging from avant tribal chants a la Sunburned Hand to sad, ambient infused tracks that remind me of the first Panda Bear album except with lyrics. And of course, that doesn't even begin to account for all the sounds contained in the many other projects of MATAS associates.

Brick Fight/Louis Tully/Mad Swirl (1919 Hemphill): Mad Swirl feature a classic pop influenced hardcore sound, while Louis Tully sounds like Seals and Croft roadie started a Rancid cover band.

Raised by Tigers/Mic the Tiger (Doublewide)

Kinky Friedman (Bill's Records and Tapes): This Kinky guy is a fucking bozo. Starts at 6pm. And guess what Bill? If I ever do go back to your record store, I won't be falling for your "this Misfits record is $30 because it's a rare import" stories anymore. The current me thinks that the 14 year old me sucked.


Pleasant Grove (All Good Cafe): Starts at 9pm, $10 cover.

Deep Ellum Film Retrospective (Kettle Art): This film event, which begins at 7pm, features several different short pieces that depict life in Deep Ellum during various eras of the neighborhood's existence. Although I'm not one of those "Save Deep Ellum" people by any stretch of the imagination, it might be interesting to check some of this stuff out, even if nothing says "dying entertainment district" more than a weekend in which the main event in said district is a retrospective about how cool it used to be.

Andrea Grimes Farewell Show with Dove Hunter/The Happy Bullets/JD Whittenburg/Travis Hopper/The Felons/Amo Joy (Club Dada): I should thank Andrea Grimes for the inspiration she's provided during her very noticeable tenure as one of the most ubiquitous and outspoken writers at The Observer in recent memory. Her comments on our blog were often a complete dismissal of "toaster-banging" as well as electronic music, and I know she voiced a lot of the frustration, confusion, and disgust that many DFW readers have felt about our tastes and interests. By personifying that, I think she helped WSJR's focus to be more clear and precise. So thank you, Andrea. But a word of warning from a former Austin resident that I'd like to present to you in the form of analogy: Think of Dallas as the kind of war that was fought in the first part of the 20th Century: This is our country VS your country, this is our flag against your flag, clear-cut and defined. Though this type of warfare is by no means easy, it's simple since your enemy presents itself in a forward manner, uniform and all. Austin is much more like modern insurgent warfare (i.e. Vietnam-Iraq) where you'll be surrounded at all times by the enemy. Imagine a Stonedranger lurking behind every corner. Frat guys that have hip record collections. Cowboys that go to discos. Record stores filled with heartless, bloodsucking vampires that will make fun of you if you even mention living in Dallas. Alternative Weekly Editors that fact-check. We Shot Jr will seem downright nice in comparison. Good luck. (DL)


Liquid Couage (Zubar): DJ's Redeye, Robert Taylor and Wanz will be spinning a variety of dance music from twitch to minimal to old school house to whatever. Happens weekly.

Wild In the Streets (Hailey's)


Anonymous T said...

Raised By Tigers at the Doublewide tonight with Mic the Tiger!

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf? there has to be SOMETHING cool going on.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MATAS = drugs + jesus

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most videos were shot in Deep Ellum... you just weren't cool enough to be there

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is, most videos were shot this year, with a few more centering around the history; not the "dude, I remember nirvana at trees" history... 1900's and early 20th century stuff

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MATAS = Herbal Ecstasy + Devendra Banhart

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wait...

MATAS = Starbucks Frappuccino + my uncle that sleeps on Mom's couch and looks at internet teen porn all day and won't get a job.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous L said...

your little schpiel about austin and andrea grimes was freakin' hilarious. ~L

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see everyone at j&j's at 8

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a rather incorrect summation of the Deep Ellum Film night.

Several pieces highlight great stuff that has happened in the last year - art gallery shows, block parties, festivals, music, food, organization work, theme events, more art, more music, more galleries. Then there's feature film moments and short documentaries that were shot in the area. Videos of/by local musicians and non-profit workers from around.

There are look backs at the 1920's/30's history because it's not well enough known or advertised in Dallas. Dallas does not celebrate it's history enough, so yeah it's a look back.

Because it's looking back to the 1870s and how DE grew from there and how much rich history it has that should be endorsed more.

But reading it to mean it's about indicating it's over, not the case at all.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:26 PM  
Anonymous NSP NSP said...

yeah what 6:26 said

6:38 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

SNL 76/77 season till midnight at Strawberry Fields.

Dan Ankroyd, Gilda Ratner, Bill Murrary, John Belushi the whole not ready for prime time players are here!

Some musical guest include Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Chuck Berry, Tom Waits, The Kinks and... Paul Simon.

Full episodes from recently released DVD.

Bring alcohol.

7:00 PM  
Blogger howardbobjohnson said...

See most Misfits fans are now well into their 30's with kids and homes in burbs so $30 ain't nothin for them.....

7:23 PM  
Blogger cliffnotes said...

cliff notes dallas history..

starts off as small city..
gets a fed bank..
becomes big city.. big boobs.. big hair..

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cliffnotes guy, you're the best

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear DL,
Please stop posting.

All of Us

11:40 PM  
Blogger Defensive Listening said...

Dear Anonymous,

Please keep reading.


12:04 AM  
Blogger Sydney said...

did cliff notes ever find a date for that one thing a while back?

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Science Projects was the best part about the show at J&Js.

so good

2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AG helped you rage and define yourselves.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does everyone who doesn't listen to punk bands compare every pop punk band to Rancid?

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy from Gutterth patting the back of his own artist anonymously was the best part of these comments.

So cool.

6:57 PM  
Blogger guTTerTh said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

11:04 PM  
Blogger guTTerTh said...

We did not post those comments.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dovehunter sucks

12:52 AM  
Anonymous NSP NSP said...

Fangs to everyone who came to J&J's. Amo Joy was TO DIE FOR. Mmm.

Pat my back all you want boyoooo

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:04, i miss you

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really easy to be prolific when you 'ooooh' and 'aaaahhh' over basic chords.

5:49 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

635-- I listen to a lot of punk bands, and I have been for a long time. That was just my way of saying "generic."

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greatness last night at Kettle. Standing Room Only and all were inspired. Andrea's party also kicked ass. Have fun in Denton and party on @ J&J's... It was better without you.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this weekend was good.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

looks like i didnt miss anything.

if you want to get some good records... go to Forever Young in Arlington, it isnt thick with smoke... plus they actually... and i'm totally serious about this... they actually organize their records! Mind-fuck, right? I know. Check it out.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

didn't miss you either alex!

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forever Young is fun to flip through. Too bad they charge next-to-collector's prices for their stuff. They have a nice jazz selection as far as Dallas goes, and my lord do they have cassettes.

It gets old listening to people whine about Bill. He obviously likes sharing music with people. Why the hell else would he own a record shop nowadays? He has to stay afloat...haggle with him if you want to pay less. If you don't want to haggle, buy from the internet or go to Forever Young where you can pay $30 for a German import of the same record, without the option of bargaining.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bargaining by sucking cock

11:47 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

Bill never asked me to suck his cock. I guess I'm not cute.


12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Head for Bill

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My car once broke down in the Bill's parking lot. "Can somebody please jump me?"

But still not as scary as when he brushed up against me at Morrissey 1990.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to reduce a man's existence to his sexuality. Very human of you.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think i love you, 6:01.

3:35 PM  

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