Friday, February 15, 2008


The vast majority of the this post was hurriedly written by Defensive Listening. Corrections and/or additions to follow.


We Made Out Once Presents: It's What We Get/Wild in the Streets/Craig Welch (Hailey's):
Wild In The Streets and It's What We Get couldn't be more wildly disparate as far as what they play, but it's good to see such different DJ's together. Wild In The Streets plays old French Ye-Ye, while It's What We Get plays modern French electro. WITS is 60's mod sleaze while IWWG is 80's synth sleaze. Craig Welch is one of the most insane local acts I've every seen, due to the ridiculous tongue twisting of his non-stop flow and delivery. Event is "semi-formal." Is that the same thing as biz caj?

The Paper Chase/Micah P Hinson/Shiny Around the Edges (Sons of Hermann Hall): This show probably would have been more of a mismatch a few years ago, but The Papechase have transformed into a moodier outfit and are much less prone to the freak-outs of their first few recordings. The emphasis is much more on melody lately and the singular themed narratives of each album, complete with horror fantasy lyrics and sound effects. Shiny Around The Edges are an increasingly muscular live force that will stand up to the cavernous Sons Of Hermann Hall with ease.

Mom/Violent Squid/My Son The Astronaut (Strawberry Fields): Looks like this could be the most packed SF show ever, due to Mom's involvement. As far as Violent Squid goes, I love a band that puts out a myspace bulletin for their rotating backing band to actually show up and play that night. I seriously think that's great. My Son The Astronaut is the solo acoustic work of Daniel from 715 Panhandle. This is a benefit for The Denton Artists' Collaborative.

Dove Hunter/Bridges And Blinking Lights/Doug Burr (Double Wide)


Xrin Arms/Yatagarasu/PSOAS/Mistress/Animal Forces//Traducer (House of Tinnitus):
Very unusual aesthetic from the headliner, Xrin Arms, that combines tech grind, electronic elements by way of Dutch-styled gabber hardcore, and even soul music to create an extremely heartfelt racket. There is an insightful interview with Xrin Arms on the excellent new local blog, Digital Liver. Traducer is from Austin and are tourmates of Xrin Arms that play disjointed breakbeat overlapped with distant ambient sounds. Yatagarasu has played HOT at least a couple of times before and is a 8-bit one-man act with distorted bass "subtleties." Three local duos, PSOAS, Mistress, and Animal Forces experiment across the entire avant spectrum featuring everything from harsh noise to ominously spaced out sounds.

Jeff Parker/Loop 12/Stephen R (Fallout):Hard to pin down Chicago musician and Post Rock pioneer Jeff Parker practically created a new genre with his work in Tortoise, just one of many groups he has played with since the early 90's. New work focuses on everything from intricate guitar pieces fluent in complex jazz chord positions to DJ mixes. Loop 12 seems to have come out of nowhere and is now playing every weekend, usually on notable shows.

White Drugs/Raised by Tigers/Gun Gun/The Better Halves/Low Dosage (Hailey's): Low Dosage is the brand new project of Medicine Window founders Cody Robinson and his wife, Amanda. The one track on their page shows not only that they have they picked up where MW left off, but that you don't have to grow soft due to marriage. Gun Gun is a poppy electronic duo featuring Ashley Cromeens.

Free Will Hip Hop Benefit (Green Elephant): All proceeds of this massive benefit go to the family of William "Free Will" Hunnicut. Select and Schwa finish the night off but will first be joined by DJ's, Marty Mar, Nemesis, Tape Masta Step, Quick Chris, Priest TD, BK and Rob Viktum. Other artists include Mic Most, Verbal Seed, Reflect June, Colby Savage, Philly Station, PPT, and many more. There will also be B-Boy crews and graffiti artists on hand.

Lollipop Shoppe (Sloppyworld):
Live Projections will be provided by Chad of Strawberry Fields. Music will be provided by The Dirty Novels.

AM Ramblers/Doug Burr/Stanton Meadowdale (J&Js)

Formal: Art Opening for Sergio Garcia (Kettle Art Gallery): Opening for graffiti artist and musician, Sergio Garcia.

The Party/Hot Flash/Cool Out (Club Dada): This is the after party for the Kettle Art Opening featuring the three biggest local dance events squeezed into a single night.


No Age (FREE -Good Records): Starts at 4pm

Liars/No Age/Select (Hailey's): Big show for a Sunday with two of the most critically acclaimed acts of recent years. Liars have kept things interesting with a constantly evolving sound that's shifted from what some deemed unlistenable noise (though it hardly qualified) to their more recent percussion driven exercises and finally...sounding somewhat like Beck. No Age hails from the "Smell" scene in Los Angeles, where a beloved venue weighs heavy in the ethics and sometimes even the sounds of the bands that hail from there. Though No Age is hardcore punk-influenced there is a vulnerable emotional slant to the music that is catchy and poppy, and it never completely dissipates no matter how much it's drowned and dirtied with lo-fi noise and production values. Select will DJ either in between acts, or with his own set, as is usually the case when a DJ plays Hailey's.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strawberry Fields really is the shitbomb. The prices on the local releases are low low lowwwww

7:50 PM  
Anonymous cj said...

NO AGE!!!!!!!!!

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Gun Gun link is wrong

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Aaron Gonzalez said...

Life-Death Continuum & Cadaver Cabaret
Friday the 15th (tonight)
Melissa's Deluxe Love Hangover party
Darkside Lounge
next to The Elm Street Bar in Deep Ellum

8:27 PM  
Anonymous rjavelinn said...

Yes, good call on Liars sounding like Beck ("Houseclouds"). That's even a Beck-sounding title. They also sound more like Sonic Youth than Sonic Youth lately, especially from the early "Confusion Is Sex/Kill Yr Idols" to "Sister" era (esp. "Pure Unevil").

From what I've read about that record, they were trying to recapture the feeling of the music that influenced them when they were young, so I guess they were successful. That music definitely conjures up a lot of the stuff I was into 10-15 years ago. That Alternative section at Camelot totally ruled.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous FlappersinNylons said...

Haley's was a blast!

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hinson sucked

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



2:22 AM  
Anonymous thomas said...

h.o.t. seems like the only good venue in dfw. sloppyworld is horrible and everyone should know how sad all the other places in dfw are. best bet for living here is dont get any hopes up, seems to me.

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please move to portland or baltimore. or shut up.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awwwww, is thomas on his period? don't worry, your vagina will stop bleeding in a couple days.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously THomas is a total fruitcake.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Thomas. He's honest. The rest of you spend too much time lying to yourselves.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous mc said...

javelinn .. the alt section at Camelot did indeed rule. It may seem like a small thing now, but back then, even something like stocking all of Sonic Youth's 80s albums was actually a big deal, especially in Ft. Worthless where there wasn't even a Bill's. In fact it seemed like they had pretty much the entire SST and Alt Tentacles catalogs.

10:30 AM  
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12:21 PM  
Anonymous klink said...

I would just like to say Kidd brings something intangible to a team... harris doesnt/will never have it.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous blake said...

anyone else besides me disappointed that jeff parker's gig tonight is as a dj?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i kinda want to see some pickin' myself

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can now buy 3 day melodica Passes online at the

dig in!!!!!!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone needs to realize that every town everywhere sucks and rules the same amount. so shut the fuck up. your town sucks. my town sucks. their town sucks. eat a dick.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Elderidge \"Meat\" Kleaver said...

A glass of water filled halfway = Your town

half empty = town sucks
half full = town is alright/has potential/pretty damn cool


It's really a matter of how you choose to look at it.

It's always YOUR choice to be miserable and bitchy.
It's always YOUR choice to make the best of a situation.


5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i choose you

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tonight, i choose H.O.T.!

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I choose your mom. Just bein honest.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my mom ain't that attractive. just bein honest.
but maybe neither are you.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, i'm h.o.t.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chomsky and The Crash That Took Me at Doublewide tonight

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought chomsky broke up?

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

h.o.t. is the only place that matters

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hot would say otherwise. why does someone have to win in music?

3:16 AM  
Anonymous who at sobriety? said...

matas @ absinthe lounge tonight!
dallas sucks, but these guys are fucking classy.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous the other brother darryl said...

the absinthe lounge is creepy. in a plastic douchey kinda-way. just, you know, sayin'. i only went during a poetry slam one night and some jazz night though, which was more like jass night

1:56 PM  
Anonymous anon said...

if sloppyworld can book negativland, they're alright with me

3:38 PM  
Anonymous sober said...

select is fat

4:06 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

I dreamed about that Liars/No Age show. Fuck if I know why. Not goin.

New/Old House Venue in Denton.

4:24 PM  
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8:21 PM  
Anonymous jon said...

Something I've noticed about DFWd is that there is no room for the in between. The only kinds of bands that get any publicity around here are either really weird or really bland and mainstream sounding. Bands that have a great all around sound don't really get noticed. They just fall by the wayside. I think that's why people say this town sucks. They only see what's getting the pub. I do have to say though that things have improved because the only things that got any attention were super-lame and mainstream sounding. There just needs to be a balance now.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous shane said...

jon -

what do you think is "really weird" around here?

9:22 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

yeah, I'm interested to hear more....

1:25 AM  
Anonymous thomas said...

i wouldnt say h.o.t. is the only place that matters, its just the only place any good around here. sure some venues luck out and get a band one of sense might respect but otherwise no one else delivers with as much consistency. environment is what i first base what makes a good venue. and yes im a fruit on crack thats gon around recording mostly crap for crappy musicians hey theyre everywhere but where are all the good ones? there are some but the ratio is a giant pie chart dominated by a colour of babby shit so green you cant see anything else. thank shit theres pot and burning things down

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

either "really weird" or "bland". what bands are falling at the wayside then? why not mention these great bands that aren't getting any pub?

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's so horrible about Sloppyworld Thomas?

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas, no matter where you go, 90% of the music and bands in any scene sucks. And in our area, just like in any other, you have to dig through the shit to find the gems. H.O.T. consistently does a great job of this for you, as does wsjr, but I would also say Sloppyworld so far is doing the same thing, as is Melodica this weekend. Again, as in any other scene, there are a limited number of venues, promoters, bloggers, festivals, etc. that will do quite a bit of the work of sifting through the tons of shit bands to bring you the best of the best on a regular basis, and the rest is up to you. If you're not happy with the music in dfwd, you're either lazy or too pessimistic.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was Jeff Parker at Fallout...? Anyone hear? I could barely make it through Loop 12. it wore me out, and although I love Stephen R, I couldn't sit through ANOTHER long set before the tortoise maestro.

loop 12 = overrated

11:03 AM  
Anonymous jpt said...

I lived in Balto for two years and I have been enjoying the music I'm learning about since moving back. Seems like a pretty organic situation going on here. It'll be fun to see what happens. I imagine anywhere you go you'll find the same pie chart. I know Baltimore is that way. There's a lot of really awful bands there. There's a crease everywhere. Lots of bands around here rip.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only reason HOT is so successful is because Rob makes it so by being real, hosting fun parties, and being discriminating and appreciating quality w/o being snobbish. He does what's best for the musc which is what is ultimately best for everyone. I guess that's why you're saying what you're saying about the "really weird" getting attention?

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob is the shit.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous thomas said...

"If you're not happy with the music in dfwd, you're either lazy or too pessimistic." i suppose to just save anymore useless argument it appears we just have different taste in music. To me 99.9% of the bands here suck. originality is what i tend to look and hope for. doesnt have to be weird, but i do smoke crack... belive me ive seen it all. ive been to so many shitdamn shows ,show goers should know me but i see few i would want to talk to. sloppy world first sucks cause the decor and miral shit is shit awful and something about the manangment seems narc-ish. just to throw some one out when youre trying to state youre "underground" or whatever the shit that means seems off. but then once again..crack.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous to thomas said...

again. what is the GREAT bands that are thrown wayside? what is this originality that you are into that none of us have the low down on? if you can't answer that, then shut the fuck up. please.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous thomas said...

who the fuck are you who cant state your name who doesnt know what fucking originality is-something new, dumb ass. Its so easy to record and send shit as soon as anyone remotley original comes along its swallowed. so its not like there are any great bands hidden away in caves in usa at least but far too many shitty bands are applauded just for trying, or maybe for being nice people. fort worth alone has more people in it than iceland. where are our sigur ros' mum's bjork's and why are mum and bjork so crappy now? im just saying i would like to see our art community compared to l.a. and newyork. if youre playing a chord youve heard someone play before, stop. i just dont see how we have so many of us here and nothing truly truly noteworthing as in instrumentally baffeling, beyond technical comprehension while evoking emotion has come from here. if im missing someone, let me know. please.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no no no you say the good bands get thrown wayside but fail to explain one local band that you think deserves some recognition over any that have gotten any support. so there are NO local acts that you deem worthy of your praise is what you are saying. there are no bands being thrown wayside then. just the ideals that you have toward music, you feel, are thrown wayside while mediocracy rules 'the scene'.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait. that wasn't you (thomas) that was "jon". wtf jon. name some bands.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous thomas said...

if there is any mediocracy in this scene that should be quickly dismissed as a social club. as for anything els you you just said, it sounded like political trash talk spinning every bit of shit i said and held with it. i never said the "good bands get throw wayside" i feel the goodness is regconized through at least this site and good people i meet. its just i feel the mediocre is allowed to thrive under the same "scenes"genres" whatever you call whats happening. i think more people should practice more. if you cant have an improv jam with at least one other person three times a week you should just pawn your amp and build a studio at least then you can take all the time you need. dont feel hurried to jump on a stage just cause you can make a slightly above average song. stay home, practice dont let a job, spouse , kids whatever it is these days get in the way. lets make our shit better. open allot of homes for weekly jam sessions improv should be the future of music anyways.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the whole new York/l.a.= awesome art dichotomy expire?

It should be- every place has cool things to be into. It’s just subjective and up to the individual to make something out of what they have.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous thomas said...


6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it.

1. A chord never heard before? There's seven notes.
2. Management at sloppyworld seems narc-ish? Freeman just did an interview about his heroin relapse!

God, you're just one of "those". Good luck.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous shane said...

"I'm just saying i would like to see our art community compared to l.a. and newyork. if youre playing a chord youve heard someone play before, stop."

do you realize how fucking ridiculous this sounds?

10:05 PM  
Anonymous jpt said...

It doesn't sound ridiculous, and he ain't one of "those". He just don't take shit for granted, and wants to be alive dawg

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i almost heard what you said until the dawg part.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous to thomas said...

no no no the "bands at the wayside" thing was someone named "jon" up there. i mistook it for you. sorry. whatever. so everything that i said that was addressed to "thomas" was meant for "jon"

12:24 PM  
Anonymous jpt said...

sorry g.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous jpt said...

Dude there is nowhere to buy fucking clarinet reeds in this town, this is ridiculous.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pender's Music in Denton, I think.

2:42 PM  
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