Tuesday, March 04, 2008

It List: Tuesday

Justice/DJ Mehdi/Fancy (Palladium): I've seen several remarks in our comments sections in the past few weeks indicating people's frustrations with Justice for one reason or another. Some don't dig what they do. That's fine, and after all, most of their material doesn't seem to do a whole lot musically that is either new or particularly revolutionary, even within the narrow genre parameters of French electronic dance music. Other commenters seemed to be sick of the year long assault of Justice hype, and I can see their point too. I'm pretty sure I never need to hear "D.A.N.C.E." at one more hipster party ever again for the rest of my life, and I can't say that I feel particularly "cutting edge" when I arrive at any event sponsored by Tom An I mean Rupert Murdoch's Myspace.

But despite these complaints, what everyone probably has to concede is that Justice released one of the most important dance records of the decade last year, at least as far as crossover appeal and cultural impact. Their tracks took a choppy, distorted, imbalanced and rock focused sound and blended it with classic disco, new jack R&B, and a healthy dose of Chicago acid and fidget house to create a virtual bomb that seemed to be dropped on just about every discerning dancefloor in the world at one point or another in 2007. What resulted was a healthy push towards dance music for many "indie rock" consumers that seemed to draw a line in the sand: I think a lot of 90's indie scene leftovers look at groups like Justice, Spank Rock, Simian Mobile Disco and M.I.A. as the personifaction of the day the music died, the day they realized they didn't "get it" anymore and decided to move on to their grumpy anti-hipster period. And no matter what you think of Justice, that shit is pretty funny.

The live show is supposedly phenomenal too, and with Ed Bangers Mehdi and Fancy opening, I'm guessing this will be a very fun evening.

The Party/Keith P (The Loft): This a free after-party for the Justice show and it runs from 11:30 to 1:00 am. There will be complimentary Colt 45. Good Gawd.

Blitzen Trapper
/Fleet Foxes (Hailey's): At their best, Blitzen Trapper sounds like mid-period Kinks. At their worst, they sound like late period Sloan. They were once remixed by Best Fwends. I don't even know how to begin to comment on that. Fleet Foxes claim to play "baroque pop," and theirs is a lazy, dreary take on that oft attempted genre.

They Might Be Giants/Oppenheimerr (House Of Blues): Thirty something dollars is a lot , even if they play "They'll Need a Crane." Don't know much about Oppenheimer, but they sound every bit as ready to write TV show themes as TMBG.


Anonymous sick said...

I'm sick of going to shows that are "presented" by gorilla vs. bear, even when they had nothing to do with the shows whatsoever.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous self-important hipster. said...

Here we go with this whole "IMPORTANT" label again. I don't understand how you can judge how important something is without seeing its long term effects.

Look how important Fat Boy Slim and The Brian Setzer Orchestra were ten years ago in terms of crossover appeal and cultural impact.

and to me the line was drawn a long time ago when some genius came up with the phrase "disco sucks."

6:01 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

you're right in the sense that the long term impact is hard to know, but they've made a bigger crossover splash than most of the major electro groups to emerge this decade, at least so far. Whether this will be valued in the future is anyone's guess, and I'm certainly not trying to say that I know.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get your own blog, sickster. better than it being presented by burger king.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous to sick. said...

its presented by myspace

6:19 PM  
Anonymous gorillavsbear said...

hey asshole number one, we aren't "presenting" this show. like 6:19 says, it's presented by myspace, so you're good.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous stephen r. said...

I just got back from the show, and seriously, it was one of the best electronic live acts I've seen in a long time. If you were there, then you know, if not, well I'm sure there's enough beard-rock to keep you busy in your dorm room.

12:55 AM  
Anonymous frdd said...

Fleet Foxes is solid. I haven't seen a band with that much live control over their vocal harmonies maybe ever. they're also swell folks and they listened to our whole set like champs, same w/ blitzen trapper. word to cascadia.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous a.a. said...

Hey dicks,
I went to TMBG last night. I would say it probably wasn't their best performance ever in Dallas (or at all), but I still had a good time. Rocky performances of newer material kinda dragged the beginning of the set down a bit, but busting out long-lost classics such as It's Not My Birthday and Hey Mr DJ... added a good deal of excitement to the performance. I wish they played "Trees" though. Oppenheimer sounded okay. Not bad at all, very well rehearsed, not somthing I'd listen to on my own accord though.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

txmf is boring.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

txmf presents 11:14

11:25 AM  
Anonymous chris said...

The Justice show was lots of fun. After party was cool too.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous princemoney said...

Justice is the shit. Sorry if u too jaded to admit it. Hard agressive avant guarde house music. The set design was righteous and the afterparty was bananas. Duh, u knew it would be with that bill. God select went so damn hard. Love that new sound on him.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Important? said...

you're right... i don't "get it." It sounds like the same electronic stuff i've heard over and over since the nineties. Is the attraction that there are subtleties and nuances that separate it from the usual car commercial electronic music? It sounds the same to me. Sorry. Give me Jandek or Koji Kondo or Bosque Brown or Record Hop or the Baptist Generals... I feel like I need to connect with the human aspects of the music for it to be "important" to me.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous thanks texas said...

for helping build a dynasty

2:18 PM  
Anonymous cliff notes said...

i like justices stage setup when squarepusher did it 5 years ago.. except squarepushers setup had more lights, and speakers.. and had a fairly insane video show with it.. and well i think squarepusher is more innovative then justice..

this bein said.. still a fairly decent show last night..

2:32 PM  
Anonymous hernan said...

hilarious bringing squarepusher into this.

You dildos sound like old farts.

I'm surprised noone has come in here yet talking about Pink Floyd and how they started raves.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous cliff notes said...

so I sound like an old fart, because I mentioned a band that started releasing albums in 97? which is only 6 years before justice released their first..


3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God damn this place is turning into Logan's Run. Kids and their damn internetting. Get some hair on your balls and shoot a man outside of Mao City before you start stepping to me, ya rube.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and by band.. i mean a single dude who releases under squarepusher..

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Peter Pan moved to Canada?
Never grow up you silly sillies!

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sawtooth basslines!!!!!!!!!! more!!!!!!!!!

3:42 PM  
Anonymous sickster said...

I was just making a statement. I wasn't talking about any of these shows.
I like it when myspace presents a show though, or even burger king, because they had something to do with the actual booking of the show. GVB, not so much. And you know, I'm so glad that GVB is presenting this band that everyone is already in the know about, due to the hype machine. Even though I love them, Liars and No Age, don't exactly need to have the GVB label in order to get people out to their shows. I wonder if the Health and Crystal Castles show is going to be presented by GVB as well.
If GVB actually did have something to do with the booking, wouldn't it be better to put a local band on the bill that sounded more similar than a tired DJ, that keeps playing the same tired songs?

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but.but.but. GVB has a satellite radio show! and.and.and. Saint Vincent plugs every 2 seconds!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous dj nature said...

princemoney is select. and his new sound cleared the dancefloor.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Justice has a cool stage set up. I like their music...not the singing so much. I think a lot of nbands would be better off as instrumental bands...Led Zeppelein in particular.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous dallas said...

you know you want to be nature, that was def not a nature post. he dosn't even post on weshotjr. fag.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous ft worth said...

3:36 makes a blunt but good point. It's a common compliant; high profile bloggers slapping there name on things that don't need their promotion instead of promoting some one great who is struggling to be heard. (hell look at the allstar Hot Freaks line up)
But what can you do about it? The popular things getting blogger support are usually good and popular for a reason. And what does a blogger even gain out of supporting some one small? At least with slapping your name on a big show you can get in free and meet the band.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous ft worth said...

oh I was also going to say, big props to wsjr for adding two locals to the times new viking show.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous haters gotta hate said...

dallas, you missed the point.

and that sentence works one so many different levels

4:53 PM  
Anonymous anonagon said...

I have no problem being called an old fart here. Of the 4 groups SR sites, I'd rank them

1. Simian moble disco
2. Justice
3. Spank rock
4. MIA

I really like SMD, but the other 3 I can take a pass.I see justice as the interpol of dance music.It's not all terrible, but it is no match for what it derives from. MIA however, is unlistenable to me.that's just my opinion, make up your own damn mind.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous dallas said...

i do not understand "haters gotta hate" please explain.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zeppelin's vocals are amazing.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous garland said...

i don't understand irving

5:54 PM  
Anonymous paradeofflesh said...

i would like to say thank you to 3:46PM and 4:51PM.


5:58 PM  
Anonymous ME said...

everyone that comments is a nerd!

6:46 PM  
Anonymous foiyay098 said...

5:51 has got the right idea.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous middle schooler said...

i would like to say thank you to ms dubose for teaching me the difference between they're, there, and their.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

poor chris at gorilla vs bear.
such a fucking follower.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous rjavelinn said...

"God damn this place is turning into Logan's Run. Kids and their damn internetting. Get some hair on your balls and shoot a man outside of Mao City before you start stepping to me, ya rube."

Post of the day.

As for the GvB debate, that shit was cleared up by SR and Chris himself very well about a month ago on this blog when I had the same thoughts. Go back and read it. Chris and Stonypony both made some very good points.

Fuck it, the gem embedded in my palm tells me that it's time for carousel.

Renewal, bitches!

1:40 AM  
Anonymous to rjavelinn said...

please link the said discussion.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous black gurl said...

Ok that show was bananas I don't give a fuck what you guys think. But you know what really grinds my gears?? People that were standing against the wall the ENTIRE time. What the fuck you pay 25 bucks for? Why were you even there? And I couldn't help but feel like everyone there looked they stepped out of an urban outfitters catalog. Same damn thing happened at ACL. So what? Dance music is overrated. But you know what? If you don't actually DANCE. Then the jokes on you. "People don't dance no more. They just stand there like this. They cross their arms and stare you down and drink and moan and dis." The Rapture never said it better.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hottest dance in Denton is The Stand Still.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dj nature says.. 4:05 PM
"princemoney is select. and his new sound cleared the dancefloor."

.... can someone please explain this description? I don't get it. From what I saw The Party crew + Keith P killed it, there was never a lag on the dancefloor from what I saw. Select played a set that was relevant, forward thinking, and for fucks sake... SLAMMING!!! I swear, select is the one to watch in this trio. He keeps pulling stuff out of his bag that is UNREAL. Maybe Dallas isn't ready yet, but the real heads know where he's going.

The Party is one of the best things to happen to Dallas in a long time. Mad props kids!!! mad props!!!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no way that mu opinion is ever going to cut it on here. You wanna know why? Becuz you fools actually like Robert Plant.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous rjavelinn said...

Um, I couldn't find the link to me arguing with Chris from GvsB. Stonedranger was a big part of that. They kicked my ass. Perhaps SR can link it.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous tommyboy said...

we ARE all getting old...


10:20 PM  

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