Thursday, April 03, 2008

It List: Thursday

Xiu Xiu/Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Down (Lola's): Man, if you're into some uncomfortable banter and even more uncomfortable performances, then tonight's Xiu Xiu show might be for you. I used to be fairly into some of Xiu Xiu's material a few years ago, and although I won't say that I no longer have any interest in Jamie Stewart's strange compositions, I feel compelled to say that his work now reminds me of a recent critique of English noise legends Whitehouse that appeared in Wire: Shock for shock's sake, no matter how shocking, is kind of, well, boring, particularly in an era where nothing seems to really shock anyone. And seeing Xiu Xiu at SXSW a couple years ago further confirmed this feeling, as I think I almost feel asleep during their performance. Or maybe I almost "passed out." I can't remember. I do, however, have to give him props for the song "Support Our Troops" on Fabulous Muscles. One of the most emotionally confrontational critiques of the U.S. Military I've ever heard.

AFI Film Festival-- Nerdcore Rising (Angelika, 715pm): Man, I've hit up two films throughout the course of this festival so far, and both were extremely well attended despite being anything but mainstream in their appeal. Translation: even if you think "who the fuck is gonna go see a movie about nerdcore," get there early, because I promise, it's a lot more people than you think. Nerdcore Rising is, surprise surprise, a documentary about the growing popularity of the "nerdcore" hip hop movement, which was recently discussed in an issue of XLR8R that featured Ft. Worth's own MC Router.... who apparently isn't involved with Nerdcore anymore anyway. As I know very little about the history of this sub-subculture, I'm kind of interested in checking this film out. PS-- I've always thought that Busdriver was way nerdier than just about anyone in hip hop, and he's not even part of this nerdcore thing.

Lost Generation (Fallout): Wanz might have the most sonically diverse record collection of any DJ in Dallas, with playlists that include artists ranging from Pinch to Autechre to Kraftwerk to Boyz Noize to the toughest, most challenging early industrial tracks you could ever hope to not dance to. Good stuff.

And I must say that I'm actually a tad curious to hear exactly what MC 900 Ft. Jesus does during his weekly Thursday night set at Lee Harvey's. I think I saw the video for "If I only had a Brain" on MTV like 50 times during that one summer when I got grounded a lot.


Anonymous cliff notes said...

nerdcore blows..
true story..

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'mon everybody, let's all go shore up some support for that crazy dover kid, cuz i know i'm going to.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:20 PM  
Anonymous jpt said...

read something fairly recently (maybe in Observer, not sure) describing MC 900ft Jesus' djing. Apparently it's nothing original...he spins records he likes, mostly Blue Note jazz from 50's through 70's mixed in with some more rockin' "indie" fare later in the evening. I'd go to hear some jazz.

Also, I went to Taxi Fare last week and had fun...wondering if somebody spins more rootsy reggae (ie: late 60's through early 80's, covering anything from ska to rocksteady to dub) anywhere on a regular basis around here. Somebody told me about a Sunday night thing somewhere in Denton, but don't know any details.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous to jpt said...

daug is back in the house in little d. he spins reggae. don't know if he's into doing that stuff again or whatnot though.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol @ 80s night

5:57 PM  
Anonymous stoned said...

i love to feel asleep

6:52 PM  
Anonymous wild in the streets said...

wild in the streets happens most sun nights @ hailey's in denton. though reggae's not really my forte (dig it though), sometimes i have guest dj's who swing that way. some soul/psych/garage/etc stuff f/60's on, though. and it's free. gabe f/lollipop shoppe's joining me this sunday...should be good times.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous wild in the streets said...

p.s. the daug's back?? rad...

8:26 PM  
Anonymous btw said...

the daug is back...don't know for how long though.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unrelated but, i could've sworn that at one point in time the new pornographers were on the bill with okkervil river. am i going crazy? what happened?

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig sometimes spins reggae on the porch at Dan's, but haven't seen it lately and Sunday nights is about to be taken over by sensitive acoustic guitar music.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous no way said...

no sensitive guitar music May 25th sunday @ Dan's

Mad Scientists & Violent Squid

11:38 AM  
Anonymous atchley said...

i want to see that nerdcore movie, mainly to see if they used the interview they did with me.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous atchley said...

but yeah... i dont believe in nerdcore.

1:21 PM  

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