It List: Tuesday
Tech N9ne/Paul Wall/Ill Bill (House of Blues): Why are lowest common denominator hip hop party songs about 151 so much fun? I really don't know. I doubt I would pay to go to this show, but if I could get in for free, it would be a blast I'm sure. True, headliner Tech N9ne is actually kind of lame and nothing new, but shit, if you're going to a House of Blues hip hop show expecting Art of Noise or some shit, then the joke is on you. And Paul Wall helped put Texas hip hop on the map for sure, which is ok with me.
Thrice/Circa Survive/Pelican (Palladium Ballroom): I wish I had one of those puke faces that Vice uses in their record reviews. That would sum this shit up pretty nicely.
Disqo Disco (Fallout): The DD folks will be joined this evening by Genova, a dude who seems more than capable of delivering the latest g-tech and blog house and whatever else you might want to hear if you're looking for a big dumb party night. Haven't seen one of his sets yet, so I can't attest to their quality of lack thereof, but I'd give it a shot.
Mavs vs. Hornets (Game 2, 6pm): I find myself caring less and less about the Mavericks with every passing playoff debacle, but man, what a disappointment Game 1 was. After a very strong first half in a game the Mavs could have easily stole, they imploded into the limp, ineffective morons we've seen for much of the past couple months. If they don't win tonight, I quit.
The Shackeltons (Doublewide): The Dallas Observer's music blog posted an MP3 from these dudes earlier today, referring to it as a "Bonus" MP3. Oh you know, it's like a gift from them to you. Well, I guess if you consider getting hit over the head with mediocre, indie-tool drivel to be a "bonus" of some kind, then you're in luck, hipster, because that is exactly what you'll get with the aforementioned bros. And I'm not sure where Pete Freedman might have read it (a press release perhaps?), but the Shackeltons do NOT sound like the Talking Heads in any way, shape, or form. Just because some indie waif likes to yelp nonsense into a microphone does not mean that he sounds anything like David Byrne, and when you couple such crap with run of the mill power punk guitar parts, a band that created three legendary albums with Brian Eno should be the last thing on your mind. These guys aren't even good enough to be compared to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the other band mentioned in the write up. Wolf Parade for kids who hang out at Hot Topic? Now THERE is an accurate description. Boring works too.