Friday, May 09, 2008


Not a whole hell of a lot happening this weekend, but it's ok because none of you are really that cool anyway. Shows:


Nouns Group/The Carrots/Daniel Francis Doyle/Fight Bite (Hailey's): Most people reading this blog are probably familiar with Nouns Group, Dan Doyle and Fight Bite at this point, but some of you might not be aware of the Carrots just yet-- the Austin band, which includes both former and current members of future WSJR girlfriends Finally Punk*, performs light hearted 60's girl group pop about boys and stuff that is surprisingly NOT retarded. I usually assume the worst with this kind of stuff, but I caught them in Austin during SXSW and really enjoyed their set-- it's like the Ronettes and the chicks from the Fleetwoods skimmed through a copy of Maximum Rock N Roll right before they dumped you.... and you'll like it.

The Sword/Torche/Stinking Lizaveta (Lola's): Austin's The Sword have certainly been blessed/cursed with the 'hipster metal" tag more than just about any other band I can think of this side of Wolfmother, but I've always wondered what it is, exactly, that makes a metal band "hipster" or "nigel" or whatever the members of Sunn0))) are currently pretending not to be these days. Is it their record label? Or their haircuts? Or the company they keep? Or their record collections? I'm actually asking here because I really have no clue, and frankly, I would think that whether or not members of this or that metal band went to art school should probably be rendered irrelevant if said metal band is actually good at playing, uh, metal. But hipster/legit debates aside, I've had several songs off of Torche's album Meanderthal stuck in my head all week long, and it's making me want to drive to Ft. Worth. If you haven't heard this record yet, you should really download it soon before Pitchfork gives it an 8.8 and ruins the whole thing. I suppose you could call it a "metal" record, but I wouldn't know how to break it down much beyond that-- no particular genre or subgenre comes to mind when I listen to it, but I do know that it is one of the most instantly memorable heavy albums I've heard in quite a while. It sort of sounds like something Headbanger's Ball would have played the fuck out of in 1993, with big fuzzy riffs, efficient solos and huge choruses that sort of go beyond any of the influences that crop up throughout the disk (diverse acts such as Kyuss, Soundgarden and even Queen come to mind). Anyway, Stinking Lizaveta is also well worth checking out, although they sound completely different from either of the other bands on this bill, with a sound that somehow seems more punk infuenced yet more classically metal. Maybe it's just the shitty recordings I heard, but I like it. The Sword are pretty good, but they are by far the LEAST interesting band on the bill.

Bitch Cat with the Scoop (Moosh): Featuring Semantic Noise... I'm sure it will be hip hop, but I'm NOT sure what it will be beyond that. I'm guessing of the backpack variety.

Tame...Tame and Quiet/Deep Snapper (The Chat Room): A benefit for the 89.3 KNON show Pagan Holiday, which airs Sunday night (technically Monday mornings) from midnight until 4am. $3 cover at an apparently cool Ft. Worth spot that I haven't had the chance to check out quite yet.


Blood on the Wall/Record Hop (Lola's): Pretty good match up between these two bands, as both seem to draw from the canon of smart 90's rock that slowly seems to be creeping its way back towards relevancy in an underground climate that has been celebrating anything BUT the 90's for the past few years. Blood on the Wall's newest record Liferz, is truly one of my favorite pop guitar records of the year, reminding me of everything from Helium to Sonic Youth to X to Mudhoney. It isn't rocket science, but neither is partying, brah.

Car Stereo Wars/Sydney Confirm/Genova (The Cavern): Austin mash up dudes provide what is surprisingly the only relevant dance music in Dallas for the weekend. Their live sets are WAY better than their remixes, PS.

Street Hassle/Delmore Pilcrow/Wild in The Streets (Strawberry Fields): Street Hassle CD release, starts at 9.

Sarah Jaffe/Emil Rapstine/Glen Farris/Jen Seman (Rubber Gloves)


Wild in the Streets (Hailey's)

* they wish


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scrolling down and finding "they wish" actually just made me laugh out loud.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

Torche isn't bad, but their last record was a little bubblegum crunchy metal at times. Haven't heard the new one. They are way more interesting than the Sword, agreed. Stinking Lizaveta is a longtime Dischord (aka mathy punk) group who I've been told slay live. I thought they were only mediocre on record.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

props to the swag school, shit got sloppy hype

5:40 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

fuck yea to the lovely lady carrotts...big up.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous aaron gonzalez said...

stinking lizaveta is not on dischord records....
it is certain that their music is much better experienced live, as they have an energy and abandon which probably doesn't translate in the studio, but don't underestimate the music itself, which is complex but still very rockin, drawing on punk, jazz, metal, and progressive styles...
they are swell critters, too, unpretensious and friendly...

5:46 PM  
Anonymous prayer for animals said...

thanks for voting us best new band!!!!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

post of the day!

6:37 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

That little dark Carrot is total smoke city hot.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Floor is better than Torch

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That mexican carrot has a hot little tight ass. She wears them shorts well. That drummer back there must be jacking off between songs. I would.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the carrots were absolutely terrible. and i'm into bad stuff.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous to 10:49 said...

Torche was better than Sword. Torche plays FLOOR songs sometimes.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goodbye horses..

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the carrots were da bomb! not what i was expecting from those cute girls in finally punk! yes, the little dark carrot was fiz-ine!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous gutterth said...

Look for a duet with Emil Rapstine and Jenny Seman tonight at Rubber Gloves.
Hope to see you there.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sure she appreciates being called "little dark carrot".
and 4:26 am, you're an idiot. did you hear them sing or were you too entranced with her hot little tight ass?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous 1:11 said...

get over it you feminist! i am sure he was joking. and even if he wasnot, so what. what man doesnot like looking at hot little tight mexican ass? Maybe he was "entranced" with her camel toe and the drummer's moose knuckle?

TORCHE was awesome last night. That show was packed.

john of flesh

1:33 PM  
Anonymous mild in the sheets said...

tame in the sidewalk

2:34 PM  
Anonymous captain progeria said...

hipster metal or not, the Sword is just derivative, dull, and corny... so its perfect for four-year rebels who can't enjoy anything heavy without smirking so their friends don't think they might take something seriously. theres a glut of this shit lately, and its sad for the handful of heavy bands out there doing intense and powerful music. without smirking.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous brent said...

i like the sword.
last night was great.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous MC said...

Sorry dudez, S Lizaveta is from Philly. I daresay if they were from DC they would be Dischord-affiliated. Let's call them Dischord-ant instead. And that is not a reductionist comment at all, it was really speaking to their quality.

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John. Feminist is not a dirty word. Being called "brown" is never a big deal, unless of course you happen to be brown yourself. You sound like Larry Flynt (not the first time) and you're an idiot.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous swampass said...


8:09 PM  
Anonymous anon is right said...

i can confirm that john is indeed an idiot

8:58 PM  
Anonymous CAPTAIN HELL said...

Tests came in last year that John was born an idiot but managed to hide it well by using flash grenades.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man TT&Q was great as always friday night, but a real surprise was in the opener, Its Unamerican to be Sad. blew me the fuck away.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really? they just reminded me of radiohead... followed by a band that sounded like the theater fire followed by a band that sound like radiohead again.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:45 PM  
Anonymous Tonight at Strawberry Fields said...

Brad Neely's hilarious retelling of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (aka: Wizard People). If you haven't seen his work, go to superdeluxe. com and watch ALL of it. It is sweet and funny and raunchy and just reallllllllly fucking good. This particular work of his garnered awards from some NY art festival or something so i guess it counts as art work. come check it out at STRAWBERRY FIELDS tonight (Oak St. and Bonnie Brae) at like 8:30PM or so. BYOB.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous gutterth said...

Dust Congress is on The Good Show tonight.
Listen live here:

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat people fuck.... fuck like the wind.
Pass the gravy.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hyde's got nothing to hyde

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeeeeeeeeah 4:30, might need to get your ears checked there pal, i didnt hear any radiohead.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that's because sounding like radiohead has become such an art that there's 20 different bands in DFW that all do it in their own special way. It's practically a sub-genre.
I'm not saying I didn't like your band. You guys are very good at sounding like the louder, angstier radiohead stuff. No need to reinvent the wheel, right? If that's what you guys dig... by all means... copy and paste to your hearts delight.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:18 PM  
Anonymous Wack Job said...

This whole thread is a load of bullshit. 20,000 people just died in Myanmar, another 30,000 just died in an earthquake in China (over a million people are now homeless between both locations), and you idiots are jerking off over who happens to sound like Radiohead.

I'd say "get a life", but the truth is you wouldn't know what the fuck to do with it.

3:37 PM  

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