Thursday, June 12, 2008

Weekender

FRIDAY

Frog Eyes/Evangelicals/White Hinterland (Club Dada): The first in a series of upcoming shows that might do a bit to help put Club Dada back on the map as a relevant venue that people actually give a shit about. The highlight of this show for me will be the chance to hear some of the solid new Evanglicals album in a live setting. I believe they and Best Fwends were the first two bands I ever interviewed for this blog, and two years later, both are finally starting to become "cool." I win again.

Goth Valentine's Day with Night Game Cult/Phantastes/Return of the Crud (Cool Beans): Hmm... interesting line up. I'm really excited about the first two bands, have no idea what the third band is, and, well, the fourth one is that Admiral David V dude. Phantastes is a project from Shane English and Lars Larsen, and it's honestly quite unlike anything else I know of in the metroplex. Taking early 80's European industrial electronic influences as a starting point, the group throws in bits of avant industrial noise a la Cabaret Voltaire and various other early electro (we're talking Suicide, not Moby) and Detroit touchstones such as Cybotron to create tough yet mesmerizing synth/drum machine grooves that are quite easy to get lost in. I'm also happy that Night Game is back with a brand new batch of songs that show continued growth in whatever, uh, vision its namesake has. A lot of the stuff currently on the Night Game myspace page is all over the place, from quiet and apparently sincere covers ("The Velvet Underground's "Jesus") to minimal synth/dance tracks like "This Party is Fucking Over" that often come off as John Maus reinterpretations of Daniel Johnston songs. A few tracks inspired by whimsical New Romantic influenced dream pop add another special touch to the arsenal. All of it is pretty great if you want to know the truth. And finally, everyone's favorite real AND fake commenter, Dave Virden, is, well, uh, is playing this show too, mkay?

Teenage Cool Kids/Vacation/Boats (715 Panhandle): Vacation is a group that doesn't have any music on their Myspace page (I hear they are a pop band of some sort), and Boats is a Sacramento garage/punk power pop combo that has been gaining a bit of buzz within hardcore circles in various locales recently, and if you're into that kind of thing, I think you'll find that they are more than worth checking out, especially for a grand total of zero dollars at a great house venue.

Joan of Arc/Tame...Tame and Quiet/Yellow Fever (Lola's): No telling what kind of show Joan Of Arc will put on, it all depends on the current lineup. They have never exactly floored me with what seems like mostly conventional song-craft and a forced, anemic experimentalism lightly drizzled over the pouty post-emo end result. Something tells me they still have a significant following if some of those closet old school Cap'n Jazz fans can leave the dance floor long enough to watch a boring rock show. Yellow Fever's lack of pretense and enigmatic influences have made them one of the most intriguing pop groups in recent memory. Too sophisticated to truly be considered twee, and yet too precious for some fans of the noisier acts they often play with, I hope the group finds their deserved niche high above the polluted sea of pop song-writing that they dominate. I haven't heard much out of Tame...Tame And Quiet lately and wonder if they have new material.


Dust Congress/New Science Projects/The Heartstring Stranglers/Parata (J&Js): This is the CD release show for New Science Projects. Haven't heard the new disc yet, but I'm sure we'll get our hands on a copy some time soon.

First Class Uptown Friday with Select (Zubar)

R9/DJ G (Rubber Gloves): These guys will be playing a lot of dark late 70's stuff, goth, and 80's industrial in celebration of Friday the 13th.

SATURDAY

Night Game Cult/Darktown Strutters/Life Functions Terminated/Voyant (J&Js): We already talked about Night Game in this post, and DL's write up on Darktown Strutters last week probably helped explain why we're excited to hear more from what sounds like a potentially great band. Life Functions Terminated is a new solo project from Shane English featuring his new homemade synth, and Voyant is one of Andrew Michael's many interesting projects.

Skarp/Akkolyte/Blood OV/Burn the Witness (Red Blood Club): Skarp is a grindcore act on the venerable Alternative Tentacles, a label that will hurt your brain if you try to really fathom how long they've been around. Thirty years next year! Skarp apparently impressed label owner Jello Biafra enough in an opening slot for the Melvins that he invited them on board. They sound like a decent enough grind band, and they'll have their work cut out for them sharing the stage with Oak Cliff's Akkolyte.

Strange Boys/Coathangers/Wax Museums (Club Dada)

Cats and Dogs Benefit (Rubber Gloves): Sheesh. What did you think, I was going to list this whole fucking line up with all the links and stuff? Forget about it. Click the link for a line up that inclues highlights Record Hop as a headliner. starts at noon.

Fight Bite (Space Studio): I believe this art show starts promptly at 8pm with music at 10pm, and maybe, since it's in Dallas at like a "real" venue or something, Pete Freedman will take a break from Forever the Sickest Kids and check them out. We can only hope so for the sake of Fight Bite's career.

Hot Flash with guest DJ Genova (Fallout Lounge): You know the deal with these-- eclectic DJ sets covering everything from blog house to 70's funk to crunk. Usually pretty fun.

Balmorhea/Mom/Hotel Hotel/Geistheistler (Hailey's): Austin's Balmorhea is actually becoming one of the more nationally buzzed about groups hailing from our vastly overrated neighbor to the south, and although their sprawling instrumental pieces are well constructed and somewhat interesting at times, I just can't say that it really inspires me to drive 35 miles. And I still have yet to hear Geistheistler, so it would be nice if a Dentonite who actually knows what they're talking about would leave a comment explaining their sound to us. And I have to say that I was a defender of Pitchfork long after it was cool to be, but I really just can't read that shit anymore. I mean, look at this review. I'm no Lester Bands, I know, but could you at least tell me what ONE of the songs on an album sounds like without making me want to kill myself for caring enough to find out? Thanks guys!

Jukebox the Ghost/Via Audio/Verulf (Swiss House): Depending on the weather conditions on a given night at Swiss House, it seems that the majority of people who attend events there simply pay five bucks to hang out in the back and drink keg beer. This isn't a bad thing at all, but rather an indication that no matter who is playing, most Swiss House regulars will show up and have a good time. The two touring bands on this bill are fairly boring to me, personally, but when you look at the online press they've received and the fairly impressive venues they'll be playing on their current tour, it becomes apparent that a lot of people disagree with me. Basically, they are both competent indie pop bands that actually just sound like "indie rock" in a "know it when you hear it" sense.... you know, Wolf Parade covering Maroon Five songs and shit. However, Jukebox the Ghost didn't really piss me off when I listened to them the other day, so I'll probably go and hang out or whatever.

Screening of The Holy Mountain (4-7pm, at Alton House, 1005 W. Hickory, Denton): Free.

SUNDAY

Chicago/The Doobie Brothers (Starplex)

Rilo Kiley/Thao/Benji Hughes (Palladium): Is sighing effective as a communication tool if you have to spell it out phonetically?

109 Comments:

Anonymous sallyglass said...

holy mountain is an insane movie. go see it.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous david virden said...

fuck yeah. mix tapes. playing this bitch. gonna have backward butt sex with bottle of champaign to celebrate. bitch yeah.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous liquid sheet diet said...

so i guess we know where to get acid in denton on saturday. oh holy mountain.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh dave, you finally made me laugh. kudos.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

R9 is actually Rick Simpson of Down Low Music. Just noticed your R9 link hooks up to an R9 of the electro/indie/pop variety which is definately not the case with Mr. Simpson. PS: It is Rick Simpson's birthday tonight, so Happy Birthday Ricky!

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm no Lester Bands..."

Nice.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fight bite plays at 10PM on saturday

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete Freedman says he'll be at the Space show. Wanz, meet me there so we can both kick his ass. Seriously.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

The error just proves my point, duh.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOTH VALENTINES DAY!!!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

Rancid's tomorrow night.


AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was robbed by two men.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Shottin' Blanks said...

CATS AND DOGS will be awesome!!!
I'm so excited!!!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Shootin' Blank Blanks said...

Kitties and puppies are cute!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am totally down for a Pete Freedman beating.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Dip Chip said...

Show me them kitties!

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"screening"?
more like lecherous closet-frat boys in cycling hats and fat chicks in ass-crack jeans watching a movie.

PASS.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

The Jordorowsky revival is soooo 2007. Catch up, Denton, please. Don't you assholes have a film department up there? Geez.

When you watch it, though, take note of all the things Matthew Barney (huh?) ripped off in his 'Cremaster' series (whaa?). 'Zardoz', too. Heard of that you Neo-Oklahoman bumpkins? Prob not. It's at Pay-Les, for chrissakes.

And while you're at it, take a fucking bath.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

The Jordorowsky revival is soooo 2007. Catch up, Denton, please. Don't you assholes have a film department up there? Geez.

When you watch it, though, take note of all the things Matthew Barney (huh?) ripped off in his 'Cremaster' series (whaa?). 'Zardoz', too. Heard of that you Neo-Oklahoman bumpkins? Prob not. It's at Pay-Les, for chrissakes.

And while you're at it, take a fucking bath.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

Darktrown Strutters is for sure awesome.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

high tension wires
potential johns
and other bands of the like

the boiler room friday night

6:30 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

Also, I'm pretty sure there are Geisheistler videos on thedentoncatalogue.com that could describe them way better than I could. Not sure though.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous aaron gonzalez said...

thanks for the write-up....though akkolyte considers it an honor to be sharing the stage with skarp. from 3-7 that same day, there is an art show at a residence in dallas: 5847 llano, featuring art by jason barnett, aaron romo, monique janett, emily eisenburg, amie carson, asteria, and melissa beeman....

also, tonight, anybody interested in cool improv shit should go check out the tidbits at lee harvey's......

6:43 PM  
Anonymous kickclick said...

so r javelinn says if the Jordorowsky film revival is soo 2007 then do you have a suggestion of what Denton should be watching in 2008?

6:46 PM  
Anonymous brent said...

if you like(d) notes from underground
youll probably like geistheistler

come early though. they go on at 10pm

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw holy mountain on a mountain in Oregon for mutant fest back in '03. shit. but that bitch is always a cool bitch.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

You guys should check out this really hot up-and-coming filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. actually, your error proves our point that you're a legend in what's left of your mind, dumbass.
2. pete needs smack as in heroin, not smack as in his face.
3. gimme five dollars on wanz, last chance dude.
4. give 15 bucks for 15 minutes with ineka.
5. no fucking kittie showing. geeeeez.
6. virden/fake virden, irregardless, suck it!
7. GO BILLS!- ghost of mr. bangs and mr. russert

6:53 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

You guys should check out this really hot up-and-coming filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Pete Freedman said...

"I see this as a forum for discussing music, as a place for getting out news that we can't wait until the print edition to disseminate, and as a place to have fun with it all. Thanks in large part to the very combative nature of many people in the local music scene, it more often than not morphs into a comment-section bitchfest instead of an honest place for discussion."

6:58 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

You guys should check out this really hot up-and-coming filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous kickclick said...

r javelinn waiting for suggestion. waiting. waiting...

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit. a lot of bands at cool beans. what time does this start. anyone?

cw

7:11 PM  
Anonymous pet peeve said...

shane doesn't deserve any of this criticism.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Phantastes had to cancel tonight, sorry kinda last minute.
But we will still have a good time!
Return of the Crud is three of the Denton County Revelators doing trash rock, MUMMIES style.
Josh Prisk will be playing some records as well.
It's free and will get started around 9:30 or 10:00.
Costumes encouraged! Halloween in the Summer!

7:56 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

"The Jordorowsky revival is soooo 2007. Catch up, Denton, please. Don't you assholes have a film department up there? Geez.

When you watch it, though, take note of all the things Matthew Barney (huh?) ripped off in his 'Cremaster' series (whaa?). 'Zardoz', too. Heard of that you Neo-Oklahoman bumpkins? Prob not. It's at Pay-Les, for chrissakes."


You sound like you don't have sex.

seriously, leave your parents basement. go to a bar. have a drink. chill the fuck out.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

"The Jordorowsky revival is soooo 2007. Catch up, Denton, please. Don't you assholes have a film department up there? Geez.

When you watch it, though, take note of all the things Matthew Barney (huh?) ripped off in his 'Cremaster' series (whaa?). 'Zardoz', too. Heard of that you Neo-Oklahoman bumpkins? Prob not. It's at Pay-Les, for chrissakes."


You sound like you don't have sex.

seriously, leave your parents basement. go to a bar. have a drink. chill the fuck out.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous bad motherfucker said...

rub your clitoris against the holy mountain

8:39 PM  
Anonymous msamantham said...

whoa, that's not David V. posting on here! He was over here waiting on my slow self to go to the rehearsal room. sad that people do that. oh well. show will be fun!

8:40 PM  
Anonymous SWAMPASS said...

YES to skarp

NO to "irregardless"

8:46 PM  
Anonymous kickclick said...

r javelinn waiting for suggestion.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chim chim

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard they play balmhorea for the prisoners@gitmo bay

9:24 PM  
Anonymous el topo said...

"And while you're at it, take a fucking bath." -r javelinn


Fuck no. We constantly smell like funk so all you Dallas plastic fakes can stay the hell away. We don't want that here. We want the dirty ones. The ones that scratch their ass and wipe the remnant juice on and around the west end.


Keep your pathetic music scene away too. City with a pop of around 1,232,940 and all you all can manage to do is pack an emo show at the fucking door for crying out loud.
Get real bitch.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous 715panhandle said...

teenage cool kids are not on the show for tonight just fyi but Bad Sports, Secret Bangs and Boats! are.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous freet peedman said...

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2008/06/anatomy_of_a_buzz_fight_bite.php#more

see Pete ponder "illegal house shows" that are apparently invite-only

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"if some of those closet old school Cap'n Jazz fans can leave the dance floor long enough to watch a boring rock show." - beautiful

11:02 PM  
Anonymous braniff said...

dudes and dudettes,

dallas is for clueless shitheads that obviously haven't done much traveling. you'd be embarrassed as fuck to defend that hellhole, otherwise.

get the fuck with the program, please.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous jc said...

omg its fri @ hailew's and i will give one million dollars to the first person to stab out my eyes and eardrumbs so i dont have to witness this fucking show

will settle for semi lethal dose of alzheimer inducing aluminum poisoning

last minute 'you must be kidding me':
ska cover of comfortably numb.

thats it. 40 shots of bourbon coming right up :'(

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's the shits, man.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those cool movies you like? I saw them first. Everything you see this year, I saw last year (sometimes the year before).

I just wanted you to know that.

I lived at the Alton House ten years ago. It's a little apartment complex.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jimmy james, what's wrong with your hair, brother??

12:20 AM  
Anonymous gutterth said...

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the NSP CD release at J&J's!
Crocodile is now available online and at Recycled Books in Dentron.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous JONAH said...

i touched skin lotion on fight bites pussy bitch

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nope

10:50 AM  
Anonymous lean streets said...

fight bite's pussy bitch doesn't need lotion. she needs botox, cod liver oil and a bi-sexual bridal shower. you're the only man for the job, jonah.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous imposter! said...

that's not jonah.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R. Javelinn:

Kids in the suburbs (Grapevine, Plano) were watching El Topo and Holy Mountain in the 90's, only wearing slightly baggier clothes. Get over it, cool school.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who gives a shit when you watched the movie. it's a fucking movie. you can watch it anytime, elitist douches.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep

1:01 PM  
Anonymous the next penny marshall said...

this j&j's show starts early. like 8-ish, i'm guessing.

ribelle scaltro and warren jackson hearne are on the bill as well.


no cover for sluts

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LED ZEP

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm.... whatchamacallit....

cuz you're a hell of a guy..................

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Pete Freedman said...

love how there's really a lot of credible nonsensicale babbles of this pussy bitch and 1 or 2 non credible critiques.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous zach said...

final red blood club show on sunday, plz add;

3:12 PM  
Anonymous p8-10 said...

Dada tonight is gonna be fuuuuun! Even if it is the only show tonight that didn't get a write-up! hahaha.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P8-10, my guess is that this site has nothing left to say about the strange boys.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous r javelinn said...

I have a public access show with my friend Garth that is broadcast from my parent's basement. It's excellent.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous gutterth said...

Here is Balmorhea's music in video form.
Joel from MOM is playing cello with Balmorhea tonight.
Show starts at 10pm with Geistheistler.
Come wish JC some happy birthdays.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo, r javelinn. get some friends.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good to see this blog is still just as friendly...


(not)

9:04 PM  
Anonymous redsean said...

the gun is good. the penis is evil.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous nm said...

the doobie brothers are definitely a GUILTY pleasure of mine

9:15 PM  
Anonymous jc said...

its my birthday SO HARD

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Moler said...

i think i look tough dont you?

10:56 PM  
Anonymous jc said...

vodka & DRANK. wtf is the verdict?

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/dwharbin/SG/eww.gif

4:27 AM  
Anonymous cliff notes said...

"dallas is for clueless shitheads that obviously haven't done much traveling. you'd be embarrassed as fuck to defend that hellhole, otherwise."

Just because u've been to NYC, LA, and SF.. Don't consider yourself well traveled.

Go to a bunch of citys large n small in the States, and you'll see that Dallas has become a pretty decent place lately.. Now there are those who wish to make it generic, and packable(palpable) for the masses.. i.e. village voice media/clear channel/belo.. and as long as you ignore that.. and the venues/etc they support..

we have a large number of venues.. a large number of bands.. and tons of good food.. at least for a city in the states.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Father's Day to all you asshole musicians that abandon your children.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous atchley said...

I like the Doobie Brothers. But I don't feel guilty about it.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey-- could we get another night with crappy disco?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this Denton vs. Dallas bitching...
Put some guts on ya and trade the black t-shirts for Tommy Bahama ugly shirts and y'all realize you sound just like two 47 year old men arguing whose high school football team is better? So Carrollton or Farmer's Branch? Who's going to state this year?

Worse than that, when y'all bitch about the Observer you sound like small-town fat old ladies in a hair salon bitching about the "tramp" who just moved in down the block.

Look at yourselves. Strip away the scene accessories and you are no different than the people you hate. Petty, bitching and gossiping.
Really, everyone. It's the definition of petty. Get over it. Get over yourselves.

PS: If Shane English were here in front of me I'd hug him and tell him how talented he is. If he stays on track he's on his way to becoming a legend. That's more than anyone can say for you trolls.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous there are no wolves here said...

i like Denton.
i like the Observer.
i remember the 80's.
i miss the 90's.

i never post anonymously.

(notwolf)

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shane english is the only good thing about mistress

4:44 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

Let's incite a riot.

That sounds like a good Sunday event.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Come see me play at Dan's tonight.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shane is a nice boy.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excuse me? andrew michael is fucking hot shit.

p.s. i heart 4:06pm

7:55 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Mistress is a force to be reckoned with...I know by my blood-stained shoulders. Last night at J&J's was great, by the way. Great sets all around.....great energy in the air. Darktown Strutters is easily my favorite local band now....fucking brilliant!

A good night to all!

8:40 PM  
Anonymous msamantham said...

The Night Game at Dan's Silverleaf tonight - acoustic set.

probably going on latish about 10-12 or so since he's the only one playing. you should not miss this!

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sure

12:44 AM  
Anonymous kyle said...

I want to see more love on here starting now.

Here, i'll start it all out:

I love Marin Iles. He is one of the kindest people i've ever met and has perhaps the coolest house I have ever been in.

3:57 AM  
Anonymous mr said...

I second Kyle's comment. There will always be moon over Martin. :)

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Lester Burlap said...

That Benji Hughes stuff is kinda great.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Marin Iles is a poo poo head.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moon over Martin at IHOP, not so good.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous ...and the baskets of hate said...

scott k? is that you?

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Scott K said...

Truth be told: I haven't commented on THIS particular post until now but I've thoroughly enjoyed the vitriol! (I actually liked the Martin-Love a lot more....he's dreamy.)

2:52 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

scott k can u shave my pubes? i like how u type.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know you still love me

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are no pubes

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strident Zend is BACK!!!

3:58 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

First imitator! Boy do I feel special. LETS HUG

4:17 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

That wasn't me at 12:59 PM. It can be a bit dangerous on here sometmes, no? Luckily 12;59 PM's comment was funny and harmless, cuz it very easily could have read something like: kyle says..... "I am going to murder Marin Iles." 4:29 pm

Am I wrong? I mean, who would know whether it was really me or not?

I like We Shot Jr, but I think this is where anonymous posting can be dangerous.


And I miss you, Colin.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

darktown strutters put me in a gas bath filled with flowers and broken glass

5:22 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Darktown Strutters made me kerm.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eh...

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Scott K said...

chriso)))!!!!: Flattery will get you EVERYWHERE. (grrrrrrr...)

anonymous: I want to KNOW what love is. I want YOU to show me.

kyle: Can I sleep on your couch this weekend?

9:04 AM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Okay.

6:33 PM  

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