Friday, August 08, 2008


We meant to have some stuff for you this week that we couldn't get done, so you people will just have to wait. For now, read this post and get ready for a busy week around here next week. Cool points:


Ariel Pink/Chairlift (Hailey's): I've seen Ariel Pink play live several different times, and he's put on quite a different show each time. The first one was during SXSW 2004, and he basically improved a bunch of noise and irritated the living shit out of pretty much everyone in the room. The second time he played an immaculate solo set at Hailey's with a lot of pre-recorded material and some charming visuals. The third time he played with a full band and somehow managed to sound exactly like his records, which as any fan would know, is quite an impressive feat. Anyway, I'm not sure what we'll get from him tonight, but it will be entertaining for sure. Howard Bob Johnson asked me whether I thought the show would be crowded considering that Pink has basically "spent the past year farting around," and I'm guessing it will, because most people who listen to Ariel Pink are totally in favor of farting around at all times. By the way, Ariel Pink> R. Stevie Moore. Sorry. Openers Chairlift are a pretty interesting group from Brooklyn who sort of sound like a slow song on the Top Gun soundtrack, but like way better and not all ironic-- influences range from Grace Jones to Til Tuesday to Cocteau Twins with a decidedly darker and more psychedelic streak throughout. And yes, that's them in the picture to the right, and yes, they look like jerks. Great stuff though.

Vorvadoss/Kill the Client/Warcola/Lychgate (Bar of Soap): Punishing show at a venue that is perfect for punishment. While everyone roots for the Deep Ellum comeback, I'm going to root for the Bar of Soap comeback.... can I have a shitty place to watch scuzzy punk shows in Dallas again, please? Anyway, Kill the Client is a fucking intense grindcore group that shouldn't be missed, so you might want to get there in time to check them out. And I didn't find Lychgate's Myspace page, but I did find out via Wikipedia that a Lychgate is "a gateway covered with a roof found at the entrance of a traditional British church yard." Do these guy know how to party or what?

The Frenz/Yells at Eels/Rocket for Ethiopia (Lola's): You should really keep your eyes pealed for the mid cities group Rocket for Ethiopia, as they play a sloppy and ferocious version of American hardcore that combines tasteful influences with fuck all energy and aggression while managing to never take themselves too seriously. It's quite good, dudes. Interesting line up all around.

Schwa/Violent Squid/Small White Door (907 Denton St.): Nice free BYOB dance party house show that I really hope is going on after the Ariel Pink show gets out. Make it happen dudes! It's great to see Schwa playing a party like this too-- I've always thought that Cool Out could kick ass in Denton.

The Theater Fire/Ralph White (Lee Harvey's): Free show.

Valient Thor/Early Man/Skeletonwitch/Golden Axe (Club Dada): Valient Thor sort of sounds like early 80's Hollywood and Vine heavy metal mixed with an obvious Motorhead influence and nods to punk rock (turns out they are playing with Motorhead and the Melvins later this year). It's solid hipster metal with sufficient doses of irony to ensure that you don't feel like a shitbag when you're watching them, and I'm sure its a lot of fun live if you get wasted. Early Man is a much more satisfying thrash group with Ozzy vocals that actually rocks quite a bit harder than the headliners. All of this shit is pretty derivative, obviously, but people considering going to this probably don't give a shit about such things, and I suppose you could enjoy all the groups if you can take as many solos as they'll be dishing out. Early Man has a song about Aqua Teen Hunger Force too, and that actually really sucks.

Uptown Fridays with Select (Zubar)

Pikahsso and Tahiti w. Headkrack (The Cavern)


DFW Synth DIY Meet Up (2 PM, Bar of Soap): The first meeting of a group of people interested in constructing their own synths. Musicians from all over will be discussing this construction and probably demonstrating some of their creations (Lars from Undoing of David Wright will be showing some of his and Shane English's handmade synths I believe). If you are as big of a dork as we are, you'll like this.

The Points/Unrestrained/Secret Bangs/Run Riot/Guilty Faces/TV Dads/ANS (715 Panhandle): Big show with a lot of nationally touring acts followed by a midnight projection screening of Wet Hot American Summer, which rules. The Points are a very solid garage punk group that you should check out for sure. ANS starts things off I believe, and the start time is 7pm sharp. OH, ANS rules.

ADD: Hotflash Party with Schwa/Genova/Killtronix (Fallout Lounge)

Heartstring Stranglers/White Drugs/Eric of Fishboy (Rubber Gloves)

The Theater Fire/Ralph White/The Places (Dan's Silverleaf)

Titus Andronicus/Death is Not a Joyride/Tiger Moth (The Lounge): This is a free show that serves as a pre-opening party for the Lounge, a new Deep Ellum venture that has opened in the space that formerly housed the Darkside Lounge.

Gun Gun/Rival Gang/Ribelle Scaltro/Rocket For Ethiopia (Wisconsin):


La Quiete/Trifle Tower/Phoenix Bodies/Hoop Dreamz/Pools (715 Panhandle): The last show of the Phat Camp festival. I really wish Hoop Dreamz' Myspace page was this instead.

Dead Child/The Spectacle/Magnum Octopus (Rubber Gloves): Metal project from Slint's David Pajo... and I just can't dig it for some reason. I never liked Slint either, so go figure. I actually think Arlington's the Spectacle is a lot better.


Anonymous +1 Cunt Hammer said...

-5 penalty for Aquateen song.

Valient Thorr is better than your reduction, and they seem like something hipsters would mean to go see and then forget about in favor of some two-piece drum and keyboard garbage.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

Saturday Wisconsin

Rival Gang
Gun Gun
Ribelle Scaltro
Rocket from Ethiopia

BYOB 9 ish free what

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:30 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

sorry we missed that wisconsin show, we'll add it.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes! rival gang!

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are zanzibar snails playing someplace this weekend? i thought i saw that somewhere

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also geistheistler tonight at 907

sunday afternoon free show ft. pet hospital

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sunday afternoon free phat camp show at 907 denton. with pet hospital

6:30 PM  
Anonymous hmmmmm... said...

what about that damn dance party with those chicken head dj's?

6:31 PM  
Anonymous frd said...

sat stranglers show at gloves is also a going away party for naz and a cd release for the hss and is free so come buy her drinks. tanksssssss

7:02 PM  
Anonymous austin st., denton, tx said...

brazen blazer base bot 3000

have y'all heard that old Outkast cd?

7:27 PM  
Anonymous shitbag said...

what the fuck is up with the double booking?

7:29 PM  
Anonymous violentsquid said...

907 show is early we go on at nine pm

7:48 PM  
Anonymous 2 legit said...


7:56 PM  
Anonymous zs said...

no 5:47 no zanziplans this weekend but we'll be at ariel pinkus so cum say hi.

We're playing next Friday 15 in Austin w/ Stumptone and Shawn McMillen at the Church of the Friendly Ghost Night at Salvage Vanguard Theater then August ... I THINK 28 (Sat) at the Lounge in Deep Ellum w/ Indian Jewelry. Also stay tuned for a CD release show in Sept since you asked.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous atchley said...

see you at the diy synth meeting, dorks.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous florene fan said...

rival gang every week at wisconsin

9:48 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

If Rival Gang played every week at Wisconsin that would be great. See if you can hook that up.

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rival gang everyday in your mouth sluts

11:12 PM  
Anonymous rrr said...

I'd like some rival gang ALL OVER MY FACE.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rival gang is horrible. call me when they learn to play their instruments. fags.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and wisconsin is fucking disgusting. what the fuck is wrong with you people?

12:33 AM  
Anonymous kyle said...

Know this:

None of you are my friends. None of you. I know who my friends are because they have names. As far as i'm concerned all of you masked weshotjr assholes are my enemies. All of you. I hate you and I hate everything you stand for, and I know for certain that when I come back to Denton(and I will, pussies) that all of you heartless creeps will do the same thing you did to me when I came down a few months ago...nothing. And I will hang out and laugh my fucking ass off with my real frinds, getting stoned and drunk and having the time of my fucking life. "I'll have a double Maker's, thanks! Whoohoo!!" You know you're all cowards, don't you? Surely you know that, anonymous. You're so fucking weak. You know that your state...your country is so fucked in the head, yet you stay there sucking on Bush's fat, wrinkly dick. You've been ruled by Bush for 12-16(i'm not sure..was he governor for 2 terms as well?!!)'re so fucking deluded!! Don't you want to lynch your parents for voting for the fool? Then do it, pussies!! You're all so fooled. You're the weak and i'm the strong. I had the balls to do what was right, to leave your fucked up country and fall in love. I suggest this to you right now: Leave it all and find true love. Leave the clique and find true love. Leave the scene and find true love. Leave your fucking country and find true love, for god's sakes! And really, leave your "art" and find true love. Jesus. I came to Canada for love, and I know nobody can do me no harm because of it. I am in love with my girlfriend. And there is no love on weshotjr. Zero. Nada. Nunca. You know what, my girlfriend means more to me than you, anonymous. She means more to me than your ugly, violence ridden fucked up country. More to me than your pathetic scene. Fuck all of you masked, hateful creeps. None of you mean shit to me because you're all just ghosts; nameless spectres in the dark. Be my friend, tell me your fucking name for the sake of friendship, man. Come on and be there for your generation. Seriously. Quit fucking around and be serious. I have been shelling out positivity for years...just listen to the words of my songs people!! All they are preaching is community and friendship and that you aren't alone in this maelstrom...that we can change the world for the better if we just try and help each other. I am begging my community and the kids I believe in very much to fucking try and connect with each other. How can any of you stand not knowing each other's names as you namelessly talk utter shit to each other day in and out? What the fuck is going on here?!! This blog is so fucking ugly it's scary. Well, dammit, I am chasing the light, assholes! Goddamn you for ridiculing me for my past wrongs, pretending to be me; whatever the fuck your diabolical minds have to do to try and hurt me. I reflect all of you back at yourselves. Don't you see that? Dammit, i'm trying to destroy this blog because I love all of you! Don't you understand that? Is is all just shittalking? If you haven't fucking noticed, none of my commens are directed at a singular person because I know how embarrassing and cruel that would be, to verbally assualt someone so much as to make them a spectacle for all to see. Be with me now or leave me forever.

And fuck paragraphs.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous we are anonymous said...


1:49 AM  
Anonymous We don't care how ya git here, just git here! said...

Rigor Mortis tomorrow afternoon at Ozzfest.

Fuckin' A.

2:04 AM  
Anonymous sallyglass said...

kyle, take a nap.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

learn how to play instruments? how boring- please go back to the espn blog coach

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How do you hide behind being a pansy ass white boy? You cant!

You motherfucker. You aint shit. You cant hack in in deep south or compton so dont talk shit you cunt. Talking shit to north tex peeps... what a fuckin wussy.

Poo poo head.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:28 link is NSW

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

only fuckin vaginas get all butt hurt from anon posting. fuck you

10:32 AM  
Anonymous jc said...

damn those were a couple of prissy ass w-burg potheadz last night. naw budt you dont need a drumbkit, you need some ointment or some salve or some shit. congratulations!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous jc said...

OH SHIT. prissy hippies not from wbrg but from the Left Coast. duh. shoulda knowed. that explains the rivers of priss right der.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rival gang is pretty awesome. and they DO know how to play their instruments! what a lameass thing to accuse them of.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those rival gang chicks are lame.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:52 AM  
Anonymous help a bro out said...

Hey, are there any dance parties in the Dallas area tonight? I have a friend from out of town who wants to dance. I am kina of at a loss for ideas. Anyone heard of anything?

12:02 PM  
Anonymous help a bro out said...

Hey, are there any dance parties in the Dallas area tonight? I have a friend from out of town who wants to dance. I am kina of at a loss for ideas. Anyone heard of anything?

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are they lame because they didnt want to fuck you in the ass?

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, listen to the music. Pretty lame.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what did everyone think of ariel's performance last night??

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Seesaw said...

Is this the playground at an elementary school?I have trouble telling the difference sometimes.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lychgate was fucking brutal last night!

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nope, listen to the music. Pretty lame."

Well, what makes it lame as opposed to "badass," of the sort that you are used to, oh, intelligent purveyor of music.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Chad said...

Ariel put on a good show. Music sounded tight. He seemed a little bored with the drugged out high school girls in the front who stared aimlessly and never reacted to the music. But so was I.

Chairlift were pretty great, if a little whimsical.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wes junior is SO HOT!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:04- I'm not a fan, but Armin Van Buuren is spinning at lizard lounge tonight, outside. $30 in the fence, free outside the fence.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday night at Club Dada:

Stage One (outside/patio)

5:30 Fishing for Comets
6:30 Laura Palmer
7:30 Titan Moon
8:30 Remington
9:30 Elkhart
10:30 Florene
11:30 The Happy Bullets
12:30 Wonderfool
1:30 The Felons

Stage Two (inside)

6pm Blue Petal
7pm JD Whittenburg
8pm Ryan Atkin
9pm Lovie
10pm Escort Service
11pm Anvil Salute
12pm Sunward
1am The Tah Dahs

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a dance party tonight!

Sons of Hermann Hall

If you're a cokehead the NA meeting is down the street

4:49 PM  
Anonymous dance party guy said...


can I get a little more info on the Herman Hall gig. Whose playing, what can I expect. The Lizard Lounge show made me throw up a bit, so NOT doing that.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous dance party guy said...


can I get a little more info on the Herman Hall gig. Whose playing, what can I expect. The Lizard Lounge show made me throw up a bit, so NOT doing that.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why you hating on the cocaine? native americans used to do that shit

5:13 PM  
Anonymous ? said...

Beauxregard and Land Mammals at the Cavern


5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lychgate rules and will destroy all haters of rival gang!!

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:21 pm

i listened to their music and it was so good i came buckets

im saving it for you

you should come to the rival gang show tonight ;)

5:32 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

we added hot flash party tonight at fallout lounge. you might dig that.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hss tonight!

6:20 PM  
Anonymous vegan agenda said...


7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:16 PM its lame because its derivative. its not badass because its derivative.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

derivative of what? if you're going to make the charge, back it up.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derivative of lame. The fuck you think? I like how your treating this this as if this criticism matters. You know it doesn't so why so serious? LOL

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow 1:11 PM up there with the pious comment. AS IF. SHIT.

2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is no place for piousness.

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"derivative of lame," i was just making sure you were a fucking idiot. Thanks for proving me right.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

WSJR is so cool - they know of everything going on!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Your a Better Man said...

So what about the picture makes them look like jerks? Way to make a little stab at something that has quality written all over it.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Your a Better Man said...

oh wait, I forgot, this is Roman times. No one is allowed to have dignity unless you are pooped upon.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous john sheperd said...

"You know what, my girlfriend means more to me than you, anonymous."-----how profound, kyle. thank you.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:36 AM comes with the cliche. You didnt prove shit but getting all butthurt by anoyn posting on some opinion on rival gang. You failed to prove anyone was a "fuckind idiot" because I never fell in your petty little argument trap. I took the scenic route out and the only response you had left after understanding how effortless your serious attempts to prove anything were was to say "i was just making sure you were a fucking idiot.". Why? Beacuse there was some chance that i was not in your opinion? Yeh. What happened here was that you can't accept that someone has a polar opposite of an opinion on rival gang than you do. Pure and simple. Get over it. They aren't that great. It;s just your "clique
preference" (the stuff that makes dfw bands good around here) of them that clouds your opinion of the band. Aww they your friends? You in the band? Poor little soul. Cheer up and eat a pop tart.

Fuck Rival Gang and your clique.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:40 PM  
Anonymous streisand said...

i'm frustrated

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck cliques, you didn't answer the question. The reason you don't want to get in a little argument trap is that you're afraid of getting smoked, and that's a smart thing to fear. It's fine to have differing opinions, it just helps to explain yourself. You'd be much better at explaining why you don't like a band than you are at trying to peer into my soul about why I do like a band. Choke on a pop tart, half-wit. If you can't explain yourself, what makes you think you can explain me?

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May opinion is that rival gang sucks because they are derivative of lame. No further explanation needed. I'm not peter freedman or a music critic so no need to take it any more serious like you are now. Why is that so hard to sink in? I explained myself just fine. You aren't happy with my version of an explanation. So what. It happens. Get over it.
Just move on. Move on thinking that I'm afraid of getting smoked if that makes you feel better about you and your little get a long gang.
It easies the pain. Truth is is that its not about being afraid but rather having fun rilling your gang preference up. But I know you aren't going to accept that either and come up with some other kind of response to lay credit to your preference.
Keep it up. This is fun.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and you did a good job of spotting that "Choke on a pop tart, half-wit" thing. Awsome. I can tell you are enjoying it too.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, that's all. You're self satisfaction and disjointed sentence structure is all the proof I need that we're not going to get anywhere today. "Peter Freedman?" Very formal way to refer to that guy. Careful, you sound like you actually respect him.

So since you're convinced I'm part of a "get along gang," which one are you from? After all, if you like ANY local band, it can be neatly summed up by being part of a clique. Makes perfect sense.

Hopefully you're not just another sour local musician, pissed that they don't get enough attention. That would just be so predictable and pathetic.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you thought we were going somewhere in the first place? Who's the actual dumbass? You know this is WSJR man. Don't forget where you are at. Absurdity rules the streets on this blog and you seem like you want to keep it formal and traditional. Screw the canon. I'm actually Dave Virden.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

Rival Gang does suck. Big deal. This happens to a number of dfw bands.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what? Fuck it. I'm not arguing about this shit anymore today. Bernie Mac was a funny motherfucker, and I'm just bummed. Now Isaac Hayes died too. Life sucks.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Duncan, I'm fucking sick of you. Don't you live in Austin? You want to talk shit about this music scene?

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Tim Duncan said...

Yes and yes. Why?

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White Denim
Death Is Not A Joyride
Black Angels
Trail Of Dead
Sound Team
Ringo Deathstar
Noise Revival Orchestra and about a million other terrible bands. Please consider this when you try to step to DFW.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous swampass said...

thank you for that.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

i actually meant rival gang doesnt suck. sorry- typo. they are one of my favorite groups in dfw.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

i actually meant rival gang doesnt suck. sorry- typo. they are one of my favorite groups in dfw.

5:38 PM  
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add =

6:08 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

I hate when Austin tries to step to 214.

Better check yourself before you wreck yourself.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Chad said...

9+4+0+2+1+4=20 > 5+1+2=8

It's simple math people!

6:37 PM  
Anonymous keep austin gay said...

no love for the 817, damn

7:29 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

is everywhere!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit, tim duncan 5:36 and 5:38 wasn't me. its an imposter. i still hate rival gang.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

shit, tim duncan 5:36 and 5:38 wasn't me. its an imposter. i still hate rival gang.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

940 > 512 + 214

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck you.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

940 > 512 + 214

9:31 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

stop it

some ass munch keeps posting as me

i love rival gang

true i dont care for most of dfw music

but rival gang is for sure bad ass

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who gives a fuck, tim duncan? i hate you no matter who you are.

2:49 AM  
Anonymous swampasssss said...

atx should have better bands, considering how badass the city is. proof that you gotta have a love-hate relationship with your hometown in order to create anything worthwhile. dfw music makes me proud, no matter what shitty suburb it's from. ALL of it. from lychgate to mount righteous.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm glad you said 'lychgate', cos they fucking shred.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

fucking shit man. thats not me posting up there, thats my imposter. i really hate rival gang and this person making me look like i dont. thats not cool. rival gang is horrible and i would never in a million years go for that type of music. its just horrible on so many levels.STOP POSTING AS ME!

and also, dfw music sucks. austin music rules.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

ha its funny how everyone wants to be the real tim duncan

2:44 PM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

fuck you 1:35 stop posting as me

i love rival gang and yes i love austin music and think dfw/denton sucks but i actually do love rival gang

3:21 PM  
Anonymous fake tim duncan said...

stop posting as me, whoever I am....

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Number 21 of the San Antonio Spurs said...

I blow Mark Cuban because we are in love! The only reason I slum in Austin is because we can be ourselves there, damnit. Damn you cruel world! The only reason my cellphone is 940 is because all my friends there just use payphones because they are so poor.

8:58 PM  
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