Friday, October 24, 2008


We have something big for you coming up on Monday, as well as a few record reviews that we've been trying to get around to for some time now. So... sit tight, ok? And by the way, we realize that we've been late with our lists lately, but that will change starting on Monday, mkay? Thanks for being so understanding that we can't get fired from our jobs just so we can work on this blog for no compensation at all. You guys are the best! Here are some shows for the weekend:


REM/Old 97's (Nokia): Yeah, so if I had to put together a list of my all time favorite bands, REM would most certainly make the cut. The remarkable thing is that they also would have made the cut at pretty much any other point in my life where I might have been asked to make such a list. The band's output since 1996's New Adventures in Hi Fi has been spotty at best, but goddamn, why don't you take a look at the tracklist in Eponymous, a collection of their early singles. Is there even ONe song on there that isn't absolutely perfect? I don't think so. I wonder if anyone would like to share their favorite REM album in the comments section? For me, its probably Murmur or Reckoning, but I'll take pretty much anything they did during the 80's. Too bad they had to fuck this up by charging 70 bucks a ticket and getting the Old 97's to open for them, but hey, I'm sure their hedge funds will thank them.

Chinese Stars/El Paso Hot Button/Darktown Strutters/Cosmic Cocks (the Lounge): Hey, Chinese Stars! Ok. I remember them from back during the height of what they used to call the dance punk revolution... maybe I should go to their Myspace real quick and see what they sound like these days. Hold on just a sec. Ok, got it. Let's see here... oh yeah. Gang of Four, glam rock, good beats, does it sound a little dated now? Yeah, kind of. Do I still like it? Yeah, kind of. Would it be fun live? Probably. Do Cosmic Cocks sound cool? Pretty much. Would it be worth going just to see Darktown Strutters? Yep. Can I get drunk there too? Oh word? Cool man. See you there.

MSTRKRFT/LA Riots/Felix Cartal (House of Blues): MSTRKRFT, or "the Crystals Castles of 2005," as one of my friends calls them, sounded pretty ahead of their time when they came out-- distorted synth beats, an apparent obsession with Chicago House, etc. But now it's kinda like, "got anything else?" I don't think I'll stomach the House of Blues in order to find out, but I'm sure there will be an army of good looking hipsters there to make me seem grumpy. Well good for them.

No Thanks Fest (Emory, TX): Large, mostly locally based one day, two night grindcore/metal/hardcore festival in Emory. The line up is huge and I don't have time to post it for you, but you can get all the info from the website linked above. I hope someone who takes pictures for us is willing to go to this, because I imagine that some hilarious shit will be happening. Continues all day Saturday as well.

The Party (Zubar)

Yeah Def/Damaged Good$/Juicy the Emmisary (Hailey's): Anyone who caught Damaged Goods' 3am set at our party last weekend knows why this might be the best thing going in Denton tonight. Juicy the Emmisary is decent white boy Def Jux kinda stuff, and even though I usually hate that kind of shit, gotta give a local guy props for sounding this tight on the mic. Really, its pretty competent stuff.

The Ben and Fred Savages/Yatagarasu/Baby Talk/Cowards/A Smile Full of Ale/Mistress/Pet Virus (1919 Hemphill)

Rabid Rabbit/The Falkon/Jack with One Eye/Akkolyte (Doublewide): This will be a reunion show for Wanz Dover's The Falkon, who were apparently playing around town five years ago or so, only to complete an album that was never released. You know you're a local musician if.... anyway, solid line up all around.


No Thanks Fest (Emory,TX)

Meltdown feat. Moby (Lizard Lounge): If it wasn't for Moby, I might have started liking dance music like ten years earlier.


Screaming Females/Cheap Art/Waco Fuck/Rocket for Ethiopia (Muscle Beach, 907 Denton St.)


Anonymous chriso))) said...

Chinese Stars totally slayed my face off 2 out of the 3 times I've seen them.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Wz said...

The Falkon was not Wanz Dover's band. It was Ian Hamilton, Ben Burt, Greg Prickett and the other guy. We were a band in the realliest sense of the word. Notr a glorified solo project. More like a street gang. I really miss playing with those guys. We had a very special chemistry that I will probably never experience again. Download the record and listen for yourself.

The Falkon - Hates Everyone

cue predictibale insult:

Fuck you wanz. Your band sux.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous yeahdef said...

also bangs has a set in the haileys show.
just so yall know - music @ 10 / doors @ 9

6:35 PM  
Anonymous yeahdef said...

by the way - here is a detailed post about the show:

6:46 PM  
Anonymous -|zs|- said...

to celebrate Zanzibar's last show of 08, the Saturday Hailey's show will be an IMPROV LOTTERY, featuring sets by Slackbeat and Dust Congress, and the rest of the evening will be mini-sets by trios featuring members of the above bands plus Zanzibar Snails, with the names being drawn out of a hat at the beginning of the evening.

we're looking at electronics / basoon / guitar / singing saw / vibes / banjo / turntables / drums / trumpet / bass / vox / white noise / what have you in the mix

The evening will culminate in a massive face-melting jam.

Saturday 25 Hailey's $6 / $8 9pm

6:59 PM  
Anonymous mofreak! said...

My friend just texted me saying he has six free tickets to REM tonight and he's giving them away...

7:05 PM  
Anonymous the lounge said...

wes is legalizing prostitution for this show!

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Desperately tired of dj sets said...

Why are there so many bands with "crystal" in the name? Crystal Stilts, Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers...

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

because too many animal names have been taken.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

polysics and Jaguar Love tonight @ the prophet bar

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

polysics and Jaguar Love tonight @ the prophet bar

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are there so many bands with "bandits" in their name. especially in denton?

10:10 PM  
Anonymous droopy deborah said...

damaged goods is trying to be something that it can't be, and even if it were that, they would still suck.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous The Diabolic said...

Disturbathon is Saturday night. Its always obscure and you have to be invited, but I'm sure you probably know someone if you poke around on MySpace. Naked people get in free. Do tricks and dares for drinks. Loop12 will be providing the main music(noise) all night. I saw someone get fisted on stage one year. And a 10 person hot tub full of oatmeal. Love the goat!

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't understand the bandits comment, there is like one denton band with bandits in their name

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really Epic Moping

a street gang? a street gang, wanzie? cereal? oh gawd, i'm going to be copiously and gloriously sick...

cue ben dover:

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, REM! Didn't Amanda Mann date them? Like the whole band? And give them AIDS? No, wait... That was Interpol... No, it was the indie rapper from Good Records... No, It was DJ Fuck face... No... it was the cast and crew of Cheaters... ha ha ha

12:18 AM  
Anonymous um,totally. said...



My name is ebert.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous nancy drew said...

chinese stars were awesome, but was it necessary for him to undo his pants?

just sayin'...

2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it necessary for you to reveal the secrets of the show? har har har its going in my PARTY SCRAPBOOK

2:59 AM  
Anonymous urn said...

That old Michael Stipe pic looks like Matt from Eat Avery's Bones.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hate REM.
sooooo many people either compare my music or just say i should like them. i don't. i don't get the unconditional love either.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Cheif Onion Dick said...

Murmur is overrated. Still a good record, but compared to their other records it's too self-conscious and it reeks of art school dropout syndrome.

Reckoning is a much better record as it is more spontaneous and has much more energy. They recorded this record as they should have the first.

Fables of the Reconstruction is just plain fantastic and weird.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous mofreak! said...

How come 'Orange Blood' is one of the hardest fucking songs to play on Rock Band? Can someone explain that to me? If you are capable of playing anything on that song on the hard level, I need you to come play with me and my friends so our band can win a jet.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous roxy1977 said...

hey anon 10:06...
I think you missed the point about The Falkon. I don't know where you get crybaby from a correction to a post that pretty much made it sound like a Wanz solo project. If anything he was just giving props to the other guys in the BAND. The Falkon IS/WAS AWESOME. But you're just a shit talker that likely wouldn't know anything about gang/band friendships.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stymie is playing the muscle beach show too

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

624's band must really suck.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous k roq said...

please let it be known to all musicians considering playing a future show at the lounge:


so, bring your own sound guy, and push that retard that wears a bandanna fiddling with the trebble right the fuck out of the way.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous superbligged84 said...

no doubt, 12:23pm...probably sounds like shiny happy people and shit

5:02 PM  
Anonymous amandacobra said...

I heard I gave fake AIDS to Magic Johnson.

/troll feeding

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually think that "up" is an extremely good album. they tend to go downhill for me after that. I also thought that monster and hi-fi were great. But "up" is on a new level for me. It was the first album after the loss of bill berry from the band. And instead of finding a new drummer they created an album with electronic noises and random instruments for beats. In someways it's a mellowed out pet sounds.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it? let's leave brian wilson's genius out of this, m'k?

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

february stars

floating in the dark............................

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK ALL THIS SHIT. Its so dallas.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous John McCain said...

I am not George Bush

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Brian Wilson said...

I am not a genius.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey WSJR!--Sell this fucking thing and get on with your clown careers. K. thx.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

I have never once in my life tried to work as a clown, you son of a bitch!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:36 PM  
Anonymous Pogo said...

I know it was the 80's, but is that a perm?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, you are, brian..

6:44 PM  
Anonymous brian wilson said...

I am not a sandbox

6:48 PM  
Anonymous mattieee said...

Sunday Night at Fallout Lounge!

Billingham's Defense System
TraDeMarx and Zyrtech

whoop whoop

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

disturbathon was the shiznight. much more prepared then last year. infastructure design was magnificient. all in preparation for next years 20th anniversary extravaganza.

1:44 AM  
Anonymous k said...

sorry. i can only watch "hanzel" spray champagne out of his asshole at a yawning crowd once every thirty years.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous george costanza said...

again with the disturbathon...

like secks with a bald guy isn't disturbing enough already.

yada yada yada

3:37 AM  
Anonymous michael stipe said...

hanzel aint got shit on me

11:18 AM  
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