Thursday, December 18, 2008


Well, SR is really busy Christmas shopping or just having drinks at Swan Court, who knows? So, it's all me, DL, today. Consider it an early present, along with the masterpiece above.

-Defensive Listening


ADD: Vega/Females (Centre): This is an in-store at Centre, located in Mockingbird Station. Runs from 7-10 PM.

Lil Wayne/Keyshia Cole/T-Pain/Gym Class Heroes/Keri Hilson (American Airlines Center): Besides the unsurprising and irrelevant Grammy nods, now Lil Wayne is on every critic's top ten list in the country (more on that topic later), and I was thinking about how justifiable that is today. Certainly, Lil Wayne's hilariously sleazy sound has matured over the years and yet how could it not? His work in the Hot Boys may or may not still stand up, but it was obviously not a bad start and he has maintained his career very shrewdly, working nonstop, and avoiding a lot of typical celebrity pitfalls. Besides, what were you doing at fifteen? Well, I guess the Fungi Girls don't have to answer that.

So, it's somewhat expected with an album this huge, that Lil' Wayne will also face an inevitable backlash. "Mrs. Officer" is already getting votes for most "Annoying Song In The World," and the news this week is controversy over whether or not he properly credited South Africa's Karma-Ann Swanepoel for the sped-up sample used on mixtape track, "I Feel Like Dying," which also happens to be one of his best songs. So, I'm trying to weigh pros and cons about Lil Wayne, and what I have is: He wrote one of the worst songs ever and doesn't credit the samples on his best work. I'm going to go ahead and just conclude that he deserves to be praised as an artist. What would rap and hip-hop be without uncredited samples? Pretty boring. Plus, I'd rather listen to this than Fleet fucking Foxes.

High Life/Trifle Tower/Dark Forces/Power Trip (Exploding House, 711 Page St., Ft. Worth): High Life will have copies of their new seven-inch at this show, and the first twenty to pay the six bucks to get in will receive a record according to the flier. This is a dark, scream-y bunch of hardcore acts, and I should say that Exploding House is just about the most enjoyable setting to catch a show like this, if I haven't before.

Mistress/Lychgate/Wu Fru De Lu & Dragon Killah (Knight House, 1433 Knight St., Denton): Lychgate is a very intimidating synth-noise group but there's a certain beauty in the din after it peaks and saturates the entire room. Mistress is uglier with crushing, toxic blasts of harsh noise. Wu Fru is more guitar oriented, but that's all I know.

Michael McDonald (Winstar): I have hated this man's music my entire life. I've never bought into blue-eyed soul, not with The Boxtops or even The Righteous Brothers really. I mean, look at what Alex Chilton eventually did. It's great, but it does make him kind of a music industry tool to some extent. So why, oh why, do I find it impossible to change the station when "What A Fool Believes" or "I Keep Forgetting" is "accidentally" played on Youtube every other day. Look, I'm trying my best to not get soft as I get older, but this is making me have some serious doubts. Watch out haters, you may just end up cranking the shit you laugh at someday.


/It's What We Get/Yeah Def/Bryce Isbell/Lil Foot (Hailey's)

Farah/Blackheart Society (the Cavern): All of Farah's new songs have been great, whether it's the Johnny Jewel demo stuff or the tracks with GSpider.

Wu Fru De Lu & Dragon Killah/The Ben And Fred Savages (Wasted Words House located at 2404 S. Fielder Rd., in Arlington 79602)

Ryan Thomas Becker/Daniel Folmer/Glen Farris/Delmore Pilcrow/Freddie Schulze (Hydrant Cafe, Denton, FREE)

Record Hop/Matthew And The Arrogant Sea/Florene/Kody Jackson (Dan's Silverleaf)

RISE featuring David Lewis/Mike Constantino/Brett Johnson (Absolute Studios located at 2607 Walnut Hill Lane):
This is a new venue for dance music and it looks like it's going to start hosting regular events under the name Masdelux. Event is BYOB and admission is ten dollars. Runs in the after-party hours of 12 midnight to 6 AM. Damn.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knight house is gonna rule tonight!!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:10 PM  
Anonymous Keith P said...

Agreed Farah's shown alot of improvement from what I've heard.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous cliff notes said...

everyday with DL is a gift, and privileged.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous cliff notes said...

my engrish is not good today no?

6:37 PM  
Anonymous k said...

farah fucking rox my sox

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lychgate and mistress together..??!!! FUCK YEAH!!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knows more about this place on Wallnut Hill?

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no farah has the power..
to reason away......

8:23 PM  
Anonymous POTATO said...

fuck all that other lame ass shit. go to the THE PROPHET BAR BIG ROOM in dallas to go see me open for one of the greatest rock bands of all time KING'S X!

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Crash That Took Me
Little Black Dress
DJ Cee Pee

tonight Fri. at Sons of Hermann Hall

Only $5.00 with a toy donation for Toys For Tots!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every day with cliff notes is stomach cancer.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous mofreak! said...

For the record, Lil Wayne wasn't that bad, but it wasn't great either.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or rather, every comment from potato is stomach cancer...

oh, and you and every relevant critic are absolutely right, Lil Wayne has the BEATLES trumped on every level... oh yes, how right everybody is... what an amazing creative breakthrough this young lad is, and what is even more amazing than that is how Mr. Bob Dylan could possibly go even another day WITHOUT slitting his wrists... oh lord, how could we all have been SO foolish to miss this Christ figure in HUMAN form...

oh my dear GOD in HEAVEN!!!
how will we be forgiven?????????????
how will we go unpunished???????????????????????????????

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sat night - traindodge, machine gun hand, jeff liles at the lounge's xmas party

5 bucks

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't hear the art in Lil' Wayne's music... at all. Hot Boys were alright, but Wayne is just the same as the rest of 'em now.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous HHAS said...

Lil Wayne wasn't all that. Was he really even playing that green guitar? The midgets and mimes were freaky. The pyrotechnics was a welocome adrenaline rush. Some parts of the show stood out, those not exclusively being the ones when Weezy took his shirt off. I would have rather seen his in New Orleans last month. It had to have been more gritty that this tarted up stage production. RIght?

3:10 AM  
Anonymous richard christy said...

you are no longer allowed to lick my balls

3:52 AM  
Anonymous midgets like whoa said...

Any show that exploits midgets is okay with me. Can I get an amen?

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone please book MINI-KISS.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how was the Knight House??

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is in wu fru?

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are raves still happening? what?

11:25 AM  
Anonymous richardson heights said...

Swan Court?

11:26 AM  
Anonymous richardson heights said...

75080 represent!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show at J&J's tonight. Warren, Emil, Sabra, etc . . .

12:01 PM  
Anonymous mofreak! said...

I think "tarted up stage production" accurately describes the concert last night. The fire gun was kind of scary. It looked like Weezy had used one of those things before on mutliple occasions. I missed the midgets. Damn.

The element that took me by surprise was all the white boy Lil Weezy wannabes I saw walking to the car after the show. So many underage boys with no shirts on!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday at the Doublewide:

The BAcksiders
White Drugs
Hello Lover

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is 11:13 talking about the michael macdonald concert?

3:11 PM  
Anonymous you know how i know you're gay? said...

David: For the first time, I woke up and came to work and I feel confident to say to you: that if you don’t take this Michael McDonald DVD that you’ve been playing for two years straight off, then I’m going to kill everyone in the store and put a bullet in my brain.

Paula: What do you suggest we play David?

David: I don’t care anything, I would rather watch Beautician and the Beast, I would rather listen to Fran Drescher for 8 hours than listen to Michael McDonald, nothing against him but if I hear Yah Mo Be There one more time, I’m gonna yah mo burn this place to the ground.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous chad said...

Knight House was intense. People from out of town really know how to party! Very interesting space that resembled a magical forest, hope to see more stuff there despite the numerous neighbor complaints that will be filed today.

Hope to see more of Wu Fru de Lu & Dragon Killa too, not what I expected at all. Guy/Girl duo that is much more melodic than that myspace link, solid stuff.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you remember that dream sequence in American Werewolf in London where David's running through the woods and sees himself lying asleep on a hospital bed in a clearing and Jenny Agutter is the nurse who walks in looking him over smiling politely and then he suddenly opens these inhuman eyes and bares a set of fangs in a most frightful and wicked display???

3:34 PM  
Anonymous adub said...

come to club 1 tonight for my bday party - will be wearing my new clear plastic jacket with rubber anal plugs all over it.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous show changes/update said...

Party/Show 2nite at
the Wasted Words House
ARLINGTON 2404 South fielder st.

Music Starts at 9pm

A Smile Full of Ale
Unprotected Sex
Wu Fru De Lu & Ruuu P. versus Space Dragon Killah
Joint Makers Apprentice

3:49 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

chad you forgot to mention the unexpected guest appearance of the Blue Man Group

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone's shoes will be stained with blue for all time

6:01 PM  
Anonymous chad said...

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous chad said...

or What comes from Dublin should stay in Dublin

6:30 PM  
Anonymous jc said...

what happens in vegans stays in vegans

7:10 PM  
Anonymous shane said...

god damnit, there's blue paint everywhere

7:40 PM  
Anonymous said...

for your holiday pleasuring, from Fort Worth

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm afraid i just "blue" myself. ..

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tool is playing at Hailey's.

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weird Chair played at Haileys on friday with the Wellington Lights... Totally strange bill. How could some fucks with a shitty name be allowed to be in the same room as the Wellington Lights? What the Fuck... C'mon. Come up with a better name than "Weird Chair" for christ sakes.

Fuck This shit.
I'm going to start showing up late to shows so I can miss all the really shitty bands.


9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck both those pansy ass bands.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous le chauffeur said...

slack beat was great last night at j&js...wish they would play more

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck both those pansy ass bands.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous gerald said...

Potato was amazing friday night!! It was the best show I have ever seen south of Colorado. Truly a beautiful artist who reaches all elements of the soul.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous drex said...

doobies era michael mcdonald kicks ass....and if someone isnt developing a screenplay about skunk baxter there idiots

and "blue eyed soul" may be the worst (non)genre title you dont like soul music performed by white people? could you be more general? i mean none of it? the animals, hall and oats, the stones, spencer davis, style council, boy george, tom jones, etc, etc, etc

oh and does booker t and the m.g.s or the mar keys qualify as blue eyed since they had white members? i mean they should be recognized considering they kinda defined the sound of the whole early 60's soul thing....maybe we should call it half-breed soul or somthing

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

turns out that shameless self promotion is actually sort of shamefull. and ya'll know who you are. shame shame

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

slackbeat was the shit, but that was a good show all around. the times and whatnot might be/have been a clusterfuck, but the line-up was great. sabra, emil, slackbeat, all.

missed everything at haileys and hydrant but saw some of the record hop and the cody jackson trio and that was golden too.

thankful for whiskey, rum, dark, cold basements and good friends.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. missed mistress and wu fu... but saw lychgate at knight house and have mucho love in my heart.

gained blue man nintendo sweater, lost blue man nintendo sweater. damn.. blue paint in hair, on elbows, surprised it wasn't on my face like war paint, didnt realize it was all over me until the next morn.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mistress was amazing

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blew man poop

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just puked all over my hands from reading this absolute, total bullshit. I hope Dallas gets nuked first.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous potato said...

no one will waste a nuclear bomb on this shit pile. we'll just have die from radiation poisening like the rest of texas

2:01 AM  
Anonymous blue man said...

Gimme a break.

4:27 PM  
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