Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It List: New Year's Eve


I'm not going to waste too much time with descriptions, since- A. The nature of a NYE performance is that people often are familiar with your music. AND B. WSJR has a lot of plans that actually don't involve Dallas, and as such, we are running a little behind, hair still wet, car honking outside. Take care and be safe, thanks. DL

Vega/Damaged Goods/Gazelles/Villains (Hailey's): It's crazy to think that Damaged Goods has gone from playing the Fra House a couple of months ago to having shows booked in London and Paris. Pretty amazing actually, and we are very happy for them. Oh, and it's always good when Mr. Palomo is in town.

Disqo Disco/Ishi/Sydney Confirm/Schwa/Keith P (The Cavern): Wait, Disqo Disco AND Sydney Confirm? Won't that be kind of overkill, like the scene in "Stop Making Sense" where they play "Genius Of Love?"

Fischerspooner (Lizard Lounge): I know a lot of people that still want to hang this group for their cover of "The 15th." But since this is a DJ set, maybe you'll just hear the original.

Toadies/Lions/Boom Boom Box/Tendril (Ridglea Theater): I'm not much for the Toadies, but I'm interested in hearing this Boom Boom Box band, with members of Ghostcar and Falkon.

Eldridge Meatcleaver (The Lounge): Here's a brief rundown of the event from Wanz: We will be playing classic soul and garage from The Monks, The Sonics, Booker T & the MG's, Otis Redding, Carla & Rufus, A Certain Ratio("Shack up"), Nina Simone, The Small Faces, The Litter, Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Wilson Pickett and much much more.

The band features Ian Hamilton and Mila(Jack with One Eye), Guyton Sanders, Daniel Dacus, Wanz Dover, Ineka Guerra(The Frenz), and Ross(from Tiger Moth).



Unit 21/Tolar/Akkolyte/Orange Coax/Rocket For Ethiopia/Division Of Power (Exploding House): This would be your best bet in Fort Worth, if not anywhere. A show just overflowing with various types of hardcore: weirdo hardcore, surf-tinged hardcore, and hardcore hardcore.

Not New Music Tuesdays

Note: I know it's not Tuesday, sorry.-DL

by TC


La Düsseldorf - Viva (Strand, 1978)

There were several notable music related deaths this past year. Eddy Arnold, Isaac Hayes, Bo Diddley, Odetta, Albert Hoffman; I'm sure I'm leaving out a few. It seems that the passing of Klaus Dinger (3/21/08) went relatively unnoticed, but his career certainly did not. He was Kraftwerk's first drummer and a founding member of NEU!

NEU! split in 1975 after the release of their third record, NEU! '75, which showed off both member's solo talents (think Spacemen 3's 'Recurring,' with less internal hostility). Michael Rother went on to do some great records with Jaki Liebezeit from Can, while Dinger formed La Düsseldorf.

'Viva' is the second full length release from La Düsseldorf, a surprisingly successful band in Europe, with sales totalling over one million for their three albums. David Bowie even went so far as to refer to them as 'the soundtrack to the '80s' in a Melody Maker interview in 1979. I guess growing up would have been a lot cooler if that were the case....

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It List: Tuesday


Disqo Disco/Females/Vega (Fallout Lounge): Obviously, this is a preview of various party lineups on NYE, and the rest of the week for that matter.

Old 97's/The Drams/The O's (House Of Blues): I actually got so sick after Christmas, that I almost had to be hospitalized. It really took a toll on my "holiday spirit." I thought to myself, man, I get a week and a half off of work, and here I am, laid the fuck out, spending my bonus on prescriptions, and I'll probably be bed-ridden on New Year's Eve. Sucks to be me, right? Then today I realized that there is actually a place on the internet where grown men argue about whether or not the Old 97's will take the top spot on a local "Best Of 2008" list, and whether or not putting Erykah Badu on said list is somehow "affirmative action." 'Twas then I realized that being me isn't so bad after all.

Monday, December 29, 2008

My Favorite Albums of 2008

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Lykke Li, Youth Novel
Paavoharju, Laulu Laakson Kukista
Dan Friel, Ghost Town
Autechre, Quaristice
Excepter, Dept Dept.
Max Tundra, Parallax Error Beheads You
Ellen Allien, Sool
Benga, Diary of An Afro Warrior
Flying Lotus, Los Angeles
Hot Chip, Made in the Dark
Alex Moulton, Exodus
Osborne, Osborne
Syclops, I've Got My Eye on You
Eat Skull, Sick to Death
Food For Animals, Belly


Rangers, Street Smell: Rangers is a solo project from We Shot J.R.'s own Howard Bob Johnson-- of course, this might make us just the slightest bit biased, but to be honest, I've enjoyed his music about as much as I've enjoyed anything else that has come out this year, and I wanted to include it on this list so that our readers could get a little introduction to HBJ's work. Rangers is what you might call a sound collage project, mixing bits and pieces of heavily processed and treated live recordings of guitar, keyboards, bass and percussion with samples of a wide variety of media (commercials, movie samples, jingles, etc.) and found sounds, culminating in long continuous pieces that are truly unique and captivating, but never boringly academic or overly abstract. Street Smell is a bit different than a lot of the "collage" stuff that you might encounter elsewhere because it is highly rhythmic, focusing on beats (many of them danceable) while displaying a level of intelligence and musical sophistication that belies its tongue in cheek humor and anarchistic structure. The best part about all of this is that if you don't believe me, you can download Street Smell in its entirety right here and make up your own mind. Fans of Ariel Pink, Ducktails, Wavves, James Ferraro (Skaters, Lamborghini Crystal) and The Residents should do themselves a favor and check this out. Who knows... maybe we can even convince HBJ to play this live some day.


15. Justus Kohncke, Safe and Sound: Another exciting release from perhaps the most accessible and fun artist on the Kompakt roster.  Don't freak out though, dudes-- this is NOT minimal techno.  Instead, you'll find nods to early 90's techno and disco balanced with a strong IDM influence that makes this a perfect home record.  


14. Vivian Girls, s/t: I know I know.... "Hey guys, I like Vivian Girls too, check it out!" Well, I do. So there. The reverb, the 60's girl group vocals, the fact that they played at Exploding House earlier this year. I love it all, and sometimes a record is on everyone's year end list for a reason.



13. Sic Alps, U.S. EZ: If there were any justice in the world, people would stop yapping about Jay Reatard, Black Lips and Anton Newcombe for two seconds and take a listen to Sic Alps, because this is probably the record that many of those acts wished they had made this year. Proto-punk, 60's garage, country and psychedelic pop are the ingredients, but the end product is a lo-fi masterpiece that reveals itself slowly and sets Sic Alps apart from many of the backward looking groups they are often compared to. The noisy interludes found within hint at a group that enjoys experimentation, but beneath the noise are songs so solid that they would make "real music" fans cry if they were actually cool enough to know how to find this shit. You could use the word "retro" to describe this music for sure, but there is absolutely nothing cute or tired about it.


12. Wavves, s/t: This one rose to my year end list in the last couple weeks of December, and it might even be unfair to include it since it technically comes out next year, but fuck it. It was so good I just had to add it. If you haven't heard Wavves, aka San Diego's Nathan Williams, go do it now. People have been associating this project with late 80's/early 90's skater culture, and it makes sense in spirit, if not in actual sound, because there wasn't a whole lot that sounded exactly like this back then-- this is noisy, fractured surf punk/pop thrown in the middle of so much noise that you might not be sure exactly what you're hearing upon first listen. Be patient, however, because there's a good chance you'll find this to be one of the most exciting releases of 2009.

11. No Age, Nouns: Along with Times New Viking, No Age has made my list two years in a row, thanks to a debut full length (Weirdo Rippers was actually a singles and EP tracks collection) that took the group's promise to the next level. This record has been the subject of intense debate at WSJR HQ, with some calling it gimmicky and boring, and others (pretty much just me) defending it as a solid punk record with perfect nods to shoegaze and slight hint of drone. Gimmicky? Maybe a bit, here and there. But boring? No way.

10. Black Pus IV, All Aboard the Magic Bus: It's a bit shocking that this album didn't really receive a lot of love from critics and bloggers this year, because there didn't seem to be much else out there that rocked quite like it.  Brian Chippendale's solo project will please Lightning Bolt fans, and if you aren't one, this probably won't convert you, which is fine considering that the guy really isn't trying to.  But its chaotic freak outs and masterful percussion are something to be heard for sure, and this is one of those little gem records that you might be tempted to pass up but shouldn't.  

9. Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel: The Deerhunter album was pretty good and stuff, but this is really the Bradford Cox release of the year.  


8. Laborghini Crystal, Roach Motel: This thing kicks off with a sample of Beavis and Butthead laughing and singing Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" just before they both scream "Frog Baseball" like a couple of idiots. And then the sample loops all over again. A couple times, actually. Any other 90's dork will recognize that the frog baseball quote comes from the very first Beavis and Butthead episode, and the fact that James Ferraro, the man behind Lamborghini Crystal, chose to quote from that particular episode makes me think he's probably a funny guy... and an asshole. Fortunately, he's also a talented one, and ever since I first wrote about Lamborghini Crystal on this blog roughly a year ago, I've continued to dip back into his catalogue again and again. This year's Roach Motel might not be the very best thing Ferraro's ever done, but it's a fantastic example of what makes his work so interesting-- namely, an impatience for song structure and a highly brief attention span that allows him to explore everything from metal riffs to funk to AM pop to found sounds to dance to soul to noise, all within long, seamless recordings that will often make you laugh while they freak you out. This is a great introduction to one of the more important new artists of 2008.


7. Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago: It seems that every year I find at least one wimpy indie folk album that I like enough to include in my Year End List, and this year the honors go to Bon Iver, an initially one-off solo project of songwriter Justin Vernon that turned into one of Indie Rock's most unlikely success stories in 2008. As far as structure and sound are concerned, this is a pretty standard indie folk pop album, but like many things in life, the difference is in the details-- the entire record contains an undercurrent of introspective sadness that is both arresting and beautiful, and the soulfulness found in Vernon's melodies and vocal performances is truly unique, reminding one of large, empty spaces while never drifting too far into isolation to destroy his emotional connection with the listener. There is absolutely nothing revolutionary going on here, but perhaps that is part of the appeal too. This is a comfort record that you can fall in love with and play pretty much any time in any place, and the nearly universal praise it has received from the blogosphere and "culture" media is almost enough to make you think that hipsters might not be completely tasteless ALL the time. Well... maybe I shouldn't go that far.


6. Times New Viking, Rip It Off: In 2007 and 2008, Siltbreeze bands such as Times New Viking, U.S. Girls and Psychedelic Horseshit felt to me like the first important "movement" to have emerged in American underground music in several years, and Times New Viking was probably the most initially exciting and accessible band of the bunch (I guess TNV is technically a Matador band now, but you get my point). Rip It Off was often described using references to 90's indie bands such as Pavement and Guided By Voices, and although there are some general similarities there for sure, TNV is probably more radical in their recording techniques than either band yet more traditional in their songwriting. Essentially, these are high octane, sugar coated power pop songs run through a lo-fi blender of extreme treble and disorienting distortion. The result is a catchy trash punk record with a child-like enthusiasm for high speed delivery and sing-a-longs. The formula is simple, and the presentation is a big part of it, but few other records this year seemed to scream "Relevant Now" (also a song title on the album) quite like this one, and none did it with quite the same sense of reckless fun.


5. Sun Araw, Beach Head: There's a song on Beach Head called "Horse Steppin'" that has literally made me wonder aloud (to myself, mind you) whether Sun Araw is the current generation's answer to Spacemen 3. I'm not sure if this project has quite the revolutionary appeal of the aforementioned groups' droning, minimal atmospherics, but on many levels, that might just be the result of circumstances involving time and place rather than the music itself, because much of this material is truly transcendent.  Minimal psychedelic music is rarely this fresh and exciting, and although Sun Araw is a rather strange listen the first few times around, patterns begin to emerge amongst the static, drone and fuzz, revealing a spiritual quality that is never cheesy or condescending, and a musical structure that pulls from so many different regions of the world that it feels like its own planet all together.  If groups like Beach House and Animal Collective wanted to truly venture beyond the relatively safe, this is probably what they would sound like.  


4. Lindstrom, Where You Go I Go Too: Lindstrom's 2005 debut single "I Feel Space" ushered in a new genre (space disco) and a highly lucrative career for its maker, but until this year, Lindstrom had mostly existed in the realm of DJ sets and remixes. Where You Go I Go Too, his full length debut, provides solid evidence that the man will be able to transcend the notoriously fickle dance music flavor of the month status and turn his sound into something important. Most of the material found here might not be "dance music" in the most literal sense of the word (considering how atmospheric and slow it can sometimes be), but its disco grooves are flawless, and clever influences ranging from Cerrone to Tangerine Dream make it a dynamic and captivating listen. This kind of "tasteful" dance music is often dismissed as boring, but listeners who allow themselves to get lost in Lindstrom's web for a few minutes will find it is anything but.


3. M83, Saturdays=Youth: Before this record was released, I often wondered whether M83 was super overrated or simply just "not my thing." Fortunately, Saturdays=Youth has made this a total non-issue, as producer Anthony Gonzalez has turned out an impeccably tasteful 80s synth/dream pop record that nods to everything from Slowdive to Echo and the Bunnymen to Brian Eno, making it a fleeting, dreamlike affair that works as a genre study while completely transcending all such labels. There is a pensive, sad and introspective undertone throughout that provides a powerful emotional counter-punch to the often soaring synth textures and melodies that make it so sugary and bittersweet, and it is precisely this kind of push-pull that makes the whole thing so moving. Single "Kim & Jessie" is truly the highlight here, providing a pretty clear picture of what the 80's would have been like if they had been a whole lot better, which is a pretty good way to describe this record in general. So I'll just leave it at that.

2. The Bug, London Zoo: Dubstep has turned a lot of people's attention back to reggae, bass music and dance hall over the past couple of years, and although London Zoo isn't a dubstep record per se, the genre's influence is all over the place within it, making it something of an anomaly in certain circles that tend to congregate around places like Boomkat. My first thought upon hearing it (other than the fact that it was really fucking fierce) was to question whether this was a dubstep record branching way out or some kind of strange, dub heavy grime record that happened to be really catchy. As I learned more about Bug producer Kevin Martin, however, I started to realize that this record was something a bit more than either-- Martin has been making bass heavy, hip hop influenced masterpieces for over ten years now, and London Zoo sounds like the culmination of all his efforts. Drenched in dense, rough around the edges sludge, this is a dub heavy record that focuses on stellar vocal performances from the likes of Flowdan, Spaceape and Warrior Queen, resulting in one of the most frightening yet accessible English bass records I've heard in a very long time. With dance floor/pop appeal to match the likes of Burial and the kind of hard edged, abstract bass produced by the likes of Skull Disco, London Zoo has a little something for anyone who's even remotely interested in the aforementioned genres.   If you typically find dubstep to be a bore, or if you're just looking for a document of the darker side of London, this is record is essential, and it will probably be considered as such for many years to come.

1. Hercules and Love Affair, Hercules and Love Affair: The 00s have been a great decade for dance music, and the past couple of years have been especially good for disco and old school House, as both genres have recently been brought back from the dead (yet again) and held on pedastals (yet again) as the current incarnations of retro cool (it's the newest in old stuff!). Fourtunately for anyone with a soul, however, Hercules and Love Affair is not one of those fashion slave hipster dance groups universally loved by "creative" teenagers in London. Instead, Andy Butler, the group's producer, has crafted a truly stellar Chicago house and disco debut that somehow manages to place substance on an even footing with style (which is rare in both genres these days), resulting in track after track of stunning beats, catchy hooks and the kind of strange, sexually ambiguous flair that one would expect from a group that features Antony Hegarty incarnated as a house/disco diva. Helping matters is the fact that Butler recorded the entire album with equipment from the eras he was inspired by-- he's been quoted as saying that 100% of this material could have been recorded in the exact same manner twenty years ago (when the same equipment was available), and the quality of every single sound found within is a testament to this. From the dark, Chicago inspired synth house of "You Belong" to the gloriously over-the-top strings on "Hercules Theme," this is about as close to perfect as a full length dance album could ever get, and to me, Hercules and Love Affair captured the feel of 2008 better than anything else released this year-- the record truly looks backward in order to move forward, and it does so with a kind of innovative subtlety that is sorely lacking in, well, pretty much fucking everything these days.  

It List: Monday

Really isn't much happening tonight other than the usual Cool Out, so watch this (we are almost finished with a couple posts you'll see in a bit):


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Monday Morning Rock




SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK

WED: Vega/Damaged Goods/Gazelles/Villains (Hailey's)
WED: Disqo Disco/Ishi/Sydney Confirm/Schwa/Keith P (The Cavern)
WED: Fischerspooner (Lizard Lounge)
WED: Toadies/Lions/Boom Boom Box/Tendril (Ridglea Theater)
WED: Eldridge Meatcleaver (The Lounge)
WED: Unit 21/Tolar/Akkolyte/Orange Coax/Rocket For Ethiopia/Division Of Power (Exploding House)
THU: ZZ Top (Winstar Casino)
FRI: Broadcast Sea/Decades/Dark Forces (Rubber Gloves)
FRI: Mount Righteous (Space Studio)
FRI: Warren Jackson Hearne/Wino Vino/Little Rosie's Revenge (Hailey's)
FRI: Cassettes On Fire/Jubilee/La Dispute/Sohns/Zwounds (1919 Hemphill)
SAT: The Measure/Acts Of Sedition/Sacred Shock/Dark Forces (Exploding House)
SAT: Damaged Goods/Headkrack/Picnic Tyme/Klick Klack (The Lounge)
SUN: Will Kapinos/Ashley Cromeens/Starhead/Gigi Foster/Jason Ashbaugh (Dan's)

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Quick Weekender

This has to be quick, but I thought we'd at least share some shows with you for the weekend. We'll be back in full force next week with Year End stuff, NYE stuff, and some new features. Who got the coolest shit for Christmas?


FRIDAY

The Party (Zubar): Stopping by the Party tonight might be a good way to remind yourself that the name Big Baby Jesus actually refers to a rapper.

Billingham's Defense System Secret Party (Unknown Location): Dallas DJ duo is hosting a party somewhere this evening, and if you want to get the address, all you have to do is message them on their Myspace page (click the link to the left, yo.) I'm hoping it's a house party in Dallas so I don't have to drive far.

Unconscious Collective/Swirve (AllGood Cafe)

The Angelus/Beastheart/Blackbird Harmony (Doublewide)

SATURDAY

Say What! w Keith P and Blake Ward (Fallout Lounge)

The Angelus/Blackbird Harmony/Beastheart/Center Divider/Caleb Coy (J&Js)

Red Animal War/Record Hop/Kijoto (Doublewide)

SUNDAY

Darktown Strutters/The Great Tyrant/Dutch Treats (Doublewide)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Christmas Treat

(A little Christmas Eve treat from TC. If you've never heard this record, do yourself a favor and download the only Christmas album worth owning.)


Like everyone else, I'm super busy this week. This is the only Christmas album that I own, and it's probably going to stay that way for the rest of my life. Happy holidays!

Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965, Fantasy)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It List: Tuesday


Hey everyone, it's your pal SR. Hope you're all having a fucking wonderful holiday season. How is mine going, you ask? Well... not that well. A lot of us around here have been extremely busy with our "careers" over the past week, myself included, and we just haven't had time to finish off our Year End coverage this week like we thought we would. We don't have a national pool of sub-par writers to pull content from, after all, so you'll just have to take it easy on us for a little while and go with the flow until we can get this all done, ok? We will be taking tomorrow and Thursday off to celebrate the birth of lil' ass Jesus, but we'll be back on Friday with a weekender post. Some time between now and then, you'll also see the beginnings of our year end coverage appear here, so be sure to check in with us. We'll actually have some pretty good stuff for you coming up in the next couple of weeks, including Not New Music Tuesday, which will appear a bit later this evening. Shows? Why not:

Division of Power/Icarus Crane/Decades/Jubilee (Exploding House)

Disqo Disco Christmas Party (Fallout Lounge)

90's Night with Yeah Def (Haileys)



Great Moments In Liner Notes: King Buzzo on Flipper



As the ideal format debate rages on (vinyl with free CD VS vinyl with free download, download only VS Flash Drive etc.), one disturbing admission I keep hearing from people is that not only do they not really care about the eventual doing away with album art altogether, but they could also care less about liner notes. I personally love liner notes. The more pretentious, the better. Whether it's press clippings from long defunct zines, superfluous essays by David Fricke (who claims to be a "Byrds Scholar"), party scene dirtbags reminiscing about the bad old days, ex-lovers dishing it out, gallery owners and venue owners bringing up numbers, incredibly narcissistic song-by-song commentary by the artists themselves, or even the random musings from unrelated and often lesser artists, I live for this stuff.

The following excerpts are from the fairly recent reissue of Flipper's "Gone Fishin'" album, written by King Buzzo of The Melvins. Someone recently read this tribute aloud to me while I drove away from the record store, and I nearly had an accident due to being so distracted by the genius contained therein. Here, Buzzo articulates much of what I have often tried to say myself on We Shot JR but more efficiently, and of course, more entertainingly:

"Fifteen years ago we recorded one of my all time favorite Flipper songs called "Sacrifice" and it's remained in our live set off and on ever since. More people scream for us to play "Sacrifice" than almost any of our own songs! In the late 1980s I remember seeing Flipper play a free show where Bruce Lose told the audience that Will Shatter had stolen the lyrics for "Sacrifice" from a World War I anti-war poem... maybe so. For the first 20 minutes the show was good, then the bass player broke a string and the whole thing degenerated into jumbled mess. It was perfect, in fact, I don't think anything Flipper has done has been wrong.

Flipper is always at the top or near the top of the list whenever anyone asks me what bands have influenced my own song writing. This is confusing to people because they always expect answers from me like Black Sabbath or Motorhead. Let me get something straight now, Black Sabbath and Motorhead or bands of that nature don't fucking MATTER to me. Those bands are horrible, horrible shit compared to Flipper and I am in no way kidding or blowing smoke up Flipper's ass. If you don't get that, then you don't get what WE are about and you should go back to music school 101 and figure it out, dummy...

...Flipper's music is genius in its simplicity. The lyrics are horrifying and beautiful. They don't waste a lot of time on musical gymnastics and they don't need to, their songs are that good. Good music has nothing to do with technical ability. It's powerful and dangerous and confusing insanity and I love it as much as I've ever loved any music that inspires me. Even more actually, I'm a devoted Flipper fan.

In 1980 "Sex Bomb" became the new "Smoke On The Water." What serious Punk doesn't know how to play "Sex Bomb?" That is the level of influence they've had on my generation. They're important. Face it and learn.

If you're never IN tune you can't be out OF tune."

King Buzzo/Melvins

Monday, December 22, 2008

It List: Monday


Cool Out (The Cavern): Cool Out is upstairs, and according to the comments, Red Sean, Rob Vaughn, and Minto are downstairs.

Monday Morning Rock

Not a lot going on this week, obviously, but if we missed anything, please add in the comments and we'll update (if it's cool, yo):



SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK

FRI: Vega/Yeahdef/Females/Blake (Hailey's)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Weekender



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

FRIDAY

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.


SATURDAY

Blixaboy
/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.

It List: Thursday

Pretty slow night tonight, party people, but I guess it makes sense considering how near we are to Christmas. We're going to start our year end coverage either tomorrow or Monday, depending on whether or not we can finish everything up, but you can totally look forward to that. Shows:

Ian Bangs/Yeah Def/Swedish Teens (Rubber Gloves): Apparently you can get into this thing for free if you're wearing a bathing suit, but all the proceeds from the door go to Ian Bangs in order to replace his stolen computer, so I suppose the best thing to do would be to wear your suit and donate a little money anyway. After all, during the holidays in a shitty economic climate like this, what better charity could you possibly give your money to?

80's Night with DJ G (Hailey's)

Tendril/Our Tragic Hero (Doublewide): Isn't Tendril that shitty local punk group from the 90's that I was smart enough to dislike even back when NOFX was my favorite band? I don't know. Maybe since I hated them then I would like them now, but for some reason... I doubt it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It List: Wednesday



Tame...Tame And Quiet/Sweet Boys/Seth Sherman (The Lounge):
Though tonight's show will definitely include music performances, it is also a photo exhibition for local artist and musician, Gavan Nelson, late of local group Heaven Is A Hotel and Las Vegas hardcore act, Curl Up And Die. Nelson's work is largely comprised of street imagery and stands out in the often-crowded realm of Dallas photography. He is no slouch as a bass player either and his music has been missed. Tame...Tame And Quiet and Seth Sherman round out this bill with tricky full-band indie prog and tricky solo folk prog, respectively. I don't who the Sweet Boys are, but I do know that this show will be sweet. And that a lot of boys will be there. (I hope.)

Salim Nourallah (Club Dada)

Taxi Fare (Zubar)

Detour featuring Blixaboy/Brent Bradford/Clinton Lynch (The Cavern)

Short Attention Span Theater (Rubber Gloves): Here's a good description of this event from SAST's Chad:

"I will be playing gross, inappropriate, mature, sexy, vile, drug fueled, violence ridden animation this week for Short Attention Span Theatre at Rubber Gloves. If you have never been to SAST before you have missed out! You watch shorts that I have collected over my years of geekdom, listen to music from same origin and DRINK A LOT! This time next week you are going to be stuck watching television yule logs burning while your mom hounds you about why you aren't married yet. So make the most of your holiday season and escape its noxious vice like grip around your soul and share some time with the ones who really love you.

Also if you had consignment CDs at Strawberry Fields I will have it up there that night and you can come get it! Its like an early Christmas!

There will also be a drawing for a free copy of denton Deluxe v.
4
, makes a great stocking stuffer!"


ADD: Cut Loose with Yeah Def/FEMALES/Lil Foot (Hailey's)






Photo By Gavan Nelson

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Not New Music Tuesdays

(I know this is a little late today, but it's totally worth the wait, promise.   Another edition of Not New Music Tuesdays from TC. Enjoy!--SR)


Pink Fairies - Kings of Oblivion (1973, Polydor)

Pink Fairies grew out of late '60s British weirdos The Deviants when their singer, Mick Farris, left the band and was replaced by ex-Pretty Things drummer Twink. After two records and an obscene amount of alcohol and drugs, Twink was out, replaced by guitarist Larry Wallis, who had just been kicked out of UFO for drinking too much. This was Wallis' only studio lp with the Pink Fairies, but his influence was overwhelming. In 1975 he befriended some guy named Lemmy and they started a band........

It List: Tuesday

Paleo/The Heartstring Stranglers/Emily Stoker (1919 Hemphill): Paleo is a project from Brooklyn artist David Strackany, who made headlines in publications such as Paste, Magnet and USA Today back in 2006 when he began a year long project in which he recorded and released (for free) a new song each day for 365 days straight.  Although this might come off as something of a cheap gimmick at first, those who actually listen to some of these songs will immediately recognize the guy's talents, particularly if said people are into songwriters like Destroyer, Devendra Banhart and Wooden Wand.  Actually, Paleo's stuff is better that the first two artists I mentioned-- no overrated po-mo lyrics and a complete lack of cooky cutesy crap.  Recommended.  

Wheels on Fire/Silver Shampoo/Hoop Dreamz (818 Hickory St., Denton): Wheels on Fire are a solid power pop/punk band from Ohio that takes cues from the Kinks, 60's soul and various vintage garage groups, and they do it pretty well.  I'd get there early though, as locals Silver Shampoo sound like they'll be the highlight with a minimal, lo-fi take on classic English punk and glam.  Very good stuff.  


Febrifuge (Lakewood Bar and Grill): Great band playing a show at a total bummer venue.  Febrifuge is certainly worth checking out, though, so have some neighborhood pride, East Dallas, and head over to Lakewood Bar and Grill on one of the few nights that you'll actually have a reason to.  

Monday, December 15, 2008

Local Q&A-- Fungi Girls

Out of all the new local bands I've heard this year, very few have struck a chord quicker than Fungi Girls, a Cleburne noise pop group that possesses musical taste and talent far beyond what is typical of their ages-- 14 and 15. Yes, you read that correctly. 14 and 15.

Of course, I realized that these guys were pretty young the first time I encountered their Myspace page, but I had no idea they were THIS young until I asked them a few questions for the first installment of a new feature, Local Q and A (something you'll be seeing here on a regular basis). If you head over to Fungi Girls' Myspace page and check out "Into the Cosmos" and "Crystal Roads," you'll realize just how surprising their ages really are-- the group's music calls to mind the Siltbreeze sound of bands like Psychedelic Horseshit, Times New Viking and U.S. Girls, as well as a bit of the shoegaze pop recently popularized (again) by Deerhunter, but they also pack their brief songs with a few charming touches of 90's slacker a la Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo and Westing era Pavement (meaning Swell Maps by proxy), resulting in a batch of songs that are sloppy, noisy and chaotic while retaining a pleasant, poppy warmth that truly sets Fungi Girls apart from similar groups. We wanted to learn a bit more about how these dudes got to be so cool, and here is what they told us:

Could you give us some background info on the band? Names, ages, where you're from, etc.

I'm Skyler Salinas. 14. From Cleburne, Texas, although I grew up in California and Nevada half of my short life. My bandmate is Jacob Bruce. 15. Grew up in Cleburne, Texas all his life. Somehow, we've mastered the "art" of being able to play scene metal and terrible radio country songs, jokingly of course. This goes on a lot during practice. It'll even go on for hours if we feel like it.

Fungi Girls is a duo, right? I just wondered because I saw three people playing at the Muscle Beach show. If you guys are in fact a duo, what made you want to do it that way? Was it just necessity, as in you couldn't find anyone else you wanted to play with in your town, or was it a purposeful decision that less is more?

Yes, we're a duo. That third person was our ex-bassist, Barrett Green. We kicked him out due to some personal conflict between him and I, in addition to him starting to lack in dedication. After we kicked him out, we ended up being good friends again, but Jacob and I decided to stay a duo. Jacob and I are more so on the same page of what we want in our sound, and we both have nearly identical taste in music. Besides that, us two just work together much better as a two-piece.

How long have you guys been playing music? Did you play in any bands before Fungi Girls? If so, what were they like?

I've been playing music since I was 10 or 11, starting in school band. About a year after that, I started playing the drums in addition to that and it took off from there. Jacob has been playing music since he was 12 or 13, starting on guitar. I played in two bands before Fungi Girls, a punky math rock band called Lego Theory with my buddy Deryck, and then Jacob, Deryck, and I were in a improvisational noise rock band called Zooz. Neither bands played any shows nor were there any releases or anything.

Could you tell us a little bit about your songwriting process?

It usually starts with me coming up with a drum rhythm, then Jacob adds a guitar part to go along with it, we decide on the song structure, then afterwards add vocals. Very simple. Our songwriting process ends up being very slow, though, because we usually end up fucking around a lot.

Your recordings are very noisy and lo-fi and raw. Is this a stylistic or aesthetic choice, or is it just the result of recording a quick demo? Or to put it another way, are you recording the way you would if you had an actual "budget" to spend money at a studio?

It's both stylistic and aesthetic. We both love lo-fi recordings, whether they be from newer bands or older bands. We don't ever plan on changing that characteristic. But in addition to that, we are in fact on a budget. Neither of us are old enough to get jobs yet, so we have to bum money off of our parents. That's kind of out of the question if you're wanting studio time.

I enjoy pretty much every single band that you list on your influences section on your myspace page. Can you discuss some of your favorite bands and the ways that they might have inspired you to start a band and play the kind of music that you do?

Psychocandy-era Jesus And Mary Chain, Henry's Dress, Times New Viking, You're Living All Over Me-era Dinosaur Jr., and Psychedelic Horseshit are our probably our main influences. We both LOVE anything that could be considered noise pop. Whether it be melodic/harmonic noise or atonal noise and feedback, there's just something about blending noise with pop music that really gets us off.

I think its interesting that you list John Coltrane as an influence. Obviously you aren't playing jazz, but I wonder what kind of influence he has on you guys musically?

I was the one that listed him and Art Blakey as our influences, as they're more so mine. Jazz drumming really influences me and makes me strive to be the best drummer I can be. But yeah, obviously we're not doing anything complex or jazzy, but I try my hardest to incorporate small amounts of jazz drumming into our songs. Usually it's just little drum rolls that are barely noticeable. Besides that, though, Jacob and I just really appreciate the brilliant musicianship of jazz and hope to show good musicianship in our songs. Although we do love the newer, noisy pop bands like Psychedelic Horseshit and Times New Viking, sometimes we get agitated with their lack of good musicianship, especially the former.

It seems like you have a knack for writing pop songs and burying them underneath everything else you do musically. Do you aim to write catchy pop tunes, or does it just come out that way?

We definitely aim to write catchy pop tunes. As stated before, we're huge on noise pop, as well as just pure pop music like The Beach Boys or The Mamas and Papas.

Who are some of your favorite local groups? What do you think of the local scene in general?

Orange Coax, Silver Shampoo, Wax Museums, Scoff, and Landon's (from Muscle Beach) drone project Glazed Glitter. I personally don't think the local scene is all that great, but it is very homey and tight knit. More particularly the Denton scene that is associated with Muscle Beach, 715 Panhandle, Bunker Hill and the like. As for Dallas and Fort Worth bands, I really don't think there's much hope for either city at the current time. I haven't heard (of) any decent bands coming out of either city in a while.

Do you feel like there are really very many limitations to starting a band in a small town like Cleburne these days? It's not as if you have to travel far to find good music anymore, so other than obvious logistical concerns with playing shows, etc., is anything else holding you back there, culturally or otherwise?

No, not really. We get uhhh...persecuted occasionally, I guess, for being quite different than the mass amounts of rednecks, Abercrombie guys and girls, and scenesters around here. But, it doesn't bother us all that much. The only big downfall of living here is we don't really have any supporting people if we want to set up a show here. We have a small group of ten friends or so that supports us, but that's about it. The rest of the kids here are into shit like Lil' Wayne, Toby Keith, and Bring Me The Horizon.

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It List: Monday


Paleo/New Science Projects/Heartstring Stranglers (Fra House): Though the volume level will be much lower than the average Fra House show, the in-your-face antics of locals, The Heartstring Stranglers, and especially New Science Projects, will see to it that this event will still be intense. Depending on your view of artist and audience interaction, this style of folk will either be your performance art cup of tea, or the musical equivalent of a very intrusive waiter. Enjoy.

Cool Out (The Cavern)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Monday Morning Rock

Something tells me that these guys would be a big hit in Dallas:



SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK

TUE: Paleo/The Heartstring Stranglers/Emily Stoker (1919 Hemphill)
WED: Tame...Tame and Quiet/Sweet Boys/Seth Sherman (The Lounge)
FRI: Lil Wayne/Keyshia Cole/T-Pain/Gym Class Heroes/Keri Hilson (American Airlines Center)
FRI: Mistress/Lychgate/Magnets (Knight House, 1433 Knight St., Denton)
FRI: Michael McDonald (Winstar)
SAT: Blixaboy/It's What We Get/Yeah Def/Bryce Isbell/Lil Foot (Hailey's)
SAT: Farah/Blackheart Society (the Cavern)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Weekender


SR and DL contributed to this amazing post

FRIDAY

Yells at Eels/Stoogeaphilia/Forest Ward (The Fairmount)

Last Men/Red Faced Laughter/Bad Sports/Attractive and Popular/Ginsu Wives (Majestic Dwelling of Doom, 731 Texas St., Denton): So you've known this venue as The Eighth Continent, Wisconsin, and now under this new mouthful of a moniker. The Red Faced Laughter will probably always remind me of SHQ's peak, when an unknown band from middle-of-nowhere Texas could come in to that welcoming little place and knock everyone out. There's a lot of talk about the seven-inch that RFL has completed with Last Men, who also split the bill. I'm hoping they actually have some for sale tonight. Attractive And Popular make the best case for themselves in the live setting, making this a solid bill all around.

Uptown Fridays with Select (Zubar): So we've known about Uptown Fridays with Select for a long time, but unfortunately, we've never really had the chance to make it out. However, Select sent us some info describing exactly what he does on Friday night, and we were pretty impressed. Here is some of what he said about Uptown Fridays--

"magine walking into a club...not any where in TX ...maybe like 10 years ago..maybe even later. Imagine the vibe with a dj playing dancehall from the 90's, classic house, hip house, new jack swing, and etc...with a little twist of now.... a mixture of a house night back in the 90's with the mixture of a house party. A night of solid grooves, classic disco sounds with emerging house music. Basically the night is about good times and good music."

Sounds good to me. Maybe there IS something to do in Dallas tonight.

Blackheart Society/Rival Gang/Street Hassle/Billingham's Defense System (the Lounge): Tonight's show looks like a twisted mix of Dallas Dance Music, Dallas Sixties fixations, and some weirdo Denton chaos. Fun.

Eagles of Death Metal/Klopek/Austin Brown Sounds/The Couture (the Door): There's nothing more "death metal" than a band of washed up major label clowns playing crappy music at a Christian venue, right dudes?

The Polyphonic Spree Christmas Extravaganza (Granada): To quote Norm Macdonald, "Happy Birthday, Jesus. I hope you like crap." That doesn't necessarily apply to this show, but to Christmas shows in general. Christmas shows are the opposite of what rock shows should be. If you want to have a holiday theme, okay, whatever. But if you actually cover a Christmas song, well, you're just hopeless. Unless you cover "Nothing But The Best" by Frank Sinatra. I heard that at Nordstrom Rack the other day, and it's fucking hilarious.

SATURDAY

Fight Bite/Nouns Group/Eat Avery's Bones/ZZZ... (Chat Room): Nice to see Eat Avery's Bones on a bill again. This show is also the debut of Zzz..., a project featuring members of Yay! Telescopes, Boddicker, and Teenage Symphony. The band melds Gene Clark styled chime with bummed-out 80's underground sounds. Kill yourself.

Holy Shit!/Wax Museums/Teenage Cool Kids/The Teeners (715 Panhandle): Real no-brainer of a show. I mean, DUH.

Sarah Jaffe/Astronautalis/Boom Boom Box (Rubber Gloves): The PAperChase canceled and was replaced with Astronautilus. I had a joke about the Spawn soundtrack to make here, but I'll spare you.

Crystal Method (Lizard Lounge): One time I was at my friend's house and his redneck dad was walking around looking for something. All of a sudden, we hear him scream "Damn it!" and we're all "what's wrong?" The guy turns to us and says "I can't find my goddamn techno CDs, damn it," and we started laughing and making fun of him. Eventually, he found his Crystal Method CD and went on his merry way to Arby's. The End.

The Drams/Dove Hunter/Doug Burr/Telegraph Canyon/Am Ramblers/The Southern Sea (Hailey's): The Denton County PM Honky Tonkin' Bandit Ramblers had to drop off tonight's bill due to an overdose of real live music.

Ice Cube/Trick Trick/Awkquarius (The Door): If you go to this show, you might be able to catch AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted sippin on a smart drink with a guidance counselor in the back near the "bar." And for a mere $40, how can you NOT go?


SUNDAY

PVC Street Gang/Cocky Americans/Teenage Cool Kids/Florene/Top Secret Robot Alliance/The Teeners (the Lounge, 3PM): Obviously, White Denim canceled, which is a drag, because I'm sure the next time you can see them it will be at a much larger, less intimate venue.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Art List


THURSDAY

Brian Gibb: All That Glitters Isn’t Gold Closing reception (Magnolia), 8-10 pm

SATURDAY

Peter Barrickman and Petra Cortright (And/Or), 6-9 pm
Check out Richardson Heights' interview below.

Ann Stautberg: Unique (Barry Whistler), 6-8 pm

Josh Fletcher: A Retrospective of Illustrative Influences (Brooke Berman Gallery),6-10 pm
The final exhibition at Brooke Berman, before they close their doors for good.

The Gift Show (F6), 7-11 pm
One night only holiday show.

Margaret Meehan: On Sugar Mountain. Up Shit Creek (Road Agent), 6-8 pm

On Solid Ground (Public Trust), 6-9 pm
Kevin Bell, Colin Chillag, Christi Haupt, and Steven Larson

SUNDAY
Ranjani Shettar (Modern)

Picture courtesty of Road Agent.

It List: Thursday





Akkolyte/Darktown Strutters/Lychgate/Hawk vs. Dove (Rubber Gloves): Quite an impressive all local line up tonight at Rubber Gloves. I don't think I've ever had a conversation with anyone who's heard Akkolyte's grindcore perfection that didn't involve said person describing the band using some variation of the phrase "fucking awesome," and I always agree with them, because let's face it-- Akkolyte is one of the most powerful live bands in the area. Maybe THE most. Furthermore, I've pretty much experienced the same phenomenon as applied to Lychgate-- everyone I know raves about their "grim electronics," and again, I have to agree. The group features House of Tinnitus' Rob Buttrum, and their sounds is pure brutality at a level that many of the best Texas harsh noise acts don't ever reach. Truly outstanding. You can also check out three new excellent Darktown Strutters songs recently posted on their Myspace page, and be sure to sample the excellent, Sleep-esque stoner sludge of Dallas' Hawk vs. Dove. Quite good. This kind of quality on an all local bill is rare people, so go totally support your local scene brah.
Nobunny/Uptown Bums/Rival Gang (Bunker Hill): Tucson's Nobunny comes through town with some fairly classic influences to peddle, most notably the New York Dolls, Ramones and T. Rex. Their stuff is quite catchy, and although they certainly aren't doing anything new with this all American, anthem heavy punk rock, most of it works quite well. Should be a solid party tonight.


80's Night with DJG (Hailey's)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It List: Wednesday


Eugene Chadbourne/Dennis Gonzalez Yells At Eels/Tid-bits Double Trio/DJ Wanz Dover (The Lounge): First, I want to let you know that the new Dennis Gonzalez album, "Renegade Spirits" is now available to order online, and at Yells At Eels and Akkolyte shows. Featuring the Gonzalez brothers on rhythm section duties, as well as Tim Green on sax and Famoudou Don Moye on percussion, you can order a copy here.

Eugene Chadbourne is one of those great, geeky figures in music that seem to be less and less commonplace: A category-defying virtuoso that has never turned his nose up at playing with a wide variety of people with less chops than he has, the results usually being far more interesting than what either party would attempt alone. Out of every artist on an oft-mentioned resume, the most impressive by far must be The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. A lot has been made of how weird he is, but Chadbourne's recent music is a little more straight-forward than some of his past work and collaborations, so those fearing a full-out free jazz/noise freakout probably shouldn't worry.

Art Show: "A Semester's Weight In Paper" and music by Doyen/Eyes And Ears/Magnets (Rubber Gloves): Gutterth sponsored event with prints and buttons for sale, as well as "live screen-printing." Dirty. Artists include Justin Jones, Mark Raymer, Adam Palmer, Julie Anderson, and many more.

Taxi Fare (Zubar)


Fishbone (The Door): Wait. What?

Greatness: Peter Barrickman

Milwaukee-based painter Peter Barrickman is on his way to Dallas for an opening of his paintings this weekend at And/Or Gallery. He was kind enough to sit down with WeShotJr this week for some bone-crushing art opinions.

Richardson Heights: The press release for your upcoming show says that you're presenting "a series of paintings where both the laws of physics and conventional painting have been reinvented". How so?

Peter Barrickman: To be honest I never made this claim about my work because I'm not doing any reinventing. I'm more into repeating things. Somebody may have said that to just try and get a bunch of people to show up for the opening. Although maybe Petra [Cortright]'s reinventing stuff with physics. She probably is...

RH: What is your studio situation like?

PB: Up until about a month ago I was working in an attic across the street from a bowling alley. On warm nights I could listen to the pins lazily tipping over. Then one day the landlord decided to install a new heating system exactly where I was working so I had to abandon the space. Nowadays I'm working at my apartment on a desk. It reminds me of making art projects for high school. I'm making 'visual aids'. I'll probably move into a new studio in a month or so.

RH: Please describe an unusual or unique studio process you currently use or have used in the past.

PB: OK, In Laziness-Flavored Refusal I obstruct a practical urge with what I simply feel like doing. So I forget that I'm trying to do anything and just fumble into what I feel like doing. Then I put away what I felt like doing when it's done. When I pull it out in a year it effortlessly serves a logical end....as if I couldn't have focused my intentions any better than I did by ignoring them. This game is all an afterthought. I never set out to trick myself too much but it comes up all of the time.

RH: How do you know when you're finished with a painting?

When I feel like I'm wasting time I stop. This is usually not a negative feeling. It becomes apparent when an authentic minute has jumped onto something else.

RH: How would you describe the art scene where you live?

PB: Storefront performance spaces, a few good bands, craft movement, filmmakers shooting stuff in the snow, nice galleries, shoddy galleries, shoddy bass playing... The art scene in Milwaukee is small, open and interconnected. There are a number of channels through which one could enter it. If these channels were caves or subterranean passages then the most traveled, best lit and cleanest ones (carpet, muzak, etc) would be those called Film, Video and Performance.

RH: What do you bring to the world of contemporary art that no other artist does?

PB: I don't think there is a world of contemporary art... it isn't that clear to me. And again, I don't think I'm doing anything in a very new way. I think that craftsmanship in the arts is overrated.

RH: Please describe a favorite piece of art in your personal collection.

PB: Well, I borrowed some swimwear from a friend of mine in India. It's just these batiked trunks with a sort of Marlboro cigarette logo [image above]. I put a beautiful shell in the pocket when I was in Puerto Rico and the zipper's been stuck shut ever since. I can feel the shell in there and I kinda remember what color it is but I'll probably never see it again. Finally one day I spilled coffee on the bottom part of the shorts and now I can never wear them again as it would appear that I had completely crapped. For some reason I treasure these shorts but also I wish I could just throw them in the garbage...

Mr. Barrickman's art wares will be on display starting this Saturday at And/Or Gallery along with art by Petra Cortright. Opening reception December 13 from 6-9 PM including a screening of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. The show will run through January 17. Image courtesy of Pater Barrickman.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

It List: Tuesday


Well, Lo-Fi Chorus is playing at Dan's Silver Leaf, and I remember them being generally well-liked from the "Denton Band Kits" days. By the way, the Shiny Around The Edges Bakesale show at Dan's last weekend was not only good, it was also a little frightening. I thought that a riot would erupt at any moment towards the end there. But, it did raise $490 for the Denton Community Center. Sometimes, to make an omelette, you've got to break a few eggs. Unless you're a vegan, in which case you have to make some strange-tasting desserts and make everyone eat them.

PS- I just found out that Tommyboy will be at Disqo Disco tonight, so that should be really good.

Tonight is the first "90's Night" at Hailey's.

I was just joking about the vegan desserts. Spiral Diner's brownies are just about the greatest I've ever had.

Not New Music Tuesdays

(Another presentation from TC, who will have a separate log- in soon, I swear.--SR)

Pere Ubu - The Hearpen Singles

As far as I'm concerned, "30 Seconds Over Tokyo b/w Heart of Darkness" is the most riveting debut single by any band that I've ever heard. Shit just didn't sound like that in 1975. I could expound on the details of their greatness forever, but I once saw a copy of the "Final Solution" 45 on ebay that was (allegedly) autographed by late guitarist Peter Laughner and the inscription read something along the lines of: "We do it, others just talk- Peter Laughner." That kinda sums them up for me...

Anyway, these are their first 4 singles, released on Hearpen records, a label the band started themselves. 1975-1978. Enjoy!

30 Seconds Over Tokyo -link
Heart of Darkness - link

Final Solution - link
Cloud 149 - link

Street Waves - link
My Dark Ages - link

The Modern Dance - link
Heaven - link

Monday, December 08, 2008

It List: Monday

Hey guys, we're having a little trouble with Blogger today, but here's what we got:

Peter and the Wolf/The Days Are Night/Daniel Folmer (the Cavern): The story on Peter and the Wolf is kind of a strange one, but if you know anything about keepin' Austin totally weird, then I guess it makes sense. Red Hunter, the man behind the name, arrived in Austin almost three years ago and started playing around with a group of musicians that called themselves the Tonewheel Collective. This group included members of Sound Team and Voxtrot among others (although I haven't really been able to determine exactly how this was a "collective"), and after a while, Hunter ventured out to record his debut record, which included guest vocals from Austinite Dana Falconberry. Anyway, Hunter's stuff certainly has a 70's AM gold slash 60's folk pop feel to it, and most of it is actually quite strong, even if the prospect of hearing some Austin dude sing indie folk tunes sounds like kind of a bummer. Trust me, I'd be the first to tell you if it was. Looks like the Cavern might be a good place to go tonight, and if you don't want to pay cover, try Cool Out upstairs.

Cool Out (the Cavern)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Monday Morning Rock

Happy Monday, friends!



SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK

WED: Fishbone (the Door)
THU: Akkolyte/Darktown Strutters/Lychgate/Hawk vs. Dove (Rubber Gloves)
THU: Nobunny/Uptown Bums/Rival Gang (Bunker Hill)
FRI: Last Men/Red Faced Laughter/Bad Sports/Attractive and Popular/Ginsu Wives (Majestic Dwelling of Doom, 731 Texas St., Denton)
FRI: Yells at Eels/Stoogeaphilia/Forest Ward (The Fairmount)
SAT: Holy Shit!/Wax Museums/Teenage Cool Kids/The Teeners (715 Panhandle)
SUN: White Denim/PVC Street Gang/Teenage Cool Kids/Florene/Top Secret Robot Alliance/The Teeners (the Lounge, 3PM)

Friday, December 05, 2008

Weekender

FRIDAY

Gonzalez Brothers with Sarah Alexander, Nevada Hill and Bobby Taylor (Kettle Art, 9PM): Kicking off at 9pm, this all star cast of musicians will play on the last evening of the eNeRGy exhibit at Kettle Art, and it will be your last chance to pick up the accompanying book featuring the work of artists Sergio Garcia, Richard Ross, and Mark Nelson. There will be a book signing at 8:00 PM and music at 9:30 featuring the Gonzalez Brothers accompanied by Bobby Coaxe, Nevada Hill, and Sarah Alexander. Considering that these are some of the most extreme and unconventional local musicians currently playing, or musicians period, that I know of, it should be an expectedly intense performance and well worth your time.

El Ten Eleven/ The Boat Lights/Slider Pines (the Cavern)

Fungi Girls/Scoff/Electric Vengeance (Cleburne Skateland): Cleburne Skateland.... shit, I wonder what that place is like? I can just picture James Van der Beek saying "I don't want your life" in his fake Texas accent while a bunch of evangelical Christians skate around in circles wondering aloud whether any of tonight's bands feature any "queers." I hope they do, because that shit would be funny. Anyway, we first noticed Cleburne's Fungi Girls a few weeks ago when they were playing a show in Denton, and we really liked what we heard, like a lot.  Like, take a listen to the insanely catchy lo-fi slop punk of "Into the Cosmos," available on their Myspace page.  That song alone already makes me think that they could end up being one of my favorite bands in the area.  I know this shit's in Cleburne, but it might be the best reason you'll ever have to go out there.  Fun fact-- did you know that Cleburne had the exact same population as Dallas in 1900?  Anyway, Fungi Girls.  Keep your eye on them.  

Uptown Fridays with Select (Zubar)

Swedish Teens/Stymie/The Uptown Bums/Ian Bangs (Rubber Gloves): This is the Swedish Teens CD release party, but the Uptown Bums are the real highlight here.  

Stumptone/The Unbearables/New Science Projects (Lola's)

SATURDAY

Viking Moses/Golden Ghost/Daniel Bass (Muscle Beach, 907 Denton St.): Nice show for Muscle Beach this weekend.  Viking Moses is one of those groups that actually pulls off clever, quiet experimental folk (take notes, Denton bands) with a sound that might remind listeners of Adrian Orange, Little Wings, and even the softer moments of Karl Blau.  So basically, PacNW stuff with a touch of southern soul.  The group first made a name for themselves in 2004 with an appearance on Devendra Banhart's Golden Apples of the Sun compilation, which came to be the defining document of what later became known as "freak folk."  Fortunately, Viking Moses stands the test of time a lot better than their freak folkie Ms. Havisham, and seeing them at a small house like this is certainly the right way to do it.  

Hands Up with Dj A1 (the Loft)

The Faith/Blixaboy/Farah (Rubber Gloves)

Magnets/Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things (Mountain House, 5320 Tremont):  This is Swiss House Evan Horn's new pad.  The show is free, and guy usually has pretty good parties... even when the bands are a little... eh?  Oh, and Eyes Wings and Many other Things?  Worst band name of the week!  However, they are clearly the better band on this bill.  

The Theater Fire/Peter and the Wolf/Some Say Leland (Chat Room): I kinda like Peter and the Wolf, even though I don't really want to.  

Decemberfest feat. Gun Gun/Handbrake/Isaac Hoskins/Kaboom/Shiny Around the Edges/Rival Gang (Dan's Silverleaf): Shiny Around The Edges are the organizers of this annual showcase that includes baked goods from a group of folks that can barely restring a guitar. Just joking, Kaboom! Actually, most of the food last year was surprisingly great. Though this is a tightly packed show with bands going on at 9:30 sharp all the way until one in the morning, I trust that nobody but SATE front-couple Jenny and Mike Seman are more capable of getting this whole thing to run in a timely fashion. This diverse show boasts a good lineup with an equally good cause: The Denton Community Food Center. On a purely selfish note,I hope to see some Red Velvet or Hummingbird Cake but will probably eat one of everything no matter what. Schedule is as follows:

9:30 Gun Gun 
10:15 Handbrake
10:45 Isaac Hoskins
11:30 Kaboom 
12:15 Shiny Around the Edges 
1:00 Rival Gang

Denton Community Food Center

Art Conspiracy 4 with Sober/Mount Righteous/ATON/Chameleon Chamber Group (3011 Guiden Ln.): I wonder if the Observer will write a review of this show where they describe Mount Righteous as "joyous."  To quote Bruce McCulloch, "FUCK HAPPY."  

SUNDAY

the Theater Fire/Peter and the Wolf/Delmore Pilcrow (Muscle Beach)