Friday, May 22, 2009


Jesus Christ-- there are a lot of shows this weekend, and I have NONE of my usual helpers to assist with write ups, so I'm going to do the best I can.  You can check our show calendar for even more info, and please feel free to add shows you don't see on there yourselves.  It's really easy and takes but a second, and we always love people who make our jobs a little bit easier.  Oh, and someone sent me this message on Facebook today:

"WSJR Award Nomination for Worst Club in Which to Have Explosive Diarrhea:  Rubber Gloves.  No fucking toilet paper in the men's room!"  Come on RG, hook us up next time, ok?  Shows:


Dub Assembly with Appleblim of Skull Disco/Mundo/Royal Highnuss/Tomb (Green Elephant): Appleblim is perhaps the most esteemed guest Dub Assembly has ever hosted, so if you've never been to one of their monthly parties but have an interest, I would highly recommend making tonight the one you go to.  For those who don't know, Skull Disco has been one of the most closely followed and highly acclaimed record labels to have emerged from the dubstep scene, and Appleblim was it's co-founder along with Shackleton, another hero of the genre.  Whereas much of the more popular dubstep that has emerged in the past few years (Skream, Burial, etc.) has taken direct inspiration from hip hop and electro/dance, the Skull Disco sound has always been significantly more challenging and abstract, with a focus on African percussion, tribal rhythms and raw worship of hard, heavy beats and bass with an overall approach that could be considered minimal when compared with contemporaries.  This rough minimalism landed them the admiration of critics as well as respected electro producers such as Ricardo Villalobos, who did an excellent remix on the label's first compilation.   For Appleblim to play in the United States outside of the normal spots (NYC, LA, SF, etc.) is probably a rare treat, and you can thank the well connected Dub Assembly crew for making it happen.

Eat Avery's Bones/Red Faced Laughter/Fungi Girls/Montezuma (Majestic Dwelling of Doom):  It's too bad that the Numerators canceled their performance tonight, but this will still be a fantastic show.  Members of Red Faced Laughter run the Majestic Dwelling these days, and although the group doesn't play out a whole hell of a lot, we really enjoy what they do and always look forward to seeing one of their sets.  I don't know if I've already told this story, but they mailed us one of their tapes a couple years ago in what appeared to be a custom, hand crafted package, and we absolutely loved it-- just a chaotic mix of all kinds of influences, everything from no wave to shoegaze to westcoast hardcore.  The problem was that we just kept putting off writing something about it until it was too late, and thus we totally screwed up.  Anyway, head out to hear how bad we screwed up tonight, and be sure to catch the excellent Fungi Girls and Eat Avery's Bones, who during their excellent set at the Dan Doyle record release party a few weeks ago made quite an impression on several people I was with that had never heard them before.

Humanization 4tet (Firehouse Gallery):  Portuguese jazz group featuring Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez will also feature a guest appearance from their father Dennis this evening at the new Metrognome Collective spot.  I pretty much don't even question what these guys do anymore, I just go watch and enjoy.  Just listen to the stuff on their Myspace if you don't believe me.  Doors at 8PM I believe.  

Little Birds/The Lovely Sparrows (Mountain House)

Outlaw Order/Midnight/Aten (Club Dada):  Honestly didn't have a lot of time to check these bands out before posting, but Outlaw Order sounds pretty fucking ferocious and if I end up being in the mood for this kind of stuff tonight I would certainly consider checking this out.  Solid stuff that features members of Eyehategod.  Oh, and locals Aten sound quite good too.  Some surprising local doom metal is always a good thing. 

Florene/Hotel Hotel/Salesman/Phantastes (Rubber Gloves)

Uptown Fridays with Select (Zubar)

Flock of Seagulls/When In Rome/Dramarama (House of Blues):  Former WSJR contributor and man behind the excellent San Francisco project Rangers, Howard Bob Johnson, is actually a big Flock of Seagulls fan who is constantly trying to get me to check out some of their "deep cuts" in order to see how underrated they are.  I did it once before and I kind of agreed with him actually.  Oops.  

Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos/Telekinesis (Hailey's):  Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos is honestly the worst band name of all time.  I can't even bring myself to listen to the stuff on their Myspace page.  Sowwy.  


Etc. Etc. and WSJR Present RIOT Warehouse Party (1800 Lear St., Dallas):  I already did a post on this today, so check out the info here, and get ready.  You all know you're so going anyway.  

Octopus Project/This Will Destroy You/UME (Granada):  Sorry to be immature but can the chick from UME be my GF?  K thnx.  

Jack with One Eye/Blixaboy (Good Records):  These usually start at 6 and always have free beer, as both groups are celebrating releases on Wanz Dover's Stereo on Strike label.  

Possessed by Paul James/Brent Best/Chris Welch (Rubber Gloves)


Rival Gang/Rocket for Ethiopia/Fungi Girls/Scoff/Lady K (1649 W. Henderson St., Cleburne):  Great weekend for a fun Sunday show like this as everyone has Monday off.  Cleburne is a hell of a drive, but a great line up like this combined with my curiosity about what a show in Cleburne looks like almost makes me think that I'll drive out to this show... we'll see.  Not sure what time this starts, but I think I heard 7PM.  

Zoroaster/Mouth of the Architect/H...N (Club Dada)

For Your Pleasure with DJG (Hailey's)


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