Friday, July 31, 2009

Weekender

FRIDAY

De La Soul/Rhythm Roots All Stars/Kenan Bell (House of Blues): You know what I think of as late-period De La Soul? 2000's "Oooh (Featuring Redman)" off of their "Art Official Intelligence" record. That was already ten years ago, and it's hard to believe they have been doing this for twenty years. As is often the case with hip hop acts that have been doing it as long as they have, their quirkiness makes them one of those groups who probably have more of a secure following with straight dance music fans more than anyone else. The charm of their records, however, has faded very little in the many years since "3 Feet High And Rising," which has a sample on it so good it actually caused me to "reverse like" a Steely Dan song. For better or worse, there will always be some terrible songs that are perfect for great samples, no matter how you feel about it as an "art form." Wait, is sampling still offensive to people? Weird.

Finally, I want to say that one of my all time favorite moves in music is when a group releases an album that everyone loves, and on the second record, the group decides to kill everything off that people liked about them. This is exactly what De La Soul attempted to do between "3 Feet High" and their sophomore release, "De La Soul Is Dead." Not exaclty subtle, but the attempt to kill off their upbeat aspects was appreciated. I bought a "De La Soul Is Dead" shirt at Bill's Records that had dead flowers on the back many years ago, and I almost got beaten up at a basketball court for wearing it. Miss those innocent times.

Piss Shit Fuck/Akkolyte/Division of Power/Releaser/Cadillac to Mexico/KO 49 (the Alamo, Ft. Worth):Piss Shit Fuck's music tends to be quick release hardcore, with attempts to
temper the music with varying elements of everything from thash and crust punk, to doom metal, or just plain metal; basically a pretty diverse mixture of various forms of extreme music. I've been wanting to see how shows at the Alamo are, and it seems like this wouldn't be a bad night to try.

Uptown Fridays with Sober (filling in for Select)(Zubar)

Lehtmojoe/Mount Righteous/Anonymous/Free Agent (Granada): Uh oh. "Good" hip hop. Great. And our very own local version of Girl Talk hosting a record release party. And Mount Righteous opening. At least its free? I guess thats something. I don't know, its just very difficult to stomach a lot of the hip hop thats marketed as "smart" or "quality" or "indie" or whatever label these people want to use these days, because most of what they are trying to sell with these terms is just weak garbage masquerading as "culturally relevant" hip hop that's oh-so-much-smarter than the singles played on loop over on K104 and 97.9 The Beat. The problem is that its not smarter, just weaker. This isn't exactly what's going on with this show at the Granada this evening, but the association is almost unavoidable. The earlier Girl Talk reference was meant for local DJ/producer Lehtmojoe (what?), a guy who has building a small reputation online for unauthorized remixes and mash ups. The worst offender is probably his dance remix of Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock," which strikes me as a nominee for most unnecessary remix of all time. Elsewhere, Joe's more electro friendly remixes that stay away from Mash ups are much stronger, and mostly not bad at all, just mostly, um, unnecessary. Do we really need to hear more of this stuff in 2009? Not that I enjoy calling out a relatively unknown local artist for bad timing, but Lehtmojoe's original material and less gimmicky remixes are good, indicating that the guy has some talent, but maybe just needs to catch up a little on taste. Local rapper Anonymous has also been building up a bit of online rep for himself as well, and despite some strong beats and a more than competent delivery as an MC, a lot of his material falls flat simply because it tries to be a little too cute and clever, masking many of Anonymous' stronger qualities. A debut live performance from a little known artist might have worked better at the Cavern as opposed to the Granada, as well.

El Ten Eleven/the Bizaro Kids/Ishi (Hailey's): Maybe I should spend a little time trying to answer the eternal question of the comments sections-- "but how does it stack up with Ishi?" I don't know who writes that, but it often makes me laugh, and I guess I'd actually try to answer it if I knew exactly what "it" is. Maybe "it" is everything. Maybe its nothing. I don't know. But since the last time we talked about Ishi several months ago, they've become a favorite of both the Dallas Observer music section and the hipster fashionistas over at Helloooooo.com, which for at least some of our readers are probably strikes one and strike two for Ishi. Ishi reminds me of some sort of hybrid between MGMT, Everything But the Girl and late 90's "chill out" techno with touches of electro acoustic, 70's AM folk balladry and synth pop-- all produced with Hollywood studio gloss that often makes much of it sound like music you'd hear at Starbucks. This undoubtedly is a recipe for potential mass appeal, but if you're going to check out this show, don't expect too many new ideas, just polite pop. They're still probably the best band in this line up, at least-- El Ten Eleven has to be one of the most boring bands I've ever heard in my life.



Elliott Levin Trio featuring Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez/Zanzibar Snails/The Tidbits (Annex House): Here's a bio for Levin that was passed on to us:

Have you seen this man walking the streets of Philly? His signature single dread emits musical spores over sidewalks, music halls, and coffeehouses. Elliott is the ubiquitous Philadelphia musician. He has played with everyone.....reading his poetry into his flute, literally, improvising with Charles Cohen, Rick Iannacone, and New Ghost, the list is long. A discography appears below.

Elliott studied music and creative writing at the University of Oregon. He also studied extensively with Michael Guera (former saxophonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra), Cecil Taylor (..pianist/..composer/..improvisor),
and Claire Polin (..flutist/..composer).

Elliott has performed with groups including Cecil Taylor's Ensemble, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Odeon Popes' Sax Choir, Scram!, New Ghost, Atzilut (Fourth World), and Talking Free Bebop. He has collaborated in performance with poets Miguel Algarin, Gloria Tropp, Mbali Umoja, Marty Watt, and Frank Messina & Spoken Motion among many others. Venues have included Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Yale University, The Greek Theater, Watts Towers, Lollapalooza! and scores of galleries, clubs and theaters. In 1999, he performed at the Crossing Borders Festival in the Hague, the Sexial Jazz Festival in Lisbon and Portugal, The Alternative Festival in Prague, and the Sonic Logos Festival in Philadelphia.
Elliott has received awards from New American Radio (New York), The Cityof Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the California Endowment for the Humanities.

A prolific poet, Eliott's work has appeared in L.A. Weekly, Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), The Painted Word, Po' Fly, Vital Pulse, Poets & Prophets, and Intervals: The Poems of Musicians (Beehive & Sisyphus Press). A book of Poetry by Elliott Levin was published in 1996 (Heat Press, Los Angeles).

Born in 1953, Elliott Levin is a Philadelphia born and based jazz musician and poet. For ten years he toured the world with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, as saxophonist in The Sound of Philadelphia band. His poetry has been published in several periodicals including the LA Weekly, Blue Beat acket (Japan), The Painted Word, Po' Fly, The Nile, Vital Pulse, Ozone, and Poets & Prophets. He regularly performs jazz and poetry with Gloria Tropp, Miguel Algarin, Cecil Taylor's groups Phthongas and Unit Core Ensemble, New Ghosts, Interplay and Talking Free Be-Bop. His original music and poetry was recorded for broadcast throughout the USA as part of the New American Radio Series. Elliott performed as solo, and in collaboration with Frank Messina at Lollapalooza in 1994, where they also jammed with Courtney Love in Phila. at a late night jam.

He is currently a member also of drummer (Ornette Coleman, Blood Ulmer, Lounge Lizards)G. Calvin Weston's BIG TREE (www...calvinweston...com); Animus (world/fusion music); The Philadelphia Phenomenon (w/ Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Rick Iannacone, Calvin Weston).

Thursday, July 30, 2009

It List: Thursday


Canyons/Regret, The Informer/Big Fiction/Tonn (1919 Hemphill): There is a lot of big rock sludgery with classic "pull-off" riffing to be found here, as well as a lot of dramatic screaming. Fans of one style don't always tend to be down with the other, so perhaps this is best for the middle-of-the-roader who doesn't mind either.

Hippiefest featuring Chuck Negron/Badfinger/The Turtles/Felix Cavliere's Rascals/Mountain (Nokia): I thought all of Badfinger killed themselves in a mass suicide. It's hard to imagine that any of the prominent members are around to tour, but who knows. It's funny how much bands that try to sound like the beatles often wind up sounding like Badfinger instead. You could do a lot worse, I suppose. I would like to point out a couple of other things:

1. I hate when bands change something like "The Rascals" to "Felix Cavliere's Rascals."

2. Leslie West is much thinner lately.

Legends Of Surf Music featuring Original Beach Boy Al Jardine, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, Original Beach Boy David Marks, and the Surf City Allstars (Bass Performance Hall): Looks like if you're into awkward, amputated, anti-super groups, tonight is your night.


HEAVEN (Fur And Ops) featuring Sean Sparks and Yeah Def (Rubber Gloves): Tonight's projections for the Yeah Def-described "art-sperience" will be handled by ex-Strawberry Fielder and Short Attention Span Theater's Chad Withers. There will also be a "special guest" which you may have heard about on blogs that either everyone reads or nobody reads. I guess that's how you know it's really "buzz."

By the way, I'm working on a long essay defending the altruistic nature of hipsters, based on all the things I've learned by contributing to We Shot JR. As it turns out, you guys are really sweet.

Top Notch Thursday With Sober (The Cavern)

80's Night (Hailey's)

Art List

A whole lot of not much going on this week.

SATURDAY

Annual Membership Show
McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney, Dallas, TX 75204
Reception: Saturday, August 1, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The MAC's 15th anniversary celebration: "Quinceañera-themed".

Sticky
Chaitra Linehan
Jen Rose
Mighty Fine Arts Gallery
419 North Tyler, Dallas, TX 75208
Reception: Saturday, August 1, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

On My Own Time
Janette Kennedy Gallery, Southside on Lamar
1409 South Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
Reception: Saturday, August 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

I cannot figure out what the description for this show means: "an employee art competition organized by North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts to recognize and encourage creativity and build team spirit among employees". I guess anyone in North Texas who's not a CEO or stockholder can submit an entry.

Artists Track 001 Exhibition
Jennifer Jones, Todd Camplin, Bernardo Cantu, Zoe Zander Spiliotis, Bryce Lafferty, Mariko Frost, and Adrián Aguirre.
mod.shop gallery
Through August 14. (214) 604-6362
Reception: Saturday, August 1, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

"a Master of Fine Art Graduate and Candidate exhibition featuring drawings from University of North Texas graduate students and one free agent."

Image courtesy of Henri Rousseau.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It List: Wednesday

Orange Coax/Rival Gang/Lychgate/Drug Mountain/Oicho Kabu (The Chat Room Pub): The last ever show at Fort Worth's wonderful Chat Room Pub takes places tonight, and its a damn shame to lose such an inviting venue. The good news is that Ben Rogers couldn't have selected a better line up to close things out, featuring some of our favorite local groups along with Oicho Kabu, a band with a sound thats difficult to classify but easy to enjoy-- influences are all over the place, everything from Can to Captain Beefheart to afrobeat and a variety of other world music influences, and its all full of horns and a wide variety of instrumentation, and its all quite good. Couldn't recommend this strong (mostly) local line up more, as this is the best reason you've had to drive to Ft. Worth on a weekday in quite a while.

ADD: Akkolyte/Malevellar (the Cavern)

Survive/Florene/H...N (Hailey's): Although Phantastes dropped off this bill, its still very much worth checking out, especially to catch Austin's Survive, which features some nice minimal/cold electronics.

BS Art Fusion with Peligro/Bleach Boys/This Old House/BC Da' Dinsoaur (Rubber Gloves)

Asher Roth/Kid Cudi/B.O.B./Pac Div (House of Blues): I've heard that "Day N' Nite" song by Kid Cudi 8 million times like I'm sure many of you have if you listen to 97.9 The Beat, and I've never really been able to decide whether I like it or not. It's strange. One of those tracks that gets stuck in your heard, for better or worse, but doesn't really do a lot once its up there. Either way, its probably once of his less enjoyable tracks, to be honest, as a lot of his other material utilizes more interesting musical structures and beats, even if the guy does seem to get a little too close to the whole hipster hop thing at times. Asher Roth, on the other hand, is just embarrassing all around. His hit "I Love College" seems to have been informed by watching Old School and Girls Gone Wild, and I guess we can all be happy that frat boys and fans of Sarah Palin finally have one of their own up there doing his thing. Way to go guys! Whether or not this guy actually went to college cannot be confirmed at press time, however, but I have to quit listening to this garbage right this second, so I'll leave the research to you guys.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It List: Tuesday


Yellow Crystal Star/Oicho Kabu/Wonder Wheel/Picc Line (Majestic Dwelling Of Doom): Note: Unfortunately the excellent group, Tan Dollar, dropped off of this show due to their car overheating in the desert.

We've mentioned the drone-y Yellow Crystal Star before, due to the fact that they tour quite a bit. I noticed they're playing The Mopery, the show space in Chicago run by former Denton musicians Mike Forbes and Andrew Young. I hope to visit it soon, since I've heard nothing but good things since they started hosting shows there.

Oicho Kabu is a six-piece ensemble that plays a tricky, world-infused brand of music that thankfully avoids most of the forced cheeriness that any group with more than five members usually has. It's not exactly dark by any means, in fact some of it reminds me of the cerebral Zappa-influenced work of Czech, prog-punk weirdos, Uz jsme doma, which is a good thing.

Wonder Wheel is a one-man West Coast act with an extremely layered, psychedelic wash blotting out the more obvious pop tendencies of the music. It's always harder to blot out those tendencies when you're playing live though. I wonder if he can do it. Didn't mean to make that a pun, but it looks like we're all going to have to just live with it.

Disqo Disco (Fallout Lounge): Duh.

90's Night With Yeah Def (Hailey's)

Monday, July 27, 2009

It List: Monday

Cassettes on Fire/Caution Children/Pianos Become the Teeth/Zwounds/Jubilee (1919 Hemphill): Although they refer to themselves as a "screamo" band, Cassettes on Fire seem to be a tad more diverse than such a label would imply-- in fact, they even sound like they might be inspired by some of the more extreme metal subgenres, although it would probably be inaccurate to stick this group with any of those labels since they still come off as more devoted to hardcore and groups like Isis, etc. Still a lot better than you might expect, however. Tourmates Caution Children are similarly better-than-expected, with soaring melodic influences and even some instrumental parts that lean in a slightly ambient direction. Again, not the most amazing thing in the world, but certainly solid and more adventurous than many similar groups. Still hard to take anything called "screamo" very seriously, though.
Cool Out (The Cavern)

Bad Ass Jazz (Amsterdam)
ADD-- Mayhem Mondays (Fallout Lounge): Stefan Gonzalez and DJ Meco Seco spinning all vinyl sets of hardcore, thrash, grindcore, death metal and more.

VNV Nation/War Tapes (Granada): What's that? Do I want to hear a band that sounds like Mike Ness joined the Pet Shop Boys and decided to cover the ten worst Nine Inch Nails songs? Tell me more. Oh, they also do a raved out cover of "Paint it Black" thats so bad it would make Meat Beat Manifesto blush? Um, can I just listen to the Pet Shop Boys instead? You can call me a pussy or whatever, I don't care.

Monday Morning Rock



SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK


TUE: Yellow Crystal Star/Tan Dollar/Oicho Kabu/Wonder Wheel (Majestic Dwelling of Doom)
WED: Phantastes/Survive/Florene/H...N (Hailey's)
WED: Orange Coax/Rival Gang/Lychgate/Drug Mountain/Oicho Kabu (The Chat Room Pub)
FRI: De La Soul (House Of Blues)
SAT: Yppah (Good Records)
SAT: Catalyst/Bleach Boys/ANS/Stymie (1919 Hemphill)
SAT: Great Tyrant/Nervous Curtains/Silk Stocking/True Widow (Hailey's)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekender

Lots of new shows added to our show calendar, and here are some of the highlights for this weekend:

FRIDAY

Pterodactyl/Church of the Snake/When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (Handsome Kitten): Looks like there are a couple good things going on down in Expo Park this weekend, and this is one of them. Just two seconds ago, a part of one of Brooklyn's Pterdactyl's songs reminded me of Les Savy Fav, and I just wanted to take a minute to express how fucking overrated that goddamn band is. I've seriously never heard a single Les Savy Fav song that I can stand, and Tim Harrington has to be one of the most annoying hacks in underground history. They're one of those bands who has really good influences and ruins all of them. Anyway, Pterodactyl don't really sound like them, and they're much better for it. Fans of Deerhoof, Oneida, or even Animal Collective might dig this stuff, although the band incorporates bits of prog and other influences that add a dynamic thats a bit different than any of the aforementioned groups. Church of the Snake now features Denton's Shane English, and I'm sure this has only made them better. I like them a good deal better than some of the members' other project, Attractive and Popular. Lots of post-punk and no wave influences from Fire Engines to DNA, in addition to some hardcore and noise influences.

Jabee/Playdough/A-One/Sober (The Lounge): Pre party for this weekend's Kixpo sneaker and streetwear exhibition down in Deep Ellum. Check out this mix tape for a little preview of what you might hear this evening.

House of Dang and And/Or Closing Event feat. Disqo Disco (House of Dang): House of Dang will be shutting down at this location (not sure if they're opening up somewhere else or what) and And/Or is closing down for good, so they'll be hosting a huge party tonight starting at 7pm featuring free trash can punch and more, including a pretty big sale.

Keith P/Justin Vacant/Disqo Disco (Fallout Lounge): After party for the House of Dang event, will probably be a packed good time, as Disqo Disco seems to have created more or less a built in crowd for themselves at this point.

Dust Congress/Drink to Victory/Piccline/Kampgrounds (503 W. Sycamore, Denton): House show hosted at the home of Dust Congress' Nick Foreman. I hear he talks a lot of shit on the basketball court.

Magnolia Electric Co/Donkeys/Thousand Arrows (Rubber Gloves): Jason Molina's Magnolia Electric Co, currently based in the middle America indie oasis of Bloomington, IN, had always struck me as pretty middle of the road altcountry/folk, but for the most part, his work seems less annoying than this description would imply because the songs are just way better than most similar songwriters produce. Fans of Will Oldham and Uncle Tupelo will probably be into this, but they probably already are.

Darktown Strutters (620 Bolivar): I love seeing Darktown Strutters play live because the audience is usually especially fun to watch-- they start off thinking "omg this band is weird," but after a few minutes, everyone starts dancing and really getting locked into the grooves. I bet most of the people at this party will already "get it," though, so it might not happen tonight... people will probably be drunk and into it from the get go. It's really been great watching Darktown's live shows evolve over the past few months, and I know they're on our label and we're not supposed to "talk about" them or whatever, but don't hate the player, hate the game, people.

Boom Boom Box/Record Hop (Doublewide)

SATURDAY

Tim Sweeney/Luke Sardello/Red Sean/Feezy/Red Eye (Excuses, 3025 Main St.): Ah, Dallas. You never know what you're going to get, as this is an excellent line up at a venue I've never really heard of. I'm willing to give it a shit, though, as DFA's Tim Sweeney will probably be a real treat. Sweeney's sets are eclectic in the true sense of the word as opposed to what passes for "eclectic" amongst hipster DJs these days, which typically means the DJ downloads shit from TONS of MP3 blogs. Sweeney will focus on house, disco, balearic, etc., but also works in some post-punk and other rarely-heard-on-a-dance-floor stuff that makes his sets a lot more interesting. Sweeney also hosts the highly respected New York based radio show Beats in Space, where he plays things like Carl Craig, T. Rex, Can, Dennis Wilson and Screamin Jay Hawkins in addition to dance stuff. Should be a great time.

Yellow Crystal Star/Wonder Wheel/Tan Dollar/Oicho Kabu (Majestic Dwelling of Doom): THE MAJESTIC DWELLING GUYS GOT THE DATE WRONG. THIS SHOW IS ACTUALLY ON TUESDAY NOW.

Hentai Improvising Orchestra/Yanari/PFF (F) T (Firehouse Gallery, Ft Worth): Solid show at the wonderful Firehouse Gallery featuring some truly interesting groups. Yanari is a group I hadn't really listened to until today, but the mix of free jazz with dub and noise works quite well and is certainly worth checking out if any of those genres interest you. Hentai's music is also compelling, and I imagine you get something different with every performance.

Phoenix Project Benefit with Embolization/Vorvadoss/Cleric and more (Phoenix Project): Massive event featuring a ton of hardcore, metal, and grind groups performing at 406 S. Hakell in Dallas. Starts at 4pm and includes free BBQ. Check here for full line up. Good to see this venue is getting up and running.

SUNDAY

Free Tim Sweeney Tickets

Hey guys, DFA Records' Tim Sweeney will be spinning disco, house and more at Excuses, 3025 Main St. in Dallas, this Saturday night, and the first person to email weshotjrtix@yahoo.com with "Tim Sweeney" as the email subject and their full name in the body will receive 2 guest list spots to his performance. Be fast, and good luck!

not new music this week

Debris - Static Disposal (1976, Pig)

Some wild mid 70s greatness from Chickasha, Oklahoma of all places! Debris' Static Disposal has finally been getting some deserved recognition over the past decade, due largely in part to Anopheles Records 1999 cd release and vinyl reissues in 2002 and 2008. The original release was privately pressed in a limited quantity.

Debris' influences are well documented around this internet, and pretty much hit the nail on the head: Funhouse era Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Roxy Music. There are also a few comparisons to Pere Ubu, MX-80 and Chrome. I guess the impressive thing is that they managed to jam all of these influences, in practically equal parts, into a ten hour recording session AND come out of it with an album that is pretty damn awesome from start to finish.

I've only included the original lp track listing, but the cd issue has several bonus tracks including covers of John Cale's 'Gun' and the Stooges 'Real Cool Time.'

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Art List

This week is the 25th anniversary celebration for Conduit Gallery. Danette Dufilho and Nancy Whitenack were nice enough to sit down with We Shot Jr to express eloquently some hard hitting art opinions...

MINI-GREATNESS: CONDUIT GALLERY

Richardson Heights: Art is a tough business. Most galleries fail. How has Conduit stuck around for 25 years?

Conduit Gallery: Fantastic artists. If there was a class, book or program that taught successful gallery practice, we'd certainly be first in line to learn. It's the artists and the work they make that have kept the doors open and the lights on.

RH: In what ways is the Dallas art world of 2009 different from when you
opened in 1984?

CG: Happily, the main difference is that the art scene here has grown much larger than in past years. There are more museums, non-profits, artist-run spaces and galleries than ever before. Having more art and cultural venues of all kinds help make what we're doing more viable. Also, for better or worse, there probably is much less Neo-expressionism around.

RH: What type of collector do you most respect and why?

CG: The kind without fear. Or the fearful ones that stay with works of art that scare them until it becomes understood.

RH: Can you describe one spectacular thing that's going to be in the show this weekend, or does it all remain a surprise?

CG: One of the most spectacular things about Saturday's party is that it won't be a typical exhibition opening at all. Suspend what you think you'd usually expect to experience at a gallery opening and come ready to attend a birthday party. We looked into having a pony here though it didn't pan out. I think we've got most other birthday party accouterments covered.

FRIDAY

DANCE!
And/Or Gallery
"One night only! Friday, July 24, 7pm - ???"

The Final And/Or Event: "For our final event at the gallery, we are creating a simulation of a rogue, acid warehouse techno dance party from the nineties, often referred to as a rave. This will be similar to other shows we've had here but with really loud house music. Video content will be provided by Kevin Bewersdorf, Petra Cortright, Travis Hallenbeck, Guthrie Lonergan, Kristin Lucas, Tom Moody, Marcin Ramocki, Paul Slocum, Michael Bell-Smith, and Spirit Surfers. Music will be selected and remixed by Tree Wave."

Landscape: Observed & Imagined
Jenna Burditt
Mokah Art Gallery
2803 Taylor Street, Dallas, TX 75226
July 24 : 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The title of Jenna Burditt's web site is "Please install the Adobe Flash Player". So, no link 4 u.

SATURDAY

Conduit Gallery 25th Anniversary Celebration and Party
Conduit Gallery
1626 C Hi Line Drive, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pieces of Me
Laura Dinello
Cameron Gallery
1414 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Laura Dinello seems to make very beautiful faux deco mosaics.

New Texas Talent XVI
Way too many artists to list.
Craighead-Green Gallery
1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Summer Selections
Carlos Don Juan, Ansen Seale, Adriana Carvalho, Martin Delabano and Danville Chadbourne at the
HCG Gallery
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 1190, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

FRONTROOM = BACKROOM
Marty Walker Gallery
Way too many artists to list.
2135 Farrington Street, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

ARTS 1317
Way too many artists to list.
mod.shop Gallery
5840 Alpha Road #B, Dallas, TX 75240
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chaos and Order
Stephen Arruda, Dan Bristow, James Edgar Crowe, Roger Moore and Mary Tomas
Mary Tomas Studio Gallery
1110 Dragon Street, Suite 1080, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

midsummer night's dream
Anila Agha, William Cannings, Elisa D'Arrigo, Ted Larsen, Jane Martin, Rusty Scruby, Howard Sherman, and Laura Wilson
PanAmerican ArtProjects
1615 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thornwood Gallery Artists Summer Celebration
Thornwood Gallery
1605 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
Reception: Saturday, July 25 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Image Courtesy of Conduit Gallery

It List: Thursday



Fur & Ops' "Atmosphere" (Rubber Gloves)

David Allan Coe/The O's (House Of Blues): Sometimes this shit writes itself.

Jim Rose Circus/Jake The Snake Roberts/Bastardos De Sancho (The Loft): Remember how in the 90's there would be freak shows at music festivals, and being into "alternative" culture meant you might have wild piercings and be into self-mutilation? Now it means you avoid gluten when you drink and you're really into bicycles. What the fuck happened there?

The Felons (Downstairs)/Top Notch with DJ Sober and DJ MEl (Upstairs) -(The Cavern)

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

Wild In The Streets (Amsterdam Bar)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It List: Wednesday

Etc. Etc. and Helloooooo.com Present Gold Party with Classixx/Hoyo Toho/Mountblood (Suite):  The only really amusing thing about Suite is the fact that no one can seem to figure out who they're cooler than when they're there.  You see, for those who haven't been, Suite is divided into two levels-- the main upstairs floor, which is a bottle service douchebag fest that somehow gets away with having a "strict guest list" despite the fact that no one with even an average IQ would want to be caught dead up there on most nights, and the basement floor, which is where Big J and friends host their Friday night events geared more towards the Dallas hipster/scenester set.  The basement dwellers rightly see the upstairs floor for what it is, a bunch of meatheads, SMU brats and strippers who aren't on the schedule for the night, but the problem is that there are separate entrances, and the security guards will not permit the basement patrons to enter the upstairs main floor, thus implying that anyone downstairs is missing something upstairs, and might, in fact, be less cool than the very people they look down upon (or I guess, literally, up upon).  You follow me?  

Anyway, the whole dynamic is kind of gross, and Suite is one of those classic Dallas places that believes itself to be infinitely classier and more important than it actually is.  The good news is that Etc. Etc. is bringing some solid DJs to the club, and if you can stomach the aforementioned  environment, then you'll probably have an excellent time.  Tonight Etc. Etc. has teamed up with Dallas/Los Angeles fashion/scene blog Helloooooo.com, which is apparently run by what I'm told are "influential" people who seem to be of the more glamorous hipster persuasion.  What exactly it is they influence I'm not clear on, but whatever.  I don't have the energy to find out.  Anyway, these two entities will be teaming up to bring Los Angeles' much buzzed about Classixx to Dallas.  Classixx seem to be into the fairly standard hipster friendly mix of Balearic, disco, house, and contemporary Italo influenced jamz popularized by Kisune and the like, and their Myspace includes remix work for Phoenix and Major Lazer, among others.  It's nothing new to anyone who's been following this music for a while, but its mostly good remix work, and I imagine their set will be an entertaining one.  Dallas based Hoyo/Toho will open things up.  

Fight Bite/Wild in the Streets (The Cavern):  Nice pairing tonight at the Cavern.

Supersuckers/Speeddealer/The American Fuse (Granada):  I remember back when I liked pretty much everything on Sub Pop just because it was on Sub Pop.  But I still didn't like these guys.  Neo rockabilly punk rock drinkin' music for people who like hard workin' rock bands my man.  And cussing.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It List: Tuesday


Skeletonwitch/Saviours/Trap Them (Rubber Gloves): There's been a lot of talk about sponsorship on the site here this week, and I want to point out that these three bands are keeping no one in the dark about their endorsements. The three very similar Myspace pages have the logos of everyone from Emperor Cabinets to Converse All Star shoes. This is merely an observation of something that is pretty common in metal; it's very similar to endorsement deals in sports actually. To be fair, Guided By Voices also had an endorsement deal with Converse if I remember correctly. As far as the actual music goes, I prefer Saviours and Trap Them to the headliner, since they seem to have a rougher, more hardcore influence, though all of the groups will probably make for a good show overall. After all, we love "brutal" music.


90's Night With Yeah Def featuring Ian Bangs and Big J (Hailey's)

Disqo Disco (Fallout Lounge)


Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony (The Granada): Ah, Matthew And The Arrogant Sea. You grew up so fast. One day you're a little band with nothing but a Myspace page, lying to us about some crazy major label deal, thus making yourself the favorite weapon and political tool of our critics and naysayers, and now you're headlining the main stage of the Granada, invited there by those very critics. Congratulations, fellas. It's been a fun, crazy trip together. We'll always have EMI.

Also, why didn't anyone tell me there was a "PUNK STAGE" at The Granada? Is it in the back by the dumpsters, so you can dive off into the "CIRCLE PIT?" Is it in that weird little Honeycomb Hideout spot between the theater and the dude-bro club next door? That is seriously pretty cool. Event is free (DIY, DUH) and doors open at 8.

Monday, July 20, 2009

It List: Monday

You know, this shit can really suck sometimes. The local music scene. Sometimes it's just a real drag, and I wonder why I'm involved on any level. Saturday night at the Chat Room, however, was one of those nights that almost completely redeems the whole endeavor in my eyes-- no shitty attitudes, no "spinning," no talk of "Pitchfork approval" or "blog impact" or "tweets" or whatever else. Just mostly nice, mostly interesting people packed in to an infinitely inviting and friendly venue watching some of the most interesting local music around right now. Akkolyte was as punishing as it comes, Darktown Strutters were infectious, Great Tyrant was brutal, and the whole thing was just a great deal of fun. I know some of you are probably thinking that I'm writing this as a round about attack on the Observer showcase thing, but I'm really not, because there were a few good bands playing those showcases, and they're certainly worthy of your attention. I Just wanted to give a shout out to Ben Rogers and Fort Worth for a fantastic night at the Chat Room. Shows:


Mayhem Mondays (Fallout Lounge): Could be a very nice little one two punch in Expo Park tonight. Mayhem Mondays is a new weekly event hosted by Stefan Gonzalez of Akkolyte and Yells at Eels and his friend DJ Meco Seco. They'll be playing hardcore/grindcore/thrash/black metal, etc. all night long starting at 10PM, and if anyone knows what the fuck they're doing when it comes to all the aforementioned genres, its one of the Gonzalez brothers. Should be an excellent time, but if the music gets a little too intense for you, you can always take a break by hopping next door to catch:

Bad Ass Jazz (Amsterdam)

Cool Out (The Cavern)

Monday Morning Rock




SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK


TUE: Skeletonwitch/Saviours/Trap Them (Rubber Gloves)
WED: Fight Bite/Wild in the Streets (The Cavern)
FRI: Pterodactyl/Church of the Snake/When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (Handsome Kitten)
FRI: Magnolia Electric Co/Donkeys/Thousand Arrows (Rubber Gloves)
FRI: Darktown Strutters (620 Bolivar)
SAT: Tim Sweeney/Luke Sardello/Red Sean/Feezy/Red Eye (Excuses, 3025 Main St.)
SAT: Yellow Crystal Star/Wonder Wheel/Tan Dollar/Oicho Kabu (Majestic Dwelling of Doom)
SAT: Phoenix Project Benefit with Embolization/Vorvadoss/Cleric and more (Phoenix Project)
SUN: Rod Stewart (Nokia Theater)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekender

Have to be more brief than usual, sorry. DL and SR wrote this, but mostly DL. See if you can guess who is who and see if we care. I doubt you do. You guys are the best.

-DL

Even more options for this weekend in our show calendar..... shows:

FRIDAY

Summer Spotlight Late Night with DJG (Dallas Museum of Art): Hopefully people will leave their 80's Night behavior back in Denton, as I don't think the DMA could afford to clean that up.

Big J/Chicken George (Suite): RSVP to suite.basement@gmail.com and use the side door ya turkey.

The schedule was a little confusing, but it appears, according to flier we've located, that all the following house shows are occurring tonight:

Survive (Stake House 5715 Junius):  Sounds pretty good actually.  Wish someone would have told us about this sooner.  Starts like now.... 9pm.

Sydney Confirm (5123 Victor, Victor House, Dallas):  1130 PM

Lose Lips Sink Ships (Mountain House, 5320 Tremont, 1015 PM/Caddywhompus (Annex House,1207 Annex Ave., 1245 AM)

SATURDAY

Fight Bite/Darktown Strutters/Akkolyte/The Great Tyrant/Eat Avery's Bones/Personal Victories (The Chat Room) This is a show not only for Ben Rogers' birthday but will also work as a benefit show for The Metrognome collective, a project he has been going full-force on since taking over a while back. As for the lineup, this includes mostly familiar acts save for the fairly new solo project, Personal Victories, fronted by Faux Fox's George Quartz, who we have recently posted some tracks by, including one earlier today from a separate project. Personal Victories also includes two more members of Faux Fox, two members of Mission Giant and an ex-member of Falcon Project, Thorazine Dreams, and Furniture Of The Gods. So this should be a good mix of some of the local underground's most interesting performers, spanning two decades.

Spector 45/New Science Projects/Shiny Around the Edges/True Widow/Fergus and Geronimo/Bad Sports/RtB2 (The Cavern): Neil Hamburger performed last night and I was noticing how similar the New Science Projects falsely coughing and hacking into the mic gag is to Neil's bit. Young Dale Projects finds himself the lone Jimmy Vaughn-like blues-man on the bill here (EDIT: FORGOT RTB2 is playing, maybe they can jam "Family Style" since they played together), along with what is mostly punk bands of either the leather-jacket, greaser gang, Deep Ellum variety (Spector 45) and the no-frills Denton variety (Bad Sports), as well as a couple of slower, more plodding, atmospheric groups (YW and SATE).

This show is most notable for the fact that it features a rather rare performance by the already much-discussed Fergus and Geronimo, and here's hoping that the group gets a fair chance to be taken at face value, rather than having to live up to an improbably large amount of pressure that they didn't necessarily ask for. Remember everyone: bands don't always ask for every uninformed idiot on the planet to write about them, it snowballs as soon people think they "should" write about something so as not to appear "behind the curve" or some other such ego-driven nonsense. Sometimes it's really not the artist's fault, as occasionally some random artist is unwittingly knighted with this kind of praise. And of course, some people seek out praise the way a dog hangs around the dinner table for scraps. All I'm saying is, don't hate some group simply because of hype, but simply because they suck. All that being said, Fergus and Geronimo do not suck. Thanks.

Yells at Eels/Zanzibar Snails/Akkolyte/Giggle Party/Snarky Puppy (Service Bar): Finally, Zanzibar Snails at Service Bar. A match made in awkward heaven.


I think Matthew And The Arrogant Sea have a knack for writing memorable songs, I really do, but man, their lyrics are devastatingly awful sometimes. I mean, unless your a 60's songwriting icon, you can't really get away with singing about Jesus and The Easter Bunny and shit like that, okay?

Happy Bullets/Amo Joy/Hardin Sweaty and the Ready to Go (Amsterdam):
I don't want to call anyone out, but you will learn to appreciate how fast the bartender at Amsterdam is after waiting for an eternity in line the way I did in Denton this past week. Socializing in line is part of the fun, I know, but sometimes local bands either just don't have much to say, or even worse, maybe too much to say.


SUNDAY

For Your Pleasure with DJ G (Rubber Gloves)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It List: Thursday


Neil Hamburger (The Cavern): Neil Hamburger has been killing me for years; I have no idea why I haven't seen him live. The Cavern is probably the perfect place since it's so small, and if you can't tell by now, I'm very into uncomfortable, or as I have mentioned previously, Funcomfortable performances. Anyways, expect Hamburger to delve into favorite topics such as incurable illness, pop stars, the internet, God etc. Of course these are well covered topics by many comedians, but you may have heard by now that Neil Hamburger's routine is that he's not funny, which is funny depending on your view of such anti-humor. He is responsible for my favorite prank call recording, "I'm In Your Band," where he answers an "alternative bass player wanted" ad and proceeds to try to convince the gentleman that placed the ad, that he is in fact already in his "fucking band" and that the guy can use all of his "fucking songs...lyrics too!," and "let's fucking jam." He also has a great way of dealing with hecklers, which should be a great show for this notoriously heckle-happy town.


Roxy Cottontail/Big J (Suite): Suite continues to increasingly absorb shows that were once at places like Zubar, The Cavern, or even The Loft, and though the RSVP and dress code setup are often complained about, having Cool Out in the Suite Basement, as well as acts like Roxy Cottontail certainly help in the face of the club's notoriously exclusive reputation. Roxy of course, is most known as the woman who brought the B-more sound to New York (and by proxy, the rest of the world), and will most likely be remembered as one of this decade's most successful out-of-nowhere promoters. It is as a musician however that she eventually began increasingly focusing energy on, whether it be through recording collaborations with artists such as Armand Van Helden and Melo-X, or through her very own DJ sets, which she takes very seriously and gave us this gem of a quote, "...I have great music taste as well, so why shouldn’t I be DJing?” Indeed. To RSVP:

PVC Street Gang/Followed By Static/Cocky Americans/Hormones (Andy's Basement)

Billingham Defense System/Ctrl Alt Del (Fallout Lounge)

Rise Against/Rancid (Palladium Ballroom)

not new music this week

St. John Green - St. John Green (1968, Flick Disc)

There really isn't a hell of a lot of information about this record that I have been able to find. It wasn't at all uncommon for artists to have small bios or articles printed on the back of their album covers in the 60s, but the write-up on this one consists of four paragraphs that are more about Topanga Canyon, California than St. John Green. I did, however, get a kick out of the line "These Canyon Groups (as they have come to be known) are not neo-hippies, but serious artists who have fled the music profession's hangers on- all the phonies on the rock scene with their dubious talents and destructive ambitions."

This record truly is one of those 'lost psychedelic gems' that you read about all the time, and it may have been lost forever had it not been produced by Kim Fowley. Fowley looks back rather fondly on the album, telling Mike Stax of Ugly Things magazine in 2001 “[‘St. John Green’ is] one of the great lost records...Somebody will reissue it someday and people will start crying and jacking off and smoking dope to it. It’s a great record. There’s only a handful of records that I’ve made that are great.” While there has not been an official cd release to my knowledge, Acid Symposium issued a bootleg cd of this album in 2001 which may or may not still be available.

I'm not sure if this record has made people cry or jack off, but it has provided (at least for me) one answer to the question: What would it sound like if Johnny Cash and the Louvin Brothers took acid with Arthur Brown and Robert Calvert and made an album?

Art List

THURSDAY

Birth of Surf: The 1960s and 1970s Documentary Photography of LeRoy Grannis
American Institute of Architecture
1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, Tx 75201
Reception: July 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2009 Art Guide Launch Party
CADD Art Lab
1608-C Main Street, Dallas, Tx 75201
Reception: July 16, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

FRIDAY

"FEMME/FOTO"
Tatyana Bessmertnaya, Jennifer Hayward, Nikki Mann, Michelle Persons, Jenny Snyder and Ratchaneekorn Suttikarn at the the
Arts Gallery of Collin County Community College
2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Tx 75074
Reception: July 17, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Eyes Wide Shut
Chi Gallery
807 Fletcher Street, Dallas, Tx 75223
Reception: July 17, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Andrew Tolentino
Gallery at The Magnolia Theater
Reception: July 17, 7 - 10 PM

SATURDAY

Bildwerke-Dallas
Johannes Wunner
Sallie McIlheran
Norwood Flynn Gallery
3318 Shorecrest Drive, Dallas, Tx 75235
Reception: July 18, 12:00 Noon - 5:30 PM

Recovery and Reinvention
UNT Art Gallery
UNT presents their 2009 graduate student exhibition featuring work by Julie Barnofski, Bernardo Cantu, Mariko Frost, Bethany Gouldin, Karen Hamilton, Tom Leininger, Murielle White, and Sarah Williams.
Reception: Saturday, July 18, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Color field image courtesy of Richardson Heights.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It List: Wednesday

Sonic Youth/Awesome Color (House of Blues): Sonic Youth, who just released their first album for Matador Records (kinda weird, isn't it?) are back for the first time (EDIT: second time, forgot about a more recent HOB show.  Apparently so did a lot of other people) since they played a pretty amazing show at the Gypsy Tea Room a few years ago (how great does THAT venue seem these days?). To be honest, it took me a long time, like until just a few years ago, to really start digging into Sonic Youth's catalogue. Sure, I had heard Confusion is Sex and "Bull in the Heather" and Goo and all that stuff in the 90's, but it wasn't until I saw the band live that I truly started to appreciate them on another level. Late bloomer I guess. Anyway, I was having trouble trying decide what my favorite Sonic Youth album was, and I wonder if anyone would like to discuss in the comments? Lately Bad Moon Rising has been getting a lot of spin around here, but I still think I might have to go back to Sister or Confusion is Sex if pressed to pick a favorite. Anyway, from the sound of some reviews I've read from this tour, SY are focusing about half their sets on newer material, which is a tad disappointing, but whatever-- I'm sure we'll all still get a lot of what we want tonight.

Queer Summer Camp with Pocket Change/Orange Coax/Dozal Brothers/Rival Gang (Mable Peabody's): I was going to make this about how much I respected the openly hostile atmosphere of Houston's music scene, but it turns out that Tense had to cancel. I hear he may be coming through in August, so at least there's that to look forward to.

As for now, this "Queer Summer Camp" costume party/show still boasts a great lineup, one that is still heavy with weirdo punk influences and performance art awkwardness, as well as a "make out tent (is that legal?)," and costume contest.

El Paso's Dozal Brothers have been described as an "electro freakout duo," with a sound consisting of often colorfully melodic synth parts, drum machine beats, and loopy, sometimes screaming vocals. Their cassette release on Seattle's UF Records came with a pair of 3-D glasses. This group has been recommended by the few people on earth whose taste in music I respect, so this should be, at the very least, entertaining.

A lot has been said here about the other groups, save for Pocket Change, who we haven't mentioned very much, but they are certainly what I would say is a band that should be seen. Or more specifically, seen to be believed. I won't try to go too far into explaining their sound other than so say that there is dancing, trip hop beats, very interesting rhymes, and a lot of seemingly confrontational repetition, not to mention confrontational sexuality. As forward and pushy as it seems, there is an underlying kind of innocence to it all; the duo seems genuinely inspired and enthusiastic about an act that would make most local crowds rather uncomfortable. I recently described Pocket Change's live act as making a Farah show seem like Miley Cyrus by comparison, no knock against The Big Eff of course. It's just that strange. I was really glad to hear some insight into their act, and there's a great interview on the Denton Deluxe website, which is the first in a series of interviews that the site will feature. I for one am glad that there is another local site that will feature interviews conducted by people with even remotely less obvious taste in music, or at the very least, people who don't need a group to be hyped on a million blogs or to be "Pitchfork approved" before they give something a chance. It's felt awful lonely out here lately. (DL)

Yes/Asia (Bass Performance Hall): I don't care what any of you shitbags say, The Yes Album and Fragile rule, and Close to the Edge is pretty good. I'd still NEVER go to this though. The proximity to Spinal Tap is simply too much, and its hard to support a band that hasn't released anything that hasn't been completely unlistenable in, oh, the past 25 years.

The Life and Times/Adam Franklin (Lola's Sixth): Adam Franklin was the guitarist for the British group Swervedriver, who were Creation Records labelmates with the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and a variety of other excellent bands (although, obviously, not all at the same time).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It List: Tuesday




Disqo Disco (Fallout Lounge)

90's Night With Yeah Def (Hailey's): Yeah Def has a "90's Relic Item Giveaway" theme tonight. He'll be giving away the "Talkboy" Cassette Player, famously featured in "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York," to one very lucky attendee. Be there.

Baroness/Clutch (House Of Blues): I remember Clutch being the "smart band" that rap-rockers listened to when they'd try to relate to me in high school. As in, 'Yeah, bro, I like diverse shit too...um, like Clutch! Yeah, they're like..."weird."' Wherever you are Clutch dude, I still think you're pretty lame. The far superior Relapse group, Baroness will also perform.

Monday, July 13, 2009

It List: Monday

Other than Cool Out at the Cavern and Bad Ass Jazz, we've got nothing for you for now. However, check out news regarding Vega, Fergus and Geronimo and Rangers if you haven't already, and we'll have more on the main page soon.

Monday Morning Rock




SHOWS OF NOTE THIS WEEK

WED: Sonic Youth/Awesome Color (House of Blues)
WED: Queer Summer Camp with Pocket Change/Orange Coax/Dozal Brothers/Rival Gang (Mable Peabody's)
WED: Yes/Asia (Bass Performance Hall)
THU: Neil Hamburger (the Cavern)
FRI: Summer Spotlight Late Night with DJG (Dallas Museum of Art)
SAT: Fight Bite/Darktown Strutters/Akkolyte/The Great Tyrant/Eat Avery's Bones/Personal Victories (The Chat Room)
SAT: Spector 45/New Science Projects/Shiny Around the Edges/True Widow/Fergus and Geronimo/Bad Sports (The Cavern)
SAT: Yells at Eels/Zanzibar Snails/Akkolyte/Blood of the Sun/Giggle Party/Snarky Puppy (Service Bar)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekender

FRIDAY

Strange Boys/Coathangers/Bad Sports (the Lounge): I avoided the Coathangers for a while. I just didn't have room in my life for another Fader-friendly garage rock band from Georgia. However, further inspection revealed this to be a foolish preemptive dismissal, which we can all be guilty of, especially when you willfully overexpose yourself to the daily promo glut and accompanying bottom feeding aspects of the "industry." My point is, my interest was raised when I saw that The Coathangers were said to be reading a different (and less explored) page of Georgia's musical history, they were compared to Pylon. And though I wouldn't necessarily go that far, I can say that there is a more adventurous disconnect between the instruments that gives the group a similar kind of scrambling attack. Two more obvious garage punk-influenced bands are performing, and nothing against them of course, especially not the always great Bad Sports. (DL)

Hotel, Hotel/Sabra Laval/Emil Rapstine/New Science Projects (Annex House): Nice, diverse line up at Annex House this evening, with Austin headliners Hotel Hotel providing quite a change of pace from some of the other solid acts on the bill.

Deer Tick/Dawes (Hailey's)

The Paper Chase /Matthew and the Arrogant Sea/Tre Orsi (Dan's Silverleaf)

The Takeover with Select/AV/VMB (Zubar): This new monthly even on the second Friday of each month will feature reggae, hip hop, reggaeton, salsa, merengue, funk, and bachata. Sounds like it should be good, and certainly something different for a lot of our readers I'm sure.

Big J/Schwa (Suite)

Radix/Vortexas/Sore Losers/ Ian Bangs / Pudge B/ Stabbalanches (Rubber Gloves)

The Theater Fire (Lee Harvey's)

Matsuri/Moldar/Jubilee/They Mostly Come Out at Night (1919 Hemphill)

SATURDAY

Earth, Wind and Fire/Chicago (Nokia Theater): Has Earth, Wind and Fire seen an even bigger rise in their legendary profile lately after it was revealed that they were Barack Obama's favorite band of all time? Hard to say, but either way, they probably don't need it. Their early singles are undeniable, of course, "Shining Star," "Let's Groove," and "September," among others, but I've recently taken a liking to some of their later, 80's snyth funk material, of which the 1983 album Powerlight is the best example. This whole thing makes me wonder what some of our former Presidents' favorite bands were. I read somewhere that George W. Bush loved motherfucking Night Ranger, which makes sense-- can't you just picture that shithead pumping his fists to the chorus of "Sister Christian" alone on the couch at 6AM, polishing off that last beer with that one last line of coke, rejoicing in the fact that he'll never have to worry about anything for the rest of his life? God bless Texas, yall.

Echo Toll/Wu Fru de lu (Majestic Dwelling of Doom)

Hentai Improvising Orchestra (Lola's):  Featuring members of Zanzibar Snails, Great Tyrant and Dust Congress, among others. 

Books of Shadows (Metrognome's Firehouse Gallery):  Take the stage at 10pm.

Neckhold/Aphonic Curtains/Ascites (House of Tinnitus): This is a return to a more complete harsh noise lineup at HOT with the headlining act, Neckhold, impressively traveling all the way from Australia on an interhemispheric journey to perform their vicious combination of noise and screaming. Habeeb is the name of the solo project for Steel hook Prosethes' L. Kerr. He has been working on the project on and off since 2001. Though it's much more expansive and ambient-sounding than the rest of these acts, it is by no means less intense, and has a cloudy and brooding quality to the music. (DL)

Matt and Kim/Giggle Party (House of Blues): I know this show is in the smaller Cambridge Room, but its surprising that Matt and Kim are playing such a big venue, and even more surprising that a relatively new band like Giggle Party is opening-- two groups that normally stick to DIY venues

J-Live (the Lounge)

SUNDAY

Wanda Sykes (Nokia Theater): The Sykes roast of Obama is one of the funniest things I've seen in a while, particularly her comments about Sean Hannity. And her performances on Curb Your Enthusiasm are almost all gems, especially the Crazy Eyez Killa episode. I know a lot of people don't feel the same way, but I love Wanda Sykes.

not new music fridays

Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds for Baby, volumes 1-3 (1963, Epic)

If you can't tell by the title of these albums, they were in fact meant to be played for babies as an "aural toy" during the "feeding, teething, play, sleep and fretful periods" that children endure over the course of their first 18 months.

Listening with the hindsight of the 46 years that have passed since their release, it becomes quickly evident that this set cannot be filed away under 'novelty' or 'children's albums.' The term 'ahead of it's time' is often abused, especially in music discussions, and many artists that have had this term applied to them were most certainly influenced, whether directly or indirectly, by Raymond Scott's work as a musician, band leader and DIY engineer. Instead of rambling on incessantly about Scott's accomplishments, I'll simply direct you to his official website, which is very thorough. Don't miss the article written by long time colleague Bob Moog if you are into the whole electronic music thing.

My daughter, for the most part, has been indifferent to these recordings, but some of you out there may have young children that will enjoy these albums as they were originally intended, though, after reading many of the posts in the comments sections lately, I seriously doubt that most of your dicks have been out of your hands long enough to reproduce...

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Art List

So, approximately two weeks ago, wielding the Journalistic Weight of this here cutting-edge North Texas Art column, I randomly tried to interview Dallas artist Kim Wyly, when her show opened somewhere a couple of weeks ago (at Cerulean Gallery?) ---- but I couldn't because she was gallivanting about somewhere in Spain with an iPhone™ / paintbrush in hand.

While waiting for her response, and while perusing her web site, I decided I really like her stuff. There's a certain good-good Outsider Dirtiness that I think is hard to reproduce -- without some core true-good dirty-dirty Outsider characteristics. If you know what I mean.

I finally tracked her down via aforementioned iPhone™ this week (the true Outsider's Walkie-Talkie) and she had these timelessly hard-hitting art opinions to express:

Mini-Greatness: Kim Wyly

Richardson Heights: What is your studio set up like? What kind of environment do you create while you work?

Kim Wyly: The studio is above the garage. There is plenty of good light. There are 3 tables and 2 easels. The studio is pretty organized... There are stacks of magazines that I flip through to get inspired like Elle Decor, Art in America, or Nylon. Music also inspires me. I usually play anything from Santogold, M83, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gospel music, or the local 70s radio station.

RH: In your artwork do you employ any unique techniques that you've developed on your own?

KW: One technique that I use is I layer oil paints with gesso to create texture. I start with a painting or idea. Once the oil painting has dried, I apply a thin layer of gesso allowing part of the painting to show through, then I paint another design, creating a layered appearance.

RH: At what point, or after what event, did you start calling yourself an artist?

KW: I consider myself an "artist in training," because I am still learning. Art is a medium to communicate with others. Part of my art sales go to local non-profits. A few that have been or will be supported by the art shows are: New Friends New Life, Dallas Childrens Advocacy Center, Dallas Life, and Operation Kindness. This is a way to communicate and bring awareness of worthy causes.

RH: Can you describe how you develop titles for your work?

KW: Sometimes I think of a word that captures the symbolism of the painting. Most of the titles come from Caroline and Virginia at Cerulean Gallery. I will email photos of the work, then they come up with titles.

RH: How do you know a piece is finished?

KW: When I look at a piece and think, I would hang that on my wall.

RH: I couldn't agree more...

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

So, if you're not so concerned with how cool your Tight Indie Rock Pants (TIRPs) are going to look at The Granada's Neil Sedaka concert this week, you should attend an art show instead and feel slightly less like an asshole....

FRIDAY

SQUARED
Artists' Showplace
SW Quadrant of Coit and Arapaho in Richardson
Reception: Friday, July 10, 6 to 9 PM

Featuring live music by the "Paul Utay Band" (un-fortunately un-googleable).

save nikki
Nicole Morrow (?)
Rising Gallery
4631 Insurance Road, Dallas TX
Reception: Friday, July 10, 6 - 9:30 PM

"[Nicole] Morrow feels her work is a way to express herself without speaking." And that is precisely why I put a heat-sensing Hallmark Greeting card that sings "We Are The Champions" in front of every painting I create. That speaks for me.

FLUXHIBITION #3: Thinking Inside of the Box
The Gallery - UTA E.H. Hereford University Center
Reception: Friday, July 10, 6 - 8 PM

"Sponsored by the Student Art Association, The Gallery at UTA presents an international exhibit of "Boxes, Cases, Kits and Containers" from the Permanent Collection of the FluxMuseum in conjunction with the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction."

Slow Cooked & Hickory Smoked
Etty Horowitz, Will Johnson, Linda Sheets, Katie Maratta, Kenney Mencher, Inki Min, Skip Noah (A++ Kick-Butt Artist), Jamie Pink, Andrew Wick, Camille Woods, and Dahlia Woods.
Dahlia Woods Gallery
Opens Friday, July 10, 6 - 8:30 PM

SATURDAY

Double Take
Joel Sampson and Maureen Brouillette
Garret Art Gallery
111 E. Virginia
McKinney, TX 75069
Located on the North side of the square.
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 7 - 10 PM.

Glenn Comtois
Eclectic Expressions
201 E. Sanford, Arlington TX 76011
Unknown time. Probably 6 - 9 PM.

Summer Series 09
Haley-Henman
2335 Hardwick Street, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 11, 7 - 10 PM.

"A group show featuring fifteen artists" [READ MORE]

Roberta Harris: UP
The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 3 - 5 PM

Kenn Thorpe: Church and State
Afterimage Gallery
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 7 - 10 PM

Andrew Kendall
Metrognome Collective
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 8pm - with music by Book of Shadows at 10.

Image courtesy of Kim Wyly.

It List: Thursday

Low (the Loft): We've all had those dreams that involve us suddenly realizing that we have some kind of deadline at work we didn't prepare for or a really important test at school we didn't study for, and I sort of got a taste of that feeling this afternoon when I realized that I had to write about low today but had never really sat down and listened to a whole Low record all the way through. It seems strange, really, as I've sort of followed their careers from afar since the mid 90's, and have known countless people throught the years who have considered Low to be one of their favorite bands. Their mostly quiet and minimal arrangements and their often stunning harmonies have always been somewhat interesting in a certain context, although based on the rather limited amount of time I've spent listening to them over the years, it seems they've tried to diversify their sound a bit in recent years to varying degrees of success, trying to rock a little more here or add more electronics there. The point is that even for a person like me, who's a sucker for drugged out atmospheric music as well as quiet and depressing music, neither Low's music nor the stories surrounding the members of the group have ever compelled me to do much more than passively note "oh this is Low, this is pretty good I guess" as I listen to them on someone else's stereo. This isn't meant to be harsh, just honest, and besides-- after 15 plus years, how much is really left to explain about these guys?

Top Notch with Sober with Tony Schwa and Luke Sardello (the Cavern): For those who don't know, Luke Sardello was a major figure in the Dallas dance scene in the late 80's and 90's. He was one of the first to bring Chicago and Acid house to Dallas in 88 and 89 and began frequenting Dallas' underground warehouse party/rave circuit in the 90's. Should be a lot of fun to see out at the Cavern this evening. Read a nice Central Booking interview with Sardello here.

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