Thursday, September 30, 2010

It List: Thursday

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It List: Wednesday

Guided by Voices/Times New Viking (The Loft): Well we didn't make it much of a secret that we were really looking forward to the classic line up Guided by Voices reunion tour, and I would certainly say that this band was one of the first truly underground bands I was ever exposed to back in the early 90s, and one of the first groups I became really devoted to as a result. As I was putting today's list together, though, I wondered what a band like Guided by Voices might sound like to me now, and whether my impression of them would be any different after diving head first into all kinds of obscure music and living through not only the first but the second wave of fashionable lo-fi. On the one hand, there's nothing too mysterious about what Guided by Voices does, and it was certainly never super impressive to reference Cheap Trick, but on the other hand, I can't think of another band that does what Bob Pollard and company do so well, and perhaps this quality transcends time, technology and scenes. I wonder what any of you readers, who weren't around to hear them the first time, think of this music? Either way, pretty much all of us here at WSJR HQ love these guys, and I'd consider this one of the must see shows of the year. Apparently its not sold out either. Anyway, read last week's interview with Bob Pollard here, and ponder what Times New Viking have grown into since the time we co-hosted them in Denton along with Strawberry Fields.

Tyvek (the Cavern): Ok, so Tyvek's Myspace page says that they're playing a show at the Cavern tonight, although the show isn't listed on the Cavern's website or anywhere else for that matter. So, lets hope they are actually playing tonight, and I do know that they're touring at least, as I caught them here in Chicago a few weeks ago. The Detroit band's self titled full length from last year has been a record I've admired for some time now, reminding me of everything from early Pavement to Television Personalities and Swell Maps, with pop sensibilities and a charming amateur quality that nods to the past without ever falling prey to it. Some people would lump them in with "garage," or even Shitgaze (considering their Siltbreeze affiliation), but I would say that they're doing something pretty different from most other bands that would warrant such labels, and I'm glad.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Tre Orsi (Dan's Silverleaf): Is there a worse band name in the world?

Cocoroise/ Sleep Whale/New Fumes (the Granada): Go back to Brooklyn you trustfund fucks.... well ok, I actually enjoya fair amount of Cocorosie's music, but I still feel compelled to say that every time I hear, see or think of this band.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It List: Tuesday

Wild In The Streets (Lee Harvey's)

Atari Teenage Riot/The Krum Bums/Razorblade Dolls (Trees): I am the wrong guy to be previewing this, but I will tell you that I distinctly remember there being a great divide with the youth at my school when this band came to prominence. All of a sudden some of the punk crowd started getting into "digital hardcore" once they became disciples of the genre, and the wildly unimaginative record label of the same name. There were fights over whether it was actually more punk to use digital beats, and being openly anti-fascist became hip again amongst people who had never had to live with the fairly recent historical memory of fascism destroying their society. A lot of us found this all pretty silly. But one thing I know and can respect about ATR, is that they were obviously a huge influence on a number of people to search for other things besides the sort of bland 90's punk that was so prevalent at the time, and start researching other less rigid genres of extreme music. Which is always a good thing. Also, watching the huge recent outpouring of nostalgia over this band has been very entertaining. My only bit of nostalgia stems from the fact that they once worked with The Arsonists, who I saw at the rather awful Matador 10th Anniversary Party. Guess how old that label is now. Further adding to the fun: The Krum Bums are opening.

Screening: Black Roses (Dan's Silverleaf): From the invite:

Just in time for the start of school, a free screening of John Fasano's metal horror epic, "Black Roses." When the town of Mill Basin is chosen to kick off the hot new metal sensations Black Roses world tour, the devoted high school fans are thrilled, but the old fogies in the town are pissed! Ends up that the band is actually a bunch of demons from hell disguised in tight leather pants and feathered hair. The band plays a brutal concert and slowly but surely everybody in town gets totally tasted by these hell spawn. Cheesy as fuck, with some killer tunes and above-average special effects. Not to be missed!

Stay after the movie and get hammered while jamming to the all vinyl cuts from DJ Boatdad and Stevie Nipps.

Ratatat/Dom/Bobby Birdman (Palladium): I don't know what to say about Ratatat at this point. But the biggest fan I know is a guy that went to Germany to pick out his new Audi, so hey, at least their fans can afford their merch.

Singles Going Steady with DJ Peepers and guest DJ Krautryn Faustvo (Rubber Gloves)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Live Feed: RIP Doom Special

As you may have heard this weekend, the Majestic of Dwelling of Doom, the most prominent Denton DIY venue of recent memory, found itself in a difficult spot. After two years of booking independent, genre-bending acts from across the world, as well as showcasing up-and-coming local artists, the operators have been forced to suddenly close the doors for good, an inevitable yet heartbreaking end to a venue that has more than outlasted the expiration date for an operation of its kind. So what exactly happened that night to change the course of the local music scene, leaving it with a gaping hole that Doom had so successfully filled? The answer is not much, but it was enough to bring an end to it all.

The night started off great, and I can’t think of two better acts to close out the Dwelling’s run than Cuckoo Byrds and Dharma; both representative of one of the most important segments of the North Texas musical community that often does not receive a platform-- the weirdos; the music that defies classification and does not fit easily onto any pre-packaged bill. Doom was the kind of place where experimentation and artistic exploration could always be found and expected from the performers, which was refreshing-- in recent times the DIY venues that were once prevalent throughout Denton have been closing their doors with very few replacements arising in response. This has left much of the slack rested upon Doom's shoulders, which they have more than enthusiastically taken upon themselves.

After two great performances that evening, I exited the basement and found myself greeted by what I always dreaded facing after a performance at Doom: an influx of drunk people. I did a quick sweep of the land, talking with some folks and becoming increasingly nervous as the party-goers edged closer and closer to the street. “Get away from the fucking street” flew every minute or so from concerned guests upon deaf ears.

It was at this point I ventured inside one of the neighboring houses (rented by Doom friends) to take a leak and find a corner to hide in until the next act, Sir Name and The Janes. When attending shows at Doom I very rarely would stand out front in between act,s because I found it to be a slightly uncomfortable atmosphere, due to the fact that large amounts of people in one place make me feel more socially awkward than I normally do, and also because there was always the feeling that 'tonight would be the night' that someone, anyone, would do something ridiculous in a fit of inebriation or mental instability that might garner unintended consequences, and this night would be that night.

I was away from the party maybe 15 minutes, and once I returned back into the masses the atmosphere was not the same as the one I had escaped from earlier. After picking up on the bad vibes, I made a bee line for the basement where I searched for shelter from the flashing lights of multiple squad cars to seek some answers.

So what happened? After countless nights of peaceful congregation (with a few isolated exceptions) something had snapped and a tussle broke out. Of the pieces that I have been able to assemble from firsthand accounts, it breaks down like this: some folks were attempting to encourage people to step away from the street for obvious reasons. The tact used by these folks might have been unconventional and involving plastic weaponry which for whatever reason provoked another patron to attempt an engagement in fisticuffs. While this initial brawl was one-sided and quickly dissolved, it sparked another much larger brawl to break out in the street. Before you know it most of the perpetrators had fled and the cops had arrived. No one was arrested, but Natalie the Doom ringleader was given a stern warning that if another show happened on the property she would be going to jail and fines would be issued, so ending the long run of 781 Texas St.

Before the space became Doom, the leaky basement on Texas street had served the same purpose under previous management, first as Eighth Continent and then later as Wisconsin. So as we mourn the loss of Doom we also reflect on the memory of those that came before it.

So there you have it, a senseless act of violence brought a great venue crumbled to its knees. It is easy to point fingers. Why not at the police? Well the police really were doing their job. They were not busting up the party because people were having fun and that's not allowed, they did what they had to do and there is appreciation on the side of the Doom toward the intervening which took place. The real blame is to placed on those who needlessly provoke-- the way I see it, when you have a large group of people together, especially when they are young and alcohol could be involved, something stupid is bound to happen sooner or later. C'est la vie. While the town and Doom patrons mourn the loss, it is important to remember that while unfortunate, this is one of the unavoidable side effects of success.

So if you are stunned by this announcement and are thinking about starting a house venue of your own, I have come up with the these five handy tips that might help you last longer than you really should. These tips apply only to Denton, sorry DFW I don't have anything to help you.

#1 - END YOUR SHOW AT MIDNIGHT - This town has a terrible habit of never starting things before 11pm which ads a lot of risk to your venue. For one, as long as your guest and venue is not too unruly, the police have better things to do at these hours, and will largely avoid any type of intervention. Once midnight comes the carriage turns back into a pumpkin and the police go on the prowl. This is understandable because post-midnight people have had plenty of time to get nice and fucked-up with nowhere else to go. Most touring acts will be fine with an early set time cause they want to hit the road anyway.

#2 - OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND - When choosing a space to open for patronage, be aware of the area you will providing for congregating. Keeping your patrons far away from the street and watchful eyes of the general public is a sure fire way to keep police or noisy neighbors away. Draw a line in the driveway, put up chains or a velvet rope. Whatever you have to do to keep people out of the street.

#3 - CHARGE MONEY - As a DIY venue owner, cover charges will never make a dent in the amount of monetary compensation for time and effort spent, but it can help with purchasing cleaning supplies. Beyond the fiscal dreams, charging at the door, no matter how small a rate, insures that the people at your party are there for your party and have a vested interest in being there. This may sound silly but it will detract the riffraff just looking for good times from crashing your place.

#4 - LIMIT THE NUMBER OF SHOWS HELD, WEEKDAYS ARE YOUR FRIEND - When the scene around town is at its peak, you could book five desirable shows a week easy. This can weigh on the operator's free time and also give the public the impression that your place is the place to hang out and drink for free. By varying the days of week shows are held, as well as the frequency, you take away that consistency factor, which will help in attracting guests who are there to see music and not just loiter.

#5 - START A CO-OP - This is the least realistic step even though it is really the only way to achieve a sustainable DIY space.

It List: Monday

Eternal Summers | Final Club | Land Mammals | Becoming... (J&Js)

Eternal Summers sound like all the bands on Slumberland wrapped into one bite sized package. I enjoyed listening to the tracks on the band's Myspace but hope the live performance adds some personality missing from the recordings. A couple solid locals opening and one newbie makes this an all around diverse and enjoyable, if not most exciting bill. I expect we are going to see alot more shows at J&J's in the future.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday Morning Rock

MON: Eternal Summers/Land Mammals/Becoming... (J&Js)
TUE: Atari Teenage Riot/The Krum Bums/Razorblade Dolls (Trees)
TUE: Ratatat (Palladium)
WED: Guided by Voices/Times New Viking (The Loft)
THR: Field Music/Monahans/RTBS (The Loft)
THR: Ty Segall/Sir Name and the Janes/The Aquaholics (The Cavern)
THR: Computer Jesus Refrigerator/Sabotaged/Jackie Kennedy/Eccotone (1919 Hemphill)
FRI: Record Hop/Gheistheistler/Deep Snapper/Pumpkin Spice Candle (The Barn)
FRI: Prognosis Negative/Peoplemen/Spacebeach/Genius Party (1919 Hemphill)
FRI: Tera Melos/Zorch/Man Factory/Computer Jesus Refrigerator (The Nightmare)
FRI: RTB2/Orange Peel Sunshine/Bad Design/Delmore Pilcrow (Hailey's)
SAT: Final Club/Buxton/Becoming... (house show Denton)
SAT: The Extraordinaires/Oh Lewis/Skunk Ape (Rubber Gloves)
SAT: Kaboom/George Neal/Paper Robot (Hailey's)

Friday, September 24, 2010


Thursday, September 23, 2010

It List: Thursday

One amazing soul show tonight and three boring rock n' roll shows. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings won't win any points for originality but they do make some of the best straight up, heartfelt soul music produced today. What I appreciate most about their style is that there is no attempt to contemporize the music or make it sound fresh. No need to. Soul music is about the soul and they pull it off. At least it touches the black little corner of my pericardium that used to be the resting place of my soul. Everybody and their dog has tried to convince me that Torche is the PERFECT blending of pop and metal but I just don't hear it. Just because a song is under three minutes doesn't automatically classify it as a pop song. Give me Napalm Death any day of the week. See you at The Palladium!

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings | Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Palladium)

Torche | House Harkonnen | White Mountain (The Nightmare)

Hellbastard | Dissent | Scavenger (Rubber Gloves)

Kings Of Leon | Black Keys | The Whigs (Superpages Center)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It List: Wednesday

To Catch An Editor: A Public Service Announcement From DL

Following a cordial interview after we announced we were quitting, I promised myself I would leave The Observer alone, but what do you all think of this rather blatant attempt to publish a tasteless article for nothing more than to possibly have it go viral? I don't have the exact demographics on who reads The Dallas Observer, but I would like to think that it's not only young heterosexual males that consume 5 to 8 alcoholic drinks a day and go to frat parties every weekend. I mean, that's not the case, right? That's even selling that particular segment of society short.

That notoriously elusive and profitable crowd may be the desired demographic, but this kind of Maxim Magazine-styled junk "journalism" isn't really doing the interested parties of the DFW music scene any favors, nor is it respecting your intelligence. People keep bringing up the "void" that will be left once we're gone, and I constantly remind people that it's no big deal at all and a couple of high school bands or gallery attendants could probably do just as well or better. But after reading something like that, even I'm starting to miss us. If the article you're writing causes one to compare oneself to a captive culprit on To Catch A Predator perhaps you might want to go back to the drawing board...

Okay, back to the shows-

A Smile Full Of Ale/Ascites/Screamin' Fetus/Welby/Carbon & Water/Jackie Kennedy/So Boring (An Airplane Hangar located at 11653 Airway Blvd, Roanoke, TX 76262): This sounds like a joke made by some shitty commenter: "Why don't you go have a show in an airplane hangar you fucking weirdos?!" Okay, so they are.

Disco Cube Wednesdays with DJ Trademarx (Fallout Lounge)

Cheddy Tedderson's Live Karaoke (Rubber Gloves): Can I do "Interstate Love Song?" That's what this is, right? The 90's regurgitated as a joke in live karaoke form? I remember when it was lame to still like Oingo Boingo. I miss those days.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices

Wow. When Guided By Voices was my favorite band back in the early/mid 90's, there's absolutely no way my teenage self could have ever guessed that I would be asking Bob Pollard questions about his band via email 15 years later (not sure if I even knew what email was at that point), but look at me now! As you probably already know, a reunited Guided by Voices will be coming through Dallas next Wednesday, September 29th (at Palladium) as part of their "classic line up" tour, featuring legendary early members Tobin Sprout, Charles Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennel, and in anticipation for this show, we were lucky enough to get a chance to ask founder and lead singer Robert Pollard a few questions about the tour via email. I would have preferred a long phone interview, of course, but the fact that we were able to interview Pollard at all, especially in the last few weeks of our existence, is a huge thrill for me and quite an honor for all of us here at WSJR. Here it is:

One of the reasons you always gave for your home recording practices, was that studios couldn't quite capture the vocal quality you were going for. With all the changes in recording habits and studio technique over the years, has this situation improved? What actual studio was your favorite to record in, or what engineer did you prefer?

I only record with Todd Tobias in his home studio. I like the consistency and familiarity. I don't like a real slick sound and don't want it to sound too primitive. I prefer a middle ground. Todd gets me that, because that's what he likes. I used to enjoy recording with John Shough at Cro-Mag Studios in Dayton. They shut down about 6 or 7 years ago.

Whats your personal favorite GBV album and why? Do you have maybe a couple of favorite songs?

It's a toss up between "Bee Thousand" and "Universal Truths and Cycles". Both of them are very diverse records, full of a lot of, in my opinion, very good songs. Some of them being, "Tractor Rape Chain", "I am a Scientist", "Cheyenne" and "Back to the Lake".

What's the difference to you between a lo-fi record in 2010 and one in 1993? There seems to be a wider acceptance of these sounds in the mainstream than there was at that time. How do you feel about that?

Well, I'd like to think that we had some influence and if we did that's good. The stuff I've hears seems to be much more abrasive than what we did in '93. I was not aware that lo-fi was being incorporated into the mainstream. I'm out of touch. We were all about doing lots of songs very quickly. Economy.

You guys are beloved for your live shows, of course, but could you tell us the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while you were onstage with GBV?

I once stumbled backwards into the drum kit 5 or 6 consecutive times. I had simply inebriated myself to the point that I couldn't stand up. We had just signed to TVT and they didn't think it was too funny. It was actually pitiful and you'll probably not see that happen again.

The lineup that you're touring with is considered the "classic GBV lineup," and they tend to play it less flashy than some of the later backing musicians you toured with. Without forcing you to play favorites, how does the experience differ between lineups? Did it get annoying for people to refer to the older guys as the "classic" lineup? Or is it still flattering anyway?

You know, actually the "classic line-up" played it much more flashy. We wore flashier clothes and we moved around a lot more. There was much more energy. That it's still referred to as "classic" is an honor, but I never really bought into that tag. I understand it being used again. It's a good way to bill this tour. The classic line-up playing the songs from that era. I say it's a reason to get excited.


It List: Tuesday

Black Tusk | Radio Moscow | The Phuss (The Nightmare)

Monday, September 20, 2010

It List: Monday

Blissed Out/Cygnus/Marriage Material/Florene (Majestic Dwelling of Doom): I was talking with a friend the other day about the band "Blissed Out," and before I'd ever heard them or read anything about them, I took a guess as to what they sounded like: a chillwave version of Vivian Girls. I was wrong about the specifics, but I was correct to place them into one of the new "genres" getting written about so much as of late, and I really can't decide whether thats a good thing or not. The group could probably fairly be categorized as part of this whole "Witch House" thing that seems to be gathering steam thanks to the nearly break out success of Salem, which is all fine and good if you can dig music that's influenced equally by early Aphex Twin AND the Misfits, and I suppose I can, even if this stuff will never blow anyone away with its originality. Could see the live show being a pretty good time, however, and where better to test this theory than the Wonderful Majestic Dwelling?

TV Buddahs/Mad Happy (Rubber Gloves): Berlin by way of Israel based TV Buddhas have been getting a lot of attention recently in certain circles of the American underground music media, including Dusted Magazine, among others, and for good reason-- the band comes off as some sort of lost midwestern proto-punk band with healthy doses of dark psychedelic rock, nasty, repetitive blues and, of course, The Stooges, and it almost always works quite well. I've been listening to their album the Golden Period a lot this year, and fans of any of the aforementioned things will probably dig it.

Cosmos (Hailey's)

Monday Morning Rock

MON: Blissed Out/Cygnus/Marriage Material/Florene (Doom)
MON: TV Buddahs/Mad Happy (Rubber Gloves)
TUE: Black Tusk/Radio Moscow/The Phuss (The Nightmare)
WED: Film School/TV Torso/Manned Missiles (The Nightmare)
WED: Smashing Pumpkins/Bad City (Palladium)
WED: Those Damn Kids/Two Knights/The Breakfast Machine/Innards/Vinny Emerson (1919 Hemphill)
THR: Torche/House Harkonnen/White Mountain 9The Nightmare)
THR: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Palladium)
THR: Hellbastard/Dissent/Scavenger (Rubber Gloves)
THR: Kings Of Leon/Black Keys/The Whigs (Superpages Center)
FRI: George Quartz/Sir Name and the Janes/Dharma/Cuckoo Byrds (Doom)
FRI: AIDS Wolf/Orange Coax/Gang Starr Museum/The PeopleMen (Nightmare)
FRI: Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax (Superpages Center)
FRI: Rotting Out/Soul Search/End Times (1919 Hemphill)
SAT: The Angelus/Daniel Folmer/Burntsienna Trio/The Heartstring Stranglers
SAT: Glen Campbell with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Bass)
SAT: Benjamin Wesley/Fright-Wig/Dead Russians/Appleonia (1919 Hemphill)

Friday, September 17, 2010



Harlem | Sir Name and the Janes | Tiger Thrust (Nightmare)

Ms. Sandy & Ms. Yet/Unconscious Collective/Nick Cabrera & Nevada Hill, art by Evita Cortez, Alex Mitchell, Joshua Vance more (1119 N. Bishop Ave. in Dallas): Show is at 9 pm.

Dungen | No Joy (The Loft)

That's What's Hot with Rodrigo Diaz/Oleg B (The Cavern)

Epic Ruins/Eyes, Wings, And Many Other Things/Future People (Lola's)

Dallas Aids Arm Dance Party with Keith P/DJ G/Wanz Dover (Fallout)


Missile | George Quartz | Cuckoo Byrds (Prophet Bar)

Phobia/Wormrot/PLF/Akkolyte/Scavenger/Life Erased (Phoenix Project)

Rusko (Lizard Lounge)

Pack of Wolves | Maleveller | Four Days to Burn (Nightmare)

Shonen Knife | Lovie | Romp Almighty (Loft)

Tarik Thornton/Roger Hinkle (Sons Of Hermann Hall)


Pixies | Fuck Buttons (Verizon)

Martin Iles Presents "Three On Sunday" (Dan's Silverleaf)

Featuring: Moments in Love: A diamond life clip art fantasy adventure.

Relax and enjoy this world of porcelain kittens and gold chain obstacles with a booty bass elevator soundtrack.

Sound??: Featuring Rahsaan Roland Kirk and John Cage.

Although Kirk and Cage never actually meet in this film, these two very different musical iconoclasts share a similar vision of the boundless possibilities of music. Kirk plays three saxes at once, switches to flute, incorporates tapes of birds played backwards... Cage, on the other hand, is preparing a work for musical bicycle with David Tudor and Merce Cunningham at the Seville Theatre in London... -- Martin Williams, JAZZ TIMES

Dutch Treats - Rare Treats: Ultra rare collection of 60's and 70's Dutch Beat Music.
Includes - Les Baroques, Le Zipps, The Dukes, Q'65, The Outsides, Wally Tax, The Ro-d-y's, The Motions, Cuby and the Blizzards, The Shoes, The Golden Earrings, Shocking Blue, Mouth and MacNeil, and more!

Sleepy Sun | True Widow | Sundress (Loft)

Art List

So, after doing Art Conspiracy for five years, I missed the cutoff by a few minutes yesterday and don't get to participate. All the 120 artist spots went in 13 minutes. It didn't help that my company's retarded firewall blocked their Google Spreadsheets application form and I had to run around to find alternative means of Internet access. My company's retarded firewall also blocks as "pornography" for some unknown reason.

I can't say I'm entirely disappointed. All my ArtCon pieces have been really pitiful. Painting in sub-freezing temperatures on plywood isn't really conducive to awesome art. A friend and I are considering starting an Arternative Conspiracy in North Dallas -- get it? Because seriously, driving south of 635 sucks. Especially twice in a weekend.

I do have good memories of consuming as much Miller High Life as possible in a 3-hour period as a means of warming up. And good memories of getting to feel like a part of Dallas for a few brief moments. This year they're moving it to October 23, though. So it shouldn't be so cold. Check out the details here.

I'm sure you hate Art Conspiracy -- as only a WeShotJr reader can. What are your reasons?

SATURDAY, September 18, 2010

Here. There. & Beyond.
Dallas Contemporary
161 Glass Street at Riverfront, Dallas, TX 75207
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Mexican Bicentennial Exhibition Grand Opening
3120 McKinney, Dallas, TX 75204
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

I love the title of this show:

Precious Moments (Eric Tosten)
Mighty Fine Arts
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
419 North Tyler, Dallas, TX 75208

I hate the title of this show:

N.R.G. (Sergio Garcia, Mark Nelson, and Richard Ross)
HCG Gallery
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 190, Dallas, TX 75207
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seriously, just because you have your art in a high street gallery like HCG doesn't preclude your having some kind of web presence. Don't you have a nephew or something that can make a website for you?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

IT List: Thursday

Sorry we're so late friends:

Miami Horror/Fizzy Dino Pop (Granada): Miami Horror's track with Alan Palomo, "Holidays," is the strongest thing I've heard them do thus far, but its just a little tough to stomach bands that are influenced by their own contemporaries-- if you're in the mood for this kind of stuff, I'd just stick with Delorean, Hercules and Love Affair or Cut Copy if I were you.

Water Falls/Browningham/Paddock (the Cavern)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Local Remix = Florene - Homemade Ecstacy (I Miss my Mommy Vulgar Fashion remix)

Came across this interesting remix by two very different local artist and thought it was worth sharing. I would like to see more diverse local artist come together and mix things up a bit, especially when the results are this stimulating.

Florene - Homemade Extacy (Vulgar Fashion I Miss My Mommy Remix) by FLORENENASA

not new video

Hi guys. Life has kept me from doing the Not New Music posts for a long time now, but I'm planning on writing a couple more before this thing is all said and done. In the meantime I'll probably post a few videos just for the hell of it.

This one is from San Francisco's Units, a band that is probably best remembered these days as the group that made a certain Houston weirdo change his name after he released his 1978 debut lp Ready for the House under the Units moniker. I'm not the biggest new wave fan, but the first two Units 7" singles easily rise above most of the genre and are certainly worth seeking out.

We Shot JR is Dead

Saturday, Oct. 30th
Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX
$2 for over 21
$5 for under 21


One Baptist General (Chris Flemmons solo performances of new Baptist Generals material)
White Drugs
Orange Coax
Early Lines

Fungi Girls

Stefan Gonzalez (solo performance)
Eat Avery's Bones
Cuckoo Byrds
Vulgar Fashion

Hosted by Fred Holston, more details TBA

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It List: Tuesday

Crystal Castles (House of Blues)

I know they have a new album with a pearly white review from Pitchfork but it doesn't seem like this duo has gained anymore more popularity since their ill fated Granada non-appearance last year. On top of that the dark moody dance music they are synonymous with has gone by the waste side in Urban Outfitter Hipster-dom, so I was surprised to see them booked at the same venue that will be hosting giants KC and The Sunshine Band later in the week. Crystal Castles always struck me as the Misfits of modern electro-dance with all the cartoonish indulgence but none of the humor, edginess or talent. Perfect fit with the House of Blues, hope the audio system can handle the massive sound that Crystal Castles demands.

Monday, September 13, 2010

It List: Monday

Not much going on this evening, but I did want to point out an error of ours that I regret just a bit: last Thursday, we failed to mention a Weekly Tape Deck sponsored show featuring Lower Dens, a Baltimore group that includes Texas ex-pat Jana Hunter. I think I remember when Hunter lived in Texas (Austin, right?), and I also think I remember her music from back then being more traditionally folk or influenced by Joanna Newsom or something like that, but I could be totally wrong-- I do remember her working with Devendra Banhart at one point, so there's that.

Either way, its obvious that her music didn't make an incredible impression on me because I can't seem to remember a damn thing about it. But thats not the point. The point is that I recently got my hands on Lower Dens' most recent record, Twin Hand Movement, and have been enjoying it quite a bit. In a year where I just haven't been impressed with much of anything that has received a lot of attention from hip Mp3 blogs and the larger "indie rock" community as a whole, this record really hit the spot-- dark, sparse arrangements that seem to fall somewhere between Low and Fleetwood Mac with an XX meets Oh Sees sorta feel, except with better songwriting.

Anyway, its one of the better rock records I've heard this year, and I regret that we missed listing it last week, even though the fact that the show was in... barf... Frisco, almost made it not worth talking about at all. JK Frisco love ya!

Cool Out (the Cavern)

Monday Morning Rock

TUE: Crystal Castles | Mr. Kitty (House of Blues)
THR: Miami Horror | Fizzy Dino Pop (Granada)
FRI: Harlem | Sir Name and the Janes | Tiger Thrust (Nightmare)
FRI: Dungen | No Joy (The Loft)
SAT: Missile | George Quartz | Cuckoo Byrds (Prophet Bar)
SAT: Rusko (Lizard Lounge)
SAT: Pack of Wloves | Malveller | Four Days to Burn (Nightmare)
SAT: Shonen Knife | Lovie | Romp Almighty (Loft)
SUN: Pixies | Fuck Buttons (Verizon)
SUN: Sleepy Sun | True Widow | Sundress (Loft)

Friday, September 10, 2010


Oh, man, it takes all of my strength not to post a Keyboard Cat video spliced with footage from tomorrow's extremely exploited date, but I just don't have it in me. Instead I've posted a pic from what is considered Spike Lee's "9/11 movie," because that seems just as ridiculous right now, even though I remember kind of liking it. It's no surprise that I don't have time to break this down show-by-show, but I hope you still find some passing interest in the utilitarian aspects of the following late-as-usual list. Some random thoughts:

1. Today I went record shopping out of a guy's storage space in Richardson. It was fantastic. I found some random nonsense like a Cerrone produced dance record by Don Ray, some terrible rock record that I bought merely for the accidentally good album cover, and Skeeter Davis. Glad to see that Dallas can still surprise me. For more info, DM me.

2. What's more offensive? --"EFF YOU" or "FORGET YOU?"

3. You should really do yourself a favor and click on the audio link accompaniment to yesterday's Maria Bamford interview, as conducted by sometimes WSJR contributor, Rick V. It is sickeningly charming.


Curvette/Violent Squid/Peopleodian/Kaboom (a Barn in Denton)

Black Friday with Keith P/Anthony Stanford/Ben White (Fallout Lounge)

Female Demand/Final Club ("Big Ol' House" located at
2245 W Oak in Denton)

Hentai Improvising Orchestra/Violent Squid/Tony Sims (1919 Hemphill)

Autolux/Gold Panda (The Loft)

Designer Drugs/Yeah Def (Granada)

Maria Bamford (Sanders Theater in Fort Worth)

That's what's Hot with Rodrigo Diaz/Oleg B (The Cavern)


"Cats & Dogs Denton Humane Society Benefit" Greg Ginn/Shiny Around the Edges/Dust Congress/Brent Best/Chris Flemmons/Dim Locator/Dear Human/RTB2/Spooky Folk/Record Hop/Video/New Science Projects/Delmore Pilcrow/Sabra Laval (Rubber Gloves): Greg Ginn?

Joe Buckyourself/Dim Locator (Dan's Silverleaf)

Something Fierce/Bare Wires/Static Mind (The Nightmare)

Maria Bamford (Sanders Theater)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Art List

If you don't feel like burning Korans this weekend, there's a lot of stuff going on in the visual art world around these here parts. Also, happy Unfortunate End of America's Sweet Innocence Day!

FRIDAY, September 10, 2010

Gabriel Dawe
Jennifer Caine
Guerilla Arts
1900 Haskell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This looks like the most unique venue of the weekend. There's a little more information here on Guerilla Arts. Obviously there's something wrong with Jennifer Caine's website (css file missing or something), but if it were real (and actually worked), that would be my vote for best artist portfolio site ever. Make me nostalgic for 1993 and Netscape 1.0. Aw heck, I'll just make a website screen shot is this week's featured image (see above). [NOTE: her website has been fixed since publishing -- pretty nice!]

Work While It Is Day For When Night Cometh No Man Can Work
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Dunn and Brown Contemporary Gallery
5020 Tracy Street, Dallas, TX 75205
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Trenton's stuff looks pretty amazing -- take a look here and here. He's fancy enough not to have his own web site and be in wikipedia instead. This guy's kinda awesome.

SATURDAY, September 11, 2010

Recent Work (Vincent Falsetta)
This Spanish Ounce of Gold (Justin Quinn)
Conduit Gallery
1626 Hi Line Drive, #c, Dallas, TX 75207
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Craig Cully
Suzanne Unrein
Gallerie Urbane
2277 Monitor Street, Dallas, TX 75206
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Suzanne gets my vote this week for least offensive website artist statement.

David Crismon
Jeri Ledbetter
Carole Pierce
Craighead Green Gallery
1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sustenance (large group show)
337 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75212
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Esther Ritz
Jorge Misium
Haley-Henman Gallery
2335 Hardwick Street, Dallas, TX 75208
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

This Esther Ritz stuff is really kinda nice, except maybe for the queer titles. But maybe that's better than just naming them "Untitled" #1 - 25?

Abstract Thinking (small group show)
Mary Tomas Studio Gallery
1110 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

NON-FICTION (Pard Morrison)
Marty Walker Gallery
2135 Farrington Street, Dallas, TX 75207
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

POW! La Revolucion! (Ruben Nieto)
800 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, TX 75226
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Into the Night (Burton Morris)
Samuel Lynne Galleries
1105 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Image courtesy of Jennifer Caine's webmaster.

It List: Thursday

NAILS/Kill The Client/Humanerror/Big Fiction (The Nightmare)

Hormones/Sirname/Bulletproof Tiger (The Cavern)

Kontatto/Night Siege/Life Erased/Reverse Conformity/Verkommen (Phoenix Project)

Maria Bamford

By Rick V.

Maria Bamford is probably one of my favorite comedians right now, and her album "Unwanted Thought Syndrome" was one of my favorite things that came out last year. Last night I found out she was doing three performances over the course of two days at the Sander Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts center. This was put together by a group called No 2 Drink Minimum which tries to pull comedians outside of the comedy clubs. That's pretty cool, right?

For those who don't know who Maria Bamford is, look her up immediately. I would write something about her but you guys probably know how bad I am at explaining anything. And frankly, I'm pretty tired.

Here is an email Q&A I did via email with Maria Bamford:

Would you like to answer some non threatening questions so we can put them up on the website as to get people to come out to the shows on Friday and Saturday night?

Yes, I would! Non-threatening, supportive, body-hugging questions that skim the profile.

I personally am very excited that you are coming to Fort Worth. I am even more excited that you are not playing a bar venue/comedy club but a community arts center instead! How did you end up getting hooked up with the (as far as I can tell) nice people at No 2 drink minimum?

They, in fact, hooked up with me- through a great community arts network called The Book of Faces. I am supremely grateful for Carly to make the effort to track me down and poke me.

Any thoughts on comedians playing big chain venues like House of Blues?

The House of Blues is a grassroots-generated folk revival that a couple of old-time-y Bluesmen- Dan Akroyd and Jim Belushi and River Phoenix- decided to open a little hole in the wall diner that would feed the soul. The then sold it to a younger generation of musicians and percussive players and it's just a one-man operation owned by this guy/corporate entity, Live Nation. It's nice to perform anywhere. And get paid for gas.

You've been doing voice work for cartoons for years including the blasphemous Charlottes Web 2. And you've probably been approached about doing voice work more since the popularity of your newest album "Unwanted Thought Syndrome" or the fine programming of "Comedians of Comedy" and "The Maria Bamford Show". Has anybody offered any starring roles?

Not yet, but check out ADVENTURETIME on the Cartoon Network or WORDGIRL on PBS, or, on second thought, lie down and read.

You were on an episode of Mystery Science 3000 playing a violin. Do you know those guys? And what happened to the violin?

Violin let go with burnt sage and given to children who want to jam. I know only TV's Frank and writer Mary Jo Pehl (Austin resident- who is a hilarious stand up and should be booked in Fort Worth).

Whenever I asked around about what kind of questions does one ask Maria Bamford, the most common question was "Will she marry me?". Do you get a lot of marriage proposals from strangers?

Well, this, of course, will change as I age, I'm fairly certain (My mom says - once you turn 50 - I'll get the power of Invisibility!!), but I think marriage is something that you need to think about and really prepare for together, as a couple. Let's say my beloved is 15-20 years younger than me and we have almost nothing in common except a similar sense of humor- it's going to take mutual commitment to get past our differences-that they live in a railroad car outside of Salinas and I'm not high. I think it's easy to "fall in love" with somebody who is amplified, well-lit and mostly scripted. But as a person who has asked my hardworking, warm, stylish, helpful clothes dryer to go out on a date- you've got to wonder if it's just infatuation, not a realistic interest based in compatibility.

What comedians have you come across in your travels that you would recommend to legion of people who think Dane Cook is very unfunny?

Well, I like Dane Cook- he has a nice face- but I would like to recommend the following in no particular order: Jackie Kashian, Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Jimmy Pardo, Chris Hardwick, Hard and Phirm, Garfunkel and Oates, Jimmy Dore, Brent Weinbach, David Huntsberger, Marc Maron, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Susan Rice, Bobbie Oliver, Charleyne Yi and there are thousands more- GO SEE LIVE COMEDY IN YOUR COMMUNITY!!!!!

And as a final stupid question. You have a dog named "Bert" and Brian Posehn has a dog named "Ernie". Any relation?

Bert is a doctor and designer of menswear. Blossom is Catholic and walks around nude in a harness. They have not met "Ernie", but have seen photos and are open to contact.

Would you rather do a phone interview? Because I sure would. It would be a lot more fun, personal and not as awkward. I usually post the audio up on the site as well.

Oof. Rick. I can't talk on the phone anymore. I really, really can't. Well, maybe later. Could you call me at like- 4 PM (my time, pacific). Here's my home phone number which isn't for print but you can pretend it is and print something else other than 555-555-5751. I really hate talking on the phone and talking about myself. I'll interview you. Be ready for my questions. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST AND THOUGHTFUL PREGUNTAS!!!


We actually did do a phone interview! Sort of. I was overly nervous and gave Maria a lot of wrong information about the city I live in. It's not so much an interview as just a conversation. You can enjoy it here.

And you know what? I really like what Carly from No 2 Drink Minimum is doing and I interviewed her to!

Carly, why did you move to Fort Worth?

I moved to Fort Worth because my apartment lease in New York was up and my sister invited me down here to get an apartment with her. I took her up on it because the New York market is so saturated with this amazing comedy scene, it’s really hard to get started there. Even though I only wanted to produce, almost every comedian there has their own show that they put on and it’s impossible to compete with shows whose bookers have amazing connections, like friends from SNL doing their shows for free. It also takes a lot of work to get shows up and running in NYC.

How long have you been doing No 2 drink Minimum? And is this your first event? if so, it's a pretty intense one.

No 2 Drink Minimum is just a bay-bay. About 3 months old. And this is its first event, yes. We go big or go home here at No 2 Drink Minimum. Most of the time we go home.

What are your goals with N2DM (ooh catchy) and plans for the future?

The initial goal for us was to create a live comedy resource for the NY and LA comedy scenes. There is just so much amazing stuff going on in these shows that have this sort of cult following, but it takes awhile to navigate and figure out what‘s going on and where, so I thought I could help speed up the process. Plus, I hate wasting money on ridiculously expensive covers and drink minimums.

Plans for the future include expanding the cities that we cover (cities we plan to add include Austin, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Atlanta). Also, as far as the production side of No 2 Drink Minimum, we hope to bring more comedians to alternative spaces as often as time and resources allow.


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

It List: Wednesday

Anberlin (Good Records): I am only listing this show on the off-chance that you might buy something at Good Records that isn't completely terrible. I couldn't find a listing for this act playing anywhere else, so does that mean that Gee Rex (as old-schoolers call it) is actually a venue? There is a controversy over whether or not this emo rock band is "Christian," which should tell you all need to know about this whole affair. Who knows, Good Records may be overrun with young non-denoms still rocking bangs and plugs tonight. Oh, boy.

This is all-too-easy though. Even a frat boy could make fun of this band and go back to listening to Teengirl Fantasy. Yes, friends, these are the times we live in. Show is at 7 PM.

Also: I know you know you'll never believe it, but we do have a great interview coming up from one of our freelancers that I'm actually looking forward to.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Not So New Music

It's hard to put into words the impact that Joe Meek has had on the past fifty years of pop music in a brief blog post. I am going to do what I can but I also recommend you download the two out-of-print collections I have provided below, read the book The Legendary Joe Meek: The Telstar Man by John Repsch and that you watch the fantastic Arena documentary The Strange Story of Joe Meek, conveniently embedded below.

Joe was one of those cats who seemed to have no sense of the world around him, or if he did he openly thumbed his nose at it. Meek's output as a producer in the early to mid sixties offers a seemingly endless treasure trove of twisted pop gems. Tales of teenager heartache infused with elements of the occult (which Meek was VERY interested in) and recording techniques that, then and now, defy logical thought.

Meek had been recording and engineering sessions for artist of all genres throughout the 50's but his most important work wasn't until the dawn of the sixties. It was then he opened up his in home studio where he would do all his recording, his way throughout the decade. Working in his own home, in his own element outside the watch full eye of studio execs allowed Meek the freedom to take risk and record those risk on tape.

Above all Joe Meek just didn't give a fuck in the studio. His experimentation with effects, recording tricks, instrument deconstruction and noise had nothing to do with a hard fought internal struggle to break down pop conventions (Brian Wilson, Syd Barret) and everything to do with manifesting the music that bopped in his brain . His disregard and eventual disdain for the mainstream hit factory had surprising positive results. The kids loved it and bought it in droves, many of those hits can be found on the collection posted here.

The main stream hits that Meek released mirror most his American counterpart and contemporary Phil Spector. Both were pop visionaries at a time when pop music was about as lame as it has ever been. Both sought to turn the idea of what "the kids" would be listening to upside down, but in very different ways. Both share a dirty and amateur sound. No great singers or crystal clear vocals, all heart and spunk without the studio refinement. Spector had his Wall of Sound and honed in on the precise elements that composed that sound. With each ground breaking and chart topping single Spector worked to refine that Wall of Sound. Meek took a different approach by never getting caught up on one idea, technique or approach. Instead he would constantly be experimenting and recording, painting as many pictures as he could with sound.

The naiveté inherent through out Meek's recordings is endearing like no other. There is an emotional directness shared by his contemporaries Burt Bacharach and Hal David coupled with the anti-establishment sounds of Lee Hazelwood and Billy Strange. Meek takes this all one step further with his informed but innocent spirit resulting in post modern, yet personal avant art that acts like The Residents, Talking Heads and even Beat Happening would later explore.

Meek's popularity began to wain in the mid sixties due to a "lurid sex conviction" which shook up his personal life and drew him into depression and even deeper into his fascination and paranoia with the paranormal. Joe would do things like talk to cats, record in graveyards and commit a murder suicide on the anniversary of his idol Buddy Holly's death. All of these things, along with The Rolling Stones, left Meek with his last hit and last breath in 1967.

But I know what you are really here for is the free music! It's Hard to Believe It is the best one disc collection of the man's work. It is missing some key tracks including a personal favorite The Blue Rondo's Little Baby. Also included is the out-of-print Vampires Cowboys Spacemen & Spooks, a 2CD collection of Meek instrumentals for those of you who can't handle pop music.

Other releases that are in print and recommended, once you realize you can't get enough include I Hear a New World, the 1960 space pop oddity that has more in common with The Residents than anything going on with his contemporaries at the time. Much later in his career the desire to produce more hits and recover money he never received for past hits, forced Meek to jump on the "beat" bandwagon. It was in this time he recorded some more straight forward (but classically Meek) Nuggets style garage tunes. These can be found on the collection Joe Meek's: Freakbeat: 30 Freakbeat Mob & R&B. And if anyone can hook me up with a copy of Joe Meek: The Alchemist of Pop, which seems the only place to find the track Jack the Ripper on CD, that would be most appreciated.

It List: Tuesday

Sorry for the lateness, we're being dumb today... luckily there isn't a whole hell of a lot:

Mumiy Troll/Run Run Run (The Loft)

Last Minute Add: Singles Going Steady (Rubber Gloves): Special format-breaking appearance by Embolization's John Falvo.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Labor Day Rock

TUE: Mumiy Troll/Run Run Run (The Loft)
THR: Hormones/Sir Name and the Janes/Bulletproof Tiger (The Cavern)
THR: Nails/Kill the Client/Big Fiction/Humanerror (The Nightmare)*
FRI: Curvette/Violent Squid/Peopleodian/Kaboom (a Barn in Denton)
FRI: Female Demand/Final Club (house show, Denton)
FRI: Hentai Improvising Orchestra/Violent Squid/Tony Sims (1919 Hemphill)
FRI: Autolux/Gold Panda (The Loft)
FRI: Designer Drugs/Yeah Def (Granada)
FRI: Maria Bamford (Sanders Theater in Fort Worth)
SAT: "Cats & Dogs Denton Humane Society Benefit" Greg Ginn/Shiny Around the Edges/Dust Congress/Brent Best/Chris Flemmons/Dim Locator/Dear Human/RTB2/Spooky Folk/Record Hop/Video/New Science Projects/Delmore Pilcrow/Sabra Laval (Rubber Gloves)
SAT: Something Fierce/Bare Wires/Static Mind (The Nightmare)
SAT: Maria Bamford (Sanders Theater)

*I noticed on the Parade of Flesh website (yes I do visit John!) there is a memorial to the comedian Robert Schimmel who passed away in a car wreck last week. PoF list Schimmel as being best known for TV Funhouse when in reality TV Funhouse is the creation of SNL writer Robert SMIGEL, easy mistake I guess. Robert Smigel also played Adam Sandler's dentist brother in law in PT Anderson's Punch Drunk Love and is still alive.

Friday, September 03, 2010



Kicking Spit | Wiccans | Dark Forces (Little Guys)

One of my favorite places to see shows as of late.

Nervous Curtains | New Science Projects | Pinkish Black | Delmore Pilcrow (Rubber Gloves)

Free week so it's free.

Amandla | Record Hop | Here Holy Spain (Double Wide)

Amandla is the musical project of Ween drummer Claude Coleman Jr. The guy makes some pleasing neo-soul with psychedelic flourishes that help shape the music instead of serving as novelty kitsch. Think an un-ironic Freedom of 76'.


Fiskadoro | Marriage Material | Cuckoo Byrds | Wanz Dover | DJG (Nightmare)

Best show in Dallas on a very crowded night. This will be the Dallas debut for Frank favorites Cuckoo Byrds, hope the regulars are ready. Fiskadro come from Houston and feature ex-Indian Jewelery member Travis Kerschen. The sound is reminiscent of early PiL or a lounge-ier Liquid Liquid. Fiskadoro's Hypnotic and dubby sound should be a nice come down after the frenetic jitter of Marriage Material.

Away From the Numbers (Fallout Lounge)

This month's installment of the proto/glam/shoegaze extravaganza helmed by the able crates of DJ Gabriel and Telegram Sam seems to have a Brian Eno theme according to the online postings. Sounds good to me. I once saw a Brian Eno cover night in Austin sometime in the early oughts which consisted mainly of dudes that looked like they were slinging gear for Eno in the early 70s. There was only about ten people there but one of those was none other than Britt Daniel from Austin's own Spoon. I was a never a big Spoon fan but the dude new alot about Eno and his autograph scored me some major significant other points.

Kiki | Opencloud | DragonLazer (the Cavern)

Kiki is pretty hi profile electronic artist out of Germany and on the b-pitch label. Probably the show of the night for electroisseurs but not worth noting to the rest of the population.

Mind Spiders | Sunnybrook | Melting Season | Land Mammals (Rubber Gloves)

More of the free.

Sir Name and the Janes | Missile | Cory Howe and the Dead Flowers (The Doublewide)

This is a CD release for Dallas based 3 piece Missile who are either very tongue in cheek or very eager to star in a sequel to Scorpio Rising. Too bad the straight ahead garage rock sound doesn't match the campy facade. The high production values of the Myspace tells me these guys mean business.

Amandla | Dovehunter (Hailey's)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

It List: Thursday

Balmorhea/Doug Burr/Bosque Brown (The Granada)

MuhammadAli/Leg Sweeper/SRY (the Cavern)

One Against Many/Raging Boner/High Anxieties/Decades (1919 Hemphill)

Peopleodian/Dear Human/Baruch The Scribe/Western Giants (Rubber Gloves): So we've already discussed a lot of these local groups in recent months, particularly the awfulness of Baruch the Scribe and the surprisingly intriguing sounds of Peopleodian, an interesting project with one of the worst names ever. Dear Human play an effective brand of instrumental math rock that isn't and probably won't ever be my thing, but fans of the genre will likely appreciate much of it.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

It List: Wednesday