SR and DL still won't return our calls so here is me and nite maus's ramshackle list. (We usually just have our PAs return calls for us, but they're on vaca this weekend. DL and I will be back in action on Monday-- SR)
Are the Fungi Girls too young to be playing the music they play? Or perhaps similar musicians are too old to be playing music so youthful? Regardless, you will feel like an old has-been seeing these dudes play, but boy you will have a good time. Remember kids, J&J's closes at 12 so be sure to get there early, as the rest of the bands seem to have the same vibe going on as the Girls. Should be fun. (FP)
Earlier this week I was sitting in a DART station when it hit me that music (and Dallas public transportation) was going straight to hell. Seriously, what a unique epiphany right? I saw a kid, iPod earphones blaring, with a Guitar Hero shirt, crispy-clean just ironed from his mother’s hot stack of laundry.This kid looked happy with himself and his position in life, and I realized…fuck getting a good review on Pitchfork. Just get a song on Guitar Hero and you’ll be eating pretty well for decades.
Anyway, the point is, I bet you 95% of the world’s population doesn’t know anything about Reverend Horton Heat except for “Psychobilly Freakout,” and 99% of those people heard it on Guitar Hero. And I bet you at least 8 of those people will be at this concert, and that there will be general assent when they play that song (fists in air, head nods, interchanged glances). And they probably WILL play that song, as surely as David Byrne played "Burning Down the House" on his last tour.
Motorhead won a Grammy in 2005 for a Metallica cover. Is that an insult or a prize? I’m surprised this show isn’t at House of Blues. As for Lemmy, I’ll skip the meth jokes and say authoritatively that he “defines, eats, breathes, shits and exudes cool. He’s hands-down the motherfucking coolest human being in history.” I have that on good faith.
Also, Dave Mustaine is endlessly entertaining. I think of him any time one of these bands from the 80’s LA scene comes around. Just watch Some Kind of Monster, fast-forward it to any time he talks (and cries) and you’ll have the warm fuzzies for days. I bet he’s sitting at home this very moment thinking about how Motorhead should’ve dedicated that Grammy to him.(NM)
When I was a kid, I thought Ice Ice Baby was the shit . It was a song that went well with my Legends of the Hidden Temple t-shirt and my brick-sized Gameboy. Yet I always thought that I was hearing something that would someday die. I think North Texas this weekend went out of its way to prove that some things last forever.
I’ve heard a rumor that the new Trees is booking just to make money for a while, and after they’ve cashed in they’ll start bringing in bands that are actually worth paying for. I smell deceit. Why is every house show I’ve ever been to better than any lineup they’ve brought so far? Take it from Captain Planet. You don’t need money to succeed, you need “heart!”. (NM)
The debut performance of Vexed UK, a collaboration between local avant-goddess Sarah Alexander and Gutterth hype man Micheal Briggs. Lets hope it is more this and less this. Kaboom! put on one of the best shows around these parts and they have been playing less and less recently so get your ass there. (FP)
Odd that this is open until midnight. If you haven't been to the Crow Collection, it's pretty neat. Across the way from the DMA in an office building. And I think it's free admission. "Wild Flowering: The Crow Family and Asia showcases the adventures of the Crow family during their five-decade quest to collect the arts of Asia. Starting in 1960 and ending in the present day, this chronological exploration of the family’s private acquisitions profiles their evolution into a public treasure."
The Green Line Group Show Kettle Art 2714 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226 September 19 : Unknown Time, 7-9 would probably be safe.
Manifold: An Exhibition of Editioned Works The Public Trust 2919-C Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226 September 19 : 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
New Drawings Lawrence Lee Barry Whistler Gallery 2909 B Canton, Dallas, Tx 75226 September 19 : 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I can't find a web site for this dude, but there's a small gallery of his stuff in an unlinkable Flash gallery on their site. Look pretty interesting. I don't think he's this Lawrence Lee who paints really sweet Southwest Art like this.
This is a free event sponsored by Heineken. After listening to a little bit of Estelle I was pleasantly surprised. Reminiscent of Lilly Allen but with a more classic Bacharach sound, free of the hollow feeling most 60's female revivalist seem to have these days. I'm sure after a couple Heineken it sounds REALLY good.
Lydia's music is a a fusion of Fleetwood Mac and really bad acid. And not in the good way. They played Rubber Gloves earlier in the year at NX35 and had a line of 200 underage patrons waiting before the club even opened. So if you are into that kind of thing bring a pocket full of candy.
Today's lone list entry was written by a special anonymous contributor, whose brutally sarcastic rants about music and record store customers has been entertaining me for the past few months. (DL)
The Mars Volta (The Palladium) Do you remember the first time you put in a Pink Floyd album as a kid or teenager? Do you remember the sense of wonder that came over you as you heard men doing things with instruments that you’d never imagined? Do you remember listening to Meddle and wondering why other music wasn’t this imaginative, this inventive, this out-of-the-box? Are you frustrated that bands this creative no longer attain mainstream popularity and fill arenas as they once did, having been replaced by Nickelbacks, Drowning Pools, and Green Days?
Well, if you’ve heard the Mars Volta, take heart. This visionary band, oft-compared to the almighty and wondrous Tool, is an absolutely superb example of what six (and sometimes seven) men can accomplish when given more effects pedals than you can shake several sticks at. Don’t just take my word for it! In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine – yes, that Rolling Stone – named these fellows the best “Prog Rock Band” in all of music! These Grammy-winning musical machines have certainly come a long way from their earlier, equally great project At the Drive-In, which took the foundations laid by such mediocre bands as Drive Like Jehu and Fugazi and turns them on their collective ears.
I’ve had dreams where a man, submerged in a pool of water, was serenading me in Spanish, accompanied by a guitar looped through a dozen warbling, broken Danelectro pedals. I woke up, distraught that no one had thought to bring this idea to fruition in thirteen-minute bursts. I type before you a happy man, because my wildest dreams have been realized in a musical cavalcade of formless, not-at-all irritating solos, completely pleasant album structures, and intensely enjoyable, more straightforward parts that call to mind a tamer version of the pure rock fury that’s known as Rush. Omar Rodríguez-López certainly brings his best material to the table – if you listen to one of the twelve solo records he’s released in the past few years, you’ll see that he has enough musical ideas to fill twice this many records, and Mars Volta albums besides!
Look, here’s the bottom line – if you love Tool, and if you want to hear a band that’s so good that even members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (!) have collaborated, look no further – you’ve found the epitome of modern day prog. By extension, they’re the only rock band that matters today, if you think about it. It really doesn’t get any better than this. (Anonymous)
Soundclash Presents: Parson And Annalove are The Yellow Stripes | Royal Highnuss | Tomb (Zubar)
Interview conducted by Frank Phosphate. Introduction by Stoned Ranger. Photography by Stephie Ya Know.
Whether it can be attributed to the nature of blog driven "indie rock" buzz or simply to Alan Palomo's own PR savvy, the fact that Pitchfork interviewed Palomo about his Neon Indian project before anyone in the local media had a chance to speak with him about it surely says something about the speed of ascension in pop music today. Months before they'd even booked their first show, let alone played it, Neon Indian was preparing for an international tour and a full length record release that is quickly becoming one of the most highly anticipated events on the 2009 release calendar, thanks in no small part to the mass amounts of praise the band has received from around the blogosphere.
Of course, with this kind of quick acquisition of accolades comes the inevitable skepticism in which fans wonder aloud whether a particular band is "overrated" or "deserving" of the kind of attention they are receiving, and truth be told, you can hardly blame anyone for being skeptical about the groups that American and European "tastemakers" have been crowning as the "next big thing" over the past several years. Ever since Arcade Fire wowed us with mediocrity and Sufjan Stevens showed the world just how conservative most indie rockers can really be, underground music has seen a parade of buzzed about acts that seem to offer little more than good manners and obvious influences.
Fortunately for Palomo and Neon Indian, however, the group's debut release mostly lives up to the hype surrounding it. Sure, the record might not change your life, and it'll certainly have its detractors, but Alan Palomo has demonstrated, at a very young age, that his songwriting skills can transcend the genres and fads with which he's been associated, and with the eclectic influences scattered throughout Neon Indian's debut (everything from Yellow Magic Orchestra to 60's psyche pop), its hard to imagine that this record won't appeal to a fairly large cross section of discerning music consumers. Our very own Frank Phosphates sat down with Alan to discuss Neon Indian and the upcoming tour, and here's what they talked about:(SR)
Why start the tour in Denton?
I have always tried to make it a point of testing things in an audience that I am comfortable with, and I feel like Denton is predominately just friends and allies and, even a few enemies now and then, which I always thinks makes things a little more interesting when you are trying something new but... well maybe not rivals, maybe just Rival Gang...LEANNE.
Yeah they'll fight ya!
I think there is something comforting on this occasion. For example for the Vega show we we..(at this point some adoring fans come and Alan is really nice to them and stuff) haha, the difference between this and the Vega show was that the Vega show was testing it out without and set itinerary, more just a labor of love really just trying things out...
Where was the Vega show at?
It was at Hailey's on New Year's. The way the stakes have changed now were literally on the cusp of (I offer him a cigarette) sure...If this was a Vega show I would not smoke this, but Neon Indian does not demand too much of my vocal range, so...you don't have to write that down...I feel like being on the cusp of a tour, and given that immediately three days after the show we're gonna be at Monolith Festival, Denton is the perfect environment to try it out because I can expect nothing but honest feedback, and use this as an opportunity to sort a few things out. And even then just put on a really good show for my friends. That's what I'm doing this for.
What kind of preparation have you done for the tour?
Most of the preparation has been adjusting to tour life in to begin with. I'm a pretty social guy, I move around a lot but I always do crave quite a bit of stability and this tour is literally the first time in my life where I have no set junction or time or anything. Our booking agent tells us when a show is coming up, or a string of shows or a tour for that matter, and we just have to prepare for it. What I have been trying to adjust to is things like sleeping habits, eating, trying to find the time to exercise, and feel like a normal human being in this really unusual context of constantly being on your feet.
For the Neon Indian show in particular, much of the preparation has gone into how we can differentiate a Vega show and a Neon Indian show given the vibe or presentation or something as simple as Theatrics. I recently came to the conclusion that it is something that will come with time, once we sort of feel out the audience. Our first take was all the ideas; like we walk up stage in a cloak and right before the first guitar lick starts, we just like remove them and just start playing our instruments, which we would have done if we had just made it to a Michael's and found some black bed sheets to do this with.
How did the tour come about?
It started with a few consistent show offers we started getting. I definitely had plans to do Neon Indian live and had plans of touring right around the time of the record release. It all kind of happened at once. We heard the album was coming out on October 13th, and then immediately after that we put up a link for our booking agent; we got about seventy inquiries in the US. A little overwhelming but we tried to do as many of them as we could, some of them fell through due to scheduling conflicts and all that, but the way it has worked up to this point is that we got all these dates and mapped it out to this logistical nightmare of how we'll get from one place to the next, which is it's own fun little ride to begin with. Even within these Neon Indian shows there are some Vega shows sprinkled in here and there. Up until this point cutting our teeth has all been done predominately through Vega shows, and the shows our booking agent has gotten us, and they have kind of been all over the place.
One thing I have had to learn is how to play to different audiences. You might play a bill where no one knows who you are and you just have to go in there and give it your all. It's pretty long and arduous, but the fact that so much preparation has gone into it, I feel confident. The most ridiculous shift we have to do is one night we are in Mexico City and then we fly up to Seattle and then continue to tour as if nothing had happened. It's pretty... well actually we fly out from Boise, Idaho to Mexico City for two shows that that promoter set up ... and you know it's fucking weird.
I feel like the biggest thing that's making it... it's not overwhelming by any means, I'm very excited about it, but whats very taxing in terms of prep-work and mental preparation is the fact that both Vega and Neon Indian are taking off at the same time, you know, just got to keep up with the work flow.
Talk a little bit about the process of working with Neon Indian as opposed to the other projects you have worked with.
Vega has always been a project with a specific set of influences and very finite aesthetic, whereas Neon Indian started out more as a creative exercise. Try to write a new song everyday and we never spend more than 48 hours on it. Whatever the product turns out to be is whatever it is, and you can invest as much time as you want in it. I realized that really opened it up, especially when I wasn't concerned with "who's going to like this," or what is the sound it is trying to tap into, "Who would you associate with this?,"; I feel like that's when Neon Indian really became it's own thing. Before I knew it, in about a month I had an album. I realized that working in that way was so much more advantageous than the initial Vega work flow. Now I have modified Vega to be equally spontaneous in that sense. Especially now that sometime in January I have to start writing the Vega album. Definitely want to bring that to the table.
I want to talk a little bit about the music. Neon Indian has a very lo-fi, almost "druggie" sound to it. Yet the music still sounds rather positive, some almost like ballads.
It's something we are not used to hearing from you. Did you go into the project wanting to channel something different; a different kind of outlet?
There is some irony to it all because of this contradiction where the songs sound generally upbeat. There are no dark, or unusual, dissonant songs on the album, but in terms of the lyrical content, it is very personal. It all derives from various heinous relationships. Not necessarily heinous but just specific relationships that I have revisited over time. Dissecting the moments when they have gone awry. They each have their own unusual kind of narrative.
So this is the first time you have tried that with your music, exploring those themes?
Yeah. It's funny because I would say eighty percent of the content, as far as lyrical fodder, definitely came from Denton. Most of those experiences were all very specific places in time. Looking back, I can say "Oh, this is where that happened," or "This happened over there."
Do you follow the press at all? Does it affect you? Does make any difference in what you do?
It never makes a difference in what I do. I am always interested in feedback. Music is still a very new thing for me. I'm still learning about the medium and every song is a testament to that progress. The purpose of Neon Indian was definitely to try out new production tricks. No idea is a bad idea, it's just a matter of what context you fit it in. It was definitely that kind of approach. I check blogs. I try to be an active participant in the online music culture. I think a lot of the bands that have come out of that culture have influenced what I do. I see it as a very objective thing, if you are not pissing somebody off, you're not doing something right. If you can elicit a response, whether it be positive or negative, means that you are trying to do something that isn't safe. I could speak about a lot about We Shot JR commenters. There is a very direct line in the sand. But I try not to address it, I don't let it affect me. It's whatever, you know?
Closing it up, is there anything you would like the world to know about Neon Indian? What can we expect?
I would like to eventually make it more of a multimedia project. I have thrown around the idea of a second album being the score to a screenplay I write. Music is a very interesting deviation, because I have always been a film guy. It affects the way I approach music. I would like to find a way to make an artistic project that is a conglomeration of those two ideas, and sort of do it from that perspective. I don't know if it will be the second or the third album; just depends on what time allows. You can also expect a Vega album in the upcoming future, by the way. The VEGA record will be a joint release through Fool's Gold and Downtown. And I'll just say, I can't say who it is just yet, but I will say it is a band of the last three years that has greatly influenced me, will be the ones producing the album.
Neon Indian's next local appearance is a free show at The Granada on Halloween.
Hey, did everyone read this Forbes article that says Dallas is number ten in the "America's Entertaining Cities?" I'm sure you did. Pretty eyebrow-raising. Number 9 is San Francisco and Austin is nowhere to be found. Hmm.
Tonight's events include the usual Cool Out at The Cavern, and Stefan Gonzalez playing hardcore, punk, grind and metal records for his Mayhem Mondays at The Fallout Lounge. I caught a good portion of the show at Fallout on Friday, and was impressed by the War Wizards and Convextion sets. War Wizards did not disappoint, raising the discomfort level to an all-time high by upping the ante with the involuntarily crowd-participation angle. Ouch. Such different acts on the same bill is a good thing in my opinion, even if the disparate crowds don't always assimilate so readily.
Video also put on a loud and vicious, yet very clean and well-rehearsed show at Rubber Gloves on Saturday. They are definitely "totally fucking punk" as one observer put it, but they also sound like they practice more than any band I've heard in a while. The best part is I'm sure I will get an e-mail or a random comment explaining that they never practice. Wish it came so easily to everyone.
We don't usually review our own shows, so here's a nice review of the show we hosted last week on by Laura Lately on her Radio Silence blog.
ADD: Yeah Def is celebrating Nas' birthday tonight, so expect to hear a lot of good tracks at Hailey's from the original 5 Mic winner.
WED: The Mars Volta (The Palladium) WED: Parson and Annalove AKA The Yellow Stripes (Zubar) WED: Nervous Curtains/Blixaboy/Davic Sunshine (The Cavern) WED: Macon Greyson/Dana Falconberry/Ha Ha Tonka (The Green Elephant) THU: Dove Hunter/True Widow/Boom Boom Box/Tre Orsi (The Granada) FRI: Fugi Girls/The Beets/Air Waves/The Jesus Furs (J&J's Pizza) SAT: Motorhead/Nashville Pussy/Revered Horton Heat (Palladium Ballroom) SAT: Vanilla Ice/Mad Mexicans/Forever Sunday (Trees) SAT: Dub Assembly with Ultrablack/Royal Highnuss/Mundo/Passenja (The Green Elephant) SAT: Hellbastard/Resistant Culture/Akkolyte/Tolar (Rubber Gloves) SAT: Dear Human/Babar/Vexed UK (Majestic Dwelling Of Doom)
Okay, this list is by DL, NM, and FP. The writeup on John Maus almost reminds me of something out of the old Rollerderby zine. Anyways, I'm sure I forgot something and I'm sure you'll remind me. Thanks to everyone who made my week easier, specifically, Shep and Josh at Rubber Gloves, Time Bandits, Vulgar Fashion, Kashioboy, and everyone that came out on Wednesday night. Sometimes I almost don't hate local music. (DL)
PS- Time Bandits re-opened today at noon and will be having a Grand re-opening soon.
DJ Select and AV (Murray Street Coffeehouse) From 5 PM to 9 PM.
Stereo On Strike Atomic Party With Convextion | Phantastes | War Wizards (The Fallout Lounge): This is the first War Wizards show in years, featuring the talents of Atomic Party curator, Wanz Dover, along with the always crazed vocals and confrontational showmanship of Lars Larsen, who incidentally also plays in Phantastes. We should have a free War Wizards track for you in the "News" section, when I get around to it this weekend. Internationally renowned techno phenom Convextion also performs. I appreciate the fact that the Discogs bio for Convextion describes his hometown of Dallas as "unlikely." You don't say.(DL)
Will Johnson | Liz Durrett (Dan's Silver Leaf) Will Johnson makes music that has been around since the first time someone coupled an unkempt beard with a designer cowboy hat. Maybe it’s the fact that when anyone references his work, especially his lyrics, it is referred to as a “a masterpiece”; that has always rubbed me the wrong way. I just don’t hear it. I’m not saying every musical experience has to be a genre-bending-mind-fuck, but yeah, all relationships are doomed to fail, and you listened to The Eagles growing up. We get it. There is only so much one man can do with a gruffy voice, fuzzed out guitar, and confessional lyrics, and it had all been done by 1978. If you are looking for a poor man’s Son Volt, and I know a lot of people who are, then this is the show for you. (FP)
Old Snack | Ghost Owl | Thriftstore Cowboys (Hailey's): Pretty much picking up where Aaron White fronted power-pop act The Make Believers left off, is Old Snack, though the group has been shaved down to a trio, and therefore makes up for the extra space with extra speed and extra grit. I don't remember TMB being quite as dirty and amped; even the bass guitar sounds nastier. Listen for the subtle charms like taking an old Flamin' Groovies tune and over-driving past what should still qualify as "sounding good," but damn my damaged ears if doesn't actually achieve just that. Pretty sure this is one of those bands where the members actually all "like the songs." Weird. (DL)
Chairlift | John Maus | Sydney Confirm (Hailey's): God must have heard my creepy whispers and obsessive hopes, because this show is going to be the answer to many of my prayers. Strangely left off of Hailey's advertising, the reason why I wouldn't miss this night for anything is named John Maus. And he is the most delightful creature I've ever had the displeasure of not meeting.
My first introduction to Mr. Maus, sometimes-member of Haunted Graffiti and sometimes-keyboard-player to Panda Bear, happened on a tape deck of my friend's car as we were driving to Ikea. As a part of a mix that included complements such as Ariel Pink and Arthur Russel (because I can now only think of that tape as something surrounding him, adding to his music), John Maus' brooding, baroque, keyboard-induced melodies were sneaked into my life...which would in turn never be the same. When I got home and started to build my cheap shelves, I listened to every track I could find by him. For hours. I went to sleep that night thinking of his music. And woke up a firm fan. A follower. A convert.
His synth-ey songs are a very un-produced, echo-laden, and deep-voiced mixture of the soundtrack for a low-budget 70's sci-fi film, and a piece of classical organ/religious music circa Bach. His songwriting is beautiful, intelligent, shy, self-deprecating, at times violent and intensely humorous. "Love is Real," his only full-length album, released onUpset the Rhythm!but never in America, is completely wonderful from beginning to end. "Songs," a compilation of some of his earlier tracks, has tracks I've worn out from listening to them so much. Who can say no to "Maniac?" Or the video that goes along with it?
I'm not sure what makes someone into a "Mausketeer," but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who's suffered the Maus effect. John's website, Mausspace, is full of us. People who judge their other friends by how they feel about Maus, who think can't pick a favorite Maus song because they're all so wonderful, who have thrown Maus-themed parties (including Maus cake), and people whose significant others genuinely fear abandonment if John ever took an interest in their partner. Basically, people who would scare John Maus if he met them in real life. And this Saturday, I would recommend everyone to make the leap into this type of thing.
Chairlift and Sidney Confirm should also be fun to watch. (NM)
Video | Yeah Def | BC The Dinosaur | Sans Soleil (Rubber Gloves): This looks like yet another great, free show, and a good place to hop scotch back-and-forth to between sets at Hailey's. Look both ways crossing Bell though, kids. Don't miss Video. (DL) Hot Flash with Genova | Schwa | Killtron (The Fallout)
Throw Me The Statue | The Brunettes | Nurses (The Cavern) Whoa, I got a suckerpunch of a listening experience out of Throw Me The Statues; my first thoughts were that someone took the dinky backing tracks of label-mates I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, and paired it with some "Sweater Song"-styled vocals. That's probably the best thing I can say about this, because that's almost funny. I can't believe this band is on Secretly Canadian. I used to really like that label. And some of you wonder why We Shot JR covers grindcore shows. (DL)
Rise And Shine Records Benefit with Division Of Power | Negaduck | Scum Rush/Raging Boner | Zwounds (1919 Hemphill) Note: All proceeds from this show go towards putting out the first Negaduck seven inch. (DL)
Screening By Martin Iles: "The Apple" (Dan's Silver Leaf) Apparently this early Eighties musical predicted the future, which means I have to check it out because I hate the future. Oh, and it takes place in 1994, which certainly isn't the future, but I wish it was. (DL)
There is so much going on this weekend! Hooray for North Texas. I had to narrow it down quite a bit by cutting out a lot of the openings related to the DADA Gallery Walk. Hot Picks for the weekend are CentralTrak and 500X -- and maybe try to hit Dragon Street on Saturday afternoon and drink as much free booze as you can before getting back on the road. Tell 'em Richardson Heights sent ya. You could probably say that to the cop that pulls you over as well, as it'll make the same difference in either situation.
"The Gallery Walk features 33 of DADA’s member galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces throughout the Dallas metroplex that will be open from 2-8 pm for this FREE event that allows art lovers to socialize and roam (in a car) from gallery to gallery all in one day."
I hate when music writers have to tell you about how hard they partied last night, trying to somehow convince you that they are bad-asses instead of just overgrown nerds that spend too much time obsessing over the unbelievably unimportant minutiae of what college sophomores do in their parents' garage over the weekend. That being said, last night's show did take a lot out of me, and unfortunately as a result, I have to be rather brief.
I've seen steadily employed local artist and Snails' founding member, Nevada Hill playing a cacophonic jumble of scrapes, streaks, and screeches on his electric violin, as opposed to guitar lately, and he seems to have embraced the treacherous instrument rather comfortably. The Annoysters and Muzak John are participants in the active Houston experimental/noise scene, which often centers around the wonderfully moniker-ed venue, Super Happy Fun Land. Zanzibar has an upcoming release entitled, "Vitiligo" on the Tape Drift imprint, while Wu Fru has a current release available from Asex Tapes.
Tweetup At The DMA (Tech Lab, Dallas Museum Of Art) From the event description featured on the invite: "Thurs 9/10, "Tweetup" at the DMA! Meet fellow Twitter-ers & participate in a Twitter Gallery Hunt! 6:30-8:30, Free!"
So, absolutely everyone and their mom is having an art opening this weekend. It's partly due to the semi-annual DADA gallery walk, but also lots of other stuff like the 500x member show. I haven't had time to process it all yet, and won't until later tonight, but I thought you should know about an important show going on tonight, September 10, from 6-8 PM at Dunn and Brown Contemporary.
"World-renowned artist Dale Chihuly and his team of installers from Seattle have transformed the 3,000 square foot Main Gallery at Dunn and Brown Contemporary into an immersive world of light and brilliant color. The exhibition will feature Chihuly’s signature Macchia, Seaform, Persian, Putti, and Basket glass works. In addition, three monumental installations of glass – Sunset Boat, Persian Wall, and Neodymuim Reeds and Clear Heron – will create a dazzling landscape in the darkened exhibition space."
Neon Indian | Vulgar Fashion | Kashioboy | Between Set DJ Performances by Time Bandits (Rubber Gloves) It was very kind of Neon Indian to agree to do this show before the beginning of their extremely ambitious world tour, and I'd just like to get away from the blinding hype for a moment to say that Mr. Palomo has proven himself a little different from most in whatever genre he's tackling, and this advanced copy of their upcoming record that I've been listening to all summer would still be every bit as good if it came without all of the extra media attention. I honestly believe that. There is an inevitable backlash whenever someone gets soaked in the blinding beams of the music industry's PR-powered searchlights, and an artist's or group's actual output can be overlooked in the tired arguments about undue credit VS undue criticism. My point is, you should try to look past that, and take Neon Indian, their record, and their live show at face value. There is a lot to process; the attention to detail in the Rundgren and "What A Fool Believes" references, the always bubbling synth parts, and the intriguing story of a generally dance-oriented musician making a comparably more straight-forward, guitar-laden, pop record and actually pulling it off.
I've heard good things about Vulgar Fashion's live show, and I'm still looking forward to seeing them after hearing their "Krystal" tracks, "Krystal Lies," and "Krystal Navy." Denton video game manipulator, Kashioboy also performs.
Note: Darktown Strutters unfortunately had to cancel due to equipment issues.
Uh Oh | Wiccans | Dark Forces | Collick (The Lion's Den located at 622 North Austin Street in Denton) Uh Oh are here from Wisconsin, and are a pretty important part of Milwaukee's punk scene as far as setting up shows goes, and have helped out some local acts in that ever-important underground hub, from what I'm told. It's always nice to return the favor, which is the likely story for the show tonight. There is a lot of variety in their music; some lazy vocals, some yelling vocals, while a jumbled variety of tempos keep things interesting. The only constant is that it tends to stay within the parameters of catchy (but not poppy) punk rock; albeit a type that doesn't suck, avoids the wrong cliches, and embraces the right ones.
The Lion's Den is the newest show-hosting house in Denton, and it's nice to see the place has taste. So often now days, the story is about the fact that there is a house show, as if that in and of itself is special. You know what else is special? When all of the acts playing aren't total shit. This show starts at 7:30 sharp. Please help the touring band along by paying five bucks instead of just trying to steal all the Steel...Reserve.
A couple of things I noticed today: Anyone who has ever had to book a show in Lubbock, TX has probably had to deal with a strangely charming trio called, The Numerators. They have also played locally, at both The Majestic Dwelling Of Doom, and Secret Headquarters. The group has a pretty diverse sounds and does everything from Half Japanese-styled noise-punk freak-outs, to calm instrumentals, and, of course, the ridiculous rapping-over-the-Ipod bit, that "hipster haters" love to bitch about. Anyways, they have a new track on The Fader website, which is a poppy, reverb-strangled number entitled, "City of Gold." This is one of the few times where I'm 100% behind a featured track on Fader, so I had to bring it up.
The Dandy Warhols (Good Records 6 PM, Free) This will be an acoustic performance by a band who has gotten a lot of mileage out of a terrible single, as well as misbehaving in an oft-discussed documentary. Expect to spend some time around more "casual" music fans, or hardcore overrated documentary aficionados.
There will also be a Beatles-themed party at Good tonight, celebrating the release of all of the remastered albums, which I find to be terribly interesting, as well as the release of The Beatles Rock Band game, which I find terribly uninteresting. It's actually much easier to learn to competently play those instruments than it is to try to figure out that warped, kiddie-toy shit. For the first time in my life, I truly understand my uncle's rage as he threw an NES controller across the room during a frustrating try at Excitebike, Christmas Day, 1985. Anyways, there will be free food, drink, and a prize giveaway. Classic, local Beatles cover band, Hard Night's Day will also be appearing. The Warhols perform later in the evening with Spindrift at The Granada.
90's Night With Yeah Def (Hailey's) Hey, everyone. Here's a special message from Yeah Def about tonight's performance (via Facebook) "wrote a lil rhymey to promote tonight: 9pm tonight. its 90's night. every tuesday bub. @ hailey's club. please come early and enjoy discounted drinks. please stay late and dance out the kinks."
Good work, Mr. Def. Reminds me of a certain Hollywood MC's repeated rhyme of the word "West."