Archive | May, 2010

Track-by-track: Quiet Company–Songs For Staying In EP

28 May

by Nina Chantanapumma

Maybe it’s due to the circles I run in around Denton, but has anyone noticed how serious the music seems to be here? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing that can be compared to a band that has mastered their craft of honest, heart-jerking lyrics and careful instrumentation so well that it leaves me breathless and in awe. But music doesn’t always have to break your heart, folks. It doesn’t have to drag your soul through the darkness at 60 bpm. It can remind you that love is a beautiful thing, something worth celebrating, and a great reason to sing. Enter the newest release from Austin-based Quiet Company, Songs For Staying In. Described as “a 27-minute celebration of love and … sex,” this should be a quick and fun track-by-track review.

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Track of the Weekend: Brutal Juice–Ugly On the Inside

28 May

I wanted to focus on Brutal Juice for this weekend’s TOW because they are one of Denton’s finest bands. Since a recorded performance doesn’t come close to seeing them live anyway, I went with this clip from 120 Minutes, which is a bit corny (mostly due to Stabbing Westward’s intro) and a great example of a low-budget 90s music video.

Seeing a young Brutal Juice, before tragic break-up and miraculous reunion(s), along with hearing stories about their wild performances, makes me wish I had been in Denton when they first arose. Granted, I was in elementary school at the time and not allowed to go to concerts, but I digress …

Anyway, without further ado, I give you the 1995 MTV premiere/only airing of Brutal Juice’s “Ugly On the Inside”:

Verdict: It’s not easy to make a song that is both catchy and mosh-worthy (people still mosh, right?), but the guys in Brutal Juice are masters at it.

Brutal Juice plays tonight at Dan’s with support from Baboon and Record Hop. The show starts at 8 and it’s 15 bucks at the door (assuming it doesn’t sell out). Earplugs are highly recommended.

Track of the Day: Western Giants- Salt City

27 May

So our good friends the Western Giants have been rolling out videos for the past few weeks, documenting everything from the long drives on tour to how a band spends its down time. Today is the first time they’ve debuted a song with one of the blogs, as the band plans to use their “Shed Sessions” as a means to put out new material. We’re quite proud to debut their track “Salt City”

Verdict: The stripped-down track gives us everything we love about the Giants–introspective lyrics, ambient organ, and just enough drum to push the song along. Kudos to the band for trying to do something unique with their material by doing these videos. Having them just furthers our anticipation for their next album.

Review: Sundress–Fever EP

26 May

Editor’s note: This review is the first of what we hope will be many by Judson Valdez (whom you may know as frontman for Baruch the Scribe).
By Judson Valdez

I must admit that I haven’t always been a fan of This Old house/ Odyssey/Sundress. During early listens, I thought the band’s songs were all too similar and a little melodramatic at times. But since I’ve attended their shows over the past couple of months, they have won me over (understatement). I’ve found myself awaiting recordings from this band more than any other local act in recent months, yet also a little worried about what they would sound like. Continue reading

Track of the Day: Lower Dens – Hospice Gates

26 May
(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive, there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) it deserves, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands and their music a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artists by either attending a show or buying a record.)

Jana Hunter is awesome, and any band she puts together should automaticly be awesome. So when I learned that her new band, Lower Dens, was not only going on a national tour but putting out a full-length titled Twin-Hand Movement, my first thought was “awesome.”

Lower Dens- Hospice Gates

Verdict: At a time when so much of the music that’s out there feels the same, it’s nice to hear something that is similar yet completely different. Led by Hunter’s drumming, “Hospice Gates” is a weirdly anthemic piece that continually pushes forward with Hunter’s vocals, and a bit of jangle to the guitar parts, before ending in a wave of chaotic feedback. Awesome.

DayBowBow Video Sessions: Noonday Morningstar – Let it Grow @ The Kessler

25 May
(In an effort to expand this website, we’ve decided to start shooting video sessions with bands we love that are both from the area, and outside of the area. We anticipate this to be a little bumpy, as our camera is new, and we’re doing some on the job learning.)

Last Saturday while at the Kessler in Oak Cliff we were able to get Dentallas band Noonday Morningstar to sit down in the Kessler’s upstairs art gallery and perform their song “Let it Grow” for us. After a few minutes of lessons the crowd of 20, or so people were invited to sing along with the chorus of the song. What follows is video of that performance.

We’re working on the quality.

Rundown: 5/24–5/30

24 May

We neglected to post a Rundown last week. But we’re back this week and we have an exciting event to announce. Along with I Love Math Records, we will be presenting We ❤ Denton, a show featuring Record Hop, Doug Burr, Shiny Around the Edges, Manned Missiles and Dear Human, at the Schoolhouse this Wednesday starting at 8 p.m.

The lineup isn’t fully representative of Denton’s vast musical diversity, but it does include a good sampling of genres as well as older and newer artists. The show is in honor of a visit from Scott Sloan and Steve Labate (you’ll probably remember that we’ve talked about them before), who will be here in Denton for their documentary, 40 Nights of Rock & Roll.We would love for you to come out to the show. I would be going even if it weren’t a DBB show simply because the bands are stellar. It’s free, BYOB and school’s out, so you don’t have a lot of excuses.

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