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Track of the Day: Electric Electric – Minimal=Maximal

20 Jan

(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) they deserve, 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 artist by either attending a show, or buying a record.)

By Melissa Crowe…..er..uhm Jaime

I wish I had more to say on Electric Electric. Unfortunately, my French isn’t quite up to speed. What I do know is this: if you’re heading to Austin for SXSW, check this band out.

Electric Electric is about as close to trance-…….wait, wait , wait…. I love Melissa, and she’s one of the best writer’s I’ve ever encountered, but I gotta get something out about this. This shit is mad…like mad as a hatter, it’s unreal how good it is, all you need to do right now is listen.

Electric Electric- Minimal=Maximal

Verdict: Starting with an aggressive bas line Minimal=Maximal quickly goes off the rails with a suddenly brutal attack of thrash guitar playing, before jumping back to the bass. Wash, rinse, add some electronics, increase the drums, then repeat for four plus minutes, it’s unreal how awesome it is, and any real fan of insanity would lose their mind in the presence of it….which you’ll have the chance to do at the DayBowBow/No Words SXSW show when they play with a multitude of other bands for free on 2/20.

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That’s a Whole Lotta Show — Quad Release Tomorrow

15 Jan

By Melissa Crowe

The quadruple (yes, that’s three-syllables for “four”) release show at J&J’s tomorrow night started out simple enough: Two friends supporting each other’s new albums at their favorite place for free shows. After promoting the event for a while — “Dude, we’re having a double release show!” — Travis Oliver of Younger Sons added another friend to the bill and then another!

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Track of the Day: Headdress — The Lost White Brother

11 Jan

By Melissa Crowe

This Austin duo recorded their second album Lunes last winter in New York City but wrote the album in the desert. From Texas to New York, summer to winter, calm to chaos: Maybe there is some sort of symbolism for life, but we’ll let you explore that yourself.

Headdress has subdued flavors of The Black Angels and NAAM, while shaping its blues by means of Dylan Carlson, Hendrix and La Monte Young. The minimalistic approach to Lunes sparks a complex confusion. The five tracks are hardly distinguishable, each blurring into the next. At times, the guitar and organ seem to be one-in-the-same, creating a disoriented chaos. The hum of the organ tells you you’re not abandoned, but, just as you thought, your guide has indeed left. Continue reading

Sunday Morning Coming Down: Ryan Thomas Becker; While everybody’s rehashing, shake things up

10 Jan

Ryan Thomas Becker @ Dan's Silver Leaf

(ed. Every Sunday (more like some Sundays)  we’re going to have a long form  article which investigates some odd piece of culture that’s been intriguing one of us. This is of course one of those.)

By Melissa Crowe

There is an overwhelming amount of energy flowing into the North Texas music scene this year. What with the buzz about NX35, secret shows I wish I could reveal and the albums due out in the coming months, we’re really off to a bang. Of the excitement, don’t be surprised to find one name repeated over and over and over: Ryan Thomas Becker.

The somewhat-homegrown musician, hailing from Highland Village just down the road, contributes to a handful of bands in the area includingEaton Lake TonicsThe Slow BurnersSunday Drive, and his own RTB2, just to name a few. Last month, he released his latest solo project, an album by the name of Neighborhoof, which came out just as Eaton Lake Tonics and The Slow Burners both released albums all the while holding down his full-time job at the TWU library. Sound exhausting?

Busy as he is, Becker found time to meet up with DBB at Jupiter House to talk about his start in songwriting, philosophies on creating music and how he would rather unbalance the equation than push the envelope. You can see Becker in Dallas at Trees on Thursday and The Cavern on Friday. If you’re in Denton, wait for the $6  Saturday show at Hailey’s withRTB2Luna MattoPVC Street Gang and Come on go with Us. Continue reading

Top 10 songs of the decade I never want to hear again, or at least not for a very long time

18 Dec

By Melissa Crowe

I think as a listening society, we should be more wary of music that immediately strikes the senses. These sounds that somehow settle right in with the brain waves being transmitted from ear to ear, these sounds and songs don’t last. Sometimes they’ll go a year, maybe two. Fool me once, shame on you … Fool me twice, shame on me. Here’s our chance to dust out our shelves, embrace 2010, and start it 10 songs (at least) better than we were in 2009.
10. 

From a band that boasts a 20-year popularity, it was a sad day this song ever aired. Quite possibly the least imaginative, most depressing song they ever wrote. Play this song anywhere in public, and yeah, you’ll be walking alone too.

9. 

So you painted the words on your body and made a YouTube video. Cool. Let’s give it a rest.

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Debut: Gutterth 2 AND Dead Week Print Show

10 Dec

The end of the fall semester is probably the worst time of any year. Not only do we stress about finals and term papers and not having any time to buy gifts, but this year, I feel the added pressure of a little graduation fun.

If you’re stuck in finals stress or that holiday-what-do-I-buy mode we know all too well, let’s take a minute to breathe. The semester is almost over,  Christmas is more than two weeks away, and tonight may solve all your holiday gift quandaries (or at least offers a break from catching up on lecture notes).

Gutterth Productions and Pan-Ector Industries’ Dead Week Print Show at Rubber Gloves features music by Sleep WhaleDust Congress, and Eyes & Ears with free screen printing between sets. Doors at 9, music at 10; $6/over, $7/under $5/over, $7/under.

It’s also a Gutterth  release show for its second compilation featuring Glen Farris, Delmore Pilcrow, Vexed UK, New Science Projects, and waaaay more. (Seriously: 2.2 hours, 34 tracks. Good good stuff) If you have the first one, you’ll want this compilation too.

So, about those holiday things… Bring shirts, scarves, whatever can be printed, OR consider the gift of music — for a special friend or for when you’re in the library till 7 AM every night next week.

Happy Birthday, Jaime!!

24 Nov

From the President and the Internet,
hugs, kisses and best wishes.