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Watch: Prince 2 Ray-J’s X “Get Off The Stage!”

8 Feb


No word on if Morris Day allowed Lamar Odom’s baby mama to do “The Bird.”


(Hat tip to the Village Voice, The Av Club and people on Facebook sending this to me.)

What happens when you listen to the local “independent” radio station for an hour, post “subtle” format change

28 Jan

In the last few weeks a very public outcry has risen to address what seems to be an abandonment of what KXT had promised to do (namely be a beacon of diversity in a very undiverse market), and to be honest to you back when we started doing live blogs of hour long slices of the radio we never thought we’d actually have to turn our ire towards a station we’ve donated to, but one look at this, this and this, just proves how bad things have gotten. One has to wonder why Kxt has made the decision they’ve made, if anything the rise of the “hipster consumer class” should have pushed them to explore the idea of being a true alternative the corporate radio, a station that truly supported independent music, by brokering deals with with labels and advocates in hopes of grabbing on to something before it truly crossed over and reaping the benefits when it did. Alas, I guess Train fans just donate more.

So with all that in mind, we’re firing up the ol’cover it live and are diving into what looks like everything your balding uncle loved when he was 31, please join us.
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Final Thoughts:

If you go read through that chat you’ll notice that everyone that participated has a genuine love for the station, they’re just disappointed in the way the situation is being handled, we want to love you KXT, we just want some transparency with what your doing, it is our money that’s funding you after all.

Dance of the Weekend

19 Nov

What happens when you listen to top 40 radio for an hour?

15 Nov

Earlier today I was chatting with a friend and the conversation turned into a series of jokes that compared Dallas’ local top 40 station Kiss FM to waterboarding, leading to a round of jokes like Kid Kraddick and Interrogation in the Morning and the like. As the conversation continued we started talking about how despite being in our 20’s and decently ingrained with what’s going on in music we couldn’t think of what’s currently being pushed on us by our Clear Channel overloards, so with that in mind I’ve decided to try and listen to Kiss FM for the next hour in an attempt to understand what’s being given to the masses. So, check out the Cover It Live below, and please listen along and we’ll see exactly what passes for “hot” these days.

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

24 Sep

Listen: no ideas are original. For every four things you think you thought up, there are 12,847,465 other people with the same ideas; and in the world of “journalism”, many a writer has come across another writer with his same idea. Shit happens, right? Right.

But there are times when things are just a bit too similar, things like us publishing this piece on Tuesday and then, yesterday afternoon, the Dallas Observer publishing this.

Really, it’s not too big of a deal considering we’re both based in the same area, and the halftime show is kind of a hot topic to think about in these parts, it’s just unfortunate that both pieces went up so close to each other … that is untill you start looking at the both of them. Then similarities start to pop up.

Now, we’re not gonna gripe about some of the same bands being used. It’s a pretty small pool to pick from, but we will raise issue with some of the phrasing.

Take a look at how we wrote how we were going to ignore previous bands on Tuesday:

Now take a look how they phrased it:

Yet again, not that big of a deal, just a little annoying. Again, there are only so many ways to phrase things. But, once you look at how we discussed a potential halftime performance from Jay Z, Beyonce or both of them, and how they discussed the same idea, well things become eerily similar. Go ahead take a look.

Just the tiniest bit similar, don’t you think? We’re not complaining. It’s kind of cool to have someone have your same idea and use sort of the same phrasing. To me it just means I’m thinking on the same level as people who get paid to do this. But maybe, just maybe, they could give us a shout out next time they run with something like this. I mean, it’s a no-brainer.

Handicapping the potential Super Bowl halftime acts

21 Sep

Last week, the Internet went semi ape-shit over the non-announcement that the Black Eyed Peas could possibly be the performers for this year’s Super Bowl halftime event. And though the Dallas Observer went out and debunked the theory, the rumors are still swelling. So, after a discussion amongst ourselves, we’ve decided to handicap potential acts based on the regional and historical aspects of the game, prior performers and how they’ve been a success or disaster and, of course, Jerry Jones’ Ego.

Look under the jump for our ideas.

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This is NOT Awesome: Trade Martin–We’ve Got to Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero

20 Aug

Dear god … there are so many thing wrong with this song and video. I don’t even know where to begin … Continue reading

This is Awesome: Summing up an artist’s discography in 140 characters or less

20 Jul

Oh, Twitter. Without you we wouldn’t know about shit people’s dads say, or if the people of Iran are fighting for freedom, or even if celebs are leaving acting behind. In fact, Twitter seems to be the gift that keeps on giving, with several people using the service to tweet whole books, and one very clever person using the service to sum up musicians’ discographies in 140 characters. We now present you with a few of our faves.

“Dexy’s Midnight Runners: 1st LP) nervy Brit-soul bravado; 3rd LP) grandiose, sometimes-amazing attempted “masterpiece”; 2nd LP) has the hit.”

“The Beatles: 1st-4th) recorded in black & white; 5th-8th) the drugs kick in; 9th/10th/12th) entropy; 11th) invents ELO & Oasis by accident.”

“Bob Dylan: 1 Woody; 2, 3 ambition; 4 pot; 5-7 speed; 8-9 pot; 10-11 AJ Weberman; 12-16 booze; 17-19 Jesus; 20-27 pot; 28 death; 29-32 pot.”

“Joni Mitchell: 1-5 many bad boyfriends, many chords; 6-9,16 Jazz Odyssey!; 10-13 “take that, Rickie Lee Jones!”; 14-15 quietly enjoyable.”

Pretty damn great use of the format, if we do say so ourselves.

(Hat tip to the AV Club)

This is Awesome: Owen Pallett offers up the Lewis Takes Off His Shirt EP for free

13 Jul


Femme Fest is this weekend

24 Jun

We try to be pretty socially concise around these parts, mainly because we feel that while music is pretty great, it’s greater when performed for a cause with a purpose we support, so when we became aware that Dallas’ Phoenix Project Collective was putting on a two day festival this weekend we decided to highlight what their trying to accomplish.

Femme Fest is  focused on celebrating and empowering diverse women in the community.  The two days will be filled with live music featuring both local and touring female acts as well as work shops, food from Spiral Diner, live art auction, raffles, games and assorted organizations on hand who plan to help educate the public about their causes. Proceeds from the event go to both the Phoenix Project Collective,  and Texas Equal Access Fund, a 501 c3 charity.

And after the jump you’ll find even mor information about the Collective, and Femme Fest as I as able to ask the Collective‘s Jessica Luther a few questions. Continue reading