Breaking: Midlake announces tour with Matthew and The Arrogant Sea

31 Jan

Midlake announced the second leg of their US tour, an they’re taking Denton’s MATAS out with them. Dates are as follows.

Mar 1 2010 8:00P
Plush  Tucson, Arizona
Mar 2 2010 8:00P
Belly Up Tavern  Solana Beach, California
Mar 3 2010 8:00P
El Ray Theater  Los Angeles, California
Mar 4 2010 8:00P
Great American Music Hall  San Fransisco, California
Mar 5 2010 8:00P
Van Duzer Theater  Arcata, California
Mar 6 2010 8:00P
Wonder Ballroom  Portland, Oregon
Mar 7 2010 8:00P
Nightlight Lounge  Bellingham, Washington
Mar 8 2010 8:00P
Biltmore Cabaret  Vancouver
Mar 10 2010 8:00P
Burts Tiki Lounge  Albuqureque, New Mexico
Mar 11 2010 8:00P
The Bluebird Theater  Denver, Colorado
Mar 12 2010 8:00P
Jackpot Music Hall  Lawrence, Kansas

Track of the Day: Writer- Out on the Weekend

7 Jan

Artwork: Caleb Gray

(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 Jesseca Bagherpour

After listening to Asshole Songs and Wasted Cigarettes, the new EP from Writer (aka Matthew Gray, Delves Into the Humanity Pools With the Six Foot Saucer People), I can definitively say that I like this project more than anything Matthew Gray has done with Matthew and the Arrogant Sea. I’m not saying I don’t like MATAS. I just like Writer even more, perhaps because it’s a little less precious (although as a fan of all things twee, “precious” isn’t exactly an insult) and more lo-fi (if there’s one thing I like more than twee, it’s lo-fi). Frankly, it’s more interesting.

Writer reminds me of Ariel Pink, only more listenable and less derivative of Bowie (for all you Ariel Pink fans, I’m not knocking him, but listen to Writer and see if you don’t agree). At times the listener has the feeling of being at the bottom of a full swimming pool or in a tin can with the musicians, but in the best way possible. With Writer (as with MATAS), Gray takes the listener on a journey through his thoughts and dreams. I, for one, am glad to be along for the ride.

Two of my favorite tracks from the EP are “So Clear (The Words)” and “Ask”, but the one I have listened to the most is a cover of Neil Young’s “Out on the Weekend” (from 1972’s Harvest). You may have already heard the song on 102.1’s The Local Edge with Mark, but here’s your chance to download it.

Writer- Out on the Weekend

Verdict: Gray’s version of the tune is a good minute shorter than Young’s and it’s much more stripped-down (it mainly features Gray’s vocals and guitar strums) and straightforward, which brings more focus to the lyrics than the music. Harmonica, drums and steel guitar are replaced by faint electronic hums. And the buildup of backing vocals and what sounds like a baby piano at the end is sheer heaven. I won’t say that this version is better than the original, but it comes close.

Rundown: 5/25 to 5/31

25 May

Having a last.fm page makes me self conscious.  I took a look at my page today, and noticed that the songs they list as my top tracks are mostly music  I never listen to.They just pop up a lot because I keep my itunes set on random, unless I’m reviewing an album. So, while yes I do listen to The Beatles quite a bit, I rarely listen to CYHSY, and that Killers’ track they did with Lou Reed is my own personal enemy, it constantly pops up out of nowhere to annoy the fuck out of me. I wish they monitored your plays based on if you finished the song, not just if it came on.

Anyway, we have a show this week if you haven’t noticed, and though I’m going to be incessantly talking about it there are a few other things going on this week you should check out. Continue reading

Announcing the second DayBowBow Presents show

20 May

Thursday, May 28th at the Lounge on Elm St. we have Quick nominee Matthew & the Arrogant Sea headlining what we hope to be a pretty big show. This Old House, Western Giants and Kirby Brown are set to open, and if you pay any attention to this site, you know how deeply we feel about these bands. It’s $5 for you people that can drink, and $10 for those of you who aren’t old enough to.

We’d appreciate it if you guys come out, and have a good time with us. And, as per usual, my find me and get a beer policy is going to be in affect.

Rundown: 4/20 to 4/26

20 Apr

I’m not one to complain about the opportunity to see some quality live music, but doesn’t it feel like the calender has been rather hectic since NX35? It’s been one big touring act after another, and countless quality local fare almost every night for over a month now. Like I said, far be it for me to complain about actually having things I want to see, especially when there can be some pretty bleak times around these parts, but man I’m fucking broke. Anyway, this week is loaded yet again with quality and quantity, take a look after the cut. Continue reading

Rundown: 4/6 to 4/12

6 Apr

Ah Opening Day I love you, I don’t want to do anything, just stay home and watch grown men get paid to hit a little ball into play, with the outside chance of seeing it actually leave the field of play. Boring? Yes. Awesome? Sometimes. An excuse to drink at noon on a Monday? Yes, but I never really need an excuse for that. I bring this up because baseball is a signal of summertime, which to me means the summer tours are coming, and much like today’s games signal the beginning of what seems like a never ending season, this weeks round of shows feel like a signal of what is ahead in the coming months. Continue reading

Rundown: 3/30 to 4/5

30 Mar

Here’s the deal for the week kids this is going to be short and sweet, his week you’re getting an album review, a movie review, and an in depth look at Mr. Leonard Cohen. Continue reading

Rundown: 3/25 to 3/29

24 Mar

Well kids its been an pretty damn great month so far in the DFW area what with NX35, diy X diy, SXSFLESH, and SXSW spill over all happening in the last two weeks. This week really isn’t much of a drop off, check it out under the cut. Continue reading

NX35 Saturday Diary

15 Mar

I spent the bulk of last night running from venue to venue in Denton trying to make my NX35 wristband worth it’s weight in gold, I drank, I ate, I partied, I danced, I laughed, I made snarky comments to people. All in all  it was a great time, so great that I felt the need to share.

Hopefully this serves as a decent approximation of what all went down, and as a heads up I’m cribbing the A.V. Club’s festival diary style for this. Continue reading

Rundown: NX35 Saturday & Sunday

12 Mar

This may be the longest yet. In fact holy fuck I can’t believe I did this as a combo. Continue reading