Tag Archives: The Fox and the Bird

Rundown: 1/11-1/17

12 Jan

We apologize for the tardiness of this week’s Rundown. We’ve been dealing with a lot of stress: career changes, family crises, illness, favorite local acts going on indefinite hiatus and, of course, the controversy surrounding NBC’s late night lineup.

I think I speak for all of the staffers at Daybowbow when I say I am staunchly pro-Conan and anti-Leno. Now, as a professional journalist (believe it or not, I am a professional journalist) I am not supposed to take sides in public debates. But I can’t hold back with this one.

Jay Leno is being an asshole. A rich, car-obsessed, humorless asshole. He needs to step down gracefully, as Johnny Carson (a better man than Leno will ever be) did in 1992. He knew six years in advance that Conan was going to take over the reins and he (and NBC) should give him a chance to get a feel for his new time slot.

Now, recently NBC has only existed for me on Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. And their crappy prime time lineup has a lot to do with their poor late night ratings. But I’ve watched Conan since childhood. He’s intelligent, funny and much more forward-thinking than Leno could ever hope to be. He might be a tad too off-the-wall and raunchy for some people (i.e. my staunchly conservative grandparents), but that’s preferable to Leno’s recycled, middlebrow (at best) style of “comedy”.

I agree with Conan’s sentiments that the late night lineup should stay as is. They never should have fussed with the formula in the first place, and fussing with it more isn’t going to magically improve their ratings. I’m not a television programmer, so I don’t know what they can do to fix their ratings, but driving Conan away certainly won’t help matters.

Anyway, that’s enough of my rant. Here’s the cream-of-the-crop as far as local shows this week. As always, feel free to let us know about anything we missed in the comments section.

-Jess

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Rundown: 9/29 to 10/4

28 Sep

This Trees thing annoys me. Really I hate the way it’s being heralded as the savior of Deep Ellum, despite the fact that the bar is catering to the Firewater set by bringing in bands who are sans radio play, and were popular for like a second in about 1998 (Looking directly at you Powerman 5000, and really who would have thought a Ozzfest band would take their name from a Kinks album.). Seriously, there were 4 news stations there covering it’s opening, Vanilla Ice sold out the place, and various media outlets are have continually gone ape shit with coverage of the places exploits.

The fact of the matter is what John Is does with Parade of Flesh is a thousand times more influential to the “scene” down there then anything Trees has done so far. Seriously, the man tirelessly books a wide variety of quality acts in various clubs in the area, and doesn’t get a quarter of the press that shitty bar gets, and that’s a tragedy.

I’m taking this space to thank John for the hard work, Parade of Flesh continues to book some of the top shows in the area, and it’s much appreciated.

Big week around these parts folks, take a look at the shows, and start making plans to go out.

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Rundown:7/20 to 7/26

20 Jul

I can’t believe they’re letting Martellus Bennett host the DOMAs, it’s a slightly worse idea then CGI Guinea Pigs who fight terrorist. Really anyone who has paid attention to this guys exploits on the net over the last year knows that this is a disaster waiting to happen. In fact let’s set some odds for what he might end up doing

Forget he’s only getting to do this because he get’s paid to play a kids game: 1-2

Mispronounce one of the band names:even

Say something incredulous that shows he’s sort of oblivious to the sacrifices of his forebears: 3-1

Unknowingly insult the guy who’s checks allow him to act like an over sized 12 year old with a brand new copy of “The Complete Chappelle’s Show”: 5-1

Insist he be allowed to perform a freestyle/skit: 5-1

Mispronounce two of the band names: 8-1

Rhyme “Romo” with “Homo”…again: 12-1

Have a clue who any of the performers are: 50-1

I know I sound like an ass for this, but as someone of a similar age, and back ground I feel I can say youth is no excuse for ignorance.

Anyway, time to talk music. It’s abit of a calm week, other then the DOMA’s & our show on Tuesday, and the rather awesome show at the Handsome Kitten on Friday.

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