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weekly mixtape


Now for the second version of the Weekly Mixtape!  I’m still working to get the tracks on a continuous stream, but WordPress won’t allow java for the time being.  Guess you’ll just have to click ’em one at a time.  I’ll be including this great new track from Denton locals Fergus and Geronimo (a GvB reccommendation), some of the great new Fresh & Onlys tunes, a track that I “fell into” by Italians Do It Better artist Bottin, and even a throw back from Death (recently re-released by Drag City).  Enjoy…and don’t forget to hit up Good Records tomorrow for the festival, have a happy Record Store Day!!!

Fergus and Geronimo – Tell It In My Ear

Bottin – No Static (Main Version)

TV On The Radio – Stork Owl (Gang Gang Dance Remix)

The Fresh & Onlys – Fog Machine

The Wooden Birds – Sugar

Junior Boys – Hazel

Condo Fucks – Whatcha Gonna Do About It

Desire – If I Can’t Hold You

Bill Callahan – My Friend

Wooden Shjips – For So Long

The Fresh & Onlys – Imaginary Friends

Death – You’re a Prisoner


record store day!


Just a friendly reminder that this Saturday is Record Store Day!  I would be going broke buying some new tunes, but I will be m.i.a.  Not only is Good Records having this great (and free) lineup at their store, there are tons of exclusive releases that will be going down.  I could rundown the list, but I’d rather post it here.

tv on the radio/gang gang dance


Two of my favorite albums last year TV On The Radio‘s Dear Science and Gang Gang Dance‘s Saint Dymphna.  Now, a remix that includes both of them?  Yeah, I got excited too when I heard this news.  Not to neglect other remixes on the Read Silence ep:  “Shout me Out (Willie Isz remix by Jniero Jarel)” and “Red Dress (Glitch Mob remix)”.  However, the GGD is the one on repeat.

TV On The Radio – Stork Owl (Gang Gang Dance Remix)

the fresh & onlys – fog machine


I’ve mentioned these guys before, and how great their tunes are.  Recently, I’ve been in contact with them and The Fresh & Onlys have been cool enough to give me an mp3 only available on their new LP, “Fog Machine”.  Their records are sold out through their site but can still be purchased via Amoeba, Aquarius, and Academy Annex .  More great tracks available on their myspace.

The Fresh & Onlys – Fog Machine


And yet another… Shayde just sent me another great Only’s track, and it’s definitely worth updating this post.  Once again, this tune will be available on their s/t lp. .  “Imaginary Friends”, a sunnier side to their listing, and yet another reason why I can’t wait until they come back to Dallas.

The Fresh & Onlys – Imaginary Friends

crystal castles cancel dallas show

two l's this time

So I rush home from work to throw on some clothes, and make serious haste, in order to make it to the Crystal Castles show in time (and now we have a good camera!).  By the time we get to the Granada Theater the place is packed.  I’ve never seen anything like this, there was a line wrapped all the way around the building, madness.  Luckily we already had tickets, but when we get to the front the doors are shut tight and no one is getting inside.  What the hell is going on here?!?  Rumors filled the air, “Some dude from Vega stole CC’s beer and they got pissed and left!”, or “Ethan’s seamstress fucked up and made his jeans way too tight, so it’s too hard for him to manuever on stage!”, I wasn’t buying any of it.  Finally a door opens, and its some Granada “bouncer” guy saying “CANCELLED!”.  Really, the Crystal Castles are just going to cancel their Dallas show?  I didn’t want to believe it.  Anyways, according to their band manager ,“After witnessing the CC soundcheck, the owner of the club was afraid that CC would ‘blow up the soundsystem’ and the show was cancelled, after three hours of arguing.” Can’t we just settle our differences and give the sold out crowd some ear candy?  Crystal Castles are talented indeed, but this was a total letdown for me.  Not saying I’m forming an anti-CC picket line or anything, but my feelings are definitely broken :(….

update: Appears as if a whole lot of “prima donna” b.s. went down last night causing this show to be cancelled. An alleged stolen fx pedal by VEGA (denied by Palomo) in Austin, CC hires light tech/dj from Austin to take their place unbeknownst to said band, late soundchecks, and a kick drum that CC said didn’t sound so great. Lame way to cancel a show. Here is the email from Granada Theatre and check out to get the full details of all the tweets, emails, and other non pleasantries @ gorillavsbear

E-mail from Granada Theatre owner Mike Schoder
Let me start with a definition:
Prima donna: Prima donnas cannot help the way they are because their parents spoiled them and they are still developing their personalities. All a pre-madonna has to do is whine and their parents give them what they want.

Here’s how our day went at the Granada on Tue:
Vega (Alan from Ghosthustler) opened for CC in Austin Monday night. At 5pm (3 hrs before doors) we received a call from CC that Vega could not be on the bill.

Vega had been approved by CC in advance for the bill. Early on Tue CC hired a light tech from Austin that is also a DJ to replace Vega.

CC could have communicated with Vega early in the day before they left Austin.

Vega was at the Granada waiting to soundcheck.

CC would not enter the building until Vega was gone from the premise.

Alan was super cool. No pre-madonna.

We’ve never seen this request. The other co-promoter out of Austin has never seen this kind of request.

CC whining…

CC soundchecked at 6pm instead of at 4pm.

CC didn’t “like the sound of their kickdrum”.

CC insists that “more woofers be brought in”.

Rental places close at 6pm.

It is now 7pm.

Granada has 16 – 18″ sub-woofers and 12 – 15″ sub-woofers. Also 32 – 8″ midranges. Lots of firepower.

Sound check was great.

CC says they would rather cancel the show than possibly not have enough kick drum.

Granada begs that the show goes on.

Granada even offers to dismantle sub woofer stacks and place them in different places in the room.

Granada was willing to do anything to have the show go on.

CC waits until after 10pm to give final cancellation.

The show must go on. Life is all perception. One person sees the day as beautiful, another sees the day as crap.

Why would any band crap on their fans like this?

Insecurity is a cancer. Love yourself. Love your sound guy and the system at the club you are playing.

Play the show. Then listen to your fans. If you don’t like the sound at a club never go back to the club.

We’ve had every big band imaginable in every genre imaginable and had amazing shows.

Nobody has complained about our sound. This is totally out of left field.

The sound at Granada is amazing…and would have been if CC would have just got on stage and played.

Today, Granada is refunding ticket cost and entire service charge to each patron. No one cares for live music more than we do. We’ve put together an amazing room, staff and sound system.

We’ll see you soon fellow music fans.
Mike Schoder and all the Staff at Granada.

photo: nic voss

deer tick – easy

Deer Tick

Well upon first listen I can definitely tell you “Easy,” is worth checking out. Hit the play button now. From the brooding intro to the heavy use of shakers this northeastern rock band Deer Tick proves that “Well you don’t know…how easy it is.” A great chorus to a laid back song that bleeds pure early rock and roll. The band is currently on tour in Rhode Island and I hope they make it to Texas sooner rather than later.

Influences: Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Black Lips

Deer Tick – Easy

kurt vile – constant hitmaker

Kurt Vile - Constant Hitmaker

Today, Woodisist is releasing Kurt Vile‘s 2008 Constant Hitmaker on 180 grams of vinyl goodness.  Previously dropped as a CD on Gulcher records, it’s about damn time they pressed this thing!  Hitmaker is a spaced out hazy album that makes home recording look like anyone can do it (good luck).  Vile’s ethereal, reverbed vocals mixed with some old ass beat machine will have you drifting slowly into outer space.  I’d hurry up an order this while you still can, it’s just now available through Woodsist.  Their latest, God Is Saying This to You… (Mexican Summer), had only 500 copies released which lasted about 30 minutes.  Constant Hitmaker is one of my most recommended albums of the year, check it out!

Kurt Vile – Freeway

Kurt Vile – Breathin Out

Kurt Vile – Don’t Get Cute

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