Monday, April 27, 2009

UPDATED Free download-- My Bloody Valentine Live in Dallas

Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star Telegram and alerted us via twitter to this blogpost (they have fixed the link for the first download, so the entire show is now available), which contains a full and fairly high quality download of a recording of My Bloody Valentine's performance at the Palladium Ballroom last week, so if you didn't make it out to the show, you can get just a slight taste of what it was like by clicking up there. Here is the full set list, too, in case you hadn't seen it already:

1. I Only Said
2. When You Sleep
3. You Never Should
4. When You Wake
5. Cigarette In Your Bed
6. Come In Alone
7. Only Shallow
8. Thorn
9. Nothing Much To Lose
10. To Here Knows When
11. Slow
12. Soon
13. Feed Me With Your Kiss
14. You Made Me Realise

Zanzibar Snails prominently featured in FW Weekly Cover Story on Avant Fort Worth

In the newest issue of Fort Worth Weekly, respected music writer Ken Shimamoto takes on the rather ambitious task of simultaneously delving into the history of avant garde/experimental/new music while tying it in to Fort Worth's increasingly high profile in that community. Also included is a lot of input from Mayyrh Records/Watchers/and Zanzibar Snails' lead oscillator, Michael Chamy, a noted writer in his own right. Check it out here.

Also, look out for the new Zanzibar Snails cd and dvd combination release, featuring over 80 minutes of original music. A release celebration will be held Saturday, May 9th, at Good Records, along with A Smile Full Of Ale and h...n.

And finally, a couple of other related shows:

Saturday, May 2nd
The Great Tyrant/Loop 12/The Watchers/Convextion/DJ Per (Sons Of Hermann Hall): Featuring visual installations by J Orion and Tommy Boy.

Friday, May 15th
Nevada Hill/Aaron Gonzalez/Sarah Alexander/Shortwave Death System (The Metrognome Collective at The Firehouse Gallery)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

UPDATED-- Lift To Experience's Josh Pearson to Open for My Bloody Valentine

According to Austin Music Hall's website, the critically acclaimed former Denton band Lift to Experience will be opening for My Bloody Valentine in Austin this Tuesday, April 21st, and we have heard from fairly reliable sources that they will also be opening the performance in Dallas the next evening, although we haven't received an official confirmation from the venue on that just yet. We'll let you know when we do, but if I were you, I'd go ahead and bet on it.

UPDATE: Jesse Hughey of The Dallas Observer music blog pointed out that the Austin Music Hall's website has changed the Lift to Experience listing for the MBV show to "Josh T. Pearson," presumably to reflect the fact that the group's original bassist will not be joining the other members, and will instead be replaced by the Paper Chase's Bobby Weaver. See... we aren't too proud to post a link to the Observer's site on the rare occasion that we actually learn something useful from it. Again, I guess I can't be sure that Jesse Hughey first learned of this story from reading our news section and neglected to give us credit for it... I supposed its possible that he religiously checks the Austin Music Hall's website to the point that he would notice their show listings changing within less than 12 hours....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Show Review-- Robyn Hitchcock @ The Granada

(Yes, all of us here at We Shot JR are going to get back into the business of reviewing shows. We figured we'd had like a year off, and that it was time to start trying again, you know? Anyway, we also realized that we, as in myself and DL, don't have the time to attend all the shows we want to cover, much less write about them, so we have elicited a bit of help. This first review comes courtesy of our new friend Jesseca Bagherpour, who ventured to the Granada Theater to see Robyn Hitchcock perform and to take some pictures of the show, some of which you're looking at right now. Normally you'll find show reviews on our main page, but admittedly, we didn't get around to publishing this one until it was a little bit tardy, which is why you see it here. Anyway, enjoy.)-- SR

Critics have called Robyn Hitchcock a “cult figure,” “a musical icon” and “the closest thing this generation has to Bob Dylan” (by “this generation,” I can only assume they mean people who were in their 20s during the early 1980s, when his post Soft Boys solo career began). But for my money, Robyn Hitchcock is the safer bet when it comes to live performances. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly admire Dylan. He’s a brilliant lyricist, of course, and his vast influence on music is undeniable. But the man has seen better days. Even hardcore fans are willing to admit that his live shows are mediocre at least four times out of five. Sadly, I caught one of the not-so-stellar performances, and although I was amazed to be in the same room as a musical legend, I found myself struggling to pay attention.

Hitchcock, on the other hand, held me mesmerized during his entire set. And I wasn’t alone. I found myself surrounded by mostly middle-aged people (he’s their Dylan, remember) gazing up at Hitchcock, enraptured by him. They were singing along and dancing. One amusingly drunk woman even slurred, “He’s awesome,” in another amusingly drunk woman’s ear. And she was right. Hitchcock and his backing band, The Venus 3 (featuring Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin, all from R.E.M.), seamlessly blended material from his recent album with his classics throughout the set.

As Hitchcock said at the beginning of the performance, “Don’t worry, all these songs are very old, or they sound like they are.” It’s not that all of Hitchcock’s work sounds the same, although he generally sticks to the themes of sex, food and death, its that his songs have an almost timeless quality which sometimes makes it difficult to pinpoint the era they’re from. Buck, McCaughey and Rieflin’s signature styles did shine through a bit, but rather than screaming “R.E.M.”, they lent themselves to Hitchcock’s material (and not just the Venus 3 stuff).

Because the band played so superbly and Hitchcock was in perfect form, it was hard to pick my favorite songs from the set, although a few stood out from the rest. “What You Is” is a psychedelic/R&B tune and it’s one of my favorites from 2009’s Goodnight Oslo-- I actually preferred the live version performed at the Granada, with McCaughey’s backing vocals replacing those of female singers on the record. McCaughey lent even more to “I’m Falling”, a borderline sappy love song with gorgeous harmonies that redeem it, which was followed by “Airscape,” from Element of Light, yet another perfectly executed song. By the way, the entire aforementioned album is brilliant and makes me wish I had been three when it was released in 1986, but hearing the song live eased that pain, especially considering Hitchcock’s mind-blowing guitar solo. “Somewhere Apart” (also from Element of Light) drew several people to the front of the stage, coaxing some away from their cozy seats. One audience member felt so moved that he yelled, “Holy shit!” at the end of the song, although alcohol could easily have prompted that.

Throughout the set, it was made perfectly clear that Hitchcock wasn’t satisfied with letting his music do all the entertaining, as his trademark witty and often odd banter filled the gaps between each song. He introduced songs philosophically- “It may not be possible to achieve peace of mind but you can achieve total indifference.” And he ended them with irony- “That’s from an album I have coming out in November 1986!” There was even a surreal bit where he explained the items on his stool. He had a cone there to “keep anything from parking” on it, a penguin named Earl to watch over the cone and, as a last line of defense, a crocodile. If someone were to infiltrate all three lines of defense, chaos would break loose. Hitchcock’s explanation, of course, was much more involved and bizarre.

Not only did the performance exceeded my expectations, it reinforced my passion for Hitchcock’s music and renewed my recently-dwindling interest in live shows. A pretty good night indeed.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Oops-- Quintron and Miss Pussycat w/ Psychedelic Horseshit @ Prophet Bar Friday

I would say "I don't know how we missed this show," except I know how we missed it-- its at the Prophet Bar.  Anyway, the legendary Quintron and Miss Pussycat will be playing with Psychedelic Horseshit, with doors at 8pm and a $10 cover.  And as a side note, anyone who caught Psychedelic Horeshit's performance @ 715 Panhandle a couple weeks ago will tell you how great it was-- if you've seen this band before and were a bit skeptical, you should check them out again, because this time you probably won't be.  Sooooo.... the Prophet Bar, huh?  Do I have to start checking their fucking show listings now too?  

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Dancehall Mix From DJ Nature

I guess we got a little confused today-- since The Party was spinning at Plush this evening, we mistakenly overlooked the fact that tonight's Taxi Fare at Zubar featuring DJ Nature was the CD release party for  Nature's third Taxi Fare mix, which highlights many of the major dancehall tracks of 2008.  It's an excellent party mix that provides a nice look at some of what you might hear at Taxi Fare on Wednesday nights at Zubar-- one of the most unique, adventurous and non- pretentious dance nights in Dallas.  If you're ever in the mood for dancehall, or just want to dance somewhere where you won't find a bunch of douche bros or hipster lame-os, give Taxi Fare a shot... you won't be disappointed.  Download it right here, and check the tracklist here.  

New Music From Treewave's Paul Slocum

Unfortunately we don't know anything else about this, but I'm very interested to hear any new work from Treewave.

Bosque Brown Reviewed On Pitchfork

Read it here.