Thanks for Frances for redoing my site after years of attempts by others (no bullshit). Anyway, it is a 'work in progress' and hopefully much more interesting overall.



Another FREE show

This time on MONDAY, October 20th with:
11PM THE DEATH SET (sydney/baltimore/nyc)
10PM PVC Street Gang
9PM Sydney Confirm
Tommy Boy to DJ inbetween bands
FREE for 21+ (DONATIONS will be appreciated)
$10 for under
at the Lounge on Elm St | 2810 Elm St
Doors at 8PM

This will be The Death Set's third visit to DFW this year. In May, they played two shows on the same day at Good Records and The Loft (opening for Bonde De Role) and in June at 1919 Hemphill (opening for Matt & Kim). They are out promoting WORLDWIDE (counter/ninja tune), which is their first proper full length album. The former duo, tours with dual drummers and incorporates loads of electronic beats and lo-fi samples into their set; which ranges from a chaotic diy punk sound to 90's alternative and even snippets of old-school hip-hop. In 2006, they were voted "best live band" in Baltimore.

Video of The Death Set covering Nirvana's TOURETTE's at Good Records and The Loft Dallas:

Next FREE SHOW will be on NOV 9th with:
PARTS & LABOR(brooklyn)
True Widow

Thursday's Show Info

An intimate evening with eclectic pop-folk artist BART DAVENPORT of San Francisco/Oakland funk band HONEYCUT. He is currently out on the road to support his fifth album, Palaces (antenna farm).

Doors at 8PM | ALL AGES | Club Dada | 2720 Elm St
$6 for over 21, $10 for under
8:30PM - Arab on Radar DVD Screening
9PM - Cocky Americans
10PM - Nervous Curtains (aka Sean Kirkpatrick of Paperchase's band)


Recently Acquired

"Recently Acquired" has been consistently posted every two weeks, but I made an exception this week because a lot came through.

AKIMBO - Navigating the Bronze 12" (alternative tentacles)
AKIMBO - Forging Steel and Laying Stone 12" (alternative tentacles)
BIBLE OF THE DEVIL - Freedom Metal (cruz del sur)
BIBLE OF THE DEVIL/VALIYRIE - Split 7" (heavy birth) - red vinyl
BLOOD OF THE SUN - Death Ride 12" (brainticket)
DEMONS CLAWS - Fucked On Ketamine/Always Be My Friend 7" (rob's house) 1000 presssed, all black.
GOLDEN TRIANGLE - Prize Fighter, Red Coats/Night Brigade 7" (rob's house) gold 45, 100 pressed. 500 in black were also pressed.
HUNX & HIS PUNK - You Don't Like Rock N Roll/Gimmie Gimmie Back Your Love 7" (rob's house) - clear 45, 100 pressed. 500 black pressed too. Already out of print. Features a scratch off cover sleeve

MONOTONIX - Body Language (drag city) - A Jewish Jimi Hendrix on Guitar, Borat on Drums and Gallagher on Vocals.

The NIGHTMARCHERS - 2008 Tour 7"s #1 and #2 (swami) - Both are hand stamped by John Reiss, who has a habit of pressing Tour Only 7" releases, as they did with his last band Hot Snakes. #1 is the black stamped 7" and features the songs Scene Report ( ? cover), Big Enough and Love Death & Cell. #2 is the red stamped 7" and has two songs, which are Rock-a by Maybe & Mystery Machine.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS - S/T 12" (important) - pink, 2nd pressing ltd to ???
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS - Missing You/Sunbeam 7", I Know I'll See You/Half Awake 7", Breathe/Runaround 7" (vacancy) - Fully silkscreened sleeves pulled by band. Set limited to 500 copies

RESIGNED TO FATE - Hands Tied Down 12" (dada drumming) - red with black splatter
The SELMENAIRES - Princess Illusionist Frankenstein/Beneath The Brights 7" (rob's house) 500 pressed, all black.

SIAN ALICE GROUP - The Dusk Line 12", Remix 12" (the social registry)
SIAN ALICE GROUP - 59.59 dbl 12" (the social registry) - gatefold sleeve w. digital download
SIAN ALICE GROUP - Nightsong 7" (the social registry) - 750 hand numbered
SONIC CHICKEN 4 - Midnight Girl/Toe Man 7" (rob's house) blue 45, 100 pressed. 500 black. Already out of print


Akimbo pics, LORDS setlist

On Friday, AKIMBO played their entire new album Jersey Shores (neurot) in its entirity. I thought that was a nice change from most shows I book or go too. Resigned to Fate was really awesome, too bad their last show is coming up at Reno's (opening for Watain) in two weeks. First Curse wasn't everyone's 'cup of tea' but they are slowly making a name for themselves in Austin.
Here are a few pictures I shot with my cell (my videocamera has been acting up, so I didn't bring it):

On Saturday, LORDS completely slayed, but as a two piece. A brutal 23min set with some silly antidotes and inside jokes between lead singer Chris Owens and Josh B of Rubber Gloves. Just a few days into their Fuck All Y'all Motherfuckers tour, Chris Owens of the LORDS (louisville, ky) 'dropped' his bassist in so many words. Due to a recent physical altercation between the two men, LORDS are now touring as a duo. Chris was even sporting a shiner on his left eye. I thought it was shitty that everyone left after Children of the Grave. I would love to have Four Days to Burn on another show very soon.
Set list from LORDS last night:
01. Robbed, Raped & Beaten
02. Why I Don't Give a Fuck
03. Waist Deep in Shit
04. Blasphemy Act
05. Fucking with Fire
06. Leginald of Reginald
07. I Know What You're Doing
08. To Kill or Die Trying
09. When No One's Looking
10. Man, Everything Sucks
11. 'Cause All of You Are Fucked
Video from LORDS coming eventually...

here is the blog entry from LORDS' myspace (i was unaware that this was already out there)
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Why LORDS will be touring as a two piece in October
Trying to keep character defamation to a minimum I'll state just the facts:
LORDS played at Cahoots on Oct 4th.
After the show Matt Jaha refused to load his own bass equipment, and demanded that I do it for him, he also demanded that I pay him "$40 for playing the show" (there was $158 total from the door at the show, all of which was paid to the touring bands, Virgins and Monikers).
Upon refusing both demands, Matt said that I was being "self centered and narcisistic". He complaied that I make him "work for free" in Lords and since he is 1/3rd of the band he wants to be compensated appropriately. I told him that if he wants to share 1/3rd of the profit from LORDS then he can pay me about $2,000 then we would share in the "profit" of the band (which is actually a several thousand dollar deficit caused by merch bills and vehicle upkeep which are all funded by my credit card when the band fund is dry. Matt has never paid out of pocket for any such expenses and the finacial situation of the band was explicitly discussed before he agreed to join the band). He then engaged in what can only be described as a temper tantrum...throwing his gear around the back of the venue. He kicked over and threw down his cabintes, knocking the grill off of one of them, then he picked up my EMC head by the handle on the side of the amp and threw it in to the trailer.
I then punched him in the face. Matt whined a little about how he didn't understand why I did, so I had to explain to him that if he wants to purposely abuse or destroy his own property then (no matter how stupid it may be) that's fine, but if he purposely abuses or destroys property that belongs to anyone else then he should be prepared to accept the consequences (a concept that though easily understood by most was and still is not understood by Matt Jaha).
Matt then says in all seriousness "since you hit me, now you have to let me hit you". I tell him that's not the way it works...that if he wants to step over to the side in a open spot then we can sqaure off propperly, and I'll let him make the first swing...he declines that offer...but decides to take a shot at me a couple of minutes later after the situation has started to diffuse, he caught me a little off guard and got a hit in, then I began pounding his head.
Doug Walker (who plays in two other bands with Matt) and Eric quickly intervene, Doug grabs me from behind and starts pulling me back...Eric try's to get between Matt and I...Matt is pulling my hair...I'm trying to swing around Eric and get to Matt's head....and at one point accidently clip Eric a little...apologizing immediately....the brief exchange is broken up and when the dust settles Jaha has some cosmetic damage but is otherwise fine.
Matt then trys to pull the victim card and makes some comments about how much smaller he is than me (a fact he should have thought about before he took a swing)...and how he didn't want to go on tour anyway, and how he's sick of my "redneck shit". I told him that was cool, that he no longer had to worry about going on tour and that I was tired of his "spoiled rich kid" shit.
There was then a brief debate whether or not he - being the son of a millionaire contractor that feels entitled to things most people define as luxuries, who has no sense of personal responsibility, no respect for other people or other peoples property and who has never been faced with the prospect of real destitution because his dad puts him on company payroll when ever he fucks up and gets fired from a a job - could be described as a spoiled rich kid.
Note, Jaha has already been kicked out of Coliseum, Black Cross and Pusher for various behaviours related to the above mentioned personality traits....and when inviting him to play in Lords I thought that he would have learned something form those experiences but I guess I was wrong.
Needless to say, Matt Jaha will not be playing bass in the band anymore, and rather than cancell the upcoming tour Eric and I decided to do it as a two piece...I just get some more amps to make up for the bass...
When we return home we will be haveing formal bass player tryouts, the list off iron fisted, totallitarian, completley unreasonable and unfair nazi like expectations Eric and I have out of a bass player are:
- be able to play the songs
- be able to tour and leave the country
- be able to practice in louisville ky when necessary
- show up on time for tour and shows
- understand that if you purposely damage or endanger our van, equipment or anything else belonging to us then we will purposely damage or endanger your face.
Interested parties please drop me an email - hfs5yar@gmail.com, or give me a call - 502-751-xxxxx
Chris Owens.


AKIMBO, Friday Info - mp3s

AKIMBO's newest album, Jersey Shores was recorded with Chris Owens of LORDS, who is playing on Saturday. I really did try to get them to play the show together, but was not successful.

Formerly on Alternative Tentacles, AKIMBO is a thunderous and classic hardcore metal trio from Seattle that has been touring and releasing music for almost 10 years. Their newest effort, Jersey Shores, is their sixth full-length album, which will be released on October 28th by Neurot Recordings.

AKIMBO - mp3s "Wizard Van Wizard" and "Huge Muscles"
FOUR DAYS TO BURN (fort worth)
FIRST CURSE (austin)
October 10th
The Lounge on Elm St
2810 Elm St 75226
Doors at 9PM, Show at 10PM
Free for Ladies 21+
$6 for guys 21+, $10 for 18+

LORDS info, Saturday

I have been wanting, trying and waiting to book the abrasive and sonically assaulting LORDS (Louisville, KY) in Dallas for almost two years. They are worth the wait and I would recommend bringing ear plugs for their set on Saturday night.

LORDS are out in support of their new album Fuck All Y'all Motherfuckers, which is being released on October 14th. From their press release:
If you ever wondered what the Pixies would sound like playing Slayer songs Lords is here to put your mind to rest. Like a combination of South of Heaven and Surfa Rosa, the Louisville, KY based band features ex-members of Coliseum and Lick Golden Sky. Lords don’t just write songs. They abuse their listener with an attack strategy of soaring discordant melodies, rock bombasts and grooves all churned together into two minute rock assaults.

Children of the Grave (teenager Black Sabbath cover band)
Resigned to Fate (2nd to last show??)
Saturday, October 10th
the Lounge on Elm St
Doors at 9PM, Music at 10PM
Free for Ladies 21+
$6 for guys 21+, $10 for 18+

Bring ear plugs.

Monotonix Review and Slideshow

Here is an article from the DC9 Blog on the Monotonix/El Paso Hot Button/Best Fwends/Rival Gang show this past Thursday. There is a Photo Slideshow as well.

Note: The Monotonix show ran a little late because City of Dallas Fire Marshals came in for a surprise inspection right when Monotonix was about to play. I think the inspectors would have had a heart attack if they witnessed Monotonix's opening song when they lit the drumsticks and cymbals on fire. Due to that and Monotonix's reputation for live antics, I chose to delay the show until the Fire Marshals left. Sorry to those with surface dweller jobs that the show did not end at midnight.

My review: The Dallas show was actually better and more intimate than the Austin gig. And I personally think the line-up was rounded off well with Best Fwends and Rival Gang on the Dallas bill. Both shows were brutal and chaotic, but my friends and I had more fun in the small environment at The Lounge on Elm St over the Outside of Mohawk. Mohawk is still a stellar, top notch venue, probably one of the best in the country. The Dallas show was the most fun I have had at a show in years. Monotonix reminds me of the live antics of OXES blended with the shoving match crowd at a Lightning Bolt show.

Additional photos and video coming soon.

UPDATE: Sonic Itch show review and pictures from Austin.

Best Promoter/Booking Agency

The 'anonymous' are not so bad after all. Monday of this week, the infamous Dallas, Denton and Ft. Worth music blog, WeShotJr.com posted the results for the 2008 we shot j.r. award winners; which was cast by online fill-in votes during the month of September. The results are posted below and I am really surprised, and grateful beyond words, that I won Best Promoter/Booking Agency. I would like to thank Chris Vivion of PVC Street Gang, Harry Hall at Pastime, Alan Cook of Us Two Records, Ross Boyd, all the bands that have played and the artists that have worked for POF, Wes & Ben at Club Dada, Albert & Glenn at The Lounge on Elm St. and to whomever voted for Parade of Flesh.

Best Band: Record Hop
Best New Band: Darktown Strutters
Best DJ: Schwa
*Best New DJ: Tommy Boy
*Best MC/ Hip Hop Artist: Damaged Goods
*Best Noise/Avant garde: Zanzibar Snails
*Best Metal (all genres): Akkolyte
*Best Punk/Hardcore/Grindcore/Garage: Wax Museums
Best Folk/experimental folk: Dust Congress
Best Indie Pop: Fight Bite/Teenage Cool Kids (tie)
Best Solo Artist: Sarah Jaffe
Best Local Album or Ep of the Year: Record Hop, s/t
Best Local Single of the Year: "Swiss Ex Lover" by Fight Bite
Best Vocalist: Daron Beck of Great Tyrant
Best Guitarist: Will Kapinos of Jetscreamer
Best Bassist: Tommy Atkins of Great Tyrant
Best Drummer: Steve Hill
Best Instrumentalist that doesn't play one of the above instruments: Megan Carrol of Nouns Group
Most Underrated band: Kaboom
Best Live Show: Teenage Cool Kids
*Best Art work: Nevada Hill for a variety of projects
Best Sound Guy: Justin Collins of Hailey's
Best Promoter/Booking Agency: Parade of Flesh
Best Local Spot to Record: Echo Lab
Best Dressed: Rival Gang
Worst Dressed band: Black Tie Dynasty
Worst Band Name: Mom and Black Tie Dynasty (tie)
*Best Local Music Journalist that isn't Us: Hunter Hauk of Quick, Dallas Morning News
*Best WSJR Commentator: Anonymous
*Best Local blog: US! (we set this up so that no one other than us could win)
Age When you Realized that D Magazine Covers Local Music Better than the Observer: 22
Best Good Ol' Fashioned Songwriter: Doug Burr
Best Venue: Rubber Gloves

*- indicates my votes