Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Boston Tea Party-Style Protest Takes Place in Dallas, Thousands of Boxes of Gypsy Tea Poured Into Trinity River

So, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but we do have some for our fellow Dallas readers. Apparently, the Gypsy Tea Room has been through some hard times these past couple of years, and the kettle has boiled over (pun intended). Also, they have apparently racked up about $90,000 in debt according to the Observer. It seems that they may have given up fighting Chapter 11, and started preparing for the worse. They could stay open until March 31 (or longer). They have dates booked until May 26 (Animal Collective, which I already have a ticket for). This just adds on to more feelings of the Dallas music scene being put on the back-burner (pun intended). One thing that I would like to ask, could the shows please not be moved to the new House of Blues opening up in Victory Park? Charles Attal Productions, the people that do booking for the Gypsy, have already signed a deal to book the HOB. Take it in while it lasts, because at this rate, Deep Ellum may not be here for much longer. Even though it probably won't happen anytime soon, or at all, please re-open Trees. We miss you! I hope that places like Club DaDa and Sons of Hermann Hall can book shows like the Gypsy had and try to keep things going for Deep Ellum. (Image taken from Gypsy website)

The Day-fire: January 30; Femininity

On this episode of the Day-fire, we focus on female artists, be they at the forefront of their band or going solo. The feature includes a lot of my favorite female artists and the ones that I think have affected feminine independent music most or who have been affected. That is, the classics and the up and comers. There's no Janis; there's no Joan; there's no Nico, this time around. They just didn't make the list, but that doesn't mean anything. Because I still like them. And it's my show.

Low - Point of Disgust
Azure Ray - If You Fall
Deerhoof - Kidz are so small
Rachel Yamagata - Be Be Your Love
Pink Nasty - Don't Ever Change
Neko Case - Margaret vs. Pauline
Portishead - Only You
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Bjork - Pleasure is All Mine
Joanna Newsom - Clam Crab Cockle Cowrie
Vashti Bunyan - Here Before
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Bosque Brown - Still Afraid
Cat Power - Good Woman
The Innocence Mission - The Prayer of St. Francis
Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek
Deerhoof - Hallelujah Chorus
Fiona Apple - I Know

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Swedes and Argentinians Make Peace, José González to Sign Treaty on Yacht in Gothenburg

José González will be appearing on televisions across the nation, on American Latino TV. It will be aired on January 29th. You can check your local listings here, but if you live in Dallas, it will be on KTXA 21 SUN 12:00 AM. If you aren't normally a night-owl, you should consider staying up late.

González is also going to be touring this spring. The following dates have been confirmed, and hopefully he will fill the voids in between some of these dates (come on Dallas!).

03-11 Singapore, Singapore - Concert Hall (Mosaic Music Festival)
04-26 Marfa, TX - Marfa Ballroom
04-29 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)
05-02 Urbana, IL - Courtyard Café

In other news, we have some SXSW updates for you. If you're a fan of The Blow, you might like to know that Jona's other musical endeavor, YACHT, is playing SXSW this year. He had this to say about it:

"Also, I decided that I'm going to play SXSW. I've never been to SXSW and I'm stoked to be able to get in at the last minute. As of right now I have two shows and I'm planning on playing as many as possible. 1000 shows in 3 minutes, guys. See you there!"

So far, the show information is as follows:

Friday, March 16th @ The Lucky Lounge
(4-7pm, 209 W 5th St., Austin, TX)
The Free Agency/Terrorbird Media Showcase:
w/ YACHT, Marnie Stern, Castanets, Panther, Ecstatic Sunshine, & Mae Shi

Sunday, March 18th @ Emo's
(603 Red River St., Austin, TX)

(Photo taken from Jona's Flickr account.)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Pitchfork Releases SXSW Party Information

Well well well! We have slowly but surely been scouring the internet to find some news on what will be going on down in Austin for SXSW, and low and behold, Pitchfork has just released their party schedule. It looks like something worth going to if you're going to be down there for the festival (especially if you're into good DJs) so check out the flier below, taken straight from their website.

We will keep you updated with more SXSW news as it comes across our desk.

Friday, January 26, 2007

News Collective

If you are as excited as we are for everything Animal Collective, you might want to perk up those e-ears for some good news. Avey Tare and Panda Bear are both making music outside of AC, and we're loving it.

Avey and his acquaintance Kria Brekkan from the Icelandic band Múm, have a record coming out on April 24 in America. I had heard news of this, and even seen a video of them playing together in studio, but wasn't sure when it was happening, but it's official folks! The 8 track album is entitled Pullhair Rubeye.

In other AC side project news, Panda Bear's next album,
Person Pitch, is coming out in America on March 20. For now, you can pillage the internet and find tracks off of the album to stream. We've already heard what can be found online, and we're loving what Mr. Noah Lennox has done with this album. You can purchase his split with Excepter here at the Paw-Tracks online store.

Here's a special little treat. A video taken from the Planet Claire Sessions of Avey and Kria playing a cover of "I've Got Mine", originally done by Chris Smither.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Day-fire: January 23, CoveRs

Greetings! This weeks episode of the Day-fire was a study of songs covered by some of my favorite artists. I picked 9 songs that displayed certain characteristics of diverse approaches to covers. The criteria all began with the letter R, actually with the prefix re-, as to be expected.
They were:
  • Reinvention
  • Reinterpretation
  • Replication
  • Renewal
Reinvention is when the original song is discovered and presented in the bare-bones that it had degraded into; like the skeleton of a dinosaur. Reinterpretation is the conservation of the original sound with original characteristic interpretation. This is like a book translation; the translator tries to keep the original precision of meaning, while making it colloquial and up to date. Replication is the tit for tat mirror image of the original. Renewal is much like replication, except that there is new life in the song. You see this a lot in vocal, girl-singer, jazz songs.
Here's the list, podcast very very very soon!

Morissey/Colin Meloy - Every Day Feels Like Sunday [reinvention]
Sonic youth/The Go! Team - Bull in the Heather [reinterpretation]
Neil Young/Thom Yorke - After the Gold Rush [replication]
Paul Simon/Grizzly Bear - Graceland[reinterpretation]
R.E.M./Sufjan Stevens - The One I Love[reinvention]
Nick Drake/Beck - Pink Moon[replication]
The Smiths/XiuXiu - Asleep[renewal]
Nico/St. Vincent - These Days[renewal]
Bob Dylan/Nick Drake - Don't Think Twice...[replication]
The Knife/Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats [reinvention]

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Joseph on Tiny Mix Tapes

Our very own Joseph (The Pensees) is on the highly acclaimed blog Tiny Mix Tapes. His question was chosen as their "Question of the Week" for the second part of their column, "America's Greatest Thinker- Part II: Who Hearted?". I havent even begun to read the response to his question, but I know it will take me a while to get it. He's a smart guy, and so are those over at TMT.

Check the article out here at:

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Day-fire: January 16; The Top Ten Album Show

The Day-fire is a radio show that I host Tuesdays at 3:45 on our campus radio station KCAT, 97.1. I have an hour slot to showcase the music that means the most to me and to talk a little about why it does. More than that, though, it's an excuse to make a mixtape every week. What do you have to look forward to? Well, after every show I will post a playlist and [hopefully] a podcast so you too can listen and be a part.
The KCAT studios are spacious and white and the radio hit it off with a bang this week and is expected to take off soon with the addition of 4 new weekly variety shows.
Last week's show was my top 10 albums of 2006 countdown. You all are familiar with the list, but I got to pick one representative song from the representative albums of 2006. Here it is. Tune in for this week's playlist; it will be "The Covers Show."

1. The Crane Wife Pt. 3 - The Decemberists[honorable mention]
2. The Greatest - Cat Power
3. Woke Up New - The Mountain Goats
4 . Knife - Grizzly Bear
5. Safe Travels - Peter & The Wolf
6. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
7. Van Occupanther - Midlake
8. Post-war - M. Ward
9. God's Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash
10. Painter in Your Pocket - Destroyer

And to cap it off, I played my No. 1 Album of 2006 in its entirety: Joanna Newsom - Ys
Thanks for tuning in.

N.B. re: Pictures
I got happy with Photobooth while broadcasting...

New Albums You Should Buy

New Releases:
1. Deerhoof- Friend Opportunity
2. Julie Doiron- Woke Myself Up
Of Montreal- Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

1. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible (March 6th)
2. Do Make Say Think- You, You're A History In Rust (February 27th)
3. Explosions in the Sky- All Of A Suden I Miss Everyone (February 20th)
4. Hella- There's No 666 In Outerspace (January 30th)
5. The Decemberists- A Practical Handbook (DVD) (March 20th)
6. The Locust- New Erections (March 20th)

Go spend some hard earned money on these albums, either already here, or coming soon. If you live in Dallas, you can probably head over to Good Records and find what you're looking for, or just head into the artists online store.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

SXSW 2007 News and Other Things

Ohhh I know that no matter what the case may be, you are interested to see a list of who's playing at SXSW this year. If you are going to be able to make it out to see it, of course you want to know. If you are going to be sitting at home, or working, or in school that week, you want to know what you're going to be missing out on. I know that this is the case, so without further ado, here is a list of bands that I think will interest a frequent reader of this blog. PLEASE NOTE: This list is being compiled with names that are on the Last.FM listing of the 2007 SXSW music festival. I don't know if these have been confirmed or not, but they don't look too shady to me.

-Morrisey, Architecture in Helsinki, RJD2, Blonde Redhead, The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, Mates of State, Okkervil River, Les Savy Fav, Beirut, Midlake, Voxtrot, Girl Talk, Cold War Kids, Erase Errata, Viva Voce, Amy Millan, Thurston Moore, Fionn Regan, Ghostland Observatory, Wooden Wand, Magik
Markers, Peter & The Wolf, Mika Miko, The Watson Twins, Zach Galifianakis, Kid 606 and others (I'm almost positive that Hella will be playing a show at SXSW)

In other news, Joe has an interview with Grizzly Bear that should be coming up soon, so stay in touch for that one. He will also be doing a weekly radio show, which may allow him to post a podcast up on the site (hopefully!). None the less, he will have a playlist from the radio program available right here. I am working on a playlist of my own, that will be released just in time for the Valentines season. I can feel the love already... I may try to have it turned into a podcast that would be available for download, but I'm not making any promises.

We will also keep you posted on Dallas's own music festival, the aptly titled Dallas Music & Arts Festival. It will be taking place in Dallas, at "ellum:ONSTAGE", during the music week of SXSW. So, if you're in Dallas and can't make it all the way down to Austin, I would suggest checking it out. March will be a pretty hectic time for us, so we will do our best to keep you informed.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

New News

So, since the last time I updated, the cops caught one of the guys who robbed us last week. Someone reported a suspicious vehicle, and the cops came out, only to find that it was two of the guys. They both ran and the cops were only able to catch one of them. They interrogated him for 4-5 hours and he eventually told them what they needed to know (the other guy's names, where some of our stuff was, etc.). We have to wait until the end of the month (or at least until they have their court date set) in order to get our stuff back.

As part of our collective New Year's Resolution, we are giving the site a much needed html makeover. As you can tell, the site already has a new banner up top that I made a couple of hours ago. We'll be working on getting a new color scheme worked out (much like the banner), when we can find the time. John is the html editor of the site, and he's a busy man. He's currently working on the Abraham the Giant Killer album "Stories/ Songs" (which sounds great). He is probably also working on that album that I told you we were recording for when we went to California. The band is Room Sound, and the album (still untitled) sounds amazing so far. I even lend me classically trained vocals to one track.

I've also been procrastinating about one thing in paticular, and that's interviews. I'm going to be sending out e-mails to a few folks that I've had in mind for a while now. I'm going to try to catch some people on tour (see the list below) because I like more of a personal, follow up question type interview. Joseph (aka The Pensees), the newest member of the GL team, is also working on interviewing people. Its very exciting to have him on, to get music from L.A. He goes to shows every now and then when he can get away from school, so it will be good to get his perspective.

1. Of Montreal- Good Records In Store- Sunday, February 18
2. Of Montreal- Gypsy Ball Room- Sunday, February 18
3. Midlake/ St. Vincent- Granada Theater- Saturday, February 24
4. Grizzly Bear- Good Records In Store- Tuesday, February 27
5. Deerhoof- Gypsy Tea Room- Thursday, March 8
6. SXSW- March 14-18
7. Hella- Rubber Gloves- Wednesday, March 14
8. Explosions In The Sky- Granada Theater- Monday, April 2
9. Sunset Rubdown- Hailey's- Monday, April 28
10. Animal Collective- Gypsy Ball Room- May 25 or 26 (Two sources are saying different dates. I'm sure this should be cleared up soon though.)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Robbery and What's Going On

So, one week ago today, John, Matt Benavidez, David Harman, and myself were all robbed at gun point, in John's front yard. Three guys, one of them with a rifle, ran up to us as we were about 15 feet from John's front door. They took John's wallet and cellphone, Matt's iPod, keys, and wallet, David's cellphone, and my camera bag (with EVERYTHING in it), wallet, cellphone, and Chapstick. We're all okay, minus a few of our personal posessions. I have a check in the mail from the insurance company, giving me back some of the money that I lost. It won't cover it all, but I will be able to get back some of the things that I had before. John has recorded a track of his explanation of the event, so I will post that as soon as he e-mails it to me. In other news, here's what's going on in the Dallas area that we here at The Grizzly Life will be (hopefully all of it) attending:

1. C.J.'s Birthday Celebration (feat. Octopus Project, Pilot Drift, and others)- Friday, January 12
2. A Hawk and a Hacksaw- Good Records In Store- Saturday, January 13
3. Of Montreal- Good Records In Store- Sunday, February 18
4. Of Montreal- Gypsy Ball Room- Sunday, February 18
5. Midlake/ St. Vincent- Granada Theater- Saturday, February 24
6. Grizzly Bear- Good Records In Store- Tuesday, February 27
7. Deerhoof- Gypsy Tea Room- Thursday, March 8
8. SXSW- March 14-18
9. Hella- Rubber Gloves- Wednesday, March 14
10. Explosions In The Sky- Granada Theater- Monday, April 2
11. Sunset Rubdown- Hailey's- Monday, April 28
12. Animal Collective- Gypsy Ball Room- May 25 or 26 (Two sources are saying different dates. I'm sure this should be cleared up soon though.)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Cat Power on ACL

Cat Power's ACL performance is on television right now. Sorry I haven't updated on this sooner, it was scheduled in my phone, which was stolen last night. We will be updating on that soon, but for now, turn on your televions to KERA (should be channel 13 locally in Dallas) for something very nice. It should be over at midnight so again, I'm sorry for the short notice.