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KNON-FM's (89.3) Down By Sound local hip-hop collection ranks among the year's best releases; released in August, the disc proved Dallas ain't East Coast or West Coast--but it's the Best Darnedest Coast there is! On October 23, the community radio station releases its second local-music compilation: Texas Renegade Radio: A Country/Americana Collection, featuring the likes of Cowboys and Indians, Donny Ray Ford, Mark David Manders, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tommy Alverson, and Ed Burleson. Most of the songs have been previously released, but there are a few rarities to be found on its track listing: Austin's Kimmie Rhodes' "Just to Be Near You" was recorded at KNON's studios, and Ford's "Cowboy Boots" dates back 11 years. KNON will press only 2,000 copies of the disc, which will be available (as part of the 10-buck ticket price, no less) when Alverson, Ford, Brian Burns, and the Front Porch Boys perform at the Sons of Hermann Hall on October 23 to celebrate Texas Renegade Radio's release...
Speaking of Cowboys and Indians (and when are we not?), the band has set November 7 as the release date for its second album, Big Night in Cowtown. The band will salute the release with a performance the same night at the Sons. CDs will be available at the show, and "we'll be selling 'em like mad," jokes frontman Erik Swanson...
As far as gimmick records go, this one doesn't turn my stomach as much as, say, a collection of Saturday-morning cartoon-show themes redone by alternarockers. Tripping Daisy covering "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters?" Now that was frightening! Rob Zombie's Halloween Hootenanny isn't so horrific; it's just a nifty little post-rockabilly monster-mash featuring the likes of Reverend Horton Heat doing the Jim Heath-penned "Halloween Dance" (better than anything on the Rev's most recent disc), Los Straitjackets ("The Munsters Theme"), Rocket from the Crypt ("I Drink Blood"--well, lovely), and Mr. Zombie himself. Horton hears an ooooooohhh, scary!...
OK, so they can sometimes sound like the Doc Severinsen-era Tonight Show band--that new version of Jimmy Webb's camp classic "MacArthur Park" makes showtunes sound like hardcore punk--but the biggish-band Dallas Jazz Orchestra is often capable of swinging like a 4-year-old on the playground. The proof is on the band's brand-new compilation Scrapbook, which contains the greatest bits from the Orchestra's myriad releases since 1975's Hey Man!; among the highlights are "Moten Swing" off 1993's Turnin' Twenty and the lovely "Poet" from 1984's unfortunately titled Fat Mamma's Revenge. The disc is being released in conjunction with the DJO's 25th anniversary, which they're celebrating on October 25 with a concert at the Lakewood Theatre. Also performing on the bill is the Bill Tillman Band, which is appropriate, since Tillman used to play with DJO...
For those who like their jazz more gritty than pretty, Dave Zoller has just released his second disc, 3x4x3, which features some of the finest jazzers this town has to offer: bassists Fred Hamilton and Mike Davis, saxmen Chris McGuire and Wayne De Lano, and drummers Dennis Durick and Mike Drake among their esteemed lot. But this is Zoller's show: The pianist not only pays homage to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols (who are represented here with a handful of tracks, including Monk's immortal "Misterioso" done up Bourbon Street style), but also gambols his way through four self-penned compositions. The highlight is Zoller's noir-jazz "Bossier City," which has more funk than a pair of year-old socks. A serious hook-up for the bop fetishist...
And a hearty mazel tov to Toadies frontman Todd Lewis and The Bride Formerly Known as Beth Clardy. They were married October 10, and a more rocking couple we've never known.
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