Across the Bar

Deep-sixing Deep Ellum Records; The Tomorrowpeople play every song they know; Pleasant Grove gets Last Beat; Adventures of Jet hopes to be Born on the World Wide Web

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Russell Hobbs and Patrick Keel will not be calling their label Deep Ellum Records after all. Hobbs had intended to reboot the long-dormant Deep Ellum Records, which he started with Jeff Liles in 1986, because he believed the label's first run "never really happened," at least not the way he wanted it to. But that plan has been scrapped for now. It turns out that as Hobbs and Keel were going about the business of getting Deep Ellum back on its feet, they were informed of another label using a similar name, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Deep Elm Records. While they could have continued using the name, after discussing the situation with Deep Elm owner John Szuch, Hobbs and Keel have decided to call their new label Altarscience Records instead. Altarscience will release Lewis' debut album on September 25, followed by discs from The Danes and Trigger Finger...

When we reported a few weeks ago that The Tomorrowpeople were looking for someone to play keyboards and guitar to replace departing members John Norris and Darrel Herbert, we failed to mention why Norris and Herbert are leaving. Herbert has left behind the rock for the time being and is going back to graduate school, most likely at Texas Tech. Norris, on the other hand, is apparently looking to start a solo career as a country artist, adding more credence to the theory that everyone in Dallas will end up in a country band at some point. The group will play its last gig with Norris and Herbert on August 26 at Club Clearview, and word is that the band will play every song it knows at the show. One song the group probably won't play is its contribution to artist Ron English's concept compilation, Revelation Book II, due out in September. In addition to The Tomorrowpeople, English rounded up Sara Hickman, Daniel Johnston, Railroad Jerk, and others to record songs he'd written about the fictional second coming of a reluctant Christ, or some shit. Apparently, no one told English -- who tried this same concept a few years ago with Tripping Daisy and Wesley Willis, among others -- that once was enough...

Pleasant Grove has signed with Last Beat Records to release its long-delayed debut EP. The disc, scheduled to hit stores later this fall, will mostly feature songs Pleasant Grove recorded last year in St. Louis with Centro-matic drummer Matt Pence and Matt Barnhart, and could also include a few tracks from the band's upcoming sessions at Last Beat Studios. In other Last Beat news, Captain Audio, The Darlingtons, and Clowns for Progress have been selected to perform at this year's CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place September 15-18 in New York...

The Adventures of Jet, the band formerly known as The Commercials, has two songs from its forthcoming album (tentatively titled Part III: Coping with Insignificance) vying for "Song of the Week" on the Ultimate Band List's Born on the World Wide Web contest. "Rock and Roll" and "Wasted Time" are both among the five finalists competing in the alternative category, along with tracks by Bob Burnett, Claudine 3, and The B-Sides. We're not entirely sure how the contest works, but evidently, unsigned bands submit songs to the Ultimate Band List's Web site (ubl.com), a rotating panel of industry honchos (including The Dust Brothers and KROQ-FM programming director Kevin Weatherly this week) separates the wheat from the chaff, and fans vote to determine the winners. Each week's winners receive a chance at a recording contract. If you want to show your support for The Adventures of Jet, head to bornonthewww.com and cast your vote. Voting ends August 25 at midnight. The band will perform at Trees on September 3 with Chomsky and Pinkston...

KNTU-FM (88.1), the University of North Texas' home on the dial, finally began sounding like a college radio station recently after adding the first underground rock show in its 30-year history to its programming schedule. The Show That Fell to Earth, hosted by Russell Lyday, airs every Sunday from 11 p.m. to midnight. Lyday describes the show's playlist as "Ziggy Stardust's mullet on Goldie's head on top of the body of Lou Barlow, dancing to Saint Etienne." Uh, pardon? Fortunately, the show is much better than that description. It would almost have to be.

Send Street Beat your pity and bottles of orange juice to zcrain@dallasobserver.com.

 
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