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While we can't say many of the posters on the One Ton Records message board were big fans of our work, we'll admit we're more than a little sorry to see it go away. At the end of last week, the usual threads on the board (formerly located at www.onetonrecords.com) were replaced with a message explaining its absence -- an apology to some, an indictment of others. "Congratulations to the lucky few who have driven us to eliminate this bulletin board from the site," the message reads. "Monitoring it to keep the crap off is like being a substitute teacher at a disciplinary school. We here at OT Central were exhausted from the abuse and decided that its reputation as the board of negativity did not represent our efforts to have some interesting conversation about music. We apologize to those who did find it useful. We enjoyed your input." Seriously, though several new messages enumerating every possible way we've learned how to suck appeared on the site weekly, we're going to miss it. It's been gone for only a few days, and we've checked it three or four times hoping it was an oddly timed April Fool's Day joke. Guess we'll have to find another group of people to ruminate on the amount of narcotics required to make someone so misguided and on just how much of the human head can fit inside one's own rectum. Looks like our parents just might have their old job back...
Congratulations go out to Toadies guitarist Clark Vogeler for being the only one to correctly identify all the lyrics to Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up," as per our request at the end of last week's Street Beat column. Besides displaying his command of the Cash Money Crew's lyrics, Vogeler reported that the recording sessions for the Toadies' long-long-awaited follow-up to 1994's Rubberneck were going well, helmed again by Beck and Elliott Smith producers Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf. The sessions should be wrapped up by March 10, but there is still no word when the disc might actually be out. (If you want to buy a square, send $5 to Street Beat; we're starting a pool.) You can check out the band's progress through its Web site (www.thetoadies.com), where the group has been posting a recording diary, as well as films from the studio. If nothing else, it's proof the album is eventually coming out...
We've never been the type to run from our own mistakes -- not very often, anyway -- so we'll fess up to the pair that appeared in this space a week ago. Erik Courson, who handles Tripping Daisy's Internet operations, is also a co-owner of the recently opened Good Records, along with Chris Penn, Julie Doyle, and Tim DeLaughter. Also, the Web address for Sand Which Is' label Big Crunch was inaccurate. If you want to order a copy of the band's new album, Burn Right Through, head to www.sandwhichis.com. Or, buy one directly from the band on February 17, when it plays with Red Animal War and [DARYL] at The Door. We apologize for the errors. They won't happen again. At least, not those two...
Speaking of [DARYL], singer-guitarist-keyboardist Dylan Silvers' recent stint touring with The Deathray Davies has apparently turned into a permanent gig. But, of course, his own band will continue to be his main focus, especially since it has a busy next few months lined up. Now that Silvers is back in town, [DARYL] will begin recording its debut EP (tentatively titled Communication: Duration), which is scheduled for release in April on Urinine Records. Silvers and the band -- bassist Jeff Parker, guitarist-keyboardist David Wilson, and drummer Spammie -- will also appear on two upcoming tribute records, covering songs by Bob Seger and The Cure. You can't get much further apart on the spectrum than that...
Silvers isn't the only Deathray returning home to his own project. The group's tambourine-maracas player and resident wrestling fan Kevin Ingle will perform with his band Crash Vinyl on February 17 at Club Clearview with Lift to Experience. Pimping shows ain't easy...
Derek Welch's video for Captain Audio's "Driving, Riding" will be included in the South by Southwest Film Festival, which happens March 10-18 in Austin. The video was shown at the band's listening party for its forthcoming album, LUXURY or whether it is better to be loved than feared, on February 12 at Angstrom Gallery, along with Lindsay Romig's video for "Bugs." Speaking of Captain Audio's shindig at Angstrom, while we won't confuse you with details, it was a good example of ambition exceeding available technology. Of course, we can't think of many other situations where that description would apply. Captain Audio opens for Luscious Jackson and Smash Mouth on February 17 at the Bronco Bowl...
Actually, we can think of at least one other situation where ambition often overshadows technological capabilities: our Internet radio show, Scene Heard Radio, available through the Dallas Observer Web site, www.dallasobserver.com. (See how smooth that segue was, fellas?) The show now has a slightly new name, and as of February 24, an all-new time slot. On that date, our weekly excursion into new, rare, and obscure music moves into its new -- and, we hope, permanent -- home, every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (We added the extra hour just so there would me more of us to love. You know you want it.) As always, the show's hosts, Robert Wilonsky and Zac Crain, can be reached at (214) 748-2488, and soon enough, you'll be able to participate in online chats with them during the show's broadcast. In the near future, the show will also include live performances and interviews, and various other surprises we won't reveal just yet. (Don't fret: We know no one wants to see Webcam footage of Wilonsky and/or Crain.) And don't worry if you can't tune in on Thursdays; the show is available on archive during the rest of the week, whether you like it or not. Don't say we weren't ever there for you.
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