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Since we haven't had regular access to television in almost a year--during which time a couple of sets died tragically in the line of duty at the hands of our fourplex's sub-Amish wiring--we're not entirely sure what the kids are watching these days. Nothing is Must See TV any more: never saw a second of Survivor, lost track of who was delivering and/or receiving the Smackdown, couldn't even tell you the flimsy premises of this season's new crop of shows. Part of the reason is that, when we do get around a television, we're like a crackhead with a trust fund, prostrating ourselves before the glowing god as we take hit after sweet hit of Law & Order marathons on A&E, do-it-yerself shows, and pretty much all of the pandering, curtain-yanking programming on VH1, not making it anywhere near network affiliates. So, with that in mind, we'll have a better chance of seeing Flickerstick on the tube in the coming months than new episodes of The Simpsons. (Which just isn't fair, if you ask us.) The reason? VH1 has green-lighted Bands on the Run, the reality show that will follow three bands--including Flickerstick--on tour, their Steadicams recording all of the backstage bickering for posterity. That's what the suits at VH1 are hoping anyway, since no one wants to watch 13 episodes of peace and harmony. Flickerstick leaves on November 1 to begin shooting; no word yet on when Bands on the Run will make its debut. Look for us to make a cameo around episode No. 5 as Mr. Crabtree, the wacky next-door neighbor...

Baboon, Chomsky, and Lucy Loves Schroeder appear on Buzz-Oven Volume 2, the second disc from the Buzz-Oven crew, "a collective dedicated to unleashing underground music to people of all ages!" That's what the description on the back cover of the sampler disc says anyway, and, except for the exclamation point, we agree. The project began this summer with Red Animal War, Slow Roosevelt, and Valve contributing two songs each to a free CD that volunteers ("buzzers" in Buzz-Oven's parlance) distribute at area high schools and colleges. The bands also played a pair of all-ages gigs so the kids could see what they were hearing. So far, Buzz-Oven--sponsored by One Ton Records and Coca-Cola--appears to be working, at least well enough that it's still up and running. If you get your hands on a copy of the disc, you can hear a sneak preview of Baboon's forthcoming live disc for Last Beat Records. You can definitely find one at one of the shows scheduled for the next several weeks: November 4 at the Ridglea Theater, Nov 18 at Eisenbergs Skate Park, and December 2 at Trees. Head to www.buzz-oven.com for more information, or to sign up to join the team. Or you can send an e-mail to us at zcrain@dallasobserver.com and bitch at us for not doing more to support the local scene, man. It works either way...

Picking up where The Misfits and The Cramps left off, Gothabilly: Rockin' Necropolis, a new compilation from Skully Records, hits stores just in time for Halloween. (Yeah, like it's a big surprise that more than a few bands' Venn diagrams include The Misfits and The Cramps.) The disc features Dallas' own Ghoultown among its 16 contributors (including The Getting Headstones and their-moms-must-be-proud Cult of the Psychic Fetus), and Ghoultown will be one of eight bands celebrating Rockin' Necropolis' release with a gig at CBGBs on October 28. Uh, we're not gonna be in New York, you say. Never you mind: The show will be broadcast in its entirety on www.popwire.com. But, dude, our local record store doesn't wanna stock this kind of "darkly playful"--or so says Skully Records--music. Well then, head to www.skullyrecords.com. Ghoultown, by the way, should have its own new record out later this year or early next. Remember when the only category was rock and roll? Seems so long ago...

It's a helluva town: both Slow Roosevelt and Pleasant Grove will be playing in New York this week as part of the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which is like South By Southwest except it's much harder to get into clubs to see shows and we've never drunkenly passed out in a pizza joint or a hotel lobby or the women's restroom of a venue during the CMJ Music Marathon. (There's always--fingers crossed--next year.) Also on hand will be Texas expats Calla, Chaotic Past (which features erstwhile Brutal Juice bassist Sam McCall), and Bedhead, who'll be teaming up with Macha. Fun, if you're in the neighborhood...

The long-promised Christmas disc from Idol Records, Electric Ornaments, will be in stores at the end of the month. The album features contributions from Pinkston, The Adventures of Jet, Clumsy, Centro-matic, Chomsky, The Deathray Davies, and a dozen or so more. Listen for the bonus track: Our version of Bing Crosby's "Round and Round the Christmas Tree," backed by Chet Arthur. Just kidding. You know you wanna hear that, though...

Red Animal War's debut album, Breaking In An Angel, will come out on Deep Elm Records in January or February of next year most likely. But if you can't wait, and we certainly can't, check 'em out live when they play with Traindodge and The Calicoes on October 19 at Club Clearview, and Eniac, Slowride, and The End of Julia on October 21 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. The latter show is a CD release party for I Guess This is Goodbye, the fifth installment of Deep Elm's Emo Diaries series, which features songs by Eniac, Slowride, and The End of Julia. (Red Animal War appeared on the fourth edition of the Emo Diaries.) Go to one or both, it doesn't matter. Just go...

Once scheduled to hit the shelves around this time, Erykah Badu's forthcoming album, Mama's Gun, has been pushed back until November 21. But it's not like the former Erica Wright is laying low, with her new single "Bag Lady" topping the R&B charts, a couple of appearances on the soundtrack for Spike Lee's Bamboozled (her own "Hollywood" and a remix of Common's "In the Light"), and a turn on the latest by Gangstarr leader Guru's Jazzmatazz project, Streetsoul. By the time you get tired of those songs, Mama's Gun will be ready to go. No word on if there will be another quickie live album rushed to stores if Gun does well, but we wouldn't be surprised...

We're cheap whores: Vibrolux and Union Camp are at Dan's Bar on October 19; Chomsky, Crash Vinyl, and Lucy Loves Schroeder will celebrate the release of Crash Vinyl's new EP, High-Five Your Sex Drive, on October 20 at Curtain Club; Centro-matic performs October 20 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, with Baptist Generals and Stanton Meadowdale; RF Programme, Seven Channels, and The Lower Frequencies play Trees' New Music Night on October 18; Prize Money and Fixture hit the Curtain Club on October 22; and The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs perform at Good Records on October 22.

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