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Eniac will begin recording its debut long-player in the very near future, with Dan Phillips (whom you may know as the guitarist for Slowride and The Mag 7) producing the disc. It won't be the first time Eniac and Phillips' work has appeared on the same disc: Both Slowride and Eniac appeared on I Guess This is Goodbye, the fifth and latest installment of Deep Elm Records' Emo Diaries series, late last year. No word on when to expect the Eniac full-length, but it'd probably be safe to say later this year. Speaking of Deep Elm Records and its Emo Diaries compilations, Lewis' song "Everything's Changed" will show up on the upcoming sixth volume. Still speaking of Deep Elm, the label will release Red Animal War's debut, Breaking in an Angel, in March, at least if we remember what singer-guitarist Justin Wilson told us four bourbon-and-Cokes into an eight-drink night. Close enough. You can ask him yourself on January 25, when Red Animal War and [DARYL] open for Valve at Club Clearview...
Pleasant Grove's Marcus Striplin reports that the band is set to begin recording a new EP with Matt Pence in the next week or two, and that, if all goes to plan, the disc could be in your hands as soon as April, or May at the latest. Stripling also says that Pleasant Grove will return to the studio in October (we assume with Pence once again at the controls) to set its first full-length to tape. You'll have plenty of chances to hear songs from both projects before the band disappears into Pence's studio: Pleasant Grove performs January 25 with Little Grizzly at Dan's Bar, the following night at the Ridglea Theater with Baboon (part of Baboon's big roll-out for the brand-new live joint, A Bum Note and a Bead of Sweat), and February 1 at Curtain Club with Lift to Experience. Don't be surprised if Striplin hugs you at some point...
Questionable Laws Enforced by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, part 479: Curtain Club floor manager Doug McGrath reports that agents from the TABC paid a visit to Deep Ellum recently to stop a few clubs from, uh, wearing T-shirts. Specifically, the TABC was out to halt some clubs from putting the names of their respective venues on the shirts of the security and door staff. Turns out, you can't put your club's name or logo on staff shirts unless you've previously acquired a private security license. The result: The clubs either have to shell out for another license that does little more than give the TABC some extra scratch, or pay to have new T-shirts made. There's another group in America that has a long-standing practice of strong-arming businesses into handing over cash based on arbitrary rules: Some people call it la cosa nostra. Others know it as the Mafia. Some just say "the Mob." Check out a few episodes of The Sopranos and you'll see what we mean...
Other rumored happenings: Chomsky, The Deathray Davies, Kissinger (see "Power Popqpers," on page 98), and Boston's Rocketscience perform January 26 at Trees; Lucy Loves Schroeder, Bluh, and The Limes are at Curtain Club on January 25; Wiring Prank and mercova play at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on January 25, while Burnt Sienna, Cumulo Nimbus, and Early Lines are there the night before; and Good Records has a full slate of in-store performances scheduled for this week, including Low on January 25 at 6 p.m., Cursive on January 28 at 4 p.m.; and River City High on January 31 at 6 p.m. Flipside will also make an appearance at the store on February 7 at 6 p.m. That is all.