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Coolest primaries ever: The Dallas Observer Music Awards are coming in May, which means we need to get started with the nominations...uh...right now. Just like last year, you guys get to tell us who you think deserves to make the final DOMA ballot. Go to this link www.dallasobserver.com/musicawards/nom2006 right now to fill out the nomination sheet, and bands, spread the word. You’ve only got two weeks to nominate, so don’t dilly-dally on the promotional side. Keep checking the music section for updates; in about a month, we’ll announce the final nominees, culled from your nominations along with those of an industry panel.
The hard-workin’ chord slinger hasn’t let up since then, and his latest 18-song album, Sex, saw independent release a month ago. The CD slipped past our radar, but e-mails pimping his new Web site didn’t—darlingtonsex.com is, without a doubt, the most self-indulgent tripe we’ve seen from local music in some time. (And for Dallas, that’s saying something!) Check out this unedited site intro, conveniently stuck below a photo of the man pouting like he’s about to cry:
“I am a solo artist. i do anything i want to, live how i want to, and i make my own rules. i make my own traditions and march to my own beat.” A few lines later: “i am living, breathing art and expression. i am unique. i’m a contradiction in terms. i break down all social barriers and walls.”
We must’ve missed the social commentary of Sex’s “Girls + Summer = Fun!” Still, that posturing alone isn’t what makes Darlington’s new site such a head-scratcher; after all, we’ve seen local artists bitch on MySpace plenty. No, it’s the “couture” section that cracks us up the most: A series of teenage girls show off panties with phrases like “PROPERTY OF DARLINGTON” and “SEX” written right on their butts. Not gross enough for ya? Visit the “used T-shirts” section where you can buy shirts that “were thrashed and worn by me on tour and thru life.” Only $6 each, tax and sweat not included.
On the bright side, Darlington has free MP3s on the site to quell your pop-punk jones—in case your copy of Green Day’s Kerplunk got scratched, anyway.