By Jim Schutze
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By Scott Reitz
Following are Mosley's favorite live shows of 2007:
Health at Eighth Continent in Denton
"I saw them play at Metrognome Collective [in Fort Worth] too. They're one of these bands that get a lot of blog attention...It was cool to see a band that gets that much attention at a place that small, and for them to actually transcend their hype. They killed it."
Angry Businessmen at 715 Panhandle in Denton
"Panhandle is always packed. They were in their element, and everybody was dancing and getting into it—even people who were not necessarily into it, because I brought a bunch of people who liked it. They're just bass and drums. A surf-rock punk band that sings about root beer doesn't sound good on paper, but they pull it off live."
Silver Apples at Hailey's in Denton
"I wasn't expecting to enjoy it that much because there are only two original members, and one is not part of the reunion. Simeon did it all himself. He had his oscillator with the whole one-man setup, and [he] had a video projector set up to show what he was doing. I was especially impressed with how he pulled off the songs from the first two albums."
AIDS Wolf at Public Trust in Dallas
Mosley sees the Public Trust, the gallery formerly known as Art Prostitute, as a promising sign that it's possible to do live music outside of clubs and theaters in Dallas. Most of his favorite shows took place in someone's living room. He sees nontraditional venues as a necessity for a thriving music scene.
"It was a really good show—kind of frightening how good it was. They had a lot of Seripop prints with them—they make their own prints and posters—and it was a one-night showcase. It was interesting to see a band travel as visual artists. I was really impressed by their aesthetic. I thought their being able to work as visual artists—and then have the artists come out and make a bunch of noise—was great."
Noxagt at House of Tinnitus in Denton
"They're predominantly instrumental. They used to have a viola, and that was a real big influence on Nouns Group, as to how to include strings in harsher music. They went on at 3 a.m., and it was one of their heavier shows."—Jesse Hughey
Teeing off with Scarface
Remember how everyone thought Snoop Dogg wearing golf gear in 2004's Starsky and Hutch and those Chrysler commercials with Lee Iacocca was so funny? Well, a couple of days before Thanksgiving, on-again, off-again Geto Boy and Houston rap legend Scarface strolls into the clubhouse at the Hermann Park Golf Course clad in a white Wildcat Golf Club polo, navy shorts and his sock feet (no spikes allowed inside), and no one bats an eyelash. He is, after all, here almost every day.
But today, Scarface is here for a press conference to hail the December 4 release of Made, his first proper album since 2002's The Fix. It's a strange interview. He's cordial but seems distracted, fiddling with his iPhone and flipping through copies of local hip-hop magazines Hard Hitter and What It Dew. Another reporter asks him how it feels to routinely be ranked among the greatest MCs of all time, and his only answer is a soft-spoken "I like it a lot."
On the other hand, Face, now 37, says pretty much all he's been doing since The Fix came out is coaching little league football and playing poker and golf, which he took up last September at his daughter's urging. Asked if he'll make another album after Made, he just shrugs. Rapping, it seems, is now something he can take or leave.
"I really don't want to do this shit anymore," he says. "It had a lot to do with the unauthorized albums Rap-a-Lot put out [2003's Balls & My Word and 2006's My Homies Part 2]. I was kind of mad about that, but I don't want people that want to listen to my music to not be able to."
Nonetheless, Scarface and Rap-a-Lot have mended enough fences for him to return to his longtime label (both with the Geto Boys and solo) after a one-album departure to Def Jam South for The Fix. "There ain't no sense in me not putting out an album because of that," he says. "I've seen a lot of artists fall out with their labels and be irrelevant when they come back."
Scarface, though, will be relevant as long as he cares to be. "I was talking to Busta Rhymes and he said, 'God damn, are you ever going to fall off? You sound like you're 16,'" he says with a laugh. "I told him, 'I am 16. I never grew up. I do shit that kids do.'"
After the press conference, Face allows the Houston Press to follow him onto the links for a couple holes. He's already revealed he was a big KISS fan growing up, enjoys everyone from AC/DC and Led Zeppelin to Steely Dan and the Eagles ("...and that's just my iPhone") and turns out to be a local rockabilly fan as well. "You ever heard of the [Flaming] Hellcats?" he asks, preparing to tee off. "Jaime [frontman Jaime Hellcat] is a good friend of mine. I talk to Jaime a lot. I want to see them get it."