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If a tree falls in Denton and there are no music blogs around to cover it, will it make a sound? See, we'll never know, because that's now impossible.
Failing some sort of catastrophic World Wide Web meltdown due to a solar storm or supervolcano or some other apocalyptic scenario, it seems as though blogs will always be around in Denton.
Many of the blogs, such as Beardtopia.com are a true reflection of the city itself, focused mainly on goings-on in the folk scene and the artists involved in it. Others, like DentonLive.com, lean more heavily to the old-fashioned Denton Arts & Jazz Festival crowd, while sites like GoFigureSkate.net revolve around promotional and booking news for their respective organizations and whatever projects, shows or productions they themselves are involved with.
One of the relatively newer ones to surface is WeDentonDoIt.com, a site whose focus is hard to pin down, although, judging from the word around town regarding its creators (who declined to speak to North of the Dial), it too appears to be born out of some bearded, slightly folk-ish leanings.
Folk bent aside, though, this blog's creators do a pretty good job of covering artists from all across the board. Acts ranging from Abacaus to Peligro to MISSIONS to Neon Indian are included on the site, usually with an interview of the artists interspersed with footage of said band's live performance.
Aaron Mollet of Florene recalls the blog's creators approaching him after his band's Homemade Extacy album release show at Rubber Gloves: "It's funny because it felt as if they had no rhyme or reason to what they were doing," says Mollet. "But obviously they had plenty of it."
The video they produced from the interview with Florene, along with all the others posted on the site, display quite a remarkable grasp of editing—and are probably the most impressive thing about the site itself. Says Mollet: "They put more time and effort into that little video than other blogs put into the last two weeks of work."
Gavin Guthrie, the other half of Florene, also seemed surprised at the site's interest in them: "I thought it was pretty cool that they chose to cover us. I didn't think they'd have any interest in a band like us."
As recognizable as the Morrison's Corn Kits sign (We Denton Do It has it Photoshopped into their logo) is to any Dentonite, the voices of those trying to promote, review, categorize, berate or ironically/abstractly analyze Denton's music community appear as if they'll now forever be an integral part of this liberal arts college town's ethos.