Odds & Ends
Where?: Chalk another one up for Dallas bands on TV, as local dream-rockers Radiant have latched onto Steven Bochco's latest TV series, Over There, on cable network FX. Radiant's Web site, radianttheband.com, claims that single "World" was "picked as the music pilot for the series," but singer Levi Smith explains over the phone that the song was used only for commercials. "It's supposed to run for about a month," Smith says, so as far as he's concerned, you can just watch ads for Over There during reruns of Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days.
In addition, the quartet recently teamed up with groupietunes.com to pimp three of their songs as cell phone ringtones. Want to assign "Wondermaker" to that special someone's profile on your Nokia? You're only $2.49 away from fulfilling your nerdy dream.
Breathing Exhaust : A word of advice to our fans at Amsterdam Internet cafés: Take a break from your "coffee" and head to the closest record store, because Slick 57 's new album, Love Lost Exhaust , saw official release in Europe yesterday courtesy of Netherlands record label Sonic Rendezvous . The Dallas band joins a fair number of fine Americana bands on SR's European roster, including Slobberbone, Robbie Fulks and Drive-By Truckers, but don't let that fool you. Slick's third album, produced by local wonder Stuart Sikes , sees the trio take huge, punk-filled steps away from the twang of their last LP, The Ghost of Bonnie Parker .
Bassist Ward Richmond says that the guys haven't yet found a label to release the disc stateside: "Worst case scenario, we'll put it out ourselves." In the meantime, the guys are preparing to tour Europe in support of the SR release, and luckily, Richmond's recent legal brouhaha won't get in the way of any international travel. Three weeks ago at Double Wide's two-year anniversary concert, he was arrested for public intoxication and "attempting to start a riot" when he hopped on the DW roof during the Von Ehrics' closing set. The PI ticket has already been taken care of, but as guitarist John Pedigo tells it, "Some guy tried to shlub up on him in the drunk tank that night." And many more, Richmond...
Alive and well : Landing on KCRW San Jose's prestigious Morning Becomes Eclectic is no small feat, as the daily radio show's eclectic music mix is an affirmation of indie cool the world over. But Dallas' Deadman did the show one better, landing on this week's Sounds Eclectic wrap-up program. Every week, MBE picks out the best of the week's songs and live performances in a two-hour SE wrap-up, which means Deadman's moody country must've made the right impression. Check soundseclectic.com to catch an acoustic performance taped at the KCRW studios.
Handstamps : Black Tie Dynasty singer-guitarist Cory Watson plays a special set with filmographer Matt Sessions at Highlands Café on Thursday night... Collin Herring , Cordelane and Doug Burr will satisfy your country and rock cravings at the Double Wide on Friday.
Hold me : The Dallas Observer moves to a new building in a few weeks, and along with the big changes (new urinal cakes, candy machines and next-door bars) come a few subtle ones. For example, the paper is changing its hold music. Thrilling, right? Thing is, I've been given the duty of burning CDs full of local songs that play while callers are stuck on hold, and since the DO doesn't want to pay for the rights to songs, we need some tunes for free. Here's your shot, bands! Rock, country, rap, Latin, experimental, whatever--as long as it's local (and clean, preferably), it's game. If you want in, mail a CD, along with a clearly labeled choice of song (or just a one-song CD-R), to: Die Muzak Die c/o Sam Machkovech, PO Box 190289, Dallas, TX 75219. Legal stuff: By mailing any song to this address, you give the Dallas Observer the right to use the song for our hold music, and we will not owe you any compensation. If your lawyer thinks it's a bad idea to participate in this promotion, then don't do it. By the way, if you have a lawyer...well, damn. You must be some hot shit.
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