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Erv Karwelis

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis Died With His Boots On: Echoes and Reverberations

    Safe to say that I was doing bong hits on the couch one afternoon back in 1987 when Michael Alago, the A&R rep from Elektra Records who discovered and signed Metallica, called me up out of the blue and asked what was happening with the music scene here in Dallas. Alago was based in New York City, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Dead Flowers Will Be Dead or on the Road in Six Months

    A lot of good things have happened in the past two years for Dead Flowers. They've played many well-attended shows since their formation, and frontman Corey Howe had the honor of opening The Revival Tour last year at Trees. This past Tuesday, Dead Flowers' debut album, For You, came out digitally, ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    Spotify and the Future of the Independent Artist

    On August 31, Todd Gautreau, the brains behind excellent area dream-pop act Crushed Stars, took to the band's Facebook page to sound off on a topic that's turned into a national debate among artists, record labels, music consumers and various streaming services, specifically and most notably Spotify ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Joshua Jones Keeps It Live and Local on KHYI

    Aside from being a spitting image of actor Dermot Mulroney, KHYI-95.3 FMGeneral Manager Joshua Jones is quite the rising celeb. On a local level, anyway. He's taken advantage of the fact that he manages a station owned by true supporters of good, old-fashioned local and live radio, and the Jones fam ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Local Music 'Mericans: Erv Karwelis Has Kept Idol Records Going For 18 Years At This Point

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.Erv Karwelis​You know who needs a serious set of stones? The person who chooses to run an independ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    35 Conferette Panels: Making Sense and Cents Of The Modern Music Industry Models.

    ​At the beginning of yesterday's "Monetizing Music in a Free Economy" panel, moderator Nico Marini raised an interesting question: Should music be free? Turns out, the musicians pretty much thought so -- despite their mostly humble backgrounds. "I might represent the musician still doing laund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Bonus MP3: The O's -- "We'll Go Walking"

    ​The new disc from local folk favorites The O's wasn't originally supposed to earn its release until February. And, OK, that still remains the case as far as hard copies of John Pedigo and Taylor Young's sophomore album, Between The Two, are concerned -- their local album release show will take pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    The O's To Have Three Songs On Tonight's Season Premiere of 16 and Pregnant

    Steven VisneauThe O's putt from the rough.​...or so this here press release we just received from Idol Records' Erv Karwelis says. We'd watch and see for ourselves but we generally try to avoid shows like 16 and Pregnant, which seem to imply the impending apocalypse and/or inspire things like teen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Idol Records Wakes Up From Slumber To Sign A New Band, Create A New Sub-Label And Get Some Toys For Area Tots

    I'd heard a couple rumblings about some of the following items earlier in the week but, now, straight from Idol Records' Erv Karwelis' mouth, we can confirm them all...Idol has signed area post-punkers Here Holy Spain--a band a whole lot more aggressive than most of Idol's mainstream-leaning acts.Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Idol Records Shows Us It's O's Face

    Fresh off the release of their pretty stellar EP, a message in the ol' inbox this morning let's us know that Taylor Young and John Pedigo's The O's have already earned themselves a record deal. Not that any of this is that surprising given the positive buzz the band's been getting of late. The deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Catch Old School Punk Warriors GBH This Weekend at The Door’s Prophet Bar

    It’s rare that a band with members over 40 years of age makes its way to The Prophet Bar, but, on Saturday, Britain’s legendary punk group GBH makes a rare local appearance. GBH just wrapped up a 40 date schedule as part of the Vans Warp Tour and are doing a few club dates before heading back ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    March 25, 2008

    New PPT Video: "When We Was Kool"

    Pikahsso, Picnic and Tahiti of PPT just posted their latest music video onto YouTube, and the Hal Samples-shot video version of the track "When We Was Kool" is flat-out phenomenal. Check it out: (It helps that it's a killer song, too.) The timing of this video's release is a bit weird, consideri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    News Round-Up: The Overlooked Inbox Edition

    Missed a lot of email over the past week or so because of SXSW. A lot of it's some serious junk. But some of it you should definitely know about... Let's start with some Idol Records news, m'kay? Like, for instance, how you're definitely gonna wanna check out this trailer (see below) from PPT. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008
  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Label Mates

    While the bottom drops out for the big boys, many locals are doing just fine

  • News

    August 16, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    In Between Days, Today

    A couple months back we mentioned that former Chomsky co-frontman Glen Reynolds would be releasing his solo debut, In Between Days, on Idol Records -- home of his former band, actually. The record now has a release date: June 5. Or: last Monday. Because, see, that's when all the cool kids started do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2007

    Hey, Didn't You Used To Be The Hot Guy in Chomsky?

    This afternoon we received a missive from Erv Karwelis, bossman at Idol Records, informing us he's just signed Glen Reynolds to his label. Glen, as you no doubt recall, used to be the guitarist in Chomsky, which was signed to Idol when it released its terrific discs A Few Possible Selections for the ... More >>

  • Music

    January 11, 2007

    The Lowdown

    Music tidbits from the Big D

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2006

    A Trip to The Last Record Store

    I see my boy Jeff Liles is posting some unused footage from his documentary about Bill's Records and Tapes, The Last Record Store, on YouTube. Mighty nice of the guy. Here's some of it: a snippet during which my boyhood hero George Gimarc, Idol Records' Erv Karwelis, Hydronic Sound System's Jeff "Sk ... More >>

  • Music

    May 11, 2006
  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    Spanking New

    The Spree set off fireworks, Corn Mo might be a giant and more

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Record Setter

    Stuart Sikes has worked on albums by The White Stripes and Loretta Lynn. His next project? Dallas.

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    2004 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    You voted. We counted. It's your favorite local acts, amplified.

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Fresh Meat

    Local music police welcome a new chief

  • News

    April 17, 2003
  • Music

    March 20, 2003

    Remembering (Barely) SXSW

    We've vowed never to do it again--but we can't wait till next year

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    True Idol

    Local label releases a Vital album to commemorate its 10th year

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Mechanic Needed

    The Dallas music scene has the right parts; someone just needs to put them all together

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    2002 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    These are your choices, not ours, for the best musicians in town

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Band on the Run

    With an army of fans behind them and a new album in front, the members of Chomsky are ready to take the next step. They're just not sure where it will take them.

  • Music

    January 4, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    Counting down the days 'til February

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Mandarin Makes Its Debut

    Chomsky, Brutal Juice and others make the news

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Scene, Heard

    Todd Deatherage's newest up for grabs; Buzz-Oven reheats; New info on Centro-matic and Polyphonic Spree discs

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Across the Bar

    Hagfish meets Bobgoblin; Touring the giglist; Toadies just might hatch

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Across the Bar

    X'd out; Columbia compiles rockabilly; Hellions tribute to the Circle Jerks; Gig plugs galore; And Street Beat is ch-ch-ch-changing?

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Across the Bar

    Comet sighting; Clumsy in Motown; Grand Street redubbed; Bar of Soap brings in road grime

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Pink panthers

    Is there such a thing as a local supergroup? Ask Pinkston.

  • Music

    May 6, 1999

    Comes to mind

    Even on album, Sivad's just making it up as it goes

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Blue notes

    Centro-matic's second album is so good, it will break your heart

  • Music

    January 21, 1999

    Super Sonic

    Don't call it space-rock, even if the Falcon Project's new record is set in...outer space

  • Music

    October 2, 1997

    Just meat and potatoes, ma'am

    The American Fuse gets elemental

  • Music

    December 12, 1996

    Burning down the house

    Pervis fires up their new CD

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