That two-year-old listening to KKDA-104.5 FM K104 in Dallas (local tie!) in the clip above is cooler than all of us.
But we've got some cool news to share about some artists with local ties -- among them Erykah Badu, ZZ Top, Kelly Clarkson, [Daryl], Teenage Cool Kids and Big hud -- so that's a start. Hit the jump and up your cool knowledge swag with us.
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- Teenage Cool Kids have announced that they've got a new album coming: Denton After Sunset, the follow-up to the band's incredibly catchy 2009 release, Foreign Lands, will be released in December. The folks over at FrontRow seem to think that it's going to be the band's last, which would be a shame. Stream the whole album here. It's catchy, but definitely a change of pace from Foreign Lands and with a little bit more tongue-in-cheek commentary thrown in lyrically. In semi-related news: TCK frontman Andrew Savage's Fergus & Geronimo collaborator Jason Kelly has supposedly grown tired of New York City, where the two have lived for the past year or so, and is reportedly moving back to Texas, and this time to Austin.
- Woodrow Wilson High School alum Dusty Hill and his bandmates in ZZ Top get the tribute treatment on a new album that finds some big names -- Daughtry, Nickelback, Mastodon, Filter, Coheed & Cambria, Wylclef Jean, Wolfmother, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and a supergroup featuring Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood and Jonny Lang -- covering the band's best-know songs. The album, simply, is called ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends. Our pals at Rocks Off posted their uncertain take on the album this afternoon, and we're right there with them; there's some good here and some bad. Check it out for yourself and stream the sucker at the bottom of the Rocks Off post.
- For seven years, from 1999 until 2006, there existed a much-enjoyed indie rock outfit in Dallas called [Daryl], which featured among its players a number of performers who went on to play in The Crash That Took Me. Anyway, the band will be performing a reunion show at Sons of Hermann hall on Friday, November 18, with a little help from another band from that time, Rose County Fair (which counts among its members John Pedigo of The O's). Says the Facebook event page: "For one night only, the band will form a supergroup version of itself featuring the original members as well as some key players from the band's history." Tickets are $10. More info here.
- Thirteen years after it was supposed to be release, the Old 97's (with an assist from Shooter Jennings) have made their collaborative song with Waylon Jennings, "The Other Shoe," available as a download here. Go grab it.
- Dallas rapper Big Hud released a pretty meta song about the importance of Internet culture to making it in music these days. The track's called "Blog Roll" and you can check it out here. Not a bad track, but the most interesting thing about it is its beat, which is lifted from Erykah Badu's "Bag Lady," which in turn sampled Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive," which samples the song "Bumpy's Lament," which was recorded by both Isaac Hayes and Soul Mann & The Brothers. So much sampling, y'all!
- Speaking of Badu: As promised, she performed the hook during Lupe Fiasco's politically charged performance of "Words I Never Said," dressed in a burka. Fiasco, meanwhile, performed while wearing an "#Occupy" shirt and with a Palestinian flag hanging from his mic stand. Watch the whole thing here.
- Far less controversial is People magazine's treatment of Badu last month. The magazine, while profiling the Dallas-based singer's moonlighting gig as a doula who assists in home births called her "the ultimate multi-hyphenate star." Which, well, she kind of is, I guess.