Track Meet (Hailey’s): Special guest is DJ Yayyay. According to the invite, there is “free alcohol” at midnight, however there are no further details. In my storied tenure of show-going in which drinks are offered up, that can include everything from a Dewar’s taste test that takes place on a mini-maître d’ stand (last seen in the suburbs), to a giant lopsided picnic table with countless thimbles of eggnog and bourbon (last seen in Germany). Bottoms up!
Chinese Telephones/Tenement/The Arrivals/Special Guest (1919 Hemphill): Note: This show has an early start time (7 pm), that it must adhere to since Chinese Telephones will be racing over to perform at Rubber Gloves right after their Fort Worth appearance.
I enjoyed this little writeup of the Telephones from the 1919 show invite:
Chinese Telephones: A fast and amazingly good punk band from Milwaukee. Ben Weasel really likes them. Probably because they remind him of the band Screeching Weasel aka the only punk band Ben Weasel actually likes. Man, I really don’t like Ben Weasel. Regardless, Chinese Telephones are top notch.
Which led to the question: Does anyone actually like Ben Weasel anymore? In light of his disgusting behavior at this year’s South By Southwest Festival in addition to his career commitment to unimaginative music, it seems like it would be tough to defend this gentleman, for whom punk means never having a bad idea.
Asta Kask/Marked Men/Toys That Kill/Teargas/Chinese Telephones (Rubber Gloves): And here is that aforementioned punk show, which includes several bands that could successfully headline with little opening support. This is of course, due to this weekend’s 7th Annual Chaos In Tejas Festival down in Austin, a fairly diverse event showcasing all manner of punk’s many stylistic trajectories.
Asta Kask is a Swedish group that has done well for a band that sings in a language spoken by only .14 percent of the world’s population. Though they formed in the 70’s, some of their tracks haven’t aged much at all, due to the enduring popularity of this style of melodic punk. Naturally, there are noteworthy bands glad to share the stage with those who were actually active in the era from which they endlessly plunder. It seems that a Marked Men/Toys That Kill show could sell out on its own, so keep that in mind.
House Of Tinnitus Presents Sick Llama/Bile & Horsemen/Kirschner/Nite Shadez (J&J’s Pizza): An especially drone and sound-scape heavy show, with most of the acts running their own tape labels and one local–Nite Shadez– which was a multimedia project last time I checked. You can never be sure with these groups though, as they will change their entire approach on a whim. That may be why the artists that House Of Tinnitus’ Rob Buttrum books at various venues are so compelling (now that the actual “house” isn’t involved), but it can make for challenging situations as far as descriptive purposes are concerned. I prefer Buttrum’s way of summarizing these acts, which I would love to even paraphrase, however it has been much harder to describe these noise shows since I can’t cuss anymore.
Hip Hop Humpday with Mike J and Sissy (Pussy Cat Lounge): Guest DJ this evening is the long performing Ill76 aka Lacy Lawson. Lawson runs Illmatic Records and CD’s over on Peak, has been DJing for over twenty yeras, and has worked on productions with Maetrik.
Sgt. Boyfriend/Usual Suspect/DJ Boatdad/1984 (Simone Lounge): Increasing amount of activity from this place. I may have to stop by.
Image: Image from Sick Llama’s 2007 cassette release, “Rendering Factory Blues.”