Rock Lottery Returns, The Riverboat Gamblers OK Bitcoin Album Purchases and NPR Drools Over Oil Boom
Today, Parkay Quarts released its debut album, Content Nausea. Or, wait, is it the band's second full-length of the year? It's all so confusing.
For its part, the band also (perhaps formerly) known as Parquet Courts hasn't done much to help clarify the situation. For one thing, the band hasn't really said whether its homonymic shift in spelling is a permanent one. To further complicate matters, the band has booked an extensive set of dates in support of its new albums, some as Parquet Courts and others as Parkay Quarts, depending on the city. Still, for other dates the band will go by PCPC, the name it uses when pairing up with members of PC Worship.
Whatever the band's calling itself these days, you can stream its just-released LP in full below.
Other upcoming local releases of note? There are plenty: The latest Mothership will be celebrated this Friday, November 14, at The Curtain Club; the Johnny Beauford-led Jack Kerowax will celebrate the release its debut LP, which was recorded entirely in analog at Deep Ellum's Ferralog Studios, with a November 22 show at Twilite Lounge; and Goodnight Ned keys man Jonas Martin will play his first-ever solo show at The Prophet Bar on January 10 in support of the release of his upcoming solo debut.
Then there's the Riverboat Gamblers, which releases its first in a series of seven-inches on December 2, featuring the single “Dead Roach” on the A-side, and a cover of Big Boys' “Sound on Sound” on the reverse. Here's where it gets really interesting, though: A limited run of 100 copies of the vinyl will only be available for purchase using Bitcoin.
And ahead of its own album release show, which will come on November 21 at The Prophet Bar, Oil Boom's latest single, “The Sneak Tip,” was just named one of the ten songs public radio can't stop listening to via NPR. Writes Ryan LaCroix of Stillwater, Oklahoma's KOSU: “'The Sneak Tip,' by the Dallas-area garage-rock band Oil Boom, gives me an instant thrill. The group's new album Red Metal, produced by Ben Harper's former drummer Jordan Richardson, has an element of power pop — a bit of a shift from a sound that had mostly been about bluesy, scrappy rock 'n' roll. Ryan Taylor's excited pre-chorus stutter and plentiful 'woah-woah-woahs' are bound to pull you in, so break out your air guitar and let your hair down.”
Moving on, one of our absolute favorite annual-ish events (read: Denton's Rock Lottery) will mark its return next Saturday, November 22 at Dan's Silverleaf. This year, members of Midlake, Cozy Hawks, Unconscious Collective and Two Knights (among others) will form new bands for one night only and perform a set of original tunes they wrote only hours before, and all in benefit of Parkland Hospital's HEALTHplus program, which helps people pay for medical care.
Another big event on the horizon is the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase, which will take place throughout Deep Ellum on December 6. The 60-plus bands that'll be performing on stages at Dada (indoor and outdoor stages), The Prophet Bar (both rooms), The Green Room, Off the Record, Reno's Chop Shop, Three Links and Trees were recently announced here.
Also ahead is the Crown & Harp's upcoming, free-to-attend 19th anniversary throwdown on November 30, which will feature performances from Dark Rooms, Blue, the Misfit and Jenny Robinson, among others.
Then there was the below embedded, pretty amazing Tweet from NME's CMJ coverage last week.
This week also saw the release of some pretty slick music videos. For instance, after naming his band after his dad and his just-released sophomore record after his mom Georgia, Son of Stan kept things in the family with his new “Loseyomind” video, which stars his sister Natalie Richardson. Watch it below.
Another must-watch is the A.D.H.D.-riffic blast of Eat Avery's Bones' new “Proboner” clip, which in all honesty, will take a handful of watches to fully appreciate. At just a minute long, you'll probably want to watch it again immediately, anyway. Check it out below.
Meanwhile, Crit Morris just dropped the following heavy clip for his 2013 single, “Therapy,” which, as the kids say, still goes pretty hard.
Sticking on the hip-hop front, check out this new one called “Last Call” from Tony Q and Plain Jane Francis, which was produced by the latter.
And while a video for this next one doesn't yet exist, Yung Nation's new collaborative effort with Riff Raff and producer Benasis called “Molly on My Chest” is still worth the streaming effort, even sans visuals.
Finally, we'd like to point out that those Michael Jackson-inspired string and horn arrangements on Nick Jonas' new single were written by local producer Nick Seeley. You can listen to those — and the rest of Jonas' new all-growns-up solo jam — below.
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