The Deep Ellum Fuzzy's Gets An Opening Date and A Local Music Icon Passes Away.

For the past two weeks, the music world has been abuzz with pretty much nothing but Kanye West news. See: The Yeezus leak, the “New Slaves” projections, news that Kanye and Kim Kardadshian named their lovechild North West, and one arrogant-but-not-all-that-shocking New York Times interview.

For what it's worth, though, Yeezus deserves its share of attention: While the disc is riddled with lines that confuse misogyny with pro-Civil Rights statements, West should at least be credited for attempting to venture his music into territory not currently being breached by most mainstream rappers.

But, as it turns out, some of the tracks on Yeezus weren't necessarily written for the album at all. Last week, local production guru Symbolyc One told Vibe that his “Guilt Trip” contribution to the album was originally intended for West and Jay-Z's collaborative Watch the Throne album. Says Griffin: “He always loved it, but it didn't fit the vibe of Watch the Throne, so he held it for this album.”

In the same article, S1 also mentions he has upcoming projects in the works with Lupe Fiasco, Eminem and Snoop Dogg. Not bad, eh?

Turns out another Watch the Throne collaborator plays into our next local music note. Stay with us, we'll get there. We promise.

First, we need to jump back to that dark period in early 2010 when Oso Closo, Odis, 100 Damned Guns, The Cut*Off and Hendrick all called it quits in a roughly one-month period. About a year later, Josh Hendrick of the band Hendrick told Pegasus News that a trip to visit some pals that had moved out to San Diego unexpectedly helped launch his next music venture. Inspired by the names of the “Dallas Project” files they soon began exchanging, they soon began calling the band Dallas and working on an album.

Finally due out next month, the band cites many reasons as to why the album's taken so long finish — among them the busy schedule of bassist Tyler Halford, who has spent the bulk of his time on the road playing in Frank Ocean's backing band. Ocean, you might recall, also appeared on Watch the Throne opener “No Church in the Wild.” Told ya we'd get there. Anyway, you can check out a few of the album's tracks — including one named after Halford's hometown of Weatherford — right here.

Another long-coming project that's also supposed to be finally coming to fruition in July is that anticipated Deep Ellum Fuzzy's Taco Shop location set to open next to Three Links. Open until 3 a.m. on the weekends, Fuzzy's manager Joey McGee tells Pegasus Newsthat ticket-holders for shows at Three Links would be able to carry alcoholic beverages freely back and forth between the venue and restaurant via the rear entrance, but that staff will be keeping a close watch on the door so as not to allow Fuzzy's customers to sneak into Three Links show without a ticket.

Speaking of anticipated affairs: The Granada Theater just now announced a date for third annual Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival. Though no acts have yet to be announced for GVBIII, we now know that the show will take place on Friday, August 23.

In other semi-local music news, we learned earlier this week that Giggle Party pet/mascot Milo passed away earlier this week. We will best remember the pup for the role he played in the band's breakthrough single, “Jason Bought a Hatchet.” Per the song's lyrics, Milo's manhood was one of the first things chopped off by Giggle Party bassist Jason Reichl. Pour one out for the pup and re-visit his animated likeness in one of the greatest local music videos of all time.

Anyway, just so as to not totally end things on a down note, we'd like to mention the tip we received regarding Dustin “Screech” Diamond being seen in the audience at Ishi's performance at Queen City Music Hall's soft opening on Friday. It's totally true, turns out. But, while we have since learned that the venue will also be hosting next month's Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards ceremony, we have yet to confirm whether Diamond and Ishi frontman John Mudd had any inebriated, slightly racist run-ins at Old South Pancake House following the evening's performances.

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