Spooky Folk and Black Milk Release New Singles and Def Rain Collaborates With The Flaming Lips.
A few months ago, we hipped you to the fact that The Flaming Lips were planning on following up their 2009 cover of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and last year's re-working of King Crimson's In The Court of the Crimson King with a cover of The Stone Roses's self-titled debut.
Earlier this week, White Noise learned that Wayne Coyne and “fwends” have completed work on the album and have begun pressing the thing at A&R Records here in town. Also? In addition to the New Fumes collaboration we told you about back then, we've just found out the disc will also features collabs from the likes of Stardeath and White Dwarves, Deapth & Current, Space Face, Peaking Lights, Polica, Ke$ha, Foxygen and Denton's Def Rain.
Speaking of upcoming records we're pretty stoked on: We've gotten a quick update on that long-coming Spooky Folk sophomore album we've been so publicly clamoring for. Per frontman Kaleo Kualoku, the disc will be called Youth is a Notion. Although the band has yet to confirm an official release date for the album, the first single, called “Notion,” is currently streaming on Spooky Folk's BandCamp page. Based on our initial impressions, the band seems to be venturing into an almost Pavement-like, harder-edged, alt-rock territory this time around. We're just hoping that lyrics like “Enjoy what we've taken 'cause the end's coming fast” aren't some sort of reference to the band's future.
Sticking with the subject of anticipated upcoming releases, Pitchfork debuted the first single from recent Dallas import Black Milk's upcoming No Poison/No Paradise LP earlier this morning. The album — which follows up his March-released “Sunday's Best/Monday's Worst” single and the instrumental LP he put out as part of April's Record Store Day festivities — will officially earn its release October 15. Until then, you can find a stream of the single “Perfected on Puritan Ave.” here.
Moving on, we've been pretty vocal about how impressed we've been with The Crown & Harp re-emergence as a credible source of live entertainment this year. We've even gone as far as to call the venue's “major uptick in worthwhile bands popping up on their bills” the start of the club's return to its “Cavern-era glory days.” It seems that we haven't been the only ones who've noticed, either: The Artist Collective's Charlsie Grace, who has been among the primary driving forces behind Crown & Harp's transformation, has been tapped by the owners of Dada and City Tavern to begin booking shows at those venues as well.
“I'm booking at Dada and City Tavern,” Grace tells us. “Of course, not exclusively. Probably about four shows a month at [City Tavern] and two or three at Dada. I'm still at Crown & Harp, although in a smaller role. I'll be booking two to four shows a month there and keeping up [with their website, social media, etc.].”
Speaking of Dada: That club was recently visited by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who was in town promoting his new One Direction documentary last Wednesday. Fort Worth-based musician Kevin Buchannon, whose band The Diabolical Machines were performing at the venue that night, confirmed this sighting via his Facebook page. Writes Buchannon: “Morgan Spurlock likes our band. He saw us play. He took a CD.”
Speaking of signs of approval: Fort Worth-bred performer Maren Morris signed with Nashville publisher The Big Yellow Dog earlier this month. Elsewhere, joke-rappers Party Police will make their live debut on September 13 at Three Links as part of the Elm Street Tattoo Convention; we've since learned that bill will also feature Punk Rock Karaoke, Ishi, Plissken and The Draculas.
Lastly, it seems as if Internet congratulations are in order today: A video of Fort Worth's Josh Weathers performing a cover of “I Will Always Love You” at The Kessler back in 2011 made it all to the No. 12 spot on Reddit's front page this morning.
Updated at 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14: Weather's stock continues to rise this week. Now, in addition to his Reddit love, Weathers' Kessler Theater cover has also made its way onto The Chive and even The Huffington Post. And all that pub has earned the Jeff Liles-shot clip a whopping 200,000-plus views in the last 48 hours alone. Give the performance a merited must-watch below.
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