Yes, That's A Local Harmonica Player on The New Pitbull Single's Hook.
If you're still without a gift for your music-loving significant other, we've got some news for you: It's getting pretty late in the game.
Seriously, what were you thinking by waiting this long to shop. Don't you know how insane stores are today? What have you been doing for the last month, anyway? Do you even really like this person?
Well, no time to worry about any of that now. You've still got a gift to get and even less time now to get it.
Here's at least one idea that may help you: In an attempt to help you last-minute purchasers, Parade of Flesh has decided to offer up a pass that'll be good for every single show the talent buying agency books in 2014, including the Macaulay Culkin-led, pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute The Pizza Underground and this spring's 20-plus band Spillover bill. Considering that Parade of Flesh booked 125-plus show this year alone, the $499 price tag doesn't seem all that bad, actually. Anyway, interested parties should send an email to the promoters about buying that pass right here.
Also worth nothing about Parade of Flesh, who was recently announced as joining Spune and yours truly as a curator for Red Bull's 2014 Sound Select series: Its initial booking for the RBSS series will be Fucked Up performing at Club Dada on January 29. As with most every RBSS show, tickets will available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis for $7 with advance RSVPs earning entry for just $3. The RSVP link for that show isn't live just yet, though, due to the holiday madness. Expect it to show up in the next week or so.
Still, that's far from the only $3 show coming to Dada next month. To celebrate the upcoming third anniversary of the venue's current incarnation, the Deep Ellum venue is hosting three all-local bills on January 3,4 and 5, where admission will cost just $3 and include free beer each night for as long as the first tapped kegs last. Bands slated to play include The Outfit, TX, Booty Fade, and The Mohicans on Thursday, January 3; Sealion, Dark Rooms, and Kaela Sinclair on Friday, January 4; and Son of Stan, Pageantry and War Party on Saturday, January 5.
Moving on, Art & Seek published this week a rather fascinating feature on session musician Paul “Harp Lips” Harrington, who moved to Rockwall in the '80s to pick up work playing his harmonica in the backgrounds of commercials for brands like Wolf Brand Chili and McDonald's. More recently, though, Harrington laid down some harmonica for Dallas-based producer Nick Seeley, who ended up using the licks on a track he helped engineer for Pitbull and Ke$ha. Long story short: Even though the track is currently sitting in the No. 2 on the Billboard charts, Harrington, who received a flat rate for his part, will not be receiving any additional royalties.
Like Harrington has been at numerous points throughout his career, though, another North Texas-based musician also found her work featured in a new ad campaign this week: Dallas pop singer Noelle Bean's tune “Let's Go” is currently being used in Mitsubishi Mirage spots like this one.
Elsewhere, Denton's Jessie Frye debuted the first single from her upcoming full-length, Obsidian, via the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog yesterday. That album is slated for a February 11 release.
Lastly this week, we'd like to amend a note from a previous column in which we mentioned the many North Texas-based artists up for Grammy's this year, yet embarrassingly overlooked Denton jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy, which is nominated in the “Best R&B Performance” category for its song “Something.” That song also features some pretty mind-blowing vocals from Chicago jazz singer Lalah Hathaway, who is quite renowned for her ability to sing multiple notes at once. Check out a clip of the nominated performance from the band's live DVD right here.