Sudie Breaks Out, Edie Brickell Gets Busted and Fort Worth Keeps Getting Cooler.
Were it not for Donald Sterling's most recent bout of blatant racism hitting the news wire earlier in the day, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell's arrests for disorderly conduct following a domestic disturbance in the couple's home on Saturday would probably still be dominating the news cycle.
Per several accounts, the couple were arrested after Brickell “got her feelings hurt” and goaded her husband of 22 years into an argument. At one point, things got so out of hand that Brickell's mother called 911 and hung up — which is what led to the couple's arrest.
By the time the couple showed up to court Monday morning — holding hands, no less — all seemed to be resolved. Or as Brickell put it in a statement she provided to CNN: “I got my feelings hurt and I picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now.”
While we haven't heard whether the original argument had anything to do with Brickell catching Simon and his short little span of attention taking some comfort with the whores of 7th Avenue, we do know that the couple reportedly attended its son's baseball game following Monday's hearing.
Another Dallas ex-pat making news this week was St. Vincent, who has been tapped as the musical guest on the May 17th Saturday Night Live season finale. As it turns out, Ms. Clark's SNL debut will come on an episode hosted by SNL alum Andy Samberg, who will be pulling his first hosting gig since leaving the show. And though it's probably just wishful thinking, we can't help but hold out hope that the episode will also mark the second-ever collaboration between The Lonely Island and a one-time Dallasite (Norah Jones).
Other Dallas artists put on for their city in national publications recently as well. For instance, in a lengthy interview with Complex rap trio The Outfit, TX revealed the origin of its name and took an in-depth look at the history of Dallas hip-hop and why it's never really taken off on a national scale. As perhaps the most in-depth look at the The Outfit, TX's history, inspirations and aspirations, the piece is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in the group.
Also this week, Rolling Stone magazine called this weekend's inaugural Suburbia Music Festival one of the 40 “must-see” music festivals of the summer. While that designation was, perhaps, a bit surprising — really, is Suburbia even one of the top five festivals in North Texas this summer? — it's certainly a cool distinction for the first-year fest.
Moving on: Fort Worth's perennially-cool, joined-at-the-hip DIY labels (read: Dreamy Soundz and Lo-Life Recordings) have announced plans to open its new Dreamy Life record shop inside Itsee Trading Co.'s existing location in the city's Near Southside neighborhood by July. The shop, which will of course sell the many albums the two labels release, is far from the pair's first collaborative effort: The two entities frequently co-present bills in Fort Worth, jointly released a very well-received compilation album last February, and are, by all accounts, largely responsible for helping turn Fort Worth into the biggest hotbed for punk and/or DIY bands in the Metroplex.
In Dallas, meanwhile, Black Milk's Computer Ugly label released the following track from its newest artist, Sudie, earlier today.
Sudie, a former Southern Methodist University vocal performance major, recorded most of her debut EP herself in the bathroom in her apartment.
Speaking of worthwhile new singles: Check out “L.A. Girl” from the always catchy Denton pop-rock outfit Cozy Hawks, which plans to feature the song on its soon-to-be-released Pan-Pacific LP.
Oh, and speaking of upcoming LPs: Fresh off of formally being released from its deal with Atlantic Records, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights has finally been cleared to begin work on its long-awaited follow-up to its 2010's Pardon Me. And, according to a Facebook post, the band is wasting no time there, having started recording a new LP at Denton's Echo Lab studios this week.