Reverse sticker shock

Some observations from Denton:

1. Best sign so far: “$2 minimum on all credit cards.” At Hooligan’s, a bar on the square, downtown.
2. A buddy and I had two Miller Lights each (16 oz.), plus an order of fried zucchini and an order of fried pickles…not exactly health food, but the total for all that was $18, with tax.
3. At Rubber Gloves, the Denton equivalent of the Casbah: $1.50 Leigenbock drafts (16 oz), $1.75 Lone Star/Schlitz/PBR, $2.75 well drinks (Beam is well whiskey).


Denton, Dallas, and new beginnings

If anyone still subscribes to this site’s RSS feed, it’s a testament to either your fandom or laziness: with the complete lack of new content for, oh, ever, I really deserve no readers at this point.

That said, my relocation to Denton has me in the blogging mood. is quite good, but more focused on the Dallas scene, and Denton deserves dedicated bloggers. Hell, they probably already have them: I’m so green, I have no idea.

For the San Diegans that read this, I encourage you to stick it out for a couple weeks, and see if you don’t find that there’s still something for you here. For those in the metroplex that stumble across it, I encourage to you to take a look at some older posts and see what a garrulous prick I can be once I’m acclimated to the environment.

This news is a little old, but Be Your Own Pet broke up. I reviewed their record for Citybeat and, on second thought, I was far too generous. This band was not very good. They were not very lucky. And they are now not very…are.

I think Denton will treat me just fine

Playing at Rubber Gloves or Hailey’s in the next two months:

Jim Ward (Sparta, At the Drive In)
Joe Lally (Fugazi)
An Albatross
Blitzen Trapper
Islands (Unicorns)
Acid Mothers Temple
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Not bad for a town of 110,000 people. I wouldn’t go to all these shows, but I like the idea of living somewhere that all these shows go down.

Good Dallas/Denton music blogs?

Chickrawker, I’m looking at you.

I stumbled upon, a snarky, yet cool blog that features interviews with the Castanets, Dead Meadow, The Clientele, Japanther, and Grizzly Bear. I think I’m gonna track these guys down once I get there.

My favorite piece of info on the site? “defensive listning (a contributor) made out with st. vincent.

Yeah, I’m kinda excited about moving.

Been fishin’

You ever stop doing something for a little while, and that little while becomes a long while, and suddenly you realize you haven’t done it in ages?

I’m back. I quit writing because I felt it was getting in the way of getting my dissertation finished and getting a job. Well, I have the job. My dissertation isn’t quite done, but batting .500 on this front doesn’t seem so bad. Said job doesn’t begin until August, at which point I’ll be shuffling off to the Dallas area to teach at the University of North Texas. Notable alums include Michael Bolton, Norah Jones, and Bowling for Soup. You can’t win ’em all.

Anyway, I’ll be trading one dirtbag haunt, the Casbah, for another: Rubber Gloves. Some touring musicians may know Rubber Gloves. It’s a cool, small room that gets a lot of the same bands that Casbah does. High on Fire will be there later this month. I love me some High on Fire–though I think Sleep was even better.