Monday, April 30, 2007

Playlist (04.30.2007)

1.Elliott Smith - Georgia, Georgia
2.Pela - Lost To the Lonesome
3.The National - Brainy
4.All Smiles - Moth in A Cloud of Smoke
5.We All Have Hooks For hands - Hold On, C'mon
6.Elliott Smith - High times
7. The Comas - Now I'm A Spider
8.Orchestra Baobab - Werente Serigne

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Lend DDI Your Voice

Hi everyone,

I know it's early, but the one year episode will be here before you know it. I would really love it if those who want, would send me your voice recordings of "happy birthday DDI or Dallas Does Indie from [blank]!"

I plan on playing them throughout the show. Just use a simple voice recording software, whichever you like, be creative as you want to, and send it to me in .mp3 format - jasienswords[at]gmail[dot]com Thanks!!!


Monday, April 23, 2007

Playlist (04.23.2007)(replay)

1.Dirty On Purpose - Light Pollution
2.Teddybears (feat. Iggy Pop) - Punkrocker
3.La Rocca - This Life
4.Swan Lake - All Fires
5.The Changes - Water Of The Gods
6.Mountain Goats - Wake Up New
7.Kathryn Williams - In A Broken Dream
8.Billy Stewart - Summertime

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wedding Day
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As I'm sure most of you who are kind enough to read this blog know, I got married last month. It was a really cool experience having everyone I loved in the same room. I can't even begin to hope that I will have another chance to live something like that in this lifetime.

So now I embark upon a new life, one in which I never ever whine about women. I am a new man. I am also a testament to God's diligence, for God definitely hadn't to settle in for the long haul with me. I would expect that from the almighty, but to receive such support from my friends is just humbling.

Yes, my wedding day was for all intents and purposes the most amazing day of my life. If not for the fact I was marrying a woman far superior to me, then for the fact that there were people there to witness. And not only witness it, but party it up because of it. I guess it's safe to say I am extremely happy and blessed.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Playlist (04.16.2007)

1.Blonde redhead - Spring and by Summer Fall
2.Grand Archives - Sleepdriving (.mp3)
3.Pela - Trouble with River Cities
4.St. Vincent - Now. Now.
5.The Shaky Hands - Why and how come
6.Grand Archives - Torn Blue Foam Couch
7.Casper and the cookies - Barking in the garden of ill repute

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Playlist (04.09.2007)

1.DNTEL - Roll On (feat. jenny Lewis)
2.The Rosebuds - Get Up, Get Out
3.Miracle Fortress - Have You Seen in Your dream
4.Laura Veirs - Pink Light
5.Elvis Perkins - Without Love
6.Devotchka - Queen of the Surface Streets
7.Scott Salter - Dear Sarah Shu

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Show Corrections

As you probably picked up on, Tv on the Radio will NOT be playing at the Gypsy Tea Room, nor will the Tapes N' Tapes. At the time I recorded I wasn't sure, or maybe I was just lying to myself. Sadly no one will ever be playing the Gypsy Tea Room/Ballroom again. Both shows have been moved to the Granada. All tickets purchased for Gypsy will be honored at the Granada.


Playlist (04.02.2007)
I'm Back!

1.TV on the radio - wolf like me
2.Deastro - Maichael, the lone archer of the north shore
3.The national - fake empire
4.Bloc Party - the once and future king
5.Feist - how my heart behaves
6.Voxtrot - kid gloves
7.Sufjan stevens - free man in paris
8.Deastro - the green harbor
9.Tapes n' tapes - manitoba
10.Aqualung - cinderella

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Gypsy Article Rebuttal

I wanted to bite my tongue, or in this case temper my fingers from typing angrily. Alas, I cannot temper anything. The stakes are too high. It's Sunday morning. On Sunday mornings I walk down my street to the newsstand on the corner and buy a Dallas Morning News. I peruse the sports, check out the Best Buy adds to see if that 61" I've been coveting has magically dipped a thousand dollars, and I save the Guide for last to read up on what happened in the music world the night before. As expected, an article was waiting about the closing of the Gypsy Tea Room - perhaps the most notable concert spot in the DFW area since it's opening in 1998. Thor Christensen, a music beat writer for The News shared his opinion about Gypsy and all of it's flaws. Poor Thor, hopefully those who hide your flaws for you are much kinder than you were to the Gypsy with your article.

Mr. Christensen chose to focus on all the Gypsy lacked rather than all the small venue has done for Dallas and Deep Ellum. With the Gypsy gone, I can hardly think of a reason to visit the quickly fading D.E. How many of us have sung along with our favorite budding artist as they filled the room with songs we were just beginning to love? How many times has an artist or band returned to Dallas/Ft. Worth, bigger than before, and credited Gypsy as the experience, which brought them back? Enough, I think, to have Mr. Christensen save a paragraph in his article to mention it.

Sure, Gypsy was smoky, drunks were prevalent, and you couldn't see a darn thing. Wait to go Thor, you pointed out what we already knew - small venues suck. But where else would we go to hear the artists who would've passed over Dallas without Gypsy? I have a love hate relationship with Dallas and music. It seems like for every one person you meet who would dance the night away with you at an inspired rock show, there are 20 people crying about how they don't have a comfy chair to sit in. We kill our ears with the regurgitating radio stations playing what Major Labels hand out. It's nearly impossible to be creative in Dallas. With Gypsy on the way out, I'm afraid for the next guy, the one who comes in to replace this gap being left in our American Idol-loathing hearts. I can only say a prayer that the truly talented, underappreciated feel like they still have a home - a place they can find solace. If I had a bigger house I would invite them over, but I don't. The Gypsy was my home too.

Shame on Whit Meyers for saying that Gypsy Tea Room wasn't for the fan who wanted to "focus 100 percent on the music." He is wrong. Perhaps it was just a business to him. Perhaps the cumbersome square bar made more money than the bands on the stage. But something bigger was taking place. Dallas was worth visiting. For a band on the road, no place is happened upon by accident - they choose to stop and play because they believe it's worth it.

Everywhere you go as a rock fan, there is going to be something that bothers you. Whether it's the opening act, the tool that is booty dancing with his girlfriend in front of you, the smoking, the drunken fools, the reverb, etc. Let's be realists, that's part of the experience. If we wanted comfy chairs and a great view, we'd slap our headphones on and close our eyes. How you choose to react to all those distractions determines your enjoyment of the show. When it was crowded and hard to see at Gypsy, I would put the girl I was with (who was shorter than I am) in front of me, spread my legs to make some space for us, and we'd just sway to the music. When it was too smoky, I would move. And when someone was attempting to ruin a show with their song requests, I would secretly unite with everyone else around me, and we would all send hate vibes to that guy. I never left Gypsy feeling ripped off, but that was me. I guess Mr. Thor Christensen represents a piece of Dallas I will never get - that entertainment should be comfortable. It's a pivotal moment in the DFW music scene. As we say goodbye to the Gypsy Tea Room, are we saying goodbye to an open stage for uniqueness as well? Cast your votes America.

Jasien Swords, The Dallas Does Indie Podcast

ps, I encourage anyone who reads and has an opinion to send an email to Thor Christensen of The Dallas Morning News. His email address is


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