Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Reminder: Talent Is Everywhere
by jasien swords

Last night I watched Glen Hansard of The Frames, in his movie-musical, Once. It reminded me of something I seem to repeatedly take for granted. In this day and age, where aspiring artists of all media can simply teach themselves a computer program, then master it, then publish their work on the web, why is it so hard to wrap our brains around talent?

Is it because we have too many choices? Or not enough time to devote to each individual's contribution? Wouldn't that be a shame, and yet I don't think many of us care about talent. This is just my observation, so don't be offended if it doesn't apply to you, but when you take a look at what some people get away with - souless entries into the ever-maddening world of entertainment. Shall I expand my thought? Spiderman 3, Shrek 3, Pirates 3, and I'll stop there if only because I'm an optimist, or better yet, a glutton for punishment. I've seen all three of these movies, and all three disappointed me. But, they got my money. Now, I won't go so far as to say all talent was void in these new additions to their trilogies. I will however say that it is an upsetting trend to see bigger and bigger budgets yielding more mindless stories.

As I sat and watched Once unfold, it occured to me how simple of a story it was. Two kindred spirits bumping into each other and guiding each other through a period of their lives. What a concept - something that happens daily. Needless to say, I loved the film. I loved the music, but I have always liked Hansard. I like that he writes about real things, things I can relate to. I like so many things that are basic.

Yes, talent is everywhere. I was perusing all of my weekly blogs when I came upon this young girl singing and playing the Sufjan song, Chicago. She's not just dabbling, she is blowing it out of the water...and in a bathroom, no less.

I don't know what my point is, really. I guess I am blogging just to say I care about talented people who may or may not be heard. If you feel that way too, then the next time someone you know or see is pouring themselves into something really impressive, say thanks.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Listen to Dallas Does Indie Episode #77

Playlist (05.21.2007)

1.The Shins - Girl Inform Me
2.Misha - Summersend
3.The Basement - A Kind Of Love
4.Feist - I Feel It All
5.City-State - The Dakota
6.Room Sound - Moonshine (go to for info on CD
Release party)
7.Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945
8.Dawn Landes & the We Sorta Tried Bluegrass Band - Young Folks
(Peter, Bjorn, and John cover song) mp3

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As Mentioned on Episode #77, Feist on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Monday, May 14, 2007

Playlist (05.14.2007)

1.YACHT - I Believe In You
2.Sea Wolf - The Garden You Planted
3.Fields - If You Fail, We All Fail
4.Two Gallants - Seems Like Home To Me
5.Salty Pirates - Common Sense
6.The Brakes - Hold Me In The River
7.Page France - Mr. Violin and Dancing Bear
8.Fields - Brittlesticks
9.Sea Wolf - You're A Wolf
10.Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead (Final Fantasy Remix)

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Listen to Dallas Does Indie Episode #76

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Audio Quality

I apologize for the audio quality on this weeks show. I am going to reupload the audio. Thanks!


Monday, May 07, 2007

Playlist (05.07.2007)

1.The Blow - Knowing The Things That I Know
2.Grizzly Bear - Easier
3.Handsome Furs - What We Had
4.Tokyo Police Club - Citizens Of Tomorrow
5.Electrelane - At Sea
6.Oxford Collapse - The Boys Go Home
7.The Blow - Hey Boy
8.Loretta Lynn (feat. Jack White) - Portland, OR

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Listen to Dallas Does Indie Episode #75


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