I’m not as big on Fall, October, or Halloween as a lot of my troublemaking leather-and-tights clad friends, but there is one thing I do love about the season: This is the easiest time of year to cover Dallas music. Why? Because the Observer announces its music award nominees, and I get to take a long-awaited breath while everyone snipes and claws at each other over this or that grievous inclusion, exclusion, or miscategorization therein.
Do I agree with every genre-to-artist assignment? Of course not. But you know what’s great? It’s not my problem. The brave men and women at that famous publication have to stand and take their lashes from an often incensed public and music community. My hat is off to them, as that anger is not always justified. Oh, and I promise not to jump in the dogpile this time around.
Full disclosure: I was asked to submit a list of my own suggestions, and once again, I forfeited the honor. In the past I have chosen not to do this because I had little interest in making official my tastes in such a manner, and also because I did not particularly sympathize with the attitudes of the players involved. That sometimes included bloggers who wrote for the Observer and who later complained about others winning the award. That’s just not being a very good sport all around.
But I have great news: Those wishes came true just two short years later when those same writers eventually did win an award for best blog in the citywide contest. So everything works out. If I had known at the time that some of those former Observer staffers were daydreaming about eventually becoming music bloggers who threw parties with DJ Sober, I could have totally given them advice. My old blog did that seven years ago. Central Track was nominated for “Best Music Blog” this year as well. Congratulations on officially graduating to blogger status, you guys.
But back to the matter at hand. Kiernan Maletsky, Vanessa Quilantan, Jaime-Paul Falcon, Deb Doing Dallas and all the rest have their work cut out for them and the next two months are going to be rough. And okay, I do have one complaint. FrontRow was nominated for “Best Music Blog.” Have they lost their minds completely? I am shocked and flattered. Thank you.
“Showdown and Sundown” (Sundown at Granada):Blake Ward’s Tuesday night variety show was also nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award for “Best Weekly.” I sent Ward a quick note inquiring what he might play and he describes the evening thusly:
If it’s slow a mixture of Post Punk, Funk, and newer stuff like Chromatics, Grimes, Mayer Hawthorne, and a few tracks by Sam Lao and Zhora since I have them coming out in the next few weeks.
That certainly sounds worth a visit. I attended last week and really enjoyed Danny Church’s slow, soul version of “High and Dry.” It’s pretty much the only Radiohead song I can stand, so, excellent choice. He made it something else entirely without completely losing the melodic integrity of the original.
India.Arie (South Side Ballroom): More information is available here.
Photo: Blake Ward at Beauty Bar. Credit: Laura Callas.