Archive for January, 2012

TONIGHT: Deleted Scenes at Dan’s Silverleaf, Interview with Matt Dowling

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2012 at 3:11 pm

When band members can sing, play instruments (and play them well, at that) and have a riotous sense of humor, it doesn’t go unnoticed. Matt Dowling (bass, keys) of DC-based band Deleted Scenes is one of those triple threats. Not to mention he also started his own company aimed at helping others. Helping people. Plenty of decent people don’t volunteer ever, and this guy is dressing the wounds of the bleeding whilst struggling to make a name for himself music-wise.

Deleted Scenes’ Sophomore LP Young People’s Church of the Air, released last fall includes intricate, circuitous songs such as the melancholy “Nassau” and eerily haunting “A Bunch of People Who Love You Like Crazy.” We caught up with Dowling to find out what the DC songster thinks of Texas, and about the hypothetical outcome of a Deleted Scenes vs Deleted Scenes flag football game. 

On your Sophomore album, Young People’s Church of the Air, which song was the most rewarding to record?

I think the start-to-finish process within the studio for the recording of “English as a Second Language” was pretty amazing to be a part of. That song was the least developed going into the studio and the initial takes of it were pretty abysmal. We had to try a number of different experiments, such as recording the vocals to tape and messing around with tape speeds, in order to get it right. To see how bad the initial takes were and then see how good (at least we think) the final product was, it made that song particularly rewarding to record.

What terrifies you most about Texas?

If one state could secede from the Union right now and self-sustain is would have to be Texas. In some sense, that is the most terrifying about Texas. Texas could secede and start a war against the rest of the US and probably fare pretty well. Also, the whole Waco – David Koresh thing was pretty freaky…..but also kinda awesome.  (more…)

Sexy? A Blast From the Past

Posted by    |    January 31st, 2012 at 11:46 am

Chandra Wilson introduces Five Frankie Vallis from the North American Jersey Boys (Toronto-Joseph Leo Bwarie, Las Vegas- Rick Faugno, National Tour- Courter Simmons, Chicago- Dominic Scaglione Jr., Broadway- Jarrod Spector) companies and perform “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” & “Oh What A Night” with the Broadway Cast back in 2009 at the Tony Awards.  Today, we had a chance to chat on the phone with Joseph Leo Bwarie, one of the nice guys in the Biz, and as one staffer noted, “sexy”.  More to follow from this New Jersey boy, only on YouPlusDallas!

 

Dallas is Going to the GRAMMY’s!

Posted by    |    January 27th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Well, not all of you. Just one of you. Recently, Dallas-based singer-songwriter Cameron Ernst received what is probably the most exciting news he’s ever received in his entire life (that’s just a guess, though). He will be packing his bags and heading to sunny California to perform onstage during the upcoming GRAMMY Week.

In reaction to the amazing news, Ernst says:

I can’t even believe I’m typing this right now. I was selected as the RUNNER-UP in the Hitlab/Grammy Contest (www.hitlab.com) and I get to go to LA to play at GRAMMY Week on Feb. 10th AND attend The GRAMMY’s on Feb. 12th!!!!!!!! Unbelievable. I’m BEYOND ecstatic…

Congratulations to one of our own! Curious to learn more about this lucky Dallasite? Check our Artist Interview Sessions piece below, and read the full press release here and click here to read about YouPlusDallas’ involvement with Ernst in the ‘Love is Louder’ campaign.

Interview with Matt Pelham of The Features

Posted by    |    January 26th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I don’t know exactly what it is, but there is something about a man with a southern accent that drives girls mad. Tennessee band the Features will arrive in Dallas tomorrow, January 27th, at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, in support of their new album, Wilderness (8 out of 10 stars by SPIN Magazine). Along with a refreshingly eclectic sound, attendees will surely experience an earful of charming southern twang as lead singer Matt Pelham engages his audience. I caught up with Pelham to chat about friends Kings of Leon and find out what exactly you should buy him at the bar.

If you could write the future for the Features what would you want the band to accomplish in five years’ time?

Mainly, if we could just get to a point where we’re able to tour and record records, not have day jobs and just be able to play music, that would be ideal.

Kings of Leon proclaimed your band to be “the best undiscovered band around”, what does that feel like?

It’s extremely flattering. It’s nice of anyone to say that [laughs]. It’s quite a compliment. I don’t know that it’s changed anything, we still just do what we’ve always done. (more…)

Oscar Season 2012: The Right Nod

Posted by    |    January 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced today, and while Hugo stole the show quicker than a thief on roller blades, we’d like to pause for a second and chitchat about one film that is ever-deserving of the Academy’s admiration: Midnight in Paris.

You may remember, the Woody Allen film was on retainer last year at West Village’s Magnolia Theater for months on end. Like ramen noodles to a college student, it was a film buff’s staple.

Once, upon gushing my love of said film to a friend, she friend remarked, “I hated that movie. It was too cerebral.” If that’s how she felt about it, it’s probably best she hated it. This film is for a cultured palate, one the craves the refined tastes of Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter and Salvador Dali (and therefore requires prior knowledge of the aforementioned culture-shapers), not those who believe a solid screenplay consists of the lead actor/actress searching for love only to realize it has been right in front of them the entire time. Because that’s never been done before.

Upon reviewing the film, Roger Ebert said:

This is Woody Allen‘s 41st film. He writes his films himself, and directs them with wit and grace. I consider him a treasure of the cinema. Some people take him for granted, although “Midnight in Paris” reportedly charmed even the jaded veterans of the Cannes press screenings. There is nothing to dislike about it. Either you connect with it or not. I’m wearying of movies that are for “everybody” — which means, nobody in particular. “Midnight in Paris” is for me, in particular, and that’s just fine with moi.

Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Art Direction, Directing, and Writing (Original Screenplay), Mr. Allen’s film deserves every inch of these four poetic nominations.

To view the entire list of nominees, click here

Dallas-Based Singer-Songwriter Cameron Ernst in the Top 10 for the GRAMMY’s ‘Emerging Artist Competition’

Posted by    |    January 19th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Let’s time travel back to this past Summer, when our website was blowing up with Kansas-bred, LA-educated, Dallas-based singer-songwriter Cameron Ernst and his ‘Love is Louder’ campaign. Sound familiar? Good. Well, this talented lad is in the Top 10 for the GRAMMY’s Emerging Artist Competition, which is a pretty big deal. Like most ‘Top 10’ events, the way the competition is hammered down to the last man (or woman) standing is by the voting power of America. So, it is up to you, darling audience, to help Ernst win.

You can only vote once, and the winner gets to play during GRAMMY week in Los Angeles. Vote here and let’s send one of our own to LA, so everyone can see just how talented us Dallasites are.

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Lana Del Rey On SNL, Generation X Has No Idea What Is Going On

Posted by    |    January 16th, 2012 at 10:53 am

Former underground pin-up sweetie-quickly turned mainstream beauty, “singer” Lana Del Rey performed as this week’s musical guest on Saturday Night Live, hosted by brit Daniel Radcliffe (who does a mean American accent and even meaner impression of Casey Anthony’s prime-for-psychoanalysis dog).

SNL has been upping their game as of late, adhering to the standards of the Internet-generation (Bon Iver will perform as the musical guest on Feb 4th, lord knows how he will manage to fit his nine-piece band on the tiny train station platform), those who spend their free time soaking up the opinions of music blogs, downloading Spin magazine’s playlists, hoping to find an underground band that will be theirs and theirs alone for a grand total of six weeks before they’re scooped up and placed in a Apple product commercial (I’m looking at you, Grouplove).

ANYWAY, point is, while Del Rey and the internet gen are totally BFF forevz, she completely ate it on SNL. Which sucks, because I maintain “Video Games” (below) is one of the most culturally observant songs I’ve ever heard. If you listen closely, you can hear Twitter feeds blowing up around this performance.

I understand the need for pronunciation, but just listen to her diction – it’s like she’s making fun of the idea that people will be making fun of her and that she just doesn’t care at all, because damnit, she’s onstage, and hell, you’re not.

If, for whatever reason, the above video intrigues you, and you wonder how you can get your grubby mitts on more of Del Rey’s limited supply of music, “Born to Die,” her latest single, is currently the free single of the week on iTunes. Download it ASAP, and perhaps it’ll serve as your secret song for some unnamed period of time. Or until the rest of your friends read this blog. Then you’re screwed.

Oval-Ah

Posted by    |    January 15th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Mesmerizing. Lead dancer, Isabelle Rune really rocked it out.

Up There

Posted by    |    January 14th, 2012 at 10:09 am

Concept: Mother NY; Production Co: Mekanism; Director/DP/Editor: Malcolm Murray; Music by The Album Leaf; Painters: Colossal Media/Sky High Murals/Bob Middleton; Presented by Stella Artois

UP THERE from Jon on Vimeo.

Beautifully shot
Impeccably edited
Inspiring subject

Best thing I’ve watched in a long long time, truly inspirational!!

Reminder, TOMORROW: Burning Hotels with Mon Julien, Air Review and Menkena at Granada Theater

Posted by    |    January 13th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Or as we like to call it, party time! Just a reminder that our video crew will be hanging out at Granada Theater for a good portion of the day tomorrow capturing some sweet footage of Local Edge Presents Burning Hotels for their upcoming Artist Interview Sessions video. But, you music-hungry moguls, here are some of our AIS vids to hold you over until the Burning Hotels edit is complete. Check the Air Review and Menkena AIS vids below for a preview of tomorrow night’s opening acts. Come find our cameras and say hey!