Two French Bands to add to your music rotation.

This past Thursday (October 6, 2011), I had a chance to catch Chateau Marmont & Revolver at The Prophet Bar in Dallas, TX as part of their “Voulez-Vous?” tour. So glad I went as both of these French bands put on an excellent show. I managed to take a bit of video for each band. It’s only from my mobile phone, so the quality is lower. Also, I couldn’t help but groove out to the music, so sorry for the shaky cam, heh, heh. 😉 I have also included a few snap shots, again the quality is to be desired, but at least some of the moments of this enjoyable experience were captured.

Revolver, who played first, is a delightful pop de chambre (chamber pop) band. Their music has been described as a bridge between pop and classical music or even the Renaissance or the Baroque and influence everything from Beatles to Bach, from Benjamin Britten to Elliot Smith.

Here is a video of them playing “Get Around Town”. ( Check out the Get Around Town – Official Video and Balulalow – Official Video)

Chateau Marmont was up next. This Space Pop/Rock band mesmerizes with its futuristic, airy, and rich tunes. Not too long ago, I posted Chateau Marmont’s video “Solar Apex” along with some other “outer-space” music videos for those interested in seeing more space inspired videos and music. Space. The Final Frontier. A Music Video Tribute.

Chateau Marmont performs “Solar Apex”. (Check out Chateau Marmont’s One Hundred Realities – Official Video)

I’d like to thank all of these gentleman again. Not only did they put on a great show, but they were very amicable to the audience. It was great to meet them all and to see them perform live. They still have some tour dates remaining and I suggest you check them out if they are near you.

Check out more links on Chateau Marmont and Revolver:

Live Review: Chateau Marmont, Revolver, Kelli’s Starlight Wishes at The Sunset

TOUR DATES CHATEAU MARMONT & REVOLVER US TOUR (Follow the Voulez-Vous? Tour Tumblr Page)

Revolver – Official Website

Chateau Marmont on Bancamp


The Last Day at Metro Diner – Gaston Avenue

Yesterday morning, I finished my first and only breakfast at Metro Diner on Gaston Avenue. I had been to this location on several occasions for dinner options and easily fell in love with its charm.  It’s a little slice of a time past where you are greeted with friendly hellos and your waitress (I know some prefer server) will fondly call you sugar or honey.  The food, though it may not have been the leanest, was good, old-fashioned American diner fare with some southern, home-style favorites.  For this type of food and this certain atmosphere, you could never go wrong.  Many types of people poured out to visit the little diner for the very last time.  I even ended up sitting in the booth in front of the founder, James Adams, and the current owner, Wayne Adams.  The jukebox was playing some of its last tunes and Channel 8 WFAA’s Shon Gables and team were there interviewing patrons and founder, James Adams.  The place was alight with life, fondness, and a bittersweet feeling for some. I couldn’t help but think I might be part of a certain generation that will be the last to remember, “how things used to be.”  These are not even things from my lifetime, but they were left over remnants of a time gone.  More and more historical landmarks are being torn down around Dallas and other parts of Texas. They are irreplaceable keys to the past that you could use to step back through time’s door and see how life was in yesteryears. Although, I was only a patron for several months, I can say I’m going to miss this little joint. I’m sad to think about the old-timers, the students, the hipstsers, the late-night-shifters, the drunkards,  the I-don’t-know-whatsters, neighborhood residents, artists, performers, lonely-hearters, weirdos, and I’m just stopping by crowd not having a place to feed them at all hours of the day.  This was one of the few spots, at least in this part of Dallas, to serve food 24 hours.  Metro Diner was sold to Baylor Hospital so they could expand their facilities.  I know the hospital employees, patients, and families will also miss this place.  It truly was a Dallas landmark. I wish the Metro Diner Staff the best of luck in their new endeavors.

If you get to take my picture, I get to take yours. 😉

Shon Gables of Channel 8 WFAA.

The Woody – Classic Metro Diner Breakfast.

Metro Diner’s Oak Cliff location will remain open. – Farewell Bulletin Board in back of diner.

So farewell, Metro Diner, you were a joy to know even if for me it was only a short time. This song, which is one of the last songs I heard here, was an appropriate fit.

Links to articles about Metro Diner:
One Last Cup of Coffee at the Metro – by Robert Wilonsky with photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Landmark Dallas diner closes after 43 years – by Shon Gables
Metro Diner Closes After 43 Years – by Amber Fisher with video

Link to a cute video that features Metro Diner and several other Dallas Landmark made as a tribute to the Dallas International Film Festival.

Thoughts on SXSW.

The first time I attended SXSW was in 2000.  Until this year, I had not been since 2004. The festival has grown into an insanely large event that takes over Austin, TX and can be described as utter chaos. Granted, I arrived on Friday of the last weekend, but it was nearly impossible to get anywhere.  After a 4 hour drive, I was forced off the road into downtown by an emergency vehicle as no other drivers would scoot over to let me give it room.  I was trapped in detour after detour and at a crawling pace with the thousands of cars, pedestrians, and cyclists about.  At one point a bike squeezed in between me and a bus and the guy nearly busted his head on the side view mirror of the bus.  The horror that went through my head of him falling in front of  my car and me running over him.  Ugh!  I missed several shows and connections with friends as I was trapped for another 2 and half hours driving around the city.   This event used to be about smaller acts and discovering new music. Not so much anymore. In fact, the city is considering limiting the number of free shows for the festival as they believe it is attracting undesirables. Link: SXSW considers limiting free events-Accident and violence lead to change I’m not sure that is the solution, but some sort of action/better planning should be taken. If there weren’t free shows, I would never have ended up being delighted by a free show after I decided to park it at Spider House.  I am pleased to share my discoveries here.

The show was started off by Harrys Gym. An amazing Norwegian band that convinced me I was in the right spot that day.

Here is a clip I captured of Harrys Gym performing their song “Old Man”. Please excuse the not so great quality and I wish I had captured more video.

Link to the official video of “Old Man.”

Wow! “That’s going to be a tough act to follow,” I thought, but A Place to Bury Strangers did not disappoint. I unfortunately ran out of space on my camera and didn’t get any video and only caught some Droid snap shots for the rest of the following bands. Nonetheless, I will share them here as well as some videos of A Place to Bury Strangers, Sweet Jane (from Ireland) and Bell Gardens.

Sweet Jane – “Blackeyes”

Alas, that was the end of my Spider House experience and I was on to other locations to catch up with old friends. There were many I missed this time around, but I will definitely be back in Austin. Maybe not during SXSW though. ha-ha-ha. We’ll see…