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Gotta Lotta Life Left in the Ol’ Gal…

Posted by Cindy on 12th June 2009

Working a full-time job makes music blogging quite difficult. So I’m sorta super behind on a lotta stuff…wicked-awesome stuff…that’s going on out there in the world. One thing I’m going to pay much much much more attention to is the Kessler Theatre resurrection going on in my darling Jeff Liles’ life and work.

Watch the above video, then go here and here, for lots more….speaking of more, more on this project to be blogged here soon…

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It’s I Miss Jason Janik Day – Looking Back

Posted by Cindy on 21st April 2009

Salim Nourallah on Chomsky (Glen Reynolds)

Salim Nourallah on Carter Albrecht

Allison V. Smith shoots the gang for the cover of Quick. Starring: Allison V. Smith, Pikahsso, Tahiti, Glen Reynolds, Salim Nourallah, Tim DeLaughter, Smile Smile, Don Cento and of course the fabulous Jason Janik.

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Eddie D Turns 25

Posted by Cindy on 3rd February 2009

I still ain’t decided just what I plan to do wit’dis site…if anything. But what I’d like to do is more stuff like below…I need one Tiffany Kieran one Jeffrey Liles to make my dreams come true…more on that later…

DJ Nature hips us to the fact that DJ EZ Eddie D hits his 25th year mark on the air this year…so I went up to the attic and dusted off this amazing experience from a couple years back…audio interview with Eddie D circa January 10, 2007

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Pikahsso Allen Poe calls legendary DJ EZ Eddie D “the Godfather of DFW underground hip-hop.” You should always listen to Pikahsso, he know of what he speaketh…

DJ EZ Eddie D has cultivated a career as a DJ, remixer and producer for more than 24 years. Being the closest thing to a hip-hop historian that Dallas has ever known, he has worked with the early pioneers as well as many of the current up-and-comers. From his early days growing up in Finneytown (a suburb in Cincinnati) to his 23 years in Dallas, it’s no surprise to find his influences are all over the musical map. With a collection containing everthing from R&B to classic rock, funk to retro and blues to hip-hop, his studio is the Mecca record collectors dream of.”

“His main focus today is fusing all of these genres with hip-hop beats creating a distinctive sound all his own. In 1982, Dallas DJ The Master Mixer taught Eddie how to blend records, and also introduced him to the radio station KNON 89.3 “The Voice of the People.” He interned and moved his way up the ranks, working with DJ Cisco Soul & the Party Patrol and Nippy Jones of the “Fresh & Freaky Friday Show” (later KKDA). Nippy helped groom him for his own time slot. In 1987, station manager Craig Taylor gave him that chance with his first show airing Thursday nights from 9 to 11. The show moved a few times before finally landing on Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m., where you can still tune in weekly for “Knowledge Dropped-Lessons Taught (Vol.2).” It is the only source Dallas has for true underground hip-hop, and a public radio station is a perfect forum for his philosophies on politics, religion, racism and social responsibility.

Reid Robinson and I met up at Gachet Coffee recently to go Inside the Mind of EZ Eddie D and had ourselves a delightful time. Did we catch the whole thing on audio? But of course, darlings.
Be sure and tune in to 89.3 KNON every Saturday night for DJ Eddie D’s Knowledge Dropped Lessons Taught – 5-7 p.m.

The interview includes tracks from P.P.T. and Pikahsso.

Inside the Mind – DJ EZ Eddie D

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Inside the Mind Series:
~George Gimarc
~Josh Venable
~DJ EZ Eddie D
~Jeff Liles

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Catchin’ Up Part II

Posted by Cindy on 9th July 2008


san jose hotel. may 2008. austin, texas. ©allison v. smith

I’ve been totally mesmerized with the Hotel San Jose in Austin for a really long time. It all started a few years back when I shot video at the SXSJ during SXSW. The shindig takes place every year in the lot behind Jo’s Coffee on Congress, which is also the lot for Hotel San Jose. I went into the hotel several times to purchase wine, and found myself more and more intrigued, relaxed and wanting to just rent a room and never leave. Problem is, the damn place is always booked. I’ve tried numerous times when going to visit the girl-child. I can’t afford the joint, but I’ve got a secret stash that I keep tucked-away in hopes that one day, I’ll get at least one glorious night there…and now this…

One of my favorite assignments this year was shooting details of the San Jose Hotel in Austin for their website and hotel postcards . The site is finally up and it’s pretty rad! They made my photos into 8mm film footage. There’s a prize for whoever finds Bucks on the site. Check it out the cool new site designed by the talented boys at Coloring Book Studio here.

Now at least I can hang out on the site and stare longingly and adoringly at Allison’s photos…sort of pretend to be there…like I pretend to be 29…heh…cough…

PS – Check out those folks at Coloring Book Studio. They are doing some pretty durn exciting things.

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Vlog, Vlog, Vlog, Vlog, I Vlog Around…

Yup, there’s a lotta live and recorded Vloggin’ goin’ down starting this month, yours truly behind the camera on a couple or more.

1. Friday Night Happy Hour at The Double-Wide “Make Mine a Double” – no, not really, we don’t have an official name yet. But here’s the deal, Ex-Radio Diva and Booking Agent/Local Music Advocate Chelsea Callahan shall host this fabulous affair during the late Happy Hours (7 PM – ?) with all sorts of crazed, quirky, interesting, entertaining content and guests. It’ll be live – you are invited to come on over to the Double-Wide and join in the fun…you can say hey to your mom in East Texas or somethin’.
First Live Webcast/Vlog (it’ll be recorded and posted too) begins Friday, July 18th – 7 pm.

2. This is super-secret, so don’t tell anyone just yet, but Ex-and current Dallas Observer contributor Rich Lopez is hosting a swank new show, “Hint of Mint” all over Oak Lawn, Cedar Springs and beyond. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I’ll be the straight broad behind the camera. The show(s) will focus on the Gay/Lesbian Community with lots of emphasis on art/culture/nightlife and so on and so on. It’s gon’ be so fun. Website and schedule forthcoming.

3. As mentioned earlier, The Fine Line is bringing back the “Inside the Mind” series, only now, it’ll be on Video – sometimes live, sometimes not. I gotta rustle me up some Reid post haste. Lots more on that later.

4. Me thinks me has a deal going with a local media outlet doing a series called “The Confessional.” (if not there, then here) Let’s just say that we lock persons in the local rock-star/artist/photographer/blogger/whatnot world in a room with a timer and a video camera. It’s during this 10-minutes that they can pretty much do pretty much any damn thing they want (sing, talk shop, sleep, eat lunch, do shooters, whatever). I’ve got one under my belt, just waiting for a boss to return to work. More on that later too.

5. Just in from camp Smile Smile…

Just wanted to let you know that we (Smile Smile) are starting a Brand New Video Blog. Our first post will go up on Thursday (we are yet to agree on a name for the blog, big surprise, haha).

Our thinking is, when you play in a band with your ex (which if for some unknown reason you didn’t know, we do), you fight and argue all the time and it’s continuously awkward (strangely enough, I don’t think it would work any other way), so why not share all of those FUN things with the rest of the world. YAY!

Though this is a work in progress, the plan is to record new video every Wednesday night at our rehearsal space/studio. I’m sure everyone will get to witness the fights and insults during rehearsal, as well some “acoustic” performances (since we will be there with our instruments anyway). The two of us will definitely be sitting down for a few minutes every Wed. to look into the camera and let people know what’s going on in the world of Smile Smile. . . . . . . which will probably result in arguments and fighting.

Fasten your seat belt, this could be a disaster.

The Male 1/2 of Smile Smile,
Ryan
myspace.com/smilesmilemusic
smilesmilemusic.com

I’m so loving this one. I’m still feeling the awkwardness I felt at the Quick Music Awards when Ryan broke the broken-up news to me…I’m still a little weepy about it too.

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I know this is really old news, but what the hell, Josh is (sorta) back, and I’m rather psyched…

The Adventure Club on 102.1 The Edge this last Sunday night. The show will be broadcast weekly on The Edge from 8p-11p.

You know the history and the circumstances leading to the return so there’s no point in telling you again. Still three hours, still Josh, still KDGE, still all the music you don’t normally hear on the radio.

Zac‘n’Josh are longtime pals. So of course there was a bunch of IM’ing going down…click fool.

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Photo by Jason Janik for Quick – Cover, 2008

A real long time ago I fell in love with Jason Janik. Then I met him and the deal was closed. He’s talented AND cute. Heh. Too bad I’m old enough to be his…like…really old auntie and he’s like all married or somethin’. Anyway, Jason has been bizzy, bizzy, bizzy working on a HUGE exhibit sometime soon, at someplace awesome with really rad music to go along wit’it…can’t say much more now…but later…later you’ll thank me profusely…

Bio: Jason Janik is a professional photographer with a focus on music and performance photography. His images have appeared in Spin Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, Quick Magazine, F!D Luxe, American Profile Magazine, USA Today, Rolling Stone Magazine, and countless other publications.

He has also worked with Jive Records, Toucan Cove/Universal Records, and several indie labels, providing artists with images for albums and promotion


The Feds circa 2004 by Jason Janik

He’s promising images from the likes of Peter Thomas, Todd Lewis, Willie Nelson, Will Johnson, Erykah Badu, Tripping Daisy, Shibboleth, Glen Reynolds, John Dufilho, Eisley, Fishboy, Record Hop, Salim Nourallah, Collin Herring, Red Monroe, Smile Smile, Wanz Dover, Dimebag Darrell , Carter Albrecht, and many, many, many more….I…can’t…wait. The dude’s got like a decade of amazing photographs of amazing artists and bands, so be sure to check back here for details. It’s a NOT-TO-MISS event.

Teeny-tiny hints:
*Quick
*Kettle Art
*August 29 – September 6th
*Proceeds Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis

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Whew…now I gotta house to clean and a paying job to find…later kiddies…

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GimarcSpace

Posted by Cindy on 21st May 2008

Liles set George Gimarc up with his very own MySpace page. Go join his list of friends.

Here’s an “Inside the Mind” Reid and I did with George awhile back. It was like totally amazing. I’m not worthy to even breathe the same air as that man.

We’re working on an updated “Inside the Mind,” this time, video…brb…

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D.E.E.P. – The First Tuesday Speaker Begins

Posted by Cindy on 4th March 2008

I got fire burnin’ under my arse from all sides today…no time to blog. Click on the above image and be there! Dammit…l

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Bowley & Wilson & Rosebud & Billy & Dave (Part One and Two)

Posted by Cindy on 18th February 2008


PART ONE

Here’s part one all of the time we were privileged enough to spend with the oh-so-fabulous John Bowley and John Wilson. Dave Little did the honors while we just watched and laughed and laughed. The boys played a sold-out show at Poor David’s Pub on Saturday night, and I hear-tell there will be another reunion show coming in the summertime (June 21st at Poor David’s)…enjoy.


PART TWO

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Whaddaday

Posted by Cindy on 14th February 2008

I took a drive to Deep Ellum today for a video interview. Driving down Main, on my way to Space, I noticed really, really long lines outside of Tigger’s and that other tattoo joint down the street. I’m talkin’ 30-50 people in line outside both places.

After a little head-scratchin’ and mindless mull, I figured it out! Valentine’s Day tattoos! No wonder the lines were both 2-people deep…like the Ark.

On my way back, I stopped in at Tigger’s and had “Dougie Burr Rules” tattooed on my ass…heh.

The video interview was Reid and I getting to watch Dave Little chat with John Bowley and John Wilson and Rosebud and Billy King. It was really surreal for yours truly. The most vivid memories I have, from the ages of 16-18 years old, are memories from Up Your Alley with Bowley and Wilson. Their Colonoscopy Tour, set to thrill multi-decade fans at Poor David’s Pub on Saturday night, is sold-out. Completely sold-out!

Reid is working on the editing, so we should have the video up here sometime tomorrow. It’s gold…GOLD BABY! Dave Little is, by far, the funniest guy on earth. I’ll give you all the details and more rehash later.

Afterwards, I had lunch with Hal & Melissa, Reid and Greg. Greg is Seth Walker’s road manager. Seth Walker is an artist I’ve loved for nearly a decade. If you haven’t already, you need to check him out. Greg looks just like Kiefer Sutherland. Exactly like him. Then he opened his mouth and sounds like Kiefer Sutherland. Exactly like him. Greg is…how you say…hot! I think he wanted to request that I stop staring…and drooling. Request DENIED! Hot!

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Good Stuff

Posted by Cindy on 17th October 2007

I was pokin’ around in my voicemail box today trying to dig up Kristy Kruger’s number for an adoring friend and was reminded about a band Kristy told me about called Rose’s Pawn Shop. Words such as Bluegrass, fiddles, banjos, mandolins and such were all I needed to do a quick Google search and fall deeply, madly in love….

Ever have a friend named Peter tell you about yourself? We have, and here’s what Peter said:

It may come as a surprise to hear the foot-stomping sounds of Appalachian bluegrass channeled through a rock band of 20-somethings here in Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has its share. In a town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Roses Pawn Shop is a pleasant surprise.

With an arsenal of banjos, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, upright bass and thundering drums their sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom’s cookin. Its sincere, straight-forward and sexy as fuck, effortlessly combining such disparate musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass and punk to create an incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true believers and skeptics alike.

With wisdom beyond their years, the boys fearlessly confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation and redemption, while throwing in some drinking songs for good measure. Sure, theyre borrowing pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Johnny Cash, but Roses Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with breakneck speed, bluegrass instrumentation, three- and four-part vocal harmonies and lyrics thatll break your heart.

Whether its the hard-hitting snake-charm-thump of Lone Rider, the wistful whisky-soaked wisdom of Down the Line, the honky-tonk ruckus of Funeral Pyre or the Gypsy-infused mandolin twang of Reckoning, the boys will hook you. Like catfish from the creek, theyll reel you in, and they wont let you go.

And you’ll be glad they did.

Because something happens when you hear these songs. No matter how low youve sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you up and carries you home.

These L.A.-based Pawn Shop kids were lookin’ for Texas gigs, which was the reason for Kristy’s call a month or so back, but I didn’t get the message until they was plumb gone. However, I’m holding out hopes for a return to Texas, most especially DdFW so I can enjoy this band in real life.

Their MySpace will keep me happy for the time being. Check out more Rose’s Pawn Shop.

“The Arsonist.mp3″ by Rose’s Pawn Shop

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Mike and Allison on George

Posted by Cindy on 5th October 2007


Photo by Allison V. Smith

Mike Darling spent time with brilliant George Gimarc and wrote about it in the latest issue of Spirit Magazine. If that’s not cool enough for ya, then how’s about the fact that they also hired faboo-photographer Allison V. Smith to shoot the pics. Pretty freakin’ sweet.

You’ll have to getcherselves a hard-copy of the magazine to gander the pictures, or go here for a select few. Click here to read the whole dang thang.

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Reid and I were honored to spend an afternoon with George back in January and we brought cameras and audio recorders…

I’m pleased to start the New Year off with a chat with one of my personal heroes, George Gimarc. Here is a man that was such an intricate part of the local music scene, that he literally helped shape it. He practically started the original KDGE The Edge and built it into one of the best local stations in town – back a couple of decades. He was an on-air powerhouse on other local stations (KZEW, KNON, WRR, KNTU, etc.) as well…a little history ferya…

George Gimarc spent 29 years in radio working for a variety of stations. Among them WRR, KNTU, KDNT, KZEW, KRQX, KZPS, KNON, and KDGE. Way back in March of 1977 George went on the air on the College station (KNTU) with “The Rock & Roll Alternative” which was one of the first regular “new wave” or “punk” radio shows in the US. The program was the only venue that new music was played on the radio throughout the late 70′s and early 80′s. Acts that George was responsible for breaking in the DFW area include R.E.M., the Go Go’s, U2, Psychedelic Furs, Sex Pistols, Devo, B 52′s, XTC, The Smiths, The Cult, and hundreds of others. The program moved to commercial radio on May 18th, 1980, the same day that Mt. St Helens exploded and Ian Curtis of Joy Division hanged himself. These two events were not meant to draw attention to the debut, and in fact might have contributed to the lack of National TV coverage that evening of the debut. The “Rock & Roll Alternative” continued through 14 years, until it was retired. It was broadcast on four different stations throughout its run in Texas, and at one time was on as many as twenty pirate radio stations throughout Europe, England and Australia.

George Gimarc also played music director and DJ on oldies radio, starting KRQX in Dallas in 1982. It was recognized as being the first “classic rock” station in the country, the birth of a prominent radio format that caught on like wildfire across the nation and was responsible for putting even more money into the vaults of dead rock stars.

After leaving the comfy confines of KZEW in the winter of ’87, George started up “Back Pages” on KZPS. It was an eclectic classic rock show combining rare records, intriguing stores and loads of listener requests. It was the only spot to hear those rarest-of-the-rare recordings.

In 1989 word leaked out that a new station was going on the air in Dallas and George jumped in with both feet. KDGE (The Edge) was musically designed by George and his new friend Wendy Naylor. A staff was hired and the station hit the air at the end of June of ’89. Though hampered by a dodgy signal at the first, it was an instant success, defining the cutting edge in rock and breaking new acts left and right. George hosted the afternoon drive shift and was music director for the station. He also put together and financed all of the station’s “Tales From The Edge” CD releases, eleven in all. As usual, all good things must come to an end and in the summer of ’93 the Edge was taken in a new “top-40ish” direction. Among the changes was changing out most of the staff, including those who started the station.

Beyond the Edge, George took full control of his role as President and owner of Reel George Prod. Inc, an umbrella organization that covers his present role as a music historian with two books (“Punk Diary 1970-1979″ and “Hollywood Hi Fi”) already in international release. He’s also the sole writer for the “Rotten Day” with John Lydon program now running in over 50 markets, consulting work on projects like the Time/Life “History Of Rock And Roll” series and putting together compilations and writing liner notes for several record labels.

Another outlet of Reel George is a radio promotions and CD manufacturing company. It’s an outgrowth of a project that George ran for KDGE radio for the last nine years. He assembles and produces compilations of unsigned regional bands for other radio stations. The collections that George did for KDGE were titled “Tales From The Edge” and run up through the current Volume 11. Many of the bands on the CD’s went on to get signed to national labels and others saw their careers flourish overnight. Similar records have been produced by Reel George in San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis and Sacramento. In fact, it was from the KPNT St. Louis disc that the group Gravity Kills sprang to fame.

Although he’s best known for his contributions to the alternative music scene, George Gimarc is expert in many fields of music. His first show in radio back in the 1976 was hosting a 50′s radio nostalgia program playing requests from listeners and learning about the music from rock’s formative years. As his record collection grew, so did his knowledge about the music encompassing the genres of electronic music, reggae, vintage country & western, big band, blues, folk and psychedelic rock. Similarly, he’s built up a network of contacts in those fields who are experts only a phone call away, a wonderful research base that is a resource he treasures.

It would be difficult to find anyone more in touch with the punk music than George Gimarc. His passion for music explains his collecting some 65,000 records, and knowing something about each and every one of them. There are few that can put a work like this together working from real life experience and their own resources…Read more.

Since my days co-hosting with Chaz over at TexasRadio1, I’ve been trying to get a one-on-one with George. Finally my parter in crime managed to pin him down and land us a invite to casa de Gimarc. Please join us and enjoy our afternoon with George Gimarc. Thanks to Reid for setting this up – he da man! Be sure and check out George’s exciting new venture Radio Sass – he’ll tell ya all about it if you just click below.

Featuring music from Tales From the Edge Volume 11:
~Dooms U.K. “Heather Has Two Mommies”
Matt Pence, Mike Rudnicki, Ian Bjornstad, Matt Duncan, Mark Hedman, DJ Geeky C., John Freeman

~Funland “Angry Girl”
Peter Schmidt, Will Johnson, Clark Vogeler

George Gimarc Part I

George Gimarc Part II

George Gimarc Part III

I put together my own compilation from the Tales from the Edge series for your listening pleasure. You can find copies of your own by logging on to George’s site or at Bill’s Records and CD World.


1. Killbilly “Running Gun” (Volume 2 – 1991)
Craig Taylor, Alan Wooley, Harris Kirby, Stephen Trued, Richard Hunter, Mike Schwedler

2. Mildred “Knock on a Knail” (Volume 2 – 1991)
Reggie Rueffer, Chad Rueffer, Jim Cooke, David Prez, David Bickston

3. Pop Poppins “On a Moving Train” (Volume 3 – 1991)
Broose Dickenson, William Hitri, Michael Moore, Mark Hitri

4. Little Jack Melody “Lock Up Your Daughters” (Volume 3 – 1991)
Little Jack Melody, Steve Calhoun, Scott Loehr, Dave Darbin, Vic Anderson

5. Nervebreakers “I Confess” (Volume 5 & 6 – 1992)
Tom Edwards, Mike Haskins, Barry Kooda, Bob Childress, Carl Giesecke

6. Tex & the Saddletramps “Move It” (Volume 5 & 6 – 1992)
Tex Edwards, Mike Haskins, Russell Flemming, Linda Shaw

7. Big Big Drama “It Happened” (Volume 5 & 6 – 1992)
Paul Averitt, Rick Norman, Danny DeLa Martyr, Gary Laun

8. Tablet “Stop Freaking Out” (Volume 9 – 1994)
Steven Holt, Paul Williams, Michael Vegh, Dave Christopher

9. Moon Festival “Brighter Then the Sun” (Volume 9 – 1994)
Salim Sevres, Faris Sevres Brad Robertson
ED. NOTE: What’s with the Sevres and no Nourallah?

10. Lone Star Trio “Make Up Your Mind” (Volume 9 – 1994)
Matt Hillyer, Steve Berg, Steve Adkins

11. Shallow Reign “Last Chance” (Volume 10 – 1994)
Bob Watson, Pat Sugg, Mark Thomas, Brad Robertson

12. True Believers “Alone in a Crowd” (Volume 10 – 1994)
Alejandro Escovedo, Javier Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Danny DeGorio, Kevin Foley

13. Princess Tex “Crucifix” (Volume 10 – 1994)
Kim Pendleton, Hal West, Phil Bush, Reb Burall, Colin Marsh, David Lee

14. Dah-Veed “Sigh by Sigh” (Volume 11 – 1996)
David Garza, Michael Hale, Clay Pendergrass

The divine Jeff Liles shot some video of George for his documentary “The Last Record Store” – Thanks Jeff!

“Dallas writer/DJ George Gimarc, Idol Records’ Erv Karwelis, Hydronic Sound System’s Jeff Wade and Bill Wisener discuss how the record industry transitioned from selling vinyl to where we are now, and how difficult it is to operate outside the traditional business model.”

These pictures, taken at Gimarc headquarters, barely portray the extent of George’s collection.

Even the powder room is filled with goodies…

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Inside the Mind – Josh Venable *Repost*

Posted by Cindy on 7th June 2007

I know things have sucked around here as of late. Kids graduating, moving to other cities, operations, and all the other crap life throwsatcha. However, look here for some big changes in the coming weeks. Reid and I are cookin’ up some good “Inside the Mind” sessions with some mighty fine folks, so don’t give up on me just yet. Meantime, here’s another one from the vault…enjoy…

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A couple of months ago Reid and I got to hang out at the KDGE 102.1 studio. The interview went up on QuickDFW.com, or at least part one did. After computer crashes, website crashes and other such technicalities, I’ve finally finished up part two and now I shall present both for your listening pleasure.

Josh Venable explains the hows and whys as to his reasons for entering the world of radio. He also fesses-up to a Sunday night meeting at Barley House in which our future mayor joins in the fun, as well as loads of band/music chat.

Reid Robinson co-hosts like the pro he be…

Josh Venable Part One

Josh Venable Part Two

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Inside the Mind – DJ EZ Eddie D *Repost*

Posted by Cindy on 5th June 2007

Moving sucks. Packing sucks. No time for bloggin’ – so I’ll leave you with another repeat…

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Pikahsso Allen Poe calls legendary DJ EZ Eddie D “the Godfather of DFW underground hip-hop.” You should always listen to Pikahsso, he know of what he speaketh…

DJ EZ Eddie D has cultivated a career as a DJ, remixer and producer for more than 24 years. Being the closest thing to a hip-hop historian that Dallas has ever known, he has worked with the early pioneers as well as many of the current up-and-comers. From his early days growing up in Finneytown (a suburb in Cincinnati) to his 23 years in Dallas, it’s no surprise to find his influences are all over the musical map. With a collection containing everthing from R&B to classic rock, funk to retro and blues to hip-hop, his studio is the Mecca record collectors dream of.”

“His main focus today is fusing all of these genres with hip-hop beats creating a distinctive sound all his own. In 1982, Dallas DJ The Master Mixer taught Eddie how to blend records, and also introduced him to the radio station KNON 89.3 “The Voice of the People.” He interned and moved his way up the ranks, working with DJ Cisco Soul & the Party Patrol and Nippy Jones of the “Fresh & Freaky Friday Show” (later KKDA). Nippy helped groom him for his own time slot. In 1987, station manager Craig Taylor gave him that chance with his first show airing Thursday nights from 9 to 11. The show moved a few times before finally landing on Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m., where you can still tune in weekly for “Knowledge Dropped-Lessons Taught (Vol.2).” It is the only source Dallas has for true underground hip-hop, and a public radio station is a perfect forum for his philosophies on politics, religion, racism and social responsibility.

Reid Robinson and I met up at Gachet Coffee recently to go Inside the Mind of EZ Eddie D and had ourselves a delightful time. Did we catch the whole thing on audio? But of course, darlings.

Our good man Alex Kanakis hung out with Eddie at the KNON 89.3 studio and caught some super-sweet video.

Check out the Eddie D video here (Video)

Be sure and tune in to 89.3 KNON every Saturday night for DJ Eddie D’s Knowledge Dropped Lessons Taught – 5-7 p.m.

The interview includes tracks from P.P.T. and Pikahsso.

Inside the Mind – DJ EZ Eddie D

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Inside the Mind Series:
~George Gimarc
~Josh Venable
~DJ EZ Eddie D
~Jeff Liles

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Inside the Mind – Sam Machkovech (Part One)

Posted by Cindy on 29th May 2007


Photo by Allison V. Smith

Reid and I met up with Sam Machkovech for a chit and a chat that lasted a solid 2 hours 45 minutes. Our talks were, of course, interwoven with subjects and comments not meant for all ears. That, coupled with moving stuff, makes editing a long long time consuming feat.

So here’s part one. Part two is on the editing board. We luvs us some SaMach and we hope you will too…be back later with the other half…

Inside the Mind – Sam Machkovech (Part One)

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Inside the Mind – Robert Wilonsky – Repost

Posted by Cindy on 26th May 2007


Robert “Fingers of Fury” Wilonsky

Inside the Mind is a series Reid Robinson and I concocted to get to know folks in DdFW who we find quite interesting and wanna hear more of what they have to say. It’s unplanned, unrehearsed, unprofessional and unorganized. We like it that way. We hope you will too. We seek out those who have more to offer than just another pretty face.

Inside the Mind Archive:
DJ EZ Eddie D
George Gimarc
Jeff Liles
Josh Venable
Zac Crain


The sofa where we sat – I’ll never wash my ass again…

I’m a pretty big Robert Wilonsky fan. So much so, that I’ve been a tad intimidated at times. Like the time I was recording Josh’s Adventure Club Showcase at The Cavern and Sam hauled Robert over to my mics and Robert looked at me and said, “go ahead…ask me anything.” I think my response was…uuuuuuuuh….uuuuuuuuh….duuuuuuuuh… I do so make a grand first impression.

I sucked it up a little when Robert graciously accepted our invitation to invade his work and his busy day just to chat about whatever. I walked out slightly less intimidated by the witty intellect he be, but slightly more intimidated by his…um…hotness. They guy is pretty hot. However, I digress…

Below you can be a fly on the wall of Wilonsky central to hear talk of Dallas, Deep Ellum, the music scene, Frontburner, Zac Crain, Jeff Liles, Josh Venable, Unfair Park, HDNet and whatever else we talked about…

Inside the Mind – Robert Wilonsky

Rock and Rollercoaster – Subject: Funland – by Robert Wilonsky – Dallas Observer circa 1995

“Angry Girl” by Funland

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Inside the Mind – George Gimarc – Repost

Posted by Cindy on 24th May 2007

I just ain’t got time to post much these next couple of weeks. So every once in awhile I’ll hit you up with a previous post. Like this fantastic day Reid and I spent with George Gimarc. It was one of those days that makes all this crap worthwhile…

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I’m pleased to start the New Year off with a chat with one of my personal heroes, George Gimarc. Here is a man that was such an intricate part of the local music scene, that he literally helped shape it. He practically started the original KDGE The Edge and built it into one of the best local stations in town – back a couple of decades. He was an on-air powerhouse on other local stations (KZEW, KNON, WRR, KNTU, etc.) as well…a little history ferya…

George Gimarc spent 29 years in radio working for a variety of stations. Among them WRR, KNTU, KDNT, KZEW, KRQX, KZPS, KNON, and KDGE. Way back in March of 1977 George went on the air on the College station (KNTU) with “The Rock & Roll Alternative” which was one of the first regular “new wave” or “punk” radio shows in the US. The program was the only venue that new music was played on the radio throughout the late 70′s and early 80′s. Acts that George was responsible for breaking in the DFW area include R.E.M., the Go Go’s, U2, Psychedelic Furs, Sex Pistols, Devo, B 52′s, XTC, The Smiths, The Cult, and hundreds of others. The program moved to commercial radio on May 18th, 1980, the same day that Mt. St Helens exploded and Ian Curtis of Joy Division hanged himself. These two events were not meant to draw attention to the debut, and in fact might have contributed to the lack of National TV coverage that evening of the debut. The “Rock & Roll Alternative” continued through 14 years, until it was retired. It was broadcast on four different stations throughout its run in Texas, and at one time was on as many as twenty pirate radio stations throughout Europe, England and Australia.

George Gimarc also played music director and DJ on oldies radio, starting KRQX in Dallas in 1982. It was recognized as being the first “classic rock” station in the country, the birth of a prominent radio format that caught on like wildfire across the nation and was responsible for putting even more money into the vaults of dead rock stars.

After leaving the comfy confines of KZEW in the winter of ’87, George started up “Back Pages” on KZPS. It was an eclectic classic rock show combining rare records, intriguing stores and loads of listener requests. It was the only spot to hear those rarest-of-the-rare recordings.

In 1989 word leaked out that a new station was going on the air in Dallas and George jumped in with both feet. KDGE (The Edge) was musically designed by George and his new friend Wendy Naylor. A staff was hired and the station hit the air at the end of June of ’89. Though hampered by a dodgy signal at the first, it was an instant success, defining the cutting edge in rock and breaking new acts left and right. George hosted the afternoon drive shift and was music director for the station. He also put together and financed all of the station’s “Tales From The Edge” CD releases, eleven in all. As usual, all good things must come to an end and in the summer of ’93 the Edge was taken in a new “top-40ish” direction. Among the changes was changing out most of the staff, including those who started the station.

Beyond the Edge, George took full control of his role as President and owner of Reel George Prod. Inc, an umbrella organization that covers his present role as a music historian with two books (“Punk Diary 1970-1979″ and “Hollywood Hi Fi”) already in international release. He’s also the sole writer for the “Rotten Day” with John Lydon program now running in over 50 markets, consulting work on projects like the Time/Life “History Of Rock And Roll” series and putting together compilations and writing liner notes for several record labels.

Another outlet of Reel George is a radio promotions and CD manufacturing company. It’s an outgrowth of a project that George ran for KDGE radio for the last nine years. He assembles and produces compilations of unsigned regional bands for other radio stations. The collections that George did for KDGE were titled “Tales From The Edge” and run up through the current Volume 11. Many of the bands on the CD’s went on to get signed to national labels and others saw their careers flourish overnight. Similar records have been produced by Reel George in San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis and Sacramento. In fact, it was from the KPNT St. Louis disc that the group Gravity Kills sprang to fame.

Although he’s best known for his contributions to the alternative music scene, George Gimarc is expert in many fields of music. His first show in radio back in the 1976 was hosting a 50′s radio nostalgia program playing requests from listeners and learning about the music from rock’s formative years. As his record collection grew, so did his knowledge about the music encompassing the genres of electronic music, reggae, vintage country & western, big band, blues, folk and psychedelic rock. Similarly, he’s built up a network of contacts in those fields who are experts only a phone call away, a wonderful research base that is a resource he treasures.

It would be difficult to find anyone more in touch with the punk music than George Gimarc. His passion for music explains his collecting some 65,000 records, and knowing something about each and every one of them. There are few that can put a work like this together working from real life experience and their own resources…Read more.

Since my days co-hosting with Chaz over at TexasRadio1, I’ve been trying to get a one-on-one with George. Finally my parter in crime managed to pin him down and land us a invite to casa de Gimarc. Please join us and enjoy our afternoon with George Gimarc. Thanks to Reid for setting this up – he da man! Be sure and check out George’s exciting new venture Radio Sass – he’ll tell ya all about it if you just click below.

Featuring music from Tales From the Edge Volume 11:
~Dooms U.K. “Heather Has Two Mommies”
Matt Pence, Mike Rudnicki, Ian Bjornstad, Matt Duncan, Mark Hedman, DJ Geeky C., John Freeman

~Funland “Angry Girl”
Peter Schmidt, Will Johnson, Clark Vogeler

George Gimarc Part I

George Gimarc Part II

George Gimarc Part III

I put together my own compilation from the Tales from the Edge series for your listening pleasure. You can find copies of your own by logging on to George’s site or at Bill’s Records and CD World.


1. Killbilly “Running Gun” (Volume 2 – 1991)
Craig Taylor, Alan Wooley, Harris Kirby, Stephen Trued, Richard Hunter, Mike Schwedler

2. Mildred “Knock on a Knail” (Volume 2 – 1991)
Reggie Rueffer, Chad Rueffer, Jim Cooke, David Prez, David Bickston

3. Pop Poppins “On a Moving Train” (Volume 3 – 1991)
Broose Dickenson, William Hitri, Michael Moore, Mark Hitri

4. Little Jack Melody “Lock Up Your Daughters” (Volume 3 – 1991)
Little Jack Melody, Steve Calhoun, Scott Loehr, Dave Darbin, Vic Anderson

5. Nervebreakers “I Confess” (Volume 5 & 6 – 1992)
Tom Edwards, Mike Haskins, Barry Kooda, Bob Childress, Carl Giesecke

6. Tex & the Saddletramps “Move It” (Volume 5 & 6 – 1992)
Tex Edwards, Mike Haskins, Russell Flemming, Linda Shaw

7. Big Big Drama “It Happened” (Volume 5 & 6 – 1992)
Paul Averitt, Rick Norman, Danny DeLa Martyr, Gary Laun

8. Tablet “Stop Freaking Out” (Volume 9 – 1994)
Steven Holt, Paul Williams, Michael Vegh, Dave Christopher

9. Moon Festival “Brighter Then the Sun” (Volume 9 – 1994)
Salim Sevres, Faris Sevres Brad Robertson
ED. NOTE: What’s with the Sevres and no Nourallah?

10. Lone Star Trio “Make Up Your Mind” (Volume 9 – 1994)
Matt Hillyer, Steve Berg, Steve Adkins

11. Shallow Reign “Last Chance” (Volume 10 – 1994)
Bob Watson, Pat Sugg, Mark Thomas, Brad Robertson

12. True Believers “Alone in a Crowd” (Volume 10 – 1994)
Alejandro Escovedo, Javier Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Danny DeGorio, Kevin Foley

13. Princess Tex “Crucifix” (Volume 10 – 1994)
Kim Pendleton, Hal West, Phil Bush, Reb Burall, Colin Marsh, David Lee

14. Dah-Veed “Sigh by Sigh” (Volume 11 – 1996)
David Garza, Michael Hale, Clay Pendergrass

The divine Jeff Liles shot some video of George for his documentary “The Last Record Store” – Thanks Jeff!

“Dallas writer/DJ George Gimarc, Idol Records’ Erv Karwelis, Hydronic Sound System’s Jeff Wade and Bill Wisener discuss how the record industry transitioned from selling vinyl to where we are now, and how difficult it is to operate outside the traditional business model.”

These pictures, taken at Gimarc headquarters, barely portray the extent of George’s collection.

Even the powder room is filled with goodies…

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Inside the Mind – Jeffrey Liles *repost*

Posted by Cindy on 22nd May 2007

It’s gonna take me a few days to edit through the “Inside the Mind” Reid and I did with Sam Machkovech last week – so why not go back in time and check out this classic episode with one of my favorite humans…

Current News From the desk of Jeff Liles:
“As some of you have gathered, I’m working on a new Cottonmouth, Texas album to release this fall.”

“Contraband Radio has purchased the rights to my 1997 Virgin Records release “Anti-Social Butterfly”, and has secured a slot for me as a performer on this summer’s Warped Tour. This has inspired me to have a new album ready to release when the tour is over.”

“I’ve taken a different approach with this newer material. Before, I recorded the vocals first and then had the musicians who made up Decadent Dub Team score them in the studio. This time, I recorded the new pieces at a studio in Burbank, California and then sent them to various musicians around the country.”

“This has enabled me to collaborate with a number of my favorite artists, including The Spores, James Hall, Cricket Taylor, and Darius Holbert of the group Darius, Tx.”

“The Futility of Blind Ambition” features production work from a great group called Rythym Ruckus, and “Senseless Census” features both Brad Houser from New Bohemians and Denton drummer John Spies. The track “Charming Psychotic” features LA guitarist/producer Scrote playing with Paul Barker and Rey Washam (from Ministry).”

“There will also be contributions from David Monsey and Dave Palmer (from Fiona Apple’s band), Zac Baird (Korn), Earl Harvin (Air), Dallas band Shanghai 5, Hydroponic Sound System, Com:Plex (Dallas producer Luke Sardello), and musician/produer Reed Easterwood.”

“The artwork for the “ASB” reissue will feature the photographer of Fort Worth-based John Holbrook, and the layout and design work of former Dallasite Heather Carlton.”

“I want to thank Steve Walker from Contraband for getting me back on track. I should have done this a long time ago. Better late than never. I look forward to meeting you when the Warped Tour comes to your hometown.”

Reid and I met over at Bill’s Records on Sunday to go Inside the Mind of the one—-the only—Jeff Liles.

We sat amongst the moving boxes and cassette tapes, a store in which Jeff spent many happy hours, as did we – very apropo joint to chat.

Jeff booked and managed such places at the Theatre Gallery, Trees, Longhorn Ballroom, Club Dada and more back in the late 80′s/early 90′s. An artist, musician, director, writer and producer – the man is divine.

About Cottonmouth, Texas
Cottonmouth, Texas is a music-driven spoken word project. Three CD/album releases so far: “white trash receptacle” (One Ton Records), “anti-social butterfly” (Virgin Records) and “the right to remain silent” (Heiress-aesthetic). Did the Lollapalooza Tour 1997 and EndFest/Seattle 1998. First spoken word performance was at Vidiots in Santa Monica as part of the “Man in the Moon Poetry Circus” with DJ Liza Richardson, Smokey Hormel (Beck’s guitarist) and Viggo Mortensen. Since then cm, tex has performed almost everywhere. House of Blues (LA), Fenix Underground (Seattle), Viper Room and Troubador (LA), Trees and Gypsy Tea Room (Dallas), Nell’s, Knitting Factory and Brownie’s (NYC) and First Ave (Minneapolis) were all great. Just finished a documentary film called “The Last Record Store” about Bill’s Records in Dallas. Decadent Dub Team had a song called “Six Gun” that was on the soundtrack to the 1988 LA gang movie “Colors”, remixed for the album by Dr. Dre of NWA. Since then DDT has kind of mutated into a revolving-door collective of Dallas-based musicians who have created the music for cm, tex. Currently bassist Dave Monsey is touring with Fiona Apple, drummer Mike Jerome is playing with John Cale, guitarist Kenny Withrow is playing with Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, and keyboardist Zac Baird is playing with Korn.

About “The Last Record Store”
Jeff Liles is the writer/Director of “The Last Record Store”, a documentary film about the legendary Dallas indie record store Bill’s Records. The project focuses on the life of store owner Bill Wisener and his ongoing struggle to stay open after 26 years in the business. Includes live instore acoustic performances by Daniel Johnston, 1100 Springs and James Hall, music by Hydroponic Sound System, The Spores, Maimou, Decadent Dub Team, Chomsky, Halls of the Machine, Centro-matic, Test Shot Starfish and others, as well as interviews with a number of customers, DJs, employees and weirdos. Liles’ history: Booked and DJ’d a number of live music venues in Dallas, Texas. Formed a rap group called Decadent Dub Team and contributed the song “Six Gun” (remixed by Dr. Dre) to the soundtrack of the Dennis Hopper-directed film “Colors”. Released three spoken word albums/short films under the name “cottonmouth, texas”. Now working at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles and for MarsGolf in Colombus, Ohio.

The interview includes tracks from Decadent Dub Team (“Makin’ Funky Money”) and Cottonmouth, Texas (“Life Support”)

Inside the Mind – Jeff Liles

Inside the Mind Series:
~George Gimarc
~Josh Venable
~DJ EZ Eddie D
~Jeff Liles

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