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Paying Strict Attention: Syd Arthur Challenges the Epic

by Dr. Spin

Gentlemen, when two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must always pay strict attention. -Dale Cooper
And so it goes when it comes to new music. Finding new stuff is sometimes tricky because I practically never listen to the radio. As a usual matter of course, I troll a selection of music sites and take suggestions from friends, but even this short resource list produces an overwhelming amount of new and unheard music. I hardly have the time or the finance to give everything that catches my attention a serious listen, so there is an imperfect and informal vetting process that constrains what I let into rotation. Sometimes, things are left to time and chance, which usually lands me on the tail end of the “hipness” curve… see more tail and curvy hips at The Pharmacy

 

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Call Me Ishmael: Death Grips’ “Exmilitary”

by Dr. Spin

Driving in the semi-rural regions of Texas might seem like an incongruous setting for the rabid hip-hop stylings of Death Grips, but for the compulsive music listener, not all music has the good fortune to become connected to perfectly relevant experience. I recently took a solo drive up to visit a friend’s new lake house, which involved a bit of winding around in unexplored parts of the state. I knew that I could assault myself with whatever music I wanted for this drive. Death Grips immediately came to mind… come into your own mind at The Pharmacy

 

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The Reach: Half of One, Two Thirds of the Other

by Dr. Spin

When I was involved in the 90s Dallas music scene, I saw countless bands, but there were probably a handful of them that I genuinely got behind. One of them was a Dallas-based band called The Reach. We played a gig with them once at The (now defunct) Green Room, and I bought their debut CD Closer on the spot. Although I wasn’t entirely convinced that the album really captured the band, it was an enjoyable listen…enjoy more at The Pharmacy

 

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The Dirty Projectors From the Mouths of Babies

by Dr. Spin

The Little One loves to go outside. Fortunately, we had the foresight to wire our porch for sound, so we often have the opportunity to appreciate music while hanging out in our backyard. When the weather is good, we’ll turn on the tunes while she blows bubbles or draws chalk scribbles on the concrete.

She is growing increasingly verbal, so she constantly astounds us with her use of plain language to express what is on her mind. I was floored, however, when one afternoon she abruptly stopped her usual outdoor activities to enthusiastically join in with the chorus of this tune…get dirty over at The Pharmacy

 

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Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” Breaks the Spell

by Dr. Spin

Although in many ways, I am still on the fence about the new Daft Punk album, I have to admit I that I am enjoying the controversy that it seems to have stirred up. On the one side, the critics would have people believe that it is the most important album of 2013, but here on the street level it seems that praise for Random Access Memories is very rarely given without some reservation.

At worst, a lot of Daft Punk fans, both old and new, simply don’t care for it… stick with daft and care over at The Pharmacy

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Deadmau5 Pushes Us Through the Wall

by Dr. Spin

Music has historically played a role in lightening the emotional burden of work, and as my CrossFit WOD crew becomes more established, I am increasingly aware of the inspirational role that music plays in inspiring people through moments of frustration or intimidation. It’s not too uncommon for an athlete to report that music “got them through” a workout.

I have certainly seen and felt the difference in energy when the music is “not right.” Because I am an album listener, however, I have had to rethink how I present music during our training sessions. For any album to keep attention as a listening experience, it has to have some variety, which often equates into changes in energy that are simply not appropriate for the intensity of a CrossFit workout… read more at the Pharmacy

 

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ArtsGoggle in Fort Worth May 18

ArtsGoggleby Angela Hopkins

On Saturday, May 18 from 4pm to 10pm, the Magnolia Strip in Fort Worth will once again transform into a walk of art.  This time around 90 businesses are participating in ArtsGoggle.  You will see people on the streets and walking in and out of places such as jewelry shops, non-profit centers, SiNaCa (coolest glass blowing show and shop) and hair salons.  But why?  Because the art is inside… and so are the snacks!

Some will hand you information on the business itself, others will ask if you want a roadie out of the keg.  Just go with the element of surprise.  Cruise in and out of each place.  Carry a cold beverage and soak up visual art as well as live music, pleasing all your senses at once.  Continue reading

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