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RE: Texas - (baby) | from benMay 05 2005 - 13:02

i know this is an old post, but i'm amazed that nobody mentioned denton. as far as the music scene is concerned it's only eclipsed by austin (but honestly, besides new york and la what city isn't?) between hailey's, rubber gloves, and dan's silverleaf you get almost every single great independent band (aside from a few that for some reason seem to lack the intellect to distinguish a location and a political ideology...) not to mention those venues are some of the best i've ever been to, there are very few things more personal than a show at rubber gloves (how many times do you get to see the microphones in the middle of a concrete factory as a squeaky fan spins overhead watching a train ride by outside the door?) pretty much the entire town of denton is music centered because of UNT. it's a beautiful place, some hybrid reality between cowboy idealism and flourishing music culture. i cherish every chance i get to go up there.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from AngelNov 04 2004 - 18:02

Try Manhattan @ Arlington every Tuesday you may like it.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from Dan TSep 20 2004 - 01:03

... Thanks everyone. As Brian said (you got the CD's I sent yet?) I actually went to Texas about a year ago now !

Had a great time, especially in Deep Ellum and met some nice people. I even met once girl in Dallas who said "if you were an arab, i'd spit on you" Which is very strange as im your average white English bloke.

Austins great, and met some nice bar tenders in a sports bar in San Antonio. They had us sign dollar bills and stuck them to the wall, which was nice. Made me feel like i'd just left the mothership and beamed onto a different planet though.

The only dodgy bit I saw was El Paso, which smelt as if the drains had all backed up.

Thanks everyone!

RE: Texas - (baby) | from susan331Sep 19 2004 - 19:56

On the way to downtown Austin from the airport there's a strip joint called The Landing Strip (I'm so not kidding!) but I've never stopped in as from what I understand it's topless only.
Have some sake-cider bombs and edamame at Sake On Sixth. See live music at Emo's or the Parish. Sample local beers at the Copper Tank Brewery. If Alejandro Escovedo is playing while you're in town, drop everything and go see him.
Get drunk at Buffalo Billiards and play pool. Check out Jon Langford's art at Yard Dog and then go to the vintage clothing shops across the street and try on all kinds of crazy fashions. Get ice cream at Amy's on 6th street. Check out the rockabilly bands at the Continental Club and buy yourself a workshirt with your name on it. Drink margaritas at Ninta's on 6th. Feed the ducks in the Colorado River. Go to the Green Mesquite BBQ and consume mass quantities. Hang out in the UT Austin neighborhood.

Another selling point: Austin was the only metro area in TX that did not vote for W in the 2000 election. If that's not a boon for tourism I don't know what is! What's dumb, though, is they only sell alcohol at retail establishments until midnight, but you can buy it in bars until 2 am.You can't go pick up a fifth of Jack Daniels and drive home and drink it there in safety, but you can go to a bar and get crocked and drive home and total your car and die. That's just plain stupid. But anyway, Austin is a great town, you'll find people are very friendly. Enjoy your trip!

RE: Texas - (baby) | from brianSep 19 2004 - 17:41

it should be noted that Dan. T was traveling in '03.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from ronSep 19 2004 - 13:55

i was just in western texas. i didn't see much except oil rigs and mountains. it's hard to believe there's anything out there. well, come to think of it, i did drive through Midland, hometown of George "i like to kill people" Bush. maybe brian can answer this question: were all of Aerosmith's records from like 1991 just released in texas? the moving truck i was in had no CD or tape player, so i was resigned to listen to the radio. i swear all i heard was aerosmith's "love in an elevator" and "angel." craziness.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from Sam SSep 19 2004 - 09:35

In Austin, you want to go check out Cheapo Discs and Waterloo Records, both on Lamar Ave. Jupiter Records on Burnet Ave. is also great as well. In Austin, indie record stores do so well that Tower Records near UT just shut down. That made my week.

In nearby San Antonio, Hogwild Records is a good record shop as well. SA dooesn't register as high on the hipster scale as Austin, but the people in SA are incredibly cool, and they generally just go into Austin to go to shows and shop for slabs o' wax.

In Houston, check out Cactus Records and Rockpile Records.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from Linda Sep 19 2004 - 07:24

Hello, I am responding to your post about your Texas trip. We are new to Dallas ( From Houston).
Deep Ellum is a place to stay away from. ESPECIALLY. late hours club UROPA at 2600 Main Str.

I'm so tired of internet research & writing, looking for witnesses, I will not bore you with our incident. Call the City Police, City Hall, do you 'homework' before you expose yourself to the Deep Ellum area. Be wise & smart. You don't have to be doing something wrong.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from John DoeSep 28 2003 - 03:43

RE: Texas - (baby) | from texas ha ha ha state of stupid nobody Aug 07 2003 - 20:45

we could not care. sad guy.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from brianAug 05 2003 - 00:20

CD source is a good store too found at LOVERS & GREENVILLE AVE. they actually were the cause for the closing of a Warehouse Music store across the street.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from monicaAug 04 2003 - 19:20

CD Source in Dallas is a great place to get used CDs. Nice prices. For new CDs, Good Records is the place to go. I think someone already mentioned them though.

RE: Texas - (baby) | from blossomAug 03 2003 - 11:14

tee hee hee, holiday?

RE: Texas - (baby) | from joeyMAug 02 2003 - 22:51

that's pretty crazy that there is a hatian idaho fan. i agree that soundwaves is pretty cool. so what's the deal with Hati?

RE: Texas - (baby) | from brianTAug 01 2003 - 17:24

hello there friend for houston the best available shops would be cactus records on Shepard and sounwaves on montrose. best place to see live music would be rudyards on waugh - gotta go im in haiti for the week and i have only acouple of minutes on one of the only computers in the country --- see ya good luck!

RE: Texas - (baby) | from CrisAug 01 2003 - 14:47

Hi Dan. I'm from Dallas and Bill's is definately the best record store here. Hopefully you are going to Austin because it's the most laid back cool city in Texas. Waterloo Records is the best record store there and all of the night life is found downtown. Especially 6th Street. It's so much nicer than downtown Dallas and there's always good bands playing there. I hope you enjoy!

RE: Texas - (baby) | from DanJul 30 2003 - 11:40

Thanks for your help Brian !

RE: Texas - (baby) | from brianJul 29 2003 - 19:18

fort worthian here.

Info on Texas? | from DanJul 29 2003 - 13:51

Hi Everyone... Just wondered if anyone could help me out ?

Basically, I'm off to Texas in October (all the way from England) and wanted to find out about the best record shops and bars in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston...

Any kind Texans out there have any suggestions?

Cheers !

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