Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The fern bar lives!

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-07-29 A hot tip from a Bar Tab enthusiast alerted us to a legendary haunt “just like the Regal Beagle,” the much celebrated fern bar from ’70s sitcom Three’s Company. But Regal Beagle comparisons get thrown around a bit too casually when old-man bars are the topic. Bar...

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San Antonio and Houston Throwdown

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-07-29 In H-Town’s corner, we’ve got Nibiru, whose “Visions of a Terminal Reality” injects the prototypical grindcore death rattle with a nearly imperceptible bit of sci-fi mysticism; Battle Rifle, which gets a few bonus points for its Houston-rap-inspired song titles such as “No Love for Dem...

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Travels with Frenchie

Part XI: Lost in the bayou

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-07-29 Welcome to another installment of Travels with Frenchie, the monthly food series in which a trio of culturally mismatched San Antonians explores our city’s culinary nooks and crannies. As before, the team consisted of: Frenchie (aka Fabien Jacob, sommelier at Le Re^ve), Carlos the Bike Mechanic...

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James Martin & Medianoche

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

James Martin & Medianoche Composer: James Martin & Medianoche Conductor: James Martin & Medianoche Label: Self released Release Date: 2009-07-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording The self-titled debut from James Martin (no relation to the writer) & Medianoche is finely crafted wallpaper, but it’s wallpaper nonetheless, content to hang unobtrusively in...

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Post-Nothing

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Post-Nothing Composer: Japandroids Conductor: Japandroids Label: Polyvinyl Release Date: 2009-07-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Canadian duo Japandroids* are concerned with only two things: guitars and girls (and not necessarily in that order). Their much-hyped full-length debut, Post-Nothing, is a brief, blistering set of low-fi garage that transcends its carport origins...

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Change Remains

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Change Remains Composer: Starlight Mints Conductor: Starlight Mints Label: Barsuk Release Date: 2009-07-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Let’s be honest: Any idiot can write Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” What takes real creativity is a hooky pop song that stays fresh after 20 listens. The Starlight Mints are a complex pop...

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VH1 Storytellers

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

VH1 Storytellers Composer: David Bowie Conductor: David Bowie Label: Virgin Release Date: 2009-07-29 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Bowie introduces the show, “I wish I had more time. Oh, the things I could tell you. … You don’t know the half of it!” It’s fair warning, but Storytellers feels light and...

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Video Game Review: MLB 2K9

Posted on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Major League Baseball 2K9 Release Date: 2009-07-23 Rated: NONE Genre: Video Game Wii Sports proved that the Wii had the potential to be a great console for the game formerly known as America’s pastime. Its lack of anything beyond batting and pitching was its limitation, however, and Major League Baseball...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monkeysoop

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-07-22 The door man stamps my hand with an inappropriate question: "WWJD?" it asks, "What would Jesus do?" The question's inappropriate not just because Monkeysoop shares the bill with the likes of Mobile Deathcamp (fronted by former Gwar bassist Todd Evans) and SA's own AnalPlague, but because...

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Mexicans at Night

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-07-22 “Mexicans at Night” isn’t the title of an upcoming horror film produced by Lou Dobbs (pause for laughs), but an indie-pop-tinged blues-rock duo from El Paso. Some of the influences are similar, but Mexicans’ straightforward two- and three-minute songs seem an almost intentional antithesis to...

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